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Covington hears first reading of utilities ordinances

Three ordinances, each written to amend provisions of the electric system and water system, were read for the first time at the Covington City Council meeting on March 2. The change could reduce city revenue by up to $700,000.

March 05, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Renaissance Festival celebrates 30 years

The 30th Annual Georgia Renaissance Festival runs throughout eight weekends from April 18-June 7.

March 05, 2015 | Staff Report | DIGITAL NEWSPAPER

Singleton becomes winningest coach

The Eastside Lady Eagles defeated Mt Zion 10-0 in a time shortened match Wednesday night at Sharp Stadium. Junior Morgan Green scored 2 goals in the first 8 minutes of the game and went on to assist on 3 more.

March 05, 2015 | Staff Report | Eastside

Dog's leg amputated after being shot, tied to train tracks

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - A dog that was tied to railroad tracks and shot was expected to survive after her leg was amputated Thursday.

March 05, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Drug-free neighborhood a phone call away

A recent case by the Covington Police Department's Specialized Patrol Unit took a little more drugs off the street, and it started with a phone call from a resident.

March 05, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | DIGITAL NEWSPAPER

Are PromPosals really necessary?

Prom season comes with many things such as tuxedos, very expensive dresses, limousines, and girlfriends nagging boyfriends on when they are going to get asked to prom.

March 05, 2015 | Josh Rowe, The Paw Print | DIGITAL NEWSPAPER

Crackdown

A stretch of 19 photos lined a long table at the Covington Police Department with large bags of marijuana next to some, small bags next to others and other drug paraphernalia accompanying yet other photos of people recently taken off the streets of Covington.

March 05, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | DIGITAL NEWSPAPER

Shot one month, arrested the next

In December of 2014, a violent crime rang through Avery Street when Mario Smith was shot in the right elbow.

March 05, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | DIGITAL NEWSPAPER

PromPosals are always necessary

Prom is a sort of occasion that can stick in a girl's memory for many years.

March 05, 2015 | Jessie Oliveri, The Paw Print | DIGITAL NEWSPAPER

The perfect PromPosal idea for the perfect date

Colorful balloons all over the floor, a huge white sign on the wall. That reads 'Will you fly up to Prom with me?' with a picture of a house and balloons from the Disney movie UP.

March 05, 2015 | Coral Mace, The Paw Print | DIGITAL NEWSPAPER

Will you go to prom with me?

With Prom being months away, many students are now thinking about who can be their date.

March 05, 2015 | Mikayla Newton | DIGITAL NEWSPAPER

TTE: Benz, no longer with Craig firm

CAIRO - At Tuesday night's meeting of the Grady County Commission, the board hired Laura Wahoske Benz LLC as a consultant for Tired Creek Lake and point of contact with the Army Corps of Engineers. Previously, this work was done by Benz as an employee of the Law Office of Wm. Thomas Craig.

March 05, 2015 | Karen Murphy, Thomasville Times Enterprise | LOCAL

Ga. governor's school takeover amendment passes Senate

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal's plan to take over schools dubbed "chronically failing" is moving to the Georgia House.

March 05, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Prosecutor to seek charge against police chief who shot wife

ATLANTA (AP) - A prosecutor said Thursday that he would seek a misdemeanor charge - but no felony - against a suburban Atlanta police chief who reported accidentally shooting his sleeping wife on New Year's Day.

March 05, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Major survey shows most Americans support same-sex marriage

WASHINGTON (AP) - In the late 1980s, support for gay marriage was essentially unheard of in America. Just a quarter century later, it's now favored by clear majority of Americans.

March 05, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

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Newton topples Rockdale

Rockdale may have four Division 1 prospects, including Darion Clark and University of Tennessee-bound Kevin Ware, and have the talent to make a serious run at a Class AAAA state title. But the Bulldogs realized Wednesday, as has every other team that's faced Newton over the past three years, that they don't have Derrick Henry.

January 20, 2011 | Josh Briggs | LOCAL

Jackie Simmons

Jackie Simmons of Covington, passed away January 18, 2011, at the age of 54. Mr. Simmons enjoyed hunting and fishing; and loved attending gospel singings. Most important to him was his family. He was preceded in death by his parents, William Carlton and Martha Elizabeth (Johnson) Simmons; brother, David Simmons; and nephew, Shane Simmons.

January 20, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS

Georgia, local unemployment rate up

ATLANTA - State labor officials say Georgia's unemployment rate has grown to 10.2 percent, and claims rose in Newton County by 13.2 percent.

January 20, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL

Oxford set for second round of hearings

The first readings are done, and now the city of Oxford is set to hold a second round of hearings on Monday on a proposed change to the form of city government, a proposed homestead exemption and changes to the city's retirement plan.

January 20, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Newton faces Rockdale tonight

Newton basketball faces Rockdale tonight with the girls starting at 6 p.m. and he boys hitting the floor at 7:30 p.m. It's a makeup game from the much-anticipated matchup that was cancelled Saturday because of the snowstorm.

January 19, 2011 | Josh Briggs | LOCAL

School board approves budget timeline

Newton County School Superintendent Dr. Gary Mathews has released a list of potential cuts to the system's budget and the Newton County Board of Education has unanimously approved a timeline that would have a final budget set by June 14.

January 19, 2011 | Amber Pittman | Education

Fire Chief Floyd to retire

Covington is accepting applications for a new fire chief to replace Don Floyd, who will retire on June 15 after nearly 40 years with the department.

January 19, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington

Superintendent lists possible cuts

Despite a somewhat optimistic speech by newly-elected Gov. Nathan Deal, the Newton County School System is still looking at potentially cutting $9 million from its 2011-2012 budget. Superintendent Dr. Gary Mathews has released a list of 13 possible cuts and their potential savings to the school system.

January 19, 2011 | Amber Pittman | Education

Survey seeks youth’s opinion of county

Newton County officials are trying to find out what young people want and how the county can retain and attract younger residents.

January 19, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

In the Spotlight: Let’s Paint Pottery

Express your creative side at Let's Paint Pottery crafts and pottery studio in Conyers. The paint-your-own pottery studio lets customers choose from a variety of blank pottery pieces and clay sculptures and then paint and decorate them to their hearts content. After designing the pieces, Let's Paint Pottery has kilns onsite to fire the pottery.

January 19, 2011 | William Brawley | Business

Yarbrough: Political landscape unchanged by weather

Last week you would have thought we were living in two different states. North of the Gnat Line, it seemed like Siberia. Even possums and yard dogs were hugging each other trying to stay warm.

January 19, 2011 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists

Our thoughts... Back in business

The snow and ice are gone, save for a few vestige pools of slush in deep shade.

January 19, 2011 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Our thoughts... Porterdale honor easy to Digest

The city of Porterdale has some very vocal boosters, so it's easy to see why the city will be honored by Reader's Digest.

January 19, 2011 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Apted: Too much togetherness

Please accept my apologies for missing my deadline last week. In addition to being snowed-in, my home computer was having issues. Which means I did what I would've previously considered impossible: I survived Storm-a-Palooza 2011 without being online. My only fix came in the form of quick, outrageously expensive Internet checks on my iPhone.

January 19, 2011 | Kari Apted | News Columnists

Hannah Thomas wins lottery search

The Georgia Lottery has paid off in an unusual way for one Covington-area musician.

January 19, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL

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