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Dennis Hyde

Dennis Hyde of Mansfield passed away May 20, 2016, at the age of 59. Dennis was a member of Gaithers United Methodist Church, where he ...

May 23, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Jeff Hall

Jeff Hall, 58 of Covington, passed away May 20, 2016. Jeff was a 1976 graduate of Newton County High School. He was employed by Lithonia ...

May 23, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Our Thoughts: The future begins now

When Newton County residents open The Covington News 20 years from now what will they see?

May 22, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Marty Kindle

Marty Kindle, 35, of Covington, passed away May 18, 2016. A very charismatic man with a wonderful sense of humor, Marty was well known for ...

May 20, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


NCSS will not administer Georgia Milestones retests

Newton County School System (NCSS) will not administer retests for Georgia Milestones End of Grade assessments.

May 20, 2016 | Staff Report | Education


‘Every Body Walk Newton’ series continues through June

Newton Trails' Wednesday walk series, "Every Body Walk Newton," will begin on Wednesday, May 18 on the Eastside High School end of Eastside Trail at ...

May 19, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Vigil to be held for postal carrier killed over weekend

Fellow postal workers, friends and family held a candlelight vigil for Hillary Hicks Wednesday at the Post Office Annex at 10721 ByPass Road in Covington ...

May 19, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County Jail Log: May 18

Jessica Deon Allen, 32, Covington, May 12, back for court

May 18, 2016 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log


US intelligence: Foreign hackers spying on campaigns

WASHINGTON (AP) - The United States sees evidence that hackers, possibly working for foreign governments, are snooping on the presidential candidates, the nation's intelligence chief ...

May 18, 2016 | Staff Report | NATION/WORLD


Action Ministries offers training for Smart Lunch Smart Kid program

With the school year coming to an end, the Smart Lunch Smart Kid program is setting up sites throughout the county. So far, lunch sites ...

May 17, 2016 | Staff Report | Mailchimp Today's Headlines


Charlene Jacqueline Haggard Bell

Charlene Jacqueline Haggard Bell, 82 of Covington passed away May 14, 2016. Charlene was born August 2, 1933, at 10 Poplar Street, Porterdale. She moved ...

May 17, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Johnny Roberts

Johnny Roberts of Covington passed away May 12, 2016, at the age of 61. Johnny cherished the time spent with his daughter, Jana, going to ...

May 17, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


AT&T gives to Arts Association of Newton County

The Arts Association of Newton County was presented with a $5,000 check from AT&T to support Independence on the Square.

May 16, 2016 | Staff Report | Mailchimp Today's Headlines


Judge Horace J. Johnson, Jr., named President of Council of Superior Court Judges

Alcovy Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge Horace J. Johnson, Jr. became president of the Council of Superior Court Judges on May 1. Judge Johnson will ...

May 15, 2016 | Staff Report | Mailchimp Today's Headlines


Our Thoughts: Something to talk about

This was quite the week for our Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC).

May 15, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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Letters to Santa 2008

Dear Santa,

December 29, 2008 | Staff Report | Features


Mansfield Elementary custodian arrested

A custodian at Mansfield Elementary School was arrested last week after Georgia Bureau of Investigations agents found child pornography on a computer at his residence.

Brian Evan Morgan, 49, of Covington was charged with two counts of sexual exploitation of children, both felonies, after GBI investigators, with the assistance of Newton County Sheriff's Office deputies, served a Dec. 11 search warrant at his residence, said GBI spokesperson John Bankhead.

December 28, 2008 | Staff Report | LOCAL


A new beginning

Nestled in downtown historic Social Circle is beautiful Magnolia Hall, which was built in 1912.With its tall white columns and arching, brick driveway, you can stand in front on the wide veranda, close your eyes, and picture a Southern plantation with horse-drawn carriages bringing guests for afternoon tea. Enter the front door, and you are enveloped with a sense of Southern hospitality as you roam through the drawing room or gaze at the grand piano in the music room.

