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Drone carrying contraband crashes at SC prison

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A drone carrying cellphones, marijuana and other contraband into a South Carolina maximum-security prison never made it inside the 12-foot-high razor wire fence, and authorities said Wednesday they are looking for one of two people accused in connection with trying to sneak it in.

July 30, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Man shot at while taking out the trash

A Covington man was shot at while taking out the trash Tuesday.

July 30, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

GOP-led House ready to OK lawsuit against Obama

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republicans said they were determined to make President Barack Obama heed the Constitution as they began muscling legislation through the House on Wednesday authorizing an election-year lawsuit asserting he has exceeded his executive powers.

July 30, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Trafficking bust reveals worries over missing kids

WASHINGTON (AP) - When FBI agents and police officers fanned out across the country last month in a weeklong effort to rescue child sex trafficking victims, they pulled minors as young as 11 from hotel rooms, truck stops and homes.

July 30, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Ventura: Mixed emotions about defamation suit win

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura says he has mixed emotions about winning his defamation lawsuit in U.S. District Court.

July 30, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Georgia tax holiday approaching

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Retail Association is reminding residents that the state's tax holiday is quickly approaching.

July 30, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Atlanta, Macon break record low temperatures

ATLANTA (AP) - Unusually cool air helped Atlanta and Macon break records for low temperatures.

July 30, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Theater apologizes after kids see 'Sex Tape' clips

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - A movie theater chain says it's reviewing complaints after its Augusta theater showed scenes from the R-rated film "Sex Tape" instead of the children's movie "Mr. Peabody & Sherman" in a summer movie program for youngsters.

July 30, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

A sad liberal comentary

ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said the city should be a safe place for unaccompanied children who cross the U.S. border.

July 30, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

What's a group selfie? Usie (pronounced uss-ee)

NEW YORK (AP) - What do you call a group selfie? An usie, of course!

July 30, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

2050 Plan Public Panels Video Coverage

July 30, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | Live Streams

Geocaching comes to Newton County

The Porterdale Yak Club sold out last weekend, and a worldwide trending hobby – that is not kayaking – may be part of an explanation.

July 29, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL

Mecca: Kilroy was here!

He sported a big elongated nose, a smooth bald head, beady eyes, and three to four fingers of each hand dangled over the imaginary line of an imaginary wall. A rather comical figure, yet pitifully ugly if symbolic of a real person, Kilroy quickly developed into one of the historic symbols of World War II.

July 29, 2014 | Pete Mecca | A VETERAN'S STORY

Unyielding to cancer

According to costprojections.cancer.gov 2010 study, the average annual cost for males with brain cancer is $115,250 and the average annual cost for a female with breast cancer is $108,168. Crossfit Unyielding is hosting an event, 'Unyielding to Cancer,' for two friends, Lisa Baker who has stage three breast cancer and Hank Dunn who is terminally ill with stage four brain cancer.

July 29, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Recreation

Ready, set, teach!

Every public school in the county was empty Monday morning, but that's not to say teachers and employees weren't preparing for the first day of school.

July 29, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL

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NCSO wheels get a facelift

New attitude: The Newton County Sheriff's Office warrant's division has a new look. Three new black and white 2010 Dodge Chargers were purchased as replacement vehicles for the warrant division two weeks ago. The cars have been painted in the classic black and white style of original patrol vehicles.

March 24, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL

One homeless night

On March 19 Piedmont Academy high school students spent the night in boxes on the school's football field for "One Homeless Night." The purpose of the event was to raise awareness for the plight of the homeless and to collect items for needy families in Jasper, Newton and Butts counties.

March 24, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Hospital mulls new equipment

Newton Medical Center could soon be getting a $1.75 million da Vinci Si Robotic Surgery System and that could mean safer, quicker surgeries and shorter recovery times as well as less money spent by patients.

March 24, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington

Supporter's Spotlight - Bravo Entertainment

Ruben Bravo wants to bring metro-quality entertainment east of the perimeter.

March 24, 2010 | Staff Report | Business

We’ll be fighting waters wars for a while

With all the bad news coming out of the state capitol in recent weeks, it's tempting to think that Georgia's legislators have accomplished nothing for this session.

March 24, 2010 | Tom Crawford | Columnists

City retreat focuses new 3-year plan

For two and a half days the Covington City Council discussed how to direct the city government over the next three years, as part of their strategic planning retreat held at the Georgia FFA-FCCLA Camp. The council didn't create a strategic plan, but it learned the proper process for how to create one.

March 24, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington

In mourning

I have always been proud to be a Baby Boomer. Being born in the fall of 1946; I was actually in the first wave of that group.

March 24, 2010 | T. Pat Cavanaugh | Columnists

Put some lovin’ in the oven

Jerry Clower, the funniest man alive, does a routine on one of his records about biscuits. Jerry says the absence of homemade biscuits at the American breakfast table is one reason the divorce rate is going up.

March 24, 2010 | Lewis Grizzard | News Columnists

Our thoughts... Back in business

We see and hear every day the bad news that one local business after another is either struggling or closing.

March 24, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Get fooled

 On a day traditionally associated with pranks - April Fool's Day - Atlanta's most popular hypnotist, Sean Wheeler, will be performing an honest-to-goodness, comedy hypnosis show to help raise funds for the Newton High School Marching Band.

March 24, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL

The River of Words

Poets and artists: Newton County River of Words Poetry and Art Contest winners were recognized at the Board of Commissioners Meeting on March 16. All entries were required to feature water. Winners received savings bonds, with prize costs lessened through a donation from the Service Guild of Covington. First place winners received $100 bonds, second place winners received $75 bonds, and third place winners and Honorable Mentions received $50 bonds. Service Guild members judged the contest. First Row, Left to Right: Karsten McMichael - First Place Poetry Grades 3-6, Jackson Stephens - First Place Poetry Grades K-2, Lena Gunthorp - First Place Art ...

March 24, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Color and light

 Cindy Murphy is "Artist of the Month" at Southern Heartland Art Gallery on the square, where a reception in her honor will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday. The reception is open to the public and Cindy's art work will be on display.

March 24, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Miracle League to host Art Contest

In honor of Exceptional Children and the 40th Birthday of Special Olympics, The Miracle League of Newton County is having an art contest to raise awareness of our exceptional children and their recreational needs. The Miracle League of Newton County is an organization striving to raise money to build an all-accessible baseball complex at City Pond for children with special needs.

March 24, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Newton County Jail Log - March 24

o Vincent Norwood, 47, 4233 Robinson St., Covington, March 11. Disorderly conduct.

March 24, 2010 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log

Confrontation in Wendy’s parking lot turns physical

Officers from the Covington Police Department are still trying to locate a woman who reportedly assaulted another female in the parking lot of Wendy's Thursday afternoon.

March 24, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

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