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Leslie A. Cotman

Leslie A. Cotman was born in Harlem, NY on April 14, 1949 to the late Unadeene E. Jones and Frederick Cotman. She lived in New ...

July 24, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries


PHOTO GALLERY: Practicing routines on stage

The Arts Association in Newton County hosted its annual Musical Theatre Camp over the past two weeks. The camp featured music and scenes from kids ...

July 23, 2017 | Staff Report | Living


Our Thoughts: All of our content has equal value

The Covington News has been a trusted community news source for almost 152 years. The news business has certainly changed over that time and we ...

July 23, 2017 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Newton County Jail Log: July 19

Robin Marie Akins, 58, Covington, July 13, court sentenced

July 22, 2017 | Staff Report | Crime


Boys & Girls Clubs of North Central Georgia selects Rachael Ward as VP of marketing

MADISON, Ga. – Boys & Girls Clubs of North Central Georgia, Inc., (BGCNCG) recently announced its corporate board has selected Rachael Ward as the organization's first ...

July 20, 2017 | Staff Report | Living


Curry Thomas Haynes

Curry Thomas Haynes, 71, of White Plains, died Sunday, July 16, 2017 at Athens Regional Hospital of cancer. He was the son of the late ...

July 20, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries


Mari Johnson

Mrs. Mari Etta Johnson, age 78, a longtime resident of Covington passed away Tuesday, July 18, 2017. She was born in North Carolina on July ...

July 19, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries


Interested in working for wildlife? Volunteer opportunities with Wildlife Resources Division

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. - Are you looking for ways to work with or for wildlife? Become a volunteer with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources' Wildlife ...

July 18, 2017 | Staff Report | Agriculture


Department of Revenue and Department of Driver Services award DRIVES Project

GEORGIA - The Georgia Department of Revenue (DOR) and the Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS) have awarded the Driver Record and Integrated ...

July 18, 2017 | Staff Report | State


Georgia Piedmont Technical College students awarded medals

Georgia Piedmont Technical College students were big winners during the 53rd Annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference held recently in Louisville, Kentucky. More ...

July 16, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


Peachtree Academy runners used Peachtree Road Race to stay in shape

ATLANTA - Three members of Covington's Peachtree Academy cross country and track team found a popular way to stay in running shape for the soon ...

July 15, 2017 | Staff Report | Peachtree Academy


Former FBI Agent Enters Guilty Plea in Federal Court in Georgia

COLUMBIA, S.C. ---- United States Attorney Beth Drake stated today that Kenneth W. Hillman, III, age 47, formerly of Dalton, Georgia, has entered a guilty ...

July 14, 2017 | Staff Report | State


Salem Campmeeting to host 5k race Saturday at historic Salem Campground

COVINGTON, Ga. - Runners and walkers will have the opportunity to travel through 189 years of history as Salem Campmeeting hosts the Salem Sweet Spirit 5K ...

July 13, 2017 | Staff Report | Religion


Two murder suspects, drugs, stolen gun located at Conyers motel

CONYERS, Ga. - Suspicious activity observed by a Conyers Police Officer led to the arrest of two wanted murder suspects as well as a narcotics seizure ...

July 12, 2017 | Staff Report | Crime


Newton County Jail Log: July 12

Harold Glenn Aikens, 54, Porterdale, July 8, hold for other agency (Atlanta Police Department)

July 12, 2017 | Staff Report | Crime


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Newton Federal Bank announces closing of stock offering and completion of reorganization transaction

COVINGTON, Ga. - Newton Federal Bank (the "Bank") announced that it has completed its reorganization, effective today, into the mutual holding company structure and the related stock offering of Community First Bancshares, Inc. (the "Company"), the Bank's new holding company. As a result of the reorganization, the Bank has become a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company, the Company has issued and sold 46% of its outstanding shares to subscribers in the stock offering, including the Bank's ESOP, and the Company has issued 54% of its outstanding shares to Community First Bancshares, MHC, the Company's federally- chartered mutual holding ...

