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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WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama declared the end of America's "outdated approach" to Cuba Wednesday, announcing the re-establishment of diplomatic relations as well as economic and travel ties with the communist island - a historic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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Homework needed on ballot amendments

Pay attention to the constitutional amendments

October 06, 2010 | Tom Crawford | Columnists

No fan of Facebook, but the movie’s good

When I first heard of the "Facebook movie," I groaned along with everybody else. It's bad enough I bought into the social networking era, got a profile and informed the world of my self-indulgent thoughts, but to watch a movie about it? With Facebook dominating almost everything on the Web and even our personal lives, a movie about Facebook just seemed too much.

October 06, 2010 | Sabastian Wee | News Columnists

Newton County Jail Log - Oct. 6

• Maurice Quantale Avery, 27, Monroe, Sept. 25. Child support default.

October 06, 2010 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log

Parking ordinance temporarily suspended

Nearly every car owner who lives in Covington is violating the city's current parking ordinance, simply by parking a car outside their home, if that car weighs more than 2,000 pounds.

October 06, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Future firefighters

Junior firefighters: To prepare for "Fire Prevention Week" during the week of Oct. 3-9, Piedmont Academy students in pre-school and kindergarten had a special visit by the Jasper County Fire Department on Tuesday. The firefighter explained the importance of having a family fire safety plan, what to do if their home were to catch on fire and who to call, as well as "stop, drop and roll." The firefighter was dressed in their fireman's suit for the students and explained all the "bells and whistles" associated with their attire along with the tools they use to fight a fire ...

October 06, 2010 | Staff Report | Education

Saluting Georgia’s citizen-soldiers

Five years ago this week, I was in Iraq in a dirty, foreboding piece of real estate known as "The Triangle of Death." That is not a misnomer. I almost found out the hard way.

October 06, 2010 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists

Have a say

The opinion page of The Covington News is the heart and soul of its editorial existence.

October 06, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Roots and berries

The way I figure it, you spend the first half of your life attempting to get away from your roots and the second half trying to get back to them.

October 06, 2010 | Lewis Grizzard | News Columnists

Electricity prices to increase statewide in 2011

Utility customers across the state will get more bad news in 2011, as electricity prices are expected to increase.

Covington residents can expect to pay around 7 percent more for electricity, because the City of Covington will have to pay its provider, the Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia, a similar increase. The cost for customers will not come in the form of a rate increase, but will instead be passed on through the power cost adjustment, or PCA, which is designed to pass increased market costs on to customers.

October 06, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington

The burns and the bees

I think summer break should happen during autumn. One little week off in October just isn't enough when the weather is this lovely.

October 06, 2010 | Kari Apted | News Columnists

Social Circle Theatre gears up for show

They're celebrating 90 years or so of stories and a decade of community theater this weekend in Social Circle.

October 06, 2010 | Tharon Giddens | Social Circle

Supporter Spotlight: TLC Carpet Care

Tyrone and Lorna Carrington believe that earning a reputation as an honest and reliable business is the recipe for success. Their business, TLC Carpet Care, is a testament to their goals of providing exceptional customer service.

October 06, 2010 | Sabastian Wee | Business

4-H’er McCord says 4-H is about friends

MaKenzy McCord has done it all in 4-H.

October 06, 2010 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL

Keeping current with Cousins Middle

October 06, 2010 | Staff Report | Education

Sherman’s Last Burning

Expect heaping helpings of barbecue and fun on Friday and Saturday at the Lions Club's annual Sherman's Last Burning fall festival and barbecue cookoff at the American Legion Fairgrounds on Mill Street.

October 06, 2010 | Tharon Giddens | Covington

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