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Three NCSS teachers receive grants

The Newton Foundation for Educational Excellence announces the recipients of the Fall 2014 ReImagine Newton Classroom Grants.

November 25, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NHS JROTC accepting Toys for Tots

The Newton High School Marine Corps Junior ROTC program invites the students, clubs and organizations of all Newton County Schools to join it in assisting the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve with their annual Toys for Tots drive.

November 25, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Toy Ride to be held Dec. 13

The Newton County Sheriff's Office 16th annual Toy Ride will take place Saturday, Dec. 13 to help benefit local children for Christmas.

November 25, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Stolen truck chase ends in crash at used car lot

A stolen truck chase that started in DeKalb County ended with a crash in Rockdale at a used car lot Sunday morning.

November 24, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Redskins on warpath for State Title

The Social Circle High School Varsity Wrestling team coached by Randy Prater is on the warpath for a state title this year. The Redskins have five returning state placers on the team from last year's lineup. Senior Aaron Forrester (3X state placer) finishing third last year at 152, Junior Reid Harris (2X state placer) finished second at 120, Junior David Engstrom placed third at 145, Sophomore Stevie Howard third at 113, and Sophomore Cade Lackey returning State Champion at 132. You would think that Social Circle would be down this year after graduating 10 seniors last year (which included ...

November 22, 2014 | Staff Report | Social Circle


Cooking with Melanie: Sweet Potato cobbler

"My Daddy loved his Grandmother's sweet potato cobbler. He mentioned many times how he would love to have one like she made. So my sister Emily and I set out to make it for him! After researching recipes, calculating ingredients, and many trials we finally came up with a recipe for Sweet Potato Cobbler. My Daddy was so excited and he loves our cobbler. Even though I never met my Great- Grandmother Smith, it is really cool to bring back and share her memories with my Daddy.

November 22, 2014 | Staff Report | Cooking with Melanie


Light up the holidays

The Covington News, Square Perk and Mainstreet Covington are teaming up to shine a little light on the 2014 Holiday season.

November 22, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Santa comes to The News

Santa's elves are busy stocking his sleigh for his global flight, but Jolly Old St. Nicholas himself will take some time at The Covington News before Christmas Eve.

November 22, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


The real cost of Thanksgiving

MACON, Ga. – The national average cost of a traditional Thanksgiving dinner for 10 increased less than 1 percent this year from last, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation's (AFBF) 29th Annual Thanksgiving Dinner Price Survey. The informal survey, conducted from Oct. 31 to Nov. 12 by 179 volunteer shoppers from 35 states, shows the national retail cost of menu items for a classic Thanksgiving dinner is $49.41, a 37-cent price increase from last year's average of $49.04. That makes the cost per person $4.94, less than the cost of most fast-food meals.

November 22, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Our thoughts: Congratulations Rams

We are taking the advice of Newton football announcer Bill Dolan when he says "Ram fans get on your feet," and we urge the rest of Newton County to do the same.

November 22, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Ferguson verdict

Dear editor,

November 22, 2014 | Staff Report | Letters


Obama's immigration case

Dear Newton citizens,

November 22, 2014 | Staff Report | Letters


Citizens comments

Those who follow and attend BOC meetings deplore the vote of Nov. 18th to move citizen comments to the end of each meeting. That means the commissioners won't hear from the public until after votes are taken on agenda items. This clearly says the majority of the BOC doesn't care what citizens have to say or think. But wait until the next election. Listen now or listen then.

November 22, 2014 | Staff Report | Letters


Satsuki Garden Club

The members of the Satsuki Garden Club were busy during their November meeting at the Newton County Library. Alisha Reynolds from A Bouquet by Betty gave the program on Autumn Arrangements, and pine gardens. After the program, member design flower arrangements for The Benton house that we do every November.

