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Deal’s panel saves BOE thousands

Teachers, students and faculty in Newton County schools will soon be safer from potential carbon monoxide leaks at a cost of thousands of dollars cheaper than originally expected.

April 19, 2014 | Kayla Robins | Education

Bear spotted south of Newborn

A large bear was spotted south of Newborn this week, and the Jasper County man who initially reported the bear says there is evidence it's hanging around, but an official with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources said real concern doesn't set in until a bear starts damaging property or stops showing fear.

April 19, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Alternative education program contract up for renewal

Officials with Ombudsman Education Services, the Newton County School System's alternative education provider for at-risk students, made their pitch to get their contract renewed for the next year, and potentially next three years.

April 19, 2014 | Kayla Robins | Education

Smart Growth’s political forum

Early voting for the May 20 Primary begins Friday, and local group Smart Growth Newton County is giving residents a chance to hear from all the local and state candidates facing opposition this year.

April 19, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

County budget moves to public meetings

With a goal of lowering the county's property tax rate, after raising it last year, the Newton County Board of Commissioners is set to kick off its part of the budget process in earnest and officials will be looking for ways to cut costs and increase revenue.

April 19, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | BOC

Paving his way

A home-schooled kid with a father who dropped out of high school and a mother who dropped out of college doesn't quite fit the typical profile for a stellar college student.

April 19, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL

Taking the challenge

THE WINNERS OF THE CHEERIOS CHALLENGE

April 19, 2014 | Anthoney Banks | LOCAL

Rams take second at region meet

The Rockdale County High School boys track and field team captured the 2014 Region 2-AAAAAA title Wednesday afternoon, besting second place Newton High for top honors in the league.

April 19, 2014 | Matt Smith | Newton

Student choirs take Disney trip

Choirs from two Newton County schools traveled over 400 miles to perform at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla., becoming the stars of their own Disney show on April 5.

April 19, 2014 | Kayla Robins | Education

Creeping landslide devouring part of Wyoming town

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) - No one can say when the mountainside collapsing into this Wyoming resort town will give way. But it appears increasingly likely that when it does, it's going to take a piece of Jackson with it.

April 19, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Documents detail another delayed GM recall

DETROIT (AP) - General Motors waited years to recall nearly 335,000 Saturn Ions for power steering failures despite getting thousands of consumer complaints and more than 30,000 warranty repair claims, according to government documents released Saturday.

April 19, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Sewage plant sparks smell concerns at garden

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - There are concerns at the Savannah Botanical Gardens that a planned sewage treatment plant will send unpleasant smells wafting over the roses.

April 19, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Group works to preserve Revolutionary War site

SYLVANIA, Ga. (AP) - More than two centuries after a daring British surprise attack routed American forces at Brier Creek, new efforts are underway to preserve one of Georgia's least explored Revolutionary War sites.

April 19, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Judges in Utah gay marriage case question lawyers

ATLANTA (AP) - Police say they've recovered a car belonging to the clerk of the Georgia House of Representatives after it was stolen outside the Georgia Capitol.

April 19, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Zoo Atlanta has warthog births for spring

ATLANTA (AP) - Zoo Atlanta has a new litter of warthog piglets.

April 19, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

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County wrestlers advance to state duals

Eight Newton County grapplers will continue their wrestling careers this weekend after qualifying for the Georgia High School Association Class AAAAAA State Traditional Duals Championships.

February 10, 2014 | Matt Smith | SPORTS

Special delivery for winter weather

Due to the wintry weather conditions predicted by the National Weather Service for Wednesday, that day's edition of The Covington News will be delivered Tuesday.

February 10, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Shooting reported at metro Atlanta grocery store

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Police are investigating a shooting that took place inside a suburban Atlanta grocery store.

February 10, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Warm enough for Summer Games in Sochi

SOCHI, Russia (AP) - With temperatures rising on the Black Sea coast, the Sochi Olympics are starting to feel more like the Summer Games.

February 10, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Ga. gov declares state of emergency as storm looms

ATLANTA (AP) - With memories of gridlock on icy Atlanta highways still fresh, Georgia officials got a second chance Monday to prove the state could prepare for winter weather. The governor declared a state of emergency hours ahead of the storm, something he didn't do two weeks ago.

February 10, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

More wintry weather expected

North central Georgia is once again preparing for an icy situation.

February 10, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Medical marijuana gains traction in the Deep South

ATLANTA (AP) - Medical marijuana has been a non-starter in recent years in the Deep South, where many Republican lawmakers feared it could lead to widespread drug use and social ills. That now appears to be changing, with proposals to allow a form of medical marijuana gaining momentum in a handful of Southern states.

February 10, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Ga. bracing for another round of winter weather

ATLANTA (AP) - With memories of thousands of vehicles gridlocked for hours on icy metro Atlanta highways fresh in their minds, emergency officials and elected leaders in north Georgia were preparing Monday for another round of winter weather.

February 10, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Lady Rams clinch perfect region record

The Newton girls varsity basketball team made history Saturday night, giving coach Tiffani Johnson her first perfect 12-0 region season as the Lady Rams' head coach.

February 08, 2014 | Matt Smith | Newton

Lions spoil Senior Night

It was a performance to forget Saturday afternoon for the Newton High boys varsity basketball team, as the Rams uncharacteristically struggled against visiting Luella in a 31-17 Senior Night loss.

February 08, 2014 | Matt Smith | Newton

Award-winning teen has big dreams

An academic-minded athlete and young man of many talents, Ralph Brown, 14, may not be your typical teenager.

February 08, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL

Brown fires up spelling bee win

Ralph Brown, an eighth-grader at Newton County Theme School at Ficquett, picked up a trophy and the title as the 2014 Newton County Spelling Bee Champion after competing in the county-wide spelling competition at Newton High School Friday.

February 08, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL

Newton Farm Bureau holds Legislative Dinner

The Newton County Farm Bureau's Legislative Dinner was held Jan. 30 at the Newton College and Career Academy.

February 08, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

NMC Fitness Forum plans Heart Health Fair

In recognition of Cardiac Rehabilitation Week, Newton Medical Center's Fitness Forum will host a Heart Health Fair for the community from 8 a.m.-noon Feb. 11 in the lobby of the Knox Surgical Center.

February 08, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

CPD arrests two after road signs reportedly taken

Two men were arrested late last week after reportedly trying to steal a street sign.

February 08, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL

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