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Herbert Emil Hess

Herbert Emil Hess, 75, of Jersey, formerly of Kedulen, Germany, passed away November 17, 2014. Mr. Hess was preceded in death by his parents, Albert J. and Lina (Haase) Hess, and brother, Walter A. Hess.

November 20, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


County approves Old Atlanta Hwy cell tower

The Newton County Board of Commissioners voted 4-1 in favor of a new, 150-foot cell tower at 10816 Old Atlanta Highway Tuesday evening.

November 19, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Dahlia Jo Minton

Little Miss Dahlia Jo Minton, age 5, of Jackson, passed away Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at her residence surrounded by her loving family. She was born on Wednesday, January 7, 2009 in Riverdale. Dahlia attended Rock Springs Church and Jackson Presbyterian Church. A sweet, joyful child, she loved to make friends, sing, dance, and laugh.

November 19, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


William Bruce Henderson

William Bruce Henderson passed away Monday, November 17, 2014. Bill was born in Athens, Alabama to the late Merle and James Henderson. He is preceded in death by six siblings.

November 18, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Engagement: Kimberly Blair Malcom

Mr. and Mrs. Kent Haralson of Oxford and Mr. and Mrs. Scott Malcom of Shadydale announce the engagement of Kimberly Blair Malcom to James Timothy Walden Jr.

November 17, 2014 | Staff Report | Engagements


The race is on

Like summer is a time for action blockbusters, winter is for prestige films-the films that will make you think, probably cry and win a ton of awards. This is also the time for film studios to push out their prestige films before the Dec. 31 deadline for awards like the Oscars and the Golden Globes.

November 17, 2014 | Staff Report | LIFE


Mary Catchings Crudup

Mary Catchings Crudup, 82, of Covington, died Sunday, November 16, 2014, at Gwinnett Medical Center. She was born September 16, 1932, in New Orleans, Louisiana, the youngest child of Elise Browne Catchings and Thomas Franklin Catchings. She was preceded in death by her brother, Robert Franklin Catchings, and sister, Elise Catchings Rouprich, and is survived by her husband, Edward A. Crudup, Jr., of Covington and two daughters, Anne Bristowe Crudup, of Covington, and Emily Crudup Cameron (Allen), of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and grandchildren, Seth McDougald Cameron and Harold Phillips Cameron.

November 17, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Historic courthouse featured in new book

The courthouses of Georgia's 159 counties hold the keys to the history of individual families and entire communities alike. From their primary role as the temples of justice for our court system to their better known function as the official repository of public records for significant life events, these buildings anchor many of Georgia's town squares.

November 15, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Our thoughts: Bear Creek

Some good decisions by Newton County in the past have led to a current situation where we have a reliable water supply. The supply is such that if the theoretical doors of the county were to be shut right now, we probably would have plenty of water for the use of our children and grandchildren.

November 15, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


2 Eagles to play in Thanksgiving Parade

Two Eastside High School students will be representing the Eagles live on national television this Thanksgiving.

November 13, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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


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Mason Michael Gregory

Mason Michael Gregory was born to Donna Melissa and Michael Eugene Gregory, of Eatonton, at Rockdale Medical Center on July 14.

September 11, 2014 | Staff Report | Births


Mrs. Mary A. Leasure

Mary A. Leasure, formerly of 933 Rosedale Avenue, Kingston, Tennessee, age 84, passed away suddenly on September 10, 2014. She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl "Lucky" Leasure, in 1997. She moved to Atlanta in 2003 to join her children, daughter Barbara Leasure and son-in-law Dr. Michael Henry; son Steven Leasure, and daughter-in-law Holly and their son, Adam; and son Michael Leasure and daughter-in-law Dr. Renee Butler and their children, Matthew and Christopher Leasure. She lived independently in Conyers, Georgia, until May 2013 when she joined Steve, Holly and Adam in Douglasville.

