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2 dead in shooting attack at Canada's Parliament

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) - A Canadian soldier standing guard at a war memorial in the country's capital was shot to death Wednesday, and heavy gunfire then erupted inside Parliament. One gunman was killed, and police said they were hunting for as many as two others.

October 22, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Social Security benefits get another tiny increase

WASHINGTON (AP) - Come January, nearly 60 million Social Security recipients will get benefit increases averaging $20 a month, the third straight year of historically small pay hikes.

October 22, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

UGA asks for Gurley's reinstatement

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Georgia will file a request with the NCAA on Wednesday for tailback Todd Gurley's eligibility to be reinstated.

October 22, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Ga. Aquarium says beluga is pregnant

ATLANTA (AP) - Officials at the Georgia Aquarium say a 20-year-old beluga whale, Maris, is expecting a calf in the spring.

October 22, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Peachtree Academy's Homecoming court

Peachtree Academy announced its Homecoming court ahead of Friday night's Homecoing game.

October 22, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Georgia Dems invoke Ferguson in election plea

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Democrats are using the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, to rally black voters ahead of the Nov. 4 election, with Republicans calling the move "race-baiting."

October 22, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Deal promises review of Georgia's school funding

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal pledged an exhaustive review of the state's system for funding schools this week, 13 days before voters go to the polls.

October 22, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Survey: Harassment a common part of online life

NEW YORK (AP) - A new study confirms what many Internet users know all too well: Harassment is a common part of online life.

October 22, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Ga. electorate shrinks; fewer new voters are white

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia's electorate is changing fast, state officials said Tuesday, underscoring a shift that Democrats see as critical to making gains in a state dominated by Republicans.

October 22, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Drone operation course to be offered at GA school

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - A Clarke County school is planning to offer courses to teach students how to operate drones, track down cybercriminals and more.

October 22, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

The Clintons, the Democrats' 2014 super surrogates

AURORA, Colo. (AP) - Bill and Hillary Clinton are the validators-in-chief for Democrats struggling through a bleak campaign season in states where President Barack Obama is deeply unpopular.

October 22, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Man charged with assault when online romance sours

LONDON, Ky. (AP) - A Georgia man charged with assaulting a woman in eastern Kentucky has told police he thought she didn't match the description she had given on the Internet.

October 22, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Government ups air bag warning to 7.8M vehicles

DETROIT (AP) - The U.S. government is adding more than 3 million vehicles to a rare warning about faulty air bags that have the potential to kill or injure drivers or passengers in a crash.

October 22, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Bear Creek session moved to Nov. 5

The Newton County Board of Commissioners public meeting originally scheduled for Nov. 4, election night, has been rescheduled for Monday Nov. 3.

October 21, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Rock Plains PTO disbanded

The Rocky Plains Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization board has been disbanded after alleged misuse of funds by PTO board members.

October 21, 2014 | Martin Rand | LOCAL

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A chance to make history

A chance to make history is on the line this season for the Newton Rams. For the first time in school history, the Rams have the opportunity to make it to the playoffs for three consecutive seasons. The Covington News talked with Rams' head coach Terrance Banks about his team and the process they must go through to reach their goals.

August 23, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton

Eagles looking to fly around the football

The Covington News: How's the team doing as far as the new coaches go?

August 23, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Eastside

A new beginning

Social Circle High School, which hasn't won a game since 2011, isn't just beginning a new season, it's beginning a new life, at least in football. With a brand new athletic complex featuring new turf on their very own football field, the Redskins aren't looking to change their past - just their future. The Covington News sat down with new head coach Chad Estes to discuss the future of Social Circle football.

August 23, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Social Circle

Young Guns

In this Q&A with Alcovy head football coach Kirk Hoffman, we talk about Hoffman's role in coaching a young team, Tigers' quarterback Bubba Hickson, the team's strengths/weaknesses and more.

August 23, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Alcovy

What former athletes of Newton are up to now

Point University Skyhawks / NAIA (5-12-2 in 2013) / Appalachian Athletic Conference

August 23, 2014 | Staff Reports | Eastside

SEC Banter:

On the cusp of the 2014 college football season, SEC Banter had the privilege recently of touring the new College Football Hall of Fame and Chick-fil-A Fan Experience.

August 23, 2014 | Ben Prevost | Sports Columnists

Cold awakening to ALS awareness

Jeff Broxton celebrated his 56th birthday this week, but he couldn't even get out of bed on his own. His voice is slowly slipping away, and he cannot scratch an itch if he has one.

August 23, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL

Mayor: Square construction rolling

Workers began pouring concrete for the new sidewalks on the Covington Square Friday afternoon, a significant milestone for the construction project intended to make the city's centerpiece an even prettier place.

August 23, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL

Consignment shop reopens after 4 years

Taryn Robbins opened a consignment shop for children's clothes, toys and equipment in 1990 but had to close her doors in 2010. Now the chalkboard outside her new store says "open," and she plans to keep it that way.

August 23, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL

Harris wants all Georgians to thrive

Patsy Harris of Morgan County has her campaign for Georgia House District 112 in full swing, now that her opponent in the November general election has been chosen by the Republican Party run-off.

August 23, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Ga. Farm Bureau accepting entries for hay contest & hay directory

Georgia Farm Bureau (GFB) members who grow Bermuda grass hay are encouraged to enter the GFB 2014 Quality Hay Contest. Hay entered in the contest will be tested at the University of Georgia Testing Lab using the Relative Forage Quality (RFQ) Test, which predicts fiber digestibility and likely animal intake of hay.

August 23, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Technology's March

Trains

August 23, 2014 | Kathleen D | LOCAL

Peanut butter, pop tabs and other service projects

Just last Thursday we wrapped up the 4-H year at State 4-H Congress, and now we have the first Newton 4-H meeting of the year on Monday!

August 23, 2014 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL

Decision Pending on Newton’s Government Structure

The structure of county government is once again on the agenda of the Board of Commissioners (BOC), which has scheduled a work session for Aug. 26, 2014. As readers may recall, this has been a topic of discussion for several months and the BOC has met with experts from both the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG) and the regional planning agency. Representatives of both clearly have indicated that the current "hybrid" system of having both a full time Commission needs to be changed to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of county government.

August 23, 2014 | Larry McSwain | Columnists

Letter to Editor

The Center for Community Preservation and Planning, commonly referred to as the Center, is a non-governmental organization which came into being shortly after the turn of the century. It was originally funded by a local private non-profit foundation, which also owned a large tract of land in what is generally referred to as the Brick Store Community at Ga. 11 and Hwy. 278.

August 23, 2014 | Staff Report | Letters

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