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Teacher of the Year finalists announced

Tamahia Benton, of Liberty Middle School, Cecily Bullock, of Alcovy High School and Jason Smith, of Newton High School, were named the finalists for Newton ...

September 24, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Precious Waters named Newton Homecoming Queen

Precious Waters was named the 2016 Newton High School Homecoming Queen Friday night at Sharp Stadium.

September 24, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Eagles grab big overtime win against Oconee County

The Eastside High School football team dug deep to come out with a 32-31 overtime win against the Oconee County Warriors Friday night.

September 24, 2016 | Mike Lassiter | Eastside

Shorthanded Tigers fight hard for fourth win

Despite missing several key players to injuries and illness, the Alcovy High School football team survived a close one against Forest Park, beating the Panthers ...

September 24, 2016 | Mariya Lewter | Alcovy

Newton overcomes turnovers to beat Heritage

The Newton Rams showed that old habits die hard as Friday's football game against Heritage was filled with turnovers and penalties, much like their ...

September 23, 2016 | Mariya Lewter | Newton

Ban on vinyl siding on houses being built discussed

Vinyl siding has long been an aesthetically pleasing and affordable choice for homeowners, to go along with brick and wood. However, is it a dangerous ...

September 23, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Jam to raise money for new accessible access to Yellow River

A year ago, it rained for the inaugural Yellow River Jam. This year, good weather is expected Saturday when the second Yellow River Jam kicks ...

September 23, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Eastside volleyball wins seven straight matches

The Eastside volleyball team continued its winning streak Thursday with two back-to-back wins. The Eagles went 2-0 against the Rockdale Bulldogs before pulling off a ...

September 23, 2016 | Mariya Lewter | Eastside

Chair Ellis proclaims Thursday Suicide Prevention Awareness Day

Newton County Chair Keith Ellis proclaimed Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016, to be Suicide Prevention Awareness Day during an event on the Covington Square Thursday morning.

September 22, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

O’Brien pleads guilty to theft by taking

Former Newton County Fire Services Chief Kevin O'Brien stood with his attorney Steven M. Frey, of The Frey Law Firm, and withdrew his not ...

September 22, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Big shows in Covington and Porterdale this week

It's a big weekend of music in Covington this week, so let's get right down to it.

September 22, 2016 | Marshall McCart | LIVING

Reba Mae Gibson

Reba Mae Gibson, 72, of Gainesville, formerly of Oxford, passed away September 10, 2016. She was born in Union Point to the late Herschel and ...

September 22, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

Laurie Pless

Laurie Pless, 59, died of natural causes on September 16, 2016, her birthday.

September 22, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

Newton County Jail Log: Sept. 21

Diallo Wayne Abraham, 22, Covington, Sept. 14, court sentenced serving 8 days

September 21, 2016 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log

Child's Voice Child Advocacy Center celebrates 10 years

A Child's Voice Child Advocacy Center celebrated 10 years of service with an open house at its Social Circle location Wednesday.

September 21, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

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Stocks lower in early Monday trading

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks drifted lower in early Monday trading, pulling the Standard & Poor's 500 index back from its five-year high.

February 11, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Text of Pope's resignation announcement

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Benedict XVI said Monday he lacks the strength to fulfill his duties and on Feb. 28 will become the first pontiff in 600 years to resign. The announcement sets the stage for a conclave in March to elect a new leader for world's 1 billion Catholics.

February 11, 2013 | NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press VICTOR L. SIMPSON, Associated Press | Rockdale Archives

Georgia lawmakers eye Tennessee water

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - Georgia lawmakers are again contesting the state's border with Tennessee in a long-standing dispute involving the ongoing war over water between the two states.

February 11, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Homes wrecked, dozen hurt in Mississippi tornado

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) - Residents shaken by a tornado that mangled homes in Mississippi were waking up Monday to a day of removing trees, patching roofs and giving thanks for their survival. More than a dozen in the state were injured.

February 11, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Text of pope announcement he will resign Feb. 28

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Benedict XVI announced Monday he would resign Feb. 28 because he is simply too old to carry on. Here is the text of his announcement, delivered to cardinals gathered for a ceremony to name three new saints.

February 11, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Word from the Chief: Communication: the key to safety

Over the course of the past year, I have talked about our efforts to keep the community informed.

February 10, 2013 | Chief Gene Wilson Chief of Conyers Police Department | Rockdale Archives

Conyers Police offers gun safety class

The Conyers Police Department will offer a free gun safety class for citizens on Thursday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. in City Council Chambers, on the second floor of the Conyers Police Department located at 1194 Scott Street.

February 10, 2013 | Rockdale News | Rockdale Archives

Rockdale County Jail Log, Feb. 9, 2013

Joshua Sinclair Smith, 22, Stone Mountain, Jan. 28, Hold for Other Agency

February 10, 2013 | Rockdale News | Rockdale Archives

Bill would close talks on troubled school boards

ATLANTA (AP) - State education officials could deliberate privately on whether to recommend the removal of troubled school boards under a plan being considered by Georgia legislators.

February 10, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Senator vows to delay Obama's nominees over Libya

WASHINGTON (AP) - A leading Republican senator said Sunday he would hold up Senate confirmation of President Barack Obama's nominees to head the Defense Department and the CIA until the White House provided more answers about the deadly Sept. 11 attack against a U.S. installation in Benghazi, Libya.

February 10, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Clara Sorrow

Mrs. Clara Kines Sorrow, 94, of Covington, died Feb. 4. The daughter of Rosa Young Kines and Albert Dean Kines, she was born in Walton County in 1918. She was preceded in death by her husband Solomon B. Sorrow and grandchildren Lywanda and Steven.

February 09, 2013 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

Goodman attends Mayors’ Day

Covington Councilwoman Janet Goodman was among nearly 800 city officials to attend the Georgia Municipal Association's annual Mayors' Day Conference in Atlanta recently.

February 09, 2013 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Realtors convene at Capitol

Realtors from Covington and Conyers were among hundreds who participated in the Georgia Realtors Rally for Homeownership on the front steps of the Georgia Capitol building in Atlanta last week.

February 09, 2013 | Staff Report | Business

Locals not in support arming educators

Following last year's tragic shooting in Newtown, Conn., lawmakers across the country began preparing legislation that would allow school employees and administrators to be armed. Although the debate continues to rage on, Newton County Sheriff Ezell Brown said he is opposed to the idea.

February 09, 2013 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Criminals seek new trials, public pays

It seems simple enough. A criminal is convicted and given a life or death sentence. There is justice for the victim's family and the county gets rid of an inmate that was costing taxpayers by sending that person to prison. But inmates that have been tried and convicted in Newton County, and sent to neighboring prisons to serve out their time are still costing taxpayers thousands, thanks to appeals.

February 09, 2013 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

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