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David J. Hood

David Hood, age 60, of Covington passed away May 24, 2015. He was born in Covington on November 7, 1954 one of the first ten babies born at Newton General Hospital. Graduated from Newton County High School and went Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College graduating with a degree in horticulture and while attending college worked at Callaway Gardens. David was the grounds superintendent for several golf course throughout his career including Hidden Hills and Cross Creek golf courses.

May 27, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

Robert ‘Bobby’ Patrick

Robert "Bobby" Patrick of Oxford, passed away May 26, 2015, at the age of 82. He was a 1952 graduate of Newton High School; and proud veteran of the United States Air Force, having served in both Germany and France, during his active duty from 1953 – 1957. Mr. Patrick was employed by Henson Furniture, until the business closed, and then went on to work for Hercules, for 24 years, prior to his retirement. He served as a deacon for several churches, and was Chairman of the deacon boards at First Baptist of Covington, Mt. Zion Baptist and Calvary Baptist. In ...

May 27, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

US stocks move higher in the afternoon, a day after a slump

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks rose modestly in late-day trading Wednesday, recovering most of a steep loss from the day before. Investors remain focused on Greece's debt problems.

May 27, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

2nd submariner guilty of sharing videos of women officers

MAYPORT NAVAL STATION, Fla. (AP) - A second submariner pleaded guilty Wednesday to sharing videos of female officers undressing for a shower, continuing a case that a prosecutor calls a "black eye" for the Navy's integration of women into the nation's sub fleet.

May 27, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Georgia man charged with supporting Islamic State militants

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - A Georgia man has been charged in federal court with trying to aid the Islamic State group.

May 27, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

NYC judge hears arguments on the rights of 2 chimpanzees

NEW YORK (AP) - A New York City judge has heard arguments over the rights of two chimpanzees that advocates hope to free from a state university where they're kept.

May 27, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Illinois couple welcomes their 100th grandchild

QUINCY, Ill. (AP) - A western Illinois couple recently celebrated the birth of their 100th grandchild.

May 27, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Dispute over MLK Bible, Nobel prize headed for mediation

ATLANTA (AP) - A legal battle over the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s traveling Bible and 1964 Nobel Peace Prize is headed for court-ordered mediation, and lawyers for both sides said Wednesday they hope for a lasting resolution to issues that have long divided the civil rights icon's heirs.

May 27, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Congress wants to know how thieves stole tax info from IRS

WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress is demanding answers about how identity thieves were able to steal the personal tax information of more than 100,000 taxpayers from an IRS website.

May 27, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Newton-One fatality in I-20 crash

One individual is confirmed dead and another injured after a vehicle travelling westbound on I-20 East crashed into another vehicle Tuesday night around the 89 mile mark between Almon and Salem roads.

May 27, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

EPA rules to protect drinking water, regulate small streams

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration is moving to protect the nation's drinking water with rules that clarify which smaller streams, tributaries and wetlands are protected from pollution under the Clean Water Act.

May 27, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

US stocks open modestly higher in quiet trading

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks rose modestly in early trading Wednesday, recovering some of the steep losses the market had the day before.

May 27, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

4 rescued after car veers into DeKalb County river

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say four people climbed to the roof of a car after it veered into a DeKalb County river.

May 27, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Naked man rescued after getting stuck on Florida drawbridge

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - Firefighters in Florida have rescued a naked man trapped on a raised drawbridge.

May 26, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Naked man rescued after getting stuck on Florida drawbridge

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - Firefighters in Florida have rescued a naked man trapped on a raised drawbridge.

May 26, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

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Is your road scheduled for repavement?

With the weather warming, road paving will get underway Friday when the state begins resurfacing Ga. Highway 81 North from U.S. Highway 278 through Oxford to the Walton County line.

April 12, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Girls robbed of $150 at lemonade stand

WARNER ROBINS, Ga. - Three girls selling lemonade to raise money for a hospitalized toddler were robbed of about $150 at their stand in central Georgia, authorities said.

A man and woman approached the girls Saturday afternoon and asked them about their lemonade stand, Houston County sheriff's Lt. Jon Holland said.

