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Davis named Rotary Club president

The Covington Rotary Club closed out its 76th year Tuesday, handing out awards from 2014-15 and inducting its next president.

June 30, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

GOP's Jeb Bush to release 33 years of personal tax returns

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Jeb Bush is releasing a third of a century of his personal income tax returns, a record disclosure for presidential candidates.

June 30, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Authorities investigating possible anti-gay hate crime in northwestern Forsyth County

NORTHWEST FORSYTH - Authorities say they are treating the burning of a rainbow flag on a vehicle at a northwestern Forsyth County home as an anti-gay hate crime.

June 30, 2015 | Kayla Robins krobins@forsythnews.com | LOCAL

Extension Agent Ted Wynne (video)

Newton County Extension Agent Ted Wynne gives advice about trees.

June 30, 2015 | Darrell Everidge | Covington

Christie says he's running in 2016 to 'change the world'

LIVINGSTON, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has launched a 2016 campaign for president.

June 30, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Georgia State Patrol steps up enforcement this weekend

The July Fourth weekend is not only a chance for many people to celebrate, it is also the busiest travel period of the year. The holiday weekend is recognized as beginning Thursday at 6 p.m. and running through Sunday, July 5 at midnight, according to the Georgia Department of Public Safety.

June 30, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Pete Mecca Veterans Corner (video)

Calendar of events for Veterans in the community

June 30, 2015 | Pete Mecca | Covington

AKA Chi Tau Omega chapter awards $20,000 in scholarships

COVINGTON- The Chi Tau Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated of Covington, Ga., serving Newton and Rockdale counties, awarded $20, 000 in scholarships on June 21, 2015 at Antioch AME Church in Conyers to high school students heading to various colleges and universities including HBCUs in the state of Georgia and nationwide.

June 30, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Johns Creek mayor to lead Georgia Municipal Association

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - The mayor of the Atlanta suburb of Johns Creek will serve as president of the Georgia Municipal Association.

June 30, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Atlanta Cyclorama to leave building it occupied since 1921

ATLANTA (AP) - The Atlanta Cyclorama, the colossal Civil War painting created about 130 years ago, is leaving the building it has occupied since 1921 to move across town.

June 30, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Dr. Kenneth L. Jacques

Dr. Kenneth L. Jacques of Oxford, passed away June 29, 2015, at the age of 73. He devoted his life to the ministry of his Lord. Dr. Jacques served as the pastor of Harmony Baptist Church, in Covington, for 27 years, but most recently was a member of Canaan Baptist Church. He led church services once a week, for the residents of Riverside Health Care, Merryvale Assisted Living and The Benton House. He enjoyed spending time in his flower garden, but more than anything, he cherished the time he spent with his family. Preceding him in death were his parents ...

June 29, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

Dr. Melvin Louis Conrad

Dr. Melvin Louis Conrad, 88, passed away on June 26, 2015, in Wichita, Kansas. He was preceded in death by his wife Eula Conrad (Palmer Stone Elementary School Teacher). He is survived by children Albert Conrad (Michael) of Wichita, Kansas, Celia Theiler of Charlotte, North Carolina, and Daniel Conrad (Lauree) of Cary, North Carolina.

June 29, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

Checkers closed after grease fire

The Checkers on Hwy. 278 is closed after a small grease fire ignited Monday morning.

June 29, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Ga. high court says bonds for Braves stadium valid

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Supreme Court has upheld the authorization of up to $397 million in bonds to build a new baseball stadium for the Braves in Cobb County.

June 29, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Puerto Rico governor says island can't pay its public debt

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - The governor warned that Puerto Rico can't pay its $72 billion public debt on the eve of a private Monday meeting with legislators, delivering another jolt to the recession-gripped U.S. island as well as a world financial system already worrying over Greece's collapsing finances.

June 29, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

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Air Force pilot laid to rest at Arlington cemetery

ALBANY, Ga. (AP) - A Georgia Air Force pilot has been laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery almost 50 years after he was killed in Vietnam.

April 28, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

National Guard called in to keep the peace in Baltimore

BALTIMORE (AP) - National Guardsmen fanned out across the city, police with riot shields blocked streets, and firefighters doused smoldering blazes Tuesday after looting and arson erupted in Baltimore following the funeral of a black man who died in police custody.

April 28, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Supreme Court to hear historic same-sex marriage arguments

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court is set to hear historic arguments in cases that could make same-sex marriage the law of the land.

April 28, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

ESPN suing Verizon over unbundling of its sports channel

ESPN is suing Verizon in an escalating clash over how the popular sports channel is being sold in a discounted pay-TV package.

April 27, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

High school teacher killed in wreck with prom-going teens

ATLANTA, Ga. (AP) - An Atlanta high school teacher has died after a car crash with two students on their way to her school's prom.

April 27, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Stocks edge up at midday as investors wait for Apple results

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks are barely higher at midday as investors look ahead to Apple's results later today and a meeting by the Federal Reserve on interest rates.

April 27, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

US lowers fluoride in water; too much causing splotchy teeth

NEW YORK (AP) - The government is lowering the recommended amount of fluoride added to drinking water for the first time in more than 50 years.

April 27, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Special Olympics and other Newton events

Pictures from Miracle Field and Special Olympics Parade

April 27, 2015 | Darrell Everidge | Covington

Around Town

Pictures from Miracle Field and Special Olympics Parade

April 27, 2015 | Darrell Everidge | Covington

Coyote jumps into kitchen chasing cat

A Newton County Sheriff's deputy responded Sunday to a call about an animal problem at a residence on Highway 212.

April 27, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Nearly $900,000 owed in county taxes

As the county approaches the budgetary event horizon, the Board of Commissioners will face tough decisions as department heads compete for resources and county employees grow increasingly impatient for raises.

April 26, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Purchasing policy committee hits snag

A standoff is brewing over the purchasing policy committee with Commissioner John Douglas backing Commissioner J.C. Henderson's last minute attempt to appoint a vendor to the committee seeking to tighten oversight of county spending.

April 26, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL

First graduate of resource court program recognized

It seemed appropriate that Daniel Pittman wore a T-shirt with the word "Hope" emblazoned on it.

April 26, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

A league of their own

A field of dreams has become a miracle.

April 26, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Recreation

Eagles poised to be dangerous seed in the playoffs

Eastside completed a sweep of Spalding in a doubleheader at home on Thursday to give the Eagles a shot at obtaining a No. 3 seed in the state playoffs at minimum. With the weirdly constructed way Eastside's region is set up, despite going 15-3 in Region 4-AAAA, the Eagles will likely be the No. 4 seed forcing them to travel to play Wayne County in the first round of the state playoffs.

April 26, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Eastside

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