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Action Ministries opens office in Newton

For the first time in 20 years, the charitable nonprofit organization, Action Ministries, has opened a satellite office. The Newton County Action Ministries office opened its doors on May 4 in the Wesley Building of Covington First United Methodist Church, 2160 Church Street, Covington.

May 21, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

What Nobel Peace Laureates have incurred should not have occurred

I have been trying to figure out what to do with my free time now that I have decided not to run for President of the United States (or what's left of it.) Some of you wrote and asked me to reconsider my decision. I am humbled by your pledges of support but I don't want to broach the subject again with the Woman Who Shares My Name. She has access to a lot of broccoli and says she know where she can get more. I had best leave that alone.

May 21, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists

William Henry Calhoon

William Henry Calhoon, Sr. (Bill) of Porterdale passed away May 13, 2015 in Covington at the age of 77. A memorial service will be held at The Baptist Tabernacle, 10119 Access Road, Covington, Georgia 30014, on Sunday, May 31, 2015, at 4 pm. Memorial donations, instead of flowers, may be made to The Baptist Tabernacle for the Children's Ministry and Reformers Unanimous Ministry.

May 21, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

US stock indexes edge higher in morning trading

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks edged higher in morning trading. Energy stocks rose more than the rest of the market as the price of oil climbed. Among individual stocks, Salesforce.com was among the biggest gainers after reporting earnings that exceeded the forecasts of Wall Street analysts.

May 21, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

NMC to join Piedmont system Oct. 1

Newton Medical Center will formally become a subsidiary of Piedmont Healthcare on Oct. 1.

May 21, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Carroll hurts left knee as Hawks fall to Cavaliers, 97-89

ATLANTA (AP) - The Hawks have been here before in this postseason, down 1-0 after losing the opening game of a series at home.

May 21, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Georgia's jobless rate remains unchanged at 6.3 percent

ATLANTA (AP) - State labor officials say Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate is at 6.3 percent, which is unchanged from the previous month.

May 21, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

A brief afternoon rally fades, leaving US indexes mixed

NEW YORK (AP) - A brief afternoon rally faded away on Wall Street, leaving indexes narrowly mixed on the day.

May 20, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Ga. daycare temporarily closed during state investigation

AUSTELL, Ga. (AP) - A judge has affirmed an order to temporarily close a Cobb County daycare after employees were accused of lying about how long a child was left alone in a van.

May 20, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Board scolded in public comments over legal budget

County Attorney Tommy Craig attempted to soothe public concerns over the county's high legal costs Tuesday night, but his explanation appeared to provoke the opposite reaction.

May 20, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL

Why many experts missed this: Cheap oil can hurt US economy

WASHINGTON (AP) - If there was one thing most economists agreed on at the start of the year, it was this: Plunging oil prices would boost the U.S. economy.

May 20, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

County seeks city help for library

Newton County will step up to save the Covington branch of the library, commissioners said Tuesday, but not before making one last attempt to get the city of Covington to contribute to the library's costly new heating, air conditioning and ventilation system (HVAC).

May 20, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL

Charges dropped for man who smashed car window, saved dog

THENS, Ga. (AP) - Authorities have dropped the charges against an Athens veteran who was arrested after breaking a window to free a dog from a hot car.

May 20, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Georgia teacher accused of letting students have sex

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. (AP) - An Atlanta-area teacher has been arrested after a parent complained he allowed middle school students to have sex in a storage unit in his classroom.

May 20, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Bin Laden papers include loving notes, terrorist application

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. intelligence officials have released more than 100 documents seized in the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound, including a loving letter to his wife and a job application for his terrorist network.

May 20, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

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Sex offenders to attend Halloween shut-in

For parents whose children will be going door-to-door in search of treats on Saturday, they will have one less danger to worry about. Sex offenders who are currently on parole or probation in Newton County are required to report to the sheriff's office during peak door-knocking hours.

October 29, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Our thoughts... Business-wise

We've challenged Newton County Chairman Kathy Morgan recently to take more opportunities to run Newton County government as a business.

October 29, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Our thoughts... Celebration of life

There was a time that going to the funeral home always brought about sadness and a little fear of the unknown. This was in part how most of us were raised to deal with death.

October 29, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Library director Greg Heid leaves for another position

Long-time Library Director Greg Heid will be leaving the Newton County system in early 2011, after accepting the director position of the Des Moines, Iowa, library system.

October 29, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Grace Notes: Trick or Treat

"Trick or Treat." Are you ready to hear it? Chances are, you'll hear it a few times this weekend. This is the one time a year that when someone asks a child, "What do you say?" the correct answer is not "Please" or "Thank you!"

October 29, 2010 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Columnists

The Day of the Dead

Many Americans think of Halloween as a harmless, fun holiday, with kids and adults dressing in costumes and passing out candy.

October 29, 2010 | Chris Queen | RELIGION

About Faith: Greed: an engine or a fire?

In 1987, the movie "Wall Street" debuted, bringing American avarice to the front of our collective consciousness.

October 29, 2010 | Brian Dale | Columnists

Business license applications

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October 29, 2010 | Staff Report | Business

Pets of the Week - Oct. 29

Come visit the Newton County Animal Shelter at 210 Lower River Road, open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. They would love for you to see what great animals they have for adoption. Telephone (770) 786-9514.

October 29, 2010 | Staff Report | Pets of the Week

Newton County Jail Log - Oct. 29

o Jesse Allen Davis, 22, Conyers, Oct. 18. Probation violation.

October 29, 2010 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log

BOC discusses 2011 SPLOST, plans more meetings

The Board of Commissions once again discussed the 2011 SPLOST Thursday night and came to the conclusion they need more information and more meetings.

October 28, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Stepfather charged with sexually molesting, videotaping stepdaughter

A 32-year-old Newton County stepfather was arrested after his 13-year-old stepdaughter reported that he had been touching her inappropriately for two years. It was also later found that he had been videotaping her in various rooms throughout the home.

October 28, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Fourth grader brings airsoft gun to school

A fourth grade student was removed from class Thursday morning at Oak Hill Elementary after bringing an airsoft pellet gun and pellets to class.

October 28, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Sylvia Elaine Sims

Ms. Sylvia Elaine Sims died Oct. 22. The daughter of Robert Lee Cobb and the late Annie Joyce Chandler, she was born in 1959. She graduated from Newton County School system and was employed with Bibb and Marshall for several years. She joined Springfield Missionary Baptist Church at a young age. Affectionately called "Syl," she was a beloved daughter, sister, mother, grandmother and good friend to life-long acquaintances. She was known for always having a broad smile and sunny disposition. Ms. Sims never let an opportunity pass without telling her loved ones and friends that she loved them.

October 28, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS

Horace Horton

Mr. Horace Horton died Oct. 22 due to a tragic car accident. The son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Maxie (Anna Felmon Glass) Horton Sr., he was born in 1957 in Morgan County, the third of eight children. He was preceded in death by brother Darron. Affectionately called "chocolate Chip," Mr. Horton was raised and educated in Morgan County joining Pleasant Grove Baptist church at a young age. He was employed as a technician at Barton Southern Company. Whatever he did, he did to perfection and worked hard to get what he needed or wanted. Mr. Horton was also ...

October 28, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS

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