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Georgia lawmaker files early medical cannabis bill

ATLANTA (AP) - A top state lawmaker has filed an early bill that would allow for the limited use of medical cannabis in Georgia.

November 17, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Study lifts cloud over heart drugs Zetia, Vytorin

CHICAGO (AP) - Drugmaker Merck & Co. says its cholesterol-lowering medicine ezetimibe met its main goal in a study testing whether adding it to an older type of cholesterol medicine could reduce heart risks. The drug is sold as Zetia and in combination with the statin drug Zocor as Vytorin.

November 17, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Court to consider when second mortgage can be void

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court said Monday it will decide whether homeowners who declare bankruptcy can void a second mortgage if the home's market value has dropped below the amount they owe on the first mortgage.

November 17, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Cooking with Melanie: S'mores Cake Bars

"I love smores! This is my creative twist on an old favorite snack. This recipe is so simple and delicious. For this recipe you can use white chocolate or milk chocolate chips, although I prefer the white chocolate for this one. No sticky sticks, just ooey-gooey goodness! I hope you enjoy my S'mores Cake Bars."

November 17, 2014 | Melanie Thompson | LIFE

Malnourished Georgia woman recovering in hospital

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) - An attorney representing the family of woman who was found severely malnourished says she's recovering in a Gwinnett County hospital.

November 17, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Tornado watch issued for 72 Georgia counties

ATLANTA (AP) - Forecasters have issued a tornado watch for 72 counties in south and central Georgia.

November 17, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Wind chill advisory issued for Georgia mountains

ATLANTA (AP) - Parts of the north Georgia mountains will be under a wind chill advisory as temperatures begin to plunge at the start of the work week.

November 17, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Fire in large barn kills at least 4 horses, cow

Fire in large barn kills at least 4 horses, cow

November 17, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

New report: Child homelessness on the rise in US

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The number of homeless children in the U.S. has surged in recent years to an all-time high, amounting to one child in every 30, according to a comprehensive state-by-state report that blames the nation's high poverty rate, the lack of affordable housing and the impacts of pervasive domestic violence.

November 17, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Surgeon with Ebola died, Nebraska hospital says

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - A Nebraska hospital says an Ebola patient being treated in its biocontainment unit has died.

November 17, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Generally Speaking (video)

Generally Speaking A General Lee Story

November 15, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | Covington

The Great American Smokeout

Last week, a friend of mine ended up in the hospital. He is a healthy looking 20-something and he was suffering from atrial fibrillation. With a pulse of 192, his heart was racing and he had passed out twice earlier in the morning. His body was sending him some SERIOUS signals. The first thing his doctor said was that he needed to quit smoking.

November 15, 2014 | Hosanna Fletcher | Health

A church of the community

Today, Good Hope Baptist Church is honoring Pastor E.J. Tomlinson and his dedication to the ministry for over 32 years. Coming into the ministry at the tender age of 25, Tomlinson says he was a young boy who has grown with this ministry. His long time wife of 28 years, Stephanie, and their dear son, Cornelius, have stood by Pastor Tomlinson as he has watched the face of his congregation transform over the years. Tomlinson has been noted as the 3rd longest person to pastor over a single congregation in Newton County.

November 15, 2014 | Rasheera Dopson-Robinson | RELIGION

Just a thought

Your effectiveness in ministry (and anyone who is "in Christ" has some) comes down to four basic elements:

November 15, 2014 | William Burnham | Columnists

Historic courthouse featured in new book

The courthouses of Georgia's 159 counties hold the keys to the history of individual families and entire communities alike. From their primary role as the temples of justice for our court system to their better known function as the official repository of public records for significant life events, these buildings anchor many of Georgia's town squares.

November 15, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

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Queen for a day: Eastside's homecoming

Eastside senior Shanila White was named the Eagles' Homecoming Queen at Friday night's game against Jonesboro.

September 20, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

An improved Sunday edition

We are excited about our new Sunday package, which will be delivered early Sunday morning by our experienced carrier force.

September 20, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Summer sounds: concert on the Square

Residents gathered for some late summer music provided by the Drive Time Band Friday Night in the newly renovated Square.

September 20, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Social Circle annexes Newton land

Newton County and Social Circle have always been close next-door neighbors, but now they are in each other's front yards. That's right, Newton County now has a little bit of a sixth city within its boundaries.

September 20, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL

Jailer arrested for sexual assault

A local detention officer was arrested for alleged sexual assault on an inmate, police reports said.

September 20, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL

Sheriff, Chief react to Johnson’s bill

A new bill, sponsored by U.S. Rep Hank Johnson, D-Georgia, focusing on the demilitarization of local law enforcement agencies is slated to be introduced before the U.S. House of Representatives Tuesday.

September 20, 2014 | Martin Rand | LOCAL

Eagles fall to Cardinals

Eastside (2-2, Region 4-AAAA) came into the game against Jonesboro (1-3, Region 4-AAAA) after suffering a humiliating loss to No. 3 ranked Griffin. However, that wasn't all that was ailing the Eagles. Sophomore starting running back Eric Stokes and backup Andrew Henderson were both sidelined with injuries, however Eastside played well and had a chance to win before losing in overtime, 27-21.

September 20, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Eastside

Bella Salon now open

Bella Salon cut a ribbon with an oversized pair of scissors, but there were plenty of scissors inside to be ready for business.

September 20, 2014 | Kayla Robins | Social Circle

Lady Eagles toppled by Walnut Grove

Thursday's matchup against Walnut Grove (19-2, 10-0 Region 4-AAAA) had huge implications for Eastside (15-4-1, 7-3 Region 4-AAAA). A win would have put them in sole possession of third place in the region behind Walnut Grove and Eagle's Landing. Walnut Grove, however, is one of the best teams in the state and it showed on Thursday in its 8-0 victory over Eastside.

September 20, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Eastside

NCSO receives grants, comm. system

Newton County Sheriff's Office got the go ahead for three grants and a communications system to be used for various programs within the county.

September 20, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL

‘American Ninja Warrior’ speaks to students in Covington

You've probably seen the show 'American Ninja Warrior' where participants compete in some of the toughest obstacle courses you'll ever see. Hoan Do was one of those contestants, he moonlights in crossfit but he's really an inspirational speaker.

September 20, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Recreation

County keeps Miracle Field going

The Newton County Board of Commissioners approved a lot of improvements to Miracle Field Tuesday night, voting unanimously to accept a bid for $117,970 for pavers around the new field's facilities.

September 20, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL

A taste of fall

The Covington News hosted its first-ever Autumn Fest Saturday, Sept. 20 right in the office parking lot just off the downtown Square. Dozens came to browse about 30 vendors and craftmakers and do some early holiday shopping. Products ranged from gourmet coffee to homemade preserves to handcrafted crocheted items and children's books. Live entertainment was provided by local Ashley Walden. Darrell Everidge, The News photographer, was available to take portraits. Here's a few scenes.

September 20, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Eyesore of the Week

Here is this week's eyesore.

September 20, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

The tech-inspired future of education

In 21st-century America, hope and change comes from tech-inspired entrepreneurs.

September 20, 2014 | Scott Rasmussen | Columnists

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