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Keno thieves strike two Covington stores

Two men lost from Keno last week without checking their numbers.

November 26, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Mildred Beier

Mrs. Mildred Beier, age 86, of Social Circle passed away November 24, 2014 in Newberry, South Carolina. She was born November 3, 1928 in Newborn, Georgia to the late Clarence Brooks and Annie May Fouts Brooks Adams. Mrs. Beier was a homemaker and was of the Lutheran faith. She was a member of the Newton Hay Riders and enjoyed square dancing. She was preceded in death by her husband Larry Beier, her brother Randall Brooks and her son-in-law Paul Draeger.

November 26, 2014 | | OBITS

Reasons holiday shoppers will spend cautiously

NEW YORK (AP) - Falling gas prices. Soaring stock market. Unemployment at a six-year-low.

November 26, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Crews repair damage after Atlanta protests

ATLANTA (AP) - Crews were repairing damage to some businesses in downtown Atlanta on Wednesday, a day after protesters filled the streets in mostly peaceful opposition to the Ferguson, Missouri, grand jury decision.

November 26, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

GA roads, airport to see 1.3 million travelers

ATLANTA (AP) - More than 1.3 million Georgians are expected to travel on state highways and use the world's busiest airport through Sunday for Thanksgiving.

November 26, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Applications for US jobless aid jump to 313,000

WASHINGTON (AP) - The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits jumped last week, pushing total applications above 300,000 for the first time in nearly three months.

November 26, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Rams: Letting them off the leash

All year long Newton football made its money on offense where Rams' head coach Terrance Banks had nine returning starters from last year's team. As the Black Knights know, the Rams live and die (mostly living) on the arms and legs of Romario Johnson. However, it's been the Rams' defense that has propelled the team to new heights in this year's playoffs.

November 25, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton

Three NCSS teachers receive grants

The Newton Foundation for Educational Excellence announces the recipients of the Fall 2014 ReImagine Newton Classroom Grants.

November 25, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Cosby philanthropy shadowed by sexual allegations

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Bill Cosby's record of big donations to colleges and other institutions has been a key part of his rosy public image. But even his generosity can't stand apart from the rising tide of allegations made by women accusing him of sexual assault.

November 25, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Ga Tech-Georgia brings national chops this season

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - There's no need for any extra motivation when Georgia faces Georgia Tech.

November 25, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

NHS JROTC accepting Toys for Tots

The Newton High School Marine Corps Junior ROTC program invites the students, clubs and organizations of all Newton County Schools to join it in assisting the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve with their annual Toys for Tots drive.

November 25, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

US stock indexes hold at record levels

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks edged higher again Tuesday as investors assessed the latest reports on the economy. The government raised its estimate for economic growth in the third quarter, giving the U.S. its strongest six months of growth in a decade, but a separate report showed that consumer confidence fell in November.

November 25, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Ferguson mayor: National Guard deployment delayed

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - Ferguson's mayor is criticizing what he says was delayed National Guard deployment as violent protests broke out following the grand jury's decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson.

November 25, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

New FDA rules will put calorie counts on menus

WASHINGTON (AP) - Whether they want to or not, consumers will soon know how many calories they are eating when ordering off the menu at chain restaurants, picking up prepared foods at supermarkets and even eating a tub of popcorn at the movie theater.

November 25, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Toy Ride to be held Dec. 13

The Newton County Sheriff's Office 16th annual Toy Ride will take place Saturday, Dec. 13 to help benefit local children for Christmas.

November 25, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

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Eyesore of the Week - Sept. 26

Left to rot: This overgrown lawn and beat-up house is located on Walker Road in Covington. If you would like to submit an "Eyesore of the Week," send a picture to news@covnews.com or by mail to 1166 Usher St., Covington, GA 30014. Please do not submit residential properties that are occupied.

September 26, 2010 | Staff Report | Eyesore of the Week

Working hard until the cows come home

For Chris Wallace, manager of Bricton Farms in Social Circle, the workday begins at 7 a.m. by serving breakfast to more than 300 purebred, registered Black Angus cows, calves and bulls. After that, Wallace and three other workers stay busy, sometimes until well into the night, caring for approximately 1,000 acres of farmland occupied by cattle and hay.

Wallace graduated from Auburn University in 1994 with a degree in animal and dairy sciences and has been pursuing his love of cattle-raising ever since. Bricton Farms, which is owned by C.L. and Joyce Cook, has been managed by ...

September 26, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | Business

Livestock shows become a family affair

As I sat in the stands Friday night, fanning in an attempt to cool off on the hot September night, there was a collective gasp from the crowd.

