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Frank L. Harrison

Frank L. Harrison, of the Eudora Community, passed away Feb. 23, 2017, at the age of 86. Mr. Harrison was a veteran of the United ...

February 24, 2017 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Newton County Jail Log: Feb. 22

Yancey Keon Axon, 21, Dodge State Prison, Feb. 21, back for court

February 23, 2017 | Staff Report | Crime


Eastside baseball wins third straight, Newton coach grabs 50th win

Eastside used the power of the bat once again to notch its third straight win as it defeated Hart County 13-9 on Wednesday night.

February 23, 2017 | Staff Report | SPORTS


Juliana Crenshaw Burt

Juliana Crenshaw Burt, 88, died on Friday, Sept. 2, 2016 in the Azalea House, a loving assisted living home in Tucker, Georgia. She was born ...

February 23, 2017 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Detour coming March 7 for new bridge over Yellow River

Replacing the Yellow River bridge on State Route (SR) 36 requires a one-year detour beginning Tuesday, March 7. Traffic will use SR 162 and SR ...

February 22, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Local leadership, support for trees recognized

Oxford was among 19 Georgia cities recognized Feb. 14 for its commitment to caring for and managing its public trees. Oxford was honored during the ...

February 22, 2017 | Staff Report | Agriculture


Hang tags available only at fire services starting in March

Vehicle hang tags for the Newton County Trash Collection Convenience Centers will be available for purchase only at the Newton County Fire Services Headquarters, effective ...

February 22, 2017 | Staff Report | County


Covington resident claims $9.6 million Jumbo Bucks Lotto prize

Michael Camp, of Covington, recently came forward as the winner of the $9.6 million jackpot prize from the Feb. 6 Jumbo Bucks Lotto drawing.

February 22, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Eastside's bats push Eagles past Newton

Seeking a bounce back from a tough 13-2 loss on Feb. 17 to Walnut Grove, the Eastside Eagles baseball team hosted Newton at Eagle Field ...

February 21, 2017 | Staff Report | Eastside


Freeway patrol service begins in east central Georgia

Motorists in east central Georgia today began experiencing the benefits of a new statewide Coordinated Highway Assistance & Maintenance Program (CHAMP). This operation is the nation ...

February 21, 2017 | Staff Report | STATE


Doing away with distracted driving

The evidence is clear: Distracted driving can be just as dangerous as driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Removing one's eyes from ...

February 21, 2017 | Staff Report | LIVING


Tire maintenance a key component of spring check-up

When warm weather arrives, many people enjoy a collective sigh of relief. Just as people welcome the end of the cold, snow and ice, cars ...

February 21, 2017 | Staff Report | LIVING


Young Millennials top list of worst behaved drivers

A new report from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that 88 percent of young millennials engaged in at least one risky behavior behind ...

February 21, 2017 | Staff Report | LIVING


Letter: Can We Trust the Board of Commissioners with a New SPLOST?

To the editor:

February 19, 2017 | Staff Report | Letters


Sand mandala on display at Oxford College

Seven monk artists from the Drepung Loseling Monastery in Atlanta will construct a sand mandala painting in the Oxford College Library over the course of ...

February 19, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


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Thomas McElreath

Thomas McElreath, 80, of Rutledge, passed away Tuesday, December 6, 2016. McElreath enjoyed collecting antiques and loved going to the mountains. He was married for 32 years to Carole McEreath. He was preceded in death by his son Jeff McElreath; parents, Leroy and Talulah McElreath; brothers, Lewis McElreath, Billy McElreath; sister Nell Durand.

December 07, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Mrs. Lee Shirley

Mrs. Lee Shirley, 91, of Covington, passed away December 5, 2016. She was born June 18, 1925, to the late Luther and Mae Carney. Shirley was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great grandmother. Shirley was a homemaker and loved having company; she also loved telling people what to do and depending on how well you did a particular job is how she ranked you when delegating duties. Shirley was preceded in death by her husband Lamar Shirley and is survived by her children Sandra McClure of Covington, Kenny Seabolt and Brenda of Rutledge and Gaye Durand and Randy ...

December 07, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Our Thoughts: Audit, citizenry can be a tool for change

For those who even just pay casual attention to their local government, this week brought some big news to Newton County.

December 04, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


The Pride of Eastside performs in Hollywood Christmas Parade

The Pride of Eastside Marching Band joined the likes of Larry King, Olivia Newton-John and Bill Engvall this past weekend, during the 85th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade in Hollywood, California.

