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H. Leon Savage

H. Leon Savage, 83, of Covington, died March 23, 2017. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Anne McDonald Savage; his daughter Tammy ...

March 24, 2017 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Covington Rotary club receives prestigious honor

The Rotary Club of Covington reached a milestone achievement Tuesday when it became part of just 14 percent of clubs worldwide to have 100 percent ...

March 24, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County Jail Log: March 22

Javier Arenas, 24, Conyers, March 16, probation violation for fingerprintable charge

March 24, 2017 | Staff Report | Crime


Dr. Johnny M. Curry

Funeral services for Dr. Johnny Melvin Curry, Sr., 84, of Cookeville, Tennessee, will be held Saturday, March 25 at 11 a.m. in the Cookeville ...

March 24, 2017 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Ready Mix USA donates Cement-Mixing Truck to GPTC

Ready Mix USA signed over a cement mixing truck to Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) for its Regional Transportation Training Center in Lithonia. The truck ...

March 23, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


2017 Congressional Art Competition deadline approaching

Congressman Jody Hice (GA-10) reminded students in grades nine through 23 that the deadline for the 2017 Congressional Art Competition is quickly approaching.

March 23, 2017 | Staff Report | STATE


Controversial homerun call dogs Eastside in loss

COLLEGE PARK, Ga. -- Wednesday evening the Eastside Eagles traveled to College Park to face the Woodward Academy War Eagles for game two of their three ...

March 23, 2017 | Staff Report | Eastside


Charles Weekes Glass

Charles Weekes Glass, 91, died Tuesday, March 21, 2017 in Tifton. He was born Nov. 2, 1925 in Decatur and lived most of his life ...

March 23, 2017 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


David M. (Butler) Butler

David M. (Butler) Butler, of Covington, passed away March 21, 2017, at the age of 65. David was a 1970 graduate of Clarkson High School ...

March 23, 2017 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Rep. Jody Hice receives ‘Spirit of Enterprise’ Award

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce today honored Congressman Jody Hice (R-GA) with its annual Spirit of Enterprise Award, given in recognition of his support ...

March 22, 2017 | Staff Report | STATE


NHS evacuated due to bomb threat, law enforcement determined call was hoax

This afternoon Newton High School (NHS) received telephone threats from a person indicating that a bomb was in the building, according to a press released ...

March 20, 2017 | Staff Report | Crime


MMCC introduces 2017 storytellers

Join the Madison Morgan Cultural Center this weekend for the fifth annual Storytelling Festival, March 24-25.

March 20, 2017 | Staff Report | LIVING


NHS Senior Molly Cady earns full-tuition Posse Scholarship to Brandeis University

Unlike most students, college loans won't be too much of a worry for Newton High School (NHS) senior Molly Cady, who recently learned that ...

March 20, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


Happy 100th Birthday Doris Harper

On March 7, 2017, Ms. Doris Harper turned 100 years old. Her family celebrated her milestone birthday on March 5, 2017. Ms. Harper is the ...

March 20, 2017 | Staff Report | Birthdays


The history of boutonnières and corsages

Prom night is a special moment in the lives of many teenagers. Tradition plays a role in making prom night special. Even parents get emotional ...

March 20, 2017 | Staff Report | LIVING


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Willie Mae Ellington

Mrs. Willie Mae Ellington, age 87, of Oxford passed away Monday, January 2, 2017. She was born in Porterdale, Georgia on February 10, 1929 to Grover and Reba Garner who have preceded her in death. Mrs. Ellington was a member of Salem Baptist Church. She enjoyed having a garden, working in her yard and spending time with family. Mrs. Ellington worked as a Certified Nurse Aide for many years at Westbury Nursing Home. She was preceded in death by her husband, Felton Albert Ellington, her son, Bill Ellington and her grandson, Chris Shannon.

January 03, 2017 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


John William Kinard, Jr

Mr. John William Kinard, Jr, age 87, of Mansfield passed away January 1, 2017. He was born May 19, 1929 in Jasper County to John W. and Mary Speer Kinard who have preceded him in death. Mr. Kinard was a proud veteran who served his country in the United States Army. He attended Pitts Chapel Church when it was active with his wife Annie Margaret Kinard. Mr. Kinard worked for Mayflower Van Lines and United Van Lines before retiring; he worked as a dispatcher and in claims. He was a Master Mason with more than 40 years as a Mason ...

