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Our thoughts on recent local news items

The Covington City Council voted this past week to add a code officer to its staff. The city currently has only one officer.

July 24, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Covington Police Explorers, Post #222 excel again

Eighteen of the 26 members of the Covington Police Explorers traveled to Savannah and competed in six events during Summerfest.

July 24, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Letter from J. Virgil Costley

Dear editor,

July 24, 2014 | J. Virgil Costley | Letters


Mr. Thomas Busbee

Thomas Busbee, age 85 of Mansfield, passed away July 22, 2014. Mr. Busbee was a veteran of the United States Army. He attended Eastridge Community Church, was an avid Atlanta Braves fan and enjoyed fishing. Mr. Busbee was a wonderful husband and a good father, grandfather, great-grandfather and great-great-grandfather. He was preceded in death by his parents, Norman James and Carrie Louberta (Middlebrook) Busbee.

July 24, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Live: 2014 Primary runoff results

Today's primary election runoff races will determine several local, state and federal races.

July 22, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Mr. Max G. Kilgore

Max G. Kilgore of Covington, Georgia, born April 17, 1919, went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on July 19, 2014, at the age of 95. He was born in Palmersville, Tennessee, to John and Charlie Bostic Kilgore who preceded him in death along with his six siblings, Ned, Ralph (Doc), Mary, Dorothy, Annabelle and Sue. Max went to school in Palmersville, Tennessee, until joining a CCC Camp where he worked and completed his final year of high school in Powell, Tennessee. Max was a graduate of the University of Tennessee; and retired as Lieutenant Colonel after ...

July 22, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Robert Lonnie Johnston

Mr. Robert Lonnie Johnston age 69 of Conyers died July 4, 2014. A Celebration Service will be held at noon Saturday, August 2, 2014 at Calvary Baptist in Lilburn. Pastor Rev. Cavin Cawthon officiating.

July 22, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Our thoughts on 2050: Make changes now

It's time for a change on the 2050 Plan - both to the document itself and officials' approach in presenting it to the public.

July 22, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Diabetes: A talk with the doctor of the nation

Here in Georgia, diabetes is far too commonplace. Maybe your parents were treated for it, or your grandparents. Perhaps you've been diagnosed as pre-diabetic or diabetic. For many people, understanding what this disease really is and how it's treated is complicated.

July 22, 2014 | Staff Report | Health


Public comment disclaimer

It is the policy of the Covington News to allow people, with some form of identification, to voice their opinions, thoughts and concerns about our community. However, it is our policy to have comments free from personal attacks and inflammatory remarks toward people. This does not promote reasonable discussions and, we feel is detrimental, to furthering discussion on an issue or topic.

July 21, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Our thoughts on community hospital

One of the cornerstones of pride in the Newton County community is that we have our own hospital; and throughout its existence the taxpayers have supported its development.

July 19, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Challenges facing farmers today and tomorrow

Though farming was once big business in the United States, by 2012 less than 1 percent of Americans were professional farmers. Many challenges face today's farmers, many of which are largely unknown to the general public.

July 19, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Mae Hardman

Mae Hardman, of Rabun Gap, formerly of Porterdale, Georgia, passed away July 15, 2014. Mae was born November 26, 1925, to Carrie Mae (Lunsford) and William Grady Hardman. She had lived in Rabun County since 1971, where she taught at Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School until her retirement. Prior to teaching, Mae was a social worker for Bibb Manufacturing Company for 27 years. She was very active in both of her communities, which she dearly loved. Mae served in many civic organizations and held positions over the years in both the Porterdale Presbyterian Church and the Rabun Gap Presbyterian Church. Mae dedicated ...

July 18, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. A.L. Crane

A.L. Crane of Covington, passed away July 16, 2014 at Newton Medical Center. He was 78 years of age at the time of his death. A.L. loved people and never met a stranger. He was always willing to go the extra mile to help anyone who needed him. He will be remembered as a man who loved his family. A.L. was preceded in death by his son, Wade Crane; parents, Alvin M. and Gladys (Segars) Crane; and his former spouse, Joann Covington.

