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Mrs. Arlene Bishop

Mrs. Arlene Bishop, age 73, of Mansfield formerly of Redan passed away at her home Friday, August 29, 2014. She was born August 28, 1941 in Austell Georgia to Arlo and Mary Pike who have preceded her in death. Mrs. Bishop worked for and retired from The Rockdale Citizen Newspaper. She was a loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother, great grandmother and friend. Mrs. Bishop taught Sunday school at Redan Baptist Church, East Newton Baptist Church and was currently a member of Mansfield Baptist Church. She enjoyed traveling, working in her flower garden and was a gracious hostess who loved to ...

August 29, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Ellis' letter about Henderson check

Following is the letter Newton County Commission Chairman Keith Ellis sent the Covington News about the $4,500 paycheck advance given to Commissioner J.C. Henderson. It is reprinted here in its entirety.

August 29, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Lorraine Elementary evacuation ends after sweep due to possible bomb threat

A lockdown on Lorraine Elementary after a possible bomb threat was lifted shortly after noon Friday after a security sweep found the campus to be clear.

August 29, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


In 1970, we had a riot; Ferguson looks like war

The news from Ferguson, Missouri, has brought back unpleasant memories from the long-ago riots in Asbury Park, New Jersey. It was the summer of 1970, and I was a young teenager close enough to the action to be appropriately frightened.

August 28, 2014 | Staff Report | Columnists


Lunchtime concerts set for Thursdays

A series of concerts, all featuring different styles of music, are set for noon each Thursday in September. All will be held on the Square in Covington, and all are free to the public.

August 28, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Football in the SEC not a casual affair for fans

We made it, folks.

August 28, 2014 | Ben Prevost | Sports Columnists


GPTC hosts healthy choices fair

Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) recently hosted a series of events targeting health and wellness on its DeKalb and Newton campuses. As a part of its "Be ACTive" initiative to encourage faculty, staff and students to engage in healthy choices that will nourish the mind, body and spirit, GPTC held a "Healthy Choices Fair" in the Conference Center on the college's DeKalb Campus.

August 28, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Pilot Club hosts partner in education

The Pilot Club of Covington welcomed its partner in education for 2014-15 to its monthly meeting in August.

August 28, 2014 | Staff Report | LIFE


Rotary Club gives $500 to end Polio

The Rotary Club of Covington hosted District Governor William E. Strickland III at its weekly meeting Tuesday.

August 28, 2014 | Staff Report | LIFE


Thank you John Middleton

Thank you John Middleton for your 14 years of service as Newton County's Manager.

August 28, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


The Value of Work and Labor Day

My first paying job was cleaning the bathrooms at the First Baptist Church of Carrollton, Georgia, where I was a member. I was 14, the minimum age for "children" to work. This was neither glamorous nor exciting work, but useful and needed work. On Sundays I often over heard the "little old ladies" of the church commenting on the cleanliness of the bathroom. I remember my subsequent feeling of pride. While not a glamorous work, my actions were helpful and appreciated by those who used the facilities. For providing this useful service I earned minimum wage in 1981, ($3.35 ...

August 28, 2014 | Staff Report | Columnists


Mr. Ronald Dean Linder

Mr. Ronald Dean Linder

August 27, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Louise Thomason

Louise Thomason of Covington, passed away Aug. 24, 2014, at the age of 84. Ms. Thomason was an active member of New Life Praise Center, in Covington, and was a dedicated employee of Lithonia Lighting for 38 years. Following her work at Lithonia Lighting, she dedicated herself to caring for handicapped children. Ms. Thomason was a giving lady, and constantly gave of her time to help those less fortunate. She was loved and will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Preceding her in death was her brother, Thomas McCord.

August 26, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Proposed park a great idea for Covington

Covington has a problem. And a cure.

August 26, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Mr. J.C. “Shep” Shepard Jr.

J.C. "Shep" Shepard Jr., 89, of Social Circle, passed to be with his beloved wife of 50 years Elizabeth "Liz" Clay Shepard on August 25, 2014. Born December 20, 1924, he was the son of the late James Curtis Shepard and Jessie V. Shepard Studdard. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Bill Shepard.

