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Dahlia Jo Minton

Little Miss Dahlia Jo Minton, age 5, of Jackson, passed away Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at her residence surrounded by her loving family. She was born on Wednesday, January 7, 2009 in Riverdale. Dahlia attended Rock Springs Church and Jackson Presbyterian Church. A sweet, joyful child, she loved to make friends, sing, dance, and laugh.

November 19, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS

How the Dow Jones industrials did on Wednesday

U.S. stock indexes ended mostly lower on Wednesday, declining for the first time this week and edging below record highs set the day before. Investors found little new to trade on in the minutes from the Federal Reserve's latest policy meeting.

November 19, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Lady Rams practice at Philips Arena

On Tuesday, the Newton Lady Rams held a practice at Philips Arena. The players got to practice on the Atlanta Hawks' homecourt and also attended the Hawks/Lakers game that night. The team was able to be on the court at halftime and rebound for the players.

November 19, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton

NBC scraps Cosby television project

NEW YORK (AP) - NBC says it has scrapped a Bill Cosby comedy that was under development, the second outlet within a day to put off or abandon a Cosby project after another sexual assault allegation against the comic emerged.

November 19, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Obama signs bill to revamp federal child care aid

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federally subsidized child care providers will have to conduct criminal background checks on their workers and undergo a yearly inspection under legislation signed into law by President Barack Obama on Wednesday.

November 19, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Temperatures drop into teens for 2nd straight day

ATLANTA (AP) - Temperatures sunk as low as 14 degrees in at least one Georgia town as near-record cold gripped the state for a second straight day.

November 19, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Health system reveals hospital gown to cover rears

DETROIT (AP) - A Detroit-based health system is rolling out a new patient gown that aims to offer a little more style, comfort and rear coverage.

November 19, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

$21 million spent to date on Bear Creek

Newton County has spent approximately $21.6 million dollars on the proposed Bear Creek Reservoir since 1998, with the bulk of those funds going towards land acquisition, County Attorney Tommy Craig revealed Tuesday during a Newton County Board of Commissioners meeting.

November 18, 2014 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL

Third person arrested in Smith murder

Jamarcus Tyrone Smith, of Covington, was the third person arrested in the investigation of the murder of 29-year-old Newton County resident Demario Smith.

November 18, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

BOC Live Stream November 18th, 2014

November 18, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | BOC

Board could know NMC parter in Jan.

The Newton Medical Center (NMC) expects to pick an equity partner in January, according to a presentation given by CEO Jim Weadick at a meeting of the Covington Rotary Club Tuesday.

November 18, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Elderly woman dies in Oxford fire

An 88-year-old Oxford woman's body was found after a housefire Tuesday morning.

November 18, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Bullying, lying debt collectors an epidemic

NEW YORK (AP) - The country is facing an epidemic of unscrupulous debt collectors willing to pose as law enforcement and threaten arrest to squeeze dollars out of Americans, a top prosecutor said Tuesday as he announced the arrests of seven people who worked for an Atlanta-area company.

November 18, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Heating costs heading up as cold grips nation

NEW YORK (AP) - The cold is back, and with it, rising heating bills.

November 18, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Heating costs heading up as cold grips nation

NEW YORK (AP) - The cold is back, and with it, rising heating bills.

November 18, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

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Fan photos

The Covington News is looking for the biggest fans at high school football games. Throughout the season, we will be taking pictures of fans and accepting pictures sent to us. Send us your fan photos throughout the season and you could win a laptop, external hard drive and/or a wireless keyboard and mouse. Send your submissions and vote atcovnews.upickem.net.

September 25, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | SPORTS

Tigers steadily improving but have long way to go

Nobody wants to be 0-4, but Alcovy head coach Kirk Hoffman knows he has to be patient because this is a marathon not a sprint.

September 25, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Alcovy

Eagles look to pressure McDonald

Eastside quarterback Austin Holloway dropped back and delivered a pass to avoid taking what would've been a sack in practice on Wednesday. The Eagles' defense quickly took down the receiver, something they've struggled with as of late, and head coach Rick Hurst praised his defense, but he also coached up players to what they needed to do right.

September 25, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Eastside

Tigers rolls past Newton

In what was likely a preview of the region championship, Alcovy (15-3-1, 8-0 Region 2-AAAAAA) traveled to Newton (9-14, 5-2 Region 2-AAAAAA) in a battle for sole posession of first place in the region. For the second time this season, Alcovy capitalized off Newton's mistakes to take a big lead and never look back, defeating them 7-0.

September 25, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Alcovy

U.S. Baseball Academy partners with Newton

U.S. Baseball Academy is pleased to announce the opening of its Covington, GA location and the beginning of registration for its winter/spring program.

September 25, 2014 | Staff Report | Newton

Little River bridge a big deal

The Sewell Road bridge across the Little River might not look like a big deal, but looks can be deceiving.

September 25, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL

A brand new Square

The beauty of the Covington Square may be timeless, but that doesn't mean an update will tarnish its image or history. It will help to make the Square an even better place for Newton County residents, visitors and tourists alike.

September 25, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

A new chapter

The long history of The Covington News is starting a new chapter in just nine days.

September 25, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Our Thoughts: Curfew

Because we have no place for teens to hang out with their friends, such as a movie theater or a bowling alley, many of our Newton County teenagers visit local cities like Conyers to spend time with friends.

September 25, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

They are ruthless

"They are ruthless, single-minded and totally committed." ­- British security adviser; Source: "The Times of London," Aug. 16, 2006.

September 25, 2014 | Mychal Massie | Columnists

The power of positive campaigning

With just under six weeks to the Nov. 4 Election Day, the pressure is on. With a Democratic sitting president with a low 44 percent approval rating, many Republican races across the nation are being run by tying the Democratic candidate to the president. In many cases, this might indeed create distaste for the Democratic candidate by the voters and lead to a Republican victory. But, with no clear path forward, who is to say that the voters won't be just as disgruntled in a few years with Republicans?

September 25, 2014 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists

In doubt

What a prison self consciousness can be. When I think of those "would be" Christians if they could just find someone to express the love of God and acceptance to them. In Luke 7, we read the story of a self-righteous Pharisee who invites Jesus to dinner and an encounter with a prostitute. (Odd mix I know) but it is kind of like Christians in the world with judgmental spirits or worse how sinners are made to feel (if) or when they walk into the church building. You have heard people say, "Well if I went to church the ceiling ...

September 25, 2014 | William Burnham | Columnists

Beloved, Be Loving

"Dearly Beloved…" That's the way I started out my last wedding sermon. I know it's a little bit of a throwback. We don't call too many people "beloved" anymore, but I hope you know what I mean. Today, I want to think about why that's a perfect way to greet one another…"beloved".

September 25, 2014 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Columnists

What is Yom Kippur?

Known as the "Day of Atonement," Yom Kippur is a day when people who subscribe to the Jewish faith atone for sins between themselves and G-d of the past year. Yom Kippur is a complete Sabbath, which means no work can be performed during the holiday. Fasting is a part of Yom Kippur, and Jews are expected to observe a 25-hour fast that begins before sunset on the evening before the holiday and ends after nightfall on Yom Kippur. The Talmud, which is the collection of Jewish laws and traditions, also lists several lesser-known restrictions regarding Yom Kippur. Washing and ...

September 25, 2014 | Staff Report | RELIGION

Double the sound

There will be twice the tickling of the ivories Sunday, as Covington will get a chance to listen to two organs at one concert.

September 25, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

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