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Tiger Woods' plane seen at Augusta

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - In the strongest indication that Tiger Woods might play the Masters, a newspaper reports that his private plane has been spotted at a local airport.

March 31, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

State House backs charge on strip clubs to fight trafficking

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia House has approved a constitutional amendment charging strip clubs to provide services for victims of child sexual abuse.

March 31, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

State Senate OKs 5 percent raises for judges, public lawyers

State Senate OKs 5 percent raises for judges, public lawyers

March 31, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Indiana governor wants changes to religious-objections law

NDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said Tuesday that he wants legislation on his desk by the end of the week to clarify that the state's new religious-freedom law does not allow discrimination against gays and lesbians.

March 31, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Google, Microsoft battle drives down prices for PCs, tablets

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Google is releasing its cheapest Chromebook laptops yet, two versions priced at $149 aimed at undercutting Microsoft's Windows franchise and gaining ground in even more classrooms.

March 31, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Old soldiers never die

The closing paragraph of General Douglas MacArthur's April 19, 1951 address to Congress: "I still remember the refrain of one of the most popular barracks ballads of the day which proclaimed most proudly that old soldiers never die; they just fade away. And like the old soldier in the ballad, I now close my military career and just fade away, an old soldier who tried to do his duty as God gave him the light to see that duty."

March 31, 2015 | Pete Mecca | LOCAL

US stocks open slightly lower a day after a big jump

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks are opening slightly lower following a big advance the day before.

March 31, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

New Ga. hunting regulations proposed; public comment sought

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (AP) - Georgia wildlife officials are inviting public comments on proposed changes to hunting regulations.

March 31, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Girl, 9, wounded by gunshot in northeast Georgia

WINDER, Ga. (AP) - Authorities in northeast Georgia are investigating a gunshot that wounded a 9-year-old girl.

March 31, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

10-foot, 300-pound metal rooster goes missing in Athens

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Police are searching for whoever made off with Rocket the Rusty Rooster, a 10-foot-tall, 300-pound metal sculpture stolen from its perch outside an Athens business.

March 31, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Big rigs often go faster than tires can handle

DETROIT (AP) - Many tractor-trailers on the nation's roads are driven faster than the 75 mph their tires are designed to handle, a practice that has been linked to wrecks and blowouts but has largely escaped the attention of highway officials.

March 31, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Landfill committee announced as citizens debate options

An open meeting Monday night generated a few suggestions and more than a few questions over the future of the county landfill, as the citizen panel to study the issue was finalized.

March 30, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL

'Religious freedom' fight ramps up as bill remains stalled

ATLANTA (AP) - A divisive religious freedom bill remains stalled in a Georgia House committee as lawmakers enter the final two days of the legislative session surrounded by pressure from supporters and critics who say the bill can be used as a defense for discrimination against gay or transgender people.

March 30, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Gov. Deal announces new program to honor Vietnam veterans

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal has announced a new program aimed at honoring the state's 234,000 Vietnam veterans with "certificates of honor."

March 30, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Stocks gain on encouraging signs in spending and home sales

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stock indexes are closing higher following encouraging news on consumer spending and home sales.

March 30, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

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NEGRC Summer Youth Work Experience

 The Northeast Georgia Regional Commission (NEGRC) is providing a 2010 Summer Youth Work Experience for eligible youth in the 12 county Northeast Georgia area. Efforts are underway to secure federal funding to provide these services for 300 to 1,300 youth for the months of June and July. Calls to be put on the work experience waiting list began April 1 and will continue until all available appointment slots are filled. Youth must be between 14 to 24 years of age. NEGRC serves the counties of Barrow, Clarke, Elbert, Greene, Jackson, Jasper, Madison, Morgan, Newton, Oconee, Oglethorpe and Walton. Each ...

April 25, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Agriculture awareness week shows drive, dedication of farmers to 5th grade class

This year the Women's Committee wanted to focus a lot of attention on promoting a very effective program for the Governor's Agriculture Awareness Week. First, the Women's Committee got together to outline their plan of action. Next, the committee needed to find a fifth grade teacher who was willing and excited about getting involved in this program.

