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Police on lookout for Walgreens theif

Covington police have issued a be on the look out for a white male who robbed the Walgreens at 3188 Hwy. 278 Thursday.

April 24, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Searching for Bobby Weaver (VIDEO)

Bobby Weaver's family still searching for answers.

April 24, 2015 | Darrell Everidge | Covington

Cheaper fuel has airlines soaring to record profits

DALLAS (AP) - For airlines, the record profits keep coming, thanks to cheaper jet fuel.

April 24, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Middle Ga. schools close with more than 100 children sick

DUBLIN, Ga. (AP) - Laurens County closed all of its public schools Friday after an estimated 150 children went home sick the day before with what health officials suspect is highly contagious norovirus.

April 24, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

UF fraternity accused of insulting vets

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - The University of Florida is investigating allegations that members of the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity spat at a group of disabled military veterans last weekend at a resort in Panama City Beach.

April 24, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Willie Mae Barr Greenwood

Willie Mae Barr Greenwood 91, of Mansfield passed away April 22, 2015 at The Retreat in Monticello. She was born in Monticello, Ga to the late Johnnie and Mammie E. Barr. Willie Mae was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years Adolph Greenwood, and several brothers and sisters.

April 24, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

Ga. deputies disciplined for 'mistakes' in gunshots response

MACON, Ga. (AP) - Five sheriff's deputies have been disciplined for their handling of a case involving fisherman who reported someone shooting at them at a middle Georgia lake.

April 24, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Eastside sweeps Spalding

Eagle baseball came full force in the region playoffs tonight as they swept Spalding in a doubleheader winning the first game 4-2 and the second 15-4.

April 23, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Eastside

Chamber golf tournament

The Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce held its annual golf tournament Thursday with a beautiful day of golf at Ashton Hills Golf Course.

April 23, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Airport Road an issue for Flint Hill parents

Many parents of Newton County School System students have made expressed concern over traffic problems caused by a portion of Airport Road being closed.

April 23, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Petraeus sentenced to 2 years' probation for military leak

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Former CIA Director David Petraeus, whose career was destroyed by an extramarital affair with his biographer, was sentenced Thursday to two years' probation and fined $100,000 for giving her classified material while she was working on the book.

April 23, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Nasdaq moves into record territory as stocks gain

NEW YORK (AP) - The Nasdaq composite crossed into record territory as U.S. stocks turned higher in afternoon trading Thursday, despite mixed earnings reports from General Motors, Procter & Gamble and others.

April 23, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Loretta Lynch wins confirmation as attorney general

WASHINGTON (AP) - Loretta Lynch has won confirmation to serve as the nation's attorney general, ending months of delay.

April 23, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Armed robbery at CVS, suspect escapes

Conyers Police were investigating an armed robbery that occured Thursday morning at the CVS Pharmacy located at 1541 Ga. Highway 20, Conyers.

April 23, 2015 | | LOCAL

Newton unemployment rate dips

The unemployment rate in NewtonCounty fell under 7 percent for the month of March.

April 23, 2015 | Martin Rand | LOCAL

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Newton loses to Valdosta

FORT VALLEY - Valdosta High School built a lead and held on late Saturday to top Newton High School 68-61 in the quarterfinals of the Class AAAAA playoffs.

March 06, 2011 | Josh Briggs | LOCAL

Chamber supports state film tax credit

Local officials hope the state continues to provide tax reductions to film companies in Georgia, because Newton County receives sales tax from a regular stream of filming projects and the thousands of tourists who come solely because of The Dukes of Hazzard, In the Heat of the Night and the Vampire Diaries.

March 06, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Dermatology Consultants offers Coolsculpting weight loss procedure

Dermatology Consultants has the perfect solution in order to slim down for the summer, a non-surgical weight loss method called Coolsculpting.

March 06, 2011 | By Gloria Curtis | Business

Teen strikes other with bat

An 18-year-old remains in the Newton County Jail after allegedly busting another teen's head open with a baseball bat in a fight over a girl.

According to Newton County Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer Cortney Morrison, the 17-year-old victim was hanging out with friends at a neighborhood gazebo when a girl walked by. One of the teens exchanged words with the girl and the conversation turned ugly.

March 06, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Looking at the need for 2011 SPLOST

This is the third part in our Sunday SPLOST series leading up to the SPLOST special election on March 15. Today's story will examine six of the larger projects included in the 2011 SPLOST list, and tell you why officials believe they're needed.

March 06, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | SPLOST

Legislation moving forward

It's now at the point in the legislative session where the General Assembly is pushing into the phase where we press to move bills out of each chamber (House and Senate) and over to the other before crossover day. Crossover day is legislative day 30, the last day we can pass a bill out of one chamber and still be able to move it in the other.

March 06, 2011 | By Doug Holt | Columnists

SPLOST is mostly unnecessary pork

Dear Sirs: (With this SPLOST) you have to understand that you are voting for a tax for yourself that will cost you money out of your pocket for a number of years. If you and your spouse earn near $100,000 per year at 1 percent then you will pay the county $5,000 for the duration. This is obviously more than any possible property tax increase you could imagine.

March 06, 2011 | Staff Report | Letters

Let’s sweep house

Dear Sirs: Thanks to the Editors for printing the recent letter "Throw the Rascals Out." The letter advocates and justifies throwing out the swelled ranks of self-loving politicians who have set the table where no American should be looking to the future with any degree of levity or optimism. The writer's remarks were first-rate and expresses the opinions of millions of Americans. Politicians indeed are the vultures and we the carcass.

March 06, 2011 | Staff Report | Letters

Harwell: Things I know no longer matter

The older I get the more I feel that a good bit of information I've spent a lifetime accumulating may border on the insignificant. I hope I'm wrong, as it's a terrible thing to contemplate having expended enormous effort and priceless, irreplaceable time in the pursuit of knowledge which doesn't matter. But it's important to me, especially in winter, to know that the hot water won't reach the shower head until I've sung the horn line introduction to Sam and Dave's 1967 "Soul Man."

March 06, 2011 | Nat Harwell | Columnists

A take on SPLOST

Dear Sirs: The readers of The Covington News have been inundated with several articles, advertisements, and columns the last few weeks on why passing SPLOST on March 15 is such a good and needed thing.

March 06, 2011 | Staff Report | Letters

SPLOST paves way to growth for county

Many of you reading this will remember when Newton County was primarily an agricultural community where cotton, orchards, hay fields, cattle, dairies and family gardens dominated the landscape. Others will cherish memories of those days as related by parents and grandparents. Roads that linked farms and homesteads were rutted dirt roads, even the most well-traveled.

March 06, 2011 | By Billy Fortson | Columnists

Cushman: Liberty or bondage?

My 11-year-old daughter asked me to explain how Wisconsin's 14 Democratic state senators can leave the state while they are supposed to be working.

March 06, 2011 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists

Safety everyone’s concern

With a declining tax digest and recessionary pressures continuing, yet another round of budget cuts are inevitably facing Newton County commissioners. They met in a retreat this past week and have begun the budgeting discussions.

March 06, 2011 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

In through the out door

Recently we editorialized on how shameful it was for our so called "conservative" majority" in the state senate to take a secret no-names shown vote to kill a bill that would have allowed local communities and their taxpayers the right to vote on whether they would like to have the right to sell alcohol on Sunday.

March 06, 2011 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Remembering Audrey Atkinson

Audrey Atkinson was the all-American girl. Blonde and bubbly, she could have been anyone's daughter, granddaughter, sister or best friend. But Audrey had a secret. The 19-year-old was being abused by her boyfriend.

March 06, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

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