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Harry Owens likely interim county manager

Newton County revealed the name of the candidate under consideration for the position of interim county manager Friday following the departure of former County Manager Tom Garrett last week.

May 22, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Walmart pushes to curb antibiotics in meat

NEW YORK (AP) - Wal-Mart, the nation's largest food retailer, is urging its thousands of U.S. suppliers to curb the use of antibiotics in farm animals and improve treatment of them.

May 22, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Protest planned at Valdosta graduation over student death

VALDOSTA, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say they will provide extra security during graduation ceremonies this weekend at the Valdosta high school where a student was found dead in a rolled-up gym mat more than two years ago.

May 22, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Savannah prosecutors seek indictment over death of college student

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Prosecutors plan to seek an criminal indictment next month in the death of a 22-year-old college student at the Chatham County jail.

May 22, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

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

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Marine who was held in Mexican jail is charged with DUI

TWIN CITY, Ga. (AP) - Georgia authorities say a former Marine who spent eight months in a Mexican jail for crossing the border with loaded guns was arrested during a traffic stop on misdemeanor charges including driving under the influence.

March 13, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Georgia Senate approves watered down craft brew measure

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Senate has passed a bill that craft beer brewers say would give them a competitive boost in the state and region.

March 13, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Capitol Hill Buzz: Who has time to read these bills we pass?

WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress can get so busy that senators and their staffs don't always have time to scrutinize bills they pass and letters they sign - or so it seemed this week, anyway.

March 13, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Georgia House approves 'cyberbullying' bill

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia House has approved a bill adding threats made on computers or other electronic devices to the state's bullying law.

March 13, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Stocks drop as oil prices decline, rate worries persist

NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks were solidly lower Friday, caused by a drop in oil prices and worries about higher interest rates. Energy companies and utilities had the biggest declines.

March 13, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Mabel A. Bone

Mabel A. Bone of Rutledge, passed away March 13, 2015, at the age of 95. She loved to spend time in her yard tending to her flowers. Additionally, she enjoyed traveling, sewing, quilting, and playing the organ. Mrs. Bone will be dearly missed by all who knew her. She was preceded in death by her husband, C.L. Bone; parents, Elisha and Annie Studdard Allen; grandson, Kevin A. Bone; brother, Rev. Robert Allen.

March 13, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

Rules for saving, providing emails? Not for Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) - Members of Congress who are demanding Hillary Rodham Clinton's emails are largely exempt from such scrutiny themselves.

March 13, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Louise Biggers Schell

Mrs. Louise Biggers Schell, age 94, of Covington passed away March 11, 2015. She was born January 6, 1921 in the Eudora community of Newton County to Josiah Newton and Nancy Bowden Banks. Mrs. Schell is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Steve and Carol Ann Biggers of Covington her daughter and son-in-law, Hilda and Jerry Prosser of Mansfield her grandchildren; Doug and Terri Biggers, Ann and Marshall McCart, Beth and Todd Nolan, Susie Holder, Chip and Alexis Prosser and Becky and Darrell Smallwood along with 16 great grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren. She retired from Newton Medical Center after ...

March 13, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

Constance Graves

Constance Graves, 77 years old of Covington, died March 8, 2015 at Abby Hospice following a courageous battle with cancer.

March 13, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

Stocks soft on oil decline, interest rate worries

NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks were moving mostly lower in early trading Friday, caused by a drop in oil prices and worries about higher interest rates. Energy companies and utilities had the biggest declines.

March 13, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Irish Prime Minister to visit Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta city officials are celebrating St. Patrick's Day and the anniversary of an Irishman's work to save parts of Atlanta from destruction during the Civil War with a visit from the Irish prime minister.

March 13, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Tesla, medical cannabis bills before Georgia legislature

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia lawmakers face a key deadline for bills to maintain a shot at becoming law this year.

March 13, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Watch the public hearing on landfill

Newton County Board of Commissioners hosting public hearing on landfill.

March 13, 2015 | Darrell Everidge | BOC

Welcome to Your Weekend: Here Comes the Sun

Here comes the sun. Do do do do. Here comes the sun. Do do do do. And I say, it's all right.

March 12, 2015 | Jenni Mauran | DIGITAL NEWSPAPER

Savory Irish Cheese Soda Bread

Prep time: 10 minutes

March 12, 2015 | Staff Report | DIGITAL NEWSPAPER

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