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Birth announcement: Alana Rodriguez

Alana Cheri-Lynne Rodriguez 19.5 inches and 7 pounds, 3 ounces born on Dec. 29 at 10:39 at Newton Medical Center. Mother is Morgan Alana Thompson and father is Megail Enrique Rodriguez.

January 03, 2015 | Staff Report | Births

Engagement: Everson-Williams

Mr. and Mrs. David Leon Everson of Covington are proud to announce the engagement of their daughter Danielle Veronica Everson to Jamal Jeron Williams, the grandson of Ms. Patricia Oliver of Clayton, and son of the late Mrs. Tanya Deneen Parker of Paterson, New Jersey. Danielle Everson is a 2005 graduate of Newton High School. She received a bachelor's degree in English from Valdosta State University, and she is currently employed as an associate editor at a commercial real estate magazine in Atlanta. Jamal Williams is a 2002 graduate of Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School in Rabun Gap. He received two ...

January 03, 2015 | Staff Report | Engagements

Praline Dream Cake

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a great holiday season. New Years Day is my Mommy's birthday, so I always start my New Year with a wonderful cake creation! It's a sweet way to start off the New Year. I hope 2015 is going to be a great year of strength for me and that we all will have a year full of laughter, lots of love, and many memorable moments. So, here's my recipe and I hope you enjoy my Praline Dream Cake.

January 03, 2015 | Melanie Thompson | Cooking with Melanie

The Power of a Christmas Wish

Have you ever thought about what you might remember years from now about the Christmas we have just celebrated? I hope it will be something that makes you feel good as you recall the Christmas of 2014. Every year we spend hours looking for the perfect gift for friends and family. But most of the time it is not the gift that really matters. It is the spirit it is given in.

January 03, 2015 | B. Wiley Stephens | LIVING

Mr. Virgil Young Cook Eady, Jr.

Virgil Young Cook Eady, Jr. passed away at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, on January 2, 2015. He was born at Emory University Hospital, Atlanta, Georgia, on December 8, 1935. Mr. Eady was a fifth generation resident of Oxford, Georgia, and a fourth generation graduate of Emory University. As a youth, he was a member of the Boy Scouts of America and reached the rank of Eagle Scout. He also worked as a lifeguard and waterfront director at Camp Glisson in Dahlonega, Georgia, in the summers of 1953-55. In 1956, he served as president of the North Georgia Methodist Youth ...

January 03, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

Mrs. Della Astin Kitchens

Della Astin Kitchens, 93, of Porterdale, passed away peacefully January 2, 2015. Della was an active member of Porterdale Baptist Church prior to her declining health. She retired from Bibb Manufacturing after 35 years of service and was member and past president of Porterdale Woman's Club. In her later years she enjoyed spending time with her great-grandchildren. She lived a very full life and was deeply loved by her family and many friends, who will miss her greatly. She was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Carl Kitchens; great-grandchildren, Mary Elizabeth and Abe Hopkins; sister, Sallie ...

January 03, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

Mr. Richard P. “Ricky” Heath

Richard P. "Ricky" Heath, of Covington, passed away January 2, 2015, at the age of 52. Ricky enjoyed hunting, fishing, swimming and woodworking. In addition, he loved carpentry and building things. Ricky was fun loving and well-liked. He was preceded in death by his parents, Sonny and Alice Heath; and brother, Kemp Heath.

January 03, 2015 | Staff Report | 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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US sanctions North Korea over Sony cyberattack

HONOLULU (AP) - The United States imposed fresh sanctions on North Korea on Friday, targeting top state officials and defense-related organizations in an attempt to punish North Korea for a crippling cyberattack against Sony. The sanctions marked the first public act of retribution by the U.S.

January 02, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Lowell Freeman

Lowell Freeman, age 83, of Pontiac, died Sat. November. 29, 2014.

January 02, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

New diet guidelines might pull back from meat

WASHINGTON (AP) - Where's the beef?

January 02, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

NCSO deputy's vehicle catches fire

A Newton County Sheriff's Deputy patrol vehicle is currently under investigation by the Jasper County Fire Service after it caught fire shortly after 3:30 on Monday.

January 02, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Lions Club helps JROTC Toys for Tots

The Covington Lion's Club lent their support to the Newton High School JROTC Unit's Toys for Tots Campaign this Christmas.

January 02, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

3 men see snout, free moose buried in avalanche

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A moose buried by an avalanche on an Alaska mountain had its luck changed by three men passing on snowmobiles.

January 02, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Karter Thomas is first born of 2015 in Newton

Karter Thomas, of Covington, was the first baby born in Newton County during 2015.

January 02, 2015 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL

2 officers, suspect shot in W.Va. highway shootout

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Two West Virginia police officers were injured in a New Year's Day shootout after a traffic stop involving a stolen SUV and a truck with two dead bodies inside, authorities said.

January 02, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Jean Babington Remley

Jean Babington Remley, 98, passed away peacefully at Abbey Hospice in Social Circle December 31, 2014 surrounded by loved ones. Born November 22, 1916 in Council Bluffs, Iowa, Mrs. Remley was a resident of Covington since 1939. She is preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Joseph M. Remley (Joe). Survivors include one daughter Jeannette R. Harris and son-in-law, Ned Harris of Monticello, and one granddaughter Sharon Jean Kinman-Hall, and husband Rod Hall of Lawrenceville. She is also survived by two great grandchildren Chase Remley Hall and Avery Leigh Hall.

January 02, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

Mrs. Rosie Nell Russell Tanks

Rosie Nell Russell Tanks, 90, of 228 Oak Drive Social Circle, passed on Monday, December 29, 2014 in Thomaston.

January 02, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

US stock indexes open 2015 on a strong note

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks are opening the year on a strong note, but energy stocks slipped as the price of crude oil resumed its slide.

January 02, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Augusta goat program to control vegetation deemed a success

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - Thirteen goats that were deployed to eat overgrown grass, weeds and bushes in a subdivision detention pond in August have taken to their job with gusto.

January 02, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Medical marijuana a challenge for legal pot states

SEATTLE (AP) - A year into the nation's experiment with legal, taxed marijuana sales, Washington and Colorado find themselves wrestling not with the federal interference many feared, but with competition from medical marijuana or even outright black market sales.

January 02, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Mario Cuomo, a giant in NY, liberal politics, dies

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Mario Cuomo had a loud and liberal voice that inspired a generation of politicians to turn to public service, and a story of humble beginnings that he wove into calls for social justice during his three terms as New York governor and years as a national figure and hesitant presidential candidate

January 02, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Some AirAsia victims found belted in seats

PANGKALAN BUN, Indonesia (AP) - After nearly a week of searching for the victims of AirAsia Flight 8501, rescue teams battling monsoon rains had their most successful day yet on Friday, more than tripling the number of bodies pulled from the Java Sea, some still strapped to their seats.

January 02, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

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