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The Pride of Eastside performs in Hollywood Christmas Parade

The Pride of Eastside Marching Band joined the likes of Larry King, Olivia Newton-John and Bill Engvall this past weekend, during the 85th Annual Hollywood ...

December 02, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County Jail Log: Dec. 1

Chester Thomas Akins Jr., Covington, Nov. 28, hold for other agency (Banks County), hold for other agency (Cherokee County), theft by receiving stolen property

December 01, 2016 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log


Judge Wynne to hear Georgia Supreme Court case

Superior Court Judge W. Kendall Wynne, Jr.of the Alcovy Judicial Circuit has been designated to serve in place of Justice Carol Hunstein in the ...

December 01, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Turning Back the Pages - November 23- November 27

This week The Covington News is only turning back our pages to five years ago to see how far we have, or have not come ...

November 30, 2016 | Staff Report | Turning Back the Pages


Southern Folk Advent Service scheduled

The Sonny Houston Bluegrass Band will provide bluegrass-Gospel music and preacher-scholar Jason Byassee will speak at Meridian Herald's 24nd annual Southern Folk Advent Service ...

November 29, 2016 | Staff Report | LIVING


Johnny Hammond “Santa Johnny”

Johnny Hammond, of Mansfield, affectionately known as "Santa Johnny," passed away November 27, 2016, at 74 years of age. After retiring from AT&T, he ...

November 29, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


James ‘Bill’ Clay

Loving father and grandfather, James "Bill" Clay, 73, of Covington, passed away November 26, 2016. Clay was born in Decatur to the late James and ...

November 28, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Charles H “C.H.” Berry Jr.

Charles H. "C.H." Berry, Jr. of Covington, age 92, passed away November 26, 2016, at his home in Almon surrounded by his family. Mr ...

November 26, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Piedmont Academy FFA team places in area Farm Business Management career development event

The Piedmont Academy FFA Farm Business Management Team recently placed third in the Area 3 FFA Farm Business Management Career Development Event held on Nov ...

November 26, 2016 | Staff Report | Agriculture


Elizabeth Florine “Sister” Womack

Elizabeth Florine "Sister" Womack, age 74, passed away Friday, November 25, 2016. She was born in Covington to the late Tommy Lee and Florine Fuller ...

November 26, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Newton County Jail Log: Nov. 23

Bryan Howard Allen, 33, Covington, Nov. 18, probation violation

November 23, 2016 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log


Rachel Patrick Wilson

Rachel Patrick Wilson, 76, of Lawrenceville, passed away on Tuesday, November 22, 2016. She is preceded in death by her father, Brantley Patrick and mother ...

November 23, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


NCSO tracks down hot vehicle

The westbound lanes of Interstate 20 were briefly shut down Nov. 23 while fire department personnel extinguished the flames of a stolen vehicle, according to ...

November 23, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Chimney Park hosts 10th Annual Twilights Dec. 4

Chimney Park, "a park with heart", will once again host Twilights, the annual festival of lights held the first Sunday in December. This year marks ...

November 23, 2016 | Staff Report | LIVING


Burn ban implemented for the City of Covington

Residents in the city of Covington are now prohibited from all outdoor burning, after an announcement by the Covington Fire Department Tuesday.

November 22, 2016 | Staff Report | Covington


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Gone with the wind

During the last few months, we have on many occasions heard of the surplus the city of Covington currently has.

We salute the efforts and leadership of past councils as well as the current administration, and City Manager Steve Horton and his staff on their efforts in fostering this surplus.

February 15, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


The bombshell of the session

It won't be a huge surprise to our readers when I note that state legislators are more concerned about the interests of corporate CEOs than the problems of ordinary Georgia citizens. That's the way the world works, whether we like it or not.

Even so, what our lawmakers are being asked to do for Georgia Power Co., the electric utility that has always had an outsized influence on state politics, is breathtaking in its enormity.

February 15, 2009 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | OPINION


Presley Michele Womack

Presley Michele Womack was born Jan. 20 at Rockdale Medical Center, weighing 7 pounds, 2 ounces and measuring 20 inches long. She is the daughter of Dan and Lesa Womack of Covington. She is the granddaughter of Dennis Ellis and Richard and Teresa Fricke. Dennis and Flavia Stapp and Dan Womack Sr. all of Covington.

February 15, 2009 | Staff Report | Births


Knapp-Williams

Emily Knapp and Dale Williams, both of Covington, were married Jan. 19 at Willow Springs Ranch with the Rev. Robbie Norman of Harvest Baptist Church of Covington officiating.

February 15, 2009 | Staff Report | Weddings


Gibson Lewis Knapp

Holly and Brian Knapp of Covington announce the birth of their son Gibson Lewis Knapp Jan. 13 at Rockdale Medical Center. He weighed 8 pounds and 5 ounces and was 20 inches long.

February 15, 2009 | Staff Report | Births


Eyesore of the week

Burned shell: This edition's "Eyesore of the Week" is located at 100 Lazy Hollow Lane, Covington and burned down about four years ago.

