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Smokin' Joe Frazier dies

Smokin' Joe Frazier, former heavyweight boxing champ, has died from liver cancer at age 67.

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Penn State sex scandal engulfing revered Paterno

Joe Paterno, football’s most revered coach, was engulfed Monday in a growing furor involving former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky, who was indicted on charges of sexually abusing eight boys.

Jeffrey Mayo

Jeffrey "Jeff" David Mayo, age 48 of Conyers, died Sunday November 6, 2011. Funeral plans will be announced at a later date. Condolences may be submitted on-line at www.scotward.com ...

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Joanne O'brien

Sister Joanne O'Brien of Covington passed away November 5, 2011, at Rockdale Health Care Center at the age of 77. Sister Joanne is survived by Elizabeth Loescher, Jeff and Suzy ...

BOC pursues county manager position over chair's objections

A majority of county commissioners reached a consensus at a work session Monday night to have the county attorney draw up a job description for a county manager position, but not before Chairman Kathy Morgan voiced strong opposition.

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State gets set for three big football games

For football fans in the state of Georgia, this is about as good as it gets. Georgia Tech and Georgia battling for division titles in the college game. The Atlanta Falcons trying to take over first place in the NFL.

High school golf teams could be united at Oaks Course

COVINGTON -- When one door closes another one opens is a cliche, but that is exactly what is happening in the case of Newton County's golf teams.. Indian Creek Golf Club recently announced that effective Nov. 28 it will be closing its doors. As a result of this closing, Eastside

Morgan makes last-minute plea to citizens regarding tonight's work session

Chairman Kathy Morgan issued the following press release just hours prior to a 7 p.m. Board of Commissioners work session:

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Newton County Schools receives grant for After School program

COVINGTON -- Three more schools have an after school program this school year thanks to a state grant.. The Newton County School System recently announced that a new 21st Century Community Learning Center grant is funding three more sites for the After School Academic Program. West Newton Elementary School, Indian

Nominations sought to light courthouse

Who will light the historic courthouse this year? Nominations are being sought.

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Amesbury welcomed to Covington

A groundturning ceremony took place Monday afternoon for a new industry locating in Lochridge Industrial Blvd.

SPLOST 2005 exceeds projections

SPLOST 2005 collections have exceeded projections by more than $2.8 million.

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Top Ga. court to consider assisted suicide law

The Georgia Supreme Court on Monday will consider whether to overturn a Forsyth County judge's decision that free speech isn't limited by the law, which makes it a felony for anyone who publicly advertises to assist someone else in the act of suicide.

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Pets available for adoption this week in Newton, Rockdale counties

Questions to ask before adopting a pet:. -- Can I make a long-term commitment to this pet?. -- Will I be able to spend enough time with a new pet?. -- Am I prepared for the cost a new pet will bring?. -- Which pet is right for my

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Tigers trounced 42-13 in region championship

NEWNAN -- Alcovy knew it was in for a long night when the opening kickoff was returned 52 yards as the Tigers lost their bid for a Region 3-AAAA championship with a 42-13 loss to Northgate on Friday.

BOC pursues county manager position over chair's objections

A majority of county commissioners reached a consensus at a work session Monday night to have the county attorney draw up a job description for a county manager position, but not before Chairman Kathy Morgan voiced strong opposition.

Morgan makes last-minute plea to citizens regarding tonight's work session

Chairman Kathy Morgan issued the following press release to print and television media just hours prior to a 7 p.m. Board of Commissioners work session:

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Rockdale residents speak out on Sunday retail alcohol sales

CONYERS -- Opinions on Sunday retail alcohol sales in Rockdale County will have a second chance to be heard.

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Newton tops Luella 36-30 in four-overtime win

COVINGTON -- Heading into the final game of the regular season, Newton had to win and two other teams had to do their part for the Rams to make it to the Class AAAAA playoffs.

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