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Stocks mostly higher at midday, extending advance

Major stock indexes edged mostly higher Monday but the gains were held back by discouraging data on U.S. home sales and a deepening slide in oil prices.

December 22, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Neighbor talks about shooting before NYPD killings

OWSON, Md. (AP) - The ex-girlfriend of the man who ambushed two NYPD officers screamed for help after she was shot, banged on a neighbor's door and said: "I can't die like this, please please help me," according to the neighbor who said she saw the woman and called for help.

December 22, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Yates tapped for deputy AG

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is preparing to nominate the top federal prosecutor in Atlanta to the No. 2 position at the Justice Department, according to two people familiar with the move.

December 22, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Strong storms possible on Christmas Eve across Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) - Forecasters say strong storms, some with the potential for isolated tornadoes, are possible over large parts of Georgia on Christmas Eve.

December 22, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Pope in blistering critique of Vatican bureaucrats

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis issued a blistering critique Monday of the Vatican bureaucracy that serves him, denouncing how some people lust for power at all costs, live hypocritical double lives and suffer from "spiritual Alzheimer's" that has made them forget they're supposed to be joyful men of God.

December 22, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

DeKalb police: Suspect dead after standoff

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - Police say a suspect who at times during a standoff in southern DeKalb County fired on officers and civilians has been killed.

December 22, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Police departments on alert after cop killings

NEW YORK (AP) - Big-city police departments and union leaders around the country are warning the rank and file to wear bulletproof vests and avoid making inflammatory posts on social media in the days after a man ambushed two officers and shot them to death inside their patrol car.

December 22, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

A lack of intelligence

Intelligence school in Denver, CO was thought-provoking, complicated, and opened enigmatic doors I never thought existed. We mastered the art of dissemination; gained knowledge of codes; planned and plotted and analyzed envisioned missions; studied Soviet military equipment to master photographic interpretation; and were privy to a few top secret particulars that are now prehistoric. As Sun Tzu wrote 2,500 years ago in his military masterpiece The Art of War, "Know your enemy better than you know yourself."

December 20, 2014 | Pete Mecca | Columnists

Holidays and a mother's love

This is my second Christmas season without my mother, and so far it's been harder than the first. I had known that the first year would be hard, and all I really cared about was surviving it. Activity was my friend: My sister Kathy and I spent the fall wrapping up her estate, selling her house, and sharing her prized possessions with family and friends. We talked every day. Much of our connection was activity-based: Was her account closed? Were the papers signed? It was hard, but I had known that it was going to be hard -- so I ...

December 20, 2014 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists

Our thoughts: Virginia O'Hanlon

In 1897, a young girl named Virginia O'Hanlon got into an argument with her classmate over whether Santa Claus was real. Her classmates teased her and called her names because she believed in him.

December 20, 2014 | Staff Report | OPINION

Kwanzaa: Honoring community

It was during the peak of the civil rights movement that the cultural holiday of Kwanza was born. Unlike other similar holidays such as Hanukah and Christmas, Kwanzaa is not based upon religious association. This holiday was created to celebrate the life and the heritage of African culture seen in African and Pan African communities around the world.

December 20, 2014 | Rasheera Dopson-Robinson | RELIGION

Just a thought: Baby Jesus' eyes

Have you ever looked into the eyes of a new born babe and wondered, "Who and what will you be when you grow up?"

December 20, 2014 | William Burnham | Columnists

Celebrating the Festival of Lights

The Jewish celebration of Hanukah is often associated with the Christian holiday of Christmas, but that association has little to do with the significance of each holiday and more to do with the timing. Each is celebrated at the end of the year when the holiday season has hit full swing. But much like the story of Christmas, the story of Hanukah is a rich one.

December 20, 2014 | Staff Report | RELIGION

Hope for Christmas

When Rebecca Bates shared the news she had stage two breast cancer in the spring of 2013, her family was worried. For the next year, her husband, Kevin Bates, and children, Gavin and Grace, now 11 and 9 respectively, struggled with their fears as they supported her through chemotherapy and radiation treatments.

December 20, 2014 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Roots that run deep

Oxford is the only city of its kind.

December 20, 2014 | Randy Schafer | LOCAL

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NCSS Has Record Number of ACT Test Takers

A record 499 Newton County School System (NCSS) students took the ACT College Entrance Exam in 2009 - that's 24 more than last year's 475 total test takers. The district has seen a steady increase in the number of students taking the ACT each of the last five years. Only 327 NCSS students took the exam in 2005 compared to almost 500 in 2009. Unlike the SAT, a reasoning test that measures critical thinking skills and assesses how well a student analyzes and solves problems, the ACT is a series of curriculum?based, multiple choice tests that cover content ...

August 21, 2009 | Staff Report | Education

Grace notes: God’s grace for you to get some rest

Are you tired? Has summer worn you out? Or is it the school starting? Or work? Maybe it's the stress. Doctors say that stress directly affects the amount and the quality of the rest you get, making you feel so tired. You could use some rest.

