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Ga. House supports loosening gun restrictions

ATLANTA (AP) - Schools in Georgia could allow teachers to carry firearms while others with licenses could take their guns into houses of worship, more bars and government offices under a plan adopted Tuesday by House lawmakers.

February 18, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Falcons wide receiver Roddy White arrested in Ga.

ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White has been arrested on a warrant charging him with failing to appear in court.

February 18, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Rams erase second-half deficit to reach finals

It wasn't how newton coach Rick Rasmussen would have drawn it up, but in the end, Rasmussen and the Rams were elated to walk away with a 55-51 victory over Lovejoy Monday night in the semifinals of the Region 2-AAAAAA tournament.

February 18, 2014 | Matt Smith | Newton

House supports loosening gun restrictions

ATLANTA (AP) - House lawmakers have voted to allow people to carry guns in more places, including bars, churches and government offices.

February 18, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Sheriff investigates shooting of Ga. farm's donkey

WINDER, Ga. (AP) - Sheriff's investigators in northeast Georgia are trying to find out who shot and killed a donkey on a Bartow County farm.

February 18, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

US olive oil pushing gov't to test imported oils

WASHINGTON (AP) - It's a pressing matter for the tiny U.S. olive oil industry: American shoppers more often are going for European imports, which are cheaper and viewed as more authentic.

February 18, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Metro Atlanta woman rallying for Ga. pit bull ban

ATLANTA (AP) - A metro Atlanta woman hopes to persuade Georgia lawmakers to ban pit bulls from the state.

February 18, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Lady Rams reach finals

It wasn't the prettiest performance Monday night from the Newton girls varsity basketball team, but in the end, the Lady Rams put forth just enough effort to edge rival Alcovy 64-46, reaching the Region 2-AAAAAA tournament finals.

February 18, 2014 | Matt Smith | Newton

Daddy's girls

Fathers and Daughters danced the night away on Valentines Day, Friday at the Covington First United Methodist Church.

February 17, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL

Augusta ice storm puts an end to Eisenhower Tree

The Eisenhower Tree, so much a part of Augusta National that not even a sitting U.S. president could have it taken down, was removed from the 17th hole this weekend because of damage from an ice storm, the club said Sunday.

February 17, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Ga. high court to hear arguments in Hill case

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Supreme Court has asked lawyers in the case of death row inmate Warren Lee Hill to address four questions in a dispute over whether a lower court judge should have halted his execution.

February 17, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Legacy of civil rights leaders source of fights

WASHINGTON (AP) - Martin Luther King Jr.'s daughter recently walked up to the pulpit of the Atlanta church where her father preached and, in a painful public display, dissociated herself from her brothers.

February 17, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Snake-handling Ky. pastor dies from snake bite

MIDDLESBORO, Ky. (AP) - A snake-handling pastor who appeared on the National Geographic television reality show "Snake Salvation" has died after being bitten by a snake during a weekend church service in Kentucky.

February 17, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Aboard the Memphis Belle

The 750-horsepower Pratt and Whitney Hornet engines turned over four propellers sending a beautiful yet chaotic melody of mechanical jazz to those encased in the belly of the flying time capsule that is the Liberty Foundation's B-17 Memphis Belle at the DeKalb-Peachtree Airport Thursday.

June 06, 2013 | Bryan Fazio | A VETERAN'S STORY

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Joy Angelique Savage-Moore, 41, 13481 Windsong Drive, Gulfport, Miss., Feb. 3. Probation.

February 15, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Trio sought in teddy bear heist

A group of males apparently took Valentine's Day seriously despite the snow storm, when they reportedly took teddy bears from a drugstore Tuesday.

February 15, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL

309 compete at Newton 4-H event

Newton County 4-H hosted the district project achievement event for 309 Cloverleaf 4-H members and more than 500 additional guests last Saturday at Newton High.

February 15, 2014 | Terri Kimble Fullerton Columnist | LOCAL

Mr. Richard Larry Tanner

Richard Larry "Gran-paw Tater" Tanner, age 64, of White Plains, Ga., passed away on Wednesday, February 12, 2014. Richard was born in Buckhead, Ga., on Dec. 6, 1949. He was the oldest of nine children born to the late Gordon Arlin Tanner and Ina Ellen Burchard Tanner. He was a 1968 graduate of Newton County High School and married Carolyn Ann Mentel on Oct. 24, 1970.

February 15, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS

Getting a grip on federal budget realities

The big story about the federal budget this week was the Republican Party's struggle to deal with raising the debt ceiling. Last year's big budget story was President Barack Obama and the Democrats coming to grips with the so-called sequester, a policy gimmick that modestly slowed the growth of federal spending.

February 15, 2014 | Scott Rasmussen | Columnists

Liberty Middle named National Beta Club School of Distinction

Liberty Middle School's has been named a National Beta School of Distinction.

February 15, 2014 | Danielle Everson | Education

What kind of county government do we need?

Newton County citizens recently learned of the unexpected action of the Board of Commissioners (BOC) to appoint an "assistant county manager," which in fact is the new "county manager in waiting" who will replace John Middleton upon his retirement sometime this year. Mr. Tom Garrett, the person selected, may be a good candidate for this job, but the process and timing of his appointment raises serious questions about the genuine commitment of our current commissioners to effectively manage our county.

February 15, 2014 | Larry McSwain Guest Columnist | OPINION

Betty Faith Jaynes

Not only did our community lose a legend this past week, but females everywhere, from infants to adults, will forever owe a few of their freedoms to Betty Faith Jaynes.

February 15, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Letter to the editor: Quick action averts tragedy

Dear Editor,

February 15, 2014 | Staff Report | Letters

Theme School team dances to victories

Newton County Theme School's new dance team has been making strides in its first season.

February 15, 2014 | Staff Report | Education

For bus drivers, it's safety first

Recent snowstorms in the area have forced businesses, schools and other establishments to close their doors and people to nestle indoors for safety. And for one Newton County Schools bus driver, the recent storms were all about keeping children safe.

February 15, 2014 | Danielle Everson | Education

McDonough man has first court appearance in DUI homicide case

A Henry County man charged with vehicular homicide in the death of a Covington resident in January recently had his first appearance and will later appear before a grand jury.

February 15, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL

Storm command center kept county running

Two weeks after a Jan. 28 winter storm that brought traffic to a standstill in Metro Atlanta, dubbed snowjam, and doused Newton County in snow, another one came through north central Georgia , this time being labeled "catastrophic" by the National Weather Service.

February 15, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

S.C. earthquake rattles Newton residents

Earthquakes are so rare in Georgia, many Newton County residents didn't realize they felt the effects of one Friday evening, instead attributing the brief shaking of their homes to strong winds, tornadoes, trains, a sonic boom and even a car crashing into a garage.

February 15, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Donna Dodd Ayers

Donna Dodd Ayer, 74, of Cartersville passed away on Saturday, February 15, 2014, at Cartersville Medical Center.

February 15, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS

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