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Tigers sweep, Eagles win thriller

The Alcovy Tigers boys and girls varsity soccer teams opened up region play with a bang Friday night, sweeping Morrow on the road in their region openers.

March 04, 2014 | Matt Smith | Alcovy

Croom powers Rams to victory

The Newton Rams varsity baseball team hosted Lithonia Saturday in the program's "Grand Opening Day" baseball game, defeating the Bulldogs 4-2 in a game that was powered by the dominant pitching of starter Daniel Croom.

March 04, 2014 | Xavier McKnight | Newton

Mr. Archie Thomas Mulkey

Mr. Archie Thomas Mulkey, age 95, of Jefferson, passed away on Sunday, March 2, 2014. He was born March 6, 1918, in Bremen, Georgia, a son of the late Elisha Samuel Mulkey and the late Attie Mae Smith Mulkey. Mr. Mulkey was a retired brickmason and was a member of White Plains Baptist Church. Mr. Mulkey was preceded in death by his by his first wife, Lurlene Johnson Mulkey; two brothers; and three sisters.

March 04, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS

Mrs. Sharon Long

Sharon Long, of Covington, passed away Feb. 18, 2014, at the age of 72. She enjoyed traveling and going on cruises. Mrs. Long loved her family dearly, and especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren. Preceding her in death were her parents, Leo and Bernice (Larson) Murphy.

March 04, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS

Eastside splits weekend series

The Eastside Eagles varsity baseball team traveled to Lawrenceville Saturday for a non-region, split double-header against Apalachee and Mountain View.

March 04, 2014 | Miles Steele | Eastside

Putin speaks tough on Ukraine

MOSCOW (AP) - In some ways, the venue Vladimir Putin chose and the emotional lecture he gave the world about Russia's actions in Ukraine said it all.

March 04, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Gov. Deal outlines severe weather response plans

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has outlined an action plan to address future severe weather events based on an internal review he ordered after Georgia was caught unprepared for a winter storm in late January.

March 04, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Putin brings down Crimea tensions; Kerry in Kiev

MOSCOW (AP) - Vladimir Putin talked tough but cooled tensions in the Ukraine crisis in his first comments since its president fled, saying Russia has no intention "to fight the Ukrainian people" but reserved the right to use force. As the Russian president held court Tuesday in his personal residence, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with Kiev's fledgling government and Moscow agreed to sit down with NATO.

March 04, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

NCSO: All three teens found

Updated story, March 4, 12:42 p.m.: Destiny Davis, the last of the three teens reported missing last week, turned herself in to Newton County Juvenile Court around noon Tuesday, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

March 04, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Ga. GOP sticks close to election-year agenda

ATLANTA (AP) - The Republican leadership in the General Assembly has kept tight control of its election-year agenda, ensuring some of the more controversial bills have not reached the floor for a vote.

March 04, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Vice President Joe Biden to visit Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) - Vice President Joe Biden is expected to visit Atlanta on Tuesday.

March 04, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Former police dog found dead on side of highway

WINDER, Ga. (AP) - A retired police dog has been found dead on the side of a northeast Georgia highway.

March 04, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

US prepares $1B aid package for troubled Ukraine

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - Secretary of State John Kerry flew to Kiev Tuesday to show U.S. support for the fledgling Ukraine government, and the Obama administration announced with his arrival a $1 billion energy subsidy package. The fast-moving developments came as the United States readied economic sanctions amid worries that Moscow was ready to stretch its military reach further into the mainland of the former Soviet republic.

March 04, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Ga. House approves medical cannabis bill

ATLANTA (AP) - Patients diagnosed with certain illnesses could take a form of medical marijuana under a plan that that the Georiga House of Representatives approved 171-4 Monday.

March 03, 2014 | CHRISTINA A. CASSIDY and RAY HENRY, Associated Press | STATE

Ga. lawmakers OK statue for Martin Luther King Jr

ATLANTA (AP) - A plan passed by the Georgia House of Representatives calls for civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. to be commemorated with a statute at the state Capitol.

March 03, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

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Lady Tigers fall in tournament opener

The Alcovy girls varsity basketball team fell 84-45 in the opening round of the Class AAAAAA state tournament to Hillgrove on the road.

February 21, 2014 | Matt Smith | Alcovy

Explosive Hawks knock off Rams

An explosive second half helped the visiting Hillgrove Hawks knock off host Newton 56-44 Friday night in the opening round of the Class AAAAAA state tournament.

February 21, 2014 | Matt Smith | Newton

Free throw woes end Newton’s season

After completing a perfect run through region competition, the Newton girls varsity basketball team ran into a buzz saw Friday night against visiting North Cobb in the opening round of the Class AAAAAA state tournament, dropping a 59-50 decision to the Lady Warriors.

February 21, 2014 | Matt Smith | Newton

NCSO seeks missing teen

The Newton County Sheriff's Office is actively seeking the assistance of the public in locating runaway juvenile, Amani McNeal.

February 21, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Chamber's eco. dev. office in transition

(Covington, GA), February 20, 2014 – The Newton County Chamber of Commerce announced today that Dave Bernd has been named as Vice President of Economic Development.

February 21, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Ga. House Republicans condemn colleague's bill

ATLANTA (AP) - Members of the House GOP leadership are speaking out in opposition to a bill sponsored by a fellow Republican, condemning it as a move that would loosen sex offender restrictions in Georgia.

February 21, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Ga. Department of Labor to host career expo

CUMMING, GA. (AP) - Georgia Department of Labor officials say 75 employers are slated to participate in a career expo next week.

February 21, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Storms bring down trees in north Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) - There were several reports of trees down across north Georgia after a fast-moving line of thunderstorms brought high winds to the region.

February 21, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Makeup days approved for students

School will be in session a little longer before summer break this school year, that's if you're not a graduating high school senior.

February 20, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL

Local Christian artists plan 'Night of Worship' benefit concert

Christa Rooks and Scott England have written and recorded Christian music independently for years, but the two have found more recently that they make a good vocal team.

February 20, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | RELIGION

Grace notes: What's the point

We go through a lot to do "church". Think of the time and money and effort and energy put into making sure we've got a place to meet on Sundays, all the work that goes into the various events and traditions. People give up so much in the name of church, so today I ask you, "Why?" What's the point?"

February 20, 2014 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Columnists

City unveils full plan for square

Covington officials took another step toward adding a gazebo to the square Tuesday and also unveiled a full landscaping plan that reinvents areas of the square.

February 20, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Just A Thought: Lust can spread like wildfire

Just a Thought: LUST! I'm not a psychic, but I bet your first thought was "SEX." But, lust isn't just about sex. To lust means to have an intense desire or need. Therefore one could lust after wealth, power and prestige, to name a few.

February 20, 2014 | William Burnham | RELIGION

A look at some House bills

Last week the House voted on 11 bills and resolutions in our weather-abbreviated floor time. Several items are worthy of note.

February 20, 2014 | Rep. Doug Holt R-Social Circle | LOCAL

County BOC could return power to chairman

County commissioners could decide to return ultimate authority to the county chairman, a move that would reverse, or least alter, the decision by a previous board in November 2011 to create a county manager form of government.

February 20, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

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