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Smoke may be seen in Newton today

Smoke may be present in Newton County today as a prescribed fire is being conducted in Jasper and Jones counties.

January 29, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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January 29, 2015 | Staff Report | Covington


NCSS Spelling Bee returns

The 2015 System Spelling Bee has returned, and The Newton County School System will host the annual event. Each of the system's elementary and middle schools will compete this year at Newton High School on Feb. 6 at 10:30 a.m. Students in grades four through eight are eligible to participate, with each school sending their own spelling bee champion and runner up to compete in the tournament.

January 28, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton represented in merger committee

One of the first steps in consolidating Georgia State University and Georgia Perimeter College is a implementation committee, helping to find ways to make the two institutions blend together.

January 28, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Porterdale recognized for Main Street

Porterdale has seen a lot of growth over the last year, and continues to head in an upward climb commercially with the addition of a new restaurant and other businesses on the horizon.

January 28, 2015 | Staff Report | Porterdale


Pacho's, Wing Cafe's scores improve

After two failing scores, Pacho's Mexican Grill received a 79 on its inspection report done Monday, Jan. 26.

January 27, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


CFD accepting Explorer applicants

The Covington Fire Department is offering anyone interested in learning about firefighting techniques and technology the opportunity to join the Explorer Program.

January 27, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Theme School accepting applications

The Newton County Theme School at Ficquett will accept applications for the 2015-16 school year beginning Monday, Feb. 2.

January 26, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Science Fair winners

Newton County School System's middle and high schools' first place winners will move on to challenge students from Fayette, Henry, Griffin-Spalding, Butts, Pike, Lamar and Thomaston Upson county schools in the Regional Science Fair at Griffin RESA on Feb. 3.

January 26, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton Firefighter falls on busy weekend

Newton County Fire Services had a busy weekend with a total of 66 calls in a 48-hour period.

January 26, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Mrs. Ethel Jolley

Ethel Jolley, 96, of Covington, passed away January 23, 2015. She was born October 17, 1918, in Roscoe, PA, to the late John and Elizabeth Furlong. Ethel met and married Alton Jolley while they both were serving in the Navy at the Naval Air Station, in Chamblee. Together they moved to Newton County in 1951, where they began their career in the dairy business. She was very active in the community and was one of the founding members of the West Newton Home Demonstration Club. She was the oldest member of Prospect United Methodist Church, where she once served as ...

January 26, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Matthew Larsen

Matthew Larsen of Covington, Ga, passed away January 22, 2015, at the age of 45. Matt enjoyed riding his Harley, fishing and being outside. He was very interested in the history of our military and watching military related TV shows. Matt had a passion for playing his guitar and listening to music. He adored spending time with his family and friends. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Clifford and Evelyn Larsen, Verna and Lawney Hansen; grandfather, George Sabol.

January 26, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Peggy M. Davis

Peggy M. Davis of Covington passed away January 22, 2015, at the age of 84. A woman of strong Christian faith, Mrs. Davis was an active member of the First Baptist Church in Covington, where she faithfully attended the Murphy's Gang Sunday School class. She was a loving and devoted wife, always very supportive of her husband's ministry wherever he was led to serve. She devoted her time serving others, and was beloved by many people in the Covington area. Mrs. Davis was a master flower gardener, and enjoyed traveling, bird watching and square dancing. She was a ...

January 26, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


If it's broke, you should fix it

This week the Newton County Water Authority said it wants to sit down with the county and work on a solution to a problem before taking on a new venture. We believe this meeting should happen.

January 25, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Employee of the Year

Clairon Metals Corporation is pleased to announce that Erica Arnett has been named Employee of the Year for 2014.

January 25, 2015 | Staff Report | Business


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Tyler Seagraves

Tyler Seagraves, of Covington, passed away November 12, 2014, at the age of 88. Seagraves served his country in the United States Navy. He loved his family and enjoyed being outside, going hunting, fishing and working in his garden. When not traveling for work, he loved spending time with his family. Seagraves was preceded in death by his grandson, Cory Seagraves; parents, Hoyt and Annie Mae Seagraves; and his brother, L.B. Seagraves.

November 13, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Michael ‘Mike’ Simcoe

Mr. Michael "Mike" Simcoe, age 52 of Oxford, passed away Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at Grady Hospital.

