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Covington woman shoplifts with children

A Covington woman was arrested for allegedly stealing nearly $2,000 worth of items from a retail store with the assistance of her two juvenile sons.

March 02, 2015 | Martin Rand | LOCAL

: Ex-superintendent charged in cheating scandal dies

ATLANTA (AP) - Beverly Hall, the former superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools charged in what prosecutors had called a broad conspiracy to cheat on state exams, has died.

March 02, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Nasdaq closes above 5,000 for first time in 15 years

NEW YORK (AP) - The Nasdaq composite index is closing above 5,000 for the first time since the dot-com bubble peaked 15 years ago.

March 02, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

New medical marijuana bill in Senate weaker than House form

ATLANTA (AP) - A new bill to legalize a form of medicinal marijuana in Georgia has been filed in the state Senate, and unlike its House counterpart would set up a four-year study rather than making the drug available immediately.

March 02, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Obama: 'Now is the moment' for police to make changes

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama said Monday that the deaths of unarmed black men in Missouri and New York show that law enforcement needs to change practices to build trust in minority communities, with a White House task force recommending independent outside investigations when police use deadly force.

March 02, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

L.A. police kill man in struggle captured on video

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Three Los Angeles police officers shot and killed a man on the city's Skid Row as they wrestled with him on the ground, a confrontation captured on video that millions viewed online. Authorities say the man was shot after grabbing for an officer's gun.

March 02, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Woman set for execution seeks clemency reconsideration

ATLANTA (AP) - Lawyers for the only woman on Georgia's death row are asking the State Board of Pardons and Paroles to reconsider her request to have her sentence changed to life in prison.

March 02, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Who is hungry in Newton? Around 18,000

The Covington News Digital Edition cover story (covnewsdigital.com):

March 02, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL

Champion for change

From the base of a rural Georgia court room, Judge Sheri Roberts carries a message across her home state and the nation: we can do a lot better by the young people served by our courts.

March 02, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Proclamation signed for Youth Art Month

Members of the Arts Program at GFWC Service Guild of Covington gathered at Covington City Hall to have Mayor Ronnie Johnston sign a Proclamation partnering the National Council for Art Education and the National Council for the Arts with Covington and Newton County schools, encouraging public support of quality student art programs.

March 02, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Donna Rogers

Donna Rogers, 63, of Covington, passed away on February 28, 2015. Donna was born in Eatonton on January 20, 1952 to the late J. D. and Katherine Rogers.

March 02, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

Man dead, woman critically injured in shootings near Atlanta

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Police in metro Atlanta say a man is dead and a woman is being treated for critical injuries after a double shooting at a home inside a gated community.

March 02, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Georgia to execute only woman on state's death row

ATLANTA (AP) - The only woman on Georgia's death row is set to be executed Monday.

March 02, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

America's first war on terror

Ecclesiastes 3 - "To everything there is a season….and a time to every purpose under the heaven." Ecclesiastes 3:8 – "A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace."

March 01, 2015 | Pete Mecca | A VETERAN'S STORY

What would happen if you won an Oscar?

Many of us watched the annual Academy Awards last Sunday night. The telecast started an hour and half before the actual ceremonies, as the various celebrities walk the "Red Carpet" to enter the auditorium. And that was followed by over three hours of music, film clips, speeches, and awards. For those involved in the ceremony, the night was just starting as the telecast ended. There was the Governor's Ball followed by many parties. The major networks featured the awards in their Monday morning programs.

March 01, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING

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Rowe: The Perfect Valentine’s Day

I predicted in my last column that it would snow again and I was right. I suspect some of you may have thought I was full of horse feathers, but that's why you read what I write.They don't let just anybody write for the paper, you know. A good writer gets his facts from many reliable sources, which will remain confidential, but I guarantee you it wasn't a groundhog. No matter what the charming little General Lee says, the calendar says otherwise and most southerners know that too well from years past.

