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Shooting by 9 year old stirs gun debate

PHOENIX (AP) - "All right, full auto," the firing-range instructor tells a 9-year-old girl. She braces the Uzi submachine gun and opens fire at a black-silhouette target. But the recoil wrenches the fully automatic weapon upward, and the instructor is shot in the head and killed.

August 27, 2014 | JACQUES BILLEAUD, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

SC: Workers' comp OK for kickball

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Have you ever been hurt in a company softball or kickball game? The South Carolina Supreme Court says you may be entitled to workers' compensation.

August 27, 2014 | MEG KINNARD, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

College football begins tonight at Dome

ATLANTA (AP) - Welcome back, college football!

August 27, 2014 | PAUL NEWBERRY, AP Sports Writer | SPORTS

Central Ga. brush fire could burn until next rain

MACON, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say a brush fire burning in the Macon area is expected to smolder until the next significant rainfall.

August 27, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Wildlife officials monitor disease found in snake

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (AP) - State wildlife officials say an emerging snake disease similar to one that has killed millions of bats has been found in a wild Georgia snake.

August 27, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

No color in war

Soldiers of color, be it white, black, red, brown or yellow, have one human characteristic in common: we all bleed the same color. The warrior covering your back most likely wears the same color uniform, yet his or her race, creed or color has no relevance on the value of training or their desire to simply do what is right.

August 26, 2014 | Pete Mecca | A VETERAN'S STORY

Family’s tragedy: text less, live more

It is a potential killer whose numbers rival the deadly Ebola virus and it doesn't get near the attention it should. Unlike the dreaded illness currently ravaging West Africa this is one with a quick cure.

August 26, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists

The new face of evil

As Hannah Arendt foresaw, we are once again up against the question of evil. An American photojournalist, James Foley, was presented to the camera and methodically decapitated. The instrument was not the ax reserved for royalty or the whooshing blade prompted by that reformer Joseph-Ignace Guillotin, but an ordinary looking knife. Death would be neither swift nor painless. This, somewhere in the bleached desert, was pure evil.

August 26, 2014 | Richard Cohen | Columnists

Proposed park a great idea for Covington

Covington has a problem. And a cure.

August 26, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Mr. J.C. “Shep” Shepard Jr.

J.C. "Shep" Shepard Jr., 89, of Social Circle, passed to be with his beloved wife of 50 years Elizabeth "Liz" Clay Shepard on August 25, 2014. Born December 20, 1924, he was the son of the late James Curtis Shepard and Jessie V. Shepard Studdard. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Bill Shepard.

August 26, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS

Mrs. Louise Thomason

Louise Thomason of Covington, passed away Aug. 24, 2014, at the age of 84. Ms. Thomason was an active member of New Life Praise Center, in Covington, and was a dedicated employee of Lithonia Lighting for 38 years. Following her work at Lithonia Lighting, she dedicated herself to caring for handicapped children. Ms. Thomason was a giving lady, and constantly gave of her time to help those less fortunate. She was loved and will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Preceding her in death was her brother, Thomas McCord.

August 26, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS

Mrs. Rita Ward White

Mrs. Rita Ward White, age 90, of Oxford, passed away Monday, Aug. 25, at her home. Mrs. White was born Oct. 18, 1923, in Statesboro, Georgia, and was the eldest daughter of Robert Lee and Florence Hendrix Ward. She grew up in a farming family in Bulloch County, Georgia, and was a graduate of Nevils High School. In 1943, she married her husband of 56 years, Darvin White. When Mr. White began working for Independent Life and Accident Insurance Company, they moved to Newton County and settled in Oxford, Georgia. While her children were very young, Mrs. White was a ...

August 26, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS

Immunizations aren’t just for children

Earlier this month, about 30,000 of our county's population returned to school. Whether starting kindergarten, returning for their seventh grade year, or heading off to college, there is a lot that goes into preparing a student to start school. School supplies, new shoes, uniforms, new technology, new backpacks and lunchboxes, dorm room fixtures… the list goes on and on. On that list sometimes is a visit to your pediatrician for an update to your child's immunizations. It should be on all our lists, whether we have small children, grown children or no children.

August 26, 2014 | Hosanna Fletcher | LOCAL

FBI Director: local cooperation priority

Cooperation between the FBI and local authorities and counterterrorism remains the FBI's priority, according to Social Circle Police Chief Terry Sosebee, who attended a meeting and press conference with FBI director James Comey during his visit to Atlanta's field office Friday, August 22.

August 26, 2014 | Kayla Robins | Social Circle

Garden to Kitchen – help yourself to nature’s bounty

Nothing tastes better than foods picked fresh from the garden. Even if you don't have a garden yourself, you may have a neighbor or a co-worker who shares their garden goodies. Your local grocery store is also likely to feature home-grown produce this time of year.

August 26, 2014 | Kelly Shannon | LOCAL

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One year later: a father’s pain

The longer I sat and talked with Ed Vann last week, the more I realized what had happened to him since the last time I saw him.

