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Hagel resigning as Defense secretary

WASHINGTON (AP) - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is stepping down from President Barack Obama's Cabinet, senior administration officials said Monday, following a tenure in which he has struggled to break through the White House's insular foreign policy team.

November 24, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

New streetcar involved in 2 crashes before debut

ATLANTA (AP) - Authorities say the Atlanta Streetcar has been involved in two crashes with vehicles while being tested before next month's expected launch.

November 24, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Crews work to clear storm damage, restore power

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Power reports that fewer than 300 of its customers remain without power after severe storms crossed the state.

November 24, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Woman shot at MARTA bus stop outside Atlanta

ITHONIA, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say a woman was in critical condition after being shot at a MARTA bus stop in the Lithonia area of DeKalb County.

November 24, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Church members each get $500 to do good for world

CHICAGO (AP) - On a very memorable Sunday, Pastor Laura Truax surprised her congregation with a bold announcement: She was about to hand out money to everyone.

November 24, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

***SPECIAL WEATHER ADVISORY-NEWTON COUNTY***

***SPECIAL WEATHER ADVISORY-NEWTON COUNTY***

November 23, 2014 | Staff Report | Covington

Bear Creek figures come to light

Campaign contributions from Schnabel Engineering to a Newton County commissioner who, along with the rest of the board, will consider a proposal to allow the company to carry out tens of thousands of dollars worth of additional surveys for the Bear Creek reservoir appear to undermine recent county efforts to increase transparency surrounding the project.

November 23, 2014 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL

Redskins on warpath for State Title

The Social Circle High School Varsity Wrestling team coached by Randy Prater is on the warpath for a state title this year. The Redskins have five returning state placers on the team from last year's lineup. Senior Aaron Forrester (3X state placer) finishing third last year at 152, Junior Reid Harris (2X state placer) finished second at 120, Junior David Engstrom placed third at 145, Sophomore Stevie Howard third at 113, and Sophomore Cade Lackey returning State Champion at 132. You would think that Social Circle would be down this year after graduating 10 seniors last year (which included ...

November 22, 2014 | Staff Report | Social Circle

Why Thanksgiving?

Is our national observance of Thanksgiving a religious holiday? Where is it mostly celebrated? When did it start? What are some of the ways we observe Thanksgiving?

November 22, 2014 | B. Wiley Stephens | LIVING

Cooking with Melanie: Sweet Potato cobbler

"My Daddy loved his Grandmother's sweet potato cobbler. He mentioned many times how he would love to have one like she made. So my sister Emily and I set out to make it for him! After researching recipes, calculating ingredients, and many trials we finally came up with a recipe for Sweet Potato Cobbler. My Daddy was so excited and he loves our cobbler. Even though I never met my Great- Grandmother Smith, it is really cool to bring back and share her memories with my Daddy.

November 22, 2014 | Staff Report | Cooking with Melanie

Get to know your family history this Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is next week. Christmas arrived in Covington on Thursday (with the lighting of the Square) but still… let's not forget about Thanksgiving! This is one of my favorite holidays.

November 22, 2014 | Hosanna Fletcher | Health

A reason to be thankful

This is the time of year that should be devoted to peace and joy but is really a time of major stress for many people. It is a time, unfortunately, when folks suffer major heart problems.

November 22, 2014 | T. Pat Cavanaugh | OPINION

Questions of character

Beverly Gage, a Yale historian, was researching a biography of J. Edgar Hoover in the National Archives when she came across the infamous letter the FBI had written to Martin Luther King Jr., outlining in the crudest form his extramarital escapades and suggesting, King concluded, that he kill himself: "There is only one thing left for you to do. You know what it is." King did nothing, but the FBI acted. It leaked its dirt to the press.

November 22, 2014 | Richard Cohen | Columnists

Thanks and giving

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. A chance to be grateful instead of focusing on gift-giving and gift-receiving. Family, friends, bountiful feasts and football are at the forefront of our minds rather than cocktail parties and gifts. Think of it as a time to pause and give thanks before the whirlwind of December.

November 22, 2014 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists

Who's next?

They say pressure either makes pipes burst or it makes diamonds. Plenty of pressure was on Newton to follow up the win against Valdosta and solidify the Rams as a program to be reckoned with. The only pressure that showed against Central Gwinnett was the pressure from the Rams' defense.