August 21, 2009 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Columnists

Father Randall Allen to be installed as Archdeacon

The Rev. Canon Father Randall Allen will be installed as the third Archdeacon of the Mid-South Diocese by the Rev. W. David Epps, Bishop of the Mid-South Diocese. The installation will be conducted during services at St. Andrew's Charismatic Episcopal Church in Covington, where Canon Allen serves as rector. The service will be held on Sunday, Aug. 23, at 6 p.m.

August 21, 2009 | Staff Report | RELIGION

Social Circle approves 2009-2010 budget

The city of Social Circle passed its fiscal year 2009-2010 budget with little fanfare at the city council meeting on Tuesday.

August 21, 2009 | Lee Sandow | Social Circle

BOC delays deciding on final budget

The Board of Commissioners did not cut nearly $1 million from the county budget Tuesday night, because Chairman Kathy Morgan and the finance staff recommended that the county wait to see how much money came in through taxes and other revenues later this fiscal year before making any budget cuts or changes.

August 21, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington

‘Wow’ moments

The Rev. Teresa Lilja, pastor of the Alcovy United Methodist Church, is leading her congregation into "wow moments" where they are seeing church growth, people stepping into new leadership roles and measured depth in their spiritual lives.

August 21, 2009 | Colleen Capes Jackson | RELIGION

Faithworks reaches generous milestone

FaithWorks, a ministry to those in need sponsored by 34 local churches, has reached a milestone in its service to Newton County, according to Bob Furnad, Chairman.

August 21, 2009 | Staff Report | RELIGION

Pet of the week - Aug. 21, 2009

Take me home: The Newton County Animal Shelter's pet of the week is an adult English setter, white. Also available for adoption are a brown terrier mix, 5 years old, house trained; a Manchester/Dachshund mix, black and brindle; a retriever mix, yellow and white; six Lab-mix puppies; a Yorkie, black and tan named Mr. Billy; a hound/Bassett mix; a retriever mix; a red Dachshund mix, 2 years old; several 8-week-old Lab mix puppies; an adult black and brown Lab mix; an adult hound mix and six puppies; a coon hound, 5 months old; a very nice friendly ...

August 21, 2009 | Staff Report | Pets of the Week

Look local for fun family events

Last week I discussed how it seems we never visit local places, even though they're often inexpensive and require little travel.

August 21, 2009 | Terri Kimble | News Columnists

Marshall would not vote for current reform

U.S. Congressman Jim Marshall does not support any of the five health reform proposals currently circulating through various levels of Congress, because none of them address what he sees as the major problem: America's path toward bankruptcy.

August 21, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington

Local GOP to host potential governors

Newton County residents will have a chance to meet and greet five of the Republican candidates for Governor at Monday's Newton County GOP Summer Bar-be-cue and fundraiser, at 6 p.m. in the Turner Lake Recreation Complex Ballroom.

August 21, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington

Grand Opening

Community gathering: Dr. Michelle Pastor cut the ribbon in front of Our Family Health Center, a new business in Social Circle. Mayor James Burgess, center, along with many members of city council and other prominent citizens of Social Circle were present for the ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday afternoon. The Health Center is located off Cherokee Road, near the Blue Willow Inn.

August 21, 2009 | Staff Report | Social Circle

Transportation confrontation

Several irate parents were in attendance at the Newton County Board of Education meeting Tuesday night to voice their complaints about the limited amount of transportation at the system's primary and secondary theme schools.

August 21, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Education

Newton County Jail Log - Aug. 21

  • Michael Anthony Griffin, 50, 125 Mountain View Circle, Covington, July 31. Driving without a license, no license on file, open container.
  • Eddie Patrick Harris Jr. 19, 9482 Tara Dr., Covington, Aug. 1. Criminal trespass.
  • Marilyn Laverne Howard, 42, Conyers, July 31. Probation violation.
  • Waymond Alexander Ivey Jr., 41, Warner Robins, Aug. 4. Escape.
  • Gregory Jackson, 40, 18 Whispering Pine Dr., Covington, July 29. Aggravated assault, first degree cruelty to children, Family Violence Act aggravated battery.
  • Rodney Sidney Jackson, 37, Social Circle, July 29. Probation violation.
  • John Johnson, 31, 109 D College Walk, Oxford, Aug. 4. Family Violence Act battery.
  • Deone ...

August 21, 2009 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log

Covington-wood

Dear Editor: I have had the privilege to host and observe the cast and crew of the "Vampire Diaries" for the past week. They have been the most polite and courteous people I have ever worked with. I realize that the influx of people and traffic creates some temporary difficulties. All of my neighbors were very accommodating during the filming, and I thank them for understanding. The entire town of Covington benefits in several ways from house and furniture rentals, direct retail purchases to sales tax collected. I know this to be true since I have pointed out businesses that ...

August 21, 2009 | Benjamin Dameron Covington | Letters

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