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Look out for Newton

Jeremiah Holloman might be the headliner right now for Newton track and field, but look past his individual accomplishments and you'll find a young Newton team that finished fourth overall at state this year.

May 24, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton

From fifth to first

When Newton sophomore Jeremiah Holloman placed fifth in the triple jump last year, he did so in disappointment to himself. Malik Franklin a former triple jump state champion for Newton, had been teasing Holloman about it in effort to motivate him. Franklin has a record distance of 48-10 and it's the record Holloman has been shooting for since the beginning of the season.

May 24, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton

Stoked

It's been a tremendous year for Eastside sophomore athlete Eric Stokes. Just in his second year in high school and Stokes earned the starting running back position at the beginning of the football season, he was ranked second in the 400m heading into state, he's been offered by Georgia State and now he's a state champion.

May 24, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Eastside

Don't be penny wise and pound foolish-Support the citizen landfill committee

Dear Editor,

May 24, 2015 | Steve Brown | Letters

The other guys

We were young, invincible, and we knew the awful things would happen to the other guy. The war in Vietnam was nothing more than a stumbling block, something our country needed us to do before we continued on with our lives, our educations, marriages, raising rug rats, growing old with a sweetheart. Our tools of war were lethal and high tech, the best bombs and bullets taxpayer money could buy. Turn us loose, let us do what we were trained to do, and we will win this war then bring us home to a grateful nation.

May 24, 2015 | Pete Mecca | A VETERAN'S STORY

Newton Medical, Piedmont finalize deal

Newton Medical Center will soon become Piedmont Newton Hospital after NMC finalized a partnership agreement with Piedmont Healthcare earlier this week.

May 23, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

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May 23, 2015 | Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home | OBITS

Two dead in apparent murder suicide

The Covington Police Department responded to a shooting Thursday, discovering a man and woman shot when arriving on scene.

May 22, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

New section of Social Circle Bypass to open

The new section of the Social Circle Bypass from State road 11 to East Hightower Trail will open Tuesday, June 2, according to Superintendent of traffic, safety and utilities J. Robert Manning of ER Snell Contractor.

May 22, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Harry Owens likely interim county manager

Newton County revealed the name of the candidate under consideration for the position of interim county manager Friday following the departure of former County Manager Tom Garrett last week.

May 22, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Walmart pushes to curb antibiotics in meat

NEW YORK (AP) - Wal-Mart, the nation's largest food retailer, is urging its thousands of U.S. suppliers to curb the use of antibiotics in farm animals and improve treatment of them.

May 22, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Protest planned at Valdosta graduation over student death

VALDOSTA, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say they will provide extra security during graduation ceremonies this weekend at the Valdosta high school where a student was found dead in a rolled-up gym mat more than two years ago.

May 22, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Savannah prosecutors seek indictment over death of college student

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Prosecutors plan to seek an criminal indictment next month in the death of a 22-year-old college student at the Chatham County jail.

May 22, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Action Ministries opens office in Newton

For the first time in 20 years, the charitable nonprofit organization, Action Ministries, has opened a satellite office. The Newton County Action Ministries office opened its doors on May 4 in the Wesley Building of Covington First United Methodist Church, 2160 Church Street, Covington.

May 21, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

What Nobel Peace Laureates have incurred should not have occurred

I have been trying to figure out what to do with my free time now that I have decided not to run for President of the United States (or what's left of it.) Some of you wrote and asked me to reconsider my decision. I am humbled by your pledges of support but I don't want to broach the subject again with the Woman Who Shares My Name. She has access to a lot of broccoli and says she know where she can get more. I had best leave that alone.

May 21, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists

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Policeman reprimanded for council fraternization

Porterdale Police Sgt. Jason Cripps has been verbally reprimanded for fraternizing with city council members and presenting an unprofessional image.

July 01, 2011 | AJ Archer | Porterdale

Facebook hookup leads to rape charge

A 19-year-old has been charged with raping a girl he met on Facebook.

June 30, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Man charged with molesting babysitter

A Covington man charged with molesting his children's babysitter served two days in jail before bonding out.

June 30, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Flurry of motions in death penalty case

An attorney for accused murderer Pablo Fernando Maldonado on Thursday filed 18 motions in the death penalty case against the defendant.

June 30, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Newton County Jail Log - July 1

Christopher Charles Bell, 51, 10307 Waterford Road, Covington, June 24. Court sentenced to work release.

June 30, 2011 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log

Pets of the Week - July 1

Come visit the Newton County Animal Shelter at 210 Lower River Road, open 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. They would love for you to see what great animals they have for adoption. Telephone (770) 786-9514.

June 30, 2011 | Staff Report | Pets of the Week

Troopers preparing for July fourth holiday

The Georgia State Patrol is reminding motorists to buckle up this weekend and to plan travel activities with safety in mind.

June 30, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Reneé Meadors Hansen

Reneé Meadors Hansen, 56, of Watkinsville, GA, passed away June 28, 2011, at her mother's home after a long illness. Reneé was born in Atlanta, GA, and grew up in Covington, GA. She graduated from Newton County High School and continued her education at the University of Georgia where she earned a Bachelor's degree in Interior Design. She thoroughly enjoyed being a member of the Alpha Omicron Pi sorority. She was an active member of the First United Methodist Church, in Conyers; and was also active at the First United Methodist Church, in Athens, as her health permitted ...

June 30, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS

Run, Tyler run

For the past two years, nobody in the state has been able to catch Newton track star Tyler Long or his teammates for that matter, at least not in the 4x100 meter relay. And after signing with Campbell University Wednesday, Long's days of running like the wind competitively will continue for the next four years.

June 30, 2011 | Josh Briggs | Newton

Still swingin' it

In 2008, Landon Cheek was putting the finishing touches on his third straight Region 2-AAAAA golf championship. When he left for college in the fall as the school's most accomplished golfer, he left his golf clubs behind.

June 30, 2011 | Josh Briggs | Newton

Covington Y Piranhas capture second straight Rockdale title

For a second straight year, swimmers from the Covington YMCA can call themselves the best in the area. The Covington Y Piranhas topped the six-team meet and captured the Rockdale swim league championship for the second time in as many years.

June 30, 2011 | Josh Briggs | YMCA

That's the spirit

The Newton competition cheerleading squad returned from the National Cheerleading Association cheerleading camp at the University of Georgia last week with some new hardware. In addition, the team earned a berth at the NCA Senior and Junior High School National Championship at Dallas in January.

June 30, 2011 | Josh Briggs | Newton

Man uses iPod to video women in store

MARIETTA - Authorities say a Cobb County man has been charged with using his iPod to videotape under women's skirts without their permission.

June 30, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL

Good news: No lane closures for holiday

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Transportation is suspending all construction-related lane closures during the Fourth of July weekend.

June 30, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL

Millage hike, workers cut in Porterdale

Declining property values continue to hit Porterdale hard and will force the city to raise its property tax rate by 2 mills, lay off two city workers and add 12 furlough days.

June 29, 2011 | AJ Archer | LOCAL

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