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Mom of Canada suspect: I cry for victims, not son

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) - The mother of the man accused of killing a soldier at Ottawa's war memorial then storming Parliament before being shot dead says she is crying for the victims of the shooting, not her son.

October 23, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Burned dogs showing up at Georgia animal hospital

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Several dogs with burn marks on their backs have shown up in a Georgia county, and no one seems to know how or why they're being injured.

October 23, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Metro Atlanta jobless rate falls to 7.3 percent

ATLANTA (AP) - Metro Atlanta's jobless rate has fallen to 7.3 percent.

October 23, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

White House fence jumper charged with assault

WASHINGTON (AP) - The 23-year-old Maryland man who climbed over the White House fence Wednesday night has been charged with felonies for assaulting two police dogs and making threats, the Secret Service said Thursday.

October 23, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Hillgrove ends Alcovy's playoff run

On a cold Wednesday evening Florida State commit Abby Evans, blanked the Lady Tigers twice lifting Hilgrove to 1-0 and 6-0 wins respectively, ending Alcovy's playoff run in the second round.

October 22, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Alcovy

Change the World Day this Saturday

Citizens of Newton County are racing against hunger in working to change the world.

October 22, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

R.L. Cousins class of 64 celebrates

The R.L. Cousins Class of 1964 celebrated its 50th class reunion at Pilgreen's Steakhouse on Lake Dow Road in McDonough Sept. 20.

October 22, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

RCSO requests $2M more for personnel

The Rockdale County Sheriff's Office officially made its 2015 budget request, including a request for nearly all of the county's capital budget, to the Rockdale County Board of Commissioners during the board's Tuesday morning work session.

October 22, 2014 | Martin Rand | LOCAL

2 dead in shooting attack at Canada's Parliament

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) - A Canadian soldier standing guard at a war memorial in the country's capital was shot to death Wednesday, and heavy gunfire then erupted inside Parliament. One gunman was killed, and police said they were hunting for as many as two others.

October 22, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Social Security benefits get another tiny increase

WASHINGTON (AP) - Come January, nearly 60 million Social Security recipients will get benefit increases averaging $20 a month, the third straight year of historically small pay hikes.

October 22, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

UGA asks for Gurley's reinstatement

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Georgia will file a request with the NCAA on Wednesday for tailback Todd Gurley's eligibility to be reinstated.

October 22, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Ga. Aquarium says beluga is pregnant

ATLANTA (AP) - Officials at the Georgia Aquarium say a 20-year-old beluga whale, Maris, is expecting a calf in the spring.

October 22, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Peachtree Academy's Homecoming court

Peachtree Academy announced its Homecoming court ahead of Friday night's Homecoing game.

October 22, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Georgia Dems invoke Ferguson in election plea

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Democrats are using the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, to rally black voters ahead of the Nov. 4 election, with Republicans calling the move "race-baiting."

October 22, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Deal promises review of Georgia's school funding

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal pledged an exhaustive review of the state's system for funding schools this week, 13 days before voters go to the polls.

October 22, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

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Garden girl

Top honors: Katherine Haase, student at Social Circle Christian School, recently won the Youth Award at the Garden Club of Georgia State Flower Show held last month in Thomasville. Katherine's entry was one of several from Social Circle, where Gateways Garden Club Sponsors both a junior and youth club. She is the daughter of Tim and Tamara Haase of Mansfield.

March 07, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Angel Food founders reach settlement, avoid hearing

MONROE, Ga. (AP) - The leaders of a multimillion dollar food charity under FBI investigation for possible financial misdeeds have reached an agreement to keep them from being barred from their Monroe headquarters.

Attorneys in a lawsuit involving Angel Food Ministries reached an agreement Friday after a Walton County court hearing.

March 07, 2009 | Staff Report | Social Circle

FBI raid on Angel Food raises questions

ATLANTA (AP) - For more than a decade, Angel Food Ministries seemed like a godsend for families who purchased its low-cost food boxes and the churches that shared millions in revenue for distributing the goods.

It became an economic juggernaut in the faith community, employing hundreds, feeding thousands a month and pouring $19 million into its network of more than 5,000 host churches in 35 states.

March 06, 2009 | Dionne Walker Associated Press Writer | Social Circle

Komatsu to close Covington forklift facility

The Komatsu America Corporation announced plans to close three of its facilities, including the Komatsu Forklift U.S.A. facility in Covington, as part of a reorganization effort.

March 06, 2009 | Staff Report | Business

Troy Ellington

Troy Ellington, 86, of Oxford, died March 5 at Heartland Hospice. The son of the late Grover and Julia Ree Thompson Ellington, he was a very hard working cattle farmer and also enjoyed gardening, hunting and fishing. Mr. Ellington will be remembered as a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend to many. He was preceded in death by his wife Grace Fincher Ellington.

