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BOC postpones cell tower vote

Lanier Sims served as Vice Chairman of the Board of Commissioners as Keith Ellis was absent from the public meeting Tuesday, leaving a four-commissioner board with the possibility for a 2-2 tie.

October 24, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Special needs workshop upcoming

Parents and guardians of students with special needs have a special workshop upcoming specifically geared towards assisting the child with his/her education.

October 24, 2014 | Martin Rand | LOCAL

Mormon founder had teen bride during polygamy days

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Mormon church founder Joseph Smith had a teenage bride and was married to other men's wives during the early days of the faith when polygamy was practiced, a new church essay acknowledges.

October 24, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Police: Lone shooter dead after high school attack

MARYSVILLE, Wash. (AP) - Police in Washington state say a shooter is dead after attack at a high school north of Seattle.

October 24, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Judge may enter Georgia voter registration dispute

ATLANTA (AP) - A Georgia state judge is weighing whether it's appropriate for him to intervene in a dispute over more than 50,000 voter registration records in one of the nation's most politically contested states.

October 24, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Porterdale church catches fire

The Anointed Body of Christ Church in Porterdale suffered hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage Thursday night, when a fire blazed through the building.

October 24, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

TLC cancels its 'Honey Boo Boo' series

NEW YORK (AP) - The TLC network says it is canceling "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo," its colorful series about a young beauty pageant contestant and her family.

October 24, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Federal officials: Dallas nurse free of Ebola

WASHINGTON (AP) - The first nurse diagnosed with Ebola after treating an infected man at a Dallas hospital is free of the virus.

October 24, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Georgia woman, 'voice of Siri,' speaks in Augusta

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - Whether it's giving sports score updates or naming the hottest restaurant in town, the voice heard by millions of iPhone users took center stage at Augusta's Legends Club on Tuesday.

October 24, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

FACT CHECK: Making 97 percent a failing grade

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Republicans trying to take back control of the U.S. Senate are working hard to sear one big number into the brains of voters from Alaska to Arkansas: 90 percent. Or 95 percent. Or 97 percent.

October 24, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Evenflo recalls infant seats to fix sticky buckles

DETROIT (AP) - Evenflo is recalling more than 202,000 rear-facing infant seats because the buckles can become difficult to unlatch.

October 24, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

McGiboney, Alcovy Trestle made safer

Aaron Wadley, who has been on the job as Newton County's transportation director since September, briefed the Newton County Board of Commissioners Tuesday on several projects going on throughout the county.

October 23, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

I-20 pedestrian bridge project under budget

The Covington City Council learned it would be saving money on the pedestrian bridge over I-20 on SR 81 during Monday's council meeting.

October 23, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

New survey details vast scope of teen dating abuse

NEW YORK (AP) - From violence to verbal taunts, abusive dating behavior is pervasive among America's adolescents, according to a new, federally funded survey. It says a majority of boys and girls who date describe themselves as both victims and perpetrators.

October 23, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

I-20 construction work continues

This weekend is full of fall festivals to travel to, but also construction on highways around Metro Atlanta and Georgia.

October 23, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

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Covington council work session at 5:30 tonight

The county has proposed requiring pet owners to pay for a license for each of their cats and dogs. The license fees would help fund Newton County Animal Control and allow the county to create a database of pets to ensure that all pets receives rabies vaccinations.

October 18, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


Board of Education - District 3

Kevin Wade, Republican

October 17, 2010 | | Board of Education

Democrats rally

Spreading the word: The Newton County Democratic Party elected not to stage a candidate's forum this year, but chose to hold a rally Saturday as a chance to inform voters and highlight Democratic candidates.

October 17, 2010 | | LOCAL

One Fabulous Mama - 3, 4, 8

I'm a spazzy, ADHD kind of girl. I fully embrace my nerdy-can't-sit-still personality and use it to fuel my never-ending stream of brilliant ideas. This is like having a live-in muse and a Starbucks inside my head. Being in a constant state of fabulous can be exhausting, so about two years ago I started meditating daily. This is not to be confused with medicating daily, which I've tried as well and with less satisfying results.

October 17, 2010 | By Beth McAfee-Hallman | News Columnists

Our thoughts... Effective leadership

This could have been the year we had an opportunity to elect a governor who we could have had confidence in to help lead us out of the economic misery we are now wallowing in.

October 17, 2010 | | Our Thoughts

Mental health parity, maybe

Finally, mental health providers might be able stand toe-to-toe with medical doctors, including psychiatrists, with the passage of the new health care reform bill. For years, psychologists and other mental health providers have been fighting to obtain parity for mental health insurance policies.

October 17, 2010 | Kirven Weekley | News Columnists

Looking for hope in the wrong places

Last month, at a CNBC-sponsored town hall meeting in Washington, President Barack Obama was forcefully questioned by Velma Hart, one of his supporters from the 2008 campaign. An African-American and the chief financial officer of AMVETS, a veterans' group, she made clear her disappointment with his performance as president.

October 17, 2010 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists

Vent and help your heart

It's no secret to my wife and close friends that I let things upset me from time to time. Quite often it's the case that I get upset the most over things which I have little or no control of, whatsoever. And when emotionally upset, I tend to rant like a spoiled child who can't have his way. It's very amusing to those witnessing the tirade.

October 17, 2010 | Nat Harwell | Columnists

Our thoughts... The color purple

There's a purple ribbon on the front page of today's newspaper.

October 17, 2010 | | Our Thoughts

‘Diaries’ donates courthouse replica

Newton County has a new courthouse, but county employees won't be moving their offices anytime soon.

October 17, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

The Yellow River Jam

Party in the streets: It was an afternoon and evening of music and dance - The annual Yellow River Jam returned to Porterdale on Saturday.

Five bands will perform throughout the day. They included Larry and Anita Denny, Donnie Long, True Gospel Church Band, Apostles of Bluegrass and Jordan Rager will sing country from 6-8 p.m.

October 17, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | Porterdale

The past speaks

The Covington Historic Society brought several of the spirits buried in the Covington Cemetery to life Thursday night to speak on the history of the town and it's people. Proceeds go to Historical Society to benefit the history center to be establish the museum in the Old Jail.

October 17, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Portion of Lee Street to permanently close

The portion of Lee Street between Conyers and Reynolds streets will be permanently closed as preparations begin for construction of the long-awaited $9 million senior affordable complex.

October 17, 2010 | | LOCAL

Board of Education - District 5

Abigail Morgan Coggin, Republican

October 17, 2010 | | Board of Education

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