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Judge denies challenge to death penalty provision

ATLANTA (AP) - A judge has denied a Georgia death row inmate's latest challenge to a state requirement that defendants must prove intellectual disability beyond a reasonable doubt in order to be spared from execution.

October 01, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Secret Service chief quits due to security lapses

WASHINGTON (AP) - Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resigned Wednesday in the face of multiple revelations of security breaches, bumbling in her agency and rapidly eroding confidence that the president and his family were being kept safe.

October 01, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Hoffman, Covington radio pioneer dies

In 1957 Bill Hoffman reached out to much of the Newton County community through the airwaves.

October 01, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Today in Pictures

a look at our home town through the camera.

October 01, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL

SSEMC linemen to wear pink hardhats

Snapping Shoals EMC's linemen will be making a fashion statement and an effort to educate members and employees about breast cancer prevalence and early detection during the month of October.

October 01, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Why the bond market is more fragile than you think

NEW YORK (AP) — A bottleneck is building in the global market for bonds.

October 01, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

US stocks slide in midday trade; Airlines sink

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks sank in midday trading Wednesday as disappointing economic data in the U.S. and Europe weighed on investors' minds. Airlines stocks fell as investors feared that news of the first case of Ebola being diagnosed in the U.S. would discourage people from traveling.

October 01, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Truck deals boost US auto sales in September

DETROIT (AP) - Big discounts on pickup trucks kept U.S. auto sales strong in September.

October 01, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Reuben Yearwood

Reuben Yearwood, age 79, of Covington, passed away September 30, 2014. He enjoyed spending time outdoors and going fishing. Mr. Yearwood loved his family dearly, and especially cherished his time spent with his grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, John Howard and Lovie (Chambers) Yearwood.

October 01, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS

Rivers Alive cleanup next Saturday

The annual Rivers Alive cleanup is quickly approaching.

October 01, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL

Ralph William "Bill" Hoffman

Ralph William "Bill" Hoffman passed away in his Covington home, September 30, 2014, at the age of 90. Mr. Hoffman was a member and former deacon of the First Baptist Church, in Covington, where he also served as past chairman of the Board, Sunday School teacher and superintendent of the Intermediate Department.

October 01, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS

GA lawmakers to hear testimony on medical cannabis

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) - A committee of state lawmakers tasked with studying effects of marijuana extracts on certain illnesses is scheduled to meet with law enforcement officials, health professionals and others.

October 01, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Man struck, killed by transit train in Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) - Authorities say a man has been struck and killed by a commuter train at a downtown station.

October 01, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

What if high court rejects gay marriage cases?

WASHINGTON (AP) - The fastest and surest path to marriage for same-sex couples in some parts of the United States would be for the Supreme Court to surprise everyone and decline to get involved in the issue right now.

October 01, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Reports: China body-searched 10,000 pigeons

BEIJING (AP) - The 10,000 doves released in a ceremony Wednesday for China's National Day underwent unusual scrutiny, each having its feathers and anus checked for dangerous materials, state-run media reports said, reflecting government jitters over possible attacks.

October 01, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

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Remember the families

Dear Editor: I am Stephanie Singleton, the sister of Rodney Singleton whose murder was a top story in your Ashes to Ashes series last week. I am writing this letter on behalf of my family and the extended family and friends of Rodney Singleton to express our disgust at the insensitivity of The Covington News and to request that the Ashes to Ashes series be discontinued at once.

July 28, 2009 | Stephanie Singleton | Letters

Man identified in Factory Shoals drowning

The victim of the Saturday afternoon drowning at Factory Shoals Park has been identified as 18-year-old Dakota A. Spruill of Newton County.

July 26, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Covington

Covington facility achieves OSHA’s VPP Star Status

In late 2008, the safety manager Carla Hanibal, together with the Continuous Safety Involvement team at the Valspar's production facility in Covington, set their target on achieving national recognition for its safety program through the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Its Voluntary Protection Program, known as VPP, requires companies to develop a comprehensive management safety system with active employee involvement.