December 27, 2008 | Sue W. Lee | LOCAL


Peoples Bank Lithonia Branch bought by Citizens Trust Bank

The Citizens Trust bank recently purchased the Lithonia branch of Peoples Bank, which also has branches in Covington and Conyers.

December 27, 2008 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Let’s shut this college down

It was a moment for the history books last week as 15 Georgians gathered at the Golden Dome to play their role in finalizing the Electoral College outcome of this year's race for president.

December 27, 2008 | Tom Crawford | OPINION


A lawless nation

Dear Editor: Where is the outcry? Where are the editorials? Where is the chorus of talking heads on TV and talk radio screaming about treason?

December 27, 2008 | J.J. Hayden Covington | Letters


Buy Local...East Metro Cellular

East Metro Cellular's flagship store in Covington has been open since 2000, and since that time, the company has opened five additional locations.

December 27, 2008 | Staff Report | Business


Charlie Lee “Whit” Bailey

Mr. Charlie Lee "Whit" Bailey, 92, a lifelong resident of Covington died on Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2008. He was born in Newton County Feb. 17, 1916 to the late Oscar and Leila (Smith) Bailey. Mr. Bailey was a member of Lovejoy Methodist Church. He was a retired carpenter, a very good handyman and built his house on Green Street. He enjoyed watching and listening to the Atlanta Braves, gardening and doing yard work, and he also loved and enjoyed talking to people. Mr. Bailey was preceded in death by his parents, wife Mrs. Christine (Johnson) Bailey who died April 19 ...

December 27, 2008 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Andrew Lidden Pate III

Andrew Lidden Pate III, 48, of Watkinsville, died Wednesday, Dec. 24. He was born Dec. 27, 1959 in Augusta, GA to the Reverend Dr. Andrew Lidden Pate, Jr. and Martha Brown Lokey Pate.

December 27, 2008 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Code to require carbon monoxide monitors

ATLANTA - Starting Jan. 1, a new rule will require carbon monoxide detectors in many Georgia homes.

December 27, 2008 | Staff Report | AP Top Stories


Newton County Jail Log 12/28/08

Humphrey Shyron Alford, 43, 6151 Green Acres Dr., Covington, Dec. 23. Probation violation.

December 27, 2008 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log


Bank of North Georgia not robbed

Newton County SWAT members held a training exercise at the Bank of North Georgia in Newton Plaza Tuesday morning.

SWAT members and bank employees simulated a bank robbery to practice in the event of a real robbery situation.

December 27, 2008 | Staff Report | Covington


More than money

Dear Editor: I was greatly saddened to read Samuel Hay's letter to the editor, which dealt with the house fire and the demise of Mr. Aubrey Whelchel. Mr. Whelchel taught math and science at Newton County High School while I was a student there in the late 1950s.

Mr. Whelchel was one of the many fine teachers that Newton County was blessed to have during that time and who affected so many lives. I remember Mr. Whelchel and how he insisted on performing and doing what he was paid to do. He had his own style of maintaining discipline ...

December 27, 2008 | Felton Hudson Stone Mountain | Letters


Santa's helpers

Saturday we had the opportunity to show some real Christmas Spirit. We gathered, bright and early, along with the other elves from the Covington Rotary and the Rotary Interact Club from Eastside High school bright and early, and helped Santa load up close to 900 bags of goodies for boys and girls of Newton County.

Santa is fortunate to have such a group as the Covington Rotary to organize and raise money from folks in our community in order to provide this service to families who are having a tough time this Christmas season.

December 27, 2008 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Leadership blessings

As this year comes to a close, we are fortunate to have had good management of our county. We have been blessed with leadership over the year that has managed to ensure that, with all the fiscal uncertainties swirling around us here in Georgia, Newton County stands tall and secure.

We are losing some very good leaders on Jan. 1, leaders in county government in our court system, our law enforcement, education and even our coroner's office.

December 27, 2008 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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