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2050 Plan hearings change format

Tonight's 2050 Plan public hearing will have a format far different than the previous three hearings on the 200-page plan.

July 29, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL

Abraham Thomas "Abe" Hopkins

Abe Hopkins, age 6, of Covington passed away Monday, July 28, 2014. He was born February 14, 2008 in Covington to Mike and Kelli Kirkley Hopkins. Abe was a remarkable young man whose smile and laughter were contagious. Born on Valentine's Day he was full of love, affectionately described as a "mommie's boy" he loved watching Hallmark movies and being with his loving mother, father, sisters, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. Abe shined for Jesus every day and touched more people than could ever be known. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents J.T. and ...

July 29, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS

Unaccompanied youths enroll in Dalton schools

DALTON, Ga. (AP) - The challenges presented by an influx of unaccompanied children and youths from Central America streaming across the southern border into the United States have reached Dalton.

July 29, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Texas woman opens 'Gone with the Wind' museum

CLEBURNE, Texas (AP) - Vicky Rogers was in high school when she first read Margaret Mitchell's tale of the Civil War South, "Gone with the Wind."

July 29, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Lawmakers try to seal $225M aid package for Israel

WASHINGTON (AP) - Democratic and Republican members of Congress scrambled Tuesday to seal a $225 million boost to Israel's Iron Dome missile defense system before they break this week for a month-long recess.

July 29, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Authorities say soldiers get $92M in debt relief

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York and 12 other states have settled an investigation into improper lending with a court agreement to shut down the company and expected to provide $92 million in debt relief for 17,800 U.S. military personnel.

July 29, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

House to vote on slimmed-down bill for border

WASHINGTON (AP) - House Republicans are heading toward a vote Thursday on a slimmed-down bill to address the immigration crisis on the border by sending in National Guard troops and speeding unaccompanied migrant youths back to Central America.

July 29, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

$1,000 pill now hepatitis C treatment of choice

WASHINGTON (AP) - A $1,000-per-pill drug that insurers are reluctant to pay for has quickly become the treatment of choice for a liver-wasting viral disease that affects more than 3 million Americans.

July 29, 2014 | Associated Press | AP Top Stories

Study: 35 percent in US facing debt collectors

WASHINGTON (AP) - More than 35 percent of Americans have debts and unpaid bills that have been reported to collection agencies, according to a study released Tuesday by the Urban Institute.

July 29, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

SC mom's arrest sparks child care debate

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. (AP) - Plenty of working parents can relate to the dilemma Debra Harrell faced when her 9-year-old daughter asked to play unsupervised in a park this summer. How do you find the time and money for child care when school is out?

July 28, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Santana, Gattis lead Braves to 2-0 win over Padres

ATLANTA (AP) - Ervin Santana threw eight scoreless innings, Evan Gattis homered for the first time in more than a month and the Atlanta Braves beat the San Diego Padres 2-0 on Monday.

July 28, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Va. gay marriage ban ruled unconstitutional

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A federal appeals court has struck down Virginia's same-sex marriage ban.

July 28, 2014 | MICHAEL FELBERBAUM, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Deal on veterans' health care costs at least $15B

WASHINGTON (AP) - A bipartisan deal to improve veterans health care would authorize at least $15 billion in emergency spending to fix a veterans health program scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records covering up delays.

July 28, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

NMC hosts uniform, scrubs sale

Newton Medical Center Auxiliary is hosting a Uniforms & Scrubs Sale Monday, Aug. 4 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Tuesday, Aug. 5 from 7 a.m. to noon.

July 28, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Atlanta federal building reopens

ATLANTA (AP) - A federal building in Atlanta has reopened after being closed last week because of an issue impacting the building's electrical system.

July 28, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

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Sorry, seniors

 In February, the Newton County Board of Commissioners voted 3-2 to put a referendum on the ballot this fall that would raise the homestead exemption for seniors over 65 from $20,000 to $30,000.