November 13, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Fred Jackson "Jack" Harwell

Mr. Fred Jackson "Jack" Harwell, age 71, a lifelong resident of Covington passed away Thursday, November 6, 2014. He was born May 31, 1943 in Covington to J. Charles and Otera Jackson Harwell. Jack graduated from Newton County High School in 1961 and Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science in 1975. Mr. Harwell worked in the family business, J.C. Harwell and Son Funeral Home, as a licensed funeral director and embalmer for 28 years and then for Ginn Motor Company for 25 years. He was the president of the Newton County Jaycees, serving the year the Jaycees building was constructed ...

November 12, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


GPC shows enrollment increase

Georgia Perimeter College's fall 2014 student enrollment showed a 1.2 percent increase over fall 2013, with 21,371 students signing up for classes. The increase reverses a two-year trend that also has been experienced by other institutions of higher education.

November 11, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


GPC named 'Best for Vets'

Georgia Perimeter College was named among a "Best for Vets College" by Military Times. GPC was among 140 colleges nationwide achieving this distinction.

November 11, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Stone Soup at Eastminster School

Eastminster Upper School in Conyers held its Stone Soup performances Tuesday.

November 11, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Marguerite Mobley Johnson

Marguerite Mobley Johnson passed away November 8, 2014 at Serenity Hospice in Dublin, GA. Born April 9, 1932, the middle daughter of Lucy and Audley Mobley of Covington, she married Fred Lanier Johnson in 1949.

November 11, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Doris M. Stubbs

Mrs. Doris M. Stubbs, age 90, of Covington passed away November 10, 2014. She was born July 5, 1924 in McDonough, Georgia to the late Hugh and Florrie Martin. Mrs., Stubbs was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She enjoyed traveling and was an avid reader however her granddaughters and her family were her world. A Methodist by faith she was a longtime member of Lovejoy United Methodist Church. Mrs. Stubbs was preceded in death by her husband Ed Stubbs in 1980. She is survived by her daughter Phyllis Seago and her husband David of Suwanee, her granddaughters ...

November 10, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Hilma Harwell

Mrs. Hilma D. Harwell, age 92, of Covington passed away Saturday, November 8, 2014. She was born April 29, 1922 in Dawson, Georgia to the late Edward and Jeffie Daniel. Mrs. Harwell was a longtime member of the Covington First United Methodist Church. She enjoyed needlework and was a den mother for her sons Cub Scout troop. A loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, Mrs. Harwell was a Georgia Bulldog and a Georgia Tech fan supporting her son and her grandson's Alma Maters. Mrs. Harwell was preceded in death by her husband Mr. Fred M. Harwell, Sr. and ...

November 09, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Thank you

"Regard your soldiers as your children, and they will follow you into the deepest valleys. Look on them as your own beloved sons, and they will stand by you even unto death!"

November 08, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Remember for Veteran's Day

In a story found on covnews.com, "A Veteran's Story" writer Pete Mecca details what it was like when he returned home from his service in the Vietnam War in 1970.

November 08, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


To Jack Harwell

Jack Harwell is Covington, Georgia - Covington, Georgia, is Jack Harwell.

November 08, 2014 | Staff Report | Letters


Mary Elizabeth Hopkins

Mary Elizabeth Hopkins, age 21, of Covington passed away Friday, November 7, 2014. She was born March 31, 1993 in Covington to Mike and Kelli Kirkley Hopkins. Mary Elizabeth was born with Mitochondrial Disease and was expected to be here with us for 3 years; however, she shined that contagious smile for 21 years. Described by her parents as a loving, gentle soul with a passion for life, she would often help Pastor Rob preach and pray while at church. Mary Elizabeth loved to sing, her family could listen to her sing sometimes throughout the night. She was preceded in ...

November 08, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mary Ann Webster

Mrs. Mary Ann Webster, age 81, of Newborn passed away November 6, 2014. She was born June 22, 1933 in Lewisburg, Tennessee to the late Howard and Nellie Austin Earonhart. Mrs. Webster was an amazing wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother who loved spending time with her family and friends. She was a member of the Covington Church of Christ. Mrs. Webster enjoyed sewing and cooking and shared that passion with her family. She is survived by her husband Weldon Webster, her children; Johnny Webster and his wife Patty, Donnie Webster and his wife Terri, and Fay White and her ...

November 06, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Bill Mayhue

Bill Mayhue of Covington, passed away November 5, 2014, at the age of 76. He was a veteran of the United States Navy, and enjoyed spending time outdoors, fishing and cooking for his friends. He never met a stranger and was always willing to help anyone in need. He was loved by many, and will be greatly missed by his family and friends that he cherished so dearly. Bill was preceded in death by his parents, John and Anne Lee Mayhue; sister, Dorothy Proctor; and his brother, Bunnia Mayhue.

November 06, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


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