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November 20, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | Covington

Emmanuel adds Hopper

If you've been to an Eastside softball game this year, then you know Madison Hopper. She's gone yard a few times this season and been stellar for the Eagles as a pitcher. On Thursday evening, Hopper signed a scholarship to attend Emmanuel College next fall. Check the Covington News' Sunday edition for the full story.

November 20, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Eastside

Fox 5 names Newton team of the week

After their stunning playoff victory over Valdosta, the Rams have garnered plenty of attention. On Thursday morning, Newton held a pep rally, as Fox 5 came to award the football team with their trophy as the team of the week. Rams' head coach Terrance Banks accepted the trophy after the pep rally.

November 20, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton

Atlanta readies for reaction to Ferguson case

ATLANTA (AP) - Police and leaders in the Atlanta area were preparing Thursday for protests and possible unrest as a grand jury in Missouri decides whether to criminally charge a white officer who fatally shot a black man.

November 20, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Dow, S&P 500 edge back up to record highs

U.S. stocks are back at record levels as investors were encouraged by good news on housing, the job market and corporate earnings.

November 20, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Herbert Emil Hess

Herbert Emil Hess, 75, of Jersey, formerly of Kedulen, Germany, passed away November 17, 2014. Mr. Hess was preceded in death by his parents, Albert J. and Lina (Haase) Hess, and brother, Walter A. Hess.

November 20, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS

Official says FSU gunman was alumnus

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A Florida State University alumnus and attorney shot three people at the school's library early Thursday before being killed by police, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press.

November 20, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Official says FSU gunman was alumnus

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The gunman who shot three people at Florida State University's library early Thursday before being killed by police was a lawyer who graduated from the school, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press.

November 20, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Georgia's jobless rate declines to 7.7 percent

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia's unemployment rate has dropped to 7.7 percent.

November 20, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Soaring generic drug prices draw Senate scrutiny

WASHINGTON (AP) - Some low-cost generic drugs that have helped restrain health care costs for decades are seeing unexpected price spikes of up to 8,000 percent, prompting a backlash from patients, pharmacists and now Washington lawmakers.

November 20, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Mike Nichols, crafter of films, plays, dies at 83

NEW YORK (AP) - Mike Nichols, the director of matchless versatility who brought fierce wit, caustic social commentary and wicked absurdity to such film, TV and stage hits as "The Graduate," ''Angels in America" and "Monty Python's Spamalot," has died. He was 83.

November 20, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Newton owns Heritage in season opener

If cheering was the contest that counted then Heritage was easily the victor, but it didn't. Neither did the many entertaining dance-offs between the fans of the two schools, but what did count was the Ws for both the girls' and boys' varsity basketball teams.

November 19, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton

County approves Old Atlanta Hwy cell tower

The Newton County Board of Commissioners voted 4-1 in favor of a new, 150-foot cell tower at 10816 Old Atlanta Highway Tuesday evening.

November 19, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Dahlia Jo Minton

Little Miss Dahlia Jo Minton, age 5, of Jackson, passed away Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at her residence surrounded by her loving family. She was born on Wednesday, January 7, 2009 in Riverdale. Dahlia attended Rock Springs Church and Jackson Presbyterian Church. A sweet, joyful child, she loved to make friends, sing, dance, and laugh.

November 19, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS

How the Dow Jones industrials did on Wednesday

U.S. stock indexes ended mostly lower on Wednesday, declining for the first time this week and edging below record highs set the day before. Investors found little new to trade on in the minutes from the Federal Reserve's latest policy meeting.

November 19, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

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Man arrested after threatening to cut the throat of ex-wife's boyfriend

A Covington man was arrested Saturday afternoon after reportedly threatening to cut the throat of his ex-wife's current boyfriend.

September 01, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

The Singing Saints

The Saints come marching in: The Singing Saints Choir of Covington First United Methodist Church will sing for the Day Revival at Monticello Baptist Church on Wednesday, October 20 at 11:00 AM. Preaching will be Dr. Harper Shannon, leader of evangelism among Alabama Baptists, and former pastor of churches in Birmingham and Montgomery. Pictured are the members of the choir with Becky Ramsey, Director (front row, left) and Alice Walker, Accompanist (front row, right).

