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Second suspect in chase still at large

South Salem Elementary and Liberty Middle School were both briefly on lockdown Tuesday as police chased two burglary suspects on car and foot, leading to an arrest behind one of the schools.

January 28, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL

Clergy speak out on 'religious freedom' bill proposed in GA

ATLANTA (AP) - Baptist clergy members in Georgia are picking sides over a bill that supporters say protects religious freedom.

January 28, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Census: 1 in 5 children on food stamps

WASHINGTON (AP) - Sixteen million children were on food stamps as of last year, the highest number since the nation's economy tumbled in 2008.

January 28, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

California declares electronic cigarettes a health threat

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California health officials on Wednesday declared electronic cigarettes a health threat that should be strictly regulated like tobacco products, joining other states and health advocates across the U.S. in seeking tighter controls as "vaping" grows in popularity.

January 28, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

US stocks slump as another dip in oil drags down the market

NEW YORK (AP) - The U.S. stock market is slumping at the close as oil falls to its lowest level in nearly six years.

January 28, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

NCSS Spelling Bee returns

The 2015 System Spelling Bee has returned, and The Newton County School System will host the annual event. Each of the system's elementary and middle schools will compete this year at Newton High School on Feb. 6 at 10:30 a.m. Students in grades four through eight are eligible to participate, with each school sending their own spelling bee champion and runner up to compete in the tournament.

January 28, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Newton represented in merger committee

One of the first steps in consolidating Georgia State University and Georgia Perimeter College is a implementation committee, helping to find ways to make the two institutions blend together.

January 28, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Main Denver airport bans sale of marijuana-themed souvenirs

DENVER (AP) - Tourists who fly to Colorado to try legal pot can forget about buying souvenir boxer shorts, socks or sandals with a marijuana leaf on them when passing through the Denver airport.

January 28, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Fed stays 'patient' but voices new low inflation concerns

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Federal Reserve is reiterating that it will be "patient" in raising rates from record lows but is signaling greater concern about excessively low inflation.

January 28, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Lynch defends Obama's immigration policies

WASHINGTON (AP) - Challenged by Republicans, Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch on Wednesday defended President Barack Obama's decision to shelter millions of immigrants from deportation though they live in the country illegally. But she said they have no right to citizenship under the law.

January 28, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

This week in pictures

Looking through the camera at our community.

January 28, 2015 | Darrell Everidge | Oxford

Slain Georgia couple known for charity work across the South

McRAE, Ga. (AP) - Elrey "Bud" Runion and his wife, June, took their charitable efforts all over the South: from storm-damaged Alabama towns and impoverished pockets of West Virginia to a donation center run from their backyard in suburban Atlanta.

January 28, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

DEA chief: US abandoned plan to track cars near gun shows

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Drug Enforcement Administration abandoned an internal proposal to use surveillance cameras for photographing vehicle license plates near gun shows in the United States to investigate gun-trafficking, the agency's chief said Wednesday.

January 28, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Fugitive treasure hunter nabbed in Florida after 2-year hunt

A fugitive treasure hunter embroiled in a legal fight over what's been described as the greatest lost treasure in American history has been arrested in Florida after more than two years on the lam, authorities said Wednesday.

January 28, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Porterdale recognized for Main Street

Porterdale has seen a lot of growth over the last year, and continues to head in an upward climb commercially with the addition of a new restaurant and other businesses on the horizon.

January 28, 2015 | Staff Report | Porterdale

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Hometown holiday cocoa

Braving the cold: Sarai Baker enjoyed a steaming cup of hot cocoa and marshmallows in the festive Covington News store on the square Thursday evening. The Hometown Holiday Celebration, a Mainstreet Covington event to promote holiday shopping and festivities on the square, happens every Thursday evening and includes caroling, horse and carriage rides and extended shopping hours.

December 17, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL

Victorian Christmas at Indian Creek

Back in time: Indian Creek Middle School students took a trip back in time to visit the Victorian era Thursday afternoon. The students, who had been studying the historic culture, were encouraged to dress the part as they sampled foods the ladies and gentlemen would have snacked on, made holiday crafts and ended the day with games.

December 17, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | Education

Letter to the Editor - Thanks for care

Dear Editor: Is it possible to have a good day at the hospital?

December 17, 2010 | Staff Report | Letters

Our thoughts... Georgia prisoners

Some Georgia prisoners on Wednesday ended a week-long, nonviolent protest and started reporting to their work assignments.

December 17, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Commissioners split on SPLOST

County Commissioner Mort Ewing's $57.6 million Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax proposal is expected to gain formal approval of the commission when it meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Historic Courthouse.

December 17, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Hyper-texting and Hyper-networking teens at risk

Teens who send more than 120 text messages per school day are 40 percent more likely to have tried cigarettes, two times more likely to have tried alcohol and 43 percent more likely to be binge drinkers than teens who do not hyper-text.

December 17, 2010 | Kirven Weekley | News Columnists

Letter to the Editor - Medicare reform

Dear Sir: I am over 65 and on Medicare.

December 17, 2010 | Staff Report | Letters

Porterdale landlord fined

A Porterdale landlord was fined $1,300 and placed on 30 days probation after a property he owned was found to be in violation of many of the city's property code ordinances.

December 16, 2010 | Lee Sandow | Porterdale

Grace Notes: What will you do with the promise?

What if George Washington had lost? Would you still know his name, or would Benedict Arnold be the guy that all the third grade history projects are on?

December 16, 2010 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Columnists

Teens arrested for sex acts on school bus

Two Newton County high school students are facing several serious charges after reportedly having sexual contact with a female student on a school bus in late November.

December 16, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Free hot chocolate tonight on the Square

You can celebrate the holidays, help the needy and get a chance to win $100 in Mainstreet Bucks tonight at Covington News Night downtown on the square.

December 16, 2010 | Staff Report | Covington

UPDATE: County SPLOST list not changed

County Commissioner Mort Ewing's original 2011, $57.6 million SPLOST proposal is expected to be the final list presented to voters at the March 15 special election.

December 15, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Watch for a wintry mix this evening

There may be some sleet and snowflakes mixed in with rain this afternoon on your way home this evening.

December 15, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Hubert White withdraws rezoning requests

On Monday, Developer Hubert White withdrew his requests to rezone his office location, 4118 Herring Street, and an adjoining parcel.

December 15, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington

Social Circle Superintendent named to Transistion Advisory Committee

Social Circle School Superintendent Dr. Bettye Ray has been named vice-chair of the Georgia Department of Education's Transition Advisory Committee.

December 15, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Social Circle

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