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Naked man rescued after getting stuck on Florida drawbridge

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - Firefighters in Florida have rescued a naked man trapped on a raised drawbridge.

May 26, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Naked man rescued after getting stuck on Florida drawbridge

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - Firefighters in Florida have rescued a naked man trapped on a raised drawbridge.

May 26, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

US stock index open lower as traders return from holiday

NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks are opening slightly lower on Wall Street as traders return from the Memorial Day holiday in the U.S.

May 26, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Severe thunderstorms possible as rain moves into Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) - Forecasters say strong storms -- including some that could become severe -- will be possible as heavy rain moves into Georgia.

May 26, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Look out for Newton

Jeremiah Holloman might be the headliner right now for Newton track and field, but look past his individual accomplishments and you'll find a young Newton team that finished fourth overall at state this year.

May 24, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton

From fifth to first

When Newton sophomore Jeremiah Holloman placed fifth in the triple jump last year, he did so in disappointment to himself. Malik Franklin a former triple jump state champion for Newton, had been teasing Holloman about it in effort to motivate him. Franklin has a record distance of 48-10 and it's the record Holloman has been shooting for since the beginning of the season.

May 24, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton

Stoked

It's been a tremendous year for Eastside sophomore athlete Eric Stokes. Just in his second year in high school and Stokes earned the starting running back position at the beginning of the football season, he was ranked second in the 400m heading into state, he's been offered by Georgia State and now he's a state champion.

May 24, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Eastside

Don't be penny wise and pound foolish-Support the citizen landfill committee

Dear Editor,

May 24, 2015 | Steve Brown | Letters

The other guys

We were young, invincible, and we knew the awful things would happen to the other guy. The war in Vietnam was nothing more than a stumbling block, something our country needed us to do before we continued on with our lives, our educations, marriages, raising rug rats, growing old with a sweetheart. Our tools of war were lethal and high tech, the best bombs and bullets taxpayer money could buy. Turn us loose, let us do what we were trained to do, and we will win this war then bring us home to a grateful nation.

May 24, 2015 | Pete Mecca | A VETERAN'S STORY

Newton Medical, Piedmont finalize deal

Newton Medical Center will soon become Piedmont Newton Hospital after NMC finalized a partnership agreement with Piedmont Healthcare earlier this week.

May 23, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Mrs. Catherine Miranda Slaughter Harris

Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home Inc.

May 23, 2015 | Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home | OBITS

Two dead in apparent murder suicide

The Covington Police Department responded to a shooting Thursday, discovering a man and woman shot when arriving on scene.

May 22, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

New section of Social Circle Bypass to open

The new section of the Social Circle Bypass from State road 11 to East Hightower Trail will open Tuesday, June 2, according to Superintendent of traffic, safety and utilities J. Robert Manning of ER Snell Contractor.

May 22, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Harry Owens likely interim county manager

Newton County revealed the name of the candidate under consideration for the position of interim county manager Friday following the departure of former County Manager Tom Garrett last week.

May 22, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Walmart pushes to curb antibiotics in meat

NEW YORK (AP) - Wal-Mart, the nation's largest food retailer, is urging its thousands of U.S. suppliers to curb the use of antibiotics in farm animals and improve treatment of them.

May 22, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

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Have you ever been to your own funeral

I'm not afraid of dying, but I assure you I'm in no rush to prove that point to anyone. So, you can imagine how I reacted years ago when I visited a nice, grassy cemetery plot I'd just acquired and found a freshly-dug grave, all decked out for a funeral. Earlier that week, I'd accepted the plot as a benefit of church membership and had considered it a rather nice gesture. However, I didn't recall a "use it or lose it" clause in the deal. This particular denomination isn't known for those kinds of ...

January 08, 2010 | David McCoy | Our Thoughts

Nutjob roundup

There was a time in Georgia when two people could walk into what was then called the Ordinary's office and swear that somebody was crazy. An order would be issued and the sheriff would haul them off to Milledgeville. Some of them would stay locked up for the rest of their lives.

January 08, 2010 | Harris Blackwood | Our Thoughts

Letter to the editor... Dual enrollment

Dear Editor: Thank you for Amber's recent article on dual enrollment opportunities at Georgia Perimeter College.

January 08, 2010 | Staff Report | Letters

Letter to the editor... Robbing from the poor

Dear Editor: I emphatically agree with the previous opinions where disgust was shown for the manner in which our local elected officials are spending money. If our local Chamber of Commerce can't support itself, then why don't they just close their doors and go home like other businesses have to do? Why are they running to the city and county governments looking for a handout like a bunch of moochers? I also don't agree with money being spent on fancy houses for the Recreation Department, trails being paved and parks being built. A fraction of this money ...

January 08, 2010 | Staff Report | Letters

NC BOC opposes Social Circle drag strip

The Newton County Board of Commissioners have joined the fight against the proposed drag strip in Social Circle. On Tuesday, the county chairman and all five commissioners signed a letter of opposition to the strip and sent it to the Social Circle Planning Commission.

January 07, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | Social Circle

Newton Jones

January 07, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS

Artis F. Middlebrooks

January 07, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS

Up-to-date local weather forecast

Updated Thursday night to reflect school closings:

January 06, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Airport to remain closed for most of Jan.

Because of the unusually cold weather, the opening of the Covington Municipal Airport has once again been pushed back. The airport was scheduled to be open by today, but Horton said the airport won't be open until Jan. 22 at the earliest. He said the city, Dixie Jet, the DOT, the engineering firm PBS&J and Pittman Construction will discuss the possibility of partially opening the airport and runway. The airport has been closed since late September for runway reconstruction and other rehabilitation.

January 06, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Holt to run for fourth Georgia house term

State Rep. Doug Holt (R- Social Circle) has announced that he will run for reelection and plans to continue to represent Newton and Walton Counties through his policy of fiscal conservatism.

January 06, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Airport authority takes next step

The Covington City Council moved forward with the creation of an airport authority, despite concerns from some residents that the city was moving too quickly.

January 06, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Bright lights, big city

Students from Social Circle Theater have been accepted into the invitation-only 2010 Junior Theater Festival taking place in Atlanta Jan. 15-17.

January 06, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Portrait painter to offer classes at Southern Heartland

Artist Linda Pflug has been chosen artist of the month at Southern Heartland Art Gallery. A transplant from Florida, Linda has been involved in the arts for 50 years and owned her own gallery in Fort Myers Florida. Pflug's work has won numerous national awards and appears in many corporate and private collections.

January 06, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Additional charges brought against 4 arrested in Nichols' death

Additional charges have been filed against each of the four men accused of murdering Robert Andrew "Drew" Nichols and dumping his body on a rural road in Social Circle.

January 06, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Porterdale moves closer to city homestead tax exemption

The Porterdale City Council moved closer toward adopting a city homestead tax exemption for applicable residents at its Monday night meeting.

January 06, 2010 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL

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