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Carl Vinson Institute facilitation proposal

The University of Georgia's Carl Vinson Institute of Government has offered to facilitate four citizen landfill committee meetings for $12,500.

April 17, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL

Public Defender: Office plagued by roach infestation, mold

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - A trip to county jail or state prison might not be the worst sight ahead for some of Augusta's poorest criminal defendants.

April 17, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Georgia school district implements new free meal program

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - A Georgia school district will provide every student with free breakfast and lunch starting next year.

April 17, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Row, row, row your boat

The recent rains may have kept kayaks and canoes off the river, but thanks to the Yellow River Water Trail, Georgians will be able to enjoy the watershed for years to come.

April 17, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL

GPC tuition increasing 2.5 percent

Georgia Perimeter College tuition will increase 2.5 percent for the upcoming academic year.

April 16, 2015 | Staff Report | DIGITAL NEWSPAPER

Georgia officials approve tuition increases at state schools

ATLANTA (AP) - Students at Georgia's public colleges and universities will see tuition increases this fall, after university system officials Tuesday backed increases including a 9 percent per semester boost at Georgia Tech and the University of Georgia.

April 16, 2015 | Associated Press | DIGITAL NEWSPAPER

Drone flight regulations

While Federal laws and regulations are still being hammered out, here are some guidelines from the FlySafe Course, a rigorous certification workshop for commercial and hobby operators of unmanned aerial vehicles. (Source: http://flysafetraining.org/the-guidelines/ )

April 16, 2015 | Martin Rand | DIGITAL NEWSPAPER

Lawmakers slowly move to spell out drone regulations

For the past two legislation sessions, the Georgia House of Representatives has discussed a bill proposal that would put certain laws in place to regulate the usage of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), or better known as drones.

April 16, 2015 | Martin Rand | DIGITAL NEWSPAPER

Sky's the Limit: Local drone enthusiasts explore new applications in business, public safety

Drones have come to the skies of Rockdale County and it's more than just hobbyists who are abuzz about the possibilities of these zippy devices.

April 16, 2015 | Michelle Kim | DIGITAL NEWSPAPER

Those puppy eyes can help a dog bond with owner

NEW YORK (AP) - Oh, those puppy eyes.

April 16, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Tennessee plan to make Bible 'official' book derailed

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A plan to make the Bible the official state book in Tennessee derailed Thursday when the Republican-controlled Senate sent the measure back to a committee, effectively killing it this year.

April 16, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Department heads begin budget review

The Newton County Board of Commissioners moved a step further to a budget for the 2015-16 fiscal year this week.

April 16, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL

Report: High school smoking fell as e-cigarette use boomed

NEW YORK (AP) - A new government report shows smoking by teens hit a new low last year while the popularity of electronic cigarettes and water pipes boomed.

April 16, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Ga. utility shutters power units to meet state regulations

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Power is shuttering coal and oil powered units throughout the state as part of a plan that was approved by the Georgia Public Service Commission.

April 16, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Stocks struggle higher in afternoon; Netflix, Etsy soar

NEW YORK (AP) - Major stock indexes flipped from losses to gains Thursday afternoon following a rebound in crude oil prices. Major markets in Europe finished with losses amid renewed concerns that Greece could default on its debts.

April 16, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

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Cushman: Budgeting blame game

By failing to pass a 2011 budget last fall while still in charge of the House, Senate and presidency, the Democratic Party set up the potential for the Democrats to blame the Republicans.

April 07, 2011 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists

Newton County could get four roundabouts

Roundabouts have seen enough success across Georgia that the federal government wants to provide full funding for four more of the continuous-flow, circular intersections within Newton County.

April 07, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Former Forsyth sheriff at center of free speech battle

ATLANTA - An interesting First Amendment battle is being waged in the federal appeals court in Atlanta by an ex-Georgia sheriff who claims a barrage of leaflets that falsely painted one of his critics as an ex-con was politically protected free speech.

The argument by former Forsyth County Sheriff Dennis Lee Hendrix came before the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday after he challenged an April 2007 jury verdict that awarded one of the critics, Danny Bennett, a $3.6 million judgment on libel claims.