December 02, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County Jail Log: Dec. 1

Chester Thomas Akins Jr., Covington, Nov. 28, hold for other agency (Banks County), hold for other agency (Cherokee County), theft by receiving stolen property

December 01, 2016 | Staff Report | Crime


Judge Wynne to hear Georgia Supreme Court case

Superior Court Judge W. Kendall Wynne, Jr.of the Alcovy Judicial Circuit has been designated to serve in place of Justice Carol Hunstein in the appeal of Goldstein, Garber & Salama, LLC v. J.B. The Supreme Court of Georgia will hear arguments in the case Monday, Dec. 5, during its 10 a.m. session.

December 01, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Turning Back the Pages - November 23- November 27

This week The Covington News is only turning back our pages to five years ago to see how far we have, or have not come. From the not so distance past, things haven't changed all that much in our community's celebration.

November 30, 2016 | Staff Report | Turning Back the Pages


Southern Folk Advent Service scheduled

The Sonny Houston Bluegrass Band will provide bluegrass-Gospel music and preacher-scholar Jason Byassee will speak at Meridian Herald's 24nd annual Southern Folk Advent Service. The Meridian Chorale will sing and Steven Darsey will direct the music. The event will be held Saturday, Dec. 3 at 4 p.m. at Old Church on the Oxford College. Admission is free.

November 29, 2016 | Staff Report | LIVING


Johnny Hammond “Santa Johnny”

Johnny Hammond, of Mansfield, affectionately known as "Santa Johnny," passed away November 27, 2016, at 74 years of age. After retiring from AT&T, he found his true life calling when he became Santa Johnny. He brought joy to thousands of children who sat on his lap and whispered their Christmas wish lists in his ear. He would tell them to mind their parents, brush their teeth, and say their prayers. Santa Johnny carried in his heart the true meaning of Christmas. Unfortunately Parkinson's disease ended his Santa career. He was loved deeply and will be missed by all ...

November 29, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


James ‘Bill’ Clay

Loving father and grandfather, James "Bill" Clay, 73, of Covington, passed away November 26, 2016. Clay was born in Decatur to the late James and Eulalia Clay. Bill Clay served in the U.S. Air Force, worked for the Covington News, and later retired from the Atlanta Journal and Constitution after many years of dedicated service. He was preceded in death by his great-grandson Liam Cline. Bill Clay is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Viki Clay, of Covington; daughter and son-in-law, Patricia and Mike Swart of Covington, daughter, Treena Baker and fiance Brian Taylor of Atlanta; son ...

November 28, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Charles H “C.H.” Berry Jr.

Charles H. "C.H." Berry, Jr. of Covington, age 92, passed away November 26, 2016, at his home in Almon surrounded by his family. Mr. Berry served our country in the U.S. Navy during WWII. He worked as a carpenter and farmer all his life, and enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with family. Mr. Berry was the proud owner of Berry's Christmas Tree Farm in Covington, and served as County Commissioner for Newton County. He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles H. and Mattie Lou (Owens) Berry, Sr.

November 26, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Piedmont Academy FFA team places in area Farm Business Management career development event

The Piedmont Academy FFA Farm Business Management Team recently placed third in the Area 3 FFA Farm Business Management Career Development Event held on Nov. 10 at Ft. Valley State University on Nov. 10, 2016.

November 26, 2016 | Staff Report | Agriculture


Elizabeth Florine “Sister” Womack

Elizabeth Florine "Sister" Womack, age 74, passed away Friday, November 25, 2016. She was born in Covington to the late Tommy Lee and Florine Fuller Womack on June 25, 1942. Affectionately known as "Sister" she never met a stranger, loved everyone and was always happy. Ms. Womack is survived by her brothers: Tommy Ray Womack of Oxford, Jimmy D. Womack of Loganville, her twin sister Faustine Payne, and sisters: Nancy Smith and Mary Yates all of Oxford along with numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and a host of other family and friends.

November 26, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Newton County Jail Log: Nov. 23

Bryan Howard Allen, 33, Covington, Nov. 18, probation violation

November 23, 2016 | Staff Report | Crime


Rachel Patrick Wilson

Rachel Patrick Wilson, 76, of Lawrenceville, passed away on Tuesday, November 22, 2016. She is preceded in death by her father, Brantley Patrick and mother, Mamie Patrick, as well as two siblings, Elloise Martin and Lois Mask. She is survived by her loving husband, Earle Wilson; children, Melanie Baker, Brantley Wilson, Holli Wilson, and Kelli Wilson; brother, Robert Patrick; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m., Monday, November 28, 2016, at Wages and Sons Gwinnett Chapel with Pastor Fred Hartley officiating, with interment to follow at Gwinnett Memorial Park. Family will receive ...

November 23, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


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