November 22, 2014 | Staff Report | LIVING


Herbert Emil Hess

Herbert Emil Hess, 75, of Jersey, formerly of Kedulen, Germany, passed away November 17, 2014. Mr. Hess was preceded in death by his parents, Albert J. and Lina (Haase) Hess, and brother, Walter A. Hess.

November 20, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


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Good things happening around town

The more you watch and read the mainstream media accounts of how this country is just heading straight into Armageddon the more bleak most folk's outlook becomes on the world around them.

June 08, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Nada Street McDowell

Nada Street McDowell, 81, of Monticello, died peacefully at her home June 6. The daughter of the late Arthur M. and Edith M. Williams Street, she was born in Jacksonville, Fla. Mrs. McDowell was a graduate of Georgia College for women in Milledgeville and taught English and literature in Newton County schools for 17 years. She was a bookkeeper for her husband's furniture business in Conyers for 12 years and was a member of First Baptist Church, Covington. Mrs. McDowell was an avid reader and enjoyed crossword puzzles. She is preceded in death by husband Bill McDowell, two ifants ...

June 08, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Progressive steps being taken

The Covington City Council at its Monday night meeting approved the first reading of a new alcohol ordinance that will extend the time that local establishments can continue to serve alcoholic beverages. There will still be a second reading of the ordinance on June 16 before the new ordinance officially goes into the books.

June 06, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Environmental bill not worth trouble

I got a chance to watch some television this past weekend. Amanda, my significant other, and I don't get much of a chance to do that together these days because we are always very busy. On Friday, we caught South Park. I'm a fan mostly because of the distinctly libertarian messages in each episode and because it drives social conservatives like the Parents Television Council and Focus of the Family absolutely crazy.

June 06, 2008 | Jason Pye | Archives


Old days at the gas station are gone

Growing up in Social Circle, we didn't have a self-service gas station.

June 06, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Archives


Expressing God's word in writing about struggles

 Marion Bond West and Julie Garmon are inspirational Christian authors who have come face-to-face with life's toughest problems. Mother and daughter willingly unveil the most intimate details of their lives for one common purpose - to glorify God and to show their readers there is peace, hope and healing through God's word in any difficulty.

June 06, 2008 | Colleen Capes Jackson | Archives


Safety of the shepherd

 "The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and love will follow me all ...

June 06, 2008 | John Pearrell | Archives


Art camps hit the square

 School's out for the summer and children are full of energy. Summer camps are in full swing and activities around Covington are heating up with the weather.

June 06, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives


Streaker arrested at Sellars Motors

 A Covington native was arrested May 30 and charged with four counts of terroristic threats, according to a Newton County Sheriff's incident report.

June 06, 2008 | Brian Harper | Archives


Sam Cofer

Sam Cofer, 88, of Covington, died June 4 at Rockdale health Care. The son of the late Albert and Lila Moss Cover he was born un Butts County. Mr. Cofer was a member of Porterdale Baptist church and worked for Bibb Manufacturing until 1955 when he became a building contractor. He enjoyed fishing, gardening and going to Bojanles. Mr. Cofer dearly loved his family. He was preceded in death by brothers Robert Cofer, Roy Cofer and James Cofer.

June 06, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


A place to play

June 06, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives


Cornish Creek to undergo expansion

 The Newton County Board of Commissioners has awarded a $12 million bid to Choate Construction Company for the expansion of the Cornish Creek Water Treatment Facility.

June 06, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


BOC Dist. 3 GOPers talk issues

A farmer and an information technologies professional, both in their first campaign race, are vying for the Republican nomination for the Board of Commissioners District 3 seat.

June 06, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Fan drive heating up for summer

Summertime means higher temperatures, and with highs already approaching the 90s many locals are in need of relief.

June 06, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives


Local German billionaire dies in lake accident

A German billionaire who was heir to a coffee empire and one of the largest individual landowners in Newton County died after a boat struck him while he was swimming in Lake Rabun Saturday.

June 06, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


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