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Live: 2014 Primary runoff results

Today's primary election runoff races will determine several local, state and federal races.

July 22, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Plane crash bodies removed from war zone

KHARKIV, Ukraine (AP) - A train bearing the dead from the downed Malaysian airliner reached Ukrainian government-held territory at long last Tuesday, but the pro-Russian separatists in control of the crash site showed little willingness to allow the full-scale investigation demanded by world leaders.

July 22, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Democrats to unveil $2.7B bill on alien children

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Democrats are preparing to significantly cut President Barack Obama's request for emergency funding to deal with an influx of Central American children streaming across the border with Mexico.

July 22, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Black colleges face hard choices on $25M Koch gift

America's black colleges are struggling for funds. The Republican Party is struggling to attract black voters.

July 22, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Gaza rocket lands near Israel airport

JERUSALEM (AP) - A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip landed near Israel's main airport Tuesday, wounding one Israeli and prompting all U.S. and some European and Canadian airlines to cancel flights to Tel Aviv - a reflection of high anxiety over air travel after the downing of a Malaysian jet over Ukraine.

July 22, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Obamacare hit by ruling, but subsidies to continue

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's health care law is enmeshed in another big legal battle after two federal appeals courts issued contradictory rulings on a key financing issue within hours of each other Tuesday.

July 22, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Driver stops to help ducklings, gets ticket

NEWFIELDS, N.H. (AP) - A New Hampshire woman who called police after stopping in a highway median to help some stranded ducklings plans to fight a $44 ticket.

July 22, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Police probing Brooklyn Bridge flag switch

NEW YORK (AP) - Two large American flags atop the Brooklyn Bridge - one of New York City's most heavily secured landmarks - were replaced sometime during the night with white banners that were spotted Tuesday morning fluttering in the wind.

July 22, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Georgia football player facing assault charge

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Police say a University of Georgia football player is facing a charge of aggravated assault, a felony.

July 22, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

GOP voters in Ga. to decide Senate nominee

ATLANTA (AP) - After a bruising nine-week runoff campaign, Georgia Republicans will finally have their Senate nominee who will compete against Democrat Michelle Nunn for a seat the GOP can ill afford to lose as the party looks to take control of the chamber.

July 22, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Authorities identify pregnant woman killed by car

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say a pregnant woman killed as she tried to cross a highway in northeast Georgia was heading home from a convenience store when the crash happened.

July 22, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

City denies cell tower on Monticello

Mayor Ronnie Johnston had to vote Monday to break a 3-3 tie to ultimately deny a request for a new cell phone tower at 6163 Monticello Road in Covington.

July 21, 2014 | Rob Dewig rdewig@covnews.com | LOCAL

Hopkins pays $190M in pelvis exam pix settlement

BALTIMORE (AP) - A "rogue" gynecologist who used tiny cameras to secretly record videos and photos of his patients has forced one of the world's top medical centers to pay $190 million to 8,000 women and girls, lawyers said Monday.

July 21, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

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July 21, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

UN to vote on crash resolution

UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The U.N. Security Council will vote Monday on an Australia-proposed resolution demanding international access to the Ukraine plane crash site and a cease-fire around the area, with diplomats pressuring a reluctant Russia to approve it.

July 21, 2014 | ALEXANDRA OLSON, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

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Pet of the Week - May 11

Take me home: The Newton County Animal Shelter's pet of the week is an 8-year-old orange with white long-haired kitten. The shelter has two of them as well as other beautiful cats and kittens. Also available for adoption are a Chihuahua mix, 5 years old; a beagle mix, 10 weeks, brown with white feed; a brown hound mix, 2 months old; a black and white hound/terrier mix, 3 months old; a border collie mix; a 5-year-old miniature pinscher; an adult Chihuahua mix; a 5-year-old terrier mix; a white Chihuahua; a golden retriever/shepherd mix, 1-2 years old; a ...

June 11, 2010 | Staff Report | Pets of the Week

Parson to Person: 7 easy steps to God

Last week we began to discuss the importance of having a time of personal daily devotions. Speaking on this subject, D.L. Moody said, "A man can no more take in a supply of grace for the future than he can eat enough for the next six months, or take sufficient air into his lungs at one time to sustain life for a week. We must draw upon God's boundless store of grace from day to day as we need it." That's true.

June 11, 2010 | Dr. John Pearrell | Education

Extending a hand

Pastor George Gibbs said his ministry, Greater World Outreach, didn't invent recycling but is definitely taking it to another level.