October 18, 2008 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Together again

We said in an editorial Sunday that we have been wondering why we haven't heard one iota of encouragement from our federally elected officials. Jim Marshall who represents congressional District 8 and John Linder who represents congressional District 7 during our country's financial difficulties.

October 18, 2008 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

To our senators

Dear Editor: It is with grave concern that I write this letter. It's wonderful that Bank of America (BofA) has agreed to settle the 11-states lawsuits against its new subsidiary, the infamous Countrywide Mortgage Company. I am hugely disappointed - but not surprised - that the great state of Georgia did not see fit to join the initial lawsuit. After all, it was the same great state of Georgia that voted to kill reforms to predatory lending practices in 2003. Can we all spell C-O-U-N-T-R-Y-W-I-D-E here?

 We can say that was in the past but, today, who can forget that past ...

October 18, 2008 | Staff Report | Letters

To the zealots who stole my Obama sign

Dear Editor: I figured they probably didn't look on it as stealing, more as a practical joke, when late Friday night they took my Obama sign off its frame and replaced it with a McCain/Palin one. That's a good one. Having watched their convention, I can see their sense of humor is on par with their dancing ability. (OK, to be fair, raising their hands over their heads and swaying back and forth was major physical activity for most of those folks, a lot of whom hadn't moved that much since the Charleston was the rage ...

October 18, 2008 | Staff Report | Letters

Two-faced Handel

Dear Editor: I am a relative newcomer to Newton County, and am fascinated by local politics as exhibited by recent events reported by The Covington News. I read with interest the letter last Friday, which states the writer's opinion that the News is biased in the 5th District Commissioner's race. I had not been given that impression, and thought the Editor's note explained the situation satisfactorily.

 I have personally been perplexed by the Secretary of State's assertion that she does not have jurisdiction over county commission races. Does she only have jurisdiction over statewide offices, such ...

October 18, 2008 | Staff Report | Letters

Covington purchases more MEAG power

The Covington City Council voted in favor of spending $2.6 million for the purchase of 5 megawatts of baseload power for one year at their council meeting on Monday.

October 18, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Covington

Oxford Volunteer Fire Chief turns in resignation

The Oxford Volunteer Fire Department turned out in force for the resignation of OVFD Chief Jason Stribling at the city council meeting Monday.

October 18, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Oxford

New, active voters up in Newton

In the two years since the last general election, nearly 10,000 residents have registered to vote in Newton County or become active voters again, thanks in large part to the interest surrounding the presidential election.

October 18, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Election 2008

Grandpa arrested after Internet sting

A 56-year-old grandfather was arrested late Monday morning after he reportedly arrived at a rendezvous point where he thought he was meeting a 13-year-old girl he had met online.

October 18, 2008 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Porterdale takes out loan to pay officer

Council members in Porterdale agreed to take out a loan in order to re-hire a furloughed officer Monday night - but not before a heated conversation between the mayor, the chief of police and the mayor pro tem, during which the chief was accused of sensationalizing and choreographing portions of the meeting.

October 18, 2008 | Amber Pittman | Porterdale

Local awarded Carnegie Medal for an act of heroism

Many 18-year-olds might hesitate before risking their lives to wade into a rip tide to help a stranger. But for Oxford resident Kyle Christopherson, it wasn't even a question.

October 18, 2008 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL

An Artful Harvest

Members of the Southern Heartland Art Guild have joined with employees of United Bank to present the inaugural Artful Harvest Juried Art Show at the Newton County Public Library.

October 18, 2008 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL

Back in business

October 18, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Business

All-day jam session

 The City of Porterdale's downtown development will present the annual Yellow River Jam from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. Saturday in the downtown district of the historic mill town.

October 18, 2008 | By Amber Pittman | Entertainment Home

Press Play

 Unlike some of the more recent additions to the teen-ploitation genre, "Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist" actually has something worthwhile to offer to filmgoers. While there are a few obligatory gross-out moments, the film for the most part is sweetly ironic.

October 18, 2008 | By Rachel Oswald | Movie Reviews

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