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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WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama declared the end of America's "outdated approach" to Cuba Wednesday, announcing the re-establishment of diplomatic relations as well as economic and travel ties with the communist island - a historic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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Bolton appointed chairman of senior services

Though Newton County Senior Services continues to function normally, its board of directors has been struggling to identify its role and hasn't been able to provide assistance.

The Board of Commissioners appointed Doug Bolton as senior services board chairman Tuesday night, a move it hopes will eventually bring direction to the board.

October 20, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

County selected for agricultural pilot program

Newton County was chosen to participate in a free, state pilot program that will help it protect its agricultural land.

Staff from the Northeast Georgia Regional Commission will help Newton County form a Local Agriculture Protection Guide during the next year.

October 20, 2010 | | LOCAL

Bagged his first deer

Straight shooting: Justin Dial, 8, son of Duane and Linda Dial of Covington shot his first deer on Oct. 18 with a .223 rifle.

October 20, 2010 | | LOCAL

Keeping the fridge stocked

Last week I wrote about how many families - mine included - have needed to work an extra job or two to make ends meet in this economy.

October 20, 2010 | Kari Apted | News Columnists

Art, melodies and java

You can celebrate fine art and performances, good food and darn good coffee at Art, Melodies and Java, 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Southern Heartland Art Gallery, 1132 Monticello St., on the square in downtown Covington.

October 20, 2010 | | Covington

The Covington Mutt Show

Dogs have their day from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday as the Newton County Humane Society sponsors its annual Downtown Covington Mutt Show on the square.

October 20, 2010 | | Covington

We Won’t Sign: Residents use signs to oppose railroad purchase efforts

"No Rails to Trails" signs are popping up across Newton County, as opponents of plans to purchase an out-of-use railroad line and convert it into a recreation trail renew their efforts.

October 20, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Real home cooking doesn’t fit in a box

For weeks I had been seeing a television commercial for this certain chain of restaurants. The commercial claimed the restaurant served home cooking, "The kind mom used to do." I'm not going to name the restaurant chain. I've already got one libel suit pending. But I will say I've spent the nearly three decades since I left the cooking mama used to do looking for something, anything, that came close to it.

October 20, 2010 | Lewis Grizzard | News Columnists

Stubb’s Wrecker Service

Stubb's Wrecker Service has new owners who want to build on its 51-year legacy in Covington by growing and expanding its services.

October 20, 2010 | Sabastian Wee | Business

Columnist off base

Dear Editor: I am writing to respond to Dick Yarbrough's recent article "Seminary President's Views Need a Stretch." The article was an attack on several of the views of Dr. Albert Mohler, the president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

October 20, 2010 | Jason Dees Pastor, Covington First Baptist Church | Letters

Allen, Holloway plead guilty to involuntary manslaughter

Nearly three years after the shooting death of Ashley Obryant Vinson in a drug deal gone bad, the two men accused of his murder entered pleas on Tuesday to the lesser charge of involuntary manslaughter in the Newton County Superior Courtroom of Judge Eugene Benton.

October 20, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

A strange state of political affairs

In a weird election year, you might think the weirdest place of all is Delaware, where the Republican nominee for the Senate has aired TV commercials to reassure voters, "I am not a witch."

October 20, 2010 | Tom Crawford | Columnists

Regents engineer a controversy

The State Board of Regents voted recently to tighten policies governing illegal immigrant applicants to Georgia colleges and universities, and they did it with little discussion.

October 20, 2010 | Dick Yarbrough | Our Thoughts

Our thoughts... Shop local

Sunday, we ran an in-depth report on the local economy.

October 20, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

County considering requiring animal licenses

The county is considering requiring pet owners to pay for licenses for their dogs and cats and is reaching out to the county's municipalities to get their opinions.

October 20, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

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