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Having a Blast: Local man orchestrates Covington fireworks show

For the sixth consecutive year, Covington will continue its tradition of blasting off fireworks in the city's town square this weekend.

July 04, 2015 | Martin Rand | LOCAL

Woman injured in Social Circle shooting

A 23-year-old Covington woman was injured when her boyfriend accidentally shot her at a residence in Social Circle early Saturday morning, according to Social Circle Police Chief Terry Sosbee.

July 04, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL

Pratt's 100th birthday

Francis Malone Pratt celebrated her 100th birthday June 28.

July 03, 2015 | Staff Report | Birthdays

Tour of Homes coming this December

For the 18th time, the Satsuki Garden Club will present its Christmas Tour of Homes this December.

July 03, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Dorothy "Dot" Hooten

Mrs. Dorothy "Dot" McIntosh Hooten, age 86, a lifelong resident of Covington passed away July 2, 2015. She was born February 15, 1929 in Jersey, Georgia to William and Mary Higginbotham McIntosh. Mrs. Hooten was a member of the North Covington United Methodist Church, joining in 1954. She worked for Bibb Manufacturing for 45 years and enjoyed working in her garden and with her flowers around her home. She was the youngest of 9 children and was preceded in death by her parents and her siblings. Mrs. Hooten is survived by her husband of 65 years, Mr. Ed Hooten, along ...

July 03, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

Weekend Weather

Thursday Night: Showers and thunderstorms likely early...Then a chance

July 02, 2015 | Associated Press | LOCAL

It’s official: Baxalta launches

Baxalta Incorporated launched Wednesday as a global biopharmaceutical company dedicated to delivering transformative therapies to patients with orphan diseases and underserved conditions.

July 02, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Kenneth McDaniel

Kenneth McDaniel, of Covington, passed away July 1, 2015 at the age of 80. He enjoyed gardening, collecting antique cars and trucks, playing poker, and making wine. Ken also loved to play golf, and will be remembered for his practical jokes. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ellis "Pa Mac" and Bertha "Ma Mac" McDaniel; 4 sisters and 5 brothers.

July 02, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

Unconfirmed report of shots at Navy Yard in DC

WASHINGTON (AP) - A lockdown was underway Thursday morning across the Washington Navy Yard campus after reports of shots fired, but a senior law enforcement official said those reports had not been confirmed.

July 02, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Atlanta airport anticipates busy holiday travel weekend

ATLANTA (AP) - Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International officials say the airport will host a projected 327,170 passengers during the holiday weekend.

July 02, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

US employers add 223K jobs; jobless rate falls to 5.3 pct.

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. employers added a solid 223,000 jobs in June, and the unemployment rate fell to 5.3 percent, a seven-year low. The numbers reflect a job market moving close to full health and raise expectations that the Federal Reserve will start raising interest rates as early as September.

July 02, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Green Hill Gone

The Newton County Board of Commissioners voted down a controversial proposal to lease the county landfill to a private startup Wednesday night following passionate testimony from the affected community, environmentalists and concerned citizens.

July 01, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL

East Georgia to pursue damages, landfill

The East Georgia Land & Development Company will move forward with its plan to construct a private landfill and sue Newton County for damages related to a legal battle waged for more than 17 years.

July 01, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL

Newton County Jail Log: July 1

Rod Clark Coleman, 22, Covington, June 26, burglary – 1st degree, criminal trespass

July 01, 2015 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log

TV Land pulls 'Dukes of Hazzard' reruns from its schedule

TV Land has dumped "The Dukes of Hazzard."

July 01, 2015 | Associated Press | LOCAL

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The Sweet Tea Summit

I have just attended the Sweet Tea Summit. It was like President Obama's recent Beer Summit except we didn't have to endure Joe Biden and his motor mouth.

Gov. Sonny Perdue's communications chief Bert Brantley has enough problems on his plate that he didn't need to keep reading my smart-aleck calibrations about his boss's "Go Fish, Georgia" program. So, taking a page from the White House, he invited me to a summit at Carver's County Kitchen in West Atlanta. No beer. No police officer. No Harvard elitist. No nutty vice president. Just fried okra ...

August 12, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | OPINION

Not following his logic

Dear Editor: I am trying to follow Mr. Durusau's logic in his Aug. 7 editorial titled "Between You and Your Doctor." He asserts that with the government running the health care system he is replacing one bureaucrat he does not elect with one he does elect. I believe he misses the point that with his private insurance, he has entered into a contract with his insurance company. This contract lists the services the insurance company will and will not pay for. Mr. Durusau is free to un-elect his private bureaucrat by voting with his dollars and changing insurance companies ...