May 03, 2017 | Staff Report | Business


Covington Highway 142 widening shifting traffic

COVINGTON, Ga. - A Georgia DOT contractor will begin traffic shift setup Monday on the State Route (SR) 142/Industrial Park Boulevard widening and bridge project area.

May 03, 2017 | Staff Report | Local


Peachtree Academy sweeps tennis state titles

JONESBORO, Ga. -- The Peachtree Academy boys and girls tennis teams won the Georgia Independent Christian Athletic Association's state championships on Tuesday April 25 at the Clayton Tennis Center in Jonesboro.

May 02, 2017 | Staff Report | Peachtree Academy


I-85 to reopen by Memorial Day Weekend

ATLANTA – With work progressing quickly, the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) provided an update Monday on the I-85 bridge construction and resurfacing projects, and announced I-85 is expected to reopen to motorists by Memorial Day weekend.

May 02, 2017 | Staff Report | State


Newton County Health Inspection Scores: April

Alby's Pizza, 8105 Washington St., Covington, April 21, 95/A

May 01, 2017 | Staff Report | Business


Chimney Park hosts the Fairy House festival May 6

COVINGTON, Ga. – Chimney Park, "a park with heart", will once again host Fairy Houses at Chimney Park, a very charming event for children of all ages. The Fairy House festival will be held this year on Saturday, May 6 from 2-5 p.m.

May 01, 2017 | Staff Report | Living


Hattie Mae Smith

Hattie Mae Smith, age 74, of Peoria passed away on Monday, April 24, 2017 at UnityPoint Methodist Medical Center in Peoria.

May 01, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries


NCSS students selected for Governor’s Honors Program

Eight Newton County School System (NCSS) students have been selected to participate in the 2017 Governor's Honors Program (GHP) this summer. The prestigious Governor's Honors Program is a four-week summer instructional program at Berry College in Rome, Georgia for gifted and talented high school sophomores and juniors. This year's session runs from June 18-July 15, 2017.

May 01, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


NCSS announces kindergarten round-up dates and procedures

Newton County School System will conduct Kindergarten Round-Up for the 2017-2018 school year next week. Children must be 5 years old by September 1, 2017, to register for the upcoming school year. Parents should make plans to bring the prospective kindergarten student with them to the round-up so teachers can conduct screenings with the children. (Children currently enrolled in Newton County School System's Pre-K program do not need to attend Kindergarten Round-Up.)

April 30, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


Newton County Jail Log: April 26

Amaurius Nykwon Avery, 17, Covington, April 20, theft by shoplifting

April 29, 2017 | Staff Report | Crime


Johnny R. Bates

Johnny R. Bates, of Covington, passed away Thursday, April 27, 2017, at the age of 68. Mr. Bates was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting, fishing and spending time with his family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Bill (LE) and Elise (Bishop) Bates.

April 28, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries


North Georgia burn ban to boost air quality

COVINGTON, Ga. - A ban on outdoor burning begins May 1 in 54 Georgia counties, primarily in the northern half of the state.

April 28, 2017 | Staff Report | State


Eastside boys soccer wins thriller in state playoffs

FORSYTH, Ga. - It's on to round two for Eastside boys soccer.

April 27, 2017 | Staff Report | Eastside


Patsy Stapp Parker

Mrs. Patsy Stapp Parker, 72, of Tega Cay, South Carolina, died Thursday, April 20, 2017, at Piedmont Medical Center in Rock Hill, South Carolina.

April 27, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries


UPDATE: Additional arrests made in Banks County deputy shooting incident

Commerce/Atlanta, Ga. – Two additional arrests were made as a result of the investigation into the shooting of a Banks County Deputy. Dustin Terrell Heuatt, age 29, was charged with numerous felony charges to include aggravated assault on a peace officer, aggravated assault, and armed robbery. James Hall Askew, age 26, was charged with aiding and abetting.

April 27, 2017 | Staff Report | State


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