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Cripps had no choice after officer tests positive

In early May, Porterdale Police Officer Trevor Jones reported to his chief he was under investigation by the GBI and U. S. Post Office. When the results of a urine test came back positive, Police Chief Jason Cripps said he had no choice.

June 28, 2015 | Sandra Brands | Porterdale


4th of July events sparkle across Newton

One of the joys of small town Georgia is the town square. It's not just an area where people can shop and eat, but it's a place where they can come together to celebrate holidays, hear seasonal concerts, and take a breather under the trees during a hectic work day.

June 27, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Council re-imagines amenities for Yellow River Park

There have been changes in Porterdale since the plans for Yellow River Park were drawn up in 2011-12.

June 27, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Why we see dogs as man’s best friend?

For centuries dogs have been called man's best friend. Many of us either have dogs as pets or remember with fondness the years that we did. Perhaps it is because in most cases the dogs seem to think a lot more of us than we are really worth. A dog can be a great example of unconditional love. The other day I found a whole new reason to give this title of "best friend" to a dog.

June 27, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Communities gather for Emmanuel 9

Approximately 150 people from churches around Newton County came together Wednesday night at St. Paul's African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Covington to hold vigil for the nine people slain while at prayer services in Charleston last week.

June 25, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


EHS soccer holds 4th annual alumni match

Eighteen current and former Eastside Eagles gathered together Saturday evening at Cousins Middle School to play in the fourth annual Eastside High School Alumni soccer match.

June 24, 2015 | Staff Report | Eastside


Stephens: Why Father's Day

Today is the day that tradition has set aside in our nation as the day we honor our fathers. Though there is no clear history on the day. When we look at the time line, the day came into existence after Mother's Day was first observed.

June 21, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


A Lack of Trust

Neither Donald Trump nor Ben Carson will be president of the United States. Having observed political campaigns actively since 1988, neither campaign has the connections, opinion leader support or organizational abilities to win the nomination. But they are candidates who can throw a wrench in the process.

June 21, 2015 | Erick Erickson | Columnists


Gardening for and as a community

Nothing tastes like a still-warm from the sun, freshly picked beefsteak tomato. It's juicy, red and taste like, well, a tomato.

June 21, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Jimmy Johns to open in Covington by end of summer

As a child, he waited tables in his mother's restaurant. Since then, John Nissan, 25, has worked every station in food service, most recently as a server at Cheddar's Casual Café in Columbus; Locos Grill and Pub in Athens; and Buffalo Wild Wings in Kennesaw.

June 20, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Fletcher: Blood and needles

Let's talk about everybody's favorite subjects.

June 20, 2015 | | Health


Love of junk, old cars leads to booming movie business for Conyers man

It started as a hobby; an obsession, really. It morphed into a business-and just in time.

June 18, 2015 | Sandra Brands | DIGITAL NEWSPAPER


Welcome to Your Weekend: Father's Day near and far

Even if father doesn't always know best, this Sunday is set aside to recognize fathers, father-figures, paternal bonds and fathers' positive influence on society.

June 18, 2015 | Sandra Brands | DIGITAL NEWSPAPER


Marker will help educate, draw tourists

COVINGTON- Taking its place on the square, near the obelisk memorializing Newton County residents who had given their lives for their country, and the Civil War monument with its soldier turned to face west, symbolizing the fading of the Confederacy, a sign marking the passage of Sherman's Army through Covington was dedicated on Wednesday morning.

June 17, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Taking action this summer

How excited you were when summer approached and you were going to be out of school? Summer vacation meant for most of us not having to go to bed as early and sleeping in a little later in the morning. You may have memories of summer camps, of cousins coming to visit or you visiting them; you may remember Vacation Bible School or family reunions; there were for many fun trips to the beach or lake; it was a time for homemade ice cream or watermelon. For some it meant going barefooted a whole lot more than during the school ...

June 14, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


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Brown: Firearms ordinance about safety

During the last county commissioner's retreat, I submitted a proposal regarding the discharge of firearms in high-density areas. After careful research, we asked the county to allow us to return to the guidelines established prior to the 2006 version of the county ordinance governing this matter.

March 23, 2013 | Ezell Brown Sheriff | OPINION


Second halves lift Alcovy in sweep

Rysen Richardsons' two goals helped Alcovy sweep Newton in Region 2-AAAAAA soccer action Friday night.

March 23, 2013 | Javon Dickerson | Alcovy


Eastside back on winning track

Kevin Thompson was honored before Eastside's baseball game, as the 2013 state wrestling champion threw out the first pitch.

March 23, 2013 | | Eastside


Clean up the town

ean up and spruce up the entrances to Newton County so that visitors' first impression of the community is a positive one. You, as a member of the community, can actually help with that.

March 21, 2013 | | Our Thoughts


Good for our schools

We are pleased the education SPLOST garnered a majority of the votes cast in Tuesday's special election.

March 21, 2013 | | Our Thoughts


Newton County Sentencings - March 22

Cassandra L. Ogletree, felony theft by deception, 10 years probation, $1,000, pay restitution.

March 21, 2013 | | LOCAL


Newton County Jail Log - March 22

Quintarus Antonio Aikens, 28, 10160 Allen Drive, Covington, March 16. Probation violation.

March 21, 2013 | | Newton County Jail Log


Eagles split doubleheader

Eastside baseball suffered its first loss of the season to Jackson County Saturday, before picking up revenge in the nightcap of the doubleheader by beating Jefferson.

March 19, 2013 | Miles Steele | SPORTS


Turner Lake looks good after spruce up

With spring just around the corner, many residents are making their way over to Turner Lake Park to walk the trails, and several have noticed it is looking good. The Newton County Recreation Commission said it recently went in with machines and cleared out much of the underbrush and limbs in order to keep the public safe and the park looking nice.

March 16, 2013 | By Alexis Duffy news@covnews.com | LOCAL


Vote yes for E-SPLOST

We've made progress on improving the education system here in Newton County, but in order to attract more businesses like Baxter International, and retain them, we need to strive every day to continually improve our education further.

March 14, 2013 | | Our Thoughts


Long ball lifts Eagles over Morgan Co

Two Eastside Eagle players homered for the first time in their high school careers as the Eagles beat the Morgan County Bulldogs by a score of 9-2 on Tuesday night. Freshman Nick Womack cleared the fence in the third inning and Peyton Pallay went long in the sixth inning.

March 14, 2013 | Miles Steele | Eastside


Photos: Picnic in the park

Let's have a picnic! Today, I walked through the park and saw families and friends walking, playing and sitting at tables. Sherry Saylam and her friend Shanna Goss, among others, were laughing and enjoying the sun. "With so many days of rain, I just had to get out," Saylam said as she sipped her soft drink. "Yes, I'm so sick of the cold weather and it's beautiful out here today," said her friend Goss.

March 12, 2013 | By Darrell Everidge news@covnews.com | LOCAL


Vote

Believe it or not, there is a county-wide decision to be made next Tuesday, March 19, which will affect your pocketbooks for five years between 2015 and 2019.

March 12, 2013 | | Our Thoughts


Newton County Jail Log

Anthony Lamar Aiken, 59, 7130 Geiger St., Covington, March 4. Failure to appear.

March 12, 2013 | | Newton County Jail Log


Fox Winery grows native Ga. grapes

Today on my travels, I stop to visit Brian Kuhn of The Fox Winery. I was excited with the anticipation of a little free wine tasting and a chance to pick up a local bottle of wine for dinner.

March 12, 2013 | By Darrell Everidge news@covnews.com | LOCAL


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