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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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A Veteran's Story: Our Boys are Coming Home

Eleven heroes from Rockdale County and twelve of their brothers from Newton County are coming home. Befitting the 40th Anniversary of the ending of the Vietnam War, the Moving Wall – a traveling half-sized replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. – will be on display at the Walk of Heroes War Memorial in Rockdale County, May 6-12. And thanks to one man, Bud Sosebee, our heroes will have a noble venue for their homecoming.

March 26, 2015 | Pete Mecca | A VETERAN'S STORY

Georgia Senate passes controversial ride sharing legislation

ATLANTA (AP) - The state Senate has overwhelmingly passed a slightly tweaked substitute measure to a House bill that apparently clears the way for Uber, Lyft and other ride sharing firms to keep operating in Georgia.

March 26, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Welcome to your Weekend (week of March 27)

Today I noticed my daughter reading one of Charles Schultz' Peanuts stories. You remember Peanuts right? Charlie Brown ran to kick the football, only to have Lucy jerk it out from under him. Snoopy, the World War I Flying Ace, relentlessly pursued the Red Baron. Linus, sweet and wise, couldn't seem to let go of his blue blanket. Schroeder wowed us with his Mozart-like talent on his kiddie piano. And Sally, full of love and a bit naive, followed Linus into the Pumpkin Patch for yet another disappointment. We all know the characters and the stories so well. They ...

March 26, 2015 | Jenni Mauran | DIGITAL NEWSPAPER

House OKs bipartisan Medicare doctor bill; fate up to Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) - In uncommon bipartisan harmony, the House approved a $214 billion bill on Thursday permanently blocking physician Medicare cuts, moving Congress closer to resolving a problem that has plagued it for years.

March 26, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

US stocks recover most of an early loss, oil gains on Yemen

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks were slightly lower in afternoon trading Thursday, having recovered most of their losses from earlier in the day. Investors continued to watch the Middle East, where Saudi Arabia has launched strikes on key military installations in Yemen. The price of oil rose.

March 26, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Newton County Jail Log; Mar.26

Vision Marie Archuleta, 24, Norcross, Mar 20, Driving While License Suspended

March 26, 2015 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log

County finalizes form of gov't citizen panel

Each of Newton County's commissioners and chairman have chosen a citizen to sit on a panel to review the county charter, which dictates the local form of government.

March 26, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL

Ga. police chief, assistant chief charged with stealing

EUHARLEE, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say a small town police chief and assistant chief in northwest Georgia have been charged with stealing government funds and violating their oaths of office.

March 26, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

The Latest: Experts say crash raises need for 3rd pilot

6:45 p.m. (1745GMT, 1:45 p.m. EDT)

March 26, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Bergdahl charged despite torture, attempts to escape Taliban

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl says he was tortured repeatedly in the five years he was held captive by the Taliban: beaten with a copper cable, chained, held in a cage and threatened with execution after trying to escape.

March 26, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Medical marijuana bill headed to governor's desk

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal will announce Friday that he plans to sign a hard-fought medical marijuana bill into law after the 2015 General Assembly session ends April 2 and will order state agencies to begin preparing to implement it, his office said Wednesday.

March 26, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

US market open lower, pushing losing streak to a 4th day

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stock indexes are opening modestly lower as the market extends a losing streak to a fourth day.

March 26, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Payday lenders to face new federal regulations

WASHINGTON (AP) - Payday lenders would face federal rules aimed at protecting low-income borrowers from being buried by fees and debts under proposals being unveiled Thursday by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

March 26, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Divisive religious freedom bill sent to full House committee

ATLANTA (AP) - Members of a Georgia House panel made some changes to a divisive "religious freedom" bill, but left opponents who say it could provide legal cover for discrimination against gays and transgender people dissatisfied.

March 26, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Newton unemployment rate dips in February

As metro Atlanta unemployment dropped, so has Newton County's.

March 26, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

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