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Judge denies challenge to death penalty provision

ATLANTA (AP) - A judge has denied a Georgia death row inmate's latest challenge to a state requirement that defendants must prove intellectual disability beyond a reasonable doubt in order to be spared from execution.

October 01, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Secret Service chief quits due to security lapses

WASHINGTON (AP) - Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resigned Wednesday in the face of multiple revelations of security breaches, bumbling in her agency and rapidly eroding confidence that the president and his family were being kept safe.

October 01, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Hoffman, Covington radio pioneer dies

In 1957 Bill Hoffman reached out to much of the Newton County community through the airwaves.

October 01, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Today in Pictures

a look at our home town through the camera.

October 01, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL

SSEMC linemen to wear pink hardhats

Snapping Shoals EMC's linemen will be making a fashion statement and an effort to educate members and employees about breast cancer prevalence and early detection during the month of October.

October 01, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Why the bond market is more fragile than you think

NEW YORK (AP) — A bottleneck is building in the global market for bonds.

October 01, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

US stocks slide in midday trade; Airlines sink

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks sank in midday trading Wednesday as disappointing economic data in the U.S. and Europe weighed on investors' minds. Airlines stocks fell as investors feared that news of the first case of Ebola being diagnosed in the U.S. would discourage people from traveling.

October 01, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Truck deals boost US auto sales in September

DETROIT (AP) - Big discounts on pickup trucks kept U.S. auto sales strong in September.

October 01, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Reuben Yearwood

Reuben Yearwood, age 79, of Covington, passed away September 30, 2014. He enjoyed spending time outdoors and going fishing. Mr. Yearwood loved his family dearly, and especially cherished his time spent with his grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, John Howard and Lovie (Chambers) Yearwood.

October 01, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS

Rivers Alive cleanup next Saturday

The annual Rivers Alive cleanup is quickly approaching.

October 01, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL

Ralph William "Bill" Hoffman

Ralph William "Bill" Hoffman passed away in his Covington home, September 30, 2014, at the age of 90. Mr. Hoffman was a member and former deacon of the First Baptist Church, in Covington, where he also served as past chairman of the Board, Sunday School teacher and superintendent of the Intermediate Department.

October 01, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS

GA lawmakers to hear testimony on medical cannabis

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) - A committee of state lawmakers tasked with studying effects of marijuana extracts on certain illnesses is scheduled to meet with law enforcement officials, health professionals and others.

October 01, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Man struck, killed by transit train in Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) - Authorities say a man has been struck and killed by a commuter train at a downtown station.

October 01, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

What if high court rejects gay marriage cases?

WASHINGTON (AP) - The fastest and surest path to marriage for same-sex couples in some parts of the United States would be for the Supreme Court to surprise everyone and decline to get involved in the issue right now.

October 01, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Reports: China body-searched 10,000 pigeons

BEIJING (AP) - The 10,000 doves released in a ceremony Wednesday for China's National Day underwent unusual scrutiny, each having its feathers and anus checked for dangerous materials, state-run media reports said, reflecting government jitters over possible attacks.

October 01, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

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Our Thoughts: Remembering Mr. B.C.

Billy Carl Crowell, born Sept. 9, 1923, will be sorely missed by hundreds of the lives he touched during his life-long love affair with Newton County.

July 18, 2010 | Rachel Hayes Spurling | Our Thoughts

Our Thoughts: Go vote

Tuesday is the primary election. Many of you have already taken advantage of early voting at the Newton County administration building, but those of you who haven't should schedule some time to do so on Tuesday.

Although this is not a presidential election year, it is an important election year.

July 18, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Primary decides: BOE District 1 has all Republican field

For the candidates running for the Newton County Board of Education District 1 seat, the primary election Tuesday will determine who serves. All three candidates, Ronald Hart, Jeffrey Meadors and Dale Thompson, are running on the republican ticket. The three took time to answer five questions from The News editorial staff.
1. In your opinion, what is the biggest problem facing the Newton County School System as a whole and in District 1 specifically?

July 18, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Births

Primary decides: 2 Democrats vie for BOC District 4 seat

Below are five questions, specific to Newton County District 4, which were asked to Democratic incumbent J.C. Henderson and Democratic challenger Kenneth Hardeman. District 4 contains much of the western and northern parts of Covington and all of Oxford. Respondents were asked to limit their answers to 200 words or less.

July 18, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | BOC Chairman

Candidates answer questions posed at Chamber forum

The Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce held the Primary season's final political forum at the Covington Branch Library July 8, playing host to 2010 Newton County Board of Commissioners and Board of Education candidates. Each set of candidates was asked one question by the chamber, followed by questions from the audience.

July 18, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | Election

The measure of a man

There are scholarships and tournaments in his honor, a road and park bear his name, but the true testament to the man Billy Carl "B.C." Crowell are how many people he touched in his 86-years. With the passing of Crowell on July 16, Newton County didn't just lose a resident, it lost a living legend.

Crowell was born in Porterdale in 1923 at a home adjacent to the baseball field named in his honor, a field where he spent his youth playing baseball, a sport that would eventually get him a scholarship to Oglethorpe University in 1940. He ...

July 18, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Newton County Jail Log - July 18

· Herman Deon Adams, 41, 418 Greenleaf Road, Covington, July 13. Family Violence Act simple assault.

July 18, 2010 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log

Eyesore of the Week - July 18

Forgotten but not gone:

July 18, 2010 | Staff Report | Eyesore of the Week

Around the well: parades and pretty places

Everyone loves the signature song from "The Music Man," which immortalized the spirit of the American parade. In the Social Circle 4th of July parade, we didn't have 76 trombones, but we had something almost as good. Maybe even better! We had the 45 member Georgia Army National Guard Band leading our parade. After the parade, the band performed and led the singing of a great selection of patriotic songs, including beloved hymns of salute to the four major branches of our armed services: Army, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard. It's hard to keep singing with a ...

July 18, 2010 | Madeline Burgess Community Columnist | News Columnists

Pony Express burglarized

What started out as a chase in Newton County ended on Interstate 20 around 5:45 a.m. this morning.

July 17, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Rachel N. Coody

July 17, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS

Nesbit L. Thompson

July 17, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS

Betty Parker

July 17, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS

Hopefuls take questions at BOE forum

Nearly all of the candidates in the crowded race for the Newton County Board of Education spoke at a political forum sponsored by the Newton County Voter's League Tuesday night, answering questions about subjects such as school uniforms, teacher retention and budgets.

July 16, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Board of Education

Candidates for County Commissioner, BOE positions to speak at Smart Growth Newton County event

Smart Growth Newton County will host a Candidates forum on June 28 at 7 p.m. The forum will be held at the Washington Street Community Center which is located at 4138 School Street. All candidates for the office of Newton County Commissioner as well as all candidates for the Newton County Board of Education are invited to participate. At this time it is anticipated that due to the large number of candidates there will be no time for "question and answer." Rather, each candidate will be given a 3- or 4-minute opportunity to introduce himself or herself to the ...

July 16, 2010 | Staff Report | Board of Education

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