August 12, 2009 | Tim Cooper Covington | Letters

Big government

Dear Editor: The big government takeover has to stop. Ever since liberals claimed power, it's been one bureaucratic scheme after another. Their newest target, health care, is the most dangerous intervention yet. Politicians, special interests and central planners should not come between patients and their doctors. We shouldn't have to wait for Washington to tell us if we can have the treatment we need. We shouldn't have to wait in long lines because hospitals are overrun and doctors are in short supply. But that is what could happen if the Obama/Pelosi health care plan is allowed ...

August 12, 2009 | John Parlato Covington | Letters

Bond denied for man charged in vehicular homicide

Bond was denied for 29-year-old Johnny Otis Workman Tuesday morning, the man accused of killing an Oxford man during the fourth of July weekend.

August 11, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Covington

James Michael "Mike" Thomas

Thomas Mr. James Michael "Mike" Thomas, 65, a longtime resident of Covington, died August 10, 2009. He was born April 13, 1944 to the late Hoke Smith Sr. and Jessie Edwards Thomas in Fulton County Georgia. Mr. Thomas loved car racing and sailing, he was a loving and caring person. Mr. Thomas is survived by his Son David Thomas of Covington, Brothers and Sister Charles Thomas, of Charlotte, NC Hoke Thomas Jr. and Carol Collins, both of Covington. Numerous Nieces, Nephews, Great Nieces, Great Nephews, other family and close friends also survive him. Funeral services for Mr. Thomas will be ...

August 10, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITS

SAM BORN

Born Mr. Sam Born, 36, of Monticello, GA, died Sunday, August 9, 2009. He was born June 13, 1973 to his parents who survive him, David and Sandra Born of Monticello. Sam enjoyed hunting, fishing and loved his cows. Along with his parents Sam is survived by his Brother Tim Born, one Niece Sarah Born and His Grandmother Mrs. Evelyn Capes all of Covington. He is also survived by numerous Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, other family and close friends. Funeral services for Mr. Born will be held at 2:00PM Tuesday, August 11, 2009 at Wheeler Funeral Home with Reverend Nelson ...

August 10, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITS

Man killed instantly in car wreck

One man was killed and a woman remains in critical condition following a head-on collision on Lower River Road Wednesday afternoon.

August 10, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Covington

Praise and sorrow

Last week we had a double tragedy in our community that could have ended much worse than it did.

August 09, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

The cure’s worse than the disease

Senate negotiators moved a step closer to a comprehensive health care package this week, but the American public seems increasingly wary of what "reform" might mean. The latest polls show that the majority of Americans are satisfied with their own health insurance and are now worried that they might be the big losers once Washington starts meddling. And for all the talk about the uninsured in the current health debate, the most important constituency in determining whether a health care package passes Congress may turn out to be the happily insured.

August 09, 2009 | Linda Chavez | OPINION

Common ground at the ballpark

I can't be sure, of course, how you feel about things. Nowadays people seem to be either in complete accord with or diametrically opposed to each other. There's very little inclination to provide "wiggle room" for discussion. I guess that's what made those very few historical figures we call statesmen so remarkable. They viewed all sides of an issue and found ways to get all parties to stop for just a moment before moving forward in a civil manner.

August 09, 2009 | Nat Harwell | OPINION

Shedding a little light

Dear Editor: I am Sherri Powell, the mother of Thomas Powell. I cannot tell you how horrified we were when Tom shot the two Newton County deputies the day he died. No one had any idea that his emotional and mental turmoil had gotten to the point that such a thing was even possible. Now we understand that he was dealing with more than the sane mind can comprehend. My purpose in writing this letter is to try to tell you of the Tom, who gave such joy and light to those around him, before the mental illness he was ...

August 09, 2009 | Sherri Powell Covington | Letters

Give a boost to booster clubs

This time of year is an exciting one for all of us. As days become shorter and shorter the promise of cooler weather makes the hottest of days more bearable, as does the promise of the nearing 2009 football season.

August 09, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Satterfield-Rumpel

Lindsay Gail Satterfield of Charlotte, N.C., and Rocky Charles Rumpel of Charlotte were married June 6 at Kingwood Golf Club and Resort in Clayton. Mike Lowe officiated.

August 09, 2009 | Staff Report | Weddings

Taking back West Street

Less than a year ago one man died as a result of a shooting on West Street and the area has been plagued by loitering, loud music and possible drug activity, but Tuesday night residents of the beleaguered street took the first steps toward reclaiming their neighborhood.

August 09, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Covington

An example set by Jesus

Salem United Methodist Church youth members hosted a free car wash at the church Saturday morning to help spread the gospel. The car wash was the first of its kind for Salem UMC, but church member and car wash worker Pat Miller has hopes that it will continue into the future.

August 09, 2009 | Brittany Thomas | RELIGION

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