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Holt: Wrapping up

Time to wrap things up! I hope I've entertained you, and given you a raised eyebrow or two. Now let's journey up to really high altitude, and look at the biggest "big picture" question of our trip: Why do we have a legislature?

July 12, 2014 | Doug Holt | LOCAL


County to consider more money for indigent care

A total of seven people showed up for Wednesday's Newton County budget hearing and nobody said a word, even though property taxes are set to rise by 5 percent and might go even higher.

July 12, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Miles away but close to home

Jennifer McCann was destined to be in Hollywood. So when she was offered a job as an assistant in Los Angeles, she knew her moment had come.

July 12, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


The 411 on the 2050 Plan

Don't let the 2050 plan scare you, Newtown County Council Chairman Keith Ellis says.

July 12, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Local insurance agency owner honored

A Covington entrepreneur recently earned a prestigious service designation and was placed among the top agencies within his field.

July 12, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


NMC hosts community blood drive

Newton Medical Center will host a blood drive in LifeSouth's Blood Mobile on Thursday, July 17 from noon until 6 p.m. Each donor will receive a LifeSouth T-shirt and snacks. All blood types are needed.

July 12, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Historic Dupree home to relocate

One of the most recognizable and well-known houses in Social Circle will soon have a new home.

July 12, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Fire codes workshop set Monday

The Covington City Council will hold a workshop at 6 p.m. Monday to discuss how to implement fire codes for the city's older buildings. The reason is simple: Old buildings might not be compatible with new fire codes.

July 12, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Millwood charged with disorderly conduct

Following the Fourth of July fireworks and the festival held in the Covington Square, Shane Millwood was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and public consumption of alcoholic beverages.

July 12, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Talk radio host visits Covington

Erick Erickson, conservative talk radio host and owner of RedState.com, made an appearance in Covington Wednesday to show his support for Georgia State House 112 candidate Aaron Brooks. Pictured are state district 102 representative Buzz Brockway, Erickson, Brooks, Covington Mayor Ronnie Johnston and state district 147 representative elect Heath Clark.

July 10, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


'Burn building' to help train firefighters

Training to fight a house fire isn't easy. For one, you have to have a burning house.

July 10, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Shane Millwood to play benefit concert in August

Join Shane Millwood and CARE, Sunday August 16th at 8:00 p.m. for a night of music and dancing at the newly renovated Porterdale Gym. All proceeds are for CARE's newest assistance project - providing scholarship money to one or more of Porterdale's high school students attending the Newton County Career Academy (NCCA).

July 10, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Have we lost our minds?!

Time to bring our aircraft on this journey up another 10,000 feet! We're going to get a higher altitude perspective. This week, I'm busting past my pay grade to join the chorus about federal spending habits. Here's the thought: I think we are insane to couple open-ended entitlement programs to the general government!

July 10, 2014 | Doug Holt | LOCAL


GPTC students awarded gold, silver & bronze medals

Georgia Piedmont Technical College students won big during the 50th Annual SkillsUSA Leadership and Skills Conference held in Kansas City, Missouri. The school had a phenomenal showing with students winning gold, silver and bronze medals.

July 10, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


BOE: first public hearing on '15 millage rate

The Newton County Board of Education adopted a tentative 2014-2015 budget based on a total millage rate of 20.45 mills.

July 10, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


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Top state court considers execution standard

ATLANTA - Georgia's death penalty statute was in the crosshairs again Monday as the state's top court considered whether capital defendants have to meet an unfair standard to prove they are mentally disabled to avoid an execution.

The Georgia Supreme Court heard arguments Monday from Alphonso Stripling, who claims the state cannot seek the death penalty against him for the 1988 killings of two co-workers because he is mentally disabled. Prosecutors, meanwhile, say they want the chance to prove he is mentally competent.

March 21, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Diversity drives Newton’s growth

The 2010 Census results were unsurprising for Newton County and the rest of the region east of Atlanta, with four major trends:

March 21, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Woman has stake in Vampire Diaries convention

Vampires continue to roam Covington, and local Jessica Lowery is making a killing. Profit wise that is; no wooden stakes are involved. At least, she didn't mention any.

March 20, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Mama Bee's Tip of the Week - March 20

A No Spend Weekend is exactly what it sounds like, friends. It means not one single penny leaves your wallet via cash or credit for an entire weekend. No frappuccinos, no sticks of gum, no nothin'! Don't think you can do it? Get the whole family on board and you'll be amazed by how much you save.

March 20, 2011 | Beth McAfee-Hallman | LOCAL


Cushman: Focus on creating virtues for Lent

The Lenten season is a time of reflection, renewal and anticipation.

March 20, 2011 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | LOCAL


Relay for Life kicks off in Oxford

Starting the season: The 2011 Relay for Life season kicked off in Oxford Saturday morning with dozens of people showing up for a variety of money-raising activities. Events included a walk/run event, musical performances, a motorcycle rally and ride, and other events for children.

Proceeds from all Relay for Life events go to the American Cancer Society. According to the AMC website, the next Relay team meeting will be held at Eastside High School on Monday starting at 6:30 p.m.

March 20, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


2012 transportation SPLOST in works

Newton County's SPLOST is set for the next six years, but the sales tax debate isn't going anywhere as the state prepares to overhaul transportation funding by paying for projects through an additional 1 percent sales tax.

March 20, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Why SPLOST passed and what that means

The 2011 SPLOST election on Tuesday turned out just about how officials thought it would, with a narrow victory.

March 19, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Murder trial of Cobey Lakemper continues

The first day of the murder trial of Cobey Wade Lakemper was an emotional one, but day two was all about the science of a murder investigation.

March 18, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newton 2010 Census numbers released

Newton County's population is 99,958, growing by more than 61 percent during the previous decade, according to information released today by the U.S. Census.

March 18, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Trial Calendar, Judge Benton (Beginning April 18)

o Antonio Bell: felony kidnapping, felony robbery by intimidation, felony false imprisonment, felony terroristic threats, misdemeanor hindering emergency telephone call.

March 18, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Emotional start to Lakemper murder trial

The death penalty trial of Cobey Wade Lakemper began Thursday afternoon and emotions ran high, with tears shed on both sides of the case.

March 18, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Man found naked, beaten

Covington police said a man found early today bleeding and naked at a fast food restaurant on U.S. Highway 278 told them that he had been beaten and robbed.

March 17, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Police arrest man for sex crimes

A Cumming man was arrested Tuesday afternoon after allegedly masturbating on a webcam with an undercover investigator that he believed to be a middle school-aged girl.

March 17, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


State unemployment rate dips

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor says the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined slightly last month.

State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Thursday that the rate fell to 10.2 percent in February, down one-tenth of a percentage point from a revised 10.3 percent in January. Georgia's jobless rate was also 10.3 percent in February 2010.

March 17, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


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