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Deal’s panel saves BOE thousands

Teachers, students and faculty in Newton County schools will soon be safer from potential carbon monoxide leaks at a cost of thousands of dollars cheaper than originally expected.

April 19, 2014 | Kayla Robins | Education

Bear spotted south of Newborn

A large bear was spotted south of Newborn this week, and the Jasper County man who initially reported the bear says there is evidence it's hanging around, but an official with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources said real concern doesn't set in until a bear starts damaging property or stops showing fear.

April 19, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Alternative education program contract up for renewal

Officials with Ombudsman Education Services, the Newton County School System's alternative education provider for at-risk students, made their pitch to get their contract renewed for the next year, and potentially next three years.

April 19, 2014 | Kayla Robins | Education

Smart Growth’s political forum

Early voting for the May 20 Primary begins Friday, and local group Smart Growth Newton County is giving residents a chance to hear from all the local and state candidates facing opposition this year.

April 19, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

County budget moves to public meetings

With a goal of lowering the county's property tax rate, after raising it last year, the Newton County Board of Commissioners is set to kick off its part of the budget process in earnest and officials will be looking for ways to cut costs and increase revenue.

April 19, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | BOC

Paving his way

A home-schooled kid with a father who dropped out of high school and a mother who dropped out of college doesn't quite fit the typical profile for a stellar college student.

April 19, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL

Taking the challenge

THE WINNERS OF THE CHEERIOS CHALLENGE

April 19, 2014 | Anthoney Banks | LOCAL

Rams take second at region meet

The Rockdale County High School boys track and field team captured the 2014 Region 2-AAAAAA title Wednesday afternoon, besting second place Newton High for top honors in the league.

April 19, 2014 | Matt Smith | Newton

Student choirs take Disney trip

Choirs from two Newton County schools traveled over 400 miles to perform at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla., becoming the stars of their own Disney show on April 5.

April 19, 2014 | Kayla Robins | Education

Creeping landslide devouring part of Wyoming town

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) - No one can say when the mountainside collapsing into this Wyoming resort town will give way. But it appears increasingly likely that when it does, it's going to take a piece of Jackson with it.

April 19, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Documents detail another delayed GM recall

DETROIT (AP) - General Motors waited years to recall nearly 335,000 Saturn Ions for power steering failures despite getting thousands of consumer complaints and more than 30,000 warranty repair claims, according to government documents released Saturday.

April 19, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Sewage plant sparks smell concerns at garden

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - There are concerns at the Savannah Botanical Gardens that a planned sewage treatment plant will send unpleasant smells wafting over the roses.

April 19, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Group works to preserve Revolutionary War site

SYLVANIA, Ga. (AP) - More than two centuries after a daring British surprise attack routed American forces at Brier Creek, new efforts are underway to preserve one of Georgia's least explored Revolutionary War sites.

April 19, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Judges in Utah gay marriage case question lawyers

ATLANTA (AP) - Police say they've recovered a car belonging to the clerk of the Georgia House of Representatives after it was stolen outside the Georgia Capitol.

April 19, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Zoo Atlanta has warthog births for spring

ATLANTA (AP) - Zoo Atlanta has a new litter of warthog piglets.

April 19, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

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Oxford College publishes history of campus architecture

The old wish, "If these walls could only talk," has come almost literally true for Oxford College and Emory University. Oxford announced today that it has published "Cornerstone and Grove," a history of the campus where Emory University, established in 1836, began. Subtitled "A Portrait in Architecture and Landscape of Emory's Birthplace in Oxford, Georgia," the book was written by Erik Oliver, who is a native and current resident of the city of Oxford.

"There is a special affection that everyone associated with Oxford, especially our alumni, feel for its beautiful campus and its historic buildings," said Stephen Bowen ...

October 02, 2009 | Staff Report | Oxford

They're not listening

Dear Editor: In the health care reform bill debate, town halls are becoming a way of life it seems, but what good are they doing for the debate. I say this because Representative Jim Marshall just had one this past week. I could not make it to this town hall, but in talking to some people who did go, they said they felt that they were not really being listened to. One of them said that they felt as though there was a feeling of elitism and that they were treated as a threat. They could only ask questions that ...