September 11, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Henderson did it to himself

No one can question the fact that there were a lot of fireworks at the last Newton County Board of Commissioners public meeting.

September 10, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


A sustainable publishing model

The Covington News was first published in 1865, and is the oldest continuous business in Newton County. Our company is committed to this community and has been privileged to be the steward and owner of this critical community advocate for the last 28 years.

September 10, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


'God was holding my hand'

Covington First United Methodist Church recently hosted guest speaker Elizabeth Ungar Lefkovits - a Holocaust survivor. For two hours Lefkovits took her audience through an intimate portrayal of her personal experiences in the Holocaust.

September 10, 2014 | Rasheera Dopson-Robinson | LOCAL


Help yourself to better health

In Part 1 of a series for Connect Savannah readers that will focus on health literacy, Andrew examines both sides of the communication gap and ways to improve health care using the "currency" of health literacy.

September 10, 2014 | Andrew Pleasant | Health


Get ready - your life depends on it

September is National Preparedness Month and Sept. 16 is Get Ready Day. Ready for what, you might ask. I know I did. We do not live in California where earthquakes are frequent. We do not live in Arizona where wildfires ravage. We do not live near occurrences of landslides, tsnuamis or volcanoes. We don't live along the Gulf where hurricanes are a season.

September 10, 2014 | Hosanna Fletcher | Health


Jail log

Lavarous Jai Golson, 20, Aug 6, Probation violation

September 10, 2014 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log


Mr. Leland Eugene Payne

Leland Eugene Payne, 66, of Ash, died Saturday, September 6, 2014, at his home surrounded by his family.

September 10, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Fuzz Run T-shirts unveiled

Here is the design for this year's Fuzz Run T-shirt (modeled by CPD's Kristi Greco). CPD's Health Expo is Friday from 8 p.m.-6 p.m.. Our Health Expo is Friday from 8-6 p.m. We have over 600 door prizes to give away at the Expo, and more than 25 vendors will be there Friday in the Conyers Street Gym.

September 10, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Mrs. Sara Helen Jordan

Sara Helen Jordan of Covington passed away September 8, 2014, at the age of 84. Mrs. Jordan was a member of East Newton Baptist Church, where she was active in the choir, her Sunday School class and the Women's Missionary Union.

September 10, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Betty Christian Thomas

Betty Christian Thomas, 84, of Covington, passed away September 8, 2014. Mrs. Thomas was a faithful member of Bethany Presbyterian Church. She was very active in various church functions, and was a member of the church choir for several years. She was a longtime, dedicated employee of Steele-Jones Insurance Agency in Covington. Mrs. Thomas enjoyed spending time in her flower garden. She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Ralph Thomas; parents Frank Buford and Ellen Ruth (Cowan) Christian; sisters Mary Beth Steele, Jean O'Neal; and her brother, Frank E. Christian.

September 10, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Louise H. Smith

Louise H. Smith, 83, formerly Louise Armstrong, of Marietta, died August 28, 2014. Services will be held on Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. in Castellaw Funeral Home's Jonquil Chapel in Smyrna, Ga. She is survived by her husband, Dean Smith; children Nancy Stephens, Brenda Clifton and Thomas Armstrong; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents, 3 brothers and one grandson.

September 10, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Rebecca 'Ann' Reid

Rebecca "Ann" Reid, 69, of Covington, passed away Tuesday, September 9, 2014, at her home. She was born May 4, 1945, in Porterdale to the late Clarence and Allie Durden. Mrs. Reid was a loving wife, mother, sister, aunt and friend to all. But most of all, she loved her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. She was a long time member of Grace Baptist Church. Mrs. Reid is preceded in death by siblings Pauline Dial, Frances Sockwell and William "Bill" Durden.

September 10, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Chase ends on I-20 in Newton County

The Covington Police Department assisted in a vehicle chase on I-20 shortly after noon on Tuesday.

September 09, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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