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Pace St. transformation set for 2017

The Covington City Council heard an update on its plans to make Pace Street a more walkable connecting corridor from the downtown Square to the Hwy. 278 commercial district during its meeting Monday night.

October 20, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Covington Place goes 1 way on Oct. 31

Covington Place will be one way only for automotive traffic on Halloween night, thanks to a compromise between the neighborhood and Covington public safety officials.

October 20, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Man fires gun outside party

A woman having a party called the Covington Police Department after hearing gun shots outside her house Sunday.

October 20, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Not so fast cordcutters_cable's not going anywhere

NEW YORK (AP) - Cord cutters rejoiced last week after HBO and CBS announced plans to sell stand-alone streaming services, a move that cable and satellite television providers have resisted for years. Customers tired of paying big fees for hundreds of channels they never watch just to have access to a few favorite shows might be expected to start cancelling cable service in droves. Get Netflix, throw in HBO, add a network here and there - why would anyone sign up now for cable?

October 20, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Acuity Brands expands, adding 700 jobs in Rockdale, DeKalb

Georgia-based Acuity Brands will expand its operation, creating 700 jobs and investing more than $16 million into Rockdale and DeKalb counties over the next five years, announced Governor Nathan Deal's office Monday morning.

October 20, 2014 | Staff Report | Business

Claire Rowan is Eastminster's Queen

Claire Rowan was named Eastminster School's Homecoming Queen, during the school's soccer match Friday.

October 20, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Court unseals divorce file of Ala federal judge

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A court has unsealed the divorce record of an Alabama federal judge arrested on a domestic violence charge in Atlanta in August.

October 20, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Ga. gov candidates talk ethics during 2nd debate

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal questioned whether Democrat Jason Carter's leadership and faulted his legislative record, while Carter attacked the incumbent over a high unemployment rate and accused him of an ethics scandal.

October 20, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Georgia appreciative of surge after early loss

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Looking back, Hutson Mason isn't so sure an early season loss to South Carolina wasn't the catalyst Georgia needed to play up to the level it thought it could.

October 20, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Man dies in police custody during breath test

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is probing the death of a 60-year-old man who died in police custody in northeast Georgia.

October 20, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Man falls off waterfall in north Georgia mountains

CLEVELAND, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say a hiker was injured after falling off a waterfall in the north Georgia mountains.

October 20, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Survey: Pay raises rarer despite strong US hiring

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. businesses were much less likely to boost pay in the third quarter than in previous months, even as hiring remained healthy, a sign that wage gains may remain weak in the coming months.

October 20, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Mr. Raleigh E Pitts, Jr.

Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home Inc.

October 20, 2014 | Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home | OBITS

Mr. Thomas R. Sims

Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home Inc.

October 20, 2014 | Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home | OBITS

Mrs. Mary (Wise) Cooper

Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home Inc.

October 20, 2014 | Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home | OBITS

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Pet of the Week - May 27

Aimed to please: The Newton County Animal Shelter's pet of the week is a Jack Russell mix about 3 months old, very cute. Also available for adoption are a Corgi mix, 5 months old, brown and white; a hound mix, yellow; a 2-month-old mixed dog, black with blue collar; a black and white mixed breed; a black Lab mix; two Akita/Lab mix puppies. The shelter also has cats and kittens as well. The Newton County Animal Shelter and the Humane Society of Newton County will hold a rabies inoculation clinic May 30 from 1 p.m. to 3 ...

May 27, 2009 | Staff Report | Pets of the Week

Jovial drunk asks officer permission to pass gas

 A woman driving a vehicle with her 9-year-old daughter inside was arrested Friday evening for DUI.

May 27, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Covington

“Bubba Bashers” use stereotype that doesn’t fit

For years I have attempted to enlighten those individuals who hold biased and ill-based opinions about the name "Bubba."

