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Shooting by 9 year old stirs gun debate

PHOENIX (AP) - "All right, full auto," the firing-range instructor tells a 9-year-old girl. She braces the Uzi submachine gun and opens fire at a black-silhouette target. But the recoil wrenches the fully automatic weapon upward, and the instructor is shot in the head and killed.

August 27, 2014 | JACQUES BILLEAUD, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

SC: Workers' comp OK for kickball

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Have you ever been hurt in a company softball or kickball game? The South Carolina Supreme Court says you may be entitled to workers' compensation.

August 27, 2014 | MEG KINNARD, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

College football begins tonight at Dome

ATLANTA (AP) - Welcome back, college football!

August 27, 2014 | PAUL NEWBERRY, AP Sports Writer | SPORTS

Central Ga. brush fire could burn until next rain

MACON, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say a brush fire burning in the Macon area is expected to smolder until the next significant rainfall.

August 27, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Wildlife officials monitor disease found in snake

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (AP) - State wildlife officials say an emerging snake disease similar to one that has killed millions of bats has been found in a wild Georgia snake.

August 27, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

No color in war

Soldiers of color, be it white, black, red, brown or yellow, have one human characteristic in common: we all bleed the same color. The warrior covering your back most likely wears the same color uniform, yet his or her race, creed or color has no relevance on the value of training or their desire to simply do what is right.

August 26, 2014 | Pete Mecca | A VETERAN'S STORY

Family’s tragedy: text less, live more

It is a potential killer whose numbers rival the deadly Ebola virus and it doesn't get near the attention it should. Unlike the dreaded illness currently ravaging West Africa this is one with a quick cure.

August 26, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists

The new face of evil

As Hannah Arendt foresaw, we are once again up against the question of evil. An American photojournalist, James Foley, was presented to the camera and methodically decapitated. The instrument was not the ax reserved for royalty or the whooshing blade prompted by that reformer Joseph-Ignace Guillotin, but an ordinary looking knife. Death would be neither swift nor painless. This, somewhere in the bleached desert, was pure evil.

August 26, 2014 | Richard Cohen | Columnists

Proposed park a great idea for Covington

Covington has a problem. And a cure.

August 26, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Mr. J.C. “Shep” Shepard Jr.

J.C. "Shep" Shepard Jr., 89, of Social Circle, passed to be with his beloved wife of 50 years Elizabeth "Liz" Clay Shepard on August 25, 2014. Born December 20, 1924, he was the son of the late James Curtis Shepard and Jessie V. Shepard Studdard. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Bill Shepard.

August 26, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS

Mrs. Louise Thomason

Louise Thomason of Covington, passed away Aug. 24, 2014, at the age of 84. Ms. Thomason was an active member of New Life Praise Center, in Covington, and was a dedicated employee of Lithonia Lighting for 38 years. Following her work at Lithonia Lighting, she dedicated herself to caring for handicapped children. Ms. Thomason was a giving lady, and constantly gave of her time to help those less fortunate. She was loved and will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Preceding her in death was her brother, Thomas McCord.

August 26, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS

Mrs. Rita Ward White

Mrs. Rita Ward White, age 90, of Oxford, passed away Monday, Aug. 25, at her home. Mrs. White was born Oct. 18, 1923, in Statesboro, Georgia, and was the eldest daughter of Robert Lee and Florence Hendrix Ward. She grew up in a farming family in Bulloch County, Georgia, and was a graduate of Nevils High School. In 1943, she married her husband of 56 years, Darvin White. When Mr. White began working for Independent Life and Accident Insurance Company, they moved to Newton County and settled in Oxford, Georgia. While her children were very young, Mrs. White was a ...

August 26, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS

Immunizations aren’t just for children

Earlier this month, about 30,000 of our county's population returned to school. Whether starting kindergarten, returning for their seventh grade year, or heading off to college, there is a lot that goes into preparing a student to start school. School supplies, new shoes, uniforms, new technology, new backpacks and lunchboxes, dorm room fixtures… the list goes on and on. On that list sometimes is a visit to your pediatrician for an update to your child's immunizations. It should be on all our lists, whether we have small children, grown children or no children.

August 26, 2014 | Hosanna Fletcher | LOCAL

FBI Director: local cooperation priority

Cooperation between the FBI and local authorities and counterterrorism remains the FBI's priority, according to Social Circle Police Chief Terry Sosebee, who attended a meeting and press conference with FBI director James Comey during his visit to Atlanta's field office Friday, August 22.

August 26, 2014 | Kayla Robins | Social Circle

Garden to Kitchen – help yourself to nature’s bounty

Nothing tastes better than foods picked fresh from the garden. Even if you don't have a garden yourself, you may have a neighbor or a co-worker who shares their garden goodies. Your local grocery store is also likely to feature home-grown produce this time of year.

