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Lorraine Elementary evacuation ends after sweep due to possible bomb threat

A lockdown on Lorraine Elementary after a possible bomb threat was lifted shortly after noon Friday after a security sweep found the campus to be clear.

August 29, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Yates makes case for Falcons' backup

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith is waiting to select a backup quarterback.

August 29, 2014 | Associated Press | SPORTS

Use of smart phone not as clean as the dumb one I washed

I killed my cell phone (it was a dumb phone) by washing it in the washing machine. It was in my pants pocket, and I forgot. The bad thing is this is the second time that I have done that.

August 28, 2014 | Paula Travis | LIFE

I-20 construction postponed

Don't worry much about orange cones on the area's highways this holiday weekend. Instead, just worry about all those other cars.

August 28, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL

In 1970, we had a riot; Ferguson looks like war

The news from Ferguson, Missouri, has brought back unpleasant memories from the long-ago riots in Asbury Park, New Jersey. It was the summer of 1970, and I was a young teenager close enough to the action to be appropriately frightened.

August 28, 2014 | Staff Report | Columnists

NHS student arrested for pot, knife

A local high school student was in the custody of the Newton County Sheriff's Office Thursday afternoon after being arrested on campus.

August 28, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL

Kiwanis club hosts high school coaches

The Kiwanis Club hosted Newton County high school football coaches yesterday, and they spoke about an array of topics such as the season, former players, Newton County school system and more.

August 28, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton

Lunchtime concerts set for Thursdays

A series of concerts, all featuring different styles of music, are set for noon each Thursday in September. All will be held on the Square in Covington, and all are free to the public.

August 28, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Student plans fundraising walk

Tammy Hammonds's daughter is the chair for a committee that worked all year to organize fundraising events to bring awareness to a rare but serious disease the needs a brighter spotlight. And Tammy Hammonds's daughter is only 16.

August 28, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL

Football in the SEC not a casual affair for fans

We made it, folks.

August 28, 2014 | Ben Prevost | Sports Columnists

GPTC hosts healthy choices fair

Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) recently hosted a series of events targeting health and wellness on its DeKalb and Newton campuses. As a part of its "Be ACTive" initiative to encourage faculty, staff and students to engage in healthy choices that will nourish the mind, body and spirit, GPTC held a "Healthy Choices Fair" in the Conference Center on the college's DeKalb Campus.

August 28, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Man leaves legacy in 10,000 books

Bo Davis had a passion, and he was not short on living up to it.

August 28, 2014 | Kayla Robins | RELIGION

Just a thought: The Golden Rule

Is the "Golden Rule" biblical? Yes, but not because it is a "golden rule" but rather because it is a "Kingdom principle." Many people miss the point here. They want to live by the golden rule (and that's fine), but not really according to the Kingdom rule. Ah yes, we are talking about the pickers and the choosers. Jesus asked it this way: "Why do you call me, 'Lord, Lord,' and do not do what I say?" (Lk. 6:46) In other words; "Why do you call me Lord when in reality I am not your Lord?" or, "Why ...

August 28, 2014 | William Burnham | Columnists

Story of tonight's game: Youth

"We are young" isn't just a song by indie pop group Fun, it's also the theme for both Eastside and Alcovy's football teams this season.

August 28, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Alcovy

Pilot Club hosts partner in education

The Pilot Club of Covington welcomed its partner in education for 2014-15 to its monthly meeting in August.

August 28, 2014 | Staff Report | LIFE

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A range of colors

Hydrangeas can be found in white, pink, purple and blue - and shades in between. But where do those colors come from?

June 06, 2010 | By Ashley Bates abates@gainesvilletimes.com | LOCAL

County leaders graduate from econ. academy

The Board of the Georgia Academy for Economic Development recently announced Newton County graduates from the 2010 Region Five Multi-Day Training Program. Class participants represented a number of professional and non-professional economic development fields, including elected officials, public servants, business leaders, educators and social service providers from 12 counties in Northeast Georgia. The Academy provided each of the graduates an opportunity to gain a unique understanding of the complexities of economic and community development on the local, regional and state levels.

