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NMC to host Billy Taylor Classic Golf Tournament

Registration is open for Newton Medical Center's Auxiliary 24th Annual Bill Taylor Classic Golf Tournament.

September 30, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Viagra ads target women for 1st time

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - The maker of the world's top-selling erectile dysfunction drug on Tuesday will begin airing the first Viagra TV commercial that targets the less-obvious sufferers of the sexual condition: women.

September 30, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Around Town

As we travel to the store a friends house are commute to work how often do we take the time to see the true beauty our home town offers?

September 30, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL

Ga. college smoking ban goes into effect Wednesday

TLANTA (AP) - A rule smoking ban at all University System of Georgia campuses is scheduled to go into effect this week.

September 30, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

School considers options for Bible verse monument

DANIELSVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Officials at a public high school in east Georgia are considering whether to remove or modify a monument that quotes the Bible.

September 30, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Virginia police: Forensic evidence links 2 cases

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - They both were walking alone, separated from their friends late at night on or near the University of Virginia campus. One was found dead nearly five years ago. The other is still missing.

September 30, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

PayPal goes mobile, to split from eBay in 2015

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - The mobile payment service PayPal is splitting from eBay and will become a separate and publicly traded company next year.

September 30, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

'13-14 Teachers of the Year announced

It was 4:15 p.m. on Monday, long past the time students walked out of their classrooms for the day, but a group of teachers stuck around.

September 29, 2014 | Kayla Robins | Education

Wal-Mart: Morgan, others weren't wearing seatbelts

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Wal-Mart says actor-comedian Tracy Morgan and other people in a vehicle struck from behind by a company truck on a New Jersey highway in June weren't wearing seatbelts.

September 29, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Ethics complaint against Jason Carter dismissed

ATLANTA (AP) - The state ethics commission has dismissed a complaint accusing Democratic candidate for governor Jason Carter of violating state law by sending fundraiser invitations during the legislative session.

September 29, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Study: Recessions can postpone motherhood forever

NEW YORK (AP) - When the economy tanks, women have fewer babies. But what happens in the following years, when conditions improve?

September 29, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Man loses wheel, crashes motorcycle

A man traveling south on Hwy. 212, approximately 50 feet past Hwy. 36, crashed after his front wheel came off Friday.

September 29, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

$1.19M grant to rehab Porterdale sewer system

It's the dirtiest of the dirty jobs, but someone has to make sure a city's sewer system stays secure. And that just became easier for Porterdale.

September 29, 2014 | Kayla Robins | Porterdale

ATM fees keep climbing, survey says

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The penalty for using an ATM that is not affiliated with your bank rose 5 percent over the past year.

September 29, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Savannah harbor dredging deal close

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - The Georgia Ports Authority's top executive says a cost-sharing agreement needed to start work on a $706 million deepening of the waterway to the Port of Savannah should be finished within two weeks.

September 29, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

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Troopers prepare for busy Memorial Weekend

The 78-hour Memorial Day holiday travel period begins this Friday evening and the Georgia State Patrol will be watching for impaired drivers and other traffic violations that could potentially cause a traffic crash. The holiday period begins at 6 p.m. Friday and ends Memorial Day.

May 28, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL

NCSS budget drops by another $300,000 plus

Already strapped for cash, the Newton County School Board received more bad news this week, learning that the budget would take yet another large cut after the drop in the local tax digest came in at 17 percent, which amounts to more than $300,000. This came on the heels of news from the state, that the position of pre-Kindergarten registration coordinator would no longer be grant funded.

May 28, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Education

Raceway gas station a total loss

The Raceway gas station is being called a total loss after fire raced through the walls and roof of the building Wednesday morning.

May 28, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Local farming better for health, environment

Local agriculture experts say until Americans are willing to spend more money, they'll have to continue to make do with less healthy and less flavorful food and small to medium locally owned farms will continue to vanish.

May 28, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Grace Notes: On love and laying down one’s life

"Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends." Jesus said that. He said it on a day we call Maundy Thursday. He said that the day he handed himself over to the Jewish and Roman authorities. He said that the day before he died on that cross… for us. "Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends."
We'd have to agree, huh? There's nothing more one could give, right? I think of those soldiers willing to do just that, and I stop ...

