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A look at some House bills

Last week the House voted on 11 bills and resolutions in our weather-abbreviated floor time. Several items are worthy of note.

February 20, 2014 | Rep. Doug Holt R-Social Circle | LOCAL

Just A Thought: Lust can spread like wildfire

Just a Thought: LUST! I'm not a psychic, but I bet your first thought was "SEX." But, lust isn't just about sex. To lust means to have an intense desire or need. Therefore one could lust after wealth, power and prestige, to name a few.

February 20, 2014 | William Burnham | RELIGION

City unveils full plan for square

Covington officials took another step toward adding a gazebo to the square Tuesday and also unveiled a full landscaping plan that reinvents areas of the square.

February 20, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Grace notes: What's the point

We go through a lot to do "church". Think of the time and money and effort and energy put into making sure we've got a place to meet on Sundays, all the work that goes into the various events and traditions. People give up so much in the name of church, so today I ask you, "Why?" What's the point?"

February 20, 2014 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Columnists

Local Christian artists plan 'Night of Worship' benefit concert

Christa Rooks and Scott England have written and recorded Christian music independently for years, but the two have found more recently that they make a good vocal team.

February 20, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | RELIGION

Puzzled at public park

Dear Editor,

February 20, 2014 | Staff Report | Letters

Pageant accepting applications

Applications are currently being accepted for the 2015 Miss GA South Pageant.

February 20, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Senate candidate Kingston visits Covington

U.S. Senate candidate Congressman Jack Kingston, R-Savannah, stopped by Covington Wednesday morning for a meet and greet as he tours around the state seeking support in a crowded Republican field.

February 20, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

GPTC honors student, faculty member

Robert Knox, a CIS computer support specialist student attending Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) has been selected as the college's 2014 GOAL Award winner. The Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL) is a statewide program of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) that honors excellence in academics and leadership among the state's technical college students. GOAL winners are selected at each of the state's 24 technical colleges as well as one Board of Regent college with a technical education division.

February 20, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Nothing but respect for the weather

If I were a wealthy woman, I would be writing this while sitting in the sun in Brazil, not in Newton County, Ga. However, here I am, sitting in my home, hoping my laptop doesn't stop working.

February 20, 2014 | Dorothy Frazier Piedrahita Columnist | Columnists

Where's the grey area?

In a follow-up to our editorial about how the minority rules over the majority in this country, we are now looking at how new rules created by that minority give businesses and organizations no room to maneuver with personnel or children.

February 20, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

NCSO promotes three employees

The Newton County Sheriff's Office has recently promoted three employees: Deputy Cortney Morrison and Investigator Michael Cunningham were both promoted to sergeant and Sgt. Kenny Ridling was promoted to lieutenant.

February 20, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Make-up days won't change graduation dates

Newton County's three high schools will hold graduations on the dates originally scheduled - May 23 and May 24 - now that the State Board of Education has approved a resolution giving local school districts the flexibility to determine if students must make-up missed instructional days due to weather.

February 20, 2014 | Danielle Everson | Education

NCSO searching for missing teen

The Newton County Sheriff's Office is actively seeking the assistance of the public in locating runaway juvenile, Amani McNeal.

February 20, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL

More car break-ins reported in Covington

Several more entering auto calls have been received at the Covington Police Department.

February 20, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL

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Ross department store coming

Covington will soon be able to dress for less.

February 19, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

2014-15 school year calendar approved

Students and parents may now be able to plan their trips and vacations for next school year, as an official calendar for the 2014-15 school year has been approved.

February 19, 2014 | Danielle Everson | Education

City unveils full plan for square

Covington took another step toward adding a gazebo to the square Tuesday, but the city also unveiled a full landscaping plan that reinvents areas of the square.

February 19, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington

North Georgia inmates escape after removing toilet

DAHLONEGA, Ga. (AP) - Authorities are looking for a north Georgia jail inmate who they say escaped by removing a toilet from a cell wall.

February 19, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Lady Tigers finish third in region

The Alcovy Lady Tigers finished up their season as the third-ranked team in Region 2-AAAAAA, defeating Rockdale County 42-36 Tuesday night in tournament consolation action.

February 19, 2014 | Matt Smith | Alcovy

Senate candidate Jack Kingston visits

U.S. Senate candidate Congressman Jack Kingston, R-Savannah, stopped by the Ashton Hills Golf Club in Covington Wednesday morning for a meet and greet as he tours around the state seeking support in a crowded Republican field.

February 19, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

The Vampire Diaries filming today

The Vampire Diaries will be filming for its fifth season Wednesday, Feb. 19, beginning at 10 a.m, and running through the evening.

February 19, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Russia out of Olympic hockey

SOCHI, Russia (AP) - Finland eliminated Russia from the Olympic men's hockey tournament with a 3-1 victory Wednesday, putting a stunning end to the Russians' enormous expectations at home.

February 19, 2014 | Associated Press | SPORTS

Make-up days set for NCSS students

The Newton County Board of Education has approved a plan for students to make-up three of the seven missed instructional days due to inclement weather.

February 19, 2014 | Staff Report | Education

Ga. officials to recruit workers for textile plant

CHATSWORTH, Ga. (AP) - The Georgia Department of Labor is hosting a recruitment event to fill hundreds of jobs at a textile manufacturing plant in northwest Georgia.

February 19, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Confederate flag to appear on new Ga. car plates

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia officials are releasing a new specialty license plate featuring the Confederate battle flag, infuriating civil rights advocates and renewing a fiery debate.

February 19, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Board of Commissioners Video for February 18th 2014

February 18, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | BOC

Twelve Oaks gets OK to host weddings

The Twelve Oaks Bed and Breakfast will be allowed to host weddings and other special events moving forward after the Covington City Council approved an agreement Monday brokered between the bed and breakfast's owner and neighbors concerned about noise and parking.

February 18, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Rams’ magic runs out

Foul line struggles ended the Newton Rams' run for a region title Tuesday night, as Newton fell 50-46 to Luella at home in the finals of the Region 2-AAAAAA tournament.

February 18, 2014 | Matt Smith | Newton

Unmatched perfection

Perfection comes only every so often in sports.

February 18, 2014 | Matt Smith | Newton

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