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Johns Creek mayor to lead Georgia Municipal Association

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - The mayor of the Atlanta suburb of Johns Creek will serve as president of the Georgia Municipal Association.

June 30, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Atlanta Cyclorama to leave building it occupied since 1921

ATLANTA (AP) - The Atlanta Cyclorama, the colossal Civil War painting created about 130 years ago, is leaving the building it has occupied since 1921 to move across town.

June 30, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Dr. Kenneth L. Jacques

Dr. Kenneth L. Jacques of Oxford, passed away June 29, 2015, at the age of 73. He devoted his life to the ministry of his Lord. Dr. Jacques served as the pastor of Harmony Baptist Church, in Covington, for 27 years, but most recently was a member of Canaan Baptist Church. He led church services once a week, for the residents of Riverside Health Care, Merryvale Assisted Living and The Benton House. He enjoyed spending time in his flower garden, but more than anything, he cherished the time he spent with his family. Preceding him in death were his parents ...

June 29, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

Dr. Melvin Louis Conrad

Dr. Melvin Louis Conrad, 88, passed away on June 26, 2015, in Wichita, Kansas. He was preceded in death by his wife Eula Conrad (Palmer Stone Elementary School Teacher). He is survived by children Albert Conrad (Michael) of Wichita, Kansas, Celia Theiler of Charlotte, North Carolina, and Daniel Conrad (Lauree) of Cary, North Carolina.

June 29, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

Checkers closed after grease fire

The Checkers on Hwy. 278 is closed after a small grease fire ignited Monday morning.

June 29, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Ga. high court says bonds for Braves stadium valid

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Supreme Court has upheld the authorization of up to $397 million in bonds to build a new baseball stadium for the Braves in Cobb County.

June 29, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Puerto Rico governor says island can't pay its public debt

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - The governor warned that Puerto Rico can't pay its $72 billion public debt on the eve of a private Monday meeting with legislators, delivering another jolt to the recession-gripped U.S. island as well as a world financial system already worrying over Greece's collapsing finances.

June 29, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

US stocks fall in early trade as Greece debt woes escalate

NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks are falling in early trading in the U.S., but not as much as in Europe as Greece's debt woes deepen.

June 29, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Justices uphold use of drug implicated in botched executions

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court upheld the use of a controversial drug in lethal injection executions Monday, as two dissenting justices said for the first time that they think it's "highly likely" that the death penalty itself is unconstitutional.

June 29, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Road construction restricted this weekend

The Georgia Department of Transportation is suspending construction-related lane closures on interstates and major state system highways for the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

June 29, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

2nd inmate in prison break shot, captured

CONSTABLE, N.Y. (AP) - The latest on the manhunt following the escape of two convicted murderers from a maximum-security prison (all times local):

June 28, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Charleston's compassion

A black church, a maladjusted white kid, and the nation moaning, "My God, not again." A few selected politicians, firm believers in the theory of 'never let a good crisis go to waste', exploited the tragedy to push for more gun control on law abiding citizens. Shame on them. Thankfully, the majority of politicians did the decent thing by grieving with the rest of the country and graciously keeping their mouths shut. Condolences and heart-felt words for the fallen were and always will be a proper and suitable way to express sympathy for a heartbreak such as Charleston.

June 28, 2015 | Pete Mecca | Columnists

Prejudice wrong belief system, but not part of country's DNA

Long before last week's killings in Charleston, South Carolina, which appear to have been motivated by racial hatred, at least one expert in belief systems wrote that a person's prejudices can be changed.

June 28, 2015 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists

Five young men can define a successful life

Five young men, ages 18 to 23. Two college graduates. Two currently attending college. The youngest headed that way this fall. All good students. All excellent athletes. All standing resolutely before a large assemblage to pay tribute to their grandfather, Rob Neely, who passed away recently after a courageous battle with cancer. And what a tribute it was.