June 11, 2010 | Nikita Britt | RELIGION

NSCO on the hunt for burglar

The Newton County Sheriff's Office is searching for a burglary suspect and is asking residents to be on the lookout as well.

June 11, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Tournament at the Oaks raises money for Miracle League

Fore! The Charter Charity Classic, was held at the Oaks on Wednesday and raised between $18,000 and $20,000 for the Miracle League in Newton County. The first place team was National Bank Products, with team members Brandon Slade, Stan Gann, Gordon Slade and Shaw Blackmon. Charter took second place, team members were Terrance Lewis, Rusty Lehman, Philip Lehman and Patrick Harrell. Conyers Flower Shop placed third, team members were Scot Ward, Alan Sherrill, Chuck Groover and Paul Dailey.

June 11, 2010 | Lee Sandow | LOCAL

Moving work in house could save 21 county jobs

The county could save as many as 20 jobs, by cancelling its service contract for the county's recycling centers and reallocating existing employees to take over that work.

June 11, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Rotary awards Lassiter

Outstanding Rotarian: Mike Lassiter, member of the Rotary Club of Covington, received the Rotary Foundation District Service Award at the Rotary District 6910 Conference held at Jekyll Island in April. The award is presented annually to a Rotarian providing outstanding service in promoting the Rotary Foundation. The most significant project of the Foundation has been the eradication of Polio throughout the world. Mike has served as Foundation Chair of the Covington Club for 10 years. Covington has been one of the top Foundation Fund raisers in District 6910 with over 55 Paul Harris Fellows awarded in the past two years ...

June 11, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Newton County Jail Log - June 11

  • Stephen Keith Cross, 20, Conyers, June 1. Hold for work release.
  • Jeremy Charles Crowder, 32, 360 Huntington St., Covington, May 26. Family Violence Act battery.
  • Jason Maurice Cutliff, 25, Eastpoint, May 28. Probation violation.
  • Michael Alan Dickson, 44, 6158 Hopkins St., Covington, June 31. Burglary.
  • Jerry Lamar Dillard, 21, 125 Hidden Pines Dr., Covington, May 27. Possession, manufacture, distribution of controlled substance or marijuana.
  • Debra Lynn Drake, 44, 460 GA. Highway 142, Lot 41, Covington, June 1. Family Violence Act aggravated assault.
  • Marquis Jelar Dukes, 19, 3122 West St., Covington, June 1. Court sentenced.
  • Jimmy Morrison Epps III, 20, Watkinsville ...

June 11, 2010 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log

Water authority, Covington to increase water rates

As the county increases its wholesale water rates, its customers, the city of Covington and the Newton County Water and Sewerage Authority, are raising their rates too.

June 11, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington

Porterdale's angels

Porterdale Police Sgt. Jason Cripps and his wife Holly recently organized the second We Ride to Provide motorcycle fundraiser for the Porterdale Police Department.

June 11, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

NCSO's hero

We are pleased to add the name of Cpl. Anthony Washington to our list of Hometown Heroes. You can access this prestigious list by visiting CovNews.com and clicking on the Hometown Heroes logo.

June 11, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Not quite an eye for eye

When I first heard the name Melbert Ray Ford, it meant very little to me. But I think that once you've watched a man die, you are cursed to remember his name forever. After learning of his crimes and watching his obvious lack of remorse until the bitter end, remembering Melbert Ford is indeed a curse that I will have to carry.

June 11, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Columnists

Don't let the people perish

"Where there is no vision, the people perish." Thus says Proverbs. And I'm feeling it sometimes these days as an observer of local politics.

Roy Varner just died, beloved as a man and revered as Newton County Commission chair for 16 years. A friend said of him: "It seems like most politicians today, their agenda is a personal agenda, and what they can get out of it for themselves. Roy was a person trying to do good for his community. He didn't care who got credit so long as it got done." Son Aaron quoted him: "He said ...

June 11, 2010 | Barbara Morgan Columnist | Columnists

Mrs. Myron B. Mitcham

Mitcham Mrs. Myron B. Mitcham, 96 of Oxford died June 9, 2010 at Abbey Hospice in Social Circle, Ga.. Mrs. Mitcham was born in 1913 in Newton County to the late Thomas Grover and Nancy Guinn Boggus. She attended Georgia State College for Women where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree. She became a teacher and taught at Livingston and Palmer Stone Elementary Schools in Newton County, before retiring. She was a lifelong member of Macedonia Baptist Church in Oxford and a member of the Sunday School Class. She loved reading, flowers and gardening. Mrs. Mitcham was predeceased by ...

June 10, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS

Melbert Ray Ford executed

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June 09, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | Audio Slideshows

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