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Covington gets closer to new hotel

COVINGTON- City of Covington and Royal Hotel Investment Officials broke ground on the city's newest hotel project, a Holiday Inn Express & Suites Friday.

June 26, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Green Hill deal pulled ahead of vote

A proposal to lease and operate the Newton County landfill put forward by Green Hill P3 earlier this year effectively died Friday, but the company says it will propose an alternative agreement with input from the community.

June 26, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL

Nationwide right to same-sex marriage declared

WASHINGTON (AP) - Same-sex couples won the right to marry nationwide Friday as a divided Supreme Court handed a crowning victory to the gay rights movement, setting off a jubilant cascade of long-delayed weddings in states where they had been forbidden.

June 26, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Gayle F. Jolley

Gayle F. Jolley, of Covington, died peacefully at his home on June 12, 215 at the age of 78.

June 26, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

Otis Harper

Otis Harper, 78 of Covington, passed away Friday, June 26, 2015 at Abbey Hospice. Mr. Harper was born in Rutledge, Georgia to the late Archie Frank and Annie Knight Harper. Mr. Harper has lived in the Covington area since 1975 and was a member of Solid Rock Baptist Church for over 20 years. He proudly served our country for over 20 years in the Air Force during the Vietnam War doing a tour in Thailand. After retiring from the Air Force he served in the Newton County Sheriff's Office for 15 years. Mr. Harper loved the outdoors, collecting knives ...

June 26, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

Atlanta court issues same-sex marriage licenses

Court in Atlanta begins marrying gay couples

June 26, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

US offers help after attacks in 3 countries

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) - The latest news from an attack on a beach resort in Tunisia (all times local):

June 26, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Ga. officials call for end to Confederate holidays, plates

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Democrats called for an end to state holidays commemorating Confederate history on Friday, joining a push across the country to remove the battle flag and other symbols from government buildings after nine black members of a South Carolina church were fatally shot.

June 26, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

W.R. (Bill) Durden

W.R. (Bill) Durden, 90, of Covington, passed away June 25, 2015. He was born in Walton County, and graduated from Monticello High School, where he was a basketball star. He lived in Covington and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Covington for the past 60 years. He retired from American Mutual Insurance Company, and enjoyed golf, bowling, traveling and spending time with family.

June 26, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

Journalist jailed in Zimbabwe for starting newspaper

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) - The attorney for a Zimbabwe journalist says his client was convicted of publishing a newspaper in a southern town without government permission and sentenced to eight months in prison.

June 26, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Beekeepers set out to remove a million bees from NY home

WALLKILL, N.Y. (AP) - Beekeepers have quite the task ahead of them as they remove an estimated 1 million honey bees that have taken up residence at a New York home.

June 26, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Mother with flesh-eating bacteria has hand, feet removed

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) - A Gwinnett County mother battling flesh-eating bacteria has undergone surgery to remove her feet and one hand.

June 26, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Hawks trade for Tim Hardaway Jr.

GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) - Two team officials familiar with the deal say The New York Knicks have traded Tim Hardaway Jr. to the Atlanta Hawks for the rights to Notre Dame point guard Jerian Grant.

June 25, 2015 | Associated Press | SPORTS

City votes to not enforce recent action

COVINGTON- After an evening of plenty of heated debate, some legalese, a little political intrigue and much emotion, the Covington City Council decided to suspend enforcement on action it made at its previous council meeting.

June 25, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

NJ Gov. Chris Christie entering 2016 race

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is entering the 2016 Republican presidential nomination contest and will announce that Tuesday at his old high school, several people familiar with his plans told The Associated Press.

June 25, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

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Newman, Warfield named new principals

One of the first items on Newton County School Superintendent Samantha Fuhrey's agenda for the 2015-16 school year was filling the vacancies led by South Salem and Porterdale elementary schools principals Holly Dubois and Dr. Lizella Dodson, respectively.

May 02, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Budget discussion heats up

Newton County faces some tough decisions for next year's budget with the Sheriff seeking a $6.2 million increase and county employees impatient for raises.

May 02, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL

Dolores Long Maddox

Dolores Long Maddox, age 79 of Buford, died Saturday, May 2, 2015 after an extended illness. Funeral Service will be held Monday, May 4, 2015 at 2 p.m. at Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel. Rev. Mark Hutchins, Rev. Jerry Crocker, and Rev. Cecil Ash will officiate.

May 02, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

Kindergarten round-up this week

Newton County School System will hold its annual Kindergarten Round-Up during the week of May 4- May 7. Children must be 5 years old by Sept. 1, 2015 (child must have been born on or before September 1, 2010) to register for the 2015-2016 school year. Parents should bring the prospective kindergarten student with them to the roundup so teachers can conduct screenings with the children.

May 02, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

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

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