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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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BOC wrap-up: Water Authority looking to purchase county’s water assets

A first step for the Newton County Water and Sewerage Authority (WSA) to purchase the county's water infrastructure was taken Tuesday night.

October 04, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Covington recognized for excellence in financial reporting

For the first time in its 194-year history, the City of Covington has been awarded a Certificate of Achievement for Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) of the United States and Canada for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR).

October 04, 2016 | Staff Report | Covington

Mackenzie Mallard named Eastside Homecoming Queen

Mackenzie Mallard was named Eastside High School's 2016 Homecoming Queen Friday night. Mallard was escorted by her father Leo Mallard. Her mother is Renee Mallard.

October 04, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

John Carl Bledsoe

John Carl Bledsoe passed away on October 2, 2016, surrounded by his family. A longtime resident of Ocala, John was born and raised in Covington. He was a graduate of Georgia Tech and was proud to be a Mechanical Engineer. John served his country as a Naval Aviator and carried his passion for flight throughout his life. He was a successful businessman, passionate golfer, Eagle Scout, devoted friend, loving father, and dedicated member of First United Methodist Church.

October 04, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

Aerators will help keep ponds at Academy Springs clean

When the Satsuki Garden Club began working on a pollinator garden at Academy Springs Park, it quickly became obvious that the two ponds on the property needed attention.

October 03, 2016 | Sandra Brands | Covington

North Forsyth educator fired over racist Facebook comments about Michelle Obama

NORTH FORSYTH - A north Forsyth educator was fired Monday after posts she has recently been making on social media sparked controversy over their perpetuation of racist and anti-minority sentiments.

October 03, 2016 | Kayla Robins krobins@forsythnews.com | STATE

Jerry ‘Red’ McDonald

Jerry "Red" McDonald of Oxford, 66, passed away October 1, 2016. Jerry owned his own landscaping company, Jerry Mc Donald Landscaping, for more than 45 years. He enjoyed fishing and hunting, and traveled all over the country filling this passion. When not working, Jerry was in the woods! He cherished his family and will be missed by all who knew and loved him. Preceding him in death were his parents, Martin and Ruby (Shaw) McDonald; brother, Reese McDonald; and three infant sisters.

October 03, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

NCSO identifies body found at Factory Shoals Park

The body found Monday morning at Factory Shoals Park after a report of a missing person has been identified as Ciera Evans, 20, of Covington, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO).

October 03, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Seeing double: Twin football players excel at Alcovy

Andrae Robinson and Adrian Robinson have a lot in common. Not only do they share the same last name, but they also share the same birthday. That's right - they're twins.

October 03, 2016 | Mariya Lewter | Alcovy

Eagles fly easy in Homecoming rout

The Eastside Eagles (4-1-1, 2-0 region 4 AAAA) could not have had a better night for their 2016 Homecoming game. The seniors for the Eagles seemed to show up all night with big plays. They took on, and took it to the Druid Hills Red Devils (2-4, 0-2 region 4 AAAA) in what seemed to be a long night for the visiting team.

October 03, 2016 | Kevin Nixon | Eastside

NAACP honors Pastor Clara Lett at annual gala

On Sept. 24, the Newton County National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) held its Annual Freedom Fund and Scholarship Gala at the Turner Lake Recreation Complex. The theme was "Our Lives Matter, Our Vote Counts," and the guest speaker was Georgia Representative Rev. Dee Dawkins-Haigler (D-Lithonia).

October 02, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Pumpkin patch open throughout October

Among the decorations that can be seen throughout Newton County during the cool weather of fall are plenty of pumpkins.

October 02, 2016 | Staff Report | LIVING

Fall is the best month to plant trees and shrubs

While driving around Newton County this summer, no matter how short the drive, anyone can see a dead tree or shrub in many yards. It would stand to reason they died from dry weather seeing how dry this summer has been. Some would also think the high temperatures were the cause of mortality.

October 02, 2016 | Staff Report | LIVING

Eagles turn focus to region softball tournament

As the regular season winds down, the Eastside High School softball team finds itself in an ideal position heading into the softball region tournament.

October 02, 2016 | Mariya Lewter | SPORTS

Art and yard sale combined for Porterdale event

It's not just a yard sale. It's also a place where buyers can pick up original art work at reasonable prices.

October 02, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

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