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Arline Chapman will seek a second term in November

Arline Chapman, who served on the Porterdale City Council for six years before being elected mayor in 2012, has announced she will run for mayor ...

August 28, 2015 | Sandra Brands | Porterdale

James ‘Jimmy’ Womack

James "Jimmy" Douglas Womack, 68 of Porterdale, passed away peacefully at his home, Wednesday, August 26, 2015. He was born in Porterdale to the late ...

August 28, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

Tandy Hall

Tandy Annette Haney Hall, 55, of Rutledge, Georgia passed away August 22, 2015. Annette was born in Atlanta to T.A. and Eleanor Haney. Annette ...

August 28, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

Your Pie coming to Covington Square

Downtown Covington is putting a round pizza in a Square.

August 28, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | Business

Solid waste report calls for county to get out of landfill business

Five recommendations have come out of the Newton County Citizens' Solid Waste Committee, which presented a draft of its report on Aug. 27 at the ...

August 28, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Lady Tigers run-rule Tucker

Alcovy opened region-play much like how they ended it last season – in dominant fashion. The Lady Tigers blanked Tucker 12-0 to begin region play after ...

August 27, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Alcovy

NCSS ACT scores fall short of benchmarks

COVINGTON- The Newton County School System (NCSS) announced the ACT scores from the 2014-2015 school year Wednesday afternoon.

August 27, 2015 | Martin Rand | LOCAL

Nearly 200 patients qualify for medical marijuana registry

ATLANTA (AP) - Public health officials reported nearly 200 patients have now qualified for Georgia's new medical marijuana registry, with an uptick in the number ...

August 27, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

New Jersey teacher who was late for work 111 times keeps job

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey elementary school teacher has been allowed to keep his job even though he was late for work ...

August 27, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

US stocks rise after Chinese market surges

U.S. stocks climbed Thursday morning, extending their recovery from a sharp sell-off that was triggered by concerns about the health of the Chinese economy.

August 27, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

The Latest on TV shooting: Lawsuit details hostile firing

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) - The latest on the on-air killing of two TV station employees in Virginia (all times local):

August 27, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Obama says New Orleans is 'moving forward' after hurricane

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says New Orleans is "moving forward" a decade after Hurricane Katrina dealt it a devastating blow, and has become an ...

August 27, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Covington library opened

The Covington Branch of the Newton County Library System opened today after being closed for a week and a half.

August 27, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Falcons sign Grossman to compete for backup quarterback job

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) - The Atlanta Falcons have signed Rex Grossman to compete for the backup quarterback job behind Matt Ryan.

August 26, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Burger King to McDonald's: Let's make a McWhopper

NEW YORK (AP) - This probably isn't what the United Nations had in mind when it established the International Day of Peace: Burger King is ...

August 26, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

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Durusau: No taxation without transparency

The squabble between the Democrats and Republicans over taxes leaves me puzzled as to whether I am ahead or behind. There is little detail in the debate and lots of hot air, misrepresentations and outright lies.

April 07, 2011 | Patrick Durusau | Columnists

Cushman: Budgeting blame game

By failing to pass a 2011 budget last fall while still in charge of the House, Senate and presidency, the Democratic Party set up the potential for the Democrats to blame the Republicans.

April 07, 2011 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists

Newton County could get four roundabouts

Roundabouts have seen enough success across Georgia that the federal government wants to provide full funding for four more of the continuous-flow, circular intersections within Newton County.

April 07, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Former Forsyth sheriff at center of free speech battle

ATLANTA - An interesting First Amendment battle is being waged in the federal appeals court in Atlanta by an ex-Georgia sheriff who claims a barrage of leaflets that falsely painted one of his critics as an ex-con was politically protected free speech.

The argument by former Forsyth County Sheriff Dennis Lee Hendrix came before the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday after he challenged an April 2007 jury verdict that awarded one of the critics, Danny Bennett, a $3.6 million judgment on libel claims.

