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Metro Atlanta jobless rate drops to 6.8 percent

ATLANTA (AP) - State labor officials say metro Atlanta's unemployment rate has dropped to 6.8 percent.

April 24, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Bloodied shirt, unwashed fork: JPII relics abound

ROME (AP) - Inside a chapel on the edge of Rome, a nun uses a key to open a wooden wall panel, revealing a hidden niche. Behind glass and stitched loosely to supporting backing hangs a relic of holy suffering: the bullet-pocked, bloodstained undershirt that John Paul II was wearing when a gunman shot him in the stomach in St. Peter's Square.

April 24, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Newton soccer splits in region finale

Rockdale's girls soccer had no shot at making the state playoffs Wednesday but that didn't stop them from closing out the season with a 1-0 (3-1) win in penalty kicks over rival Newton.

April 23, 2014 | Josh Briggs | Newton

Alcovy’s offense stays hot

The Alcovy varsity baseball team's offense continued to light up opponents Tuesday night, downing Morrow 11-1 a night after putting up 11 runs on region foe Lovejoy.

April 23, 2014 | Matt Smith | Alcovy

Eagles win slugfest at Stephens County

The Eastside Eagles varsity baseball team's rematch against Stephens County Tuesday night had everything a baseball fan could ask for - high drama, dazzling defense, squeeze plays, long balls, strategizing coaches, proud parents and jubilant players.

April 23, 2014 | Miles Steele | Eastside

Legals for 4/25/2014

April 23, 2014 | Staff Report | LEGALS

Legals for 4/23/2014

April 23, 2014 | Staff Report | LEGALS

Legals for 4/20/2014

April 23, 2014 | Staff Report | LEGALS

Legals for 4/18/2014

April 23, 2014 | Staff Report | LEGALS

Search on for missing Newton man

Authorities are asking for the public's help in locating missing Newton County Robert "Bobby" Weaver, a white man who is 5 feet, 8 inches tall, weighs about 160 pounds and has brown hair, brown eyes and tattoos on his forearms.

April 23, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

NCSO deputies keep drunk drivers off road

Two Newton County Sheriff's Office deputies were recognized Tuesday for work keeping impaired drivers off the road.

April 23, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Deal set to sign bill expanding gun rights

ELLIJAY, Ga. (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal is set to sign legislation expanding where people with licenses to carry can bring their guns in Georgia.

April 23, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Newton’s late goal spoils Seminoles’ Senior Night

A late goal helped the Newton Rams boys varsity soccer team spoil the Salem Seminoles Senior Night Tuesday on the road.

April 22, 2014 | Matt Smith | Newton

Lady Seminoles top Newton

It was a Senior Night to remember for the Lady Seminoles varsity soccer team Tuesday, as Salem routed rival Newton County 8-1 in its final regular season contest.

April 22, 2014 | Matt Smith | Newton

Eagles keep playoff hopes alive

The Eastside Eagles varsity baseball team (12-11, 7-6 Region 8-AAAA) hosted region leader Stephens County (16-4, 9-2 Region 8-AAAAA) Monday night, ending a five-game losing streak with a 5-2 victory over the Indians.

April 22, 2014 | Miles Steele | Eastside

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What kind of county government do we need?

Newton County citizens recently learned of the unexpected action of the Board of Commissioners (BOC) to appoint an "assistant county manager," which in fact is the new "county manager in waiting" who will replace John Middleton upon his retirement sometime this year. Mr. Tom Garrett, the person selected, may be a good candidate for this job, but the process and timing of his appointment raises serious questions about the genuine commitment of our current commissioners to effectively manage our county.

February 15, 2014 | Larry McSwain Guest Columnist | OPINION

Betty Faith Jaynes

Not only did our community lose a legend this past week, but females everywhere, from infants to adults, will forever owe a few of their freedoms to Betty Faith Jaynes.

February 15, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Letter to the editor: Quick action averts tragedy

Dear Editor,

February 15, 2014 | Staff Report | Letters

Theme School team dances to victories

Newton County Theme School's new dance team has been making strides in its first season.

February 15, 2014 | Staff Report | Education

For bus drivers, it's safety first

Recent snowstorms in the area have forced businesses, schools and other establishments to close their doors and people to nestle indoors for safety. And for one Newton County Schools bus driver, the recent storms were all about keeping children safe.

February 15, 2014 | Danielle Everson | Education

McDonough man has first court appearance in DUI homicide case

A Henry County man charged with vehicular homicide in the death of a Covington resident in January recently had his first appearance and will later appear before a grand jury.

February 15, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL

Storm command center kept county running

Two weeks after a Jan. 28 winter storm that brought traffic to a standstill in Metro Atlanta, dubbed snowjam, and doused Newton County in snow, another one came through north central Georgia , this time being labeled "catastrophic" by the National Weather Service.

February 15, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

S.C. earthquake rattles Newton residents

Earthquakes are so rare in Georgia, many Newton County residents didn't realize they felt the effects of one Friday evening, instead attributing the brief shaking of their homes to strong winds, tornadoes, trains, a sonic boom and even a car crashing into a garage.

February 15, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Donna Dodd Ayers

Donna Dodd Ayer, 74, of Cartersville passed away on Saturday, February 15, 2014, at Cartersville Medical Center.

February 15, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS

Mr. Brandon Gay

Brandon Gay, of Social Circle, passed away Feb. 13, 2014, at the age of 28. Brandon was a 2004 graduate of Eastside High, and was an avid Michigan Wolverines fan. He loved traveling, especially to Panama City Beach and Hawaii, and enjoyed snorkeling, scuba diving and other water sports. Brandon cherished his family dearly, and enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He was preceded in death by his mother, Susan Ivey Gay; maternal grandfather, William David Ivey; and his paternal grandfather, William Saunders Gay.

February 15, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS

Famed sculptor Ike Hay dies

Ike Hay Jr., whose father, Isaac Kline Hay, along with brothers Sam M. Hay Jr. and W. Thomas Hay, was born in the old jail in Newton County, died Friday of an undiagnosed lung disorder at his home in Lancaster, Pa.

February 15, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Region 2-AAAAAA Tournament Central

Newton High School hosted the quarterfinals of the Region 2-AAAAAA boys and girls basketball tournaments Saturday, with three of the four Newton County teams in action.

February 15, 2014 | Matt Smith | Newton

Simply the best

If all-region selections are an indicator of how well Newton County's basketball teams should do in this week's region tournaments, then the county has a lot to look forward to on championship Monday.

February 15, 2014 | Matt Smith | Eastside

Training for a cause

If balancing the roles of high school teacher and assistant football/baseball coach weren't already hard enough, try doing it along with training athletes across the region.

February 15, 2014 | Matt Smith | Eastside

Lady Redskins make history

The Social Circle Middle School girls basketball team made history Feb. 8, bringing home the Piedmont Athletic Conference Championship with a 36-22 victory over Putnam County Middle School in front of a capacity crowd at Jasper County High School.

February 15, 2014 | Matt Smith | Social Circle

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