October 02, 2009 | John A. Sutherland Covington | Letters

Grace Notes: God’s Grace for you to carry your cross

"If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me." Jesus said that. And remember, in his day, when you heard the word "cross" you weren't thinking jewelry or art. You were thinking torture and blood and suffocation and death. All that considered, his recruitment pitch seems to leave something to be desired, doesn't it? But that's what he said.

In fact, in the words we're looking at from I Peter, Peter even goes a step beyond that and tells us to rejoice in our sufferings, rejoice as we ...

October 02, 2009 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Columnists

Three Newton County Schools and the District Make AYP After CRCT Summer Retests

After tabulating the scores from summer retests the Newton County School district as a whole and has passed Adequate Yearly Progress for the 2008-2009 school year.

Students were able to take the Criterion Referenced Competency Tests again during the summer break and the Georgia Department of Education announced the results Thursday.

October 01, 2009 | Staff Report | Education

Deputy involved in deadly crash on administrative leave

A Newton County deputy remains on administrative leave after an accident Tuesday afternoon claimed the life of a Covington woman.

October 01, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Ola Mae Waters

Ola Mae Waters, 90, of Covington died Sept. 28. She is survived by son Billy O. Waters and wife Darlene of Bowman; daughters Pat Grant and husband Russell of Covington and Sandra Rosser of Suwanee; several grandchildren and several great grandchildren; sister, Von Brown Caldwell and husband Buck of Covington.

October 01, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITS

Ruby J. Parks

October 01, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITS

Local football teams face tough region tests

October 01, 2009 | Josh Briggs | Sports Columnists

Live Oak students take a “Friendship Adventure” with Ronald McDonald and say “NO” to bullying

The school counseling program at Live Oak Elementary is doing big things toaddress bullying and friendship skills this month. On September 11, the school's counselors, Shainita Heath and Pamela Manigault, invited a special guest to talk to students about bullying and friendship. Who was that guest? Well, it was Ronald McDonald, of course! Ronald McDonald took the students on "A Friendship Adventure." "A Friendship Adventure" is a comprehensive program that focuses onfriendship, cooperation, individual responsibility, anti-bullying, and active play forthe mind and body. This was a culminating event to reinforce what the counselors have been teaching ...

October 01, 2009 | Staff Report | Education

Covington Fire Department participates in Smoke Alarm Grant program

A fire can engulf a home in a matter of minutes. It can also kill the people inside the house, especially if they are not aware of what is happening within an adequate amount of time. More than 4,000 Americans die each year in fires and approximately 22,000 are injured according to the National Fire Protection Association. Many of them might be alive today if they had a working smoke detector installed in their home. Georgians are particularly vulnerable because they live in the "Burn Belt," an area of southern states where residents have an increased risk of ...

September 30, 2009 | Staff Report | Covington

Buy Local: Sherwood’s Flowers and Gifts

The year was 1966. Rita White had been working at Sherwood's Flowers and Gifts for two years. That year, she bought the company from the Sherwoods, and went about running the business herself.

September 30, 2009 | Staff Report | Business

FEMA disaster assistance expands for local governments

Federal Emergency Management Agency officials announced disaster assistance is expanding to five Georgia counties to help pay for emergency measures and to repair, restore or replace public facilities damaged or destroyed by this month's severe storms and flooding.

September 30, 2009 | Staff Report | Business

Queen of Eastside High

Crowning glory: Eastside High Senior Tyeshia Little was crowned the 2009-2010 homecoming queen on Friday night during the game against the Elbert County. The Eagles beat the Blue Devils 25-7.

September 30, 2009 | Anthoney Banks | LOCAL

Police respond to fight between neighbors

A fight between neighbors ended with authorities being called to Norman Road late Sunday evening.

September 30, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Newton County Jail Log - Sept. 30

Tiffany Elaine Heard, 35, McDonald, Sept. 13. Probation violation.

September 30, 2009 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log

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