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Soldier dies after shooting in Virginia

FORT LEE, Va. (AP) - A soldier has died after barricading herself in an office and shooting herself inside a major command's headquarters in Virginia.

August 25, 2014 | MICHAEL FELBERBAUM, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Deal looks to allow computing as core requirement

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal is asking the State Board of Education to allow high school students to count computer programming courses toward fulfilling a core requirement for their diplomas.

August 25, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Barricaded in office, soldier shot herself

FORT LEE, Va. (AP) - An enraged soldier with a gun barricaded herself in an office inside a major command's headquarters, throwing objects and then shooting herself in the head as law enforcement officials tried to negotiate with her, the Army said Monday.

August 25, 2014 | MICHAEL FELBERBAUM, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

American held in Syria freed after 2 years

WASHINGTON (AP) - As the U.S. mourned an American journalist beheaded by Islamic militants, the nation found something of a reprieve with the release of another freelance reporter who had been held hostage for nearly two years by an al-Qaida-linked group in Syria.

August 25, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Man found shot to death in Richmond Co.

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - Authorities are investigating the gunshot killing of a man in Richmond County.

August 25, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Invasive insect threatens Fla. citrus

LAKE WALES, Fla. (AP) - The tourists stream to Florida in their cars, intent on a week at Disney or a sugar-sand seashore or a nonstop party on South Beach. Road weary and thirsty, they pull over at one of the state's five official welcome centers. They walk inside, and then they look up.

August 25, 2014 | TAMARA LUSH, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Children don’t change, and neither do English teachers

I was on the phone with my sister this week. We usually talk at least once a week unless either of us feels very strongly about a Jeopardy question or answer and has to call the other about it. Then we talk more often. We especially like to brag if we knew final Jeopardy and none of the contestants knew it.

August 23, 2014 | Paula Travis | LIFE

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

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

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

Milwood concert raises $2K in scholarships

Two Porterdale students attending the Newton County Career Academy will each receive $1,000 for their education beyond high school, thanks to the joint efforts of CARE, Shane Millwood, Josh Millwood, Li'l Bit Country Band, and the Lundsford Family.

August 23, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

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

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

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

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Patricia "Pat" Otto

Mrs. Patricia "Pat" Otto, age 76, of Covington passed away Saturday, June 28, 2014 at Abbey Hospice in Social Circle, Georgia. She was born March 17, 1938 in Greensboro, Georgia to Tommy and Berth McAllister McElhannon. Mrs. Otto graduated from Greensboro High School and attended and graduated from March Business College with an Associate's Degree. She worked for and retired from Macy's Department Stores completing a 35 year career. After her retirement she started a second career working for Newton Medical Center, working on physician accreditation. She was a huge Atlanta Braves fan and loved watching Tom Glavine ...

June 28, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS

CPD: Be wary of phone scams

The Covington Police Department is warning residents to be wary of phone calls asking for any financial or personal information.

June 28, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

What are legislative gambits?

If you've ever played chess, you know that an action taken to gain an advantage is called a gambit. Gambits exist in other fields of endeavor, many of which are not games, to include legislating. I'm going to acquaint you with some that I've seen. Many more exist. For the sake of convenience, I'll give them names, but most of those names are just mine.

June 28, 2014 | Doug Holt | LOCAL

Playing for the big shots

The nation's birthday hasn't even happened yet this year, but a group of musically inclined students are already looking to next year's Independence Day celebrations that could take them a long way from home.

June 28, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL

Newton All-Stars top Oconee

Rain and thunder struck yesterday and not in a good way, forcing a delay that lasted almost two hours, but about twenty minutes before 4 p.m. the 11/12 Newton National League All-Star team faced off against Oconee County.

June 28, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Recreation

Thomas Marion Davis Sr.

J.C. Harwell & Son Funeral Home

June 28, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS

A stroll in Savannah

Some 300 miles southeast of Atlanta, Georgia lies a city both rich in history and culture. Savannah, Georgia is the oldest city in the state of Georgia and the county seat of Chatham County. Savannah was established in 1733 and was the first state capital of Georgia.

June 28, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL

Runoff voting starts Monday

In-person early voting for the July 22 primary runoff is set to begin Monday, June 30 and will continue through Friday, July 18. There are several key races still up in the air, and the winners of this runoff move on to the general election in November.

June 28, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL

Social Circle’s 5k produces like no other

On Saturday, the Social Circle American Legion Women's Auxiliary (Unit 332) hosted its first ever 5K run/walk event, and the outcome of the series of events could only be thought of as unpredictable.

June 28, 2014 | Xavier McKnight | Social Circle

Williams: The education establishment’s success

Many view America's education as a failure, but in at least one important way, it's been a success - a success in dumbing down the nation so that we fall easy prey to charlatans, hustlers and quacks. You say, "Williams, that's insulting! Explain yourself." OK, let's start with a question or two.

June 28, 2014 | Walter Williams | Columnists

Completing the puzzle

Erik Blackburn Oliver, Oxford artist, historian and author, saw a void in his town's history. Oxford, on the eve of its 175th birthday, had no documentation of its past 100 years.

June 28, 2014 | Samantha Reardon | LOCAL

Short-lived service with Uncle Sam

With trouble brewing big time in the Middle East again, it got me thinking of a time when we had similar issues in Asia.

June 28, 2014 | T. Pat Cavanaugh | Columnists

Square’s celebration

Red, white and blue will soon be plastered across downtown Covington as Newton County residents are gearing up for the nation's birthday.

June 28, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL

Round of 16: Who will survive?

In the 2014 World Cup, we have seen great scoring, thrilling comebacks, last-second-goals, joyous celebrations and painful defeats. Dramatic matches, and their accompanying Maalox moments, have been numerous. We have even seen a player go cannibal and bite one of his competitors. Now we are out of the group phase of play and we begin the "win or go home" portion of the tournament. Half of the tournament field has been culled. We are now left with the best 16 teams in the World Cup.

June 28, 2014 | Rafe Mauran | Sports Columnists

Covington Academy sends two to college

June 28, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | SPORTS

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