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Council votes to stop funding 2050 Plan

The Covington City Council unanimously voted to stop funding for the 2050 Plan's Baseline Ordinances Tuesday.

September 15, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | Covington

Balcony construction on Square approved

The Covington City Council voted to allow the removal of a light post, tree and tree well on the Covington Square for a new building project.

September 15, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | Covington

Covington Fire Chief, McNeil resigns

Covington Fire Department Chief John McNeil turned in his letter of resignation to Covington City Manager Leigh Anne Knight Monday, citing personal reasons for leaving the department.

September 15, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Elida Tanner

Mrs. Elida Tanner, age 80, of Oxford, Georgia passed away September 15, 2014. She was born August 23, 1934 in Miami, Florida to the late Vernon Franklin and Mary Lee Armstrong. Mrs. Tanner was retired from Norfolk Southern Railroad and also worked for Emory University and the Newton County Library. She enjoyed traveling especially out west and to National Parks, she enjoyed gardening, knitting, collecting and she loved frogs.

September 15, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS

Vietnam soldiers receive Medal of Honor

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says a grateful nation honors the acts of valor by two Vietnam War soldiers who risked their lives to protect fellow troops.

September 15, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Perdue picks up endorsement of ex-President Bush

ATLANTA (AP) - Former President George H.W. Bush has endorsed Republican David Perdue over the CEO of a nonprofit he founded, Democrat Michelle Nunn, in Georgia's closely watched Senate race.

September 15, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Vikings reinstate Peterson despite abuse charge

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) - Adrian Peterson is coming back to the Minnesota Vikings less than a week after he was charged with child abuse for using a wooden switch to spank his 4-year-old son.

September 15, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Hospital seeks partner to survive

Newton Medical Center is seeking an "equity relationship" with another healthcare system in the metropolitan Atlanta area, hospital officials announced Monday.

September 15, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Income inequality complicates Ga. consumption tax

ATLANTA (AP) - A new study suggests the growing share of income paid to the rich could raise the costs of a Republican proposal to replace Georgia's income tax with an expanded sales tax.

September 15, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Clinton embraces Iowa, Obama in return to state

INDIANOLA, Iowa (AP) - Hillary Rodham Clinton's third-place finish in the 2008 Iowa caucuses seemed but a fading memory when the former secretary of state took the stage in front of roughly 10,000 loyal Democrats at outgoing Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin's annual fall fundraiser south of Des Moines.

September 15, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Fireworks likely at county meeting

Tuesday's Newton County Board of Commissioners meeting should be an interesting one, particularly since leaders of the county's African-American community expect hundreds of people to show up to defend District 4 Commissioner J.C. Henderson.

September 13, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL

City to talk CID, Center, speed limits

Expect a long meeting Monday at Covington City Hall.

September 13, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL

Resident to protest Dist. 4 sanctions

More than 200 voters turned out for a town hall meeting Thursday to vent about the County Commission's recent actions to strip District 4 Commissioner J.C. Henderson of his financial powers. They weren't happy, but they were calm.

September 13, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL

Schools get grants for after-school

One grant recently awarded to the school district will be bigger and more inclusive, and three more grants will be completely new and even larger.

September 13, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL

Tichelle vs. mile = no contest

Tichelle Florence is tough.

September 13, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL

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Celebration of Life

July 12, 2014 | Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home | OBITS

Wife in Ga. hot car death case has attorney

ATLANTA (AP) - The wife of a Georgia man facing charges after their son was left in a hot car and died has retained a criminal defense attorney for herself.

July 11, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Trial will go on without ex-Atlanta school chief

ATLANTA (AP) - A judge has decided that an upcoming trial in Atlanta's school cheating case will go on as scheduled in August without former school superintendent Beverly Hall, who is battling cancer.

July 11, 2014 | Brandon DeCosse | STATE

Kitten thrown off Georgia bridge, swims to shore

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Animal control officers say a 10-week-old kitten that was thrown over the railing of a bridge and into the Intracoastal Waterway survived and is recovering at an animal shelter, and police seeking the person who tossed him.

July 11, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Legals 7/13/2014

July 11, 2014 | Carmen Ricks | LEGALS

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July 11, 2014 | Carmen Ricks | LEGALS

Mrs. Evelyn Lequeator Gunnells Mask

Evelyn Lequeator Gunnells Mask passed away Wednesday, July 9 after a lengthy battle with Alzheimers' Disease. Evelyn was born on December 25, 1935 to Frank, Sr. and Gussie (Grant) Gunnells in Newton County, Georgia, the youngest of six children.

July 10, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS

Shane Millwood to play benefit concert in August

Join Shane Millwood and CARE, Sunday August 16th at 8:00 p.m. for a night of music and dancing at the newly renovated Porterdale Gym. All proceeds are for CARE's newest assistance project - providing scholarship money to one or more of Porterdale's high school students attending the Newton County Career Academy (NCCA).

July 10, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Have we lost our minds?!

Time to bring our aircraft on this journey up another 10,000 feet! We're going to get a higher altitude perspective. This week, I'm busting past my pay grade to join the chorus about federal spending habits. Here's the thought: I think we are insane to couple open-ended entitlement programs to the general government!

July 10, 2014 | Doug Holt | LOCAL

Woman who left son in car wins custody

A Buford woman who was arrested in Covington last year for leaving her 5-year-old son in her vehicle received judge-ordered full custody of him after apparently proving she overcame her drug addiction, leaving the child's father unhappy and ready to appeal.

July 10, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL

BOE: first public hearing on '15 millage rate

The Newton County Board of Education adopted a tentative 2014-2015 budget based on a total millage rate of 20.45 mills.

July 10, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL

'Burn building' to help train firefighters

Training to fight a house fire isn't easy. For one, you have to have a burning house.

July 10, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL

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