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Douglas ends congressional bid

County Commissioner John Douglas has ended his bid for Congress.

Former Newton admin among those indicted in Atlanta schools cheating scandal

A former Newton County school administrator is among the 35 Atlanta Public Schools educators who were indicted Friday by a grand jury.

Unemployment down in Newton, Rockdale

Unemployment rates in Newton and Rockdale continue to decline.

Newton schools to close for Spring Break

The Newton County School System will be closed to students and staff from April 1 through 5 for Spring Break.

Oxford College presents spring classroom series

The Oxford College Community Classroom will continue this spring.

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Registration under way for Cheerios Challenge

Registration is underway for the Cheerios Challenge, set for April 13.

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Newton schools honored for serving more local food

The Newton County School System was one of 25 school districts in the state honored for increasing the amount of local food served to students.

GWF hosts many events in March, April

A variety of events are planned for the public by the Georgia Wildlife Federation in March and April.

Accident causes power outage

A one-car accident caused a power outage Wednesday morning.

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Newton schools put the spotlight on breakfast

This week, Newton County schools are focusing on school breakfasts.

Kindergarten Round-Up this month

The Newton County School System will hold its annual Kindergarten Round-Up registration during the week of March 18.

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Adams wins Pat Patrick Award

Louise B. Adams is the recipient of the 5th Annual Pat Patrick Big Heart Award.

Davis resigns from Chamber position

Shannon Davis, director of industry retention and workforce development for the Office of Economic Development, has resigned.

Registration underway for Great American Cleanup

Registration is underway for the Great American Cleanup.

Newton County students headed to state science fair

A dozen Newton County science fair projects will compete at the state level next month.

State names Newton high schools to Honor Schools list

All three Newton County high schools were named to the state Advanced Placement Honor Schools list.

Bill would limit EBT card use

State Rep. Andy Welch has introduced a bill that would limit use of EBT cards.

Run for Hope to benefit Relay

the 5th Annual Run for Hope benefitting Relay for Life takes place March 3.

Black History program set for Saturday

The 3rd Annual Black HIstory Month Program will take place Saturday.

Newton students to get early release day, winter break

Newton County students will get a break from school beginning Friday and continuing until next week.

Norton Packaging bringing 90 jobs to area

Norton Packaging is opening a facility in Monticello, bringing 90 jobs and a $12 million investment.

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State Rep. introduces act to encourage downtown investment

Rep. Allen Peake has introduced the Georgia Renaissance Act to encourage downtown investment.

Newton Spelling Bee today

The Newton County School System will hold the 2013 System Spelling Bee at 10:30 a.m. today at Newton High School.

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Missing Newton County man found safe

A statewide Mattie's Call has been issued for a missing Newton County man.

Covington has widespread outage due to storm

Newton County was mostly spared from the brunt of the severe storm system that moved through Georgia Wednesday.

Newton County Schools to hold pre-k registration

The Newton County School System will hold registration for the district's Georgia lottery funded prekindergarten program next month.

JDA awarded loan for Baxter project

The JDA has been awarded a $5.9 million loan to construct an on-site pretreatment facility for Baxter International.

Pro wrestlers coming to Covington this weekend

Steve "The Brawler" Lawler will wrestle one of his final matches in Covington.

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50 students headed to region science fair

Newton High students sweep high school fair

Nearly 50 Newton County students are headed to the regional science fair next month.

Students to compete in reading

The fifth annual Newton County Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl is at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Newton College and Career Academy

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School board elects new chair, vice chair

The Newton County Board of Education has a new chair and vice chair.

BBB releases top scams

The Better Business Bureau has released the list of Top Scams for 2012.

Fishing regulations guide available

A free fising guide for 2013 is available from the Georgia DNR.

Flu reaches epidemic level in Georgia

The flu is now an epidemic in Georgia.

Farmers can apply for honor

Applications for the Georgia Centennial Farms Program designation are currently being accepted.

Tax credit offered for energy efficient appliances

Certain energy efficient appliances could result in a tax credit.

MLK service set for Jan. 20

The 2013 Martin Luther King celebration is coming up and the organizing committee is seeking participants, nominations and donations.

Newton schools nominate 33 students for Governor's Honors Program

The Newton County School System has nominated 33 students to the state level interviews for the state Governor's Honors Program.

BBB warns consumers who buy gift cards

The Better Business Bureau is urging consumers to take precautions when purchasing gift cards this holiday season.

DOT suspends lane closings during holidays

The DOT will suspend lane closures during the holidays.

GPC sanctioned by accreditation agency

SACS issued a warning to GPC for its financial issues.

Fowlers to be honored at UGA

Rob and Jean Fowler will be honored by the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

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GPTC announces new vice president

Dr. Mariam Dittmann recently was announced as vice president of Academic Affairs at Georgia Piedmont Technical College.

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Jeffares named Senate floor leader

State Sen. Rick Jeffares is a new state Senate floor leader.

Oxford College to present holiday concert

The Oxford College Chorale will present its holiday concert this week.

Former prison inmate, DUI crash victim to speak at GPTC

A former prison inmate convicted of DUI and a DUI-crash victim will speak at Georgia Piedmont Technical College this week.

Southern Advent service set for Saturday

A 20-year tradition will continue Saturday with the Southern Folk Advent service at Old Church in Oxford.

School board approves teacher resignation after Athens arrest

The Newton County Board of Education approved the resignation of an Indian Creek Middle School teacher who was arrested in Athens.

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Oxford launches Center for Healthful Living

Oxford College has developed the Center for Healthful Living.

Postal service sets holiday mailing deadlines

The U.S. Postal service will deliver nearly 18 billion cards and packages during the holidays.