If you know a property you would like to submit as the "Eyesore of the Week," send us a picture or address to news@covnews.com or 1166 Usher St, Covington, GA 30014. Please do not submit residential properties that are occupied.

February 14, 2009 | Staff Report | Eyesore of the Week


Newton County Jail Log 2/15/09

Dale Charles Perry, 22, 175 Mill Chase, Covington, Feb. 2. Driving while license suspended or revoked (first offense), reckless driving, duty of driver to stop at or return to scene of accident, DUI less safe, passing in no passing zone, disobeying a traffic control device, fleeing or attempting to elude police office, obstruction or hindering law enforcement officers, probation violation hold, terroristic threats and acts, aggravated assault on police officer, improper side of road.

February 14, 2009 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log


Cousins High Students March

Editor's note: This article was published in the March 5, 1970 edition of The Covington News.

Negro students from R. L. Cousins High School Marched from their school into Covington, around the square several times and on to the office of the Board of Education Friday morning in protest of the "7-5 Integration Plan" adopted by the Board and the proposed changing of the name of their school. The students, some 500 strong, were led by some members of the local youth branch of the S.C.L.C., who were not members of the Cousins student body. They ...

February 13, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


House passes Obama's economic stimulus bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - Handing the new administration a big win, House Democrats passed President Barack Obama's $787 billion plan to resuscitate the economy on Friday despite a wall of Republican opposition.

The bill was approved 246-183 and sent to the Senate, where a vote was scheduled late Friday afternoon. That vote was to be held open for hours, waiting for Ohio Democrat Sherrod Brown, who was attending a memorial service for his mother and then flying back to cast the deciding vote.

February 13, 2009 | Staff Report | AP Top Stories


Rudy Max Belk

Rudy Max Belk, of Covington, died February 12, 2009, at Newton Medical Center, at the age of 74. Son of the late Gordon Belk, he was a Master Tile Setter, whose work can be seen all over the state of Georgia from universities, to schools, and public buildings around Atlanta. The two works he was most proud of was the Olympic Pool at University of Georgia and the Phoenix Rising in an Atlanta building. Mr. Belk also enjoyed spending time outdoors, gardening, deer hunting and fishing. Survivors include his wife, Emily Belk of Covington; daughters and son-in-law, Sylvia and Timothy ...

February 13, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Lucille Maddox Fincher

Mrs. Lucille Maddox Fincher, 82, of Covington, a lifelong resident of the Conyers and Covington area, died Feb. 12. The daughter of the late Jessie and Dollie Mae George Robinson, she was born in 1927 in Rockdale County. Mrs. Fincher was a member of Bethel Baptist Church, Conyers. She was a loving mother who raised six children by herself and kept her family close while working as an inspector for Lithonia Lighting. She was preceded in death by first husband Clyde Maddox in 1966 and second husband Jack Fincher in 1994.

February 13, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Woodrow Wilson, Sr.

Woodrow Wilson, Sr., of Covington, died February 12, 2009, at the age of 93. A native of Dooley County, he was a farmer for 25 years. Mr. Wilson was employed by B.F. Goodrich in Thomaston, GA, for 16 years, F.M.C. in DeKalb County for 17 years, and Printpack in the Carrollton area for 6 years. He attended Christ Cornerstone Church in Covington. Mr. Wilson was a man of integrity, always thoughtful of others, and loved his family and fellow man. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Verna Killingsworth Wilson; and parents, Lon and Mary ...

February 13, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Charter Communications to file Chapter 11

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Struggling Charter Communications Inc., the nation's fourth largest cable operator, said Thursday that it plans to file a prearranged Chapter 11 bankruptcy by April 1.

Charter, which is controlled by Microsoft Corp. co-founder Paul Allen, said it has reached an agreement in principle with holders of $8 billion in debt who will give up repayment of their debt. In return, they will receive common shares, or warrants for rights to get common shares, that translate to nearly owning the entire company after bankruptcy.

February 13, 2009 | Staff Report | AP Top Stories


Through the partisan lens

Dear Editor: I must have missed the headlines when the Covington News hired its panel of economic experts to develop an alternative national policy for economic recovery. It is comforting that, despite alarming indicators to the contrary, you have concluded we have no economic crisis to be concerned about in our country. I'm referring, of course, to your Feb. 11 editorial "Not Targeted or Temporary," in which you liken the president to a "little boy who cried wolf" concerning our nation's current economic conditions.

 Your conclusions are quite a relief, since you reported just a week ago that ...

February 13, 2009 | Staff Report | Letters


Blessing at the BOE

Dear Editor: I want Newton County to know what a wonderful receptionist the Newton County BOE has. She is a native of Covington and has been here all of her life. Her dad was the late Wallace "Happy" Edwards. Anyone who knows our family can relate to the warm, loving and friendly individual she is. She just happens to be my mom, but she is also a super "hero" to many more people. I could not imagine dealing with the entire population of parents, teachers and administrators that she does on a daily basis. I hope if you ever get ...

February 13, 2009 | Staff Report | Letters


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