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NCSS ACT scores fall short of benchmarks

COVINGTON- The Newton County School System (NCSS) announced the ACT scores from the 2014-2015 school year Wednesday afternoon.

August 27, 2015 | Martin Rand | LOCAL

Nearly 200 patients qualify for medical marijuana registry

ATLANTA (AP) - Public health officials reported nearly 200 patients have now qualified for Georgia's new medical marijuana registry, with an uptick in the number ...

August 27, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

New Jersey teacher who was late for work 111 times keeps job

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey elementary school teacher has been allowed to keep his job even though he was late for work ...

August 27, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

US stocks rise after Chinese market surges

U.S. stocks climbed Thursday morning, extending their recovery from a sharp sell-off that was triggered by concerns about the health of the Chinese economy.

August 27, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

The Latest on TV shooting: Lawsuit details hostile firing

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) - The latest on the on-air killing of two TV station employees in Virginia (all times local):

August 27, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Obama says New Orleans is 'moving forward' after hurricane

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says New Orleans is "moving forward" a decade after Hurricane Katrina dealt it a devastating blow, and has become an ...

August 27, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Covington library opened

The Covington Branch of the Newton County Library System opened today after being closed for a week and a half.

August 27, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Falcons sign Grossman to compete for backup quarterback job

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) - The Atlanta Falcons have signed Rex Grossman to compete for the backup quarterback job behind Matt Ryan.

August 26, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Burger King to McDonald's: Let's make a McWhopper

NEW YORK (AP) - This probably isn't what the United Nations had in mind when it established the International Day of Peace: Burger King is ...

August 26, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Fired reporter kills 2 former co-workers on live TV

MONETA, Va. (AP) - A TV reporter and cameraman were shot to death on live television Wednesday by their former colleague, a journalist who also recorded ...

August 26, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

State Department officials routinely sent secrets over email

WASHINGTON (AP) - The transmission of now-classified information across Hillary Rodham Clinton's private email is consistent with a State Department culture in which diplomats routinely ...

August 26, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Mary Mull

Mrs. Mary Mull, age 86, of Covington passed away August 25, 2015. She was born in Tellico Plains, Tennessee on May 25, 1929 to the ...

August 26, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

Sarah Day

Mrs. Sarah Day, age 85, of Covington passed away Monday, August 24, 2015. She was born January 3, 1930 in Lawrenceville, Georgia to the late ...

August 25, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

Porterdale to receive $500,000 in assistance from CDBG

The City of Porterdale is one of 78 Georgia communities who will receive a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Gov. Nathan deal announced.

August 25, 2015 | Sandra Brands | Porterdale

School threat 'pre-recorded bomb threat'

A Newton County Sheriff's Office investigation has discovered that the bomb threat called into Porterdale Elementary School on Aug. 14 was a pre-recorded threat.

August 25, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

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Young entrepreneurs start early at Newton Career Academy

During the summer months, most teens have regular part-time jobs in fast food or retail but for some young entrepreneurs from Newton College and Career Academy, they will work from home this year in addition to their regular jobs.

June 18, 2015 | Staff Report | DIGITAL NEWSPAPER

Welcome to Your Weekend: Father's Day near and far

Even if father doesn't always know best, this Sunday is set aside to recognize fathers, father-figures, paternal bonds and fathers' positive influence on society.

June 18, 2015 | Sandra Brands | DIGITAL NEWSPAPER

Metro PCS burglary suspect caught

COVINGTON- A suspect wanted for the burglary and attempted burglary of Metro PCS stores in Conyers and Covington was caught by Rockdale deputies and U.S. Marshals on Tuesday, June 17.

June 18, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

City retirees can be rehired with benefits

COVINGTON- Elections for the position of Covington mayor and three of the city's council seats may not be until November, but the first political salvo was fired at Monday night's council meeting, some five months before the Nov. 3 election day.

June 17, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Marker will help educate, draw tourists

COVINGTON- Taking its place on the square, near the obelisk memorializing Newton County residents who had given their lives for their country, and the Civil War monument with its soldier turned to face west, symbolizing the fading of the Confederacy, a sign marking the passage of Sherman's Army through Covington was dedicated on Wednesday morning.

June 17, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Heat advisory issued across Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) - Parts of Georgia will be under a heat advisory as temperatures climb into the upper 90s in large parts of the state, with heat index values soaring to around 105 degrees.

June 17, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Ga. brothers sentenced in contracting scam

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - DeKalb County prosecutors say two brothers convicted of swindling senior citizens in a roofing scam have been given 20-year sentences.

June 17, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Jeb Bush 'slow jams' the news with Fallon

NEW YORK (AP) - Republican Jeb Bush "slow jammed" the news, told about meeting his wife, offered a guacamole recipe and oddly compared his presidential father and brother during a "Tonight" show appearance.

June 17, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

2 boys rescue young children from burning home in Florida

OAKLAND, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say two boys rescued two young children from a burning mobile home in central Florida.

June 17, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Green Hill landfill deal off the table?

COVINGTON- Commissioner John Douglas said it was time to "cut the cord" with Green Hill P3 and explore a "good, local solution" to the county's solid waste problems during Tuesday night's Board of Commissioners meeting.

June 16, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL

Newton finance department shown support

The Form of Government committee agreed to forego recommending an independent comptroller in favor of supportive language advocating for increased training and resources for the finance department.

June 16, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL

Man flees from police, charged with DUI

A Covington Police Officer patrolling Brown Bridge Road using a license plate reader was alerted when a Hyundai Santa Fe drove by into a Chevron gas station at Brown Bridge Road and Turner Lake Road shortly before 8 a.m. Monday.

June 16, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Dennis Ray Burch

Dennis Ray Burch, of Ruskin, Florida, formerly of Covington, Georgia, died June 13, 2015, at the age of 70. Born to the late Penn M. Burch and Helen Antony Burch, he lived most of his life in Newton County before moving to Ruskin, Florida, in September 2005. Mr. Burch was a very active member of Willow Springs Church, in Social Circle, and in the Moose Lodge in Ruskin, Florida. He was employed with Hercules for many years. He loved dancing, playing golf and collecting NASCAR memorabilia. He was a loving father and grandfather, and cherished the time he spent with ...

June 16, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

BOC Live Stream June 16th, 2015

NEWTON COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

June 16, 2015 | Darrell Everidge | BOC

Changes to fishing, hunting licenses

The Georgia Department of Fish and Wildlife is seeking public input on proposed changes to hunting and fishing licensing.

June 16, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

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