February 13, 2011 | Staff Report | News Columnists

Dad Day at Live Oak Elementary

Special visitors: As part of the Title 1 Parent Involvement Program, Live Oak Elementary fathers were invited to spend the morning in their children's classrooms. Dads were invited to drop in anytime between 7 and 10:30 a.m. Dads read with students, led reading and math small group activities and participated in music, art and P.E. classes.

February 13, 2011 | Staff Report | Education

Harwell: Happy Valentine’s Day

Well, we've survived the great blizzards of 2011. The sky is blue, the temperature is rising, little buds have appeared on the end of tree branches, and Monday is Valentine's Day. Things are looking up.

February 13, 2011 | Nat Harwell | Columnists

Perimeter's Collegian earns honors

The Collegian of Georgia Perimeter College has been named best student newspaper at a Georgia two-year college by the Georgia College Press Association. The Collegian's website, collegiannews.com, also was named best two-year college website at the association's annual awards luncheon Feb. 5 in Athens.

February 13, 2011 | Staff Report | Education

Blue Willow Inn calls out for support

The Blue Willow Inn, a Social Circle institution, was busy Friday afternoon, but the amount of customers has declined since the death of owner Louis Van Dyke in late-November and his widow, and current owner, Billie, worries that without more customers, the famous restaurant will close.

February 13, 2011 | Amber Pittman | Social Circle

Get on the Main Street

On Thursday, this community has the opportunity to be part of local training hosted by the Department of Community Affairs's Office of Downtown Development. The department staff will introduce downtown stakeholders to the Main Street Four-Point Approach to downtown revitalization. It is an opportunity to learn how the concepts of design, economic restructuring, organization and promotion mesh to form the Main Street program.

February 13, 2011 | Josephine Kelly Guest Columnist | Columnists

Our thoughts... Blue Willow blues

Social Circle has become a regional tourist draw thanks in large part to the Blue Willow Inn and its unique take on traditional Southern dining favorites.

February 13, 2011 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Newton County Jail Log - Feb. 13

Steven Henry Smith, 46, Conyers, Feb. 1. Driving while license suspended.

February 13, 2011 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log

2011 SPLOST road projects to be discussed Tuesday night

The county will discuss Tuesday which road projects could be completed if the 2011 SPLOST is passed by voters.

February 13, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Ex-Covington councilwoman Goss dies

Many of Covington's hair dressers and beauticians owe their start to Bertha Goss, the longtime owner of Bertha's Beauty Lounge who dedicated her life to training and inspiring young people.

February 13, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Be prepared and leave the herd behind

If anyone has visited the state capitol during a time when the General Assembly is in session you've probably seen the herd.

February 13, 2011 | Jim Tudor Guest Columnist | Columnists

Rep. Woodall visitis local radiation therapy centers

U.S. District 7 Rep. Rob Woodall (R) recently toured Radiotherapy Centers of Georgia-Newton County to meet with physicians, care specialists, patients and family members and learn more about radiation therapy offerings in the area.

February 12, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Audrey J. Campbell

Audrey J. Campbell, 77, passed away on Feb. 5 after a short illness. Mrs. Campbell was a devoted wife and mother who leaves behind many dear friends. She cherished her involvement at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church for the many years she was a member.

February 12, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS

Robert Larry Burney

Robert Larry Burney, age 69, of Covington, died February 11, 2011, at Newton Medical Center. A native of Newton County, Mr. Burney was a member of Stewart Baptist Church and was retired from Delta Airlines with 25 years of service. He and his father operated Burney's Boat Docks, and were well known for building boat docks and boat houses, a business which he continued after his father's death. Mr. Burney was an eight year Veteran of the United States Air Force, serving overseas in Turkey and in the Philippines. He loved fishing and being on the lake, and ...

February 12, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS

Memorial for Bertha Goss at 1 p.m.

Former Covington Councilwoman Bertha Goss died Thursday night, according to officials at Lester Lackey Funeral Home.

February 12, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington

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