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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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Newton County Jail Log: Nov. 16

Jerel Latavius Adams, 28, Macon State Prison, Nov. 10, back for court

November 16, 2016 | Staff Report | Crime

Cary Flitter

Cary Flitter, of Covington, passed away November 14, 2016. He was born in Savannah to the late Frances Louise and Ernest Marion Flitter, of Thomaston, on February 28, 1937. Cary served in the United States Air Force from 1959 to 1965, and was stationed in Spain. He then ran an insulation company based in Covington for 27 years, before retiring to enjoy more time golfing.

November 16, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

Parson: What’s happening on the farm?

I get asked what's happening on the farm several times a day, and I'm never sure if people really want to know that answer or if they are just making conversation. It makes no difference to me because each time I give them the real answer - from how the weather is, to weeds, to pests, to planting, to descriptions of a crop bounty.

November 16, 2016 | Daniel Parson | Agriculture

Justin White

Deputy Justin White of Monticello, passed away Nov. 15, 2016, at the age of 28. A 2007 graduate of Newton County High School, Justin served as a deputy with the Newton County Sheriff's Office since 2012. He was a very dedicated law enforcement official who cared deeply about the people he served. Justin was among the best in dealing with situations involving family violence. He was an avid Georgia Bulldog fan, loved fresh-water fishing, and deer hunting. Justin was a very loving father, who worked hard to support his family. He considered his dog, Max, to be his four-legged ...

November 16, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

District 4 commissioner makes accusations against fellow commissioners

District 4 Commissioner J.C. Henderson accused District 3 Commissioner Nancy Schulz and District 5 Commissioner Levie Maddox of corruption, and the Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) of using a forensic audit to "target individuals for race and politics".

November 16, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Georgia DNR issues Code Red air quality alert

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Environmental Protection Division issued a Code Red (unhealthy) air quality alert for Atlanta today due to the smoke from the north Georgia wildfires.

November 16, 2016 | Jasmine Floyd | LOCAL

2017 SPLOST list approved

More than $18 million for transportation, just under $4 million for the Emergency-911 Center, just under $2 million for expansion of the Senior Service Center and a little more than $1 million for an animal control shelter were among the items approved on the proposed 2017 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) list by the Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) Tuesday.

November 16, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Santa’s appearance on Square drawing closer

The Covington Square is decorated and ready for the arrival of Santa during Thursday night's Lighting of the Tree.

November 16, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

BOC summary: Developments of Community Impact zoning approved

After District 1 Commissioner John Douglas requested any language of burial be removed and the acreage increased from four to 10 acres, the Newton County Board of Commissions approved a change to its zoning ordinance to include a new category - Developments of Community Impact.

November 16, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Water restrictions imposed

Newton County residents are now under restrictions for water use after the Board of Commissioners (BOC) unanimously approved to raise the county's Drought Response Level to level 2.

November 16, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

NCSO Capt. Banks speaks to BOC of fallen deputy

The Newton County Board of Commissioner's meeting started off on a somber note Tuesday as Newton County Sheriff's Office Capt. Sammy Banks spoke of Deputy Justin White, who died that morning from injuries sustained in a car crash on Oct. 30.

November 15, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Cheryl Lynn Churchill

Cheryl Lynn Churchill, 50, of Covington passed away November 13, 2016. She was born November 29, 1965, in Covington to her father George Allen, Jr., who survives her and her mother, Florence Underwood Churchill who preceded her in death. Cheryl Churchill loved to fish, was a devoted Norte Dame Football Fan and enjoyed watching movies and nothing touched her heart more than her grandchildren. She was employed as a case worker for years with the Newton County Department of Family and Children Services.

November 15, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

Deputy succumbs to injuries from crash

Update (Nov. 16, 2 p.m.): Funeral arrangements have been made for Newton County Sheriff's Deputy Justin White.

November 15, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL

Piedmont Academy robotics team advances

The Piedmont Academy Robotics Team came in first place in the robot performance portion of the Georgia BEST (Boosting Engineering, Science, and Technology) Robotics Competition Saturday, Nov. 5.

November 15, 2016 | Staff Report | Education

Two NCSS students selected for state superintendent’s student advisory council

Two Newton County School System high school students have been selected to serve on Georgia School Superintendent Richard Woods' 2016-2017 Student Advisory Council. Of the more than 800 students in Georgia who applied for the prestigious council, only 108 were selected to serve, including Zackary Fallah, a junior at Newton High School, and Ralph Brown, a junior who attends both Eastside High School and the Newton College and Career Academy STEM Institute.

November 15, 2016 | Staff Report | Education

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