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Covington hears first reading of utilities ordinances

Three ordinances, each written to amend provisions of the electric system and water system, were read for the first time at the Covington City Council meeting on March 2. The change could reduce city revenue by up to $700,000.

March 05, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Renaissance Festival celebrates 30 years

The 30th Annual Georgia Renaissance Festival runs throughout eight weekends from April 18-June 7.

March 05, 2015 | Staff Report | DIGITAL NEWSPAPER

Singleton becomes winningest coach

The Eastside Lady Eagles defeated Mt Zion 10-0 in a time shortened match Wednesday night at Sharp Stadium. Junior Morgan Green scored 2 goals in the first 8 minutes of the game and went on to assist on 3 more.

March 05, 2015 | Staff Report | Eastside

Dog's leg amputated after being shot, tied to train tracks

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - A dog that was tied to railroad tracks and shot was expected to survive after her leg was amputated Thursday.

March 05, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Drug-free neighborhood a phone call away

A recent case by the Covington Police Department's Specialized Patrol Unit took a little more drugs off the street, and it started with a phone call from a resident.

March 05, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | DIGITAL NEWSPAPER

Are PromPosals really necessary?

Prom season comes with many things such as tuxedos, very expensive dresses, limousines, and girlfriends nagging boyfriends on when they are going to get asked to prom.

March 05, 2015 | Josh Rowe, The Paw Print | DIGITAL NEWSPAPER

Crackdown

A stretch of 19 photos lined a long table at the Covington Police Department with large bags of marijuana next to some, small bags next to others and other drug paraphernalia accompanying yet other photos of people recently taken off the streets of Covington.

March 05, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | DIGITAL NEWSPAPER

Shot one month, arrested the next

In December of 2014, a violent crime rang through Avery Street when Mario Smith was shot in the right elbow.

March 05, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | DIGITAL NEWSPAPER

PromPosals are always necessary

Prom is a sort of occasion that can stick in a girl's memory for many years.

March 05, 2015 | Jessie Oliveri, The Paw Print | DIGITAL NEWSPAPER

The perfect PromPosal idea for the perfect date

Colorful balloons all over the floor, a huge white sign on the wall. That reads 'Will you fly up to Prom with me?' with a picture of a house and balloons from the Disney movie UP.

March 05, 2015 | Coral Mace, The Paw Print | DIGITAL NEWSPAPER

Will you go to prom with me?

With Prom being months away, many students are now thinking about who can be their date.

March 05, 2015 | Mikayla Newton | DIGITAL NEWSPAPER

TTE: Benz, no longer with Craig firm

CAIRO - At Tuesday night's meeting of the Grady County Commission, the board hired Laura Wahoske Benz LLC as a consultant for Tired Creek Lake and point of contact with the Army Corps of Engineers. Previously, this work was done by Benz as an employee of the Law Office of Wm. Thomas Craig.

March 05, 2015 | Karen Murphy, Thomasville Times Enterprise | LOCAL

Ga. governor's school takeover amendment passes Senate

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal's plan to take over schools dubbed "chronically failing" is moving to the Georgia House.

March 05, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Prosecutor to seek charge against police chief who shot wife

ATLANTA (AP) - A prosecutor said Thursday that he would seek a misdemeanor charge - but no felony - against a suburban Atlanta police chief who reported accidentally shooting his sleeping wife on New Year's Day.

March 05, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Major survey shows most Americans support same-sex marriage

WASHINGTON (AP) - In the late 1980s, support for gay marriage was essentially unheard of in America. Just a quarter century later, it's now favored by clear majority of Americans.

March 05, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

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Lakemper trial continues

The murder trial of Cobey Wade Lakemper continues this week, with witnesses from Missouri, North Carolina and Tennessee taking the stand in an effort to show jurors that Lakemper was on a multi-state crime spree in 2005 when he allegedly shot hotel clerk Wendy Cartledge-Carter; a crime spree that had already resulted in two murders before he arrived in Covington.

