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North Korea experiencing severe Internet outages

WASHINGTON (AP) - North Korea experienced sweeping and progressively worse Internet outages extending into Monday, with one computer expert saying the country's online access is "totally down." The White House and the State Department declined to say whether the U.S. government was responsible.

December 22, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Stocks push to record highs, continuing a rally

Stocks are back at record highs as the market posts its fourth gain in a row.

December 22, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Immigrants line up for Arizona driver's licenses

PHOENIX (AP) - Young immigrants protected from deportation under an Obama administration policy began applying Monday for Arizona driver's licenses after a judge barred the state from denying the privilege.

December 22, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

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

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May 23, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITS

BOC at impasse over FY10 budget; Henderson to hold public meeting Saturday

Update, May 22, 12:52 p.m.

May 22, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington

Birth, blink, graduation

The people who make tissues will get some of my money this weekend. I'm going to try not to cry, but I know I will.

My little girl, Ashton Elizabeth Blackwood, will graduate from high school.

May 22, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | OPINION

Parson to Person: No such thing as a liberal Christian

In his "Breakpoint Commentary" of May 19, 2009, Chuck Colson commented that "On Sunday, President Obama delivered his controversial and much-awaited speech at Notre Dame. I found little surprising about the speech itself. Not that I agreed with it - far from it. What I mean is that the speech was what I and anyone who has followed the president's political career should have expected: he has repeatedly affirmed the position that a woman's right to an abortion takes precedence over the unborn child's right to life" (Breakpoint: May 19, 2009).

May 22, 2009 | Dr. John Pearrell | Columnists

Student’s poster wins in state

Ashley Simmons, a third grade student at Heard-Mixon, won first place in the state in the Drug Awareness Poster Contest for students from third to fifth grade sponsored nationally by the Elks and Elkadettes and locally by the Covington Elks and Elkadettes. She received a check for $50 from the Northeast District Elks and Georgia Elks Auxiliary. She also received a $100 check for placing first in the state of Georgia. The contest takes place annually in the fall, and her entry competed this spring with those of students around the state. Simmons is in Ms. Harris's class at ...

May 22, 2009 | Staff Report | Covington

Wanted teen holes up in home's attic

Covington/Newton County SWAT Team were called to a home in south Newton County Thursday afternoon after a teen wanted for robbery was reportedly holed up in a home with a shotgun.

According to Newton County Sheriff's Department 1st Lt. Mark Mitchell, deputies first located 18-year-old Ryan Peter-Horn Wednesday evening, but the young man fled before they were able to apprehend him on the outstanding robbery warrants.

May 22, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Steeped in history

The late Eva A. Mask, remembered by many as a historian and teacher, took on a project in 1945 of researching the history of the North Covington United Methodist Church. Dating back to 1876, the history was read as part of their first homecoming day. The documents were last updated by Mask in 1981.

On June 7, the community is invited to attend homecoming as church members pay honor to the church and its rich heritage, remember the past, renew relationships and establish goals for the future. After the service, dinner will be served in the fellowship hall - a contrast ...

May 22, 2009 | Colleen Capes Jackson | RELIGION

Newton County Jail Log - May 22

o Igor Ivanovich Bazelyuk, 23, 245 Lamar Lane, Covington, May 7. Open container, possession of Schedule IV drug.

May 22, 2009 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log

Sheriff’s Office implements new shift rotation

On April 26, Newton County Sheriff Ezell Brown implemented a new 12 hour shift rotation system for the Uniformed Patrol Division of the Sheriff's Office. During the first quarter of this year alone (Jan. 1-March 31), Newton County Sheriff's Office deputies have answered over 15,000 documented calls for service. Under the old shift rotation system, deputies were working extra days, long hours and a lot of overtime to cover the necessary demands of the NCSO Patrol Division. Brown said that deputies under the antiquated shift rotation system would have to work every six weeks before they had ...

May 22, 2009 | Staff Report | Covington

Say who you are

Dear Editor: I was disturbed to find out that many citizens of Newton County received anonymous calls from a recorded anonymous concerned citizen criticizing Commission Chair Morgan and Commissioners Schulz, Henderson and Simmons while commending Commissioners Ewing and Flemming. The call spoke of ridiculous tax increases to pay for useless, wasteful, selfish special interest projects on the part of Commission Chair Morgan and Commissioners Schultz, Henderson and Simmons. Despite whether you agree with views of the robo-caller or not, everyone should agree that there is one word to best describe the robo-call, gutless.

If those behind the call felt so ...

May 22, 2009 | Michael Geoffroy Covington | Letters

Pet of the Week - May 22

Take me home: The Newton County Animal Shelter's pet of the week is a mixed-breed Collie, 2 months old, white and sable. Also available for adoption are a poodle, 3 months old, white; a Corgi mix, 5 months old, brown and white; a hound mix; a poodle/terrier mix, a miniature pinscher mix; a 2-year-old Jack Russell; two 3-month-old Lab mix dogs; a 2-month-old black Lab mix; a black and tan Chihuahua mix, 2 months old, blue collar; an adult Dachshund, neutered, red collar; a 4-year-old miniature pinscher, rust and black; two brown Dachshund mix dogs, 6 weeks old ...

May 22, 2009 | Staff Report | Pets of the Week

4-H salutes local youth heroes

"I hope you're proud that your parent works for the military. Because I say that's something to be proud of. 4-H cares for you," wrote a 6th grade 4-H'er.

At our home school 4-H meeting this week, we talked a little about what it means to have a parent in the military.

May 22, 2009 | Terri Kimble | News Columnists

Graduation guidance

This is a happy time of year for our young people - it's almost time for that summer break.

It is also the time for the adults of the community to be ever so vigilant. Drivers watch our little ones as they exit from busses; their minds are not going to be on watching for you.

May 22, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

The slippery slope

There was a time that we were taught to save money, pay our bills on time and invest wisely; this philosophy helped America prosper since the days we first became a nation more than 233 years ago.

That philosophy, is for all practical purposes, gone with the times of plenty. It is said we are on the slippery slope of socialism since the Obama administration and the Democrats have come to power. Being on the slippery edge is no longer true either; we are now in a headfirst slide down the mountainside.

May 22, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Gutter politics

Dear Editor: We are all aware that our nation is experiencing a severe economic downturn. State and county governments struggle with budget shortfalls along with the general population and attempt to continue services while they wait for better times. The mantra of the Great Depression spoke of better days being around the corner, but it took almost a decade for the economy to turn that corner. Thankfully, it doesn't look as if our corner is so far away. Nevertheless, short term adjustments are being made in personal and governmental budgets to plan for a turnaround in 2010.

I've ...

May 22, 2009 | Virgil Costley Jr. Covington | Letters

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