May 27, 2009 | Lewis Grizzard | News Columnists

T4 dodges sequel curse

Rarely are fourth installments in mega popular franchises nearly as good as those that came before it. Recent failures like "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" and "Star Wars: The Phantom Menace" are just two examples of franchises losing their magic on the fourth go round. Thankfully, "Terminator Salvation" bucks the trend and, while not as great as its predecessors, is an enjoyable entry in the series.

May 27, 2009 | Tyler Smith | Movie Reviews

The Food Depot

Food Depot's believes in providing its customers with cost effective and quality groceries. The store has a weekly coupon circular that can be picked up in The Covington News or printed online at myfooddepot.com.

May 26, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Newton County Jail Log

o Shernika Monique Jenkins, 26, 4308 Carroll St., Covington, May 12. Obstruction or hindering law enforcement officer.

May 26, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Republicans to hold rally against a property tax increase tomorrow

Before the county's final budget work session at 7 p.m. Wednesday, the Newton County Republican Party will rally against a property tax increase at 6 p.m., tomorrow on the Square.

Elizabeth Christian, 1st vice chair of the local republican party, said the party opposes both increasing property taxes and cutting any public safety jobs. Sen. John Douglas (R-Social Circle) and Newton County GOP Chairman Ester Fleming will speak at the rally.

May 26, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Commissioners weigh in on automated call

Newton County residents received automated phone calls Wednesday night opposing any millage rate increases and accusing Board of Commissioners Chairman Kathy Morgan and commissioners J.C. Henderson, Nancy Schulz and Earnest Simmons of wasting money on selfish, special interest projects.

The phone call goes on to support the stands of commissioners Mort Ewing and Tim Fleming and urges residents to call all of the commissioners to make their views known.

May 26, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Sotomayor nominated to high court

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama named federal appeals judge Sonia Sotomayor as the nation's first Hispanic Supreme Court justice on Tuesday, praising her as "an inspiring woman" with both the intellect and compassion to interpret the Constitution wisely.

Obama said Sotomayor has more experience as a judge than any current member of the high court had when nominated, adding she has earned the "respect of colleagues on the bench," the admiration of lawyers who appear in her court and "the adoration of her clerks."

May 26, 2009 | By Ben Feller The Associated Press | AP Politics

Ross Reeves

May 24, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITS

Council errors

Dear Editor: I have seen a lot of politics in my day, but since Jan. 13, 2009, I have seen so much it makes me question the actions of the city planning commission and the council. I know from the first planning meeting on the private school issue, that it was a done deal. I attended three planning meetings and two council meetings. I watched the planning commission change its own rules and ignore other rules. When I questioned them, they said they have the right to change the rules. They sent it to the city council with their changes ...

May 24, 2009 | Tony Webb Covington | Letters

Jump for joy

 With Alcovy High School's graduation less than a week away, valedictorian Kimberly Rary and salutatorian Mary Wright are positively giddy at the thought of giving their speeches and accepting those hard-earned diplomas. The girls, who say they are good friends, have enjoyed their time in high school but are ready to move on and make their mark at their respective universities.

May 24, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Rails-to-Trails idea meets local opposition

 The topic of the Norfolk Southern railroad in Newton County is gaining momentum even as the line itself falls into disuse. In the past week, the topic of purchasing the railroad has been discussed at three different meetings: District 3 Commissioner Nancy Schulz's fireside chat on Thursday, the public comments segment of Tuesday's Board of Commissioners meeting and the Monday railroad

May 24, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Purpose of this weekend

Isn't it lovely to find ourselves in the middle of a peaceful three-day weekend? The gorgeous weather is beckoning all of us outside. Several of our friends are boating and camping, while others are soaking up the sun on Florida's beaches.

May 24, 2009 | Kari Apted | News Columnists

Fire department: hydrants to be tested soon

The Newton County Fire Department is required to test their municipal water sources (fire hydrants) on a twice yearly basis in order to receive maximum credit from the governing body of insurance ratings for property in the community, the Insurance Service Organization.

May 24, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL

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