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Covington woman shoplifts with children

A Covington woman was arrested for allegedly stealing nearly $2,000 worth of items from a retail store with the assistance of her two juvenile sons.

March 02, 2015 | Martin Rand | LOCAL

: Ex-superintendent charged in cheating scandal dies

ATLANTA (AP) - Beverly Hall, the former superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools charged in what prosecutors had called a broad conspiracy to cheat on state exams, has died.

March 02, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Nasdaq closes above 5,000 for first time in 15 years

NEW YORK (AP) - The Nasdaq composite index is closing above 5,000 for the first time since the dot-com bubble peaked 15 years ago.

March 02, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

New medical marijuana bill in Senate weaker than House form

ATLANTA (AP) - A new bill to legalize a form of medicinal marijuana in Georgia has been filed in the state Senate, and unlike its House counterpart would set up a four-year study rather than making the drug available immediately.

March 02, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Obama: 'Now is the moment' for police to make changes

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama said Monday that the deaths of unarmed black men in Missouri and New York show that law enforcement needs to change practices to build trust in minority communities, with a White House task force recommending independent outside investigations when police use deadly force.

March 02, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

L.A. police kill man in struggle captured on video

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Three Los Angeles police officers shot and killed a man on the city's Skid Row as they wrestled with him on the ground, a confrontation captured on video that millions viewed online. Authorities say the man was shot after grabbing for an officer's gun.

March 02, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Woman set for execution seeks clemency reconsideration

ATLANTA (AP) - Lawyers for the only woman on Georgia's death row are asking the State Board of Pardons and Paroles to reconsider her request to have her sentence changed to life in prison.

March 02, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Who is hungry in Newton? Around 18,000

The Covington News Digital Edition cover story (covnewsdigital.com):

March 02, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL

Champion for change

From the base of a rural Georgia court room, Judge Sheri Roberts carries a message across her home state and the nation: we can do a lot better by the young people served by our courts.

March 02, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Proclamation signed for Youth Art Month

Members of the Arts Program at GFWC Service Guild of Covington gathered at Covington City Hall to have Mayor Ronnie Johnston sign a Proclamation partnering the National Council for Art Education and the National Council for the Arts with Covington and Newton County schools, encouraging public support of quality student art programs.

March 02, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Donna Rogers

Donna Rogers, 63, of Covington, passed away on February 28, 2015. Donna was born in Eatonton on January 20, 1952 to the late J. D. and Katherine Rogers.

March 02, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

Man dead, woman critically injured in shootings near Atlanta

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Police in metro Atlanta say a man is dead and a woman is being treated for critical injuries after a double shooting at a home inside a gated community.

March 02, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Georgia to execute only woman on state's death row

ATLANTA (AP) - The only woman on Georgia's death row is set to be executed Monday.

March 02, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

America's first war on terror

Ecclesiastes 3 - "To everything there is a season….and a time to every purpose under the heaven." Ecclesiastes 3:8 – "A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace."

March 01, 2015 | Pete Mecca | A VETERAN'S STORY

What would happen if you won an Oscar?

Many of us watched the annual Academy Awards last Sunday night. The telecast started an hour and half before the actual ceremonies, as the various celebrities walk the "Red Carpet" to enter the auditorium. And that was followed by over three hours of music, film clips, speeches, and awards. For those involved in the ceremony, the night was just starting as the telecast ended. There was the Governor's Ball followed by many parties. The major networks featured the awards in their Monday morning programs.

March 01, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING

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Our Thoughts... Henderson

A couple of weeks ago in this space, the editorial board boldly asked County Commissioner J.C. Henderson to resign his post because of his personal/legal problems.

November 20, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Count your blessings

There's been a lot written about blessing counting.

November 20, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Our Thoughts

Parson to Person: The behavior of many is not "Christ-like"

When the missionary E. Stanley Jones met with Mahatma Gandhi, the political and spiritual leader who led India in its quest for Independence, he asked him, "Mr. Gandhi, though you quote the words of Christ often, why is that you appear to so adamantly reject becoming his follower?"

