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Marshall's Music Minute: Big St. Patrick's weekend of music

Howdy, folks! So glad that so many of you enjoyed the last edition, and I appreciate the feedback. It's shaping up to be another ...

March 12, 2017 | Marshall McCart | LIVING

Melvin: Newton County Drug Free Coalition to host drug-free event at NHS

On March 15, Newton High School students and partner agencies of the Newton County Drug Free Coalition will host an event to educate students about ...

March 12, 2017 | Mollie Melvin | Health

Our Thoughts: A newspaper’s role

There is a saying – "Journalism doesn't tell you what to think, it tells you what to think about." In today's day and age ...

March 12, 2017 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Anderson: Happily serving at the Capitol

Last Friday was Crossover Day and arguably one of the busiest times during the session for legislators. Crossover Day signifies the last day Senate bills ...

March 12, 2017 | Sen. Tonya Anderson | LEGISLATIVE UPDATES

Jeffares: Week 9 from under the Gold Dome

This week, the Georgia Senate completed day 33 of the 40-day Legislative Session. With Crossover Day successfully behind us, my colleagues and I are now ...

March 12, 2017 | | LEGISLATIVE UPDATES

Legislators ‘working through’ BOE pay raise request

At its Feb. 7 meeting, the Newton County School System (NCSS) Board of Education (BOE) approved a resolution to ask for a salary increase for ...

March 12, 2017 | Duane M. Ford | Education

Welch: CPA week 6 – Shots Fired

Week 6 of the Porterdale Police Department's (PPD) Citizen's Police Academy (CPA) gave the class the chance to see, handle and fire some ...

March 12, 2017 | Darryl Welch | OPINION

Yarbrough: Low-performing schools initiative takes a major step forward

Don't look now, but the initiative to deal with low-performing schools in Georgia has taken a big step toward becoming law. Last week, the ...

March 12, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists

Bouchillon: SPLOST voting nears deadline

There is one week of early voting left for the 2017 SPLOST referendum. Those who wish to vote early may visit Suite 103 of the ...

March 12, 2017 | Baxter Bouchillon | OPINION

Belton: Best bills move forward during lull

This week was very slow at the Capitol as the Senate and House start to look at each other's bills. This is fairly typical ...

March 12, 2017 | Rep. Dave Belton | LEGISLATIVE UPDATES

Veterans Training and Transition program now free to all active duty service members in Georgia

The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) recently announced plans to fund an online entry-level course for all active duty service members in Georgia.

March 12, 2017 | Staff Report | STATE

Porterdale celebrates 100 years

The Village of Porterdale celebrated its 100th birthday Saturday, in a ceremony at the Porter Memorial Gymnasium. Declared a city March 10, 1917, Porterdale ...

March 11, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Cities

Oxford man arrested after standoff on Emory Street

In a standoff that lasted less than five-hours, the Covington Police Department (CPD) was able to apprehend the barricaded gunman without any reported injuries.

March 11, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Crime

Covington to conduct traffic test

The City of Covington has been testing four-way stop intersections at the Pace/Usher Streets and Floyd/Elm Streets intersections and will continue the testing ...

March 11, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Covington

BOC: Henderson call for investigation of Schulz

The Newton County Board of Commissioners meeting ended abruptly Tuesday night after a commissioner repeatedly accused another commissioner of wrongdoing and called for an investigation.

March 11, 2017 | Darryl Welch | County

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Red Cross urges public to review tornado safety tips

Gathered from Red Cross
Across the southeast, there were more than 200 reports of severe weather and several dozen reports of tornadoes so far this weekend as of early Sunday morning in an ongoing multi-day tornado and severe weather outbreak.
NOW is the time to prepare for round three of severe weather in our area. DOWNLOAD the Red Cross Emergency App! Visit www.redcross.org/apps
TORNADO SAFETY TIPS:
Watch for tornado warning signs such as dark, greenish clouds, large hail, a roaring noise, a cloud of debris or funnel clouds. Secure outside items such as lawn furniture or trash ...

