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Execution date set for Ga. man convicted in 1992 slaying

ATLANTA (AP) - An execution date has been set for a man convicted in a 1992 murder.

February 27, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Ida Arbeau

Ida M. Arbeau, 83 of Oxford passed away Thursday, February 26, 2015 at Riverside Healthcare. She was born on December 11, 1931 in Clayton. to the late Cecil and Clara Mae Thompson. Ms. Arbeau loved the Lord and was a loving Mother, Grandmother and Great-Grandmother. She sewed for the church, the school system and even made costumes for the show "In the Heat of The Night". Ms. Arbeau also lovingly cared for many children in her home. She was a member and Sunday school teacher at Canaan Baptist Church for over 35 years. Everyone knew her by "Aunt Ida" or ...

February 27, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

Ga. consumer information possibly compromised in data breach

ATLANTA (AP) - State Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens says personal information belonging to millions of Georgia consumers may have been compromised in a recent data breach.

February 27, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Stocks slip in afternoon after weaker estimate of US growth

U.S. stock indexes drifted mostly lower in afternoon trading Friday, but were still on track to end the month higher. Investors were balancing encouraging reports on housing and consumer confidence against data showing that the economy grew at a slower annual rate in the final months of 2014. Oil prices rebounded after a steep drop the day before.

February 27, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Travis Kvapil's NASCAR car stolen from hotel before race

HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) - Travis Kvapil's NASCAR Sprint Cup car was stolen early Friday from a hotel parking lot, forcing him to withdraw from a race this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

February 27, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Falcons release WR Harry Douglas, G Justin Blalock

ATLANTA (AP) - The Atlanta Falcons have released wide receiver Harry Douglas, who was third on the team with 51 catches in 2014, and starting offensive guard Justin Blalock.

February 27, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Leonard Nimoy, Mr. Spock,dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Leonard Nimoy, the actor known and loved by generations of "Star Trek" fans as the pointy-eared, purely logical science officer Mr. Spock, has died.

February 27, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

House clears way for short-term Homeland Security bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House has cleared the way for passage of a short-term bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security and avert a partial agency shutdown.

February 27, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Spate of crimes linked to Craigslist prompts extra caution

ATLANTA (AP) - With gray skies and a curtain of drizzly rain, the transaction at the McDonald's had an aura of film noir.

February 27, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

DeKalb police rescue 2 girls after tip about prostitution

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. (AP) - DeKalb County police say three people were arrested after officers got a tip two girls were being held and forced into prostitution.

February 27, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Mexico official: Top capo nabbed in western Michoacan state

MEXICO CITY (AP) - Servando "La Tuta" Gomez, one of the most-wanted drug lords and who once terrorized western Michoacan state, was captured early Friday by federal police, according to a Mexican official.

February 27, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Rams’ run ends

Man, what a run it was. Newton played the underdog three times in the state playoffs, first upsetting Tift County – originally a favorite to at least make the elite eight – then beating Dacula in the sweet sixteen. However, Newton couldn't best Wheeler in the elite eight and fell to the Wildcats 72-54.

February 26, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton

Honduras youth soccer field to bear Vince Dooley's name

ATLANTA (AP) - Vince Dooley's name finally is being placed on a field - far away from Georgia's Sanford Stadium.

February 26, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Pasta Salad Makes Weeknight Dinner Quick and Healthy

(Family Features) Now is the time for diners to transition palates to lighter and healthier meals, especially those packed with fresh, satisfying ingredients.

February 26, 2015 | Staff Report | LIVING

Regulators approve tougher rules for Internet providers

WASHINGTON (AP) - Internet activists declared victory over the nation's big cable companies Thursday, after the Federal Communications Commission voted to impose the toughest rules yet on broadband providers like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T to prevent them from creating paid fast lanes and slowing or blocking web traffic.

February 26, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

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Art contest opens

An art contest to raise awareness of exception children and their recreational needs is being offered by

March 08, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Two shot at party

An 18-year-old man remains in critical after an early morning party Saturday ended in gunfire.

March 08, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Rickey Maddox

Rickey Maddox of Covington, passed away March 6, 2011, at the age of 55. He worked at Georgia Duck for 25 years, before his current position as a butcher at Food Depot. He loved the outdoors, enjoyed riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle, and was an avid deer hunter and fisherman. Mr. Maddox was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Lester and Sarah (Railey) Maddox.

