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Hillgrove ends Alcovy's playoff run

On a cold Wednesday evening Florida State commit Abby Evans, blanked the Lady Tigers twice lifting Hilgrove to 1-0 and 6-0 wins respectively, ending Alcovy's playoff run in the second round.

October 22, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Alcovy

Change the World Day this Saturday

Citizens of Newton County are racing against hunger in working to change the world.

October 22, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

R.L. Cousins class of 64 celebrates

The R.L. Cousins Class of 1964 celebrated its 50th class reunion at Pilgreen's Steakhouse on Lake Dow Road in McDonough Sept. 20.

October 22, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

RCSO requests $2M more for personnel

The Rockdale County Sheriff's Office officially made its 2015 budget request, including a request for nearly all of the county's capital budget, to the Rockdale County Board of Commissioners during the board's Tuesday morning work session.

October 22, 2014 | Martin Rand | LOCAL

2 dead in shooting attack at Canada's Parliament

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) - A Canadian soldier standing guard at a war memorial in the country's capital was shot to death Wednesday, and heavy gunfire then erupted inside Parliament. One gunman was killed, and police said they were hunting for as many as two others.

October 22, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Social Security benefits get another tiny increase

WASHINGTON (AP) - Come January, nearly 60 million Social Security recipients will get benefit increases averaging $20 a month, the third straight year of historically small pay hikes.

October 22, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

UGA asks for Gurley's reinstatement

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Georgia will file a request with the NCAA on Wednesday for tailback Todd Gurley's eligibility to be reinstated.

October 22, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Ga. Aquarium says beluga is pregnant

ATLANTA (AP) - Officials at the Georgia Aquarium say a 20-year-old beluga whale, Maris, is expecting a calf in the spring.

October 22, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Peachtree Academy's Homecoming court

Peachtree Academy announced its Homecoming court ahead of Friday night's Homecoing game.

October 22, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Georgia Dems invoke Ferguson in election plea

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Democrats are using the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, to rally black voters ahead of the Nov. 4 election, with Republicans calling the move "race-baiting."

October 22, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Deal promises review of Georgia's school funding

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal pledged an exhaustive review of the state's system for funding schools this week, 13 days before voters go to the polls.

October 22, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Survey: Harassment a common part of online life

NEW YORK (AP) - A new study confirms what many Internet users know all too well: Harassment is a common part of online life.

October 22, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Ga. electorate shrinks; fewer new voters are white

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia's electorate is changing fast, state officials said Tuesday, underscoring a shift that Democrats see as critical to making gains in a state dominated by Republicans.

October 22, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Drone operation course to be offered at GA school

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - A Clarke County school is planning to offer courses to teach students how to operate drones, track down cybercriminals and more.

October 22, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

The Clintons, the Democrats' 2014 super surrogates

AURORA, Colo. (AP) - Bill and Hillary Clinton are the validators-in-chief for Democrats struggling through a bleak campaign season in states where President Barack Obama is deeply unpopular.

October 22, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

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Running away from the president

When Sarah Palin endorsed Karen Handel prior to the Republican primary, Handel embraced that support and has been attached at the hip to Palin - figuratively speaking - ever since.

August 03, 2010 | Tom Crawford | Columnists

Joe Hughes

Joe Hughes of Covington, died Saturday, July 31, 2010 at his residence. He was born on February 7, 1944 in Covington, GA to the late Clarence and Bessie Mae Hughes. Joe was a member and Trustee of the North Covington United Methodist Church, a member of Covington Elks Lodge and loved to fish and garden. Mr. Hughes is preceded in death by his wife: Linda Hughes and daughter: Dede Hughes. He is survived by Daughters and Sons-In-Law: JoAnn and Mel Fuller of Grayson, Tamie and Gary Hegwood of Covington, Rene and Eddie Huckaby of Covington and Rebecca Johnson of ...

August 02, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS

Public Service Commission runoff forum tonight

The local conservative advocate group, Patriots Table, is hosting a Public Service Commission District 2 Republican runoff forum from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. tonight at the Little Red School House, next to the Covington Y on Newton Drive.