September 01, 2010 | Staff Report | RELIGION

Ain’t the Way It Used To Be

Female anchors and reporters on the cable news channels and local TV news certainly look different today. The rule used to be that nothing about an anchor should be distracting, nothing flashy, nothing sexy; they should look credible. Credible meant shortish hair (shoulder length max), street eye make-up (no formal evening or look-like-a-hooker eye make-up), no flashy jewelry, no red lipstick, no red nail polish, no tight blouses and no plunging necklines. When I worked with Barbara Walters, Bettina Gregory, Candy Crowley, Katie Couric, Jeanie Moos, Ann Compton (who is still on the air for ABC News) and others, they ...

September 01, 2010 | Staff Report | Columnists

Jim Marshall holds town hall meeting in Porterdale

U.S. Rep. Jim Marshall (D-Macon) visited the city of Porterdale Friday to hold a town hall meeting to field questions from concerned citizens. Marshall has been on a town hall meeting tour in the last couple of months as he seeks reelection in November.

He began the meeting explaining the critical nature of the current economic climate.

September 01, 2010 | Sabastian Wee | LOCAL

There’s no place like Georgia

You can take the boy out of Georgia, but you can't keep him from swelling with pride while he's gone.

September 01, 2010 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists

Review: Last Exorcism livens up fall movie doldrums

August is B-movie month, where movie studios' leftovers are rolled into the multiplexes, giving us rubbish like "Pirahna 3D," "Vampires Suck" and last week's "The Switch." "The Last Exorcism" is no exception. What's surprisingly different about this late summer horror flick is it actually tries to make you think.

September 01, 2010 | Sabastian Wee | LOCAL

Newton County Jail Log - Sept. 1

o Alysha Rhae Corbett, 20, 190 Bentley Place way, Covington, Aug. 18. Drug related objects, possession of marijuana less than one ounce.

September 01, 2010 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log

A new hope for Nelson Heights

As he snipped the red, celebratory ribbon, District 4 Commissioner J.C. Henderson officially opened the Nelson Heights Community Center, completing a dream several years in the making.

"Most people know that even though it's been appointed as being my idea, it's not. It's really your idea," Henderson told the assembled crowd that packed the new center. "When we first started thinking about the 2005 SPLOST, we wanted to go out to people who lived in the community and ask for your ideas, your opinions. What do you want? What's your vision?"

September 01, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Our thoughts... Cancer

"If children have the ability to ignore all odds and percentages, then maybe we can all learn from them. When you think about it, what other choice is there but to hope? We have two options, medically and emotionally: give up, or fight like hell"

September 01, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Our thoughts... Charter Schools

We believe in the concept of charter schools. We feel that a charter school, if run right, allows parents and the children who attend the school to control their own education.

September 01, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Covington council has honest discussion about diversity

The City of Covington is taking steps to increase diversity in both its work force and list of contractors, following a candid discussion at the city council's strategic planning retreat, spurred by Councilwoman Hawnethia Williams' concerns.

The city will post job openings and project bids in non-traditional locations, including community centers, churches and post-secondary schools, according to City Manager Steve Horton who discussed the matter with Personnel Director Ronnie Cowan after Monday's session.

August 31, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington

Ruth Evelyn Barrett Wiggins

Ruth E. Wiggins, 87, went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on August 28. Mrs. Wiggins, the daughter of the late Chester and Ethel Holcomb Capell of Porterdale, was born in Arabi in 1923. She was preceded in death by husbands Robert Eugene Barrett Sr. and Sultan Wiggins, her son Robert Eugene Barrett Jr. and sisters Lucy Savage and Lillian Willis. She always had a loving and warm personality which she balanced with a firm and gentle honesty. With the support of her first husband, Gene, she completed her GED and went on to graduate from Crandall ...

August 31, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS

Picture of the Day - Aug. 31

Newton High School's Markea Sheppard smacks the ball to centerfield during Monday evening's softball game against Grayson.

To see more photos, click the links under Related Content.

August 31, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL

NHCC has grand opening

The Nelson Heights Community Center was packed to the brim Sunday afternoon, showing just how many people had played a part in bringing the project to life during the past decade.

Representatives from the Newton County Board of Commissioners, Newton Recreation Commission, City of Covington, Washington Street Community Center and other groups attended to celebrate the grand opening of a center they hope will help revitalize the Nelson Heights and Green Acres neighborhoods.

August 30, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington

Our thoughts: Major Eyesores

If, like us, you are sick and tired of driving around our beautiful city and seeing lots with abandoned, rusty cars on them, or lots where cars are being stored aren't cleaned anymore, creating a major eyesore, there is something you can do about it.

August 29, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

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