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House intel panel debunks many Benghazi theories

WASHINGTON (AP) - A two-year investigation by the Republican-controlled House Intelligence Committee has found that the CIA and the military acted properly in responding to the 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, and asserted no wrongdoing by Obama administration appointees.

November 21, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Dow, S&P 500 push further into record territory

Stocks are pushing further into record territory as investors welcome a move by China to stimulate its economy by lowering interest rates.

November 21, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Obama launches sales mission on immigration

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Mounting an offensive behind his immigration directives, President Barack Obama on Friday insisted House Republicans must take up a comprehensive immigration overhaul but said the system is so unfair that it needs the type of fixes that he initiated on his own.

November 21, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Christmas on the Square

November 21, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | Covington

Play 13: Newton vs Central Gwinnett

All the talk has died down now. Newton football was named Fox 5's team of the week on Thursday and has drawn plenty of media attention the past week for its victory over Valdosta. None of that matters tonight when the Rams take on Central Gwinnett at 7:30 at Sharp Stadium.

November 21, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton

Ex-Gov. Perdue defends "Go Fish" center in Perry

PERRY, Ga. (AP) - Despite criticism, former Gov. Sonny Perdue says he's proud of his efforts to support fishing, including committing the state government to borrow $14 million for an aquarium in rural Georgia.

November 21, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Bomb threat called in to Bard

An employee monitoring the switchboard at Bard, on Industrial Blvd. in Covington, received a phone call at 12:47 p.m. Tuesday, stating "There's a bomb and it will go off in 10 minutes."

November 21, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Forecasters: Storms coming to Plains, Gulf Coast

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - Forecasters say severe weather is possible in the Southern Plains and across the Deep South over the next few days.

November 21, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Emotions rise as people hear immigration plan

Thousands of immigrant-rights activists, families and elected officials cheered across the country as President Barack Obama announced on television his plan for relief from deportations for about 5 million people.

November 21, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Lighting the square (slideshow)

Lighting the square (slideshow)

November 20, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | Covington

Emmanuel adds Hopper

If you've been to an Eastside softball game this year, then you know Madison Hopper. She's gone yard a few times this season and been stellar for the Eagles as a pitcher. On Thursday evening, Hopper signed a scholarship to attend Emmanuel College next fall. Check the Covington News' Sunday edition for the full story.

November 20, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Eastside

Fox 5 names Newton team of the week

After their stunning playoff victory over Valdosta, the Rams have garnered plenty of attention. On Thursday morning, Newton held a pep rally, as Fox 5 came to award the football team with their trophy as the team of the week. Rams' head coach Terrance Banks accepted the trophy after the pep rally.

November 20, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton

Atlanta readies for reaction to Ferguson case

ATLANTA (AP) - Police and leaders in the Atlanta area were preparing Thursday for protests and possible unrest as a grand jury in Missouri decides whether to criminally charge a white officer who fatally shot a black man.

November 20, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Dow, S&P 500 edge back up to record highs

U.S. stocks are back at record levels as investors were encouraged by good news on housing, the job market and corporate earnings.

November 20, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Herbert Emil Hess

Herbert Emil Hess, 75, of Jersey, formerly of Kedulen, Germany, passed away November 17, 2014. Mr. Hess was preceded in death by his parents, Albert J. and Lina (Haase) Hess, and brother, Walter A. Hess.

November 20, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS

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Johnny's Pizza supports local teams

Michael and Suzanne McLean, owners of the new Johnny's Pizza restaurant on Ga. Highway 36 are into more than just providing Newton County with a great new place to dine.

August 29, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives

Eastside wins tri-match, Alcovy picks up first win

Cross-town rivals Newton and Eastside got together on the volleyball court Tuesday for the first time in 2008 to decide early season bragging rights.

August 28, 2008 | Brian Harper | Archives

Armed robbers' image released

Covington police are offering a reward for any information leading to the arrest of three young men who allegedly robbed a Covington loan business at gunpoint Monday afternoon.

August 27, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives

Her garden grows

When Belinda Duckett's daughter was born with congenial myopathy, a rare degenerative muscle disorder, doctors told her she would likely suffer throughout a short life.

