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Porterdale to install restrooms in park

Kayakers, hikers and picnickers will be relieved to learn that the City of Porterdale will move forward with installing portable toilets in Yellow River Park this summer.

April 25, 2015 | Sandra Brands | Porterdale

Covington Regional Ballet Artistic Director Selected as Governor’s Honors Program Teacher

Covington Regional Ballet is proud to announce that Peter Swan has been offered a teaching position in the Governor's Honors Program.

April 25, 2015 | Staff Report | LIVING

Man arrested for missing jury duty

Brandon Lee Cooper failed to appear for jury duty and a hearing to explain why last week, and thus was sentenced to two days in jail.

April 25, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Police on lookout for Walgreens theif

Covington police have issued a be on the look out for a white male who robbed the Walgreens at 3188 Hwy. 278 Thursday.

April 24, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Searching for Bobby Weaver (VIDEO)

Bobby Weaver's family still searching for answers.

April 24, 2015 | Darrell Everidge | Covington

Cheaper fuel has airlines soaring to record profits

DALLAS (AP) - For airlines, the record profits keep coming, thanks to cheaper jet fuel.

April 24, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Middle Ga. schools close with more than 100 children sick

DUBLIN, Ga. (AP) - Laurens County closed all of its public schools Friday after an estimated 150 children went home sick the day before with what health officials suspect is highly contagious norovirus.

April 24, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

UF fraternity accused of insulting vets

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - The University of Florida is investigating allegations that members of the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity spat at a group of disabled military veterans last weekend at a resort in Panama City Beach.

April 24, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Willie Mae Barr Greenwood

Willie Mae Barr Greenwood 91, of Mansfield passed away April 22, 2015 at The Retreat in Monticello. She was born in Monticello, Ga to the late Johnnie and Mammie E. Barr. Willie Mae was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years Adolph Greenwood, and several brothers and sisters.

April 24, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

Ga. deputies disciplined for 'mistakes' in gunshots response

MACON, Ga. (AP) - Five sheriff's deputies have been disciplined for their handling of a case involving fisherman who reported someone shooting at them at a middle Georgia lake.

April 24, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Eastside sweeps Spalding

Eagle baseball came full force in the region playoffs tonight as they swept Spalding in a doubleheader winning the first game 4-2 and the second 15-4.

April 23, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Eastside

Chamber golf tournament

The Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce held its annual golf tournament Thursday with a beautiful day of golf at Ashton Hills Golf Course.

April 23, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Airport Road an issue for Flint Hill parents

Many parents of Newton County School System students have made expressed concern over traffic problems caused by a portion of Airport Road being closed.

April 23, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Petraeus sentenced to 2 years' probation for military leak

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Former CIA Director David Petraeus, whose career was destroyed by an extramarital affair with his biographer, was sentenced Thursday to two years' probation and fined $100,000 for giving her classified material while she was working on the book.

April 23, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Nasdaq moves into record territory as stocks gain

NEW YORK (AP) - The Nasdaq composite crossed into record territory as U.S. stocks turned higher in afternoon trading Thursday, despite mixed earnings reports from General Motors, Procter & Gamble and others.

April 23, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

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Giddens: Doggie do's and don'ts

Sunday marked the start of spring officially, but as always in our fickle clime, warm weather had already teased us in fits and starts for weeks.

March 23, 2011 | Tharon Giddens | Columnists

Family gets apology in porn posting

Kelsey Upton was able to face the young man who reportedly put her contact information on a pornographic website during a recent hearing of the commandment board of The Citadel in Charleston, S.C. where he is a cadet.

March 23, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Some fireworks

The Covington City council voted Monday night to restore the fireworks program back into the Fourth of July festivities planned for the city.

March 23, 2011 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Interact Club receives American flag

A patriotic project has earned the Eastside High School Interact Club a flag that was flown over an Afghan battlefield.

March 23, 2011 | Special to The News | Education

Walker's Bend

In other action on Monday the city council voted to pursue the construction of a community center at Walker's Bend.

March 23, 2011 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Heart’s still in Frisco

Dear Sirs: (Nat Harwell's March 20 column) on San Francisco touched my heart as I spent almost a year there when attending an electronics school the U.S. Navy during my 19th year of life. I have so many wonderful memories of this enchanting place, the weird people, the sophisticated women and the daily vistas I saw of Frisco from Treasure Island. Back then, Alcatraz was an operating prison and there was an attempted escape while I was there. Treasure Island was manmade and had once been the site of a world's fair and was only a Par ...

March 23, 2011 | Staff Report | Letters

Spring Organ Concert

The pipe organ at First Presbyterian Church of Covington will get a workout at 3 p.m. Sunday by four musicians performing in a variety of musical styles in the Spring Organ Concert

March 23, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Eat your vegetables

Successful farmers: Pre-schoolers at Piedmont Academy recently harvested carrots and cabbage from their winter garden. They gave carrots to Miss Mary's bunny and they cooked the rest. Miss Mary cooked up the cabbage with soy sauce and served it to the children. Pictured, Front row left to right: Sarah Shriver, Callie Branan, Boone Pope, Maggie Johnson, McKayla Arnold, Kagen Denny. Back row from left to right: Mrs. Mary Ramsdell, Aiden Singleton, Hailey McGinnis, Anthony Brown, Rhett Harris, Sean Davis, Bailey Mobley, Ridge Stroud, Jake Vaughn and Mrs. Sarah McMichael.

March 23, 2011 | Staff Report | Education

Local teen makes “The Gift” finals

Alcovy High School student Kevin Lipsey Jr. is a finalist in "The Gift," an American Idol-style singing competition showcasing Atlanta's inspirational singers ages 9 -15.

March 23, 2011 | Special to The News | Education

Is Newton positioned for more growth?

The decade that ended last year saw the lofty height of the housing boom and, everyone hopes, the bottom of the recession. The 2010 Census numbers tell the tale and show some shifting trends, but officials are split on whether Newton County will rebound with robust growth in the next decade or whether rising gas prices, continuing transportation issues and a lack of high-end development will shift Atlanta's growth north and back inside the perimeter.

March 23, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Yarbrough: Not a beautiful day for Mr. Rogers

It is not a beautiful day in Mr. Rogers' neighborhood.

March 23, 2011 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists

Supporter Spotlight - The Strike Zone

"It's all about the kids" is Coach Mike Hipps' motto. A coach for more than 20 years with the Newton County Recreation Department, he has dedicated his life to the children of Newton County.

March 23, 2011 | Sabastian Wee | Business

Newton County Jail Log - March 23

o Cynthia Elizabeth Lyda, 39, San Antonio, Texas, March 14. Child support default ($1,056); probation violation.

March 23, 2011 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log

Kari's Corner - A simpler celebration

Note to my friends: if you don't hear from me this week, it's because I'm trying to get the house ready for the second installment of Apted Party Palooza 2011. The first episode was in January, when Zach turned 13. Now it's time for round two, as my dear middle child, Eli, turned 9 this week. And despite a promise I made to myself years ago to cut off all big birthday party celebrations at age 8, we're letting him have some friends over anyway.

March 23, 2011 | Kari Apted | News Columnists

Grizzard: Another kind of hunting season

It was all over the Sunday paper about the recruiting of young athletes to play football at large universities in the region. It's that season. Children are snatched away from their mothers' arms back home in Twobit County, and the next thing you know, the Head Coach is saying, "Ol' Dram Bowie from down in Twobit County is the finest prospect I've ever seen."

March 23, 2011 | Lewis Grizzard | News Columnists

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