April 25, 2010 | Staff Report | Education

Newton County Jail Log - April 25

  • Vernita Annette Pickens, 42, 270 Willow Shoals Dr., Covington, April 6. Court sentenced.
  • Alberto Robledo Portillo, 29, Madison, April 5. Driving without a license, no license of file, DUI first offense, DUI less safe, improper lane usage.
  • Sabin Bryce Proffitt, 28, 127 Long Street Circle, Oxford, April 5. Sentenced to work release.
  • Roy Chester Reid, 50, Atlanta, April 6. Court sentenced.
  • Luis Rodriguez Reyna, 35, 3401 Ga. Highway 81, Lot 6, Oxford, April 5. Family Violence Act aggravated assault (knife), Family Violence Act simple assault, Family violence Act simple battery, possession of firearm or knife while trying to commit crimes ...

April 25, 2010 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log

Revised trade adjustment assistance for farmers program announced

Hobby Stripling, State Executive Director of USDA's Farm Service Agency in Georgia, announced that USDA has a revised Trade Adjustment Assistance for Farmers (TAAF) Program. Under the program, the USDA provides technical assistance and cash benefits to eligible producers of raw agricultural commodities and fishermen who have been hurt by import competition.

April 25, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL

George Walton Academy named outstanding school

On April 16, George Walton Academy was named Outstanding High School at the Georgia Perimeter College High School Literary Arts competition. Students Kathleen Campbell, Allison Doyle, Emily Gutierrez, Bess Dobbs, and Grayson Shurett won awards to secure the designation for George Walton.

April 25, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Publix donates to United Way

Grocery giving:

April 25, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL

CPD donates to Washington Street Community Center kid’s programs

With the D.A.R.E. program no longer operating, the Covington Police Department wanted to find an alternate way to help children in the community. On Friday, the CPD Chief Stacey Cotton presented a $9,332 check to the Washington Street Community to help support the numerous children's tutoring and enrichment programs provided by the center.

April 25, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington

I’ve become a Facebook junkie

Computers have totally changed people's lives and sometimes that can be a good thing and sometimes not. My pastor is always warning his parishioners about the dangers of the Internet and Facebook. If he reads this, I may have some explaining to do. The Internet can pose dangers, but if you don't abuse it and exercise caution it can be a good thing. I admit I use my computer for writing, school, storing and emailing pictures and other projects using software programs - and I'd be lost without it. Before Facebook came along, my Internet use was limited ...

April 25, 2010 | Beth Rowe | News Columnists

The Mighty Oak: Fred Greer's love of the land shows in his farm

Fred Greer's favorite tree is the mighty white oak.

April 25, 2010 | Lee Sandow | LOCAL

EYESORE of the week

Boarded up:

April 25, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Shredded

Identity protection:

April 25, 2010 | Staff Report | Covington

Cancer patients, survivors walk for cure at Relay

Air Force Capt. Scott Byrum returned home from the Middle East last November. Steve and Becky Byrum were thrilled that their son had come back unscathed from this third tour of duty. But as too often happens, an insidious disease reared its ugly head and turned joy into devastation - Becky was diagnosed with lung cancer.

April 25, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Parks Grove reunion

Gathering of friends: Alumni of Parks Grove School gathered at Burge Plantation on April 17 for a reunion and celebration organized by Joyce Perry Traylor. Parks Grove School stood near the corner of Jeff Cook Road and Morehouse Road in eastern Newton County from about 1912 until 1947. It was established and built by Ida Gray Morehouse and her husband Merritt Morehouse, grandparents of the current owner of Burge, to provide schooling for black children at a time when public education was difficult or non-existent for them. On Sundays the school served as a church. Teachers at the school lived ...

April 25, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Plein Aire Paint Out

Splendid afternoon: Southern Heartland Art Guild recently held their annual Plein Aire Paint Out Picnic at the home of Susan and Bill Wahl in Social Circle. In addition to guild members from Newton County, art guilds from Madison and Monroe were among the invited guests. Artists set up easels, and Susan Adams, an instructor from Southern Heartland Gallery on the square, brought students from two of her oil painting classes - most of whom had never participated in this painting method.

April 25, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Kenneth Hardeman to run for D4 BOC

District 4 Commissioner J.C. Henderson will face competition in the July 20 Democratic primary, as local educator Kenneth Hardeman announced he will vie for the seat.

April 25, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | BOC Chairman

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