March 22, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Industry considering airport land

The Covington Municipal Airport continues to draw interest from a light, personal aircraft maker that is looking to build a 100,000 square-foot facility and employ around 80 workers in its initial stage.

March 22, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Fireworks back for Fourth in Covington

Fourth of July fireworks will return to Covington for the first time in three years, as the Covington City Council on Monday unanimously approved spending $6,000 for a celebration.

March 22, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington

Newborn restricts gun use

The Newborn Town Council voted on Monday to change its firearm ordinance, limiting residents to using shotguns only to eliminate "nuisance smaller game."

March 22, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

GPC presents “The Laramie Project”

What is the price of hate and intolerance? For Matthew Shepard, it was death.

March 22, 2011 | Staff Report | Education

House panel clears Sunday liquor

ATLANTA - A House panel has given the go-ahead to a bill that would pave the way for Sunday alcohol sales.

March 22, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL

Serial killer hoax conviction appealed

ATLANTA - Andrew Scott Haley used the online moniker "catchmekiller" to post a video claiming he killed 16 people, a callous lie that led investigators down dead-end trails and wasted countless hours of detective work, prosecutors said Monday.

March 22, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL

Fireworks back in Covington for Fourth

Fourth of July fireworks will return to Covington for the first time in three years, as the Covington City Council on Monday unanimously approved spending $6,000 for a celebration.

March 22, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington

State GOP celebrates 2010 success

Georgia Republicans gathered for their annual President's Day fundraising dinner Monday night, celebrating big wins in last year's election and pledging to continue the momentum into 2012.

March 22, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL

Carolina witnesses testify in Lakemper trial

In an effort to show jurors on Monday that Cobey Wade Lakemper was on a multi-state crime spree in 2005 when he allegedly shot hotel clerk Wendy Cartledge-Carter, Newton County District Attorney Layla Zon presented witnesses from North Carolina who testified about the murders of an elderly couple.

March 22, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Top state court considers execution standard

ATLANTA - Georgia's death penalty statute was in the crosshairs again Monday as the state's top court considered whether capital defendants have to meet an unfair standard to prove they are mentally disabled to avoid an execution.

The Georgia Supreme Court heard arguments Monday from Alphonso Stripling, who claims the state cannot seek the death penalty against him for the 1988 killings of two co-workers because he is mentally disabled. Prosecutors, meanwhile, say they want the chance to prove he is mentally competent.

March 21, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL

Faye Barnhardt

Faye Barnhardt of Newborn, GA died Sunday March 20, 2011 at her residence. She was born on September 25, 1941 in Salisbury, NC to the late Owen Irvine Ridenhour and Dorothy Elizabeth Brown Ridenhour. She retired after 34 years as a school bus driver for Newton County and carried three generations of students. She also worked for 10 years at Livingston Elementary School as a lunch room monitor where she had a great influence on many kids and made lasting friendships. She was a loving caregiver to not only her family but to many friends. During her life she enjoyed ...

March 21, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS

Diversity drives Newton’s growth

The 2010 Census results were unsurprising for Newton County and the rest of the region east of Atlanta, with four major trends:

March 21, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Making a Mural

Work in progress: Oxford College art students paint large blocks of color on a wall next to Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce, in preparation to paint a mural of Academy Springs Park with the Oxford College sightline in the distance. The mural is being sponsored by First Presbyterian Church, and the design was created by Oxford student Meredith "Mimi" Hacking and alumna Maria Veliotis. The students will began adding detail to the mural next weekend.

March 20, 2011 | Amber Pittman | Oxford

Mission Accomplished

More than two years into the administration of Barack Obama, liberals and leftists have gotten one of their fondest wishes. America is no longer the world's policeman; our will has receded and countries around the world are free to do nearly whatever they please. No need to worry about the American tiger; it is made of paper even on the best day and no longer matters on the world stage. All of the bowing, apologies and downplaying of American traditions and triumphs have had the desired effect. Congratulations, Mr. president.

March 20, 2011 | By John Douglas | Columnists

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