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Historic Civil War battle sites have a mobile app

ATLANTA (AP) - This week marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Atlanta, one of the key conflicts of the Civil War, and researchers at Emory University's Center for Digital Scholarship have released a mobile app for the tour.

July 25, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Woman shot, killed by police south of Atlanta

HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say a Henry County police officer shot and killed a woman in Hampton, about 30 miles south of Atlanta.

July 25, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Oxford’s stake in EPA-proposed CO2 regulations

Oxford's electricity generation and rates may change in the coming years after a new carbon dioxide regulations proposal was released by the U.S. EPA in June.

July 24, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL

Just a thought: Lord, you take over

Isn't it true that we spend most of our time operating in our own strength and power? When was the last time you said, "Lord, You take over…" and wasn't it after you had given it your best and your best wasn't good enough to get it done. We often fall into the trap of thinking "This is what I do, and I will do it…Spiritual and impossible things are what God does and when I need help with those things I'll turn to Him." But just as it was for Peter, it is for ...

July 24, 2014 | William Burnham | RELIGION

Chief: Gainesville tragedy won’t be repeated here

Three Hall County firefighters were injured Tuesday after a fire truck ladder collapsed under them during training. The accident resulted in the Sutphen Corp. asking fire departments nationwide to pull some models of their ladder-trucks from service.

July 24, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL

Q&A: Can Kelley return Alcovy to prominence?

To say the Alcovy basketball program has been in a flux for the past couple years would be an understatement. Now with a new coach in Duane Kelley, the program could finally be headed in the right direction. In our Q&A with Kelley, he speaks on summer workouts, his style of play and getting the program to the state playoffs.

July 24, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Alcovy

Rasmussen: Do not be afraid — this is expected

Meriam Yahia Ibrahim. Have you heard that name? On May 11th of this year she was convicted of apostasy and adultery. What had she done? Well, she was a Christian, having been raised by her Christian mom. But since her dad was a Muslim, even though he had been absent, since he was a Muslim – her being a Christian was apostasy. And then, she married a Christian and got pregnant. And since she was supposed to be a Muslim, and he wasn't a Muslim man, that's adultery. The Sudanese government gave her three days to reject the Christian ...

July 24, 2014 | Scott Rasmussen | RELIGION

Zion Baptist Church to hosts event series Saturday

Zion Baptist Church in Covington aims to impact the world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

July 24, 2014 | Samantha Reardon | RELIGION

Student concert returns to the Square

A group of diverse musicians will perform at McKibben Music's open-air recital in the Square. The event is free and open to the community.

July 24, 2014 | Samantha Reardon | LIFE

This year’s pageant a rocking sock hop

Hosts Crissy Alter and Stephanie Hollis partnered with The Varsity to make this year's Fifth Anniversary Miss Covington Pageant event extra special.

July 24, 2014 | Samantha Reardon | LIFE

Our thoughts on recent local news items

The Covington City Council voted this past week to add a code officer to its staff. The city currently has only one officer.

July 24, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Neighbors: Faulkner a nice guy

Julian Leon Faulkner, who was shot after he allegedly attacked a Covington police officer with a sword Wednesday, was described by neighbors as a "nice guy" with depression issues.

July 24, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL

Letter from C.M. Brandenburg

Dear editor,

July 24, 2014 | C.M. Brandenburg | Letters

Covington Police Explorers, Post #222 excel again

Eighteen of the 26 members of the Covington Police Explorers traveled to Savannah and competed in six events during Summerfest.

July 24, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

School system receives $5.1M in after-school program grants

Parents may have the opportunity not to rush to pick up their kids from learning and enrichment this year after the school district received enough grant money to expand its after-school programs.

July 24, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL

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First Presbyterian celebrates payment of sanctuary with mortgage burning ceremony

On March 22, the First Presbyterian Church of Covington, celebrated its mortgage burning. The mortgage was incurred in 1995 when the church built a new sanctuary and educational facilities. Since then it has continued to renovate its other buildings and grounds. The Presbytery of Great Atlanta, consisting of 109 Presbyterian churches, called it the most successful building campaign in its history, considering the size of the church and the congregation.

April 22, 2009 | Staff Report | RELIGION

Buy Local... Covington Ford

Covington Ford wants to get the word out that it sells top-of-the-line quality cars, just as good and even better than Toyota and Honda.

April 22, 2009 | Staff Report | Covington

Young Author

My first book: Haniyah Harris, a South Salem Elementary second-grader, has published her first book, a fictional tale of a little girl's journey starting at a new school. The 8-year-old was inspired to write the book after she moved from West Newton to South Salem Elementary School this year.

April 22, 2009 | Staff Report | Education

Drowning victim identified

A Conyers woman who fell into the rapid waters at Factory Shoals Park late Monday morning was found dead, a victim of a drowning.

According to Newton County Sheriff's Office 1st Lt. Mark Mitchell, a call for help went out at roughly 11 a.m. when a group of the friends that the women, identified as 35-year-old Marie Elaina Carley, was with, called 911 after the she accidentally fell into the water and they were unable to find her.

April 21, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

City questions 911 fees

Members of the Porterdale City Council remain unhappy with the five-year intergovernmental agreement between the city of Covington and Newton County, which would require the town to pay $45,649 to the Covington-Newton County 911 Communications Center for dispatch services.

April 21, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | Porterdale

March students of the month

EAST NEWTON

April 21, 2009 | Staff Report | Education

Addysen Faith Hall

April 21, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITS

Social Circle celebrates Georgia Cities Week, April 19-25

The city of Social Circle recently recognized April 19-25 as Georgia Cities Week for a week-long state-wide effort to recognize and appreciate local government for what they do for their citizens and state.

April 20, 2009 | Staff Report | Social Circle

Rising to the Cheerios Challenge

About 725 runners and walkers were up bright and early Saturday morning for the eighth annual Cheerios Challenge, along with more than 500 onlookers and supporters and 102 volunteers who pitched in to make the event a success.

April 20, 2009 | Anthoney Banks | LOCAL

Police, deputies look for robbery suspects

Both the Covington Police Department and the Newton County Sheriff's Office are seeking the community's help in finding men that they say are responsible for robberies on April 11 and 14.

April 19, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Newborn town budget finally approved for 2009

The Newborn Town Council finally approved its 2009 calendar year budget after months of discussion and uncertainty. Councilwoman Suzanne Bean said the $297,342.92 budget wasn't passed until March 16 because of council members' differing opinions and uncertainty about how the economy would affect the city's revenue, particularly property taxes.

April 19, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Gearing up for the CRCT

Students in Newton County's elementary and middle schools are preparing to take the annual Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) this week – a test designed to measure how well students acquire the skills and knowledge described in the Georgia Performance Standards.

April 19, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Education

Seems like old times

The run-up to the election for governor next year is beginning to feel like a replay of 1998.

April 19, 2009 | Bill Shipp | OPINION

Our Thoughts... Uniforms a good idea

Newton County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Steve Whatley will make a recommendation to the school board on April 21 that students of Sharp Learning Center be required to wear uniforms. We couldn't agree more with the superintendent's recommendation and we urge the school board to pass it.

April 19, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Our Thoughts... Trails for county families

In last Wednesday's paper there was an excellent column by local bike enthusiast Maurice Carter on the value of bike trails. If you missed it, we recommend you go to covnews.com to read it.

April 19, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

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