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2 Ebola victims arrive in Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) - Federal officials say two American aid workers who contracted Ebola in Africa will be flown into a metro Atlanta military base.

August 01, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

House GOP weighs tough new immigration bills

WASHINGTON (AP) - House Republicans pushed legislation on Friday that could clear the way for eventual deportation of more than 500,000 immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as kids and could address the surge of immigrants at the U.S.-Mexico border.

August 01, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Larry Bazemore

Mr. Larry Bazemore, age 70, of Conyers passed away July 30, 2014. He was born in Vidalia, Georgia to Leroy and Madeline Bacon Bazemore. Mr. Bazemore grew up in Darien, Georgia where he enjoyed deer and duck hunting. He was an avid reader and enjoyed gun collecting, buying farm equipment even though he never owned a farm; he enjoyed yard sales and auctions with his best friend Dan W. Taylor and loved the construction and development fields. Mr. Bazemore was primarily a banker in his early career and as President of Long State Bank in Ludawici, Georgia he was instrumental ...

August 01, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS

I-20 work ‘cancelled’ for tax-free weekend

Work on eastbound lanes of Interstate 20 scheduled this weekend has been "cancelled," according to Georgia Department of Transportation press secretary David Spear.

August 01, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL

Low cost carrier to begin flying between Ga., Va.

ATLANTA (AP) - Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport officials say they're welcoming a new low cost carrier that will provide service to Virginia.

August 01, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Colorado issuing driver's licenses to immigrants

DENVER (AP) - Colorado will begin issuing driver's licenses and identification cards to immigrants Friday regardless of their legal status, underscoring a sea change in a state that less than a decade ago passed strict immigration enforcement laws.

August 01, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Newton County returns to school

Readers submit via news@covnews.com or Facebook.com/covnews pictures of the first day of school.

August 01, 2014 | Staff Report | Education

35 killed; Israeli soldier feared taken

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) - A Gaza cease-fire quickly unraveled on Friday as violence erupted in and around a southern town in the war-ravaged strip, with at least 40 Palestinians killed in Israeli shelling while the military said two soldiers were killed and an infantry officer was feared captured during fighting there.

August 01, 2014 | IBRAHIM BARZAK, Associated Press DANIEL ESTRIN, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Tropical storm approaches Caribbean

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - Tropical Storm Bertha swirled toward the Caribbean on Friday as islands in the eastern region prepared for heavy rains and strong winds.

August 01, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

1st piece of Chattahoochee zip line in place

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) - Work has begun on a zip line that will carry people across the Chattahoochee River at the Georgia-Alabama state line.

August 01, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

CPD community relations recognized

The Conyers Police Department and Covington Police Department were recognized for their work in building community relations with runner-up status of the Dr. Curtis E. McClung/Motorola Award for Excellence by the Ga. Association of the Chiefs of Police, awarded July 28.

August 01, 2014 | | LOCAL

The ugliness of recruiting

If you've ever seen the film "Friday Night Lights" then you know just how much high school football can mean to a town. You should also know how much it means to a person who is a talented football player and wants to get paid (hi, Boobie Miles).

July 31, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | SPORTS

Back in session

Teachers and administration welcomed parents and students to an open house at Porterdale Elementary School Wednesday, July 30 from 5-7 p.m., meeting youngsters for the first time and welcoming returning students moving to the next grade. Faces full of smiles filled the halls, from pre-K classmates playing with toys to parents and principals introducing themselves and beaming about the new school year, which began this morning across the Newton County School System. "We're all aboard the train of excellence, and we have a committed staff to do that," said Lizzella Dodson, who has been Porterdale's principal for ...

July 31, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL

Construction during sales tax holiday

Parts of Newton County's stretch of Interstate 20 will close to traffic this weekend, one of just a handful of road construction projects underway statewide to not be shut down for the tax free weekend.

