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Body of man pulled from central Georgia river identified

MACON, Ga. (AP) - Authorities in central Georgia have identified a man whose decomposed body was found in the Ocmulgee River.

July 29, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

New director named for Atlanta's High Museum of Art

ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta's High Museum of Art has a new director.

July 29, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Newton County Jail Log: July 29

Sharon Deloris Banks, 59, Covington, July 22, probation violation

July 29, 2015 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log

Boil Water advisory for Porterdale

A boil water advisory has been issued for the south side of Porterdale after a water line was hit during construction Wednesday morning.

July 29, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Georgia back-to-school tax holiday begins Friday

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia retail officials say an upcoming sales tax holiday is meant to offer shoppers back-to-school savings.

July 29, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

US stocks edge higher in early trading; China shares rebound

NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks posted modest gains Wednesday, as Chinese shares rebounded and traders wait to hear from the Federal Reserve.

July 29, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Covington loses state title to Rockdale

The Covington Post 32 A's entered this weekend's American Legion State Baseball Tournament in Loganville with high hopes of repeating as State Champions ...

July 28, 2015 | Staff Report | Recreation

Roger Goodell upholds Tom Brady's 4-game suspension

NEW YORK (AP) - Tom Brady's four-game suspension for his role in using underinflated footballs during the AFC championship game has been upheld by NFL ...

July 28, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Boy Scouts to allow gay adult leaders

NEW YORK (AP) - The Boy Scouts of America has ended its blanket ban on gay adult leaders but will allow church-sponsored Scout units to maintain ...

July 28, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

US indexes open higher on earnings

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks were slightly higher in early trading Tuesday following five straight losses. The market was helped by positive results out ...

July 28, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Armed veteran enters Army recruitment office in Conyers

CONYERS - A local veteran was arrested for bringing a gun in to the Conyers Army recruitment office in an effort to "keep the guys on ...

July 28, 2015 | Martin Rand | LOCAL

Douglas placed on administrative leave from GPC

John Douglas has been placed on administrative leave pending further investigation from Georgia Perimeter College.

July 28, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Man arrested in shooting aboard Atlanta commuter train

ATLANTA (AP) - Authorities say a man has been arrested in a shooting aboard an Atlanta commuter train.

July 27, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Boston out as US candidate for 2024 Olympics

Boston's bid to host the 2024 Olympics is over.

July 27, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Hundreds mourn U.S. Marine

WOODSTOCK, Ga. (AP) - A U.S. Marine killed in attacks on military facilities in Tennessee was remembered at his funeral as a dedicated and courageous ...

July 27, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

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Betty Purcell

Betty Purcell of Covington, passed away Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at the age of 91. Born and raised in Augusta, GA, Betty was employed with IBM at the Pentagon before she married. She was active in Covington First United Methodist Church, Newton Medical Center Auxiliary and enjoyed her bridge clubs. She loved traveling with her husband, was very social and liked to entertain. While in assisted living Mrs. Purcell delighted in dancing. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. James William Purcell; sisters, Margaret Brandt, Louise Comstock; brothers, Frank Blitchington, Bill Blitchington, Jack Blitchington; as well as her ...

May 28, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

Welcome to your weekend (May 29)

April showers bring May flowers. What do May flowers bring? In Atlanta it's called June, and it is the beginning of HOTlanta for us around these parts. We have had a nice spring this year, but summer is officially beginning. For those of us who live in the South, we know what the signs of summer are. The breezes will die down, those pesky mosquitos will come out to party, and we will be looking for any way possible to stay cool. Want to know a few ways you can stay cool this June? You have come to the ...

May 28, 2015 | Jenni Mauran | DIGITAL NEWSPAPER

Twice-caught fugitive's clean life led to decades of freedom

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - In 55 years as a fugitive, Frank Freshwaters got caught twice.

May 28, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Newton-Young Professionals to meet at The Oaks

Newton County's young professionals have a chance not only to network; not only to have an evening out on the golf course but also a chance to learn more about the county they work, live and play in.

May 27, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

David J. Hood

David Hood, age 60, of Covington passed away May 24, 2015. He was born in Covington on November 7, 1954 one of the first ten babies born at Newton General Hospital. Graduated from Newton County High School and went Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College graduating with a degree in horticulture and while attending college worked at Callaway Gardens. David was the grounds superintendent for several golf course throughout his career including Hidden Hills and Cross Creek golf courses.

May 27, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

Robert ‘Bobby’ Patrick

Robert "Bobby" Patrick of Oxford, passed away May 26, 2015, at the age of 82. He was a 1952 graduate of Newton High School; and proud veteran of the United States Air Force, having served in both Germany and France, during his active duty from 1953 – 1957. Mr. Patrick was employed by Henson Furniture, until the business closed, and then went on to work for Hercules, for 24 years, prior to his retirement. He served as a deacon for several churches, and was Chairman of the deacon boards at First Baptist of Covington, Mt. Zion Baptist and Calvary Baptist. In ...

May 27, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

US stocks move higher in the afternoon, a day after a slump

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks rose modestly in late-day trading Wednesday, recovering most of a steep loss from the day before. Investors remain focused on Greece's debt problems.

May 27, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

2nd submariner guilty of sharing videos of women officers

MAYPORT NAVAL STATION, Fla. (AP) - A second submariner pleaded guilty Wednesday to sharing videos of female officers undressing for a shower, continuing a case that a prosecutor calls a "black eye" for the Navy's integration of women into the nation's sub fleet.

May 27, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Georgia man charged with supporting Islamic State militants

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - A Georgia man has been charged in federal court with trying to aid the Islamic State group.

May 27, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

NYC judge hears arguments on the rights of 2 chimpanzees

NEW YORK (AP) - A New York City judge has heard arguments over the rights of two chimpanzees that advocates hope to free from a state university where they're kept.

May 27, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Illinois couple welcomes their 100th grandchild

QUINCY, Ill. (AP) - A western Illinois couple recently celebrated the birth of their 100th grandchild.

May 27, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Dispute over MLK Bible, Nobel prize headed for mediation

ATLANTA (AP) - A legal battle over the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s traveling Bible and 1964 Nobel Peace Prize is headed for court-ordered mediation, and lawyers for both sides said Wednesday they hope for a lasting resolution to issues that have long divided the civil rights icon's heirs.

May 27, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Congress wants to know how thieves stole tax info from IRS

WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress is demanding answers about how identity thieves were able to steal the personal tax information of more than 100,000 taxpayers from an IRS website.

May 27, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Newton-Fatality in I-20 crash identified

52-year-old Joel William Simpson, a Newton County resident, has been confirmed dead after he drove his vehicle against traffice on I-20 Tuesday night, crashing into another vehicle around the 89 mile mark between Almon and Salem roads.

May 27, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

EPA rules to protect drinking water, regulate small streams

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration is moving to protect the nation's drinking water with rules that clarify which smaller streams, tributaries and wetlands are protected from pollution under the Clean Water Act.

May 27, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

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