In unison, everyone sighed in relief as the 4-H'er and her restless steer moved away from the fence.

September 26, 2010 | Terri Kimble | News Columnists

Newton County Jail Log - Sept. 26

• Michael Edward Gentry, 28, Jackson, Sept. 20. Probation violation.

September 26, 2010 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log

Graduation - Hornibrook

Dr. Melanie Lynn Hornibrook recently graduated from Medical College of Georgia.

September 26, 2010 | Staff Report | Education

Hugh and Pat Pope

The Rev. Hugh and Pat Pope celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary June 19 with a reception at the Garden Plaza in Lawrenceville. More than 100 friends and family members came to celebrate with them. The event was hosted by their son and daughter-in-law the Rev. Mylon and Amy Pope of Middleburg, Fla., and daughter and son-in-law Tim and Dawn Hunter of Covington, and grandchildren Josh Hunter of Paz River, Md. (US Navy), and Zack Hunter of Atlanta and Jonathan and Beth Pope of Middleburg. The Popes were married June 18, 1960 in Roanoke, Va. They pastored churches in South Carolina ...

September 26, 2010 | Staff Report | Anniversaries

Oak Hill, Ga. 212, called ‘death trap,’ to get traffic light

A traffic light is still coming to the intersection of Oak Hill Road and Ga. Highway 212, but it might not be completed until September 2011.

On Tuesday, the Newton County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a $106,548 bid from Moye Electric of Dublin to install the traffic signal; the money comes from previously allocated federal stimulus money. Chairman Kathy Morgan said in a Thursday e-mail that the contract calls for completion prior to Oct. 1, 2011.

September 26, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

The menace of Cyber Bullying

When Leslie first moved to Newton County from her small Midwestern hometown, her biggest concern was leaving the friends she had grown up with. She never guessed that finding friends here would be as much heartbreak as it has turned out to be.

"I have zero friends," the 15-year-old, whose last name was withheld to protect her from further bullying, said in a telephone conversation earlier this month. "And it's not like I had these friends and we got into a fight or anything. I just have never had them here. Kids make fun of everything about me."

September 26, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

DECA gears up

Making plans: On Tuesday, Sept. 21, Ms. Morrow and the DECA Officers of Newton High School held their Official Officer Training. While conducting their training, DECA Officers planned out their yearly activities, including what they have planned for National DECA Week on October 1016. Some of the activities include a Community Service Projects with Porterdale, a "PINK Out" supporting Breast Cancer, Teacher Appreciation Day, DECA Spirit Day, Dress for Success and DECA Career Day.

September 26, 2010 | Staff Report | Education

Ficquett Fall Festival returns

It's back! Fall is the best time of year for family gatherings. The Ficquett Fall Festival is the major fundraising effort for the school. It will be fun-filled day to enjoy time with family, friends and the community. The profits support the continuing education of our children. Last year had over 300 people attend the festival.

The school is looking for businesses to purchase spaces and promote their goods and services. Space consists of two parking spaces or a 10x10 area. Please provide your own tent, table, chairs and/or generators. No electrical outlets are available due to safety ...

September 26, 2010 | Staff Report | Education

Our thoughts... Bad Guys

We have had so much movie and TV activity going on downtown that most people probably thought that all the police that were out in force on Thursday were part of some script.

September 26, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Our thoughts... Standing tall to bullies

The president of Iran came a-visiting last week as Mahmoud Ahmadinejad made his annual address to the United Nations.

September 26, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Beer, barbecue and commonsense

The invitation arrived via e-mail with a quote attributed to Abraham Lincoln: "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts, and beer."

September 26, 2010 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists

Dekalb police copter crashes

A DeKalb County Police Department helicopter crashed and caught fire about 4:45 p.m. Friday at the Covington Municipal Airport.

Mekka Parish, a spokewoman for DeKalb police, said the pilot, a DeKalb police officer, was out on a re-certification exercise with a trainer and apparently engaged in a low-flying exercise when the craft crashed. The two men sustained minor injuries and were transported to Atlanta Medical Center Friday. DeKalb officials could not be reached Saturday to provide an update.

September 26, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington

Diversity discussions requires level field

For nearly 12 years, this publication has afforded me the opportunity to write on anything and everything piquing my interest. The world has truly been my oyster, and for that I'm grateful. But one topic has consistently eluded my best efforts, as it's so controversial that one has to tiptoe delicately to avoid misinterpretation. That topic is racial diversity.

September 26, 2010 | Nat Harwell | Columnists

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