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Sony cancels 'The Interview' opening

NEW YORK (AP) - Sony Pictures has canceled the Dec. 25 release of "The Interview" after hackers threatened terrorists attacks and the largest multiplex chains in North America pulled the film.

December 17, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Work begins on Hwy. 81 and Crowell Rd.

County Chairman Keith Ellis presided Wednesday over the groundbreaking ceremony for improvements to the notorious intersection of Georgia Highway 81 and Crowell Road in Porterdale, where cars were lined up 10 deep well after rush hour.

December 17, 2014 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL

Fed promises 'patient' approach to a rate increase

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Federal Reserve is edging closer to raising interest rates from record lows given a strengthening U.S. job market and economy. But it says it will be "patient" in determining when to raise rates.

December 17, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Toll lane price in metro Atlanta hits $10

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Optional toll lanes on a 16-mile stretch of freeway in metro Atlanta have hit a record price: $10.

December 17, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Man shot on Cecilia Street

A man was dragged from the bathroom and restrained to the floor, before being shot at a Covington residence Wednesday morning.

December 17, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Travel industry carefully eyeing Cuban tourism

NEW YORK (AP) - Cuba was once a haven for sun-seeking American tourists. Beautiful beaches, lively casinos and late-night dancing made it the perfect getaway, only an hour's flight from Miami.

December 17, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

US changing approach to Cuba

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama declared the end of America's "outdated approach" to Cuba Wednesday, announcing the re-establishment of diplomatic relations as well as economic and travel ties with the communist island - a historic shift in U.S. policy that aims to bring an end to a half-century of Cold War enmity.

December 17, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

NCSS takes action to disinfect Oak Hill

In the wake of the recent outbreak of gastroenteritis at Oak Hill Elementary, the Newton County School Board concluded an action needed to disinfect the school during its meeting Tuesday night.

December 17, 2014 | Martin Rand | LOCAL

SC company looks to buy Atlanta shopping center

ATLANTA (AP) - The president of a South Carolina-based real estate company says he expects to close a deal soon on a downtown Atlanta shopping center.

December 17, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Georgia-based company issues cheese recall

SWAINSBORO, Ga. (AP) - A Georgia-based company has issued a recall for cheese because it may have been contaminated by salmonella.

December 17, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Toll lane price in metro Atlanta hits record $10

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Optional toll lanes on a 16-mile stretch of freeway in metro Atlanta have hit a record price: $10.

December 17, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Carmike Cinemas pulls 'The Interview' with Sony's support

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Carmike Cinemas has decided to cancel its planned showings of "The Interview" in the wake of threats against theatergoers by the Sony hackers.

December 17, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

CPD gets Taser, new Rocket technology

The Covington Police Department is getting even more high tech and started preparing for the future Monday night.

December 16, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

NCSS's CCRPI score drops

The Georgia State Superintendent's Office released the Georgia College and Career Ready Performance Index, CCRPI, scores for the 2013-2014 school year Tuesday.

December 16, 2014 | Martin Rand | LOCAL

Black Captain America leading comic book diversity

WASHINGTON (AP) - For decades, comic books have been in color, but now they truly reflect all the hues of American society.

December 16, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

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Hubert White withdraws rezoning requests

On Monday, Developer Hubert White withdrew his requests to rezone his office location, 4118 Herring Street, and an adjoining parcel.

December 15, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington

Social Circle Superintendent named to Transistion Advisory Committee

Social Circle School Superintendent Dr. Bettye Ray has been named vice-chair of the Georgia Department of Education's Transition Advisory Committee.

December 15, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Social Circle

Shows of the season

Piedmont Academy held its elementary Christmas program on Dec. 9 under the direction of music teacher, April Allen. Backdrops for the program were constructed and painted by the cast and crew of the high school's One Act Play.

December 15, 2010 | Staff Report | Education

A farewell salute to Sergeant Dews

Several years ago, I wrote a book about my father, a veteran of World War II and Korea, who died in 1970.

December 15, 2010 | Lewis Grizzard | News Columnists

Our thoughts... Charged up over rates

Everyone is watching their budgets these days.

December 15, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Our thoughts... Public service

Public service is a necessary function of democracy, but for various reasons it has become increasingly hard to find folks to stand for office.

December 15, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Weapons for Christmas?

How do you know there are boys in the house? When weapons top the list of wished-for Christmas toys. A few years ago, I wrote about how we were living with a reincarnated Ralphie, the star of the classic movie "A Christmas Story." But instead of Ralphie's requests for an official Red Ryder, carbine action, two-hundred shot range model air rifle, we were pelted with pleas for the N-Strike Longshot CS-6, a Nerf dart gun as long as my son Eli was tall.

December 15, 2010 | Kari Apted | News Columnists


Newton County Jail Log - Dec. 15

o Timothy Gene Norris, 33, Jonesboro, Dec. 3. Probation violation.

December 15, 2010 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log

Mansfield prepares 2011 budget

The Mansfield City Council is expected to pass its $1.22 million 2011 budget at its Jan. 3 meeting.

December 15, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Covington hires five airport employees

The City of Covington has hired five airport employees as it prepares to take over operation of the Covington Municipal Airport this week.

December 15, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington

Outgoing education board members honored

Fond farewell: The Newton County School System held a reception on Tueday honoring outgoing board of education members. District 1 Representative Johnny Smith has served one full term and half of a term left open by the death of Richard Tiede. District 3 Representative Cathy Dobbs has served two full terms and Greg Proffitt has served as the District 5 representative since Dr. C.C. Bates left the seat in June. (Above) Dobbs speaks with Alcovy High School Principal Dr. LaQuanda Brown. (Left) Smith hugs former board member Dr. C.C. Bates.

December 15, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Education

Supporter Spotlight: Great American Opportunities

Last-minute Christmas shoppers have the perfect chance to save some money in the final days before the holiday. Great American Opportunities will be holding their third annual clearance sale this week in Conyers.

December 15, 2010 | Sabastian Wee | Business

Christmas a time for belief

I believe in Christmas.

December 15, 2010 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists

Bundle up and wait out winter

I tried to check out the Geminid meteor shower before dawn on Tuesday.

December 15, 2010 | Tharon Giddens | Columnists

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