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Dereliction of duty or political scapegoat?

"And Aaron shall cast lots upon two goats; one lot for the Lord, and the other lot for the scapegoat."

July 05, 2015 | Pete Mecca | A VETERAN'S STORY

Life can get full!

There are so many things clamoring for our attention, demanding our time, thoughts and devotion. We can find ourselves pursuing many things at the same time. Not only do we fail to catch up on anything, we run ourselves ragged trying. If we are not careful, we can find we are soon better suited for the circus as a juggler than we are as Christians living balanced lives. How do we put a stop to the madness? How do we reel it all in, sort it all out, and focus our attention on one thing? Jesus answers those questions with ...

July 05, 2015 | William Burnham | Columnists

By our love ...

"I give you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, so you also must love each other. 35 This is how everyone will know that you are my disciples, when you love each other."

July 05, 2015 | Jan McCoy | Columnists

Have You Ever Thought …

If it seems like we have been celebrating Independence Day for more than a week, that's because we have. This is the time we celebrate our birth as a nation and the freedoms that we cherish. It seems that we can't get it all into just one day.

July 05, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING

Freedom First!

The Fourth of July we celebrate this weekend heralds a document proclaiming both our nation's independence and our unwavering commitment to freedom.

July 05, 2015 | Scott Rasmussen | Columnists

Constitutional ignorance and dereliction

The nation's demagogues and constitutionally ignorant are using the Charleston, South Carolina, AME church shooting to attack the Second Amendment's "right of the people to keep and bear Arms." A couple of years ago, President Barack Obama said, "I have a profound respect for the traditions of hunting that trace back in this country for generations."

July 05, 2015 | Walter Williams | Columnists

Tax increase proves need for better county government

Dear editor,

July 05, 2015 | Staff Report | Letters

Mass Hysteria in America

In the 1400s, a nun in a French convent started making sounds like a cat. Other nuns began to do the same. Eventually, they started biting one another. As word of the bitings spread, so, too, did the bitings. They swept through other convents all the way to Rome.

July 05, 2015 | Erick Erickson | Columnists

Former UGA president heads back to Malibu and all is well

Dr. Michael Adams, former president of the University of Georgia, has announced he is returning to Pepperdine University, located in the wilds of Malibu, California, to become chancellor, effective Aug. 1. He had once been that institution's vice president of university affairs.

July 05, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists

Former UGA president heads back to Malibu and all is well

Dr. Michael Adams, former president of the University of Georgia, has announced he is returning to Pepperdine University, located in the wilds of Malibu, California, to become chancellor, effective Aug. 1. He had once been that institution's vice president of university affairs.

July 05, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists

Hollywood of the South news

In the wake of Nina Dobrev's departure from "The Vampire Diaries," last season, producers are bringing Lily Salvatore (Annie Wersching), mother of Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Stefan (Paul Wesley), back in all her mischief making glory for Season 7. Details are vague, but it's anticipated that Mama Salvatore will shake things up in Mystic Falls.

July 05, 2015 | | LOCAL

Filling the gap for hungry children

Bad enough to be cooped up in the house during the summer because parents are at work and child care is cost prohibitive. But imagine being stuck inside and not having anything to eat.

July 05, 2015 | | LOCAL

4th of July Time-Lapse

A time-lapse of the Covington Square on the 4th of July

July 04, 2015 | Darrell Everidge | Covington

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

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Study: Most 8th graders score low on US history, civics

WASHINGTON (AP) - Time for another history lesson.

April 29, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

A weak open for US stocks following weak growth and earnings

NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks are opening mostly lower as traders reacted to weak U.S. economic growth and some disappointing earnings.

April 29, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

US economy barely grew in first quarter

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. economy skidded to a near halt in the first three months of the year, battered by a triple whammy of harsh weather, plunging exports and sharp cutbacks in oil and gas drilling.

April 29, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Prayer service for Baltimore April 29 by pastors' network

The local pastors network, the Interdenominational Movement for Pastoral Accountability, Collaboration and Training (IMPACT), formerly PACT, is calling for a Unity Prayer Service for the City of Baltimore, its leadership and its churches during their state of emergency in the aftermath of the death of Freddie Gray while in police custody. The prayer service will be tonight, Wednesday, April 29 at 7 p.m. at Springfield Baptist Church, 1877 Iris Drive.
A letter sent to pastors invited all to the prayer service and for those who could not attend to pray from their own churches.
"While many will be unable ...

April 29, 2015 | Staff Report | RELIGION

Ethics commission picks veteran state attorney as chief exec

ATLANTA (AP) - The newly hired chief executive of Georgia's ethics commission said Tuesday that he will ensure the agency is efficient, non-partisan and resistant to outside pressure.

April 28, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

How the Dow Jones industrial average fared Tuesday

Stocks posted modest gains Tuesday as investors worked through another large batch of earnings reports. Pharmaceutical stocks rose after drug giant Merck reported better-than-expected results. Twitter plunged nearly 20 percent after its results, which were released unexpectedly early, missed analysts' marks.

April 28, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

CPD looking for 3 women in credit card "fraud"

The Covington Police Department is searching for three females who allegedly attempted to purchase food at Zaxby's with stolen credit card numbers.

April 28, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Stocks mostly higher as company earnings reports pour in

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks edged higher Tuesday afternoon, erasing losses from earlier in the day, as investors worked through the latest round of earnings reports. Pharmaceutical stocks rose after drug giant Merck reported better-than-expected results.

April 28, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Georgia teacher to retire after blasting Obama to students

DUBLIN, Ga. (AP) - A central Georgia middle school teacher will retire at the end of the school year after criticizing President Barack Obama and his supporters in front of students.

April 28, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Regions Bank fined $7.5 million for illegal overdraft fees

NEW YORK (AP) - The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has fined Regions Bank $7.5 million for illegally charging customers for overdraft protection.

April 28, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

NFL relinquishing tax-exempt status

WASHINGTON (AP) - The National Football League is giving up its tax-exempt status, which Commissioner Roger Goodell called a "distraction."

April 28, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

NCSS procedures for HB91 petitions for diplomas

As a result of the passage of House Bill (HB) 91 in the Georgia General Assembly, former Newton County School System (NCSS) students who did not earn a diploma due to failing one or more portions of the Georgia High School Graduation test or the Georgia High School Writing Test now have the opportunity to petition the Newton County School System to receive their high school diploma.

April 28, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Obama: Too many troubling police interactions with blacks

WASHINGTON (AP) - As National Guard troops responded to rioting in Baltimore, President Barack Obama said Tuesday there have been too many troubling police interactions with black citizens across American in what he called "a slow-rolling crisis." But he said there was no excuse for rioters to engage in senseless violence.

April 28, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

CARE benefit raises money for scholarships

Come Saturday, May 2, the Tiger Bragg Band will play a benefit concert at the Porterdale Memorial Gymn, 2201 Main Street, to raise money for the Community Assistance Relief Effort (CARE) scholarship fund.

April 28, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Stocks open mostly higher; Health care rebounds

NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks are opening mostly higher as the health care sector rebounds from a slump the day before.

April 28, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

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