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Oxford Lions celebrate 65 years

The Oxford Lions celebrates its 65th Anniversary this year. At recent celebrations, members were joined by past presidents, community members, international, state and district Lion ...

August 30, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


ASO performing at Grand Opening for Porter Performing Arts Center

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra is coming to Newton County Sunday, Oct. 2 for a 3 p.m. show presented by the Arts Association of Newton ...

August 30, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Woman arrested for meth at local hotel

A woman was arrested at Homewood Suites in Covington for possession of methamphetamine, according to the Covington Police Department (CPD).

August 29, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Woman has gun pointed at her by driver

A woman reported that a driver pointed a gun at her while she was stopped in her car, according to the Newton County Sheriff's ...

August 29, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Hood-Robertson

Wade and Kerry Hood of Loganville, Georgia are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Ashley Hood to Taylor Robertson, son of Rodney and ...

August 29, 2016 | Staff Report | Engagements


Social Circle police investigate local shooting

A man was shot inside of Sycamore Grill in Social Circle early Sunday morning, according to the Social Circle Police Department.

August 28, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Our Thoughts: Embrace all of Democracy

Winston Churchill once said "Democracy is the worst form of government, except all the others."

August 28, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Have you ever thought …

How critical access to transportation can be?

August 28, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Letter: A Muslim in Newton County

My family moved to Newton County in 1994. In the ensuing 22 years, I have been blessed to live that time in my county, as ...

August 27, 2016 | Staff Report | Letters


Jack Lazenby

Jack Lazenby, 75, of Covington, passed away August 26, 2016. Lazenby attended Harvest Baptist Church. He retired from Air Conditioning Specialists after 37 years of ...

August 27, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


George Robert Burpee

George Robert Burpee, 84, went home to his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Saturday, August 27, 2016. Visitation will be Monday, August 29, 2016 ...

August 27, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Jessie Coe

Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home

August 26, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Certification awarded to Social Circle’s fire chief

On Saturday, Aug. 13 Chief Ken Zaydel and Deputy Chief James Robinson of the Social Circle Fire Department joined 21 fellow chiefs in receiving the ...

August 26, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Jean Stinchcomb Kerbow

Jean Stinchcomb Kerbow, aged 67, died peacefully in Tampa, Florida at Kindred Hospital after a hard fought battle with heart disease. Jean was born on ...

August 25, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


David Michael Wilson

David Michael "Mike" Wilson, age 64, of Covington, passed away at his home on August 17, 2016, with his wife, Bonnie, by his side. He ...

August 25, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


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Senior citizen aid

Dear Editor: Seniors over age of 65 should not be paying county school taxes. We have already satisfied our duties and obligations to schools during the years of raising our own children. Most counties around Newton have already paid respect to their senior citizens, for I know Walton County has eliminated school taxes for all seniors over 65. Most of us live on a very small fixed income, and by eliminating this school tax, we would have a little more to spend on medicines, doctor bills, groceries & other necessities.

In our case, our home is assessed at $100,000 plus ...

January 20, 2009 | Sandra Williams Covington | Letters


Judge not?

Dear Editor: This week I read in your newspaper, wherby Senator John Douglas, from District 17, was going to try and get a law passed, whereby, anyone that had any kind of a sex conviction, could not never be on any school board in The State Of Georgia, even after the person had served all of their court ordered time as well has having to wait 10 year's, to show the state that they have been a good person and stayed out of trouble for the ten years.

So, I ask this newspaper to please do some research and ...

January 20, 2009 | Don Gresham Covington | Letters


Dorothy M. Brown

Mrs. Dorothy M. Brown, 81, a lifelong resident of Newton County, died Jan. 19. The daughter of the late Boyce and Willie Mae (Harper) Johnson, she was born in Newton County in 1927. Mrs. Brown was retired from The Bibb Manufacturing Company where she worked as a spinner. She loved to travel and enjoyed gardening. Mrs. Brown was preceded in death by her parents, husband Lawson T. Brown, daughter Shirley Brown, brother Charles Johnson and sister Elizabeth Simmons.

Surviving are children Julia Hood of Buckhead, Robert Brown, Thomas Brown, Peggy Brown, Willie Brown and Virginia Smith, all of Covington; grandchildren ...

January 20, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Obama now president

WASHINGTON - Stepping into history, Barack Hussein Obama grasped the reins of power as America's first black president on Tuesday, saying the nation must choose "hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord" to overcome the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.

