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Zoning changed for $22 million nursing home

A $22 million nursing home facility and more than 100 jobs could be headed toward Covington as the city council approved to rezone an area on Dearing Street.

April 20, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Newton County Jail Log; Apr. 15

Quintarus Antonio Aikens, Covington, Apr 11, Probation Violation

April 20, 2015 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log

Tornado watch issued until 8 p.m.

A tornado watch is in effect for Newton, Rockdale and surrounding counties until 8 p.m. Monday.

April 20, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Hazel Haggard Cordell

Hazel Haggard Cordell, of Covington, passed away April 19, 2015, at the age of 89. Born to Charles and Willie Mae (Parks) Haggard, Hazel attended school in Porterdale. She lived next door to the school and could run home at recess time to get fresh baked sweet potatoes, one for the teacher and one for herself. This was a happy time for her. An employee of Scientific Atlanta, she wired the first printed circuit board ever to be wired in Atlanta. She was preceded in death by her children, John Robert Russell and Jackquelyn Ann Russell.

April 20, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

Creator of Atlanta's "Ghetto Burger" dies

ATLANTA (AP) - Ann Price, the creator of the world famous Ghetto Burger, has passed away. She was 72.

April 20, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Waivers may give next president way out of health care feuds

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican or Democrat, the next president will have the chance to remake the nation's health care overhaul without fighting Congress.

April 20, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Savannah female veteran receives Congressional Gold Medal

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - A former support member of the Tuskegee Airmen has received one of the nation's highest civilian honors.

April 20, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Families upset over veteran cemetery turned into movie set

CANTON, Ga. (AP) - Several families are outraged over a decision to turn a cemetery for military veterans into a movie set.

April 20, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Most known unknown

Kurt Taylor Jr. Get to know the name and the young sophomore Newton running back because by the time he's a senior, Taylor Jr. will be one of the best running backs in the nation.

April 19, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton

Three Rams join college ranks

Newton basketball will lose three of its best players this year to college as D.J. Hill, Antonio Smith and Donovan Grubb all signed letters of intent to play at the next level. Hill will play at the University of Mobile while Grubb and Smith grind it out together at West Georgia Tech.

April 19, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton

Playing for keeps

A longtime rivalry will be reignited this week when the Newton/Rockdale baseball teams play a three-game series with playoff implications on the line.

April 19, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton

Tornado watch ends for Rockdale, Newton

UPDATE: The tornado watch for 13 Georgia counties, including Rockdale and Newton counties, ended at 3 p.m. A tornado watch is in effect for Aiken County in the Augusta area until 4:15 p.m. According to the National Weather Service in Peachtree City, Doppler radar picked up indications of a possible tornado near Jackson, 11 miles southeast of Augusta at 3:53 p.m.

April 19, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Hazardous weather outlook remains in effect

The tornado watch for Newton, Rockdale and surrounding counties has been lifted, but a hazardous weather outlook still remains for Sunday and Sunday evening.

April 19, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Peace, be still ...

Now when they had left the multitude, they took Him along in the boat as He was. And other little boats were also with Him. And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, "Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?" Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, "Peace, be still!" And the wind ceased and there was a great calm.

April 19, 2015 | Jan McCoy | Columnists

Where is your heart today?

Where is your heart? When we say the pledge to the flag of the United States, we place our hand over our heart on the left side of our chest, is that where our heart is?

April 19, 2015 | William Burnham | Columnists

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Stocks head lower as concerns mount over China, Greece

NEW YORK (AP) - Concerns about the world economy helped tug U.S. stocks to slight losses on Monday. Major indexes followed European markets lower as worries mount over Greece's standoff with its creditors.

February 09, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Georgia confirms 1st case of measles since 2012

ATLANTA (AP) - State health officials say they've confirmed Georgia's first reported case of measles since 2012.

February 09, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Foodie first lady says 'cheese dust is not food'

WASHINGTON (AP) - Michelle Obama says she dropped boxed macaroni and cheese from her family's diet after her daughter couldn't turn a block of cheese into cheese powder.

