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Our thoughts: Lack of Leadership

This week the president, the commander in chief of our military, addressed the graduating class at West Point.

May 29, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Students to learn to grow, prepare food

A pastor, farmer and chef got together one day and decided they were going to revolutionize how local residents think about and consume food. They also want to transform communities while they're at it.

May 29, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

‘Irreplaceable’ Chief Davenport retires

Newton County Fire Service Battalion Chief Terry Davenport asked his fellow firefighters to join him as his final shift ended Thursday, a way to say goodbye to those around him and his career of over 30 years.

May 29, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Appalling disregard for black life by other blacks

Late one night last week I was channel surfing when I happened upon a station that was running a marathon of a reality show. Each hour-long program took the viewers through the real-time aftermath of two violent murders. Sometimes each murder was solved, with the perpetrator being arrested and imprisoned. Other times, the crimes went unsolved by the conclusion of the program.

May 29, 2014 | Mychal Massie | Columnists

Blues on the square

The Newton County Arts Association's final spring concert on the Square entertained residents Thursday. The John Brown Quartet rounded out the season's five performances, playing familiar hits from the 1960's and 70's such as "Mustang Sally."

May 29, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL

Georgia AG: No weapons on campus, in schools

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia gun owners can't bring their weapons onto the grounds of public schools or public college campuses when two new laws take effect on July 1, Attorney General Sam Olens said Thursday.

May 29, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

SE Newton to get better AT&T 4G coverage

AT&T recently installed a new mobile internet cell site on Ga. Highway 213 near Mansfield that will boost the company's 4G access in the area.

May 29, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Officials: Measles tally doubled in the past month

NEW YORK (AP) - Measles cases are accelerating, and in the last five months have caused more U.S. illnesses than in any entire year since 1996.

May 29, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

'The Weed Fairy' visits Seattle, gives out pot

SEATTLE (AP) - A woman who calls herself the "Weed Fairy" distributed free nuggets of marijuana to people in Seattle over Memorial Day weekend, taping the free pot on fliers around a city neighborhood.

May 29, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

41 charged in deer insurance scam

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Forty-one people in Philadelphia are facing charges in what prosecutors call an elaborate insurance fraud scheme that used dead deer to fake car accidents.

May 29, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Google says workforce mostly white, male

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - In a groundbreaking disclosure, Google revealed Wednesday how very white and male its workforce is - just 2 percent of its Googlers are black, 3 percent are Hispanic, and 30 percent are women. About a third of the company's workforce is Asian.

May 29, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Google says workforce mostly white, male

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - In a groundbreaking disclosure, Google revealed Wednesday how very white and male its workforce is - just 2 percent of its Googlers are black, 3 percent are Hispanic, and 30 percent are women. About a third of the company's workforce is Asian.

May 29, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

SF ISO ambitious charmer; SM seeks amusing looker

WASHINGTON (AP) - Who said the dating game was logical?

May 29, 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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CSX employee injured in Social Circle

A CSX railroad employee was significantly injured at General Mills' distribution center in Social Circle around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.

May 28, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL

3 Ga. men charged in post-prom sexual assault

ELLIJAY, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say three teens accused of sexually assaulting a girl at an after-prom party at a north Georgia cabin have been charged with aggravated sexual battery.

May 28, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Abortion doctors restrictions take root in South

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - From Texas to Alabama, laws are being enacted that would greatly restrict access to abortion, forcing many women to travel hundreds of miles to find a clinic. The laws, requiring abortion doctors to have privileges to admit patients to local hospitals, could have a profound impact on women in poor and rural sections of the Bible Belt.

May 28, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Karen Handel to endorse Kingston for US Senate

ATLANTA (AP) - For all the wrangling between the tea party and establishment conservatives in this midterm election year, key players from both sides are closing ranks behind one candidate in Georgia's Republican Senate primary runoff.

May 28, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Poet, author Maya Angelou dies at 86

NEW YORK (AP) - Maya Angelou was gratified, but not surprised by her extraordinary fortune.

May 28, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

GA man out on bond in fatal crash charged with DUI

JASPER, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say a man facing charges in a DUI crash that killed his newlywed wife was arrested again over the weekend for drunk driving.

May 28, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Lions give for education

The Oxford Lions Club awarded bicycles to a most improved boy and girl from each of the third, fourth and fifth grades at Flint Hill Elementary School during their awards programs. The Covington Pilot Club contributed the helmets. Top photo are fourth grade recipients; Kevon Smith and Larekia Terrell. Above are third grade recipients; Calvin Brown and Melyssa Valencia. Not pictured are fifth grade recipients; Darius Green and Shaylee Anderson. Lions presenting were John Burson, Mike Willard, Larry Willard, Ronnie Jones, Bob Gregory, and photos by Richard and Nancy Henderson. Pilots presenting were Mary Barnes, Ann Cargile and Dean Willard.

May 27, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Kiwanis Club donates 702 books to preschoolers

Local Kiwanis Club officials wanted to help Newton County's youngest students became better readers, so they set out to place a book into the hands of every single preschooler in the public school system.

May 27, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Unemployment continues to drop

Newton County's unemployment continued its fall in 2014, dropping to 7.3 percent in April.

May 27, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Savannah port deepening boosts Newton Co.

Savannah's international shipping port is deepening, and while the coastal city is best known as a vacation spot for locals, its effects on Newton County's economy could be much larger.

May 27, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Newton High grad accepted to Naval Academy

For one high school graduate, a dream is about to become a reality.

May 27, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL

Sports bar, Jimmy John’s, 3 others coming

Covington is getting five new businesses, including three restaurants, a medical products company and a women's clothing boutique on the square, continuing an uptick in retail businesses for the city.

May 27, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Hillary Clinton versus the press

LAS VEGAS - Karl Rove spoke here recently. I'd like to tell you what he said, but the session was off the record. This was a pity because I wanted him to expand on his statement that Hillary Clinton was possibly hiding a serious medical condition. In this case, no news is not good news. It's merely no news.

May 27, 2014 | Richard Cohen | Columnists

A Firestorm that Came from Nowhere

Dear editor,

May 27, 2014 | Sam M Hay III | Letters

Our Thoughts: Safety

It's time for our annual reminder on safety and the safety of our children.

May 27, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

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