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Deal on veterans' health care costs at least $15B

WASHINGTON (AP) - A bipartisan deal to improve veterans health care would authorize at least $15 billion in emergency spending to fix a veterans health program scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records covering up delays.

July 28, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

NMC hosts uniform, scrubs sale

Newton Medical Center Auxiliary is hosting a Uniforms & Scrubs Sale Monday, Aug. 4 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Tuesday, Aug. 5 from 7 a.m. to noon.

July 28, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Atlanta federal building reopens

ATLANTA (AP) - A federal building in Atlanta has reopened after being closed last week because of an issue impacting the building's electrical system.

July 28, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Take off your clothes to make it in TV

NEW YORK (AP) - A male contestant on a new VH1 dating show didn't beckon a woman to walk in front of him out of politeness. He wanted to check her out from behind, and didn't need to use his imagination.

July 28, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Legals 7/27/2014

July 28, 2014 | Carmen Ricks | LEGALS

Legals 7/25/2014

July 28, 2014 | Carmen Ricks | LEGALS

Legals 7/25/2014

July 28, 2014 | Carmen Ricks | LEGALS

Legals 7/23/2014

July 28, 2014 | Carmen Ricks | LEGALS

Unemployment up in Newton

State statistics show local unemployment numbers increased slightly in June, the latest month reported.

July 26, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL

Flying history

There are several ways to familiarize yourself with the history of the iconic flying machine of the Vietnam War, the Bell Helicopter Co. UH-1 "Huey."

July 26, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Newton County high school football coaches speak at Lions Club

At Ashford Springs Park, late Thursday evening, the Covington Lion's Club hosted Newton County's high school head football coaches. At the dinner, the coaches mingled with members of the community, and discussed different things with each other, such as the new IMPACT program. Newton head coach Terrance Banks, Eastside head coach Rick Hurst and Alcovy coach Kirk Hoffman spoke on the upcoming season, the ugliness of recruiting, how the game has changed and fielded questions about their players from fans.

July 26, 2014 | Staff Report | SPORTS

The truth in Tony Dungy's comments

For the past few days or so, there has been a lot of criticism and scrutiny for Tony Dungy's comments stating that he would not have drafted Michael Sam because he would have been a distraction.

July 26, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | SPORTS

Middle Ridge principal selected for leadership network

One local school principal will have his schedule full with the opportunity to make a step toward the future of Georgia's education.

July 26, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL

It’s SSEMC meeting time

About 1,357 Snapping Shoals EMC members turned out for the 76th annual shareholders' meeting at the Georgia International Horse Park Thursday, July 24.

July 26, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

New regime: Tigers revamp for 2014 season

New Alcovy softball head coach Brandy Keeter will look to keep Alcovy's winning tradition going as the season grows closer.

July 26, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | SPORTS

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Point of Grace comes to Covington

Pastor William Burnham and his wife moved to Covington 12 years ago, but it wasn't until two and a half years ago that God laid on their hearts the potential of starting a ministry, and it wasn't until Feb. 14 of this year that the ministry arrived in Covington.

March 12, 2010 | By Nikita Britt | RELIGION

Two 4-H’ers headed to state 4-H congress

It was an emotional weekend at Rock Eagle as 500 Junior and Senior 4-H'ers from across northwest Georgia came together to compete at District Project Achievement.

March 12, 2010 | Terri Kimble | News Columnists

Planning commission approves Gainer property rezoning again

The desire of city officials to bring in more jobs and tax revenue through new industry clashed head on against the traffic, noise and pollution concerns of local residents at Tuesday night's Covington Planning Commission meeting. The additional jobs and tax revenue appear to have won.

March 12, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington

inVest in the NCSO - March 12

The parents of Deputy Wesley Atha, injured last summer in the line of duty, have organized a fundraising campaign to purchase these vests for every county deputy. Their fundraising goal is $113,000. Each vest costs between $500-$700, depending on the size. Each Friday The Covington News will publish a list of individuals, businesses and civic groups who have donated to the cause that week as well as the total amount raised. Donations are tax deductible. Checks should be made payable to Newton Co. Sheriff's Office and earmarked for safety vests and equipment. Please mail donations to NCSO ...

March 12, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL

CPD gives aid to Haiti

Providing shelter: The Covington Police Department's Police Who Care Fund present Covington Rotary Club President Alice Queen with a check for $2,000. The donation is for the purchase of two Rotary Shelter boxes to provide shelter for up to 20 people in Haiti. The PWC donated the money to the Covington Club to increase the number of shelters donated by Covington from five to seven total shelters. Left to Right Front: Alice Queen and Chief Stacey L. Cotton Left to Right Rear: Officer Oscar Rogers, Officer John Seabolt, and Sergeant Chris Cain.

March 12, 2010 | Staff Report | Covington

Social Circle land could be de-annexed

Rep. Doug Holt (R-Social Circle) has stated that he is planning on introducing legislation to the state house that would de-annex one or several pieces of property from the city of Social Circle.

March 11, 2010 | Lee Sandow | LOCAL

Our thoughts... Field of dreams

Our struggling economy has caused the delay of many worthwhile projects in our area. One such plan was the downtown development project, which would have included a new hotel and entertainment facility.

March 11, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Newton County Schools receive over $20,000 in grant awards from General Mills Foundation

The Newton County School System received a General Mills Foundation grant for the benefit ofelementary students in the Newton and Rockdale County school districts.

March 11, 2010 | Staff Report | Education

Drag strip petition to be withdrawn

Donnie Clack announced at a meeting held Wednesday night in Social Circle that he is withdrawing his request to petition for the building of a drag strip from the planning and zoning committee.

March 10, 2010 | Lee Sandow | Social Circle

Mr. Charles E. Parr

PARR Charles E. Parr of Covington, GA died Tuesday March 9, 2010. The body was donated to the Emory School of Medicine. He was born on April 11, 1914 in Conyers, GA to Noel Guy and Faye Maddox Parr. Mr. Parr was a farmer, Chairman of Newton County Tax Assessors. Member of the Golden Fleece Masonic Lodge, Lifetime Member of VFW Post 5290 and a Member of the Covington Elks Lodge. Charles with other members of the Rocky Plains Community founded the Rocky Plains Volunteer Fire Department in 1965. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with his family ...

March 10, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS

William Dale Hampton, Sr.

Mr. William Dale Hampton, Sr., 91 of Covington died March 8, 2010 at his residence. Mr. Hampton was born in Unecka, NC in 1918 to the late James Pearl and Bertha Faust Hampton. Mr. Hampton retired from Randall Brothers Lumber Company after 30 years as a Building Materials Salesman. He attended Young Harris College and was an avid fisherman and Georgia Bulldogs Fan. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He was predeceased by his brothers Ralph and Earl Hampton and sisters Ella Joy, Violet Brinson and Lois Hagen. Surviving are his wife of 70 years Mary ...

March 10, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS

High school students focus on health-related careers through job shadowing

On February 2 and 3 nearly 70 high school students from Alcovy, Eastside and Newton high schools participated in the second annual Healthcare Science Careers Job Shadow Day.

March 10, 2010 | Staff Report | Education

James O. Ashworth, Jr.

March 10, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS

Anthony Michael Barrow

March 10, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS

Board of Education revises school calendar due to snow day

The Newton County Board of Education approved Tuesday evening school Superintendent, Dr. Steve Whatley's proposed revisions to the current school calendar to accommodate the makeup of the February 12 snow day.

March 10, 2010 | Staff Report | Education

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