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Naked man rescued after getting stuck on Florida drawbridge

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - Firefighters in Florida have rescued a naked man trapped on a raised drawbridge.

May 26, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Naked man rescued after getting stuck on Florida drawbridge

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - Firefighters in Florida have rescued a naked man trapped on a raised drawbridge.

May 26, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

US stock index open lower as traders return from holiday

NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks are opening slightly lower on Wall Street as traders return from the Memorial Day holiday in the U.S.

May 26, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Severe thunderstorms possible as rain moves into Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) - Forecasters say strong storms -- including some that could become severe -- will be possible as heavy rain moves into Georgia.

May 26, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Look out for Newton

Jeremiah Holloman might be the headliner right now for Newton track and field, but look past his individual accomplishments and you'll find a young Newton team that finished fourth overall at state this year.

May 24, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton

From fifth to first

When Newton sophomore Jeremiah Holloman placed fifth in the triple jump last year, he did so in disappointment to himself. Malik Franklin a former triple jump state champion for Newton, had been teasing Holloman about it in effort to motivate him. Franklin has a record distance of 48-10 and it's the record Holloman has been shooting for since the beginning of the season.

May 24, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton

Stoked

It's been a tremendous year for Eastside sophomore athlete Eric Stokes. Just in his second year in high school and Stokes earned the starting running back position at the beginning of the football season, he was ranked second in the 400m heading into state, he's been offered by Georgia State and now he's a state champion.

May 24, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Eastside

Don't be penny wise and pound foolish-Support the citizen landfill committee

Dear Editor,

May 24, 2015 | Steve Brown | Letters

The other guys

We were young, invincible, and we knew the awful things would happen to the other guy. The war in Vietnam was nothing more than a stumbling block, something our country needed us to do before we continued on with our lives, our educations, marriages, raising rug rats, growing old with a sweetheart. Our tools of war were lethal and high tech, the best bombs and bullets taxpayer money could buy. Turn us loose, let us do what we were trained to do, and we will win this war then bring us home to a grateful nation.

May 24, 2015 | Pete Mecca | A VETERAN'S STORY

Newton Medical, Piedmont finalize deal

Newton Medical Center will soon become Piedmont Newton Hospital after NMC finalized a partnership agreement with Piedmont Healthcare earlier this week.

May 23, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Mrs. Catherine Miranda Slaughter Harris

Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home Inc.

May 23, 2015 | Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home | OBITS

Two dead in apparent murder suicide

The Covington Police Department responded to a shooting Thursday, discovering a man and woman shot when arriving on scene.

May 22, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

New section of Social Circle Bypass to open

The new section of the Social Circle Bypass from State road 11 to East Hightower Trail will open Tuesday, June 2, according to Superintendent of traffic, safety and utilities J. Robert Manning of ER Snell Contractor.

May 22, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Harry Owens likely interim county manager

Newton County revealed the name of the candidate under consideration for the position of interim county manager Friday following the departure of former County Manager Tom Garrett last week.

May 22, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Walmart pushes to curb antibiotics in meat

NEW YORK (AP) - Wal-Mart, the nation's largest food retailer, is urging its thousands of U.S. suppliers to curb the use of antibiotics in farm animals and improve treatment of them.

May 22, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

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Woodall talks issues leading up to town hall

Newton County residents had a chance to tell U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall (R-Lawrenceville) exactly what they thought at a town hall meeting Tuesday night, and he said he's thrilled to hear it.

April 27, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

My bug invasion

I'm happy it's spring. I love seeing colorful flowers dancing beneath a blue sky when I open my windows each morning. I love the kids playing outdoors for hours and wearing short sleeves and flip-flops again.

April 27, 2011 | Kari Apted | News Columnists

Alcovy senior wins Gates scholarship

Alcovy High School senior Arie Smith has accomplished something that only 999 other students in the county have, she has been named a Gates Millennium Scholar, awarding her up to $500,000 for her college education.

April 26, 2011 | Amber Pittman | Education

Job fair draws crowd

From his white hair to the gold-and-navy striped tie matching his navy sport coat, Steve Sikes stood out among the crowd of 600 job-seekers at a manufacturer-heavy job fair on Tuesday at DeKalb Technical College's Covington campus. It remains to be seen whether that was a good or bad thing.

April 26, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Betty Lee Parker

Betty Lee Parker, Covington, died April 25 at Abbey Hospice. The daughter of the late Albert Lee and Jesse Maude Huddleston Parr, she was born in 1934 in Atlanta. Mrs. Parker enjoyed crafts, word puzzles and reading and loved her family, especially her grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Oscar Parker and son Tony Parker.

April 26, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS

Class gift

Fun in the mud: Sophomores at Oxford College recently staged a Mud Fest fundraiser, raising $400 at the event. The tug of war in a mud pit brought together student, faculty, staff and alumni, and marked the return of a school tradition of the 1960s and 1970s. To make a donation to the Oxford Sophomore Class Gift, contact Tammy Camfield, senior director of alumni relations, in the Oxford College Development and Alumni Relations Office at (770) 784-8414, or at tcamfie@emory.edu.

April 26, 2011 | Staff Report | Oxford

AFLAC duck finds new voice

NEW YORK - Aflac is betting a sales manager from Minnesota has the voice to drive the name "Aflac" into the recesses of your brain and keep it there.

Daniel McKeague, 36, a father of three from Hugo, Minn., beat out 12,500 other contestants to replace actor Gilbert Gottfried and become the new voice of the reinsurance company's duck mascot.

April 26, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL

Newton County Jail Log - April 27

Eddie Chavarria, 23, 126 Amberwood Circle, Conyers, April 15. County weekender.

April 26, 2011 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log

Police collecting unused meds Saturday

The Covington Police Department is working to help prevent prescription drug abuse by collecting expired, unused or unwanted prescriptions on Saturday at the police department, 1143 Oak St.

April 26, 2011 | Staff Report | Covington

Traffic stop leads to drug charges, stun gun shot

A routine traffic stop for a faulty tail light resulted in a Covington man on the wrong end of a stun gun and his arrest on multiple drug-related charges.

April 26, 2011 | Staff Report | Covington

Piedmont honor roll

PIEDMONT ACADEMY HONOR ROLL – 3rd QUARTER – APRIL 2011

April 26, 2011 | Staff Report | Education

Atlanta jobless rate drops

ATLANTA - Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler says the preliminary unadjusted unemployment rate in the metro Atlanta area declined to 9.8 percent in March.

He said that's down from a revised 10.2 percent in February.

April 26, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL

Gas costs up, who has cheapest fuel?

Average retail gasoline prices in metro Atlanta have risen 2.7 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.74/g yesterday. This compares with the national average that has increased 2.8 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.83/g, according to gasoline price website AtlantaGasPrices.com.

Check out the lowest gas prices in the Covington area and across the nation here.

April 26, 2011 | | LOCAL

Pastor prayed with Butts murder suspect

JACKSON - Authorities say a Georgia pastor played a key role on Easter Sunday in ending the search for a suspect accused of killing two family members.

April 26, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL

Meet the Congressman tonight

U.S. Representative Rob Woodall (R-Lawrenceville) will stage a town hall meeting from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Historic Courthouse in Covington.

April 26, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

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