November 20, 2009 | Dr. John Pearrell | Columnists

Henderson: District 4 treated unfairly

Commissioner J.C. Henderson's decision to try to get Newton County cut off from federal funding has angered leaders around the community.

November 19, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

East Metro Hosts Sat. H1N1 Clinic

East Metro Health District will host H1N1 vaccination clinics at two health department sites on Saturday, Nov. 21, for CDC priority groups from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Newton County Health Center in Covington.

November 19, 2009 | Staff Report | Health

Wal-Mart bank robber caught

A Covington man was arrested Thursday morning and charged with robbing the United Bank inside of Wal-Mart 10 days ago.

November 19, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Covington

H. T. Maddox

H.T. Maddox, 81, of Loganville, passed away Nov. 18. .Mr. Maddox was a World War II United States Navy Veteran. He was a member of Grace Baptist Church and a member of the Gum Creek Golden Club.

November 19, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITS

Vernon Lee Batson

Vernon Lee Batson, 65, of Oxford, died Nov. 17 at Abbey Hospice, Social Circle. Born in Green County in 1944, he was the son of the late Carl Lee Batson and Ruby Merritt Batson. He graduated from Greensboro High School in 1962 and attended North Georgia Technical School, Clarksville, for two years. He served his country in the United States Navy for four years and was stationed in Puerto Rico during the Vietnam War. In 1970, he married the former Barbara Johnson of Greensboro. For 34 years he worked as a communication technician for AT&T. Mr. Batson was a ...

November 19, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITS

FAA glitch causes delays, cancellations

ATLANTA (AP) - Air travelers nationwide scrambled to revise their plans Thursday after an FAA computer glitch caused widespread cancellations and delays for the second time in 15 months.

November 19, 2009 | Staff Report | AP Top Stories

Man arrested in armed robbery that shut down Wal-Mart

Willard Anthony Montgomery, age 52, was arrested today and charged with armed robbery and use of a hoax devise in robbery of United Bank that shut down Wal-Mart 10 days ago.

November 19, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Kay Griswell

Kay Griswell age 55 of Covington died Wednesday, November 18, 2009. She was born February 21, 1954 in Harriman Tennessee to Obie and Katherine (Shawl) Brewer. She was a member of High Point Baptist Church and she worked at Newton Medical Center for 27 years and for FMC Dialysis for 8 years. She was a loving mother, daughter, grandmother and sister.Ms. Griswell is survived by her parents Obie and Katherine Brewer of Covington; daughter: Christy Banks of Covington; sister and brother-in-law: Lynda and Mike Carter of Covington; brother and sister-in-law: John and Marsha Brewer of Jacksonville Florida; grandchild: Peyton ...

November 19, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITS

InVEST in the NCSO

The parents of recently injured Deputy Wesley Atha have organized a fundraising campaign to purchase these vests for every county deputy. Their fundraising goal is $113,000. Each vest costs between $500-$700, depending on the size. Each Friday The Covington News will publish a list of individuals, businesses and civic groups who have donated to the cause that week as well as the total amount raised. Donations are tax deductible. Checks should be made payable to Newton Co. Sheriff's Office and earmarked for safety vests and equipment. Please mail donations to NCSO c/o April Jones, 15151 Alcovy ...

November 19, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL

East Metro Hosts Saturday H1N1 Clinics

East Metro Health District will host H1N1 vaccination clinics at the Newton County Health Center from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday, November 21 for CDC priority groups.

The vaccine will be available to persons who fall into the priority groups recommended by the CDC:

November 18, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Restoring certified teacher funding

Attention, National Board Certified teachers in Georgia who got hosed by the state in the last legislative session: I think I have found the guy in the white hat that plans to ride to the rescue. And he is a good one to have on the horse.

November 18, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | OPINION

Local Scout completes Eagle project

During the Newton county school system fall break, most kids took it easy, vacationed or slept in and enjoyed relaxing with their friends.

November 18, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL

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