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2 Ebola victims arrive in Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) - Federal officials say two American aid workers who contracted Ebola in Africa will be flown into a metro Atlanta military base.

August 01, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

House GOP weighs tough new immigration bills

WASHINGTON (AP) - House Republicans pushed legislation on Friday that could clear the way for eventual deportation of more than 500,000 immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as kids and could address the surge of immigrants at the U.S.-Mexico border.

August 01, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Larry Bazemore

Mr. Larry Bazemore, age 70, of Conyers passed away July 30, 2014. He was born in Vidalia, Georgia to Leroy and Madeline Bacon Bazemore. Mr. Bazemore grew up in Darien, Georgia where he enjoyed deer and duck hunting. He was an avid reader and enjoyed gun collecting, buying farm equipment even though he never owned a farm; he enjoyed yard sales and auctions with his best friend Dan W. Taylor and loved the construction and development fields. Mr. Bazemore was primarily a banker in his early career and as President of Long State Bank in Ludawici, Georgia he was instrumental ...

August 01, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS

I-20 work ‘cancelled’ for tax-free weekend

Work on eastbound lanes of Interstate 20 scheduled this weekend has been "cancelled," according to Georgia Department of Transportation press secretary David Spear.

August 01, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL

Low cost carrier to begin flying between Ga., Va.

ATLANTA (AP) - Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport officials say they're welcoming a new low cost carrier that will provide service to Virginia.

August 01, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Colorado issuing driver's licenses to immigrants

DENVER (AP) - Colorado will begin issuing driver's licenses and identification cards to immigrants Friday regardless of their legal status, underscoring a sea change in a state that less than a decade ago passed strict immigration enforcement laws.

August 01, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Newton County returns to school

Readers submit via news@covnews.com or Facebook.com/covnews pictures of the first day of school.

August 01, 2014 | Staff Report | Education

35 killed; Israeli soldier feared taken

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) - A Gaza cease-fire quickly unraveled on Friday as violence erupted in and around a southern town in the war-ravaged strip, with at least 40 Palestinians killed in Israeli shelling while the military said two soldiers were killed and an infantry officer was feared captured during fighting there.

August 01, 2014 | IBRAHIM BARZAK, Associated Press DANIEL ESTRIN, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Tropical storm approaches Caribbean

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - Tropical Storm Bertha swirled toward the Caribbean on Friday as islands in the eastern region prepared for heavy rains and strong winds.

August 01, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

1st piece of Chattahoochee zip line in place

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) - Work has begun on a zip line that will carry people across the Chattahoochee River at the Georgia-Alabama state line.

August 01, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

CPD community relations recognized

The Conyers Police Department and Covington Police Department were recognized for their work in building community relations with runner-up status of the Dr. Curtis E. McClung/Motorola Award for Excellence by the Ga. Association of the Chiefs of Police, awarded July 28.

August 01, 2014 | | LOCAL

The ugliness of recruiting

If you've ever seen the film "Friday Night Lights" then you know just how much high school football can mean to a town. You should also know how much it means to a person who is a talented football player and wants to get paid (hi, Boobie Miles).

July 31, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | SPORTS

Back in session

Teachers and administration welcomed parents and students to an open house at Porterdale Elementary School Wednesday, July 30 from 5-7 p.m., meeting youngsters for the first time and welcoming returning students moving to the next grade. Faces full of smiles filled the halls, from pre-K classmates playing with toys to parents and principals introducing themselves and beaming about the new school year, which began this morning across the Newton County School System. "We're all aboard the train of excellence, and we have a committed staff to do that," said Lizzella Dodson, who has been Porterdale's principal for ...

July 31, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL

Construction during sales tax holiday

Parts of Newton County's stretch of Interstate 20 will close to traffic this weekend, one of just a handful of road construction projects underway statewide to not be shut down for the tax free weekend.

July 31, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL

Free Stephen A. Smith

Free Stephen A. Smith and your mind while you're at it.

July 31, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Sports Columnists

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Barbara Jean Bradford Peters

Barbara Jean Bradford Peters, 77, of Social Circle, died on June 19. The daughter of the late James Bloyd Bradford and Hattie Wright Bradford, she was born in 1933 in Conyers. She was preceded in death by her son, the late Jim D. Peters.

Surviving are husband James W. "Jay" Peters of Social Circle; sons Bobby J. Peters of Social Circle, Donnie E. Peters of Watkinsville, and Tim M. Peters of Social Circle; daughters Mary Ann Link of Social Circle and Cathy P. Craig of Social Circle; sister Dorothy Munson of Oxford; brother Harold Bradford of Covington; 24 grandchildren and ...

