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DeKalb County CEO found guilty

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - A suspended DeKalb County official accused of pressuring vendors for campaign contributions has been found guilty of perjury and attempted theft by extortion.

July 01, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Fire at S.C. black church wasn't arson

GREELEYVILLE, S.C. (AP) - A fire that destroyed a black church that 20 years ago was a target of the Ku Klux Klan was not the work of an arsonist, a federal law enforcement official said Wednesday.

July 01, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

US, Cuba to open embassies

WASHINGTON (AP) â€" The United States and Cuba have agreed to open embassies in their capital cities, a major step in restoring ties after more than 50 years of hostilities. The latest developments (all times local):

July 01, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Landfill Meeting Tonight

The Newton County Board of Commissioners will meet tonight, Wednesday, July 1, at 7:00 p.m. to discuss and likely vote on the Green Hill P3 proposal to lease and operate the county landfill.

July 01, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Davis named Rotary Club president

COVINGTON- 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

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BOE discusses possible raises

Newton County school officials discussed four possible budget scenarios for the next school year that could cease any furlough days, increase the amount of money paid to the Teacher Retirement System (TRS) and raise for all employees' salaries in the Newton County School System (NCSS).

April 22, 2015 | Martin Rand | Education

Katlyn Williams named Hometown Hero

Indian Creek Middle School student Katlyn Williams was named Hometown Hero Wednesday by The Covington News and General Mills.

April 22, 2015 | Darrell Everidge | Covington

Hello? 8M phone calls unanswered as IRS cut taxpayer service

WASHINGTON (AP) - The IRS' overloaded phone system hung up on more than 8 million taxpayers this filing season as the agency cut millions of dollars from taxpayer services.

April 22, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Mr. Michael Eugene Luna

Mr. Michael Eugene Luna, 49 of Social Circle, went to be with his heavenly Father April 17, 2015 at Newton Medical Center. Michael was born in Birmingham, Alabama on November 22, 1965. He is preceded in death by his grandparent's Posey Luna and C.L. and Julie Mullenix and brother Timothy Luna.

April 22, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

US stocks drift as company earnings news comes in mixed

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks were wavering between small gains and losses in early trading Tuesday as investors looked over the latest company earnings reports. Chipotle Mexican Grill fell after the company said a shortage of pork meat was affecting its results, while KFC and Taco Bell owner Yum Brands rose after reporting higher global sales. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 index closed above 20,000 for the first time in 15 years.

April 22, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Dr. Oz: We will not be silenced

NEW YORK (AP) - Vowing that "we will not be silenced," television's Dr. Oz is fighting back against critics who are trying to get him removed from a faculty position at Columbia University.

April 22, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

State: Schools not required to pull ice cream but some do

ATLANTA (AP) - Authorities say Georgia schools are not required to discard Blue Bell ice cream products, but some of the state's largest school systems say they are doing so.

April 22, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Sandra Bullock named People's 'Most Beautiful Woman'

NEW YORK (AP) - People magazine has named Sandra Bullock as the "World's Most Beautiful Woman" for 2015.

April 22, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Newton Board of Commissioners April 21st, 2015 Live Stream

April 22, 2015 | Darrell Everidge | BOC

Legal costs, landfill committee, raises dominate BOC meeting

Tuesday's Board of Commissioners meeting was dominated by spirited discussions of the county's legal spending, the citizen landfill committee and employee raises.

April 21, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL

Shooting at Georgia Kia plant

WEST POINT, Ga. (AP) - A shooting inside the Kia Motors auto manufacturing plant in Georgia left one worker wounded and another in custody after armed officers swarmed the site Tuesday.

April 21, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Georgia's veteran leader, Pete Wheeler, dies

ATLANTA (AP) - Pete Wheeler, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Veterans Service, died Tuesday as the longest-serving state agency head after holding the job for more than six decades.

April 21, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Falcons to open season on Monday Night Football

ATLANTA (AP) - The Atlanta Falcons will open the season hosting the Philadelphia Eagles in a Monday night game on Sept. 14.

April 21, 2015 | Associated Press | SPORTS

NCSS destroys stock of Blue Bell ice cream

After the recall of Blue Bell ice cream products, Newton County School System has removed all of the brand's ice cream from its stock Tuesday.

April 21, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Financial Markets Glance

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April 21, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

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