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A taste of the Artful Harvest

Southern Heartland Arts Inc. invites the public to visit Artful Harvest, the annual invitational judged art show, sponsored by United Bank, during September.

August 30, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Leadership still lacking

Two weeks ago we editorialized that the Newton County Board of Commissioners should show some leadership, define the county's form of government, and identify its true manager. The BOC held a workshop on the topic, but left the meeting without a solution, or even clarity on how Newton County should be led.

August 30, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Recommendations to the BOC

The recent loan from Newton County Chairman Keith Ellis on behalf of Newton County to Commissioner J.C. Henderson was a huge problem for our local government.

August 30, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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


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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


Talent galore at City Pond

Three weeks into the season and it's live at City Pond Park.

April 30, 2008 | Eric R. Wallace | Archives


Sentencing scheduled for July 31

The 64-year-old man dubbed the "Grandpa Bandit" who was charged with robbing seven banks across Georgia and Tennessee last year, including First Georgia Community Bank in Covington, pled guilty to four counts of bank robbery April 22 in the U.S. District Court in Knoxville, according to the Knoxville News Sentinel.

April 27, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


Dedicated to freshness

Four days a week, Jim Ramsey wakes up at 4 a.m., hops into his white Ford pickup and drives to the Farmer's