August 27, 2008 | Jennifer Long | Archives

Training people for the open road

For those interested in or considering pursuing a career in trucking, a school for them has just opened in Covington.

August 27, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

Copper metal thefts plague county

Copper thieves have been ravaging the county of late, striking at homes, businesses and public utilities alike.

August 27, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives

Perennial pleasures: cake, biscuits and tomatoes

I hope Sewell United Methodist Church decides to make a cookbook. I will be the first to buy a copy, but until then I am hoping for a church picnic. Enjoy two more wonderful recipes from mystery cooks who belong to Sewell United Methodist Church.

August 27, 2008 | Christina Benton | Archives

Rosie Bailey

Mrs. Rosie Bailey, 93, a lifelong resident of Newton County, died Aug. 24. The daughter of the late John and Alice Rogers Daniel, she was born in 1914. Mrs. Bailey retired from Bibb Manufacturing Co. and worked for the city of Porterdale as the city clerk. She was a member of Gateway Community Church and attended Porterdale Presbyterian Church and was a past Worthy Matron of the Order of Eastern Star. Mrs. Bailey enjoyed baking cakes at Christmas and sharing them with family and friends. She was preceded in death by husband Leroy Bailey.

August 27, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Geneva Kitchens Hamlin

Geneva Kitchens Hamlin, 74, of Stark Community of Butts County, died Aug. 24 at Sacred Journey Hospice, McDonough. The daughter of the late Marvin and Addonna Coady Kitchens, she was born in Newton County in 1934. She was preceded in death in 2006 by her husband of 49 years Robert Barron Hamlin. Mrs. Hamlin had been a nurse at the Children's Hospital, Greenville, S.C., the Scottish Rite Hospital in Decatur and the Griffin GA Hospital. She was a member of Macedonia Baptist Church.

August 27, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Harry Welborn Pitts

Mr. Harry Welborn Pitts died Aug. 19 in Newton County. The son of Mrs. Emmis Henderson Pitts and the late Mr. Hollis Pitts Sr., he was born in 1950 in Newton County. He was preceded in death by sister May Blanche Pitts and brother Hollis Pitts Jr. He was educated in the Newton County School System. Mr. Pitts was taught masonary skills by his uncle Willie Henderson. A hard worker, he worked for his uncle for many years. Mr. Pitts was a loving and caring person who loved listening to music and talking with friends and family.

August 27, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Jackie M. Rogers

Jackie M. Rogers, 49, of Covington, died Aug. 24 at Heartland Hospice. Mrs. Rogers was a member of Led by the Spirit Mission in Porterdale and enjoyed going on cruises and spending time with her grandchildren. She worked with the Newton County School System for 12 years and developed strong, lasting friendships with her co-workers. She was a loving mother, grandmother and friend and was very considerate of others. She was preceded in death by mother Ruby Jessie Shubert Watson and step-sister Elaine Brown.

August 27, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Hazel May Johnson Standridge

Hazel May Johnson Standridge died Aug. 24 at Asbury Place. The daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Nicholas Johnson (Sina Mae Dunbar), she was born in Stockton Valley, Loudon County, Tenn. She was preceded in death by husband Dr. Robert W. Standridge, brother Emmett D. Johnson of Maryville, Tenn., and sisters Jewel J. Hardwick, Stacy J. Gibson and Myrtle Johnson. A resident of Asbury Acres Retirement Center, Mrs. Standridge was a member of First Baptist Church, Maryville, Tenn. For many years she was an active, devoted member of the Eastern Star.

August 27, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Generous grandmothers

My Grandmother Cope's birthday is this month she would have been 106. I miss her and everyday I thank her for the strength and character she gave me. To this day when I fall short I feel I have disappointed her.

August 27, 2008 | Pat Cavanaugh | Archives

Murder suspect on the loose

Newton County Sheriff's Office investigators are looking for a Newton County man who may be possibly fleeing the state after allegedly murdering his estranged wife, who was discovered dead Saturday.

August 27, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives

Armed men steal loan firm's cash

Police are looking for three young black men who allegedly robbed a Covington loan business at gunpoint Monday and ran off into the woods with an undisclosed amount of cash, according to the Covington Police Department.

August 27, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives

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