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Big gain in Visa drives Dow average higher

NEW YORK (AP) - Solid quarterly results from a range of big companies helped send the stock market slightly higher Thursday. The standout was Visa, whose 10 percent jump helped tug the Dow Jones industrial average up nearly 200 points.

October 30, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

DeKalb Co. crime stats questioned in federal audit

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - A federal audit has found that inflated crime statistics helped DeKalb County secure more than $2.3 million in criminal justice grants.

October 30, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Maine nurse defies Ebola quarantine with bike ride

FORT KENT, Maine (AP) - Practically daring Maine health authorities to go to court to have her confined, nurse Kaci Hickox went out on a bike ride Thursday in defiance of the state's voluntary quarantine for medical workers who have treated Ebola patients.

October 30, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Tales of a Haunted House (VIDEO)

Tales of a Haunted House

October 30, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL

NCSS graduation rates top rest of Ga.

Graduation rates, released Thursday, show the Newton County School System is four percentage points higher than the rest of the state's average.

October 30, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

In final Ga. Senate ad, Perdue zeroes in on trust

ATLANTA (AP) - In his final TV ad, Republican David Perdue is arguing Georgia's tight race for Senate comes down to a matter of trust.

October 30, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Georgia sex offenders to be monitored on Halloween

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles officials say sex offenders on parole will be subject to increased supervision on Halloween.

October 30, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Chilly weather expected across Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) - Cold temperatures are in store for Georgia in coming days.

October 30, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Tim Cook: 'I'm proud to be gay'

NEW YORK (AP) - Apple CEO Tim Cook says he's proud to be gay.

October 30, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Brief standoff ends with kidnapping suspect in custody

A standoff with a kidnapping suspect barricaded in a Conyers motel ended peacefully after the suspect gave himself up Wednesday around 5 p.m.

October 29, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Ebola concerns keeps 200 out of NHS

A day after Newton County School System released information that a Newton High School teacher was in contact with someone traveling form Sierra Leone, the school's absentee rate doubled Wednesday.

October 29, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Georgia Rep. Broun's hiring of consultant faulted

WASHINGTON (AP) - An outside ethics review has found "substantial reason to believe" that Rep. Paul Broun, R-Georgia, violated House rules and federal law by using official House funds to hire a consultant for debate preparations and other campaign work.

October 29, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Romney backs up Perdue on jobs in Ga. Senate race

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - Republican David Perdue is getting some help from 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney in the closing week of Georgia's tight U.S. Senate race as he counters attacks on his business record by Democrat Michelle Nunn.

October 29, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Health overhaul's subsidies at Supreme Court

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court justices have their first chance this week to decide whether they have the appetite for another major fight over President Barack Obama's health care law.

October 29, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Stocks slip after Fed statement; Dollar gains

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks are closing slightly lower after the Federal Reserve said it was shutting down a bond-buying program because the economy no longer needs as much help.

October 29, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

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Newton High School received AP teacher training grant

Students at Newton High School will have more Advanced Placement (AP) classes to choose from next school year. NHS administrators recently learned that the school was selected as a recipient of a 2009 AP Teacher Training Grant in the amount of $1,500 from the Georgia Department of Education. The funds are earmarked for AP training for teachers.

March 19, 2009 | Staff Report | Education

Howard Benjamin Force Sr.

Mr. Howard Benjamin Force Sr., 74, of McDonough, passed away March 17 at Emory University Hospital. The son of the late Georgia Faye Fortner and Torrence Washington Force, he was born in Sebring, Fla. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. Mr. Force served his country in the U.S. Navy and then graduated from the University of Georgia with a BAA. He was a member of the Atlanta Primitive Baptist Church where he served as treasurer and deacon. He retired from the federal government as an IRS agent after 38 years of service. He was an avid golfer ...

March 19, 2009 | Mcdonough | OBITS

Two Newton County School System seniors named National Achievement Scholarship Program finalists

Newton County School System is pleased to announce that two NCSS seniors, Leah Wynn of Eastside High School and Andrew Kabue of Newton High School, have been named finalists in the National Achievement Scholarship Program (NASP).

March 19, 2009 | Staff Report | Education

Newton County School Board approves Dennis Carpenter as Deputy Superintendent for Operations

The Newton County School System is pleased to announce that Dennis Carpenter has been named Deputy Superintendent for Operations for the school district. The Newton County School Board approved by unanimous vote, the recommendation by school superintendent Dr. Steve Whatley, at the March 17 monthly meeting. Carpenter currently serves as the school district's associate superintendent for human resources.

