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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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Bloody man found in driveway, women fight over boyfriend

Deputies from the Newton County Sheriff's Office were called to assist EMS after they found an intoxicated man lying in the road and bleeding profusely from the head.

June 05, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Covington

Thornton found to be guilty on all charges

Courtney Courtmentez Thornton sat silently, his head down, as Judge Eugene Benton read the charges against him. After nearly five hours of deliberation that stretched into two days, the jury reached a verdict of guilty on each charge. Thornton shook his head slightly after each utterance of the word "guilty." Thornton, who turns 27 today, was sentenced to life in prison plus 40 years.

June 04, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

With drought over, water restrictions eased

Newton County residents will be able to wash their cars and water their lawns Wednesday as the state lowered Newton County's watering restrictions to Level IV c.

June 04, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

911 dispute close to solution

Porterdale received answers to all of its 911 Center questions, but it still wasn't satisfied with the amount of money it had to pay for emergency dispatch services. However, Porterdale, Covington and Newton County accomplished more in Tuesday's 45-minute joint work session than they did in the previous few months of back and forth discussion.
The only issue remaining between Porterdale and Covington and Newton County is how Porterdale's share of 911 dispatch fees is calculated. Porterdale argues that it should only pay for the calls generated by its police department and city officials, not for the ...

June 04, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

DAR awards Bellairs

Honored: Betty Bellairs, center, recently received the Community Service Award presented by the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution. The award and pin were presented by the Sergeant Newton Chapter DAR, which sponsored her for her tireless work on behalf of the local animal shelter and the Newton County Humane Society. She also was presented a check for the Humane Society. (Above) Sergeant Newton DAR Regent Patricia Haymore, left, presents Bellairs with her award along with Vice Regent Claudia Callaway.

June 04, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Thornton convicted on all counts

After nearly five hours of deliberation, the jury conviced 26-year-old Courtney Thornton to life in prison for the the shooting death of Dennis Rogers on Jan. 1, 2008. He was also sentenced to an additional 40 years for other crimes commited during that incident.

June 04, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Covington

Claude Phillips

June 04, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITS

Ex-Ga. Gov. Barnes announces gubernatorial bid

ATLANTA (AP) - Former Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes is asking voters to give him his old job back.

Barnes made the announcement Wednesday. The Democrat pledged to create jobs and to improve education and transportation. He acknowledged past mistakes, such as feuds with the state's teachers, that some have blamed for his surprising defeat in 2002.

June 03, 2009 | by Shannon McCaffrey The Associated Press | AP Politics

UPDATED: County watering restrictions lowered

Newton County residents will be able to wash their cars and water their lawns Wednesday, because the state lowered Newton County's watering restrictions to Level IV c.

At Tuesday's Board of Commissioner's meeting, Administrative Officer John Middleton announced that residents will be able to water lawns and wash vehicles three days a week on the same odd-even address schedule currently used. Under that schedule watering is allowed between midnight and 10:00 am: odd addresses water on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays, and even and unnumbered addresses water on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays.

June 03, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Barbara Thomas

June 03, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITS

James "Doc" R. Smith

Mr. James "Doc" R. Smith, 78, died May 24. The son of the late Sarah Smith, he was born in Newton County Feb. 15, 1931. He was preceded in death by his mother.

"Doc," as he was affectionately called, was brought up in a Christian home. At an early age, he joined St. Paul AME Church and became a dedicated member. He also served on the church's usher board. Most of his adult life her worked in construction. Doc married Ms. Annie Pearl Browning and was the proud father of four sons and a daughter. During his spare time ...

June 03, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITS

Expert work CPD

We salute the actions of the Covington police department for their efforts in making sure another pervert does not bring harm to another youngster in our community.

June 03, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Thank you for your service

Friday was the last day in the classroom for several of the 38 Newton County School System employees that retired this year.

The retirees had a combined total of 915 years of service to our school system.

June 03, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Five licks each

Last week eight adults, some parents of children at Oak Hill Elementary School, were arrested at the school awards ceremony because of a disagreement regarding a seat.

How shameful is that?

June 03, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

NICU busy with babies

Saturday morning, Presley Raegen Neely came into the world two months early. Her crib hadn't even been delivered to her parents' home yet, nor had her scheduled baby showers occurred.

June 03, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL

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