May 28, 2010 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Columnists

The spirit speaks to us if we listen

Spirit Speaks Seminar centers on prayer and growth in each person's spiritual journey.

May 28, 2010 | By Nikita Britt news@covnews.com | RELIGION

Spreading their wings

Eastside High School's 2010 valedictorian Katelyn Yeomans and salutatorian Naomi Wills have worked hard for their entire school careers to earn good grades. Although their high school years officially end Saturday, hard work still lies ahead of them as they have both chosen challenging college majors.

May 28, 2010 | Jennifer T. Long | Education

Newton County Jail Log - May 28

-Kemar Christopher Bernard, 25, Lithonia, May 11. Criminal trespass, simple battery.
-Mary Regina Bilbrey, 27, Monore, May 8. Obtaining or attempting to obtain.
-Licarus Zanez Broughton, 30, Lithonia, May 9. Interfering with a 911 call, Family Violence Act aggravated battery, cruelty to children.
-John Franklin Brown Jr., 17, 40 Bermuda Run, Covington, May 8. Disorderly conduct.
-John Pittman Brown, 35, McDonough, May 8. Deposit account fraud.
-Ronald Earl Callaway Jr., 45, 11703 Ga. Highway 36, Covington, May 7. Probation violation.
-Tyson Neal Carnes, 24, 44 Raby Road, Covington, May 8. Theft by shoplifting.
-Tony Evettes Cherry, 41, Decatur, May 9 ...

May 28, 2010 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log

The Roast of Betty Faith Jaynes

Dear Editor: The Friends of Porterdale Inc. wants to extend a very special thank you to all the people who contributed to the success of the Betty F. Jaynes Roast on May 15. This special thank you extends to the sponsors of our event, the volunteers, the contributors, the Betty F. Jaynes Roast committee, those of you who supported us by attending the event and the sports celebrities who gave their time and waived any speaking fees they normally charge to participate on the program. A very special thank you to Betty Faith Jaynes for allowing us the opportunity to ...

May 28, 2010 | Kay Shaw Coggin President, Friends of Porterdale | Letters

Couch crazy

There must be something in the water around here that causes local politicians to go crazy over selecting furniture for public offices.

May 28, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Blossoming Orchard Park

Local developer Hubert White had a grand idea for a special, multi-use subdivision here in Covington. He called his development Orchard Park.

May 28, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

If government is like a business...

About 3 mills in property taxes will make the difference between a third-world Newton County and Newton County as we enjoy it today.

For 3 mills, 120 county employees, our friends and neighbors, will provide for their families.

May 28, 2010 | Patrick Durusau | Columnists

The end of an era

It's been a few years since I graduated from anything, so it was really nice to have my name called on May 8 and have people clap because I had finished something. That something I finished was an eight-month endeavor called Leadership Newton County.

Waking up two hours earlier than I usually do for our monthly class day was never enjoyable, but by the end of the day it was worth the lost sleep because of the information I gained throughout the day.

May 28, 2010 | Jennifer T. Long | Columnists

Willie “Bill” Perry

Mr. Willie "Bill" Perry died May 16. He was born in Jasper County in 1928, the son of the late Mr. Perry and Ms. Lena Benton. He was one of four children and was preceded in death by his siblings: Pearl Strong, Johnny Lee Cooksey and Grace Perry. Mr. Perry grew up in Newton County. At a young age he joined Betha Bara Baptist Church. He served in the United States Army and worked for Hercules and Miami Stone, a devoted employee. Mr. Perry was the proud father of five children. In his spare time, he enjoyed fishing. He had ...

May 27, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS

Turner Lake Road to close for roundabout construction

Turner Lake Road will be closed June 9 for up to six months for construction of the long-awaited roundabout project, according to a Georgia Department of Transportation press release.
The official detour will use Washington Street/Ga. Highway 81, West Street and Clark Street. The detour will be signed and advance warning signs and barricades will be located at intersections prior to the closure.
Portions of Turner Lake Road will remain accessible from Ga. Highway 81 up to Brown Bridge Road and from Old Clark Street to U.S. Highway 278.
Turner Lake Complex will still be able to be ...

May 27, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington

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