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We are including more information in our Restaurant Inspection Reports. All information comes from the Gwinnett Rockdale Newton Health Department.

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Some retailers insist on good customer service, while others treat it as an afterthought. A few years ago, I entered a certain supermarket, we’ll call it Chain Store 1, and during my brief visit, a sudden rain shower began. The employees practically smothered me as I started to exit, offering the use of an umbrella or rain coat, and even offering to fetch my car.

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COVINGTON — Covington will have its own independent monitoring of ethylene oxide from the BD plant after the City Council unanimously approved hiring Montrose Air Quality Services to do the testing for $66,815. The action came at the council meeting Monday night.

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The Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) announced Friday an air quality monitoring plan to measure ethylene oxide levels around two plants in suburban Atlanta. Sterigenics in Smyrna and BD in Covington use the gas to sterilize medical equipment.

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CONYERS — Rockdale County District Attorney Alisha Johnson is joining a growing list of district attorneys and solicitors who say they will not prosecute people charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana until better testing is available or the General Assembly clears up confusion with…

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Georgia gas prices fell 5.0 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.40 a gallon on Monday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 5,883 stations. Gas prices in Georgia are 20.2 cents per gallon lower than a month ago and stand 26.8 cents per gallon lower than a year ago.

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COVINGTON — The National Beta Club has announced that Oak Hill Elementary School is a 2019 National Beta School of Merit. The school earned this recognition by offering National Beta to all eligible grades on their campus.

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The Georgia Supreme Court has upheld the conviction of Curtis McCammon, who was found guilty of malice murder, attempted armed robbery and a gun crime in connection with the 2015 shooting death of Nigel James at the Silos of Ellington subdivision in western Newton County.

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Veterans earn benefits, but these benefits are not bestowed automatically. Veterans must apply for their benefits or miss the opportunity to be awarded for military service rendered. Often, dealing with the Veterans Administration requires the patience of the biblical figure Job, plus the ex…

Super-sensitive readers, please pass on this book because it’s riveting but also very disturbing. For true-crime buffs, though, it’s a gigantic “yes”: “The Family Next Door” will have you in its clutches until its back cover is closed.

There is a magical window of time when fresh figs are abundant, and now is the time. Soft and fragrant, fresh figs are oh-so-ethereal to eat. Their flavor is delicate yet nuanced. Depending on the variety, they can be sweet and winey, honeyed or grassy.

Some of us find joy by taking time from our busy lives to observe the fascinating creation God has provided. From today’s wildflower we can observe the great diversity of God’s creation and how we are enriched by that. Diversity as a given in nature should lead us to recognize that the diver…

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The following charges and arrests were reported by the Newton County Sheriff’s Office, Covington Police Department, Oxford Police Department, Porterdale Police Department, the Georgia State Patrol and Georgia Pardon and Parole.

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COVINGTON — For the first time in the four weeks since an article on the legal emission of cancer-causing ethylene oxide from the BD plant on Industrial Boulevard was published, representatives of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will be making a public appearance in Covington.

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President Trump has repeatedly promised, “America will never be a socialist country.” Since Franklin Roosevelt began expanding government in the 1930s, the United States has increasingly adopted big-state policies associated with socialism.

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COVINGTON — If you’re considering running for office, now is the time to do it. Newton County’s five municipalities as well as Social Circle, and Conyers in Rockdale County will accept notices of candidacy Aug. 19-23.

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This 20-acre estate near Mansfield offers Victorian charm with all the modern conveniences. This home is offered at $1.2 million — four bedrooms, five baths, 6,283 square feet.

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STONECREST – Celebrate the explosion of yellow blooms that will soon cover local granite outcrops with a fall Triple Hike, summiting Stone, Arabia and Panola mountains all in one day. Presented by the Arabia Mountain Heritage Area Alliance, Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve, Friends o…

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Newton County added two more citizens to Governor Brian Kemp’s administration with the appointments and swearing in of Ester Fleming Jr. and Lorri Smith to posts this week.

Extra water quality testing on Lake Allatoona will be undertaken this week in response to fears there might be toxic algae in the reservoir, after a Marietta couple’s dog died Saturday within hours of playing in the lake.

After the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, investigators discovered that the lone man assigned to guard the president, John Parker, had abandoned his post to watch the play from an adjacent box at Ford’s Theater. Worse, at intermission, Parker adjourned to a nearby saloon to have drinks with some friends. It was during the second act that John Wilkes Booth entered the president’s box and shot him.

What do the French digital services tax, the employers’ share of payroll taxes and the corporate income tax all have in common? They are rarely shouldered by those entities and individuals targeted by legislators. In fact, one of the most important things to know about taxes is that the peop…

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Need to cater an event but don't know where to start? Emory Catering at Oxford College proved its capability at their first Catering Expo Thursday afternoon at Oxford Dining Hall. Guests were able to sample a variety of small plates as well as meet the chefs and vendors.

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The Georgia Wildlife Federation has hired Calvin Ellis, a student of Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Reosurces at the new University of Georgia's Campus R3 Coordinator. The Georgia R3 Initiative is a cooperative effort between Georgia Wildlife Federation, Georgia Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Division, National Wild Turkey Federation, Quality Deer Management Association and Safari Club International to help reconnect college students with hunting a safe shooting programs.

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