March 08, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS

Shirley G. Gaither

Shirley Graham Gaither of Covington, GA died Monday March 7, 2011 at Abbey Hospice. She was born on July 29, 1935 in Porterdale, Ga to C. Lee and Mae Nichols Graham. She was retired as the Executive Director of the Housing Authority of the City of Covington, was a member of Porterdale Baptist Church, and a member of the American Legion Auxillary Post 32. She loved her children and adored her grandchildren. She was an avid baseball fan and enjoyed the Atlanta Braves.

March 08, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS

Chamber: SKC has met investment promise

Chamber President Hunter Hall gave the Covington City Council a quarterly update Monday night, and he said that manufacturer SKC has more than met the performance promises it made upon arrival in 1996.

March 07, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington

Top state court upholds voter ID law

ATLANTA - The Georgia Supreme Court on Monday upheld a state law requiring voters to show identification before they cast ballots, dismissing objections from Democrats who contended lawmakers had no proof when they approved the new rules that anyone had tried to vote illegally.

The court's 6-1 decision found that no voter has been disenfranchised by the 2006 law, despite claims by the Democratic Party of Georgia that the law creates an undue burden on the poor, the disabled and minorities. The decision, written by Justice Hugh Thompson, concluded that the law was a "minimal, reasonable, and nondiscriminatory restriction."

March 07, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL

Deal scales back pre-K cuts

ATLANTA - Gov. Nathan Deal said Monday he is revamping his plans to cut the state's prekindergarten program to half-day after an outcry from parents and teachers.

The program will remain a full day but the school year will be cut from 180 days to 160 days, and class sizes will increase by two students to 22 each, Deal said. The moves will allow the state to cut $54 million from the cash-strapped program while adding 2,000 slots, which will put a dent in the 10,000-student waiting list.

March 07, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL

HOPE in Senate

ATLANTA - The Georgia Senate is expected to take up a bill overhauling the cash-strapped HOPE scholarship this week.

The bill was introduced two weeks ago by Gov. Nathan Deal and has moved at lightning speed through the Legislature, gaining approval from the House last week. The full Senate could see the bill as early as Tuesday.

March 07, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL

James E. (Jimmy) Biggers

James E. (Jimmy) Biggers of Covington, passed away March 5, 2011, at the age of 73. Mr. Biggers was born in Newborn, GA, to the late Eddie and Inez (Ivey) Biggers. He retired from Hercules, Inc., after 31 years of dedicated service. He enjoyed outdoor activities, and especially enjoyed playing horseshoes. He was an avid deer hunter and freshwater fisherman. Mr. Biggers was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.

March 06, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS

Newton loses to Valdosta

FORT VALLEY - Valdosta High School built a lead and held on late Saturday to top Newton High School 68-61 in the quarterfinals of the Class AAAAA playoffs.

March 06, 2011 | Josh Briggs | LOCAL

Chamber supports state film tax credit

Local officials hope the state continues to provide tax reductions to film companies in Georgia, because Newton County receives sales tax from a regular stream of filming projects and the thousands of tourists who come solely because of The Dukes of Hazzard, In the Heat of the Night and the Vampire Diaries.

March 06, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Dermatology Consultants offers Coolsculpting weight loss procedure

Dermatology Consultants has the perfect solution in order to slim down for the summer, a non-surgical weight loss method called Coolsculpting.

March 06, 2011 | By Gloria Curtis | Business

Teen strikes other with bat

An 18-year-old remains in the Newton County Jail after allegedly busting another teen's head open with a baseball bat in a fight over a girl.

According to Newton County Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer Cortney Morrison, the 17-year-old victim was hanging out with friends at a neighborhood gazebo when a girl walked by. One of the teens exchanged words with the girl and the conversation turned ugly.

March 06, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Looking at the need for 2011 SPLOST

This is the third part in our Sunday SPLOST series leading up to the SPLOST special election on March 15. Today's story will examine six of the larger projects included in the 2011 SPLOST list, and tell you why officials believe they're needed.

March 06, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | SPLOST

Legislation moving forward

It's now at the point in the legislative session where the General Assembly is pushing into the phase where we press to move bills out of each chamber (House and Senate) and over to the other before crossover day. Crossover day is legislative day 30, the last day we can pass a bill out of one chamber and still be able to move it in the other.

March 06, 2011 | By Doug Holt | Columnists

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