News for Thursday, August 1, 2013

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ROBINSON: We should thank Edward Snowden

The order that Snowden leaked — compelling a Verizon unit to cough up data on the phone calls it handled — was one of only a few to come to light in the court’s three decades of existence. Now there are voices calling for all the court’s rulings to be released. We’re talking about these issues. You can wish Edward Snowden well or wish him a lifetime in prison. Either way, you should thank him.

Teams, sponsors being sought for B.C. Crowell Scholarship Tournament

Playing golf is fun but playing golf for a purpose makes it even better. The Newton County Recreation Department is currently accepting players and hole sponsors for the Sept. 13 B. C. Crowell Scholarship Fund Golf Tournament at the Oaks Golf Course. Proceeds from tournament will help fund two $1,000 scholarships to Newton County seniors looking for help to pay for college.

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Simpson takes early control at Firestone, Tiger lurks

It was case of love at first sight for Webb Simpson on his debut at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational as he spectacularly charged into an early one-shot lead in Thursday’s opening round.

Alabama No. 1 in preseason poll

Two-time defending national champion Alabama received the No. 1 ranking in the USA Today preseason coaches’ poll released Thursday.

JDA may remove Social Circle's debt obligation

The Joint Development Authority has authorized its legal counsel to prepare an amendment to a 2002 intergovernmental agreement relieving Social Circle of debt obligation related to water and sewer infrastructure to Stanton Springs.

Some commissioners won't accept raises

There are still questions about salary hikes for elected officials and constitutional officers triggered by a population increase - when they will become effective and how they will impact the recently approved budget, for example.

Newton County child, 4, dies when runs into path of family car

Newton County child, 4, dies when runs into path of family car

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New principals ready for new school year

Two new principals are starting the new school year at Alcovy and Newton high schools.

Newton Sheriff's Office to participate in National Night Out Against Crime

Newton Sheriff’s Office to participate in National Night Out Against Crime

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ORRIN MORRIS: Yellow star-grass a solitary plant that prefers open woods, meadows

Several years ago, astronomers announced the discovery of a new planet. It is named Gliese 581 and orbits its sun 20 light years away. Of the 200 or so planets outside our solar system it is the smallest; however, every discovery like this adds to the wonder of the universe.

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One missing woman found; lookout continues for another

A woman who went missing on July 24 has been found safe at Atlanta Medical Center.

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Hensley 50th Anniversary

Hensley 50th Anniversary

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Dixon-Conner Engagement

Dixon-Conner Engagement

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Collins-Green Engagement

Collins-Green Engagement

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Porterdale Citizen Police Academy holds first graduation

Porterdale Citizen Police Academy holds first graduation

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Newton Sheriff's Office employees promoted

NCSO employees promoted

Newton County Jail Blotter for Aug. 2, 2013

Newton County Jail Blotter for Aug. 2, 2013

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SIMPSON: Did Snowden unveil intrusive surveillance or an attack on our liberties?

Edward Snowden has sparked debate about the balance between liberty and security.

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