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Shooting by 9 year old stirs gun debate

PHOENIX (AP) - "All right, full auto," the firing-range instructor tells a 9-year-old girl. She braces the Uzi submachine gun and opens fire at a black-silhouette target. But the recoil wrenches the fully automatic weapon upward, and the instructor is shot in the head and killed.

August 27, 2014 | JACQUES BILLEAUD, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

SC: Workers' comp OK for kickball

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Have you ever been hurt in a company softball or kickball game? The South Carolina Supreme Court says you may be entitled to workers' compensation.

August 27, 2014 | MEG KINNARD, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

College football begins tonight at Dome

ATLANTA (AP) - Welcome back, college football!

August 27, 2014 | PAUL NEWBERRY, AP Sports Writer | SPORTS

Central Ga. brush fire could burn until next rain

MACON, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say a brush fire burning in the Macon area is expected to smolder until the next significant rainfall.

August 27, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Wildlife officials monitor disease found in snake

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (AP) - State wildlife officials say an emerging snake disease similar to one that has killed millions of bats has been found in a wild Georgia snake.

August 27, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Immunizations aren’t just for children

Earlier this month, about 30,000 of our county's population returned to school. Whether starting kindergarten, returning for their seventh grade year, or heading off to college, there is a lot that goes into preparing a student to start school. School supplies, new shoes, uniforms, new technology, new backpacks and lunchboxes, dorm room fixtures… the list goes on and on. On that list sometimes is a visit to your pediatrician for an update to your child's immunizations. It should be on all our lists, whether we have small children, grown children or no children.

August 26, 2014 | Hosanna Fletcher | LOCAL

Mrs. Louise Thomason

Louise Thomason of Covington, passed away Aug. 24, 2014, at the age of 84. Ms. Thomason was an active member of New Life Praise Center, in Covington, and was a dedicated employee of Lithonia Lighting for 38 years. Following her work at Lithonia Lighting, she dedicated herself to caring for handicapped children. Ms. Thomason was a giving lady, and constantly gave of her time to help those less fortunate. She was loved and will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Preceding her in death was her brother, Thomas McCord.

August 26, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS

KING goes home

Hopefully, King's days of needing saving are in the past.

August 26, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL

Proposed park a great idea for Covington

Covington has a problem. And a cure.

August 26, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Mr. J.C. “Shep” Shepard Jr.

J.C. "Shep" Shepard Jr., 89, of Social Circle, passed to be with his beloved wife of 50 years Elizabeth "Liz" Clay Shepard on August 25, 2014. Born December 20, 1924, he was the son of the late James Curtis Shepard and Jessie V. Shepard Studdard. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Bill Shepard.

August 26, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS

FBI Director: local cooperation priority

Cooperation between the FBI and local authorities and counterterrorism remains the FBI's priority, according to Social Circle Police Chief Terry Sosebee, who attended a meeting and press conference with FBI director James Comey during his visit to Atlanta's field office Friday, August 22.

August 26, 2014 | Kayla Robins | Social Circle

The new face of evil

As Hannah Arendt foresaw, we are once again up against the question of evil. An American photojournalist, James Foley, was presented to the camera and methodically decapitated. The instrument was not the ax reserved for royalty or the whooshing blade prompted by that reformer Joseph-Ignace Guillotin, but an ordinary looking knife. Death would be neither swift nor painless. This, somewhere in the bleached desert, was pure evil.

August 26, 2014 | Richard Cohen | Columnists

No color in war

Soldiers of color, be it white, black, red, brown or yellow, have one human characteristic in common: we all bleed the same color. The warrior covering your back most likely wears the same color uniform, yet his or her race, creed or color has no relevance on the value of training or their desire to simply do what is right.

August 26, 2014 | Pete Mecca | A VETERAN'S STORY

Park planned for Covington Mills area

Neighbors called it the "Kudzu House." Abandoned and with a massive hole in the roof, the house at 6110 Sorrell Street in the Covington Mills neighborhood north of U.S. 278 was overgrown, run down and dangerous.

August 26, 2014 | Rob Dewig | Covington

Garden to Kitchen – help yourself to nature’s bounty

Nothing tastes better than foods picked fresh from the garden. Even if you don't have a garden yourself, you may have a neighbor or a co-worker who shares their garden goodies. Your local grocery store is also likely to feature home-grown produce this time of year.

August 26, 2014 | Kelly Shannon | LOCAL

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AMAZON LIVE: New 4.7-inch Fire Phone

SEATTLE (AP) - Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has unveiled a new smartphone called Fire Phone.

June 18, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Senators propose 12-cent gas tax increase

WASHINGTON (AP) - Two senators unveiled a bipartisan plan Wednesday to raise federal gasoline and diesel taxes for the first time in more than two decades, pitching the proposal as a solution to Congress' struggle to pay for highway and transit programs.

June 18, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Ga. wildlife officials urge patience with geese

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (AP) - Georgia wildlife officials are asking landowners to be patient with Canada geese during their summer molting period.

June 18, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

1st US executions since botched lethal injection

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Georgia and Missouri have carried out the nation's first executions since a botched lethal injection in Oklahoma in April revived concerns about capital punishment.

June 18, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Hoax caller tells NCSO 5 hostages in apt.

Investigators are looking for the person who pranked called the Newton County Sheriff's Office Tuesday night and said five hostages were being held in the Summerset Apartment complex off Salem Road.

June 17, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Summer is heating up

Summer officially hits this Sunday, but temperatures are already buzzing into the mid to high 90s all week. Send us your sweltering summer photos to be featured in this Sunday's edition.

June 17, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL

Madeline Burgess is volunteer of the year

The city council saw Madeline Burgess receive honors.

June 17, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL

Jason Stribling accepts Life Saving Commendation

Jason Stribling is not one to seek the spotlight. But he couldn't avoid it Tuesday evening.

June 17, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL

City joins rail case, OKs budget

The city of Covington is joining a group of landowners seeking payment for the property it owns along the abandoned Norfolk Southern.

June 17, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

BOC still mulling budget options

A week after the Newton County Board of Commissioners seemed to be on the verge of reaching a budget consensus, concerns about public safety, particularly high turnover rates in both the sheriff's office and fire department, prompted the board to take another look at beefing up funding.

June 17, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Mr. George T. Day, Sr.

George T. Day, Sr., 76, of Covington, passed away June 17, 2014. He was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church, in Oxford. Day Tree Service, established in 1969, was the first tree service in Newton County. Mr. Day owned and operated his tree service while working for Lithonia Lighting for 21 years. He enjoyed spending time outdoors camping and boating. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather who cherished his family and treasured his time with them. Mr. Day was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Annie Lois (Woodruff) Day.

June 17, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS

Mrs. Willie Dene Payne

Willie Dene Payne, age 83, of Mansfield, passed away June 16, 2014. She enjoyed being outdoors and working in her yard.

June 17, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS

Letter from Randy Vinson

Dear editor,

June 17, 2014 | | Letters

Commercial Improvement District could be a good thing

In last Sunday's paper we carried a story on the front page that explained in great deal the pros and cons of creating a Commercial Improvement District (CID) for the Highway 278 corridor in Covington.

June 17, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Over the fence

June 17, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Recreation

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