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Coyote jumps into kitchen chasing cat

A Newton County Sheriff's deputy responded Sunday to a call about an animal problem at a residence on Highway 212.

April 27, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

The good shepherd

Jesus said: I tell you for certain that I am the gate for the sheep. Everyone who came before me was a thief or a robber, and the sheep did not listen to any of them. I am the gate. All who come in through me will be saved. Through me they will come and go and find pasture. A thief comes only to rob, kill, and destroy. I came so that everyone would have life, and have it in its fullest. I am the good shepherd, and the good shepherd gives up his life for his sheep

April 26, 2015 | Jan McCoy | Columnists

Hometown Hero

For the last six years we have had the honor to recognize people in our community who through their actions and deeds have gone the extra mile to help their neighbors or their family.

April 26, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Depressed journalists are depressing nation

I am far more pessimistic about our political system than most Americans. At the same time, I am very optimistic about the future of our nation. That may seem like an odd combination to some, but I am optimistic because I recognize that Washington, D.C., does not lead the nation.

April 26, 2015 | Scott Rasmussen | Columnists

Consciously sidelining ourselves

Though Wal-Mart remains fixed in the American conscience as Sam Walton's business, it is less and less that. Walton was folksy and relatable to the Americans who shopped at Wal-Mart. Everyone could imagine Sam Walton shopping there, too. But over the years, Wal-Mart's management has passed out of the direct hands of Walton's family.

April 26, 2015 | Eric Erickson | Columnists

We need help on McGibboney Road

Dear editor,

April 26, 2015 | Staff Report | Letters

The Basic Annuity – Fixed Interest

If you want a guaranteed rate of return and don't need your income until a later date, a fixed interest annuity might be for you. Interest rates are at the level they were in the 1950's and this also has negatively affected certificates of deposit.

April 26, 2015 | Mike Lassiter | Business

About the FFA-FCCLA Center?

When you pass by the entrance to the FFA-FCCLA Center, have you ever thought what in the world happens there?

April 26, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | LOCAL

A Pearl Harbor Story

Aboard the battleship USS California, Dec. 7, 1941. The time: 7:55 a.m. Wayne Shelnut was nursing a hot cup of coffee after breakfast when someone screamed, "What is that airplane doing up there?" Wayne walked a few steps to the door and looked up. A plane with a big red ball painted on the fuselage passed over the California then dropped a bomb on Ford Island. General quarters sounded and startled sailors ran to their battle stations. 100 crewmembers would die and 62 others would be wounded. World War II had caught our Pacific Fleet sound asleep at ...

April 26, 2015 | Pete Mecca | A VETERAN'S STORY

Q&A: Champ Young on Eastside soccer

Eastside boys soccer is entering the state playoffs as the No. 4 seed from Region 4-AAAA. The Eagles have an overall record of 9-6 and a region record of 7-4. The distance between being No. 1 in that region and being No. 4 is slim, but the Eagles edged out four other teams with the same region record in a tough region to advance to the playoffs. We spoke with Eastside head coach about the team's mindset entering the playoffs and the growth of the team from the beginning of the season until now.

April 26, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Eastside

Rams clinch No. 3 seed

There isn't a better way to finish off the baseball season and prepare for the playoffs than a series against your rival. The third and fourth seed from Region 2-AAAAAA, Newton and Rockdale, started a three-game series on Tuesday, and finished up on Thursday. Though Newton lost the series after losses in the first two games, the Rams took the final regular season game of the season and sealed the three-seed with a 4-0 win over Rockdale, Thursday evening.

April 26, 2015 | Javon Dickerson | Newton

Athletes of the week: 04/20

Camani Smith (Alcovy), Austin Kerbow (Eastside) and Joshua Howard (Newton) are the athletes of the week.

April 26, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Alcovy

Doing what nobody has ever done

No matter what they tell you, size always matters. Liberty Middle School offensive lineman Devin Durden has the size, quickness and tremendous work ethic of a future Division-l offensive lineman.

