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Davis named Rotary Club president

The Covington Rotary Club closed out its 76th year Tuesday, handing out awards from 2014-15 and inducting its next president.

June 30, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

GOP's Jeb Bush to release 33 years of personal tax returns

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Jeb Bush is releasing a third of a century of his personal income tax returns, a record disclosure for presidential candidates.

June 30, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Authorities investigating possible anti-gay hate crime in northwestern Forsyth County

NORTHWEST FORSYTH - Authorities say they are treating the burning of a rainbow flag on a vehicle at a northwestern Forsyth County home as an anti-gay hate crime.

June 30, 2015 | Kayla Robins krobins@forsythnews.com | LOCAL

Extension Agent Ted Wynne (video)

Newton County Extension Agent Ted Wynne gives advice about trees.

June 30, 2015 | Darrell Everidge | Covington

Christie says he's running in 2016 to 'change the world'

LIVINGSTON, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has launched a 2016 campaign for president.

June 30, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Georgia State Patrol steps up enforcement this weekend

The July Fourth weekend is not only a chance for many people to celebrate, it is also the busiest travel period of the year. The holiday weekend is recognized as beginning Thursday at 6 p.m. and running through Sunday, July 5 at midnight, according to the Georgia Department of Public Safety.

June 30, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Pete Mecca Veterans Corner (video)

Calendar of events for Veterans in the community

June 30, 2015 | Pete Mecca | Covington

AKA Chi Tau Omega chapter awards $20,000 in scholarships

COVINGTON- The Chi Tau Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated of Covington, Ga., serving Newton and Rockdale counties, awarded $20, 000 in scholarships on June 21, 2015 at Antioch AME Church in Conyers to high school students heading to various colleges and universities including HBCUs in the state of Georgia and nationwide.

June 30, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Johns Creek mayor to lead Georgia Municipal Association

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - The mayor of the Atlanta suburb of Johns Creek will serve as president of the Georgia Municipal Association.

June 30, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Atlanta Cyclorama to leave building it occupied since 1921

ATLANTA (AP) - The Atlanta Cyclorama, the colossal Civil War painting created about 130 years ago, is leaving the building it has occupied since 1921 to move across town.

June 30, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Dr. Kenneth L. Jacques

Dr. Kenneth L. Jacques of Oxford, passed away June 29, 2015, at the age of 73. He devoted his life to the ministry of his Lord. Dr. Jacques served as the pastor of Harmony Baptist Church, in Covington, for 27 years, but most recently was a member of Canaan Baptist Church. He led church services once a week, for the residents of Riverside Health Care, Merryvale Assisted Living and The Benton House. He enjoyed spending time in his flower garden, but more than anything, he cherished the time he spent with his family. Preceding him in death were his parents ...

June 29, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

Dr. Melvin Louis Conrad

Dr. Melvin Louis Conrad, 88, passed away on June 26, 2015, in Wichita, Kansas. He was preceded in death by his wife Eula Conrad (Palmer Stone Elementary School Teacher). He is survived by children Albert Conrad (Michael) of Wichita, Kansas, Celia Theiler of Charlotte, North Carolina, and Daniel Conrad (Lauree) of Cary, North Carolina.

June 29, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

Checkers closed after grease fire

The Checkers on Hwy. 278 is closed after a small grease fire ignited Monday morning.

June 29, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Ga. high court says bonds for Braves stadium valid

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Supreme Court has upheld the authorization of up to $397 million in bonds to build a new baseball stadium for the Braves in Cobb County.

June 29, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Puerto Rico governor says island can't pay its public debt

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - The governor warned that Puerto Rico can't pay its $72 billion public debt on the eve of a private Monday meeting with legislators, delivering another jolt to the recession-gripped U.S. island as well as a world financial system already worrying over Greece's collapsing finances.

June 29, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

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Stocks head higher, bouncing back from a drop the day before

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks headed higher Friday as the market bounced back from a steep loss the day before. Most Asian and European markets were closed for a holiday.

May 01, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Black mothers wonder if their lost babies are still alive

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Eighteen black women who were told decades ago that their babies had died soon after birth at a St. Louis hospital now wonder if the infants were taken away by hospital officials to be raised by other families.

May 01, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

'Stand By Me' singer Ben E. King dead at age 76

NEW YORK (AP) - Ben E. King, the unforgettable lead singer for the Drifters and a solo star whose plaintive baritone graced such pop and rhythm 'n blues classics as "Stand by Me," ''There Goes My Baby" and "Spanish Harlem," has died.

May 01, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Stocks move higher, bouncing back from a drop the day before

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks are moving higher in midday trading as the market bounces back from a steep decline the day before.

May 01, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Former Emory employee pleads guilty to embezzling money

ATLANTA (AP) - A former Emory University employee has pleaded guilty to federal wire fraud charges after she was accused of embezzling more than $317,000 in student fees and tuition over a two-year period.

May 01, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

6 Baltimore officers charged in Gray's death

BALTIMORE (AP) - Baltimore's top prosecutor announced criminal charges Friday against all six officers suspended after a man suffered a fatal spinal injury in police custody, saying "no one is above the law."

May 01, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

General Motors April US sales rise 5.9 percent

DETROIT (AP) - General Motors says its U.S. sales last month rose 5.9 percent as Americans snapped up small and midsize SUVs.

May 01, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Police kill woman who fired at them from inside patrol car

ATLANTA (AP) - Police officers in Atlanta fatally shot a woman who first fired at them while sitting in the back of a patrol car Thursday, authorities said.

May 01, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Falcons may look for running back on 2nd day of NFL draft

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) - The Atlanta Falcons may try to address a glaring need at running back in the second and third rounds of the NFL draft.

May 01, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

More Americans spending at least half their pay on housing

WASHINGTON (AP) - The surging cost of rental housing has squeezed a rising proportion of U.S. families since the Great Recession struck in 2007.

May 01, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

2-headed calf born on farm in northern Florida

MACCLENNY, Fla. (AP) - A two-headed calf was recently born on a farm in northern Florida.

May 01, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Hobbled Lady Tigers fall in first round

Anna Hebert and her Lady Tigers entered the playoffs as the No. 2 seed from Region 2-AAAAAA, but they also entered the game with a number of injuries and it showed in the 4-2 loss to Lee County.

April 30, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | DIGITAL NEWSPAPER

Walk Among the Heroes, May 2

If you're looking for some entertainment this weekend for kids and adults of all ages, look no further than Parker Road in Conyers.

April 30, 2015 | Staff Report | DIGITAL NEWSPAPER

Gov. Deal signs duel enrollment bills to boost workforce

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal signed two bills into law Thursday that remove barriers to dual enrollment participation both for students with dim hopes or plans of attending college and also for high school youngsters who want to earn college credits before being handed their diplomas.

April 30, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Indexes recover some of a late afternoon swoon, end lower

NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks are closing lower after recouping some of an afternoon swoon.

April 30, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

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