News for Wednesday, June 27, 2012


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Rams basketball finish on high note

COVINGTON -- The Newton boys basketball team ended its summer workout by finishing with a 21-2 record and winning the camp championship at Georgia College.

Playoff dollars could spark calls to pay college players

NEW YORK -- The new playoff system means big money for major college football, as much as a half-billion dollars per year just in television rights alone. That has Texas coach Mack Brown -- among others -- wondering if some of that windfall should be heading the players way.

Rockdale Post 77 keeps rolling

CANTON -- Rockdale Post 77 kept up its winning ways Tuesday in Canton. Cole Hamilton pitched seven scoreless innings and Cody Wofford homered twice as Post 77 stayed unbeaten with an 11-0 victory over Canton Post 45.

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Olympic gymnastic hopefuls vying for 5 spots

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Picking their Olympic teams with a coin flip probably sounds good to the gymnastics folks right about now. With enough depth on both the men's and women's sides that each could send two five-person teams to London, the selection committees have their work cut out for them.

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Ferry already working first NBA draft with Hawks

ATLANTA -- Danny Ferry is on the clock for his first NBA draft with the Hawks only three days after his introduction as general manager.

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Firemen visit YMCA Day Camp

The Covington Fire Department recently made a special visit to the YMCA Day Camp.

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An English garden: Local couple produce giant veggies

Jumbo-sized vegetables are growing in the garden of Yvonne and Bennie English.

Newton Sheriff's Office receives $1 million hiring grant

The Newton County Sheriff's Office has been awarded a hiring grant amounting to nearly $1 million from the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.

More candidate forums announced

Three additional candidates forums have been announced.

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Two Newton County Walmart stores evacuated for bomb scare

Bomb threat made for "Covington Walmart." Both stores evacuated while law enforcement checks them out.

Students can exercise school choice with transfers

Newton County School System has six of its schools that might be able to receive students who wish to exercise school choice under House Bill 251.