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Newton County Jail Log: Dec. 7

Michael Ryan Allen, 20, Porterdale, Dec. 5, back for court

December 08, 2016 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log


19-year old arrested for murder Tuesday

Elijah William Ramoutar, 19, has been arrested by the Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) for the murder of Alyssa Ann Wright, 19, Tuesday evening.

December 08, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 | Newton County Jail Log


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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

November 26, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


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Ms. Carol ‘Stucci’ Brown

A time to be born

September 28, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


NCSS SAT scores increase across the board

Newton County School System's (NCSS) overall scores on the SAT increased across the board in 2016. The district posted an 11-point increase in both reading and math and a six-point improvement in writing.

September 27, 2016 | Staff Report | Education


Roy Faulkner

Roy A. Faulkner, 84, of Snellville, passed away on Friday, September 23, 2016. Visitation will be on Friday, September 30, 2016, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Eternal Hills Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 1, 2016, in the Eternal Hills Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be at 4 p.m. at Eastlawn Memory Park in McDonough. Please join us in celebrating Roy's life by visiting eternalhillsfuneralhome.com.

September 27, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Viva Ruth Clark

Viva Ruth Clark was carried home September 25, 2016. She is survived by her children, Justin Folds and Audrey Kimelman, her grandchildren, Gabriella and Isabella Kimelman, her loving sister Alisa Brown and brother-in-law, Steve Brown and nephew, Drew Brown. A visitation and memorial service shall be held at First Baptist Monroe located at 202 Mc Daniel St, Monroe, GA 30655 on September 28, 2026, between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. Immediate family shall observe the interment of her ashes thereafter at High Point Baptist Church located at 12025 GA-36, Covington, GA 30014. Memorial donations may be made in ...

September 26, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Annie Margaret Wyatt Kinard

Mrs. Annie Margaret Kinard, age 86, of Mansfield passed away Friday, Sept. 23, 2016 at her residence.

September 26, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Catherine Mills Horton

Catherine Mills Horton of Covington passed away Sept. 23, 2016, at the age of 86.

September 26, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Teacher of the Year finalists announced

Tamahia Benton, of Liberty Middle School, Cecily Bullock, of Alcovy High School and Jason Smith, of Newton High School, were named the finalists for Newton County School System's 2017 Teacher of the Year Friday.

September 24, 2016 | Staff Report | Education


Precious Waters named Newton Homecoming Queen

Precious Waters was named the 2016 Newton High School Homecoming Queen Friday night at Sharp Stadium.

September 24, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Reba Mae Gibson

Reba Mae Gibson, 72, of Gainesville, formerly of Oxford, passed away September 10, 2016. She was born in Union Point to the late Herschel and Mazelle Roberts Young. Gibson worked as a sales associate for Wal-Mart for a number of years. She enjoyed sewing but more than anything she loved spending time with her family; her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were her life.

September 22, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Laurie Pless

Laurie Pless, 59, died of natural causes on September 16, 2016, her birthday.

September 22, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Newton County Jail Log: Sept. 21

Diallo Wayne Abraham, 22, Covington, Sept. 14, court sentenced serving 8 days

September 21, 2016 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log


Samuel Grady Johnson, Sr.

Samuel Grady Johnson, Sr., 84, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, September 18, 2016, in Covington.

September 21, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Thomas ‘Tommy’ Jackson Hutchens

Thomas (Tommy) Jackson Hutchens, 73, of Covington, passed quietly Saturday, September 17, 2016. He was born in Newnan on March 28, 1943, to Thomas and Alice Hutchens. For his livelihood, Tommy loved merchandising and selling. He spent most of his life working and managing various grocery store chains from Newnan to Covington and ran his own successful snack distribution company for more than 30 years. He was a devoted husband and loving father and grandfather who loved supporting his local church, especially in the annual Children's Harvest Fall Festival. Hutchens is survived by his four children: Connie (Randy) Reynolds ...

September 21, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


The three victims in Monday's fatal accident identified

Two of the three victims in Monday's fatal accident involving a Newton County School System (NCSS) school bus were under the age of 10.

September 20, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Teachers of the year announced by NCSS

The Newton County School System (NCSS) announced its teachers of the year for each of its schools Tuesday.

September 20, 2016 | Staff Report | Education


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