April 07, 2011 | Associated Press | STATE

Storm costs Covington $20,000-plus

Wednesday Update: The windstorm early Tuesday may have cost Covington's electric department $20,000 to $25,000 in labor, overtime, equipment and parts.

April 07, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Man shot by officers in Gwinnett

NORCROSS - Police in Gwinnett County say an officer shot a man who pulled a gun.

Cpl. Jake Smith of the Gwinnett County Police Department says the shooting occurred Wednesday night outside an apartment complex.

April 07, 2011 | Associated Press | STATE

Legends open Masters play

AUGUSTA - Two old champions with 10 green jackets between them strolled up to the first tee to get the Masters going, then stepped aside to let the real contenders take their place in the Georgia sun.

Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer struck ceremonial tee shots shortly after sunrise today at Augusta National, the traditional start to the year's first major. With the overnight chill still lingering, the 81-year-old Palmer hit a little fade that stayed in the fairway. The 71-year-old Nicklaus went next, ripping one right down the middle about 30 yards past his longtime rival.

April 07, 2011 | Associated Press | STATE

Bond program allows Newton schools to buy buses

A bond program designed to reimburse school systems for the purchase of new buses will allow Newton County to have six new buses in their fleet soon.

April 07, 2011 | Amber Pittman | Education

MARTA crash injures 13

ATLANTA - Authorities say a MARTA bus collided head-on today with another vehicle, injuring 13 people including a 3-year-old girl.

MARTA spokesman Lyle Harris tells the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that it appears there were no life-threatening injuries.

April 06, 2011 | Associated Press | STATE

Purse-cleaning jackpot

FAIRBURN, Ga. - A 55-year-old Georgia woman's decision to clean out her purse paid off in a big way when she found an old lottery ticket worth $189,302.

Rhonda Williams, says she found the winning Fantasy 5 ticket in the bottom of her purse after cleaning it out over the weekend.

April 06, 2011 | Associated Press | STATE

Maria Olivia Eskew

Ms. Maria Olivia Eskew of Oxford, died April 4, 2011, at the age of 59. She was employed by Atlanta Cutlery for 23 years. She was a native of Decatur but had been a resident of Newton County for 38 years. Ms. Eskew was a member of Living Waters Baptist Church and was an avid scrap booker. She will be remembered as a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.

April 06, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS

Mary Hazel Goodman

Mary Hazel Goodman of Covington, GA died Tuesday April 5, 2011 at her residence under the care of Abbey Hospice. She was born on November 8, 1933 in Monroe, GA to the late Clinton T. and Bertha Mae Benton Durden. She was a life long resident of Covington and was a member of The Baptist Tabernacle.

April 06, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS

Paper towel dispute leads to arrest

ATLANTA - A man police say grabbed paper towels from a maintenance cart at a rail station in Atlanta and used them to blow his nose wound up in jail.

A police report says a man identified as Alfred Murphy grabbed the towels at a MARTA station Monday afternoon, and a transit system police officer told him he couldn't do that.

April 06, 2011 | Associated Press | STATE

Bridge Builders

Construction site: Students in Mr. Ralph Hickman's Robotics Club recently completed a wooden walkway between two playground areas. Since completion of the bridge, the students have enjoyed traveling from one section to another but the area is becoming more of a performance stage for skits and musicals. The students are thoroughly enjoying the new playground and especially on warm, sunny days. Pictured: Back row: Builders Dylan Hedrick, Alex Parish and Tanner Quinn. Front row: Taking a quick break from their performance are Blakely Arp, Lauren Moseley, Grayson Bradley and Anne Marie Hildebrant.

April 06, 2011 | Staff Report | Education

Kari's Corner: The high cost of parenthood

Let's face it - kids aren't cheap. According to 2009 figures from the Department of Agriculture, middle-income Americans can expect to spend $286,050 to raise a child from infancy through age 17. That's including a 3 percent rate of inflation but doesn't include college tuition.

April 06, 2011 | Kari Apted | News Columnists

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