June 28, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists

States don’t have rights, people have rights

Next week, we'll be celebrating the 239th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. The eloquent cries for freedom and equality voiced in that properly revered document have become what professors Sid Milkis and Marc Landy call the "American Creed." It's a belief that all of us have the right to do whatever we want with our lives so long as we don't interfere with the right of others to do the same.

June 28, 2015 | Scott Rasmussen | Columnists

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Newton County Jail Log - June 24

o Alicia Michelle Steward, 38, Social Circle, June 13. Bench warrant, contempt of court.

June 24, 2011 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log

Court Sentencings - June 24

o April Pettit. First degree forgery, 10 years probation, 90 days in jail, $1,000. Misdemeanor escape, 12 months probation, $500.

June 24, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Busted

Our local lawmen were busy this weekend putting a major illicit drug business out of commission in Newton County.

June 24, 2011 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Pets of the Week - June 24

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 23, 2011 | Staff Report | Pets of the Week

Chamber continues to talk industrial recruitment

Three prominent Georgia industrial recruiters said Tuesday that Newton County is well positioned for growth but cautioned that business activity remains slow.

June 23, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Regional Commission plans through 2035

A plan to guide development and growth in northeast Georgia through 2035 had an airing before civic, community and business leaders on Thursday in Oxford.

June 23, 2011 | AJ Archer | LOCAL

Masked intruder injures grandmother

A 64-year-old grandma was knocked to the ground and injured when a masked man forced his way into her home Monday night.

Around 11 p.m. the woman was sitting with her 20-year-old grandson in the living room of her home on Morningside Drive when the doorbell rang. She went to answer it, believing it might be a family member, according to Newton County Sheriff's Public Information Officer Cortney Morrison.

June 23, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Fight between brothers turns bloody

Two brothers were arrested Monday evening after a fight turned especially nasty when one brother stabbed the other with a knife.

June 23, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Research monkey missing in Gwinnett

Authorities at a research lab south of Lawrenceville are alerting neighbors and police to be on the lookout for a monkey who has gone missing.

June 23, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL

Bealls Outlet coming to Covington

Discount clothing store Bealls Outlet will open in Covington this fall, moving into the former Goody's location in Newton Plaza off U.S. Highway 278, which has been vacant for the past two years.

June 23, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington

Jackie M. Johnson

Jackie M. Johnson of Covington, passed away June 23, 2011, at the age of 60. Mrs. Johnson was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend to many. She is loved, and will be greatly missed by her family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, William S. and Frances (McCommons) Mathews.

June 23, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS

Mrs. Louise Lyda Beard Heard

Mrs. Louise Lyda Beard Heard of Covington, passed away on June 17, 2011 at the age of 97. She was born the second daughter of the Rev. and Mrs. L.M. Lyda in Walhalla, South Carolina on May 29, 1914, and had been a resident of Newton County for 76 years. Mrs. Heard was a retired bookkeeper, and a loyal and faithful member of Oxford Baptist Church until her health prevented her attendance. She is preceded in death by her two husbands, Robert P. Beard in 1959 and Felton Wilson Head in April 1998; dear step-son, Marine Sgt. Claude B ...

June 23, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS

Newton unemployment at 11.8 percent

The unemployment rate in Newton County was 11.8 percent for May, two points higher than the state average, according to information released today by the Georgia Department of Labor.

June 23, 2011 | | LOCAL

Thomas (Tom) S. Brown, Sr.

Thomas (Tom) S. Brown, Sr., of Oxford, passed away June 22, 2011, at the age of 85. Mr. Brown was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, and retired from General Motors after several years of dedicated service. Mr. Brown served as Past Master of the Oglethorpe Masonic Lodge. He enjoyed woodworking. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend to many. Mr. Brown was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Lucia (Bulfin) Brown.

June 23, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS

N.C. man killed in Newton wreck

A North Carolina man was killed early this morning when he was ejected from his car on Ga. Highway 212.

June 23, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

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