April 26, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton

Rockdale owns festivities at NewRock All-Star game

Rockdale County edged Newton out in three of the five All-Star events on Wednesday evening, as the Rockdale girl All-Stars won their game while representatives of Salem (Shay Tarver) and Heritage (Rashad Jones) won the girls and boys three-point contests respectively. Eastside's own Timothy Haynes won the dunk contest with a high-flying slam over two Alcovy players and the NewRock boys All-Star game ended in a tie after overtime. Ayanna Mitchell was named MVP of the girls All-Star game where she totaled 18 points. Rockdale's Dwayne Brown and Newton's Malik Wilson were named Co-MVPs of the boys ...

April 26, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Eastside

Eagles poised to be dangerous seed in the playoffs

Eastside completed a sweep of Spalding in a doubleheader at home on Thursday to give the Eagles a shot at obtaining a No. 3 seed in the state playoffs at minimum. With the weirdly constructed way Eastside's region is set up, despite going 15-3 in Region 4-AAAA, the Eagles will likely be the No. 4 seed forcing them to travel to play Wayne County in the first round of the state playoffs.

April 26, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Eastside

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Georgia signs top DL prospect Thompson, 7 early enrollees

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Georgia class of 28 signees on Wednesday included an emphasis on defense, seven early enrollees and a defensive lineman rated as the nation's top prospect.

February 04, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

NCSS students win big at regional science fair

Newton County School System middle and high school students brought home numerous awards in the recent Griffin RESA Regional Science Fair, Overall 10 projects earned first place awards, nine projects received second place awards and seven projects won third place awards. All students winning first place awards will move on to the Georgia Science and Engineering Fair at the University of Georgia in March.

February 04, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

More than 448,500 in Ga. enroll in health insurance plans

ATLANTA (AP) - Federal officials say more than 448,500 Georgians have signed up for health insurance through a federally facilitated marketplace.

February 04, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Question for the court: What is sexual intercourse?

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - What does "sexual intercourse" mean in Florida?

February 04, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Bell signs with Albany

Alcovy safety/receiver D'Anthony Bell was the school's only National Signing Day signee and Bell chose to further his football career at Albany State. Alcovy will announce more signees in the coming weeks.

February 04, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Alcovy

Disneyland measles outbreak isn't largest in recent memory

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The largest U.S. measles outbreak in recent history isn't the one that started in December at Disneyland. It happened months earlier in Ohio's Amish country, where 383 people fell ill after unvaccinated Amish missionaries traveled to the Philippines and returned with the virus.

February 04, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

US stock indexes waver as oil turns sharply lower again

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stock indexes flipped between slight gains and losses on Wednesday as oil prices plunged, ending a four-day rally. Stronger profits for Disney drove its stock higher, pulling the Dow Jones industrial average up.

February 04, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Mayor announces plans to expand Atlanta streetcar system

ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed says there are plans to expand the Atlanta Streetcar system to the east, which would connect it with the Atlanta BeltLine trail.

February 04, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Path to compromise unclear as lawmakers debate immigration

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Republicans on Wednesday maneuvered to put Democrats on record again as opposing legislation that would fund the Homeland Security Department and overturn President Barack Obama's recent actions on immigration.

February 04, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Staples buys Office Depot for $6B to keep pace with change

NEW YORK (AP) - There are few places where evolving technology has been more disruptive than in the work place, which played out again Wednesday as Staples announced it would spend about $6 billion to buy Office Depot.

February 04, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

The Fine Print: Unlimited data plans have limits

NEW YORK (AP) - With cellular-data plans, unlimited doesn't really mean unlimited. Some carriers threaten to slow down speeds after heavy use or curb how much you can stray from their own networks.

February 04, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Lung cancer now top cancer killer for women in rich nations

For the first time, lung cancer has passed breast cancer as the leading cause of cancer deaths for women in rich countries.

February 04, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Ga. insurance commissioner warning of life insurance scam

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens is warning consumers of a life insurance scam involving unsolicited calls.

February 04, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Wintry mix possible in north Georgia mountains

ATLANTA (AP) - Forecasters say a wintry mix of precipitation will be possible across far north Georgia.

February 04, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Jordan, shaken by Islamic State killing, executes 2 inmates

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) - Jordan executed two al-Qaida prisoners before dawn Wednesday, just hours after an online video purported to show Islamic State group militants burning a captured Jordanian pilot to death in a cage.

February 04, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

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