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Deal’s panel saves BOE thousands

Teachers, students and faculty in Newton County schools will soon be safer from potential carbon monoxide leaks at a cost of thousands of dollars cheaper than originally expected.

April 19, 2014 | Kayla Robins | Education

Bear spotted south of Newborn

A large bear was spotted south of Newborn this week, and the Jasper County man who initially reported the bear says there is evidence it's hanging around, but an official with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources said real concern doesn't set in until a bear starts damaging property or stops showing fear.

April 19, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Alternative education program contract up for renewal

Officials with Ombudsman Education Services, the Newton County School System's alternative education provider for at-risk students, made their pitch to get their contract renewed for the next year, and potentially next three years.

April 19, 2014 | Kayla Robins | Education

Smart Growth’s political forum

Early voting for the May 20 Primary begins Friday, and local group Smart Growth Newton County is giving residents a chance to hear from all the local and state candidates facing opposition this year.

April 19, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

County budget moves to public meetings

With a goal of lowering the county's property tax rate, after raising it last year, the Newton County Board of Commissioners is set to kick off its part of the budget process in earnest and officials will be looking for ways to cut costs and increase revenue.

April 19, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | BOC

Paving his way

A home-schooled kid with a father who dropped out of high school and a mother who dropped out of college doesn't quite fit the typical profile for a stellar college student.

April 19, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL

Taking the challenge

THE WINNERS OF THE CHEERIOS CHALLENGE

April 19, 2014 | Anthoney Banks | LOCAL

Rams take second at region meet

The Rockdale County High School boys track and field team captured the 2014 Region 2-AAAAAA title Wednesday afternoon, besting second place Newton High for top honors in the league.

April 19, 2014 | Matt Smith | Newton

Student choirs take Disney trip

Choirs from two Newton County schools traveled over 400 miles to perform at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla., becoming the stars of their own Disney show on April 5.

April 19, 2014 | Kayla Robins | Education

Creeping landslide devouring part of Wyoming town

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) - No one can say when the mountainside collapsing into this Wyoming resort town will give way. But it appears increasingly likely that when it does, it's going to take a piece of Jackson with it.

April 19, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Documents detail another delayed GM recall

DETROIT (AP) - General Motors waited years to recall nearly 335,000 Saturn Ions for power steering failures despite getting thousands of consumer complaints and more than 30,000 warranty repair claims, according to government documents released Saturday.

April 19, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Sewage plant sparks smell concerns at garden

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - There are concerns at the Savannah Botanical Gardens that a planned sewage treatment plant will send unpleasant smells wafting over the roses.

April 19, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Group works to preserve Revolutionary War site

SYLVANIA, Ga. (AP) - More than two centuries after a daring British surprise attack routed American forces at Brier Creek, new efforts are underway to preserve one of Georgia's least explored Revolutionary War sites.

April 19, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Judges in Utah gay marriage case question lawyers

ATLANTA (AP) - Police say they've recovered a car belonging to the clerk of the Georgia House of Representatives after it was stolen outside the Georgia Capitol.

April 19, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Zoo Atlanta has warthog births for spring

ATLANTA (AP) - Zoo Atlanta has a new litter of warthog piglets.

April 19, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

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About 180,000 without power in Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) - Nearly a million homes and businesses in Georgia lost power after a storm blanketed the region with snow and ice, but most had power restored by Friday morning.

February 14, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Sheriff cancels Valentine's Day as ice slams South

ATLANTA (AP) - A sheriff in northeastern Georgia said he was canceling Valentine's Day because of the bad weather, telling men they were off the hook for the romantic gifts their partners may be expecting.

February 14, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Fire kills girl during power outage; candle blamed

MILLEN, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say a 5-year-old east Georgia girl has died after a candle sparked a fire in her home, which had lost power after this week's ice storm.

February 14, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Delivery on its way to Highway 36

The Covington News was able to deliver most papers for the Friday edition Thursday night.

February 14, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Former manager, All-Star Jim Fregosi dies at 71

ATLANTA (AP) - Jim Fregosi, a former All-Star who won more than 1,000 games as a manager for four teams, died Friday after an apparent stroke. He was 71.

February 14, 2014 | Associated Press | AP NEWS

Black ice keeping Georgia roads treacherous

ATLANTA (AP) - Authorities are urging Georgia drivers to be cautious on streets and highways, as melting snow and ice forms treacherous conditions in some spots.

February 14, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Landscaping lawsuit officially filed against county

Newton County's former landscape contractor Billy Durden officially filed a lawsuit against the county Feb. 7 claiming the county illegally terminated his contract, but the two sides are expected to discuss the case next week.

February 13, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Just a Thought: God hates sins, not sinners

God hates sin, not sinners. He hates sin because of what it does to the sinner (redeemed and unredeemed). For the redeemed, yielding themselves to sin can lead them back into the dominant control and slavery they have been set free from. For the unredeemed, sin piled upon sin takes them deeper into sin and farther from a sensitivity to God and need for salvation. Sin at its most basic form means to "miss the mark" Romans 2:23 tells us we have all done this. So in essence sin is sin is sin. But there are some sins God ...

February 13, 2014 | William Burnham | Columnists

A lesson in real love

OK guys, we've got a problem, it's Valentine's Day. If there was ever a day the pressure is on to prove your love, this is it. And there are countless ideas out there, but every one of them could just as easily backfire, since one woman might love what another would not. And if you ask your special someone how you can show your love, well, then you run the risk of her saying that if you really loved her you'd know.

February 13, 2014 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Columnists

Motorcyclist charged with DUI

A man was arrested and charged with DUI after reportedly crashing his motorcycle while trying to pull out of a bar Monday.

February 13, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL

Day of snow helps 'Days for Girls'

A group of students at Oxford College used one of their snow days off from classes to complete a service project geared toward young girls and women globally who don't have the means for feminine hygiene products.

February 13, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL

Fires in the storm

The Covington and Newton County fire departments responded to two fires overnight Wednesday and Thursday morning, in the midst of snow from the 2014 winter storm.

February 13, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Man sets fire, burns neighbor's property

A Social Circle man said his neighbor burned some of his property while burning trash. A report said a deputy with the Newton County Sheriff's Office responded to a home on Cooper Road in Social Circle Saturday, Feb. 8 in reference to a complaint about reckless conduct. A man told the deputy that his neighbor set a fire that spread onto his property.

February 13, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL

Southern hospitality amid a storm of controversy

They can make fun of us if they want. Georgians know that grace and generosity are more important than blame. While others may make fun and cast blame, the important stories are not about how weather happens, snow comes and we get caught in traffic jams for hours or how we abandon cars and pick them up a day to two later. The real stories are about strangers handing out food and water, stores and restaurants welcoming those who are stranded, providing them shelter for the night. They are of neighbors getting together for large dinners, friends walking miles to ...

February 13, 2014 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists

Letter to the editor

Dear Editor,

February 13, 2014 | Staff Report | Letters

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