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Mrs. Billie Kay Rawlins

Mrs. Billie Kay Rawlins, age 82, of Homestead, Florida passed away November 27, 2014. She was born November 25, 1932 in Porterdale, Georgia to the late James Lonnie and Regina Marie Guthrie. Mrs. Rawlins was a strong willed woman who loved her children and grandchildren very much. A woman with a strong work ethic, she worked at Owens Illinois in Hapeville, Georgia from 1957 to 1993. Mrs. Rawlins was an avid bowler who bowled on numerous championship teams. She loved to cook and shared that passion with her friends and family. Mrs. Rawlins was full of life, she enjoyed dancing ...

December 03, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS

Water Authority moves on Bear Creek

The Newton County Water and Sewer Authority will carry out two key studies on Lake Varner and the proposed Bear Creek Reservoir, preempting a bid by Schnabel Engineering that would have cost the county tens of thousands of dollars.

December 03, 2014 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL

Justices hear pregnancy discrimination case

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court is weighing how much employers must do to accommodate pregnant workers under a federal law aimed at combating discrimination against pregnant women.

December 03, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

House plans to extend tax breaks through December

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House is moving Wednesday to extend a massive package of expired tax breaks through the end of the year, adding about $45 billion to the budget deficit over the next decade.

December 03, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Today in Pictures

A look through the camera with photographer Darrell Everidge

December 03, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | Covington

Martha Ann Ridling Archer

Mrs. Martha Ann Ridling Archer, of Kennesaw, passed away November 24, 2014, at the age of 79. She was born September 29, 1935, in McDonough, GA, to the late Frank and Thelma (Sowell) Ridling. Mrs. Archer was preceded in death by her husband, George Archer.

December 03, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS

Ga. statewide deer hunt information available online

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (AP) - Georgia wildlife officials are offering statewide information on deer hunting online.

December 03, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Mr. Willie Gene Henderson

Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home Inc.

December 03, 2014 | Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home | OBITS

Aboard the Memphis Belle

The 750-horsepower Pratt and Whitney Hornet engines turned over four propellers sending a beautiful yet chaotic melody of mechanical jazz to those encased in the belly of the flying time capsule that is the Liberty Foundation's B-17 Memphis Belle at the DeKalb-Peachtree Airport Thursday.

June 06, 2013 | Bryan Fazio | A VETERAN'S STORY

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Sheriff: County must do more to keep deputies

Newton County is losing up to a million dollars a year due to high turnover within the Sheriff's Office as experienced deputies leave for higher salaries and better pensions elsewhere, Sheriff Ezell Brown said Tuesday during an impassioned plea for more funding.

December 02, 2014 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL

CDC: Circumcision benefits outweigh risks

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. health officials on Tuesday released a draft of long-awaited federal guidelines on circumcision, saying medical evidence supports the procedure and health insurers should pay for it.

December 02, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Atlanta police: Woman attacked by lynx in Buckhead

ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta police say a woman who was attacked by a Siberian lynx in the city's Buckhead neighborhood has been hospitalized.

December 02, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Energy companies lead an advance in US stocks

NEW YORK (AP) - Gains in energy companies are leading the U.S. stock market to a higher close.

December 02, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Automakers to jointly probe Takata air bags

DETROIT (AP) - At least five automakers are teaming up to determine what is causing a problem with air bags used in their vehicles and how many cars to recall because of it.

December 02, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Living Christmas Tree musical performance returns to First Baptist Conyers, Dec. 12-14

For a breathtaking Christmas spectacle, look no farther than First Baptist Conyers' 13th annual Living Christmas Tree musical performance, Dec. 12 at 7 p.m., and Dec. 13 and 14 at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. at 2100 Ga. Highway 138.

December 02, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Prayers needed for Knox family

Newton Medical Center Board of Director Chairman D.L. (Pete) Knox and his wife were involved in a car accident near Macon Friday evening.

December 02, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Arthur Clifford 'Bob' Guhl

Arthur Clifford "Bob" Guhl, a four-term member of the Georgia Senate and the only Republican to serve as DeKalb County Commission Chairman, died Nov. 30, one month after being diagnosed with a fast-moving type of cancer.

December 02, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS

House plans to vote down Obama immigration

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Republican-led House will vote this week to undo President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration, House Speaker John Boehner told lawmakers Tuesday as he sought to give outraged conservatives an outlet to vent over Obama's move without shutting down the government.

December 02, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Senator: Obama picks Secretary of Defense

WASHINGTON (AP) - A senior Republican senator says President Barack Obama has chosen Ashton Carter as his nominee for defense secretary.

December 02, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

GOP senator: Obama picks Carter to lead Pentagon

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama has tapped former Pentagon No. 2 Ashton Carter to be his next defense secretary and carry out the U.S. military effort against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, a senior Republican senator said Tuesday. White House officials, however, insisted no final decision has been reached.

December 02, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

BOC to discuss Lake Varner at Tuesday meeting

The Newton County Board of Commissioners is preparing to meet Tuesday to discuss several pertinent issues, including a safe yield analysis for Lake Varner and the appointment of the elections board.

December 02, 2014 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL

Holiday special: All content available

As a holiday gift, The Covington News is offering its online services at no charge through the new year.

December 02, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Boy behind wall used texts to help police find him

JONESBORO, Ga. (AP) - A 13-year-old boy used text messages and photos to help lead police to the small compartment behind an upstairs linen closet where he was being hidden inside his father's and stepmother's home in the Atlanta suburbs, authorities said Monday.

December 02, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Kennesaw rejects plans for mosque at mall

KENNESAW, Ga. (AP) - The Kennesaw City Council has denied a request by Muslim residents to open a mosque at a strip mall, setting up a possible legal battle in the community northwest of Atlanta.

December 02, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

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