January 22, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL

February Pruning

Before I moved to Newton County around 12 years ago, my wife and I owned a home with a yard that was full of flowering shrubs. Yard work was a pleasure and my shrubs showed their appreciation by producing blooms abound.

January 22, 2017 | Ted Wynne | Agriculture

Parson: Making the right seed choices for your garden

Here we are in the cold, dark days of January. With temperatures in the mid-50s, we are right in line with what I expect this month. Wait a minute… Those are the lows!

January 22, 2017 | Daniel Parson | Agriculture

Middle Ridge students travel to Atlanta for project

Thanks to a grant from the Newton Education Foundation (NEF), 56 fourth and fifth graders from Middle Ridge Elementary School (MRES) have the opportunity to work in an innovative project to build a model city. Part of the project included a trip to an architectural firm in Atlanta.

January 22, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Education

Keep America Great

This week has placed us at two distinct ends of the American spectrum. At the beginning of the week we celebrated the most iconic figure of civil rights, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. On Friday, we experienced the inauguration of the 45th President of the United States, who over the weekend attacked another civil rights icon and rep from the great state of Georgia, Congressman John Lewis. This places us in a conundrum because we find a president who based his candidacy on the premise that America was a Christian nation that had fallen into obscurity at the hands of ...

January 22, 2017 | Rev. E. Chip Owens | Religion

Have You Ever Thought?... How great it would be to have more variety in shopping and eating out?

I say we have great merchants and eateries in Covington. But I would add what is needed is more variety in both areas as well as more opportunities for entertainment. The answer to these dreams will be found in both the new development, Covington Town Center as well as new places opening in other parts of our city.

January 22, 2017 | Wiley Stephens | Columnists

Oxford College celebrates the life of Martin Luther King Jr.

Songs and words of inspiration filled the air Wednesday night in Oxford as believers in a dream packed the Historic Old Church for the Oxford College annual Celebration of The Life of Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 22, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Education

Marshall’s Music Minute: Famous by February, Bluesman Adrian Barksdale playing back-to-back shows

Welcome back to the Minute, good readers, so glad you could join us once again.

January 22, 2017 | Marshall McCart | LIVING

Teen earns Eagle Scout badge

Craig Everett Edwards, son of Deborah and Ray Edwards of Covington, has achieved Boy Scouting's highest rank, that of Eagle Scout.

January 22, 2017 | Staff Report | LIVING

Yarbrough: Some observations on the national scene and then it’s back to broccoli

I hope you will forgive me but I am going against my better judgment today and sound like one of those inch-wide, inch-deep political pundits and blah-blah bloggers who can be more boring than a tree stump.

January 22, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists

Belton: A week off is a week on

The General Assembly does not meet during the MLK week. Instead, various committees work on the budget as the rest of us work on bills.

January 22, 2017 | Dave Belton | LEGISLATIVE UPDATES

Anderson: Update from the Capitol: Budget Week

Another week has passed under the gold dome and it was an eventful and informative one. This week, we took a break from our usual routine to hold joint budget hearings. While I am eager to be back in chamber, the budget is one of the most important steps in making sure our money is efficiently and fairly allocated in our state.

January 22, 2017 | Sen. Tonya Anderson | LEGISLATIVE UPDATES

Davis, Morrow wedding

Mark and Alison Davis, of Covington, are pleased to announce the marriage of their daughter, Ashley Lauren Davis, to Michael Eugene Morrow, son of Wayne and Elizabeth Morrow, of Jefferson.

January 21, 2017 | Staff Report | LIVING

Cowan, Davis wedding

Michelle Cowan and the late Joseph Cowan are pleased to announce the marriage of their daughter Anna Jolyn Cowan to M. Chase Davis, son of J. Mark and Alison Davis, of Covington.

January 21, 2017 | Staff Report | LIVING

4-H’ers honored for service work

As a second grader, I remember finding out that Martin Luther King Jr. wasn't actually royalty.

January 21, 2017 | Terri Fullerton | Agriculture

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