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Newton County Sheriff's Office pursues burglary suspects after witness calls 911

South Salem Elementary and Liberty Middle schools placed on lockdown during search

A sharp-eyed neighbor contacted the Newton County Sheriff’s Office Tuesday morning when the person saw a suspicious person trying to break into a home in the south part of the county.

Rockdale and DeKalb authorities search for suspects in car theft spree

Rockdale and DeKalb counties’ authorities are continuing to search for a group of people believed to have been involved in a spree of automobile thefts and crashes Friday night.

Newton County Theme School accepting applications for 2015-16

The Newton County Theme School at Ficquett will be accepting applications for the upcoming school year beginning Feb. 2.

Newton County firefighter injured while fighting house fire in Porterdale

A Newton County fireman was injured Sunday while he was responding to a house fire in Porterdale.

Kidnapping and other charges added to suspect accused of beating elderly man

The suspect accused of severely beating an elderly man and then robbing him is now facing more charges.

Rockdale and Newton counties restaurant health scores, Jan. 19-26

Restaurant health scores, Jan. 19-26

FBI gives 'all clear' after bomb threat hoax at Hartsfield-Jackson

Law enforcement targeting Twitter account in investigation

The FBI and Atlanta police are investigating a Twitter account tied to a bomb threat at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

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THE RECIPE BOX: Super Bowl sausage appetizer perfect mix of sweet and spicy

Most of you probably reference today’s featured recipe as cocktail sausages, but in honor of the upcoming Super Bowl game, we are calling today’s recipe Super Bowl Sausages.

Newton County man facing drug charges after allegedly letting fugitive escape

A man accused of letting a fugitive wanted on homicide charges escape is himself behind bars in Newton County after investigators discovered he was growing marijuana in his apartment.

Club meetings for Jan. 25, 2015

Club meetings for Rockdale and Newton counties.

Town hall meeting for Rockdale County set for Jan. 31

An intergovernmental town hall meeting sponsored by state Sen. Ron Ramsey, D-Lithonia, and Post 2 Rockdale County Commissioner Doreen Williams is set for Jan. 31.

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Promoted employee thankful for city's new CDL program

Larry Baines now drives truck after training for commercial driver’s license test

A program recently launched by Covington, Ga., trains city employees to pass the commercial driver’s license test, and as a result, Larry Baines earned his CDL, received a promotion and now drives a refuse truck instead of riding in back.

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Dog agility trials, set for Feb. 6-8 at Horse Park, show off canine's speed, grace | PHOTOS

Georgia International Horse Park hosts weekend of dog agility trials

Dog agility contest set for Feb. 6-8 at Georgia International Horse Park.

Weekend calendar for Jan. 24 and 25

The Community Calendar is a forum for announcing meetings and events of nonprofit organizations of Rockdale and Newton counties.

ROB JENKINS: Finding balance doesn’t require a circus act

According to the popular media, we should all be seeking more “balance” in our lives. But what exactly does that mean?