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Stocks eke out small gains after drifting most of the day

U.S. stocks eked out tiny gains on Monday after spending much of the day drifting sideways. Major stock indexes barely budged early as investors took in stride the election of a Greek political pa...

January 26, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Sheriff: Bodies found in car of missing Ga. couple

ATLANTA (AP) - The car belonging to a Georgia couple who disappeared after traveling to meet a man claiming to sell a classic auto has been found in a lake with two bodies inside. Telfair County S...

January 26, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Theme School accepting applications

The Newton County Theme School at Ficquett will accept applications for the 2015-16 school year beginning Monday, Feb. 2. Applicants must be a Newton County resident in order to apply for acceptan...

January 26, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Science Fair winners

Newton County School System's middle and high schools' first place winners will move on to challenge students from Fayette, Henry, Griffin-Spalding, Butts, Pike, Lamar and Thomaston Upson county sc...

January 26, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Batman ride at Six Flags Over Georgia to run backward

AUSTELL, Ga. (AP) - Holy roller coaster! The Batman ride at Six Flags Over Georgia is going to run backward when the park opens for the season March 14. The ride opened in the park in 1997 and has...

January 26, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Newton Firefighter falls on busy weekend

Newton County Fire Services had a busy weekend with a total of 66 calls in a 48-hour period. According to Newton County Fire Chief Kevin O'Brien of those 66 calls, Newton County had three working ...

January 26, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Mom on trial accused of killing 5-year-old with salt

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) - A confounding and heartbreaking murder case alleging that a mother purposely poisoned her 5-year-old son with salt and documented his decline on social media began Monday ...

January 26, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Sex-abuse civil trial to unveil Boy Scout 'perversion' files

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) - Opening statements have begun in a sex abuse lawsuit against the Boy Scouts of America that could bring years of so-called perversion files into the public eye. Plaint...

January 26, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

MLK forum to youth: 'Cooperate but know your rights'

Young people should cooperate with law enforcement, but also know their rights and register to vote if they wish to enact broader change, a community forum held in honor of Martin Luther King Day c...

January 26, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL

Mrs. Ethel Jolley

Ethel Jolley, 96, of Covington, passed away January 23, 2015. She was born October 17, 1918, in Roscoe, PA, to the late John and Elizabeth Furlong. Ethel met and married Alton Jolley while they bot...

January 26, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

Mr. Matthew Larsen

Matthew Larsen of Covington, Ga, passed away January 22, 2015, at the age of 45. Matt enjoyed riding his Harley, fishing and being outside. He was very interested in the history of our military and...

January 26, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

Mrs. Peggy M. Davis

Peggy M. Davis of Covington passed away January 22, 2015, at the age of 84. A woman of strong Christian faith, Mrs. Davis was an active member of the First Baptist Church in Covington, where she fa...

January 26, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

Ice possible in higher elevations of Georgia mountains

ATLANTA (AP) - Forecasters say light snow and black ice will be possible in higher elevations of the north Georgia mountains as a winter storm system moves toward the east coast. In a winter weath...

January 26, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Federal judge stays Alabama gay marriage ruling for 2 weeks

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A federal judge has put a temporary hold on her decision that overturned Alabama's gay marriage ban, but indicated she will soon answer a key question: Must state probate ju...

January 26, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Church of England consecrates first female bishop

LONDON (AP) - Male domination in the leadership of the Church of England ended Monday, as the 500-year-old institution consecrated its first female bishop. The Rev. Libby Lane became the eighth...

January 26, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

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