July 26, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Newton County Jail Log - July 26

o Kelvin Deanthony Thomas, 22, Conyers, July 14. No seat belts, giving false name or address to law enforcement officer, suspended, revoked or canceled registration.

July 26, 2009 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log

As the dog days wind down

Summer vacation always seems to drag by until the very end. Then today we wake up and realize: there is just one week left until school starts.

July 26, 2009 | Kari Apted | News Columnists


Tiffany Gibbs of Conyers and Damian Pearson of Jackson were united in marriage Aug. 1 at Faith of Jesus Ministries. The bride is the daughter of Lillian and Henry Jr. Gibbs of Covington and the granddaughter of Betty and Henry Sr., Gibbs of Covington and Nellie Mae Reid of Covington. The groom is the son of Larry Pearson of McDonough and Jerome and Gloria Barlozo of Jackson. He is the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. Walker Thurman and the late Ruby Ellis.

July 26, 2009 | Staff Report | Engagements


Robby and Deneen Taylor of Covington announce the engagement of their daughter Ashlee Taylor to Will Polk, son of Tray Polk of Newborn and Vicki & Harold Harper of Covington.

July 26, 2009 | Staff Report | Engagements

Six tips to improve brain function

Did you know that the brain can change and reconfigure itself? Contrary to popular belief, the brain is actually quite malleable. It can restructure the function of different brain regions and can even grow new brain cells, a process called neurogenesis. Not all these new brain cells survive. In fact, most new brain cells die. Survival of new neurons depends on nutrients and connections with other brain cells that are thriving. This article reports on current research that suggests things we can do that will improve neurogenesis and the survival of new cells.

July 26, 2009 | Kirven Weekley | Health

Allison Ruby Cruz

 Allison Ruby Cruz, daughter of Isabel Gonzalez and Rudy Cruz of Covington, celebrated her first birthday July 7. Her brother is Alixter Rudy Cruz Jr.

July 26, 2009 | Staff Report | Birthdays

Be a knockout bride with professional hairstyle tips

Every bride wants to look her best on her wedding day. That's why she'll spend endless hours searching for the perfect gown, accessories and veil. What the prepared bride knows, however, is that her finished look can come off as incomplete if she doesn't have a beautiful wedding-day hairstyle.

July 26, 2009 | Metro Creative Services | Features

Run, Rocky, run! Nat’s got a gun!

One of my favorite cartoon programs was "The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show," featuring a lovable moose by the name of Bullwinkle and his little squirrel sidekick, Rocky. Sometimes when social studies classes were getting too stuffy to hold seventh graders' attention, I'd slip into an imaginary conversation using the voices of those two characters.

July 26, 2009 | Nat Harwell | OPINION

Ethan Avery Lynch

 Tiffany and David Lynch of Covington announce the birth of their son Ethan Avery Lynch June 13 at Newton Medical Center. He weighed 3 pounds and 5 ounces and was 16 inches long.

July 26, 2009 | Staff Report | Births

Our thoughts: Biting the hand that feeds

Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue announced this week that state school systems were to receive a 3 percent cut in their budget and mandated staff furloughs.

July 26, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Our thoughts: Miracle workers

In a letter to the editor, which can be read at, Kevin Carnes wrote a poignant piece describing an accident his father suffered after he fell down the stairs in his home. To compound his injuries, Kevin's father has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's.

July 26, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Blame Obama

When will the failing U.S. economy become President Obama's problem? To date, the president seems immune to criticism of his handling of the economy, except from conservatives. Job losses continue to mount, despite his promises that his "stimulus" plan would create jobs and stop rising unemployment. The housing market shows no sign of imminent recovery, with prices continuing to decline and more homeowners falling behind on their payments. Retail sales fell again in June, with even value stores like Costco experiencing drops in sales. And the federal debt has risen under President Obama to its highest level as ...

July 26, 2009 | Linda Chavez | OPINION

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