June 06, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL

More women are getting rheumatoid arthritis

According to a recent study from the Mayo Clinic, rheumatoid arthritis in women has increased between the years 1995 and 2007. This rise follows a four year decline in the disease and is speculated to be effected by environmental factors such as cigarette smoking, vitamin D deficiency, and lower dose synthetic estrogens in oral contraceptives.

June 06, 2010 | Kirven Weekley | News Columnists

BOC remains uncertain about the budget

Newton County simply won't have enough revenue to operate its proposed FY2011 budget at the current 9.73 millage rate, even if it cuts 100 jobs and raises various fees.

June 06, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Giant among men

Dear Editor: Thursday afternoon death stole a giant of Newton County and we are all the lesser by the loss

June 06, 2010 | Phil Johnson Covington | Letters

Business and health care reform

The No. 1 issue on the minds of any business owner who has more than one employee should be gaining an understanding how the health care reform bill recently passed by Congress is going to affect his or her business.

The Covington-Newton Chamber of Commerce recognizes that this is a critical issue.

June 06, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

The ‘Dubya’ made me do it

During the first term of the Obama presidency, everything that has gone wrong in our country has been blamed on former president George W. Bush either directly or indirectly.

June 06, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

We stand alone together

Whenever June 6 falls on a Sunday, my column subject will most likely be that longest of days in 1944 when Allied forces assaulted Nazi Germany's "Fortress Europe." Operation Overlord, history's largest naval invasion, still staggers the mind when considering logistics, alone.

June 06, 2010 | Nat Harwell | Columnists

Early voting to begin for crowded primary

One of the most crowded local election years in recent history officially starts Monday with early voting for the July 20 primary.

June 06, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | Election

Eyesore of the Week - June 6

Like a bad neighbor:

June 06, 2010 | Staff Report | Eyesore of the Week

Waffle House cook gets baked at work

A Waffle House employee was arrested Tuesday night after a concerned citizen called authorities to report that the employee had been smoking marijuana behind the restaurant with two women.

Deputies from the Newton County Sheriff's Department arrived at the Brown Bridge Road location as they were walking inside they could reportedly smell a strong odor of marijuana near the entrance to the restaurant. When they walked inside they noticed a black male, later identified as Victor Damone Belcher, 28, who matched the citizen's description, cooking.

June 06, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Newton County Jail Log - June 6

  • Arcadio Valerio, 37, 6122 Roth St., Covington, May 17. Public drunk.
  • Quindarious Eugene Webb, 17, 3127 Bohannon St., Covington, May 13. Battery.
  • Demarco Antwane Williams, 29, 385 Crestfield Circle, Covington, May 13. Theft of services, damaging, injuring or interfering.
  • Matthew Carlyle Williams, 29, 65 Wisteria Circle, Covington, May 13. Criminal trespass, Family Violence Act battery.
  • Richard Williams, 55, 290 Windfield Dr., Covington, May 16. Contempt of court.
  • Daniel Steven Wilson, 38, 639 Morningside Dr., Covington, May 12. Probation violation
  • Donald Leon Wood, 49, 225 Freankie Lane, Covington, May 12. Driving while license suspended, DUI, suspended, revoked or canceled license, removing ...

June 06, 2010 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log

Shining Star

Very promising:

June 05, 2010 | Staff Report | Education

Local residents set to Paddle Georgia

Covington residents Tonya and Taylor Bechtler, Kelly Harbac and Carol Winters are set to paddle 82 miles this summer as part of Georgia River Network's Paddle Georgia 2010 on Northeast Georgia's Broad and Savannah rivers.

June 05, 2010 | Staff Report | Covington

Chamber to host health care forum

On June 29 Ryan Mahoney, director of public policy for the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, will speak to Newton County businesses on the impact of the federal health care reform bill and how it affects them as employers and their employees; including the timeline for implementation, the changes in coverage and compliance, and how the cost will be covered through penalties and taxation.

June 05, 2010 | Staff Report | Covington

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