August 26, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


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Carl Benjamin Dozier Jr.

Carl Benjamin Dozier Jr., 59, of Covington, died April 26 at St. Joseph's Hospital, Atlanta. The son of the late Carl B. Dozier Sr., he was a self-employed roof repairer for 30 years, during which time he subcontracted with Reliable Roofing of Atlanta for 20 years. Mr. Dozier was a member of Family Worship Center and enjoyed fishing. He was a very loving husband, father, grandfather and friend. He was a very special son-in-law.

April 30, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


James T. "Jim" O'Neal

Mr. James T. "Jim" O'Neal, 85, of Jackson, died April 24 at Westbury Medical Care Home, Jackson. The son of the late John Rueben O'Neal and the late Marilu Ingram O'Neal, he was born in 1922 in Butts County. Mr. O'Neal was an Army Air Force veteran of World War II. He returned to Butts County and purchased land adjacent to his parents in the Tussahaw community. He operated a commercial egg production facility and a sheep and cattle business. He owned and operated the O'Neal Trailer Park. Mr. O'Neal was a vocational instructor ...

April 30, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Theresa Lynn Vaughn

Mrs. Theresa Lynn Vaughn, of Covington, died April 26. The daughter of the late William Clifford and Opel Dyer Goddard, she was born in Fulton County in 1962. Mrs. Vaughn was a longtime resident of Covington and enjoyed spending time with her family.

April 30, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Florence Parker

Florence Parker, 91, of Covington died April 23. The daughter of the late Perry W. and Susan A. Campbell, she was born in Muscogee County and retired from Covington Molding. Mrs. Parker enjoyed sewing, cooking, flowers, word search puzzles and was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She is preceded in death by her husband Elwood Parker.

April 30, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Where first responders fit in the autism puzzle

 Editor's note: This is the first in a two-part series examining autism and law enforcement.

April 30, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


State representative not running again

Citing a desire to spend more time with his law practice, State Rep. Robert Mumford (R-Conyers) announced last Thursday that he will not run for re-election for District 95.

April 30, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Support for soldiers

 American soldiers don't have the luxury of heading down to the corner convenience store to buy shaving cream or a snack when they're in the middle of the desert, over 7,000 miles away from home.

April 30, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Sixth homicide victim of 2008 named by NCSO

 The Newton County Sheriff's Office recently released the name of the victim in Saturday's homicide, the sixth in Newton County for 2008.

April 30, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


Qualifying begins for local, state elections

 The race for Newton County chairman became a little more interesting this week with a third candidate definitely throwing her hat into the ring and a fourth candidate rumored to be considering it.

April 30, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Newton High principal announced

 Newton High School has a new principal. The Board of Education announced Tuesday that Roderick Sams will replace outgoing principal Joe Gheesling for the 2008-2009 school year.

April 30, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives


Eastside High evacuated because of bomb threat

 Eastside High School was evacuated Monday morning after unknown persons left bomb threats via e-mail and voice messages to the principal, according to a Newton County Sheriff's Office report.

April 30, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


Eastside's Smith signs golf scholarship

Eastside High's Taylor Smith capped his senior year Monday by signing a golf scholarship with Georgia College.

April 30, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives


Hawks proving that Atlanta still has plenty of game

Yep, sign me up - I'm officially on the Atlanta Hawks bandwagon, just like the 20,016 fans on hand at Philips Arena on Monday night who certainly weren't there during the regular season.

April 30, 2008 | Jason Murdock | Archives


Tigers ousted by Red Devils in region play, 11-3

COVINGTON - If standing toe-to-toe with a giant isn't hard enough to begin with, imagine having to do it over a span of seven innings.

April 30, 2008 | Brian Harper | Archives


Eagles blanked by Patriots, 6-0

COVINGTON - On Monday night, the Eastside High baseball team played its last home game of the season. Drawing Heritage High, the senior Eagles were in for a long goodbye.

April 30, 2008 | Brian Harper | Archives


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