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Social Circle graduates

Social Circle's 2015 graduating class walked across the stage last weekend, being the first to do so at Social Circle's new athletic complex. Tara Nye was the Valedictorian and Sarah Wilson the Salutatorian.

May 30, 2015 | Staff Report | Social Circle

Social Circle Parkway opens Tuesday

Social Circle Parkway will open for use Tuesday, five months ahead of schedule, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation.

May 30, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

A caring community

Dear Editor,

May 30, 2015 | Staff Report | Letters

All journeys begin with the first step

Dear Editor,

May 30, 2015 | Staff Report | Letters

Newton County Jail Log: May 27

Donald Myron Abercrombie, 29, Cumming, May 24, criminal use of an article with altered ID mark, receipt, possession or transfer of a firearm by a convicted felon

May 30, 2015 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log

Newton County Jail Log: May 20

Alicia Ivy Aikens, 33, Covington, May 16, possession of methamphetamine, marijuana-possession less than 1 ounce

May 30, 2015 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log

Laseter, Harrison receive scholarships

Two Newton County students won visual art scholarships recently through Southern Heartland Arts, Inc.

May 30, 2015 | Staff Report | LIVING

Missing Covington woman found

Covington resident Julie Smith, who was the subject of a search in Jackson County, was found Friday in good health.

May 30, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL

Blatter says FIFA corruption probe won't lead to him

ZURICH (AP) - Invigorated by his FIFA election win, Sepp Blatter dismissed any suggestion Saturday that the American investigation into soccer corruption could yet lead to his door.

May 30, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Ala. federal judge arrested last year to resign from bench

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama federal judge who was arrested on a spousal abuse charge last year has resigned from the bench.

May 30, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Falcons LB Shembo waived after animal cruelty charge

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) - The Atlanta Falcons waived linebacker Prince Shembo on Friday, shortly after he was charged with aggravated animal cruelty.

May 30, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Newton Sheriff's deputy shot, injured in training

At approximately 2:45 p.m., the Newton County Sheriff's department received a call from the gun range on Lower River Road in reference to an officer-involved shooting during training.

May 29, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL

GBI: Officer fatally shoots man who tried to draw gun

CARROLLTON, Ga. (AP) - A police officer fatally shot a man who began to draw a gun during a confrontation in the west Georgia city of Carrollton, authorities said Friday.

May 29, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Anheuser-Busch producing canned water for flood victims

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. (AP) - An Anheuser Busch plant in northwest Georgia has started canning water instead of beer to help flood victims in Texas and Oklahoma.

May 29, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Stocks solidly lower following disappointing economic data

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks sank in afternoon trading Friday following a report that the economy shrank in the first three months of the year. The revised data showed that gross domestic product contracted 0.7 percent in the first quarter. That was worse than the government's initial estimate of growth of 0.2 percent.

May 29, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

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Local BOC, BOE final results

Board of Commissioners

District 2, Democrat

July 20, 2010 | Staff Report | Election

Governor's race up to the minute results

With 100% of Newton County and 72% of Georgia precincts reporting. The first number is the nubmer of votes cast for each candidate in Newton County. The second is the percentage of votes in the state. This will be the last update posted by the Covington News tonight. For more election results, please visit

July 20, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | Election

NCSS did not meet AYP

Newton County School System (NCSS) has received from the Georgia Department of Education thedistrict's report on Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for the 2009-2010 school year. Administrators arecurrently reviewing that information. According to the report, fifteen of twenty-three schools included in the report made AYP in 2009-2010; the district did not meet AYP in 2009-2010.It is important to note that these are not the final 2009-2010 AYP results as students who did not pass the reading or math portion of the Georgia Criterion Referenced Competency Tests (GCRCT) in the spring were offered remediation and the opportunity to retest and ...

July 19, 2010 | Staff Report | Education

District 95 candidates answer questions at forum

Candidates for the District 95 state representative seat answered Newton County-based questions at Tuesday night's Newton County Voter's League political forum.

