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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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June 14, 2015 | William Burnham | Columnists

Playing fast

At Newton, under head coach Rick Rasmussen, the boys' basketball team has notoriously ran a slow-paced pass heavy offense to minimize the opposing team's ability to exploit the Rams' lack of athleticism in transition. That ends this summer.

June 14, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton

EHS Academic Team shows promise

On May 29 Eastside High School had nine students leave for Chicago to represent the state of Georgia in the High School National Championship Academic Bowl. Eric Adams, the teacher at Eastside went with them plus Dave Gregory, another parent.

June 14, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Eastside

Playing ball at City Pond

Two 12U teams collided Thursday evening despite a few drops of rain. We stopped by to get some shots of both teams during the contest and witness the future of baseball in Newton County.

June 14, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Recreation

Iggy, you the real MVP

After two games of seeing Cleveland put all of their money on LeBron creating offense on an island and relying on Matthew Dellavedova to "stop" Stephen Curry, we've finally seen Steve Kerr make a necessary adjustment and sit Andrew Bogut for so-far-Finals-MVP Andre Iguodala.

June 14, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Sports Columnists

Vietnam vet among America's Best

Excerpts from "Twelve Days in May" by Jerald W. Berry - May 6, 1970, LZ (Landing Zone) Fox, Binh Duong Province, Cambodia, with Company C, 3rd Battalion, 8th Infantry, 4th Infantry Division.

June 14, 2015 | Pete Mecca | A VETERAN'S STORY

Lower your windows

We live in sealed houses, ride in sealed cars, shop in sealed stores and generally live our lives isolated from the ugly, mean, cruel outdoors. We love our air conditioning, and our air filters, and those little dispensers that spray nice smelling air into our lives, but we might as well be on Mars, ensconced in a terrarium just like some fancy turtle that can do long division. If we claim our lives "are a zoo," is it any wonder? We've built an indoor zoo and we live there year 'round, caged for our own protection.

June 14, 2015 | David McCoy | LIVING

Taking action this summer

How excited you were when summer approached and you were going to be out of school? Summer vacation meant for most of us not having to go to bed as early and sleeping in a little later in the morning. You may have memories of summer camps, of cousins coming to visit or you visiting them; you may remember Vacation Bible School or family reunions; there were for many fun trips to the beach or lake; it was a time for homemade ice cream or watermelon. For some it meant going barefooted a whole lot more than during the school ...

June 14, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING

Clock ticking on landfill upgrades

COVINGTON- Time is running out for Newton County to begin mandated upgrades to its landfill, according to the engineers who oversaw the successful application for the permit to expand it.

June 14, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL

Porterdale sets area for drinking on 4th

COVINGTON- A resolution allowing the consumption of alcohol in a designated special event zone during the Fourth of July Festival was approved by the Porterdale City Council at a special called meeting, Tuesday, June 9.

June 14, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Covington and Newton law enforcement officers

Dear editor,

June 14, 2015 | Marcia Wages | Letters

Twice blessed

Dear editor,

June 14, 2015 | Maureen D. Page | Letters

No game plan

Dear editor,

June 14, 2015 | Phil Johnson | Letters

Millage rate

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June 14, 2015 | Bill Hooson | Letters

Dangling participles, feds keep close watch on columnist

Last week, Congress passed and President Obama signed legislation that will alter somewhat how federal law enforcement can monitor our phone calls in the future.

June 14, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists

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