January 03, 2017 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Our Thoughts: Happy New Year from 'The Covington News'

Another year has come, and many of us are saying, 'Where did 2016 go?' While others are telling the year that was, 'Good riddance.'

January 02, 2017 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Letter: A loss for us all

To the editor:

January 02, 2017 | Staff Report | Letters


Letter: Funeral home undergoing renovations

To the editor:

January 02, 2017 | Staff Report | Letters


The Top 16 of 2016

A look back throughout the last 366 days finds many important stories throughout Newton County that were spread throughout the pages of this newspaper. The Covington News examined the year that was and came up with a list of the top 16 stories of our community in 2016.

January 02, 2017 | Staff Report | TOP 16 OF 2016


1: A proposed mosque - August

Newton County was in the national spotlight in 2016 as the Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) learned that 165 acres of land on Highway 162 and County Line road was sold by a private land owner, Neely Family Farms, to Al Maad Al Islami, Inc., owners of a mosque in Doraville. The property was sold with the planned use of a place of worship approved by Newton County Development Services.

January 02, 2017 | Staff Report | TOP 16 OF 2016


2: NCSO Deputy Justin White dies in the line of duty – Nov. 2

2016 brought a lot of firsts for Newton County; however, on Nov. 15 the Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) had a first it never wanted. One of Newton County's own became the first sheriff's deputy to lose his life in the line of duty. NCSO Deputy Justin White was on his way to an emergency call Oct. 30 when he was involved in a single-vehicle car crash. After the crash, he was transported to Atlanta Medical Center where he remained in intensive car and later succumbed to his injuries.

January 02, 2017 | Staff Report | TOP 16 OF 2016


3: 2016 New County leadership – Nov. 8

Newton County, as a governmental entity, will see a change in leadership, both politically and administratively in 2017 with the election of the first-ever black chairman – Marcello Banes – to the BOC and the change of the Newton County Charter.

January 02, 2017 | Staff Report | TOP 16 OF 2016


4: Square transformation

The Square is like the "remember when" of Covington, with changes to stores and restaurants as well as mobility. This year downtown Covington has received a facelift that has allowed for more shopping, celebrating and eating.

January 02, 2017 | Staff Report | TOP 16 OF 2016


5: Crime increases

Local law enforcement saw an increase in violent crime in 2016. Newton County saw more murders in 2016 than the seven in 2015. The Covington News ran a multi-part series on crime in the county in July.

January 02, 2017 | Staff Report | TOP 16 OF 2016


6: BOC financial issues

Newton County's finances were under scrutiny for much of the year with Fire Services Chief Kevin O'Brien indicted on four counts of theft by taking by a government employee in January and a forensic audit rounding out the end of the year.

January 02, 2017 | Staff Report | TOP 16 OF 2016


7: Convenience center cost implemented/SWA

For the first time Newton County residents were charged for using the county's Neighborhood Recycling Centers. The centers, which have been in use by residents to dispose their waste for free for 20 years, went to a pay service in October.

January 02, 2017 | Staff Report | TOP 16 OF 2016


8: Georgia State officially comes to Newton County – Jan. 13

The Georgia State University (GSU) family extended into Newton County Jan. 13 as the former Georgia Perimeter College Newton Campus celebrated a merger a year in the making. The merger, which became official Jan. 6, was first announced in January 2015 by Chancellor Hank Huckaby to expand GSU beyond Metro Atlanta.

January 02, 2017 | Staff Report | TOP 16 OF 2016


9: Sheldon Rankins drafted by Saints – April 29

Sheldon Rankins made history April 19 as he became the first player from Eastside High School to be drafted in the first round of the NFL Draft and the second from Covington overall. Rankins was chosen by the New Orleans Saints with the No. 12 pick in the draft, making him the first first-rounder since Dale Carter in 1992.

January 02, 2017 | Staff Report | TOP 16 OF 2016


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