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Bill backing amnesty in drug overdoses advances

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia House has approved a bill granting amnesty in some cases to those who seek medical attention in the event of a drug overdose.

February 25, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Ga. politicians fault national education standars

ATLANTA (AP) - Conservatives are making an election-year attack on national curriculum standards used by Georgia's schools, though it appears unlikely to change much inside classrooms.

February 25, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Ex-Georgia teacher sentenced for sexual abuse

FOLKSTON, Ga. (AP) - A former high school teacher has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for having sex with multiple students.

February 25, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Rules to limit marketing unhealthy food in schools

WASHINGTON (AP) - Even the scoreboards in high school gyms will have to advertise only healthy foods under new rules announced Tuesday by the Obama administration.

February 25, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Wintry mix possible in north Georgia mountains

ATLANTA (AP) - Forecasters say a wintry mix of precipitation is possible across parts of north Georgia.

February 25, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Items for US troops sit for months at post office

ATLANTA (AP) - Residents of an Atlanta-area retirement home want to know why care packages they tried to send to U.S. troops overseas were left sitting in a nearby post office for months.

February 25, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Few Army women want combat jobs

FORT EUSTIS, Va. (AP) - Preliminary results from a survey of the Army's nearly 170,000 women show that only a small fraction of them would like to move into one of the newly opening combat jobs. Those who do want to make the move say they want a job that takes them right into the heart of battle.

February 25, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Ovary removal aids high-risk women but at what age

WASHINGTON (AP) - For women who carry a notorious cancer gene, surgery to remove healthy ovaries is one of the most protective steps they can take. New research suggests some may benefit most from having the operation as young as 35.

February 24, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Ga. girl killed when TV, dresser fall on her

MACON, Ga. (AP) - Bibb County sheriff's officials say a 17-month-old girl was killed when a television and the dresser it was placed on fell onto her.

February 24, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

State Senate passes income tax cap resolution

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia state Senate has approved a resolution to cap the state's income tax at its current rate.

February 24, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

High court: Inmates have right to legal resources

ATLANTA (AP) - A Georgia Supreme Court ruling reinforces inmates' rights to access prison libraries and legal assistance.

February 24, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Mrs. Maurice Usher

Homegoing Celebration

February 24, 2014 | Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home | OBITS

Mrs. Emma Lee Douglas

Homegoing Celebration

February 24, 2014 | Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home | OBITS

Paula Deen says she's 'back in the saddle'

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Paula Deen continued maneuvering for a comeback Sunday, turning a beachside cooking demonstration into a public apology for the racist comments that decimated her career last year.

February 24, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

CNN says Piers Morgan's talk show is ending

LOS ANGELES (AP) - CNN's prime-time talk show "Piers Morgan Live" is coming to an end, the news channel said Sunday.

February 24, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

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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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