May 19, 2010 | Lewis Grizzard | News Columnists

The place to be: bringing industry to Newton County

This is final story in a six-part series examining the history and economic effects of industry in Newton County. This final part discusses the county's continuing efforts to attract new business.

May 19, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Covington City Council briefs - May 19

Water and sewer rate increase

May 19, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington

Rotary Club announces top 10 for local high schools

For the last 45 years the Newton County Rotary Club has taken great pride in honoring the top students in the county with their annual Top 10 awards and this year was no exception when the best and brightest Newton County has to offer were celebrated Monday night.

May 19, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Education

County may have to cut many jobs to avoid tax increase

If the county does not raise the millage rate, it may have to cut nearly 100 employees - a sixth of its workforce - based on early projections. Even if the commissioners do raise the millage rate to the rollback rate, from 9.73 mills to 10.9 mills, they will still likely have to cut more than 70 employees.
These preliminary budgets have not been voted on and won't be official until late June. However, that's the stark reality facing the Newton County Board of Commissioners, as they head into their second straight of year of cutting millions from ...

May 19, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Parents and students flock to BOE meeting to protest dissolving Clements Theme

More than 30 parents and teachers addressed the Newton County Board of Education while dozens more held signs protesting the board's May 11th decision to dissolve Clements Theme School.

May 18, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Social Circle de-annexes all land in Newton County

The Social Circle city council unanimously approved an ordinance Tuesday evening that de-annexes all Social Circle land in Newton County effective immediately.

May 18, 2010 | Lee Sandow | Social Circle

Newton Co. library system ranked the best in state

The Newton County Library System has been ranked the top system in the state by Hennen's American Public Library Ratings, based on statistics submitted for the Fiscal Year 2009.
The ranking is performed by HAPLR, system that ranks libraries on how well they are using financial resources based on the number of people who use the system and the size of the community the library is located in.
According to Greg Heid, Director for the Newton County Library, "We are ecstatic. The staff at this library has been working so very hard to give the public the best service ...

May 18, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Nancy Elizabeth Jackson

Nancy Elizabeth Jackson, 33, died May 16 at Emory University Hospital, Atlanta.

May 18, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS

Mary Lou Walker

Mrs. Mary Lou Walker of Covington, GA died Monday May 17, 2010 at Walton Regional Medical Center. She was born on February 6, 1923 in Atlanta, GA to James Henry and Fannie Pearl Williams Hutchinson. Mrs. Walker worked for many years as a bookkeeper for Kitchens and Haney Tire Company; she was of Christian faith and a member of Brown Bridge Christian Church and was formerly a member of Mount Carmel Christian Church. Mrs. Walker, known as Honey by those who loved her is survived by; Daughter and Son-in-law Patricia and Rudy Miller of Covington, Sister Louise Kelly of Conyers ...

May 18, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS

I Spy Museum

The Summer Music & Art Camps I Spy Museum is proud to partner with the Newton County Recreation Commission for a summer of fun.

Supervised and taught by owners Jeff and Angie Johnson, the camp is only $69. Dates are June 8-9, June 22-24, June 29-July 1, July 20-22, and July 27-29. All camps run from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

May 18, 2010 | Staff Report | Recreation

The Roast of Betty Faith Jaynes

The Friends of Porterdale held a special fundraiser for the reconstruction of the Porter Memorial Gymnasium Saturday night. The Roast of Betty Faith Jaynes filled the banquet room at Turner Lake to capacity and drew several celebrity roasters. Jaynes, who is originally from Porterdale, was the founding director and first chief executive officer of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association. Monica Pearson, anchor of WSB-TV's 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscast, served as the mistress of ceremonies. Roasters were long-time advocate for Newton County Recreation B.C. Crowell, winningest active varsity basketball coach Ron Bradley, former University ...

May 17, 2010 | Staff Report | Porterdale

Ed Martin

Mr. Ed Martin of Oxford passed away May 16, 2010 at Newton Medical Center at the age of 64. A life long resident of Newton County, he was born in Covington to the late Ollie Eugene and Mary Alice (Owens) Martin. Mr. Martin purchased City Motors from E.J. Shannon, which he owned and operated for 4 years, and had also owned and operated Pure Oil Station on Hwy. 278 for a number of years. He enjoyed racing go-carts, drag racing and was a member of Georgia Rail. He was a veteran of the U. S. Army serving with the ...

May 17, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS

60th reunion for the Newton County High School’s first graduating class

Together again: The first ever graduating class of Newton County High School, after the school system consolidation, celebrated its 60th anniversary Monday afternoon at the Oaks Golf Course. The 1950 graduating class originally consisted of 103 members. Around 40 classmates attended Monday's event to catch up and reminisce, and to honor their 33 deceased classmates. Betty Jaynes was named the class mascot because of her integral role in founding the Women's Basketball Coaches Association. She had been ruled ineligible to join the existing BCA because she was a woman. She was elected into both the Georgia and Virginia ...

May 16, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Campout of the Century

Thousands of boy scouts converged on the Bert Adams Scout Reservation this weekend to take part in the Campout of the Century, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of scouting and the 50th of the camp and to be part of the largest gathering in the council's history.

May 16, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

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