March 06, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITS

Jobless rate bolts to 8.1 percent, 651K jobs lost

WASHINGTON - The nation's unemployment rate bolted to 8.1 percent in February, the highest since late 1983, as cost-cutting employers slashed 651,000 jobs amid a deepening recession.

Both figures were worse than analysts expected and the Labor Department's report shows America's workers being clobbered by a wave of layoffs unlikely to ease in the coming months.

March 06, 2009 | By Jeannine Aversa AP Economics Writer | AP Top Stories

Lamar B. Hays

Mr. Lamar B. Hays, a lifelong resident of Mansfield, died March 4 at Abbey Hospice. The son of the late Lee and Sarah Byrd Hays, he was born in 1936 in Newton County. Mr. Hays was the owner of Hays Tractor of Mansfield and enjoyed fishing and gardening. He served in the Air National Guard, was a member of Woodmen of thw World, was the former chief of the Mansfield Volunteer Fire Department and served many years as city councilman of Mansfield.

March 06, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITS

Verizon gives grant to Project ReNeWal in honor of grand opening of new store

Verizon Wireless is breaking new ground in Georgia's wireless retail experience with the Grand Opening of its Covington Communications Store. Built in the company's Evolutionary Store design, the new retail location offers customers a high-tech and hands-on experience with wireless voice, data, music and video services. The new store, located at 10337 Industrial Blvd NE, is open for business and will hold its official grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony March 5, at 10 a.m. Commemorating the store opening representatives from the Covington/Newton County Chamber of Commerce will share in the celebration.

In honor of the grand ...

March 06, 2009 | Staff Report | Business

Naked woman threatens to kill officers

A call for help to the Covington Police ended in a woman being arrested after she threatened to kill officers early Thursday morning.

Officers were called to a home on Johnson Drive, and as they pulled up, they noticed a man and woman struggling in a upstairs bedroom through the open window.

March 06, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

SIU nets 3 in separate drug busts

Newton County Special Investigation Unit conducted three major busts in February, removing marijuana and cocaine dealers off the streets of Newton County.

On Feb. 11, investigators from the SIU arrested 42-year-old Tommy Lee Smith, known around Newborn as Superman. After requests from several of the Newton County Commissioners, who had received complaints from their constituents of drug activity in the area, investigators began looking closely at Smith, who lives in the area of The Settlement on Valley Street.

March 06, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

911 center call volume up

Newton County has continued to experience growth, but the amount of calls for assistance to Covington/Newton County 911 went up only slightly in 2008 according to numbers released in their annual report.

Calls for service passed the 100,000 mark but calls for assistance increased by only .55 percent in 2008. The total calls generated by Covington Police were 27,209, Georgia State Patrol generated 93, Animal Control generated 899, Newton County Sheriff's Office generated 58,077, Oxford Police generated 1,731 and Porterdale Police generated 4,437 calls.

March 06, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

BOC will not help fund July fireworks

Newton County will not provide funding for the Covington July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza. On Tuesday the Board of Commissioners voted not to fund their $3,790 portion of the annual display in a 3-2 decision, with Commissioners Earnest Simmons and J.C. Henderson voting to fund the display.

Henderson said the fireworks display was an important community event that should be funded.

March 06, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Economic Development Strategy unveiled this week

Leadership Collaborative officials presented their Economic Development Strategy for Newton County to the media Wednesday. The strategy was written because collaborative officials think that Newton County is at an important crossroad in its development.

"We need to focus on economic development," County Chairman Kathy Morgan said. "Where are we now? Where do we want to be in 2020? In 2050?"

March 06, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Sit up, polish your shoes, don’t eat the bread

No one pays attention to how you eat your bread, how many bites of steak you cut up, or how your shoes look - right?

As a high school student, I was convinced those rules were ancient history, something we were being taught in the Youth Leadership Institute and at the 4-H winners' conference as things our agents wished we'd bring back to popularity.

March 06, 2009 | Terri Kimble | News Columnists

Concerned about EMT service?

Dear Editor: I am concerned about our ambulance service in Newton County. I have lived here all my life, and let me say we have the best EMTs that can be found. I have been a diabetic for over 37 years, and there were times when my wife would call 911 to get me help. This happens with all diabetics from time to time, and the EMTs have gone above and beyond to help me as well as others. My wife called them a few nights ago because my sugar had dropped and she could not wake me. They came ...

March 06, 2009 | Staff Report | Letters

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