November 22, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton

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Supporter Spotlight: Woodlee’s Christian Academy

When John and Daisy Woodlee opened Woodlee's Christian Childcare Center on Old Salem Road in Conyers in 1970, they had no idea it would grow to be the school it is today.

December 01, 2010 | Sabastian Wee | LOCAL

Effort required to be positive

The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution states clearly that nobody can infringe on my right of free speech. You can get in serious trouble for that.

December 01, 2010 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists

Roundabout cheaper than turn lanes

The roundabout at the intersection of Turner Lake Road and Clark Street opened Tuesday morning, completing a project first proposed nearly 13 years ago.

November 30, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington

Vigil honors teen killed in wreck

A Cousins Middle School student and his mother were killed in a car accident in Jasper County the evening before Thanksgiving.

November 30, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Ficquett students decorate tree

Ornaments adorned: Brandon Dennis, a fifth grader at Ficquett Elementary, helped decorate the Christmas tree at the Board of Education Building on Tuesday morning.

November 30, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | Education

Reward offered in heavy equipment theft

An award of up to $2,000 is offered in connection with the theft of heavy industrial equipment over the Thanksgiving holiday from the construction site on Reynolds Street behind the high-rise on Washington Street.

A Case Skid Steer and three attachments were taken between Nov. 24 and 29, according to Covington police. Officers are unsure when the equipment was stolen, but the security camera at the construction site was disabled around noon on Thanksgiving Day.

November 30, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Covington

Esther Brady

Esther Brady, 83, of Monroe, died on Nov. 23. The daughter of the late Willie Allen and Lillie Mae Cleghorn Allen, she was born in 1927. She was preceded in death by her husbands Joe C. Parkes and Henry Ford Brady.

November 30, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS

Vigil tonight for student killed in crash

A candlelight vigil will be held tonight in remembrance of 13-year-old Cousins Middle School student Nigel Griffey and his mother Alice Goolsby, 39, who were killed in a car accident last week.

November 30, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Thomas Jack Burroughs

Thomas Jack Burroughs of Oxford, GA died Monday, November 29, 2010 at Newton Medical Center. He was born on July 16, 1931 in Carnesville, GA to Grady and Cleo Shirley Burroughs. He loved people and enjoyed doing for others. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and cooking for family and friends. He loved his family and enjoyed spending time with them.

November 30, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS

Turner Lake Road roundabout is open

Update: The roundabout at the intersection of Turner Lake Road and Clark Street is open and is being used. Goergia Department of Transportation officials are in the process of closing Olc Clark Street.

November 30, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington

Blue Willow owner Van Dyke dies

Update: Funeral services for Blue Willow Inn Owner Louis Van Dyke, who died Wednesday, will be held at 6 p.m., today at Meadows Funeral Home, 760 Hwy 11 SW, Monroe.

November 29, 2010 | Tharon Giddens | LOCAL

Cousins student dies in car crash

A Cousins Middle School student is dead following a car crash in Jasper County.

Nigel Griffey, 13, as well as his mother, 39-year-old Alice Goolsby, were both killed when a car being driven by a 16-year-old female was unable to stop at a stop sign in Monticello. The crash occurred at 6:50 p.m. Wednesday.

November 28, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Thankful for great leaders

With Thanksgiving this week, I have been reflecting on the many things for which I am thankful: family, friends, pets, home, church and school. But I am also thankful to be a citizen of the United States, and am thankful for the leaders that our country has had throughout our history: President George Washington, President Thomas Jefferson, President Abraham Lincoln, President Theodore Roosevelt, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and President Ronald Reagan, to name a few.

It's easy to forget, in our own personal times of trial, that we, the American people, have been through much greater trials ...

November 28, 2010 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists

Clean old-fashioned hate

Yesterday's gridiron tilt between the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and the Georgia Bulldogs provided, I hope, another chapter in a great book of stories. Deadlines being what they are, this column was submitted well in advance of the game; I can only hope the Dawgs whipped the Humble Bumbles. The late Lewis Grizzard was the quintessential Georgia Bulldog fan. Among his many colorful contributions to Southern literature, he coined the phrase "clean old-fashioned hate" describing the Tech-Georgia relationship.

As with so many colloquialisms, there's a lot of truth to that statement. So much so, in fact, that as ...

November 28, 2010 | Nat Harwell | Columnists

Have a ‘Berry’ merry Christmas

Chuck Berry has some deep roots in agriculture.

He represents the fifth generation of his family to work the land.

November 28, 2010 | Janet Jernigan | LOCAL

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