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Who is hungry in Newton? Around 18,000

The Covington News Digital Edition cover story (covnewsdigital.com):

March 02, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL

Champion for change

From the base of a rural Georgia court room, Judge Sheri Roberts carries a message across her home state and the nation: we can do a lot better by the young people served by our courts.

March 02, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Proclamation signed for Youth Art Month

Members of the Arts Program at GFWC Service Guild of Covington gathered at Covington City Hall to have Mayor Ronnie Johnston sign a Proclamation partnering the National Council for Art Education and the National Council for the Arts with Covington and Newton County schools, encouraging public support of quality student art programs.

March 02, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Donna Rogers

Donna Rogers, 63, of Covington, passed away on February 28, 2015. Donna was born in Eatonton on January 20, 1952 to the late J. D. and Katherine Rogers.

March 02, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

Man dead, woman critically injured in shootings near Atlanta

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Police in metro Atlanta say a man is dead and a woman is being treated for critical injuries after a double shooting at a home inside a gated community.

March 02, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Georgia to execute only woman on state's death row

ATLANTA (AP) - The only woman on Georgia's death row is set to be executed Monday.

March 02, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

America's first war on terror

Ecclesiastes 3 - "To everything there is a season….and a time to every purpose under the heaven." Ecclesiastes 3:8 – "A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace."

March 01, 2015 | Pete Mecca | A VETERAN'S STORY

What would happen if you won an Oscar?

Many of us watched the annual Academy Awards last Sunday night. The telecast started an hour and half before the actual ceremonies, as the various celebrities walk the "Red Carpet" to enter the auditorium. And that was followed by over three hours of music, film clips, speeches, and awards. For those involved in the ceremony, the night was just starting as the telecast ended. There was the Governor's Ball followed by many parties. The major networks featured the awards in their Monday morning programs.

March 01, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING

McCoy: Passion on display

A few years ago, I overheard someone stating his view on books. "Oh, we don't have books in our house. We don't read." I didn't faint, but my heart rate did drop to a dangerous level that would make a pricey surgeon call her local Mercedes dealership to check out the lease rates. "No books? None?" I couldn't imagine this kind of house. What would they put on their bookcases? Clown figurines? Pictures of cats? Maybe they don't even own bookcases! I really couldn't make sense of this statement. No books? Why would you ...

March 01, 2015 | David McCoy | LIVING

From the heart

Mix together a woman's desire to feed the hungry, kind hearts of Newton County residents, recipes handed down through generations, and a need for charitable contributions from the area's homeless shelter and that is a recipe for the "Feed the Hearts of the Hungry" cookbook.

March 01, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LIVING

Who sees you?

Who are you teaching to pray? Now maybe no one has come to you like Jesus disciples and asked you specifically to teach them to pray. However, we don't always teach one on one or in a class or Sunday school class room either. The truth is we do far more teaching from a distance than we realize.

March 01, 2015 | William Burnham | Columnists

Consider the lilies ...

"Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you-you of little faith? "

March 01, 2015 | Jan McCoy | Columnists

Facing the cost of the world’s most powerful military

Two-thirds of all federal spending is consumed by just three program areas: Social Security, Medicare/Medicaid and National Defense. Because these programs consume most of the budget and are responsible for most of the annual spending increases, there is simply no way to regain control of federal spending without addressing these programs.

March 01, 2015 | Scott Rasmussen | Columnists

The cancer of multiculturalism

President Barack Obama surprised many at the National Prayer Breakfast when he lectured us, "Lest we get on our high horse and think this (barbarity) is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ." Obama went on to explain, "In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often (were) justified in the name of Christ." In Obama's mind, Western outrage at Islamic barbarism should be tempered by the remembrance of what Christians did a thousand years ago in the name of Christ. Plus ...

March 01, 2015 | Walter Williams | Columnists

TRUTH matters

A New York Times article this past Tuesday titled, "Teenage Girl Leaves for ISIS, and Others Follow," by Kimiko[1] de Freytas-Tamura, struck close to home for me. The three young women who left London to enlist in ISIS in Syria were 16, 15 and 15.

March 01, 2015 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists

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Ga. police chief says he shot his wife

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. (AP) - A police chief told a 911 operator that he accidentally shot his wife early New Year's Day inside their suburban home southwest of Atlanta, investigators said Thursday.

January 01, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Rose Bowl rout by Oregon over FSU

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - Marcus Mariota and Oregon turned an avalanche of Florida State mistakes into a mountain of points and the Ducks rolled past the defending national champions 59-20 Thursday to turn the first College Football Playoff semifinal into a Rose Bowl rout.

January 01, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Atlanta PD names LGBT liaison officer

ATLANTA (AP) - The Atlanta Police Department has named a new LGBT liaison officer.

January 01, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Sheriff: Man shot 2 on I-85 because he wanted car

ANDERSON, S.C. (AP) - A 22-year-old man shot two people who stopped to give him a ride on Interstate 85 in Anderson County on Christmas Eve because he wanted their car to drive to Georgia, Anderson County Sheriff John Skipper said Wednesday.

December 31, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Alabama's Saban wins Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year

ATLANTA (AP) - Nick Saban, who led Alabama to the No. 1 seed in the inaugural College Football Playoff, has been selected the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year.

December 31, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Isolated acts of violence mar holiday week

The suspect in a stabbing at Lawnwood Cemetary was still at large Wednesday, following a holiday week marred by several violent incidents, including a bloody altercation between roommates and a birthday party that devolved into a family fight where shots were fired.

December 31, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

US pending home climb in November

WASHINGTON (AP) - The number of Americans signing contracts to buy homes rose modestly in November as a strengthening economy helped nudge some would-be homebuyers.

December 31, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Hotel hopes guests head home with a rescue dog

At this hotel, guests get welcomed with a wagging tail or a warm lick to the face.

December 31, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

KKK group to keep fighting to join cleanup program

ATLANTA (AP) - A Georgia Ku Klux Klan group says it will move forward with its application for a highway cleanup program after a judge ruled that the state's denial violated the organization's right to free speech.

December 31, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

NCSO graduates one from Public Safety training

The Newton County Sheriff's Office had one graduate from the 273rd Graduation Class of the Georgia Public Safety Training Center at the Athens Academy Friday, Dec. 12.

December 31, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

No. 13 Georgia runs over No. 20 Louisville, 37-14

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - When quarterback Hutson Mason went down with an injury in the second quarter, Georgia coach Mark Richt said the Bulldogs turned to plan B.

December 31, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Emory University makes changes to sexual misconduct policy

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - Emory University is updating its sexual misconduct policy as federal education officials investigate how the metro Atlanta school handles sexual assaults and civil rights cases.

December 31, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

New year kicks off with start of Ga. shad fishing season

ATLANTA (AP) - Commercial fishermen can kick off the new year with the opening day of shad season in Georgia.

December 31, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

5 things to know: Obama health law again in play

WASHINGTON (AP) - New episodes in the nation's long-running political drama over health care are coming via your news feed in 2015.

December 31, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Firefighter hears emergency call about his own home on fire

CONYERS, Ga. (AP) - Firefighters are helping to raise money for a co-worker who was at work when he heard a fire call for his own home.

December 31, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

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