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Jeffares: Week 3 update from the Gold Dome

Another week has come and gone in the 2017 legislative session. Committees are beginning to meet to adopt their rules and hear the first pieces ...

January 29, 2017 | Sen. Rick Jeffares | LEGISLATIVE UPDATES

Belton: Small budget reviewed at Capitol

As in year's past, the first few weeks of Session sees only a few bills as much of our time is tied up with ...

January 29, 2017 | Rep. Dave Belton | LEGISLATIVE UPDATES

Yarbrough:Look for a different approach to fixing failing schools in Georgia

Education is all about learning. The defeat of Amendment 1 last fall by Georgia voters was a learning lesson for its proponents, including Gov. Nathan ...

January 29, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists

Irwin: Praying at Facebook

Hypothesis: More people pray when scrolling on Facebook then in church.

January 29, 2017 | Andy Irwin | Columnists

Lassiter: Looking at 2017

The New Year promises to be a very exciting one as we will probably see some big changes in our country. President-Elect Trump has already ...

January 29, 2017 | Mike Lassiter | Business

Goodbye 2016, hello 2017

Recently, the Piedmont Academy (PAC) FFA Chapter held its first FFA meeting of the new year. This meeting was held at the FFA-FCCLA Camp in ...

January 29, 2017 | Lawton Harris FFA Reporter | Education

Telling It Like It Is . . . Time to Change

It's too early to tell how 2017 is shaping up, but, I can already tell it's going to be an interesting year.

January 29, 2017 | Beth Rowe | Columnists

Have You Ever Thought… How it would feel not to be able to go home?

We have a crises in our state. There are 13,000 children who are separated from their families in Georgia. They are in state custody ...

January 29, 2017 | B. Wiley Stephens | Columnists

Jordan: Measuring our goals for the new year

So we have had a month to see how our "new starts" have fared, and if studies are correct, most of those new starts are ...

January 29, 2017 | Kasey Carty Jordan | Religion

Dirty license plate leads to $1,590 fine for motorist

GRANTVILLE, Ga. (AP) - A dirty license plate cost Linda Ford $1,590 that she can't afford.

June 02, 2016 | Associated Press | STATE

Atlanta to host Super Bowl in 2019

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - If you spend billions of dollars to build it, they will come.

May 24, 2016 | Associated Press | STATE

Georgia governor's vetoes on guns, faith bucked his GOP base

ATLANTA (AP) - When Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal recently vetoed bills allowing guns on college campuses and shielding religious people who deny people services based on ...

May 04, 2016 | Associated Press | STATE

Parents complaints about yoga prompt changes at Kennesaw school

KENNESAW, Ga. (AP) - A Georgia elementary school is changing the way it conducts yoga activities in classrooms after parents complained.

March 23, 2016 | Associated Press | STATE

Savannah parade on St. Patrick's Day a tradition since 1824

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Thousands of revelers are gathering in Savannah for St. Patrick's Day, the coastal city's largest celebration of the year.

March 17, 2016 | Associated Press | STATE

Georgia's unemployment rate holds steady

ATLANTA (AP) - State labor officials say Georgia's unemployment rate is holding steady.

March 17, 2016 | Associated Press | STATE

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Work-based learning students practice professional skills

On Tuesday, Jan. 24, the Newton County School System's (NCSS) Work-Based Learning and Youth Apprenticeship programs held the annual Aspiring Young Professionals (AYP) Evaluation Dinner. About 200 students and 40 adult volunteer evaluators attended. The event is a mandatory learning experience for work-based learning and youth apprenticeship students.

January 28, 2017 | Duane M. Ford | Education

2017 Georgia Travel Guide unveiled as Year of Film

Members of Hospitality and Arts, and Tourism Directors representing all 159 counties of Georgia met on the North Steps of the Georgia State Capitol to await keynote speakers and Governor Nathan Deal.

January 28, 2017 | Staff Report | STATE

Kemp warns storm victims to be wary of unlicensed contractors

In the aftermath of violent tornadoes in South Georgia, Secretary of State Brian Kemp warns affected property owners to be wary of unlicensed contractors once rebuilding is underway.

January 28, 2017 | Staff Report | STATE

Gingrich Cushman: The People's Government, the People's Work

On January 20, Donald Trump took the oath of office and became the 45th president of the United States. Trump's speech was 1,435 words long. It included the word "I" only three times. "The oath of office I take today is an oath of allegiance to all Americans," said Trump. Later he noted, "I will fight for you with every breath in my body -- and I will never, ever let you down." Whenever he used the word "I," he used it in reference to his service to our country.

January 28, 2017 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists

Harrop: Hitting our heads against a border wall

Illegal immigration from Mexico is yesterday's problem. Last year, more Mexicans left the United States than entered, according to the Pew Research Center. But if Donald Trump were to follow through on threats to ditch or decimate the North American Free Trade Agreement, illegal immigration from Mexico would become tomorrow's problem.

January 28, 2017 | Froma Harrop | Columnists

Crawford: Sonny Perdue will feel right at home

The new president has finished filling the vacancies in his cabinet by nominating Georgia's own Sonny Perdue as the secretary of agriculture.

January 28, 2017 | Tom Crawford | Columnists

Man on the Street: Is there someone from Newton County that could play in the NFL one day?

With the Falcons making it to the Big Game, The Covington News decided it was time to talk football. All the athletic talent in Newton County makes one wonder: If there are future NFL stars among us, who do you think it could be?

January 28, 2017 | Jarred Todd covintern@covnews.com | Your Thoughts

School system announces initiative to address poverty

Speaking before community leaders Thursday, Jan. 26, Samantha Fuhrey, superintendent for the Newton County School System (NCSS), announced a new initiative aimed at better serving NCSS students impacted by poverty. Just over 70 percent of the NCSS's 19,680 students are considered economically disadvantaged.

January 28, 2017 | Duane M. Ford | Education

Work continues at Henderson’s intersection

Utility relocation activity is currently underway in the realignment of Henderson Mill Road at its intersection of Highway 36, according to Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) District Communications Officer Kyle Collins.

January 27, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | County

Expired tag leads to drug, weapon arrests in Porterdale

Two people were arrested and the Porterdale Police Department (PPD) took drugs and guns off the street after a routine check of an expired tag turned into a more than just a traffic stop.

January 27, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Crime

Jeffares: Keeping a balanced budget

Budget Week at the Capitol has come and gone with joint appropriations meetings with the General Assembly to discuss balancing Georgia's budget for the rest of this fiscal year and next. The Governor and state agencies delivered presentations and projections of how they suggest the budget be distributed.

January 27, 2017 | | LEGISLATIVE UPDATES

President Trump declares Major Disaster for Georgia

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that Federal disaster assistance has been made available to the state of Georgia to supplement State and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe storms, tornadoes, and straight-line winds during the period of Jan. 21-22.

January 27, 2017 | Staff Report | STATE

SWA members urge caution with solid waste contract

Some members of the Newton County Solid Waste Authority (SWA) are asking for changes and urging caution as the authority considers approving the county's contract with Advanced Disposal Systems (ADS) to provide mandatory curbside trash pick-up in the county.

January 26, 2017 | Darryl Welch | County

JDA elects officers for 2017

The Joint Development Authority (JDA) of Jasper, Morgan, Newton and Walton Counties held its first meeting of 2017 Jan. 25 at the Old Moore House, Stanton Springs, in Social Circle.

January 26, 2017 | Darryl Welch | LOCAL

Suspicious behavior leads to two arrests in Covington

Suspicious behavior and observant police work led to the arrest of two men in Covington early Monday. It also possibly prevented a crime.

January 26, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Crime

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