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Thirty five years the soldier

One of twelve siblings, Simon Ramos came into this world in 1932. The Y.O. Ranch on the fringes of Kerrville, Texas was his childhood ...

August 01, 2015 | Pete Mecca | A VETERAN'S STORY

Pilot Club donates to food bank

Pilot Club of Covington recently made a donation to the Community Food Bank Pantry serving citizens of Newton County, presenting Rev. Billy Wade with a ...

August 01, 2015 | Staff Report | LIVING

FFA-FCCLA Center hosts 3rd Annual Udder Mud Run

The Georgia FFA-FCCLA Center will host the Udder Mud Run on Saturday.

August 01, 2015 | Staff Report | LIVING

William ‘Bill’ Sims

William "Bill" Sims of Oxford, passed away July 31, 2015, at the age of 74. Bill retired from US Airways, formerly Piedmont Airlines, and was ...

August 01, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

Falcons' Quinn brings hands-on approach to training camp

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) - Dan Quinn brought a hands-on coaching style to his first Atlanta Falcons' training camp on Friday.

July 31, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

CPD accepting applications for Citizens Academy

The Covington Police Department is now accepting applications for enrollment into their Citizens Academy for fall of 2015.

July 31, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Elayne Lowery Hutchens

Elayne Lowery Hutchens, aged 72, who resided in Covington went home to be with the Lord on Friday, July 31, 2015. She was born in ...

July 31, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

Georgia's tax-free weekend begins today

Georgia's tax-free weekend on school-supply items begins today, running through Sunday.

July 31, 2015 | Staff Report | STATE

Extradition sought for American lion killer

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) - Zimbabwe intends to seek the extradition of an American dentist who killed a lion that was lured out of a national park ...

July 31, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Beijing selected to host 2022 Winter Olympics

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - Beijing was selected Friday to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, defeating the bid from Almaty in a surprisingly close vote to ...

July 31, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Mrs. Mary Harcrow Allen Hamlin

Mrs. Mary Harcrow Allen Hamlin, age 89, of Monroe passed away July 29, 2015. She was born September 2, 1925 in the Rocky Plains community ...

July 31, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

East Newton PTO unveils new playground

COVINGTON - After six years of fundraising, the East Newton Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) finally was able to gift the school with a new ...

July 31, 2015 | Martin Rand | LOCAL

First Day of School

The First Day of School started Friday.

July 31, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

UPDATE: Boil Water advisory lifted for Porterdale

UPDATE: The boil water advisory for Porterdale has been lifted as of Friday evening. "Lab test results found there were no water quality issues ...

July 30, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

John M. Cook

Mr. John M. Cook, age 63, of Covington passed away July 29, 2015. He was born February 17, 1952 in Porterdale to the late John ...

July 30, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

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Stem cell 'Wild West' takes root amid lack of US regulation

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) - The liquid is dark red, a mixture of fat and blood, and Dr. Mark Berman pumps it out of the patient's backside. He treats it with a chemical, runs it through a processor - and injects it into the woman's aching knees and elbows.

May 18, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Stocks ease, bringing S&P 500 back below record high

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks indexes are edging lower in early trading as the market comes off its latest record high.

May 18, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Health law tax passed along to states

EDITOR'S NOTE _ An occasional look at how Washington works behind the scenes.

May 18, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Stacey Cotton appointed to medical marijuana study group

Covington Police Chief Stacey Cotton has been named one of 11 members named to Gov. Nathan Deal's new panel charged with making recommendations about what type of medical marijuana use Georgia should allow.

May 17, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Appreciation

Throughout the last seven days there was plenty to celebrate, with a big week of appreciation coming on the heels of Mother's Day.

May 17, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Endings and Beginnings

It's mid-May and time for celebrating graduations. It's a time to look back on accomplishments and, more importantly, to look forward to new phases and opportunities in life.

May 17, 2015 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists

Gathering in Atlanta

A surreal moment passed for me this week with several press reports about presidential candidates heading to Atlanta in August this year. Six years ago in Atlanta, a group of online political activists got together in person. They had been online collaborators among the Republican grassroots for six years without ever having met face to face.

May 17, 2015 | Erick Erickson | Columnists

To Georgia’s public school teachers: thank you

Dear Public School Teachers in Georgia:

May 17, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists

Some Odds and Ends

Occasionally, I wonder whether I'm alone in some of my wonderings. Look at the claim that conservatives or Republicans have launched a war on women as a part of their overall mean-spirited agenda. In the case of mistreatment of women - or of anyone else - assault, rape and murder are about as horrible as it gets. But I would be willing to bet a lot of money that most of the assaults, rapes and murders of women are done by people who identify as liberals or Democrats, particularly in the cases of murderers. Most crime, except perhaps white-collar crime, is ...

May 17, 2015 | Walter Williams | Columnists

Cotton receives Rotary ethics award

In his more than a decade and a half as Covington Police Chief, Stacey Cotton has led his men and women in the way he was taught to conduct himself by Judge Stacey W. Cotton and Suzanne Cotton - with ethics.

May 17, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Kelly takes over Porterdale downtown development

Everyone living in Porterdale is a stakeholder in the promotion of the town's Main Street Program, says Josephine Kelly.

May 17, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Ride for the fallen

Their military uniforms are packed away in a storage bin somewhere in a dusty attic, or perhaps hanging in the back room closet protected by a sheet of plastic, yet still discolored from years of disuse. Row upon row of multi-hued service ribbons are still pinned over the left breast pocket. Few, if any, of the veterans attempt to squeeze into their old threads of service since age and one too many chocolate donuts have taken a toll, yet these senior warriors continue to serve most honorably in so many different ways.

May 17, 2015 | Pete Mecca | A VETERAN'S STORY

Learning the ancient lands

All around are stones. The buildings are mason-crafted from sandstone. Many of the street walks are cobbled in smooth rock. And the land of Edinburgh is itself a mass of stone, a fortress of a city spied upon by the castle at the heights. This is Scotland's capital, and it's been my temporary home for a week after an overnight sleeper train from London. E dinburgh is Scotland, and Scotland has been a mystery all my life, until now. It's not that I have decoded all of Scotland's mysteries; it's just that the land and ...

May 17, 2015 | David McCoy | LIVING

What would our community be missing if we didn't have a Chamber of Commerce?

In the middle part of the 20th century some of the business and community leaders came together to form the Covington/Newton County Chamber of Commerce. The purpose of the chamber is to bring the business and professional community together to work for the common good of our area. Through the Chamber there is a unified voice to address the concerns of the economic community.

May 17, 2015 | | LIVING

Peddle for a cause

The students of First Baptist Academy zoomed around the parking lot of the Welcome Center last week to raise money for the parochial school's library and playground as part of the Academy's first bikathon.

May 17, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

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