February 09, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Joyce Mason

Joyce A. Mason born January 14, 1937, left this life to be with her Lord February 6, 2015. Mrs. Mason's passion was serving her God. She was a loving wife, mother and friend. Mrs. Mason was always willing to help anyone in need. She loved life and people. She was preceded in death by her parents, Otis and Rella Allen; sister, Brenda Allen

February 09, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

Health care records make fertile field for cyber crime

Those seemingly harmless medical forms everyone fills out before seeing a doctor can lead to identity theft if they get into the wrong hands.

February 09, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Mr. W.A. "Billy" McElreath

Mr. W.A. "Billy" McElreath, age 81, of Covington passed away Sunday, February 08, 2015. He was born March 29, 1933 in Madison County Georgia to Mr. and Mrs. A. L. McElreath who has preceded him in death. Mr. McElreath served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War. He retired from the City of Covington and also owned and operated McElreath Garage in Covington for many years. A longtime member of the First Baptist Church of Covington "Mr. Billy" could be found serving on just about any committee throughout the years, from the building and grounds ...

February 08, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

Ga. lawmakers consider changes to electric car tax credits

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia's generous $5,000 tax credit for electric vehicles is the target of three separate bills in the state House, including one lawmaker trying to end the write-off altogether.

February 08, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

A 5-foot, 3-inch bundle of dynamite

She is nationally recognized among lawyers as 'the' veteran's pension expert, yet eldercare attorney Victoria Collier concentrates most of her attention on the older generation.

February 08, 2015 | Pete Mecca | A VETERAN'S STORY

Warning: Valentine is right around the corner

How did we remember all these holidays before we had our "smart" phones to automatically list them for us? Of course we would remember Christmas and the Fourth of July, but there seems to be a special day almost every week. The other day my calendar showed it was Ground Hog Day. Now who made that a holiday? Or which Ground Hog is right?

February 08, 2015 | B. Wiley Stephens | LIVING

Chasing a dream

Abby Boivin has been dancing ballet for three quarters of her life.

February 08, 2015 | Randy Schafer | Social Circle

The Usual Suspects:

The basketball regular season has come to an end, the region tournaments are starting soon, baseball and soccer are beginning, but it's not too early or too late to recognize some of the best basketball players of Newton and Rockdale county. There will be a first and a second all-area team, with the criteria being regular season numbers, level of play, overall impact and of course the "eye test."

February 08, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Eastside

Athletes of the week: 2/02

Ayanna Wimbush (Alcovy), Darvin Jones (Newton) and Janelle Cook (Eastside) are the athletes of the week.

February 08, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Alcovy

2014-2015 basketball power rankings

Rivalry game after rivalry game, fans take to social media, the local barbershops and pretty much any place where you can strike up a normal conversation to discuss which school/team is the best. Between the two counties there are six high schools, all vying for bragging rights. We decided to end the talk and put it on paper (actually computer, because technology, but you get it). Every team has pretty much ended its regular season and region tournaments are set to begin next week. The following list has been compiled based on regular season wins, regions wins, wins against ...

February 08, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton

‘Skins win Traditional Area Tourney

Two weeks after winning the team state tournament for the first time in school history, the Social Circle Wrestling team won the Traditional Area Tournament for the first time in school history. The Redskins will be sending 13 grapplers to the 8-AA Eastern Sectional Traditional Tournament this weekend at Greater Atlanta Christian. The top four wrestlers in each weight classification (14) will advance to the Traditional State in two weeks.

February 08, 2015 | Staff Report | Social Circle

#NewtonBoyz

Being a football coach in today's world is a complicated and draining occupation that has it highs and lows. Your biggest duty is to teach and motivate your players to become better on the field, and turn that into winning football games. That itself is not a walk in the park with complexities and other outside distractions that can happen; it's very complicated to build a winning team.

February 08, 2015 | Javon Dickerson | Newton

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