Local State Senator John Douglas (R-Social Circle) and Tim Echols of Athens were the top two finishers in the July 20 Primary and will face off in the Aug. 10 runoff. Echols garnered the highest percentage of the vote at 35.1 percent, while Douglas captured 27.6 percent of the statewide vote, but received a 56.2 percent ...

August 02, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Newton wins bid for 2012 Dixie Boys World Series

The Dixie Boys World Series is coming back to Newton County in 2012. Dixie Baseball selected the Newton County Recreation Commission to host the regional tournament, marking the fifth time the county has entered a winning host bid.

The recreation commission previously hosted the Dixie Boys World Series in 1993, 1997 and 2008 and hosted a Junior Boys World Series in 2002.

August 02, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Mr. Howard Coady

Howard Everett (Sonny) Coady of Covington, GA died Saturday, July 31, 2010 at his residence. He was born on May 10, 1937 in Porterdale, GA to the late Everett and Bertha Kitchens Coady. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. Mr. Coady is survived by his wife: Jordye Hammonds Coady; son: Stacey Coady; sisters: Geraldine Smallwood and Mary Lee Brooks, all of Covington; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sister: Frances Lindsey. Services will be held at 2:00 PM on Wednesday, August 4, 2010 in the Chapel of Wheeler Funeral Home with Rev. Gene ...

August 02, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS

Adams overcomes

Adams Garrett is like any other 7 year-old - precocious, curious and full of spirit. Even as he faces several physical and genetic ailments, his energy is simply inspiring to his parents and three siblings.

August 01, 2010 | Sabastian Wee | LOCAL

ALANHS: Making and Studying History

For the Love of Art: Newton High School's Academy of Liberal Arts made history on July 14, as students of the academy formed a cultural alliance with students of Carver Early College to embark upon a nine day study abroad trip to France and Spain to study art and history.

August 01, 2010 | Staff Report | Education

Naked man found walking down Highway 81

Phones at the Newton County Sheriff's Office were ringing off the hook around 6 p.m. Monday, when several people driving down Ga. Highway 81 noticed a man with no clothes on walking down the street.

August 01, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Porterdale hydro plant to house innovative business

More than 80 years after Bibb Manufacturing opened its Porter Hydro Plant, innovator Stephen Odom plans to use it to revolutionize the water filtration and production industry.

August 01, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | Porterdale

Newton County Jail Log - Aug. 1

• Patricia Nicole Livingston, 26, Hapeville, July 19. Giving false name or address to law enforcement officer, speeding, no child restraint, license to be carried and exhibited.

August 01, 2010 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log

Keener receives Certificate of Recognition from GMA

Social Circle Council Member David Keener received the prestigious Certificate of Recognition from the Georgia Municipal Training Institute at the Georgia Municipal Association's 77th Annual Convention in Savannah on June 28.

August 01, 2010 | Staff Report | Social Circle

Oxford trail extended by 1,100 feet

The Oxford community continues to pursue its goal of creating an extensive multi-use trail system and recently added another 1,100 feet of paved path, or two-tenths of a mile.

As in previous years, the additional section was a joint effort between the City of Oxford and non-profit Newton County Trails-Path Foundation; the two groups evenly split the $40,000 cost. Oxford business Designed Installations by Jim Williams did the work.

August 01, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | Oxford

Eyesore of the Week - Aug. 1

Completely overgrown: This week's eyesore is the historic estate located on Emory Street. 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.

August 01, 2010 | Staff Report | Eyesore of the Week

Local Astronomers snap pictures of ISS

The telescope tells all: Theo Ramakers (Social Circle) and Frank Garner (Covington), both members of the Charlie Elliott Chapter of the Atlanta Astronomy Club, imaged the International space Station as it transited the Sun on Friday, July 30.

August 01, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL

BOE maintains cap on class sizes

The State Board of Education in Georgia has waived all class size rules for the upcoming school year, but the Newton County Board of Education has voted to keep class sizes as low as possible and has granted the superintendent the authorization to move staff around during the first month of school in order to place teachers where the students are.

August 01, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Education

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