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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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Building spritely places

According to William Shakespeare, fairies come out to play at night and prefer not to be seen by human eyes. But the Friends of Newton Parks are hoping that fairies in Covington have evolved since Shakespeare's time and will make an appearance on May 2 to check out the new homes being built for them around the county.

April 08, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Porterdale

Suspect arrested after local man shot in both of his legs

The man who deputies say shot a local man in both legs on March 29 has been arrested and charged with a myriad of things, including armed robbery.

April 08, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Phone cards for soldiers

Calling home: Sgt. Campbell (left) and Cpl. Wilks (right), at the Covington National Guard Armory, display some of the 238 phone cards presented by Benny Stephenson (center) thanks to the efforts of the American Legion Post 77's Honor Guard. The cards will be used by the unit when serving in Afghanistan.

April 08, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL

The Rockdale News hits the stands

Charles Hill Morris Jr., the publisher of 144-year-old Covington News, recently announced the creation of a new publication for Conyers and Rockdale County.

The new weekly newspaper will be called The Rockdale News and will feature local news and sports coverage of Rockdale County. The first edition was published Saturday, April 4.

April 08, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL

My session wrap-up

Our final week of session saw the normal surge of legislating. We considered 42 bills and resolutions and also worked to resolve many minor differences between bills, as well as voted on conference committee reports that hashed out major differences between House and Senate versions of bills.

SB 30 deals with a problem in which gasoline suppliers (read "big oil") won't allow distributors to mix ethanol with base gasoline stock. They bring in ethanol from their own sources, and thus control the price. Allowing ethanol produced in Georgia to be used would expand the amount of ethanol on the ...

April 08, 2009 | Staff Report | News Columnists

The session ends

On April 3, the Georgia General Assembly adjourned after completing the 40 required days of the 2009 session. This year, the Senate took important steps to stimulate the economy, provide quality education and improve our transportation infrastructure. By passing several key pieces of legislation and approving essential funding in the FY10 state budget, the Senate has worked to benefit all Georgians. Here are some of the major initiatives we approved during the 2009 session.

Employment relief was approved by both chambers and sent to the governor. The Jobs, Opportunity, and Business Success Act of 2009 is designed to stimulate Georgia ...

April 08, 2009 | Staff Report | News Columnists

Buy Local... Arbor Lakes Apartments

As the apartment business enters its busier season, Arbor Lake Apartments is poised to attract renters looking for inexpensive, quality housing.

Arbor Lake, located at 431 Kirkland Road, is offering 1,175 square-foot, two-bedrooms apartments for $599 a month through at least the end of April. Apartment manager Susan Tate said she has a few units available now and prospective renters should contact her at (770) 385-6166, or by e-mail at arbor@hre-rst.com for more details.

April 08, 2009 | Staff Report | Business

Old-time religion is good enough for me

I'm looking for the Rev. Floyd Tenney. He's the pastor of a Methodist church somewhere in the Atlanta area. Somebody told me that recently, but they didn't have a name or address of the church.

I knew Floyd Tenney when I was a boy. He was a young preacher at my home church, Moreland Methodist. He was the first preacher with whom I realy identified. He wasn't a somber old man in a blue suit, preaching out of Revelation, scaring me about the moon turning to blood and the seas boiling over.

April 08, 2009 | Lewis Grizzard | News Columnists

Resident throws hat in council election

Chris Smith, the co-owner of Newton Electric Supply, announced Monday that he will run for the Covington City Council East District seat.

April 08, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington

Enough of the time warp

Dear Editor: My first stab at a response to Nat Harwell's Sunday column ("Fixing America") was a point-by-point rebuttal to his analysis of what's wrong with America - as if that's something of which we need to hear more - and how it should be fixed. I tried and I tried, but the task simply overwhelmed me to the point of feeling faint. How could one writer be so wrong, ill-informed and out of touch in so many ways.

My response is, therefore, directed at you, the editor. I would ask you to reconsider the space you give free ...

April 08, 2009 | Barbara Morgan Covington | Letters

Military briefs 4/08/09

James Almand

April 08, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Newton County Jail Log - 4/8/09

o Carl Lee Delamar Jr., 20, 85 Jack Neely Road, Covington, March 21. Court sentenced.

April 08, 2009 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log

Hospital Spring Gala on April 25

Newton Medical Center will hold it's Annual Spring Gala on April 25. Hosted by Linda and Reginald McFarland of Social Circle, the event promises to be an elegant and entertaining night to remember.

The Gala is the Hospital Auxiliary's signature fund-raising event of the year, raising thousands of dollars over the years for the purchase of medical equipment. This year, the Auxiliary will raise money for the new neonatal intensive care unit. Tickets are $90 per person.

April 08, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Attorney speaks about defending Guantanamo Bay prisoners

April 07, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | Audio Slideshows

Social Circle city council member passes away unexpectedly

Social Circle city council member David Terry passed away Sunday afternoon.

April 06, 2009 | Michelle Kim | Social Circle

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