July 19, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | State Representative 95

CCoSC hosts political forum

The Concerned Citizens of Social Circle organized a political forum that was held at Social Circle First Baptist church on Thursday evening. Five candidates seeking the Senate District 17 seat were present, as were three candidates for House District 111.

July 19, 2010 | Lee Sandow | State Senate 17

Salem Camp Meeting 2010

Campers from near and far braved the summer heat and joined fellow worshipers in a weeklong celebration of God's glory for the 182nd Salem Camp Meeting at the Salem Camp Ground in Covington from July 9 - 16.

The week's activities included music performances by local artists and choirs, classes for all ages, shirt tie-dying, swimming and slip and slide fun. Campers were awarded with ribbons for attendance and nick-nacks for memorizing scripture.

July 18, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL

Shuttle memories

I'm pretty much just an ordinary guy who along the way has had some extraordinary experiences. I'm so grateful, for these episodes have allowed me to join in convivial and fairly knowledgeable conversation with folks from far-flung places, plus some who were involved in rather unique activities. And, of course, they've given me a broader perspective on life in general.

But, hey, that's just my lifelong fascination with social studies doing the talking.

July 18, 2010 | Nat Harwell | News Columnists

LOL — no laughing matter

My mother told me recently that the most important thing a person can have is a sense of humor. I thought this was funny because I didn't realize she had one. After she gave me this advice, I listened to her with a different filter and realized she does.

Driving to a meeting yesterday, I turned right and noticed a sticker on the back window of the car I was following.

July 18, 2010 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | News Columnists

Our Thoughts: Remembering Mr. B.C.

Billy Carl Crowell, born Sept. 9, 1923, will be sorely missed by hundreds of the lives he touched during his life-long love affair with Newton County.

July 18, 2010 | Rachel Hayes Spurling | Our Thoughts

Our Thoughts: Go vote

Tuesday is the primary election. Many of you have already taken advantage of early voting at the Newton County administration building, but those of you who haven't should schedule some time to do so on Tuesday.

Although this is not a presidential election year, it is an important election year.

July 18, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Primary decides: BOE District 1 has all Republican field

For the candidates running for the Newton County Board of Education District 1 seat, the primary election Tuesday will determine who serves. All three candidates, Ronald Hart, Jeffrey Meadors and Dale Thompson, are running on the republican ticket. The three took time to answer five questions from The News editorial staff.
1. In your opinion, what is the biggest problem facing the Newton County School System as a whole and in District 1 specifically?

July 18, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Births

Primary decides: 2 Democrats vie for BOC District 4 seat

Below are five questions, specific to Newton County District 4, which were asked to Democratic incumbent J.C. Henderson and Democratic challenger Kenneth Hardeman. District 4 contains much of the western and northern parts of Covington and all of Oxford. Respondents were asked to limit their answers to 200 words or less.

July 18, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | BOC Chairman

Candidates answer questions posed at Chamber forum

The Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce held the Primary season's final political forum at the Covington Branch Library July 8, playing host to 2010 Newton County Board of Commissioners and Board of Education candidates. Each set of candidates was asked one question by the chamber, followed by questions from the audience.

July 18, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | Election

The measure of a man

There are scholarships and tournaments in his honor, a road and park bear his name, but the true testament to the man Billy Carl "B.C." Crowell are how many people he touched in his 86-years. With the passing of Crowell on July 16, Newton County didn't just lose a resident, it lost a living legend.

Crowell was born in Porterdale in 1923 at a home adjacent to the baseball field named in his honor, a field where he spent his youth playing baseball, a sport that would eventually get him a scholarship to Oglethorpe University in 1940. He ...

July 18, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Newton County Jail Log - July 18

· Herman Deon Adams, 41, 418 Greenleaf Road, Covington, July 13. Family Violence Act simple assault.

July 18, 2010 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log

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