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The ugliness of recruiting

If you've ever seen the film "Friday Night Lights" then you know just how much high school football can mean to a town. You should also know how much it means to a person who is a talented football player and wants to get paid (hi, Boobie Miles).

July 31, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | SPORTS

Back in session

Teachers and administration welcomed parents and students to an open house at Porterdale Elementary School Wednesday, July 30 from 5-7 p.m., meeting youngsters for the first time and welcoming returning students moving to the next grade. Faces full of smiles filled the halls, from pre-K classmates playing with toys to parents and principals introducing themselves and beaming about the new school year, which began this morning across the Newton County School System. "We're all aboard the train of excellence, and we have a committed staff to do that," said Lizzella Dodson, who has been Porterdale's principal for ...

July 31, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL

Construction will continue during sales tax holiday

Parts of Newton County's stretch of Interstate 20 will close to traffic this weekend, one of just a handful of road construction projects underway statewide to not be shut down for the tax free weekend.

July 31, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL

Free Stephen A. Smith

Free Stephen A. Smith and your mind while you're at it.

July 31, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Sports Columnists

State releases school-level EOCT scores

The Georgia Department of Education released the 2014 school-level scores for End-of-Course Tests (EOCT), showing where each of the three high schools in Newton County improved, declined, passed the state or fell below Georgia average pass rates.

July 31, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL

Out and about

The small rain showers that covered Covington Thursday afternoon didn't stop friends Hannah Bohanan, Morgan Conner and Lindsay Coker from getting out and enjoying an afternoon walk on the Square. When the rain came in they took the opportunity to take an ice cream break at Scoops on the Square.

July 31, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL

Briefs: man shot at taking out trash

Man shot at while taking out the trash

July 31, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

New format, familiar concerns

Elected officials were able to hear directly from their constituents thanks to a new format tried Tuesday at the fourth of five public hearings on the 2050 Plan. What they heard wasn't necessarily new, but the small-group discussions were well worth it, county commissioners agreed Wednesday.

July 31, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL

NCSS transportation department awarded for school bus emissions reductions

As the big yellow buses get ready to go round and round the county packed with students, they will be touting bragging rights for helping the environment.

July 31, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL

Cell tower back on council agenda

A rejected cell phone tower on Monticello Street is on the Covington City Council's agenda again Monday, but Mayor Ronnie Johnston says it's essentially to complete paperwork. He doesn't expect anything to change.

July 31, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL

Mansfield resident to be parent representative in House committee

A Mansfield resident was appointed to a Georgia House study committee as one of three teacher representatives across the state.

July 31, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL

More exhausting: a soccer player or soccer grandmother?

My younger Macon granddaughter spent the week with me. It was exhausting for both of us. She had to be across the road from Parkview High School at 8 a.m. each morning. My alarm went off at 6 a.m. and I woke my granddaughter 15 minutes later. The 15 minutes gave me time to get the paper, drink a cup of tea and read the headlines.

July 31, 2014 | Paula Travis | LIFE

Massie: Be very afraid, especially for your children

On July 1, 2014, I wrote a syndicated column titled "What If Terrorists Used Infectious Diseases." I postulated that America is being placed in mortal danger as illegal aliens, to which I specifically add the tens of thousands of illegal alien children, are flooding our borders.

July 31, 2014 | | Columnists

Our thoughts: Citizens' panel

During a Rotary Club of Covington meeting Tuesday, Newton County Chairman Keith Ellis announced that the commissioners are planning to start a citizens' panel consisting of an appointed member by each commissioner and appointees from each city in the county and entities such as the chamber, water and sewage authority and school board.

July 31, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Do not be afraid — you are valuable

Last week, we saw how intimidating it is to see what God expects of us as Christians. If you missed it, check out the 7/13/14 sermon at www.abidinggrace.com. For now, let's just say that Jesus made it pretty clear that we'd suffer for following him. Only once we realize what God expects of us and how far we fall short, and the punishment we should have for that, only then are we ready to read the rest of this section of Scripture where Jesus sends out his disciples as workers in his harvest field.

July 31, 2014 | Jonathan E. Scharf | RELIGION

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Scare tactics

Last Sunday we were proud to once again recognize the importance of agribusiness to Newton County; little did we know that the chancellor and the Board of Regents of The University System of Georgia were planning a broadside attack against the future of a segment of our economy that provides more than $70 billion in revenue in Georgia and employs more than 69,000 workers.

In these tough economic times the university system is under pressure to cut expenses so the state can have a balanced budget.

March 05, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

4-H nixed as part of UGA budget cuts

Proposed reductions to the University System of Georgia of approximately $300 million could mean the end of 4-H programs in Newton County and a reduction of roughly $9 million to Georgia Perimeter College.

March 04, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Ruby M. Frazier

Mrs. Ruby M. Frazier died Feb. 23. The daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Hugh (Rosie Lee Moss) Avery Sr., she was born in Morgan County in 1935, one of 13 children. Eight siblings preceded her in death. Mrs. Frazier was educated in Mansfield-Newborn public schools and joined Springfield Baptist Church, Newborn, early in life and became an active and faithful member. She loved attending church services and being on the Mother's Board. She was preceded in death by her husband George Frazier Jr. and one daughter Lessie. Mrs. Frazier was a loving and outspoken person who loved ...

March 04, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS

Warning: scam artist selling fake Covington News subscriptions

It has come to our attention that an individual calling herself "Debbie" is conducting a scam by obtaining credit card numbers from people over the phone who think they are subscribing to The Covington News.

March 04, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Rec Commission will run NHCC

The Nelson Heights Community Center will be run by the Newton Recreation Commission – end of story.

After years of preparation and months of debate, the NHCC's future was finally decided Tuesday night, when the Board of Commissioners voted 3-2 in favor of the recreation commission's proposal to run the center.

March 03, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Next year's county budget could be 10 percent lower

Newton County department heads have been instructed to prepare for the possibility of a 10 percent total reduction in their budgets for the next fiscal year.

March 03, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Opal Odette Fowler

March 03, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS

Ruby L. Sullivan

March 03, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS

Council votes to not pursue grant to spend on new pedestrian trails

New Grant Writer Randy Conner presented six grant opportunities to the Covington City Council Monday night, and the council approved pursuing all of them, except for one tied to the Norfolk Southern railroad.

March 03, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Supporter Spotlight... Shannon D. Sneed & Associates, P.C.

If you met Shannon Sneed on the street, you might not realize he's a lawyer. He's an intelligent man but has an affable, easygoing nature. Even when you visit his office, you may be thrown off.

March 03, 2010 | Staff Report | Business

Local sheriff’s deputy completes GPSTC course

Deputy Colin Cunningham of the Newton County Sheriff's Office recently completed a DUI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing course taught by the Georgia Police Academy Division of the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth.

March 03, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Inside the GBI

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is oft accused of being the reason why investigators can't pinpoint suspects and why evidence isn't processed in time for court, but according to a report given to Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue, a mere 5 percent of crime lab reports take the GBI more then 180 days, with 88 percent of reports being issued in 90 days or less.

March 03, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

City residents question electric rates, system

Covington residents used Monday's city council meeting as a forum to discuss high electricity bills and to ask city officials if they could offer residents any help.

March 03, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Newton County Jail Log - March 3

o Henderson Burton III, 52, Decatur, Feb. 20. Contempt of court.

March 03, 2010 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log

Trailers burglarized at Ficquett

Three modular classrooms at Ficquett Elementary School were burglarized over the weekend and officers are still searching for those responsible.

March 03, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

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