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Dog missing since July 4 saved family from fire two years ago

Two years ago, Tammy Fouts's dog, Lola, woke her up in the middle of the night. Fouts tried to go back to sleep, but Lola kept scratching at the bed. Then Fouts heard a crackling noise.

July 15, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL

Cohen: Conservatives will buy anything

They had a term for her, but I've forgotten it. It was a name applied to a person who could not say no to a door-to-door salesman. The one I remember from my brief career selling magazines was totally upfront about her intentions. "I'll buy whatever you're selling," she said. I sold her Esquire and two other subscriptions. Salesmen back then had a name for such people. Today, I would call them conservatives. They, too, will buy anything.

July 15, 2014 | Richard Cohen | Columnists

Covington girl to be featured on radio during cancer research fundraiser

A Covington girl will be on the radio as part of an upcoming fundraiser for the Aflac Cancer Center of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

July 15, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Arizona protesters hope to stop immigrant transfer

ORACLE, Ariz. (AP) - Protesters carrying "Return to Sender" and "Go home non-Yankees" signs faced off with immigrant rights activists Tuesday in a small Arizona town after a sheriff said a bus filled with Central American children was on its way.

July 15, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

4 sentenced in massage parlor prostitution

MACON, Ga. (AP) - The owner and several employees of a middle Georgia massage parlor have been sentenced on prostitution, conspiracy and money laundering charges.

July 15, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

House votes to extend Internet taxes moratorium

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House voted Tuesday to make permanent a moratorium that prevents state and local governments from taxing access to the Internet.

July 15, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Carter blasts Deal over ethics memo

ATLANTA (AP) - Democrat Jason Carter is seizing on a memo written by the head of the state ethics commission in which she says an attorney for Gov. Nathan Deal threatened her agency during its investigation of ethics complaints against the governor.

July 15, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Watch public hearing on the 2050 Plan

Here is the video from Monday's public hearing on the 2050 Plan Baseline Ordinance. The meeting begins at 8 minutes into the video. There will be a total of five public hearings, with the next one scheduled for Thursday at Mansfield Elementary.

July 15, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | 2050 PLAN

Legals 7/16/2014

July 15, 2014 | Carmen Ricks | LEGALS

2050 Plan Public Hearing Live Stream

July 14, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL

Georgia basketball player arrested, off team

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia forward Brandon Morris has been kicked off the basketball team following his arrest on a marijuana charge.

July 14, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Hit-and-run driver found with help from insurance adjuster

One week after a hit and run crash that left a young man seriously injured, the suspect responsible is now in custody, thanks to the help of an insurance adjuster.

July 14, 2014 | | LOCAL

9 injured in metro Atlanta highway crash

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say nine people have been injured in a crash involving at least two tractor trailers on I-285 in DeKalb County.

July 14, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Ethics chief: Gov aide made threat over complaints

ATLANTA (AP) - The head of the state ethics commission claims in a memo sent last year that an attorney for Gov. Nathan Deal once threatened to thwart legislative efforts to expand the agency's authority unless she made complaints against the governor "go away."

July 14, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

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Our thoughts: Fourth of July

"Our founders got it right when they wrote in the Declaration of Independence that our rights come from nature and nature's God, not from government."

July 03, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Local athletes qualify for regionals

The Southeast Striders Track and Field Club of Covington will travel to the USA Track and Field (USATF) Jr. Olympic Regionals in Rockhill, South Carolina between July 3 and July 6.

July 03, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | YMCA

Responsibility and freedom

We declared our independence from Great Britain 238 years ago this week. It was a declaration long in coming, brought about by the overreaching rule of King George III and Britain's insistence on taxation without representation.

July 03, 2014 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists

A DIVERSE PARISH

St. Augustine Catholic Church, a parish of the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta, is a diverse and multicultural community freely living and proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

July 03, 2014 | Samantha Reardon | RELIGION

Independence Day at the Mill

Main Street Porterdale will celebrate the Fourth with an all-day festival including live music, activities for kids, vendors, food and adult beverages.

July 03, 2014 | Samantha Reardon | Porterdale

Leroy Jones: emasculated black Democrat

I wonder how Leroy Jones, the black Chairman of the Essex County Democrat Committee, looks at himself in the mirror. I wonder how he looks at his family and the members of his community. I wonder how he feels as he sits in the pews of the black church he attends, and how he feels while sitting in the black barbershop. More specifically, I wonder how the people of Essex County, New Jersey as a whole, feel about Jones.

July 03, 2014 | Mychal Massie | Columnists

OUr thoguhts: Celebrate your independence

Our community is planning to celebrate the Fourth of July in a grand way today.

July 03, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Have a safe Fourth

With a predicted zero percent chance of rain, a fireworks show in Rockdale and events in Social Circle today will pose the threat of a crowded Fourth of July in Newton County.

July 03, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | Covington

Do you know your new laws?

The new gun law went into effect July 1, with the beginning of the fiscal year marking the start of many bills passed by Gov. Nathan Deal during the most recent legislative session.

July 03, 2014 | Kayla Robins | STATE

Save your books for Antiques Roadshow

I have bought my sister's Christmas present and she will buy mine early. We have the same taste in books. So we have gotten into the habit of buying each other books for Christmas that we both want to read. We buy them early, read them first and then give the book as a Christmas present. It does mean we have one less surprise for Christmas. But at our ages who needs surprises? We'd rather have something we want and will enjoy.

July 03, 2014 | Paula Travis | LIFE

Order of Easter Stars installs officers

The Order of the Eastern Star is a non-profit, benevolent order and housed in Covington at Golden Fleece Lodge.

July 03, 2014 | Staff Report | LIFE

A Fourth for hope

"My God! How little do my countrymen know what precious blessings they are in possession of, and which no other people on earth enjoy. I confess I had no idea of it myself. While we shall see multiple instances of Europeans going to live in America, I will venture to say no man now living will ever witness an instance of an American removing to settle in Europe and continuing there."

July 03, 2014 | Pete Mecca | LOCAL

What’s next for U.S. soccer?

What an epic game between the U.S. and Belgium.

July 03, 2014 | Rafe Mauran | Sports Columnists

Bang for the buck

The Fourth of July brings a renewed sense of patriotism, a chance to stand by the grill all day and an annual pilgrimage of firework vendors.

July 03, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

BOE wants input on proposed policy

The Newton County Board of Education (BOE) is reviewing proposed revisions to two Newton County School System (NCSS) policies and wants the public's input on the changes.

July 03, 2014 | Kayla Robins | Education

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