June 22, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS

Fast thinking by citizen nabs three suspects in burglary

Fast thinking and keen observational skills by a neighbor nabbed three burglary suspects last week.
According to reports, a man called 911 around 1:48 p.m. June 16 and reported that three men were burglarizing a home off Dearing Road. The man reportedly gave excellent descriptions of the three suspects while speaking with dispatch operators as well.
Deputies arrived and after speaking with the witness put out a BOLO (Be On The Lookout) for all three suspects. By the end of the day the men - 18-year-old Marcellus Nipple, 23-year-old Lorenzo Moore and 18-year-old Jelani Forde - had all been arrested ...

June 22, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Local man gets robbed after meeting woman from chat line

Two people were arrested in connection with a June 4 robbery that occurred after a man met up with a woman he spoke with on a chat line.

According to Newton County Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer Cortney Morrison, the man spoke with a female calling herself "Apple" on Quest Chat line, and after speaking with her for several days, set up a meeting at a clubhouse in the Neely Manor subdivision. When he arrived, she got into his car, and shortly thereafter two black males approached the vehicle, one pointing a gun, and demanded his belongings. The victim ...

June 22, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Spring Semester Dean's List

North Georgia College & State University (published June 20, 2010)

June 22, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


Louis W. Sewell

June 21, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS

Mrs. Sara Elizabeth Sigman

Mrs. Elizabeth Sigman of Oxford, GA died Monday June 21, 2010 at her residence. She was born on November 11, 1937 in Covington, GA to John William and Clellia Thomas Barrett. Mrs. Sigman retired from C.R. Bard and ISS, both companies are located in her hometown of Covington, Georgia, where she worked for over 46 years. She was of the Baptist faith and was a member of Sharon Baptist Church in Loganville.

June 21, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS

Robert "Jack" Johnson

June 20, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS

Newton manufacturers honored at luncheon

Eight businesses in Newton County were honored for their contribution to the economic engine of the region. Georgia Governor Sonny Purdue designated April 12 – 16 as Manufacturing Appreciation Week. Newton County Government, the City of Covington, the Covington/Newton Chamber of Commerce and DeKalb Technical College partnered to honor manufacturing at a local luncheon on June 8.

June 20, 2010 | Staff Report | Business

The News owner honored with GPA Golden Award

This week Morris Multimedia President Charles Hill Morris Sr. was honored by the Georgia Press Association at the organization's annual convention at Jekyll Island for 50 years of service to the newspaper industry. He joins the ranks of GPA's prestigious Golden Club.

June 20, 2010 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL

CPR Saturday at DeKalb Tech a success

Becky Beavers hopes that one day Newton County will be the safest place to live in the U.S. The director of education at Newton Medical Center recently partnered with DeKalb Technical College to restart the CPR Saturday program, where local residents can learn CPR for free from trained professionals. She hopes Newton County will be able to catch Seattle, in which one out of every four residents is trained in CPR.

June 20, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Touch of Country says goodbye to the square

In May 1997, Harold Duren purchased the old City Pharmacy on the northeast corner of the square as a shop for his handmade wooden furniture. However, the first people to knock on his doors weren't furniture customers; they were residents who wanted to know if he would continue to operate the popular soda fountain in the store.

June 20, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | Business

Covington audit reveals no flaws

As the city council prepares to approve its FY 2011 budget on Monday, city officials can have extra confidence in the finance department after the FY2009 financial audit came back with no findings.

June 20, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington

Pet of the Week - June 20

Take me home: The Newton County Animal Shelter's pets of the week are two Pekingese, one 3 to 4 years, tan, and the other chocolate and white, neutered. Also available are a Chihuahua mix, brown; a silky terrier, 1 year old, light brown, good on a leash; a black and brown Chihuahua, 2 to 4 yars old; a tan and white 4-year-old Chihuahua; four shepherd/mastiff puppies, all black, another Chihuahua mix, adult; an adult terrier mix, black; a boxer mix, 1 year old, friendly; an adult Lab mix; a Lab mix, small, very sweet; a beagle; a yellow ...

June 20, 2010 | Staff Report | Pets of the Week

Patriotic postcards available at SHAG

In observance of Memorial Day and the celebration of our Independence Day July 4, Southern Heartland Art Guild held a competition for patriotic art, all of which is now on display at the gallery on the square until July 4. The winning entry was submitted by guild member and photographer Terry Godfrey, in collaboration with published poet, Robin Stansbury. Stansbury works for the VFW and has two sons in the army, soon to be deployed.

June 20, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL

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