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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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Porterdale looks into no cut-through ordinance

At Monday night's Porterdale City Council meeting, Councilman Robert Foxworth introduced the idea of adopting a city ordinance outlawing cutting through private property located at intersections.

September 16, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | Porterdale

Issue without merit

Dear Editor: In last week's Covington News, weekly columnist Patrick Durusau made reference to the county subsidy of cell phone service for county commissioners. He commented that instead of providing this service to the commissioners the money should be forwarded to the Sheriff's Department for the purchase of bullet proof vests. In writing the article Mr. Durusau did not take into consideration critical factors that come into play when composing his reasoning and rationale for his article.

Since the year 2000, the Newton County Sheriff's Department has been involved with the Bullet Proof Vest Partnership Program. It ...

September 16, 2009 | Earnest Simmons District 2 Commissioner | Letters

Curry is the essential ingredient

Georgia State University seems to have everything going for it: the second-largest enrollment of any state college, a campus that is revitalizing downtown Atlanta with all the new buildings going up, and a sterling reputation as one of the University System's four research institutions (a status it shares with UGA, Georgia Tech and the Medical College of Georgia).

Even with all the academic acclaim, one thing Georgia State never had was that staple of southern college life: a football team.

September 16, 2009 | Tom Crawford | OPINION

All the best John, good luck hiring committee

The Covington-Newton County Chamber President John Boothby resigned last Friday after a three-year leadership role with the local organization.

In his resignation letter he said that he thought it would be a good time to try some of the things he had always wanted to do.

September 16, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Source of pride

There was a genuine sense of pride in the air last Thursday as the Friday night warriors of old came out to celebrate the dedication of Wolverine Field.

R.L. Cousins High School was Newton County's black high school during the time of segregation. While that time is a scar on the South and this community's past, the memory of Cousins remains an immense source of pride for not only the black community of the county but for all residents as well.

September 16, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Always available

Dear Editor: I regret I was unable to hold a town hall meeting in the northern part of my district during our August recess from votes in Washington.

That entire month was booked long before the recent (astounding) surge in public interest for town halls. So I was only able to squeeze in two. And as I expected, these were great events from my perspective. I wish I could have done dozens.

September 16, 2009 | Rep. Jim Marshall D-Ga. 8th District | Letters

Buy local...JITA Marketplace

Wendy Connor is an ordained minister, an author and a publisher, so she's well versed in the world of Christian literature. She finds that a lot of religious literature is based on beliefs and traditions that overtime have been shaped more by men than by the Bible. Those beliefs and traditions lead to artificial separations between Christians like denominations.

That's why Connor opened the JITA Marketplace, a Christian bookstore which she said carries unique books that you won't find in other stores. The books in her store are scripturally based guides to living or personal, spiritual stories ...

September 16, 2009 | Staff Report | Business

Financial crisis forces close at DeKalb Tech

The DeKalb Technical College Board of Directors recently approved the closing of the Industrial Systems Technology Program at the school's Covington Campus and the merging of the Air Conditioning Technology Program at the Covington Campus with the same program at the Clarkston Campus. The move comes in the wake of current and expected state budget cuts and the consistent low enrollment of the two programs at the Covington Campus. In a memo to Dr. Teresa Resch, executive director of academic affairs for the Technical College System of Georgia, Dr. Robin Hoffman, president of DeKalb Technical College said continuing these ...

September 15, 2009 | Staff Report | Education

2009 Fuzz Run Results

Place. Name, Hometown, Age, Time

September 15, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL

NCSS announces early release times

All Newton County public schools will release students early on Thursday, September 17 and Friday, September 18 for elementary and middle school parent conferences and high school professional learning activities. Elementary students will be dismissed at 12:15 p.m. with middle and high school students scheduled to depart at 1:15 p.m. Fairview Theme School will dismiss students at 12:45 p.m. and Clements Theme School students will leave at 1 p.m.

September 15, 2009 | Staff Report | Education

Helen "Sis" Devir

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September 15, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITS

Triple Crown Media files for Chapter 11 bankrupcy

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Newspaper publisher Triple Crown Media Inc., which owns daily and weekly newspapers in Georgia, has filed for bankruptcy protection.

In a prepackaged filing Monday in Delaware bankruptcy court, the Lexington, Ky.-based company listed assets of about $33 million, and liabilities of about $86 million.

September 14, 2009 | Staff Report | Business

Newton MCJROTC earns naval honor unit designation

For the eighth consecutive year, the Newton High School MCJROTC program has earned national distinction as a Naval Honor Unit. This award places Newton High in the top 20 per cent of the 225 Marine Corps Junior ROTC programs in the nation.

September 14, 2009 | Staff Report | Education

Mrs. Lorene M. Smith

Mrs. Lorene Mathis Smith, born in Monroe, Georgia, died September 13, 2009 at the age of 94. She was preceded in death by her husband Mr. Carl Smith Jr. who died two months earlier, they were married 74 years. For many years when they lived on Jackson Lake, Mrs. Smith was known for entertaining family and friends. The flowers she cared for were at their peak from spring through fall. She was a member of the Miniature Garden Club where she gladly shared her self taught knowledge of caring for the garden. An excellent cook she excelled in her specialty ...

September 13, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITS

Newton’s JROTC earns 8th Naval Honor Unit distinction

For the eighth consecutive year, the Newton High School Marine Corps Junior ROTC program has earned national distinction as a Naval Honor Unit. This award places Newton High in the top 20 percent of the 225 MCJROTC programs in the nation.

September 13, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL

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