April 12, 2011 | Associated Press | STATE

State Senate passes House immigration bill

ATLANTA - A bill designed to crack down on illegal immigration in Georgia that the Senate approved Monday includes some provisions similar to those in a tough law enacted last year in Arizona.

After nearly three hours of debate and several floor amendments, the Senate voted 39-17 to pass the bill originally authored by Rep. Matt Ramsey, R-Peachtree City, in the House.

April 12, 2011 | Associated Press | STATE

Tornado watch until 3 a.m.

A tornado watch has been issued for Newton and Rockdale counties and much of metro Atlanta until 3 a.m.

April 11, 2011 | | LOCAL

State tax overhaul dead for session

ATLANTA - A tax overhaul that Republicans had promoted as a key part of their agenda appears to be dead for the legislative session.

A joint legislative panel signed off on the bill Monday morning and it appeared headed to a full House vote the same day.

April 11, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL

Tasty deal for Georgia company

PHILADELPHIA - A Georgia food company announced a $34.4 million cash deal Monday to acquire Tasty Baking Co., the iconic maker of Tastykakes and other packaged sweets that earlier this year was forced by financial difficulties to explore a merger or sale.

Thomasville, Ga.-based Flowers Foods Inc., which makes breads, buns, rolls, snack cakes, pastries, and tortillas, is paying $4 a share for Tasty Baking's 8.6 million shares outstanding. The price is more than double Tasty Baking's closing price Friday of $1.61 a share.

April 11, 2011 | Associated Press | Business

State Senate to take up immigration bill

ATLANTA - The Georgia Senate is set to take up a bill that aims to crack down on illegal immigration in the state and also has some provisions similar to those in a tough law enacted last year in Arizona.

Senators on Monday are set to take up an amended version of a House bill sponsored by Rep. Matt Ramsey, R-Peachtree City.

April 11, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL

Remembering the Blue Caps, textile leagues

Americans do two things perhaps better than any other group of people on the planet: party and have a good time. Leisure has been a critical part of the American framework throughout our history. That's not to say every nationality doesn't have some sort of customary games and or entertainment they grasp to when it's time to relax.

April 10, 2011 | Josh Briggs | LOCAL

Mary Jo Hallford

Mary Jo Hallford, 71, of Oxford, went to be with her Lord April 9, 2011, at Abbey Hospice in Social Circle, from complications from lung cancer. She was the daughter of the late Rev. Austin Madison and Rena Kate (Mason) Alexander. Mary Jo was a member of The Baptist Tabernacle. After retiring from Sweetheart Plastics, she enjoyed gardening, traveling, scrapbooking, playing cards, and family get-togethers. She will be remembered as a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, and a friend to many. She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Amos Carl Hallford, the son of the ...

April 10, 2011 | Staff Report | OBITS

Arrogance

Marie Antoinette was the wife of French King Louis XVI, whose most notable footnote in history is that he was in power in 1789 when the French Revolution changed the world and resulted in his unfortunate encounter with the guillotine.

April 10, 2011 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Covington woman becomes TOPS weight loss queen

Wearing smiles brighter than their crowns, Philip Baker and Sadie Bostick were honred by Take Off Pounds Sensibly as the 2010 King and Queen of Georgia.

April 10, 2011 | Staff Report | Covington

Low reserves complicate county budget

While the federal government wrangles over how to cut its budget and reduce its deficit, Newton County officials are staring at the other side of the coin, trying to find a way to increase its dwindling emergency reserves while tax revenues continue to drop.

April 10, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Vampire fun

"The Vampire Diaries" put a stake into the downtown square late in the week, again transforming Covington into Mystic Falls, Va.

April 10, 2011 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Kruizers come to Social Circle

The Social Circle Kruizers held their monthly car show in Social Circle Saturday morning. The club meets on the second Tuesday of every month. For more information on the Kruizers, visit socialcirclekruizers.com.

April 10, 2011 | Lee Sandow | Social Circle

More than a victim: Wendy Cartledge-Carter

Wendy Cartledge-Carter became the victim of convicted murderer Cobey Wade Lakemper on August 18, 2005 - her 41st birthday. But before she was a victim, she was a wife, a mother and Daddy's little girl. And according to her family, nothing will ever change that.

April 09, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

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