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Welch: CPA week 5: Criminal investigations and gangs

Another week of the Porterdale Police Department (PPD) Citizens Police Academy (CPA) is in the books. This class is going by much too fast. For ...

March 05, 2017 | Darryl Welch | OPINION

New programs, investment, dean coming to GPTC Newton

Last week, Jabari Simama, president of Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC), reported that the new dean for GPTC's Newton Campus will be announced "within ...

March 01, 2017 | Duane M. Ford | Education

Debate over religious freedom returns to Georgia legislature

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Republicans have again proposed legislation they argue will protect people acting on religious belief, undaunted by the forceful veto of a similar ...

February 22, 2017 | Kathleen Foody Associated Press | LEGISLATIVE UPDATES

Georgia's Teacher of the Year didn't plan to be a teacher

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Georgia's 2017 Teacher of the Year didn't plan to be a teacher, but he is urging everyone in the state ...

February 18, 2017 | Mark Rice The Ledger-Enquirer | Education

Newton boys run past Peachtree Ridge in first round of state tournament

February 17, 2017 | Tyler Williams | Newton

Work-based learning students practice professional skills

On Tuesday, Jan. 24, the Newton County School System's (NCSS) Work-Based Learning and Youth Apprenticeship programs held the annual Aspiring Young Professionals (AYP) Evaluation ...

January 28, 2017 | Duane M. Ford | Education

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February Pruning

Before I moved to Newton County around 12 years ago, my wife and I owned a home with a yard that was full of flowering shrubs. Yard work was a pleasure and my shrubs showed their appreciation by producing blooms abound.

January 22, 2017 | Ted Wynne | Agriculture

Crawford: I remember Roscoe

Friends and relatives who know I work at the state capitol often ask these questions: How can you stand it there? Don't you just hate it?

December 04, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists

Change isn’t that bad

Life changes all the time. We change homes. We change jobs. We change clothes. We change a lot of things. Some of us like change and some don't. Change can be exciting and scary, bad or good. It seems we have experienced a lot of change lately.

December 04, 2016 | Andy Butts | Religion

Our Thoughts: Audit, citizenry can be a tool for change

For those who even just pay casual attention to their local government, this week brought some big news to Newton County.

December 04, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Parson: What’s happening on the farm?

I get asked what's happening on the farm several times a day, and I'm never sure if people really want to know that answer or if they are just making conversation. It makes no difference to me because each time I give them the real answer - from how the weather is, to weeds, to pests, to planting, to descriptions of a crop bounty.

November 16, 2016 | Daniel Parson | Agriculture

STOVALL: Finding the stories in our sports community is exciting work

So by the end of this week, I'll have had a full month on the job as the Sports Editor for The Covington News, and I must say it has been a tremendous experience.

November 14, 2016 | Gabriel Stovall | SPORTS

Eastside dominates Salem, sets up key region battle with North Clayton next week

In a game where both Eastside and Salem both had tons to play for as far as postseason seeding goes, Eastside looked like the hungrier team from the beginning, and carried that hunger out for a full four quarters as the Eagles easily defeated Salem 49-14, setting up a Region 4-AAAA clash for second place next Friday against North Clayton.

October 28, 2016 | Gabriel Stovall | Eastside

Crawford: Experience doesn’t count anymore

If you learned you had cancer, what would you do?

October 23, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists

New outdoor outfitter driven by desire for adventure

Ryan Roth is a self-confessed adrenaline junkie.

October 17, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Redman: Student Leadership

I have been in schools and around education for years and have watched several student counsels get formed. During these times I have seen that some students truly want those positions and others who didn't want the position as much would be more confident. Those with more confidence would get the position.

October 09, 2016 | Isaac Redman | RELIGION

Former Newton County fire chief sentenced to one year in prison

Former Newton County Fire Services Chief Kevin O'Brien was sentenced to 20 years' probation with the first year spent in prison, fined $1,000 for each of the four counts of theft by taking he was charged with and ordered to pay the county back $16,991.

October 06, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Hometown Hero: 14-year-old Marlee Anne Hopkins named Hometown Hero

Earlier this year, Marlee Anne Hopkins raised more than $23,000 for Children's Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA) in honor of her siblings. She stood "for the kids who cannot … in honor of [sisters] Michala, Mary Elizabeth and Abe, who could not stand."

October 02, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

NCSS takes lead in creating poverty-informed community

It's not just the poor who are affected by poverty. It's the entire community.

October 02, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Life Insurance for Mortgage Protection

It seems like the majority of topics for my articles brings back memories, some good and some less than memorable. This is one of the "less thans".

September 25, 2016 | Mike Lassiter | Business

Traffic lights, gazebo and parks topics at town hall meeting

Around 30 people, some retirees of the city, turned out for a town hall meeting hosted by the Covington City Council at Covington First United Methodist Church on Monday night.

September 12, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

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