March 18, 2009 | Staff Report | Education

Local man arrested for armed robbery

An 18-year-old Covington man is in jail after deputies alleged he was part of a group that robbed a man and threatened to kill him early Tuesday morning.

According to reports, a man was returning home for the evening at roughly 12:15 a.m. when he was approached from behind by a young black male who reportedly took a swing at him. When he turned around to confront the youth he allegedly found that he was not alone, but that there were three others there with him -- two black males and one white male -- all of whom were heading ...

March 18, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

True Colors

The True Colors Youth Art Exhibit opened at the Newton County Library's Covington Branch Monday evening with a well-attended reception. The free, annual exhibit, which runs until mid-April, is organized by the Arts Association in Newton County and celebrates the artistic talents of local students.

March 18, 2009 | Staff Report | Arts Events

Blaze set outside Newton gas station

A pile of men's clothing set on fire in front of a gas pump was the cause of a blaze early Monday morning at a Chevron off of Ga. Highway 81. Newton County Fire officials are hoping that someone noticed the person responsible.

Firefighters were able to contain the fire to one gas pump where the fire melted the plastic surrounding the pump and a garbage can before being extinguished.

March 18, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

City looks at buying more power

Covington is preparing to buy more base power for 2010 through 2015 to last the city until the new nuclear units at Plant Vogtle are in operation. Monday, City Utility Director Bill Meecham recommended the city buy another 5 megawatts of base power from the Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia and 5 megawatts of base power from the city of Marietta.

Covington is exploring the long-term power deal so that the city would no longer have to buy power off the market, which fluctuates like any commodity market, Meecham said. For the last several years, Covington has had an energy ...

March 18, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington

Buy local...Bangkok Grill

Bangkok Grill is bringing Thai cuisine to Covington and owner Jee Poonpoke is trying to bring hope to those suffering from the economy.

Poonpoke opened Bangkok Grill two weeks ago on U.S. Highway 278 next to Advance Auto Parts, but not long before that she had nothing. She previously owned the "Red Tomato" in Conyers, but the economic meltdown cost her everything.

March 18, 2009 | Staff Report | Business

Crossover day passes

The legislature reached a significant landmark in the 2009 session on March 12, which was the 30th legislative day. That means that it was the turning point for all Senate legislation to be passed and transferred to the House in order to continue through the legislative process. Likewise, members of the House of Representatives worked diligently to send their legislation to the Senate for a chance at final passage. Several important pieces of legislation were voted on this week, but perhaps most significant was the FY 2009 supplemental budget.

Thanks to a cooperative spirit between both the Senate and House ...

March 18, 2009 | By Sen. John Douglas Columnist | OPINION

Flowers seem to grow on you

Why is it the older you get the more you begin to notice things you really never paid much attention to before? Simple things. Quiet things. Natural things.

It's been that way for me, for instance, with flowers. When I was growing up in Moreland, my Aunt Jessie's yard was the flower capital of the county. People drove from as far away as Grantville, Corinth and Smith City to gaze at the color show Aunt Jessie's yard put on each spring.

March 18, 2009 | Lewis Grizzard | OPINION

More scams surface

Last week the Covington Police Department warned residents of a new scam in town.

Unscrupulous folks are preying on people who are desperately searching for jobs. They are also blasting out ads to unsuspecting readers for mail sites offering mystery shopper jobs.

March 18, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Not so fast

It's now more than apparent that the headlong rush by the Obama administration to push our country into socialism is in full swing and apparently unstoppable. The spending bills that have been approved and are in the works are just about ready to break the backs of the hard-working Americans and their families, who have struggled to keep this country afloat during the current economic crisis.

There is a point though where one can take presumed power and go too far with it. The Obama administration is at the threshold of that point as it recently revealed a plan ...

March 18, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

A waste of money and a danger to our citizens

Dear Editor: For those of you who don't know it, the county is spending $1 million to buy railroad track property in the county. This is only the beginning. To pave this 40-mile stretch of "Walking Trails" will cost approximately $20 million.

And heaven only knows how much of our tax dollars to maintain this project over the years.

March 18, 2009 | Staff Report | Letters

Swing into spring with croquet

The Heartland Woman's Club of Covington will host its 18th Annual Croquet Tournament Saturday, April 4, at Legion Field, on Mill Street in Covington, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

March 18, 2009 | Staff Report | Outdoors Events

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