August 26, 2014 | Kelly Shannon | LOCAL

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Blue Willow Village open for business

Under a bright blue sky in Social Circle Thursday afternoon, assorted local officials and business men and women gathered to celebrate the official ribbon-cutting of one of the largest tourism projects to come to the East Atlanta Metro area – the Blue Willow Village.

December 01, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Social Circle

Social Circle receives annexation petition

Social Circle's city council completed another step towards formalizing the annexation of about 200 acres of land - the majority of which was formerly Newton County land - by officially receiving a petition from private land owners.

December 01, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Social Circle

Buy local...Rhoades Printing

Since 1970, Rhoades Printing has been a fixture in downtown Covington business.

December 01, 2008 | Staff Report | Business

Our thoughts...Seamless interaction

On Wednesday, Newton County's new OpenSky Radio Network officially opened. The who's who of Newton County law enforcement and public safety officials were in attendance.

State Homeland Security Director Charlie English praised the county's state-of-the-art-operation, which allows every law enforcement and safety organization in the county seamlessly and instantly to communicate with each other instantly.

December 01, 2008 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Did you mean everything?

"Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus" (1 Th 5:18)

Don't you just love opening presents? Shiny, colorful, crinkling paper tears away as wishes are filled. The words "thank you" are effortlessly repeated. If you want to hear a lot of grateful people, just watch celebrities as they climb the stairs to receive their Oscars.

December 01, 2008 | Lisa Hetzel | Columnists

Letter to the editor...Healthcare reform

Dear Editor: I cannot believe that no one understands the basic foundation of this country - the American worker. I would not expect a soldier with the flu to fight a better fight, nor would I expect a ditch digger to dig deeper when his son is at home with a toothache. We need a health and dental plan across the board for this county.

Imagine the play-ball pit at McDonald's. Every individual ball in that pit represents an American occupation. Now, if the census bureau and an independent research firm merged to give an accurate accounting of the number ...

December 01, 2008 | Wayne Pickens Covington | Letters

Our thoughts...Enter the FanZone

If you've already stumbled across our new sports Web site, you might have initially thought you accidentally clicked on a site for professional sports. You didn't.

For the past couple of months our Web and sports staff have worked diligently to prepare a comprehensive and interactive resource for athletes and fans of Newton County's prep sports.

December 01, 2008 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Our thoughts...OOPs

In our editorial saying thanks and hello to our local politicians we left out two outstanding officials.

Bob Wheeler chose not to run after serving 20 plus years as the coroner of Newton County. He performed his duties with professionalism. He will be missed.

December 01, 2008 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Not fiscally fit

It has been a while since I had a column appear here in The Covington News. I spent the spent the last five months working for Bob Barr, the Libertarian Party's presidential nominee and former United States Representative. It was a great experience and I will miss it.

A lot has happened over the last several months. The biggest news, of course, is that Sen. Barack Obama defeated Sen. John McCain in the presidential election.

December 01, 2008 | Jason Pye Columnist | OPINION

New juvenile court judge appointed

The judges of the Superior Court of Newton County announce the appointment of Sheri Capes Roberts as the Judge of the Juvenile Court of Newton County to succeed Judge Billy J. Waters, beginning Jan. 1.

November 30, 2008 | Staff Report | Covington

Newton Board of Education named one of nation’s top 10 digitally advanced school boards

The Center for Digital Education, the National School Boards Association and "Converge Online" magazine recently announced that the Newton County Board of Education is one of the top 10 digitally?advanced school boards in the United States.

November 30, 2008 | Staff Report | Education

Teacher Profile - Shannon Buff

 It's been an exciting semester for Shannon Buff's students at Newton High School.

November 29, 2008 | Carrie Huenke | Education

Newton County School System teachers awarded over $17,000 in grants from Snapping Shoals EMC

The Newton County School System is pleased to announce that 12 teachers have earned $17,494.96 in Bright Ideas Grants from Snapping Shoals EMC to provide innovating educational activities and opportunities in the classroom. According to Terry Clark, Vice?President of Energy Services for Snapping Shoals, the funds were "left over from capital credits that went unclaimed for the last five years."

November 29, 2008 | Staff Report | Education

Undersized Rams will rely on group effort

The Rams had a successful 2008 campaign, finishing the season 18-9 overall. But a first round defeat in the Region 2-AAAA tournament has fourth-year head coach Rick Rasmussen hungry for more.

November 29, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Newton

YMCA Volunteer of the year named

Sam B. Hay III was named the Covington YMCA's 2008 Volunteer of the Year.

November 29, 2008 | Staff Report | Covington

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