April 07, 2011 | Associated Press | STATE

Storm costs Covington $20,000-plus

Wednesday Update: The windstorm early Tuesday may have cost Covington's electric department $20,000 to $25,000 in labor, overtime, equipment and parts.

April 07, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Man shot by officers in Gwinnett

NORCROSS - Police in Gwinnett County say an officer shot a man who pulled a gun.

Cpl. Jake Smith of the Gwinnett County Police Department says the shooting occurred Wednesday night outside an apartment complex.

April 07, 2011 | Associated Press | STATE

Legends open Masters play

AUGUSTA - Two old champions with 10 green jackets between them strolled up to the first tee to get the Masters going, then stepped aside to let the real contenders take their place in the Georgia sun.

Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer struck ceremonial tee shots shortly after sunrise today at Augusta National, the traditional start to the year's first major. With the overnight chill still lingering, the 81-year-old Palmer hit a little fade that stayed in the fairway. The 71-year-old Nicklaus went next, ripping one right down the middle about 30 yards past his longtime rival.

April 07, 2011 | Associated Press | STATE

Bond program allows Newton schools to buy buses

A bond program designed to reimburse school systems for the purchase of new buses will allow Newton County to have six new buses in their fleet soon.

April 07, 2011 | Amber Pittman | Education

MARTA crash injures 13

ATLANTA - Authorities say a MARTA bus collided head-on today with another vehicle, injuring 13 people including a 3-year-old girl.

MARTA spokesman Lyle Harris tells the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that it appears there were no life-threatening injuries.

April 06, 2011 | Associated Press | STATE

Purse-cleaning jackpot

FAIRBURN, Ga. - A 55-year-old Georgia woman's decision to clean out her purse paid off in a big way when she found an old lottery ticket worth $189,302.

Rhonda Williams, says she found the winning Fantasy 5 ticket in the bottom of her purse after cleaning it out over the weekend.

April 06, 2011 | Associated Press | STATE

Maria Olivia Eskew

Ms. Maria Olivia Eskew of Oxford, died April 4, 2011, at the age of 59. She was employed by Atlanta Cutlery for 23 years. She was a native of Decatur but had been a resident of Newton County for 38 years. Ms. Eskew was a member of Living Waters Baptist Church and was an avid scrap booker. She will be remembered as a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.

April 06, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS

Mary Hazel Goodman

Mary Hazel Goodman of Covington, GA died Tuesday April 5, 2011 at her residence under the care of Abbey Hospice. She was born on November 8, 1933 in Monroe, GA to the late Clinton T. and Bertha Mae Benton Durden. She was a life long resident of Covington and was a member of The Baptist Tabernacle.

April 06, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS

Paper towel dispute leads to arrest

ATLANTA - A man police say grabbed paper towels from a maintenance cart at a rail station in Atlanta and used them to blow his nose wound up in jail.

A police report says a man identified as Alfred Murphy grabbed the towels at a MARTA station Monday afternoon, and a transit system police officer told him he couldn't do that.

April 06, 2011 | Associated Press | STATE

Bridge Builders

Construction site: Students in Mr. Ralph Hickman's Robotics Club recently completed a wooden walkway between two playground areas. Since completion of the bridge, the students have enjoyed traveling from one section to another but the area is becoming more of a performance stage for skits and musicals. The students are thoroughly enjoying the new playground and especially on warm, sunny days. Pictured: Back row: Builders Dylan Hedrick, Alex Parish and Tanner Quinn. Front row: Taking a quick break from their performance are Blakely Arp, Lauren Moseley, Grayson Bradley and Anne Marie Hildebrant.

April 06, 2011 | Staff Report | Education

Kari's Corner: The high cost of parenthood

Let's face it - kids aren't cheap. According to 2009 figures from the Department of Agriculture, middle-income Americans can expect to spend $286,050 to raise a child from infancy through age 17. That's including a 3 percent rate of inflation but doesn't include college tuition.

April 06, 2011 | Kari Apted | News Columnists

Lights shine in Social Circle

The streets are a bit brighter at night in Social Circle.

April 06, 2011 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

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