In frigid temperatures, an exuberant crowd of more than a million packed the National Mall and parade route to celebrate Obama's inauguration in a high-noon ceremony. They filled the National Mall, stretching from the inaugural platform at the U.S. Capitol to the Lincoln Memorial in the distance.

January 20, 2009 | By Terence Hunt The Associated Press | LOCAL


Crowds pack frigid Mall for Obama's inauguration

WASHINGTON (AP) - Braving frigid temperatures, an exuberant crowd of hundreds of thousands packed the National Mall on Tuesday to celebrate the inauguration of Barack Hussein Obama as America's first black president. He grasps the reins of power in a high-noon ceremony amid grave economic worries and high expectations.

It was the first change of administrations since the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Crowds filled the National Mall from the Lincoln Memorial to the U.S. Capitol for a glimpse of the proceedings and, in the words of many, simply "to be here."

January 20, 2009 | TERENCE HUNT Associated Press Writer | AP Top Stories


Our thoughts... In his own words

In our opinion one of the greatest Southern humorists of all time was Lewis Grizzard.

He loved Georgia and especially the University of Georgia. In his short life - he was only 48 when he died of heart complications ­ he authored 25 books, thousands of columns and was the sports editor of the Atlanta journal by age 23.

January 20, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Inauguration Day

On Tuesday, history will be made. According to the 20th Amendment to the Constitution of these United States of America, at 12 noon on the 20th of January, President Elect Barack Obama will raise his right hand and speak the 36 word oath of office to become the 44th President of our proud country. It's a big day, costing tens of millions of dollars when it's all said and done. There's pomp, circumstance, and so much more. Why? Well, we want all the world to know that this guy is the guy we picked. This guy is ...

January 19, 2009 | Jonathan E. Scharf Pastor, Abiding Grace Lutheran Church | Pulpit Notes


Angel DeAnn Hammonds Clark

Mrs. Angel DeAnn Hammonds Clark, 32, a lifelong resident of Newton County died Jan. 18. She was born in Newton County on June 29, 1976 to Larry and Priscilla (Shannon) Hammonds. Mrs. Clark was a member of High Point Baptist Church and was a loving mother.

She is survived by her husband, Mr. Brooks Clark of Covington; parents, Mr. and Mrs. Larry and Priscilla Hammonds of Covington; daughters, Natalie Boutelle of Covington and Brooklyn Clark of Covington; a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, other family and friends.

January 19, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


CORRECTION: Sears manager steals to pay lawyer

The article "Sears manager steals to pay lawyer," printed in the Sunday, Jan. 18, 2009 edition of The Covington News, incorrectly identified the arrested manager of the store. The arrested on-site manager was, in fact, Scott Henderson. The Covington News strives to have its news reports be fair and accurate. It is our policy to promptly correct all factual mistakes. If you find an error, please report it to us by calling (770) 787-6397.

January 19, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


William Henry Knight

William "Bill" Henry Knight passed away at his home in Port Orange, Fla. on December 29, 2008. Mr. Knight was born on December 31, 1933 in Staunton, Va., the son of James and Mary (Bowen) Knight. He retired in 1972 from the United States Army after serving his country for 23 years. He enjoyed traveling and cooking for friends and family. Bill was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, a life time member of the VFW and the American Legion.

January 17, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Local Lion given highest honor

When Robert Firth moved to Georgia to escape the icy winters of the Midwest for his retirement years, he wanted to become more involved in community activities.

January 17, 2009 | Staff Report | Social Circle


Newton County Jail Log 1/18/09

Norman Kurt Amrein, 32, 3559 Salem Road, Covington, Jan. 2. Probation violation.

January 17, 2009 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log


Our thoughts...A new beginning

This is a week of excitement, of change, of new beginnings. We celebrate the peaceful exchange of power. We place the hopes of our future and our children's future on the shoulders of an untried new leader, but a leader who is filled with enthusiasm and optimism.

January 17, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts...King's legacy

 We celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. this week. Dr. King was a great, but not a perfect, man.

January 17, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts...Historical, hysterical

 Four years ago there was a major outcry from liberal newspaper and television stations in this country that the Bush administration was spending $42 million on his inauguration. This year's inauguration is estimated to cost close to $150 million.

January 17, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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