July 31, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL

Free Stephen A. Smith

Free Stephen A. Smith and your mind while you're at it.

July 31, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Sports Columnists

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Letter to the editor...Price for education

Dear Editor: Over the last few weeks, I have been reading the local news about the price of education in Newton County. The stories that I have read go a little like this: county schools facing $9.7 million FY2011 budget deficit, planning cuts for staff and faculty members, officials have already determined who will be cut.

It is sad to think that the education of our children is less important than the current salary that was given to the new BOE superintendent Gary Mathews.

April 21, 2010 | Dale Warren Covington | Letters

Letter to the editor...Another option

Dear Editor: On Your "Today Polls" it should always have an "Other" listed with an opportunity to give alternate suggestions that may be a better choice than what you currently list.

This is prompted by your "Today Poll" for:

April 21, 2010 | T. and C. Danks Covington | Letters

Supporter Spotlight: Splash into Art

People looking for a unique date idea or a different way to have fun with friends and family should consider newly opened Splash Into Art, where customers create their very own 16-inch by 20-inch painting in less than three hours.

April 21, 2010 | Staff Report | Business

Tennyson L. Knight

April 20, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS

Covington to not pursue railroad purchase

The City of Covington will not purchase the Norfolk Southern railroad. The council voted 5-1 to end any city involvement in the purchase of the railroad. Councilwoman Janet Goodman was the only member opposed.

April 19, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington

Dolores A. Jones

April 19, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS

NCSS Superintendent sends memo detailing cuts

Newton County School Superintendent Dr. Steve Whatley has announced the first round of personnel-related cuts, which he hopes will save the school system approximately $10 million, but will eliminate several teaching positions as well as middle school athletics.

April 19, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Education

When Doolittle did much

225 feet. 75 yards. The distance between the goal line on one end of a football field and the 25 yard line at the other end. 225 feet. Four ship lengths of a World War II B-25 Mitchell bomber end-to-end.

April 18, 2010 | Nat Harwell | Our Thoughts

School calendar recommended

 The Newton County Board of Education will vote on the new school calendar on April 27 and if they accept the recommendation by Superintendent Dr. Steve Whatley, the 2010-2011 school year will no longer have a week-long fall and winter break.

April 18, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Education

Airport fuel farm to be working Monday

 The Covington Municipal Airport is nearly fully operational, but some snags remain. Atlanta East Aviation Manager Rusty Anglin said the two 10,000 gallon fuel tanks at the airport were filled Friday, but when employees tried to pump out the fuel, nothing happened.

April 18, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Silver anniversary of service

Lula Smith-Rachels was presented with a 25-year service plaque and a bouquet of roses by Terre Wofford, CIC sales director Fla./Ga. for Guideon Insurance, for 25 years of service with the company. Smith-Rachels has been in business on the Covington square for 56 years. In celebration of her milestone of service, Smith-Rachels, Wofford, Wayne Vaughn (Smith-Rachel's son) and Smith Insurance Agency staff members Barbara Bell and Justin Thrower enjoyed lunch at Longhorn Steak House in Covington.

April 18, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL

25 years of teaching

Carol Jolly started working at Woodlee's Christian Child Care Center in 1985 where she taught 2 year-olds. For the past 12 years, she has found her niche teaching third grade at the Academy. A reception in her honor will be held at the school located at 2125 Old Salem Road in Conyers from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. April 24. All of her past and present students are invited to attend.

April 18, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Hot shots

Annual Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce golf tournament held on a beautiful Thursday.

April 18, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL

The yellow menace

 The loblolly pine pollen coating your home, car and pets this week is the trees' attempt to spread their genes far and wide. Really far and really wide. The yellow dust has been found to travel up to 1,800 miles from its source.

April 18, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Newborn supports rails to trails idea

While Newton County and Covington officials debate whether to purchase the railroad, the Newborn Town Council is firmly in support of buying the railroad and converting it into trails.

April 18, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

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