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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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Melbert Ray Ford executed

Melbert Ray Ford Jr. took his last breath on June 9 at 7:27 p.m., more than 24 years after the last breaths of those he murdered. He ate most of his last meal and declined a sedative as well as a prayer request from the prison chaplin at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson. His last words were not ones of remorse for his crimes but thanks to his family, friends and loved ones.

June 09, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Fire closes I-20 eastbound past exit 98

Two Newton County Fire Department crews are working a small brush fire on Interstate-20, between exits 98 and 101, which has closed down eastbound traffic.

Deputy Chief Tim Smith said the crew hoped to have the fire put out and everything cleaned up before rush hour.

June 09, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

We Ride to Provide a success for PPD

Sgt. Jason Cripps of the Porterdale Police Department and his wife Holly spoke to the Porterdale City Council Monday night about the success of their May 15 We Ride to Provide fundraising event.

June 09, 2010 | Jennifer T. Long | Porterdale

Welcome home

Handshakes, hugs and a few tears greeted the dozens of Covington-based National Guard troops who triumphantly returned home after a tour of duty in Afghanistan.

June 09, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Social Circle named job Opportunity Zone

Social Circle Better Hometown announced Tuesday morning that several areas in Social Circle have been declared an Opportunity Zone by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs. It is the 33rd such zone in Georgia.

June 09, 2010 | Lee Sandow | Social Circle

Cycle of improvement

Bikes for academic improvement: At the Awards Program at Palmer-Stone Elementary School on May 27, the Oxford Lions Club awarded six bicycles to the third, fourth and fifth grade boys and girls who had shown the most improvement during the past academic school year. The Covington Pilot Club provided safety helmets to go along with the bicycles. Both civic organizations are Partners in Education with Palmer-Stone. Other partners, McDonald's and Dr. Pepper, provided a customized bicycle for Ian Kreiger who had shown outstanding progress in the Accelerated Reading Program.

June 09, 2010 | Staff Report | Education

Redevelopment Authority to buy additional lots

The Covington Redevelopment Authority is planning to purchase nine more lots in the Walker's Bend subdivision as it continues efforts to revitalize that area.

June 09, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

DeKalb Tech names new chairman

Edward (Ed) Bates, Director of Southeast Operations for PACTIV Corporation, has been named DeKalb Technical College Foundation Chairman of the Board of Directors. The Foundation is a community based nonprofit organization that strives to promote the cause of technical and adult education while expanding education opportunities for the students of DeKalb Technical College.

June 09, 2010 | Staff Report | Education

Project Adventure closing down

Project Adventure Kids, a non-profit organization focusing on the rehabilitation of at-risk children and teen-aged drug abusers and sex offenders, is closing down its 16 area group homes and treatment facility on Elks Club Road.

June 09, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Can Barnes or Oxendine be stopped?

John Oxendine and Roy Barnes have been consistent leaders in their respective primaries in the race for governor. With the July 20 primary only six weeks away, can they keep their leads and secure the nominations?

Barnes is the easy call right now in the Democratic primary. The former governor has maintained a strong lead in all the early polls, even if not so far ahead that he might win it on July 20. He also has been able to raise more money than any other candidate, Democratic or Republican.

June 09, 2010 | Tom Crawford | Columnists

Letter to the editor: Passing of a giant

Dear Editor: With the passing of Roy Varner, Newton County has truly lost a giant. As a Water Production employee I may be slightly biased, but I feel that Mr. Varner's foresight and steadfast determination in the construction of the county's drinking water reservoir (that bears his name) is the most enduring gift Roy Varner gave to the county he loved. The citizens of Newton (and Walton County) have and will continue to benefit from this vision.

However, it is much more than his accomplishments that made Roy Varner memorable to so many of us. From time to ...

June 09, 2010 | Bob Snipes Social Circle | Letters

Our thoughts...Bless you too

Monday night the Oxford City Council in their opening invocation led by Hoyt Oliver asked the "Guiding Spirit" to forgive us for criticizing their decision to waste the tax dollars of the good citizens of Oxford on expensive furniture from an out-of-town vendor.

We are pleased to see that the council still says a prayer to start their meetings. Political correctness these days prevents many councils and boards across the country from appealing to a higher power for guidance.

June 09, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Our thoughts...Shadow of a giant

"Men of genius are admired, men of wealth are envied, men of power are feared; but only men of character are trusted."

June 09, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Newton County Jail Log - June 9

n Brittany Rena Gilstrap, 19, 10626 Magnolia Heights Circle, Covington, May 22. Drinking under age.

June 09, 2010 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log

Ride for Horses event hopes for World Record

The American Competitive Trail Horse Association will be organizing a Ride for Horses event on June 13. Each state across the country will host an ACTHA-sanctioned ride and, in doing so successfully, will be entered into Guinness World Records for the largest competitive ride ever held.

Georgia's participation in the event will be held at Peters Creek Farms in Social Circle.

June 09, 2010 | By Sebastian Wee swee@covnews.com | Social Circle

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