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Outdoor burn ban lifted

The statewide burn ban for Georgia is lifted as of Wednesday, Oct. 1, according to the Covington Fire Department.

September 30, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

8 horses escape Ga. pasture, trot along freeway

GROVETOWN, Ga. (AP) - Animal services workers in east Georgia are investigating how a group of eight horses escaped a pasture before trotting alongside Interstate 20.

September 30, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

In Georgia, 2 parties battle over minority votes

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - Behind a nondescript storefront just outside Atlanta, Delores Washington makes telephone call after call in this Democratic stronghold using a list of potential voters handed to her by a young party staffer.

September 30, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Realtor's body found; suspect pleads not guilty

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A man accused of abducting and killing a real estate agent in rural Arkansas pleaded not guilty Tuesday to preliminary charges of kidnapping and capital murder, hours after the woman's body was discovered in a shallow grave.

September 30, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Romney to attend Georgia fundraiser for Perdue

ATLANTA (AP) - Mitt Romney will be heading to Georgia on Wednesday, raising money for Senate candidate David Perdue as the former Dollar General CEO looks to hold a key seat for Republicans this year.

September 30, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

NMC to host Billy Taylor Classic Golf Tournament

Registration is open for Newton Medical Center's Auxiliary 24th Annual Bill Taylor Classic Golf Tournament.

September 30, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Viagra ads target women for 1st time

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - The maker of the world's top-selling erectile dysfunction drug on Tuesday will begin airing the first Viagra TV commercial that targets the less-obvious sufferers of the sexual condition: women.

September 30, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Around Town

As we travel to the store, a friend's house or commute to work, how often do we take the time to see the true beauty our home town offers?

September 30, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL

Ga. college smoking ban goes into effect Wednesday

TLANTA (AP) - A rule smoking ban at all University System of Georgia campuses is scheduled to go into effect this week.

September 30, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

School considers options for Bible verse monument

DANIELSVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Officials at a public high school in east Georgia are considering whether to remove or modify a monument that quotes the Bible.

September 30, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Virginia police: Forensic evidence links 2 cases

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - They both were walking alone, separated from their friends late at night on or near the University of Virginia campus. One was found dead nearly five years ago. The other is still missing.

September 30, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

PayPal goes mobile, to split from eBay in 2015

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - The mobile payment service PayPal is splitting from eBay and will become a separate and publicly traded company next year.

September 30, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

'13-14 Teachers of the Year announced

It was 4:15 p.m. on Monday, long past the time students walked out of their classrooms for the day, but a group of teachers stuck around.

September 29, 2014 | Kayla Robins | Education

Wal-Mart: Morgan, others weren't wearing seatbelts

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Wal-Mart says actor-comedian Tracy Morgan and other people in a vehicle struck from behind by a company truck on a New Jersey highway in June weren't wearing seatbelts.

September 29, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Ethics complaint against Jason Carter dismissed

ATLANTA (AP) - The state ethics commission has dismissed a complaint accusing Democratic candidate for governor Jason Carter of violating state law by sending fundraiser invitations during the legislative session.

September 29, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

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Pet of the Week - May 14

Take me home: The pet of the week is a neutered male parti-color cocker spaniel, about 3-years-old and about 25 pounds. Also available for adoption are a blue-eyed, female bird dog/Lab mix, 10-weeks-old plus three litter mates; a brindle with white, female husky/Akita mix, about 9-weeks-old; a black, female poodle/terrier mix, about 8-weeks-old; a white and brown, female hound mix, about 10-weeks-old; a white and black, male husky mix, about 6 months-old; a blue-eyed, black and white, female, adult husky; a tiger brindle, female shepherd mix puppy, about 4-months-old; a black, female Labrador mix, about 10-months-old; a ...

May 14, 2010 | Staff Report | Pets of the Week

Parson to Person: Do not fear death

We are all saddened by the events of last weekend that resulted in the tragic loss of life of a young deputy sheriff, Brian Lamar Mahaffey. Death is never easy, but it is particularly hard when it comes suddenly and unexpectedly. Dr. Billy Graham, writes, "Christians are not immune to the fear of death. Death is not always 'a beautiful release,' but an enemy which separates. There is a certain mystery to it. It does not respect the young or the old, the good or the evil, the Christian or the heathen."

I am not going to try to address ...

May 14, 2010 | Dr. John Pearrell | Columnists

Grace Notes: Live like the church

Last week, God's Word in First Peter 2 showed us that we are the Church, not a building, but a body of believers. But we only got part of the way through that text. Today, let's look at what that means. Today, let's look at how that changes your life. Peter writes this about you, the Church, the ones who see Jesus as the living Stone:

"You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into ...

May 14, 2010 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Columnists

4-H 4Ever: Teachers find the future in all of us

It's easy to be discouraged right now.

Seems like so much bad news is hitting at once, and it just keeps coming.

May 14, 2010 | Terri Kimble | News Columnists

A dedicated man

For more than 54 years, Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Thomas T. Irvin has dedicated his life to public service, but Wednesday afternoon, the tables were turned when Irvin had a cabin dedicated to him at the FHA/FCCLA Center.

May 13, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

National Salvation Army Week

May 13, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Woman injured by neighbor's pit bull

A 56-year-old woman was attacked and seriously injured Saturday morning when her nephew's pit bull attacked her.

According to reports from the Covington Police Department, when officers arrived they spoke with the dog's owner who reportedly told them every day his aunt walks through the fence on the right side of his home, heading around the backyard where he resides with his grandparents, but on this day, he heard his brother saying "get off" and ran outside to see what was happening.

May 13, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Charlie Elliott hosts J.A.K.E.S. Day

Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center's Wildlife Discovery Area in Mansfield will play host the 14th annual J.A.K.E.S. Day Festival on Saturday. This fun-filled family event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Admission is free and includes an array of activities that focus on wildlife, conservation efforts and outdoor recreational opportunities in Georgia. Children can try their hands at archery, fishing, shooting sports, go on a mini-boat ride with a WRD conservation ranger and have their faces decorated with wildlife art.

May 13, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL

James R. Turner, Sr.

May 13, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS

Main Street Covington dedicates art wall in honor of Irene Smith

Wednesday afternoon young artists, Mainstreet Covington board members, Covington-Newton Chamber of Commerce members and friends and family of Irene Smith gathered at the chamber visitor center to honor her service to the organization's tourism division as well as the Main Street program.

May 13, 2010 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL

Betty Jane Henderson Garner

May 13, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS

Newton County Board of Education votes to dissolve Clements Theme School

In a four to one vote, the Newton County Board of Education decided to dissolve Clements Theme School and turn Fairview Theme into a kindergarten through fifth-grade theme school.

May 12, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Education

Frances Johnson Allen

Allen Mrs. Frances Johnson Allen of Brunswick, Ga., formerly of Covington died May 10, 2010. Mrs. Allen was born in Mansfield, Ga. to the late Albert and Annie Wynn Johnson. She was a lifelong resident of Newton County until moving to Brunswick 10 years ago. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Covington and the Joy Bearers Sunday School Class. She was also a charter member of the Covington Pilot Club, a member of the Eastern Star, a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and the Elkadettes. Mrs. Allen was predeceased by her husband James A. (Jack) Allen ...

May 12, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS

Two killed in car accident

Two teens were killed and a third remains hospitalized in serious condition following a single car accident Saturday evening on Almon Road.

May 12, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

More room to breathe

The administrative staff of the Newton County Fire Service has a new place to call home after a generous donation from a Newton County resident.

May 12, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

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