July 17, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Mark Jeffries

Mark Jeffries, age 41 of Covington, passed away July 15, 2014. Mark was a true Believer who loved the Lord Jesus with all of his heart. He was an accomplished bass fisherman and loved to hunt. He had a great sense of humor, and was a talented cook, guitarist and singer. Mark enjoyed spoiling his nieces and nephews, and he cherished his time with Mary McCullough, the person closest to his heart. He was loved and will be missed by his family and friends. Mark was preceded in death by his father, William Dee "Junior" Jeffries.

July 17, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


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Legals for 4/30/2014

May 08, 2014 | Staff Report | LEGALS


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May 08, 2014 | Staff Report | LEGALS


Legals for 4/27/2014

May 08, 2014 | Staff Report | LEGALS


Marks earns third All-SIAC selection

The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference has announced its 2014 SIAC Softball All-Conference Teams, as voted by the SIAC Softball Coaches Association. Albany State catcher Chaconna Marks and infielder Chelsea Hicks both have been selected to first team.

May 07, 2014 | Staff Report | SPORTS


Robertson given cross of military service

Newton County native and retired Lt. Col. William (Ike) Robertson was awarded the "cross of military service" by the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC).

May 06, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Praise for a few smart city council persons who avoided a train wreck

Dear editor,

May 06, 2014 | Staff Report | Letters


Newton Board of Commissioners: Making Progress?

On April 26, 2014, the Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) met for its second work session to discuss the structure of county government. For those who have not followed this issue closely, the BOC is currently operating under a county manager form of government that is contrary to the county's charter, which is also called its "enabling legislation." The current charter calls for a full time commission chairman to be the county's chief executive officer rather than that role being filled by a county manager. Recent action by the BOC to appoint a "county manager in waiting ...

May 06, 2014 | Larry McSwain | Columnists


Fight back against spring allergies

Springtime brings warmer weather, outdoor family fun, BBQs, ballgames and, for many Americans, the start of allergy season.

May 06, 2014 | Staff Report | Health


Live in hope, not fear

Health is the opposite of fear.

May 06, 2014 | Jennifer Cabe, M.A. Andrew Pleasant, PH.D. | Health


Mrs. Catherine D. Adams

Catherine D. Adams, 89, of Covington, passed away May 4. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Covington, for 58 years, where she faithfully attended the Joy Bearers Sunday School class. In addition, Mrs. Adams was a member of the local American Legion Post 32. She enjoyed playing cards with her friends, and cooking for her family. Mrs. Adams loved her family dearly, and will be missed by all who knew her. She was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Herman Adams; daughter, Kaye Phillips; sisters, Doris Savage, Elise Jeffries; and her brothers, Osborne ...

May 06, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Steven L. Russell

Steven L. Russell of Conyers passed away May 3 at Rockdale Medical Center. He was 65 years of age at the time of his death. Mr. Russell, a graduate of Georgia State University, enjoyed watching comedies, and loved his western movies. He arranged and composed music and was part of a traveling orchestra. He will be remembered as loving son, father, grandfather and brother. Mr. Russell was preceded in death by his mother, Lois Lemah (Tipton) Russell; and brother, Eugene W. Russell.

May 06, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Shirley White

Shirley Ruth White, 72, of Covington, passed away Saturday, May 3. Mrs. White was born in Covington to the late James and Shirley Maxwell Hayes.

May 06, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Buddy Barnes, Jr.

Wayne Clifton "Buddy" Barnes, Jr., age 52, of Loganville, died on May 2. He was born in Warner Robbins on September 26, 1961, to Gloria Motes Barnes and Wayne Clifton Barnes, Sr. He was preceded in death by his brother, the late Lance Barnes.

May 06, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Dr. William L. Dobbs

Dr. William L. Dobbs, a lifelong resident of Covington, passed away May 4, at the age of 88. Dr. Dobbs was born in Blount County, Alabama, August 20, 1925, and moved to Covington in 1932.

May 06, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Crash in Rockdale ties up I-20 eastbound

IN BRIEF: crash involving a dump truck and a box truck closed at least the right lane of I-20 eastbound in Rockdale County, just past the entrance/exit to Ga. Hwy 138. Minor injuries are reported in the crash, which occured before 6:50 a.m. and is expected to be cleared by 8 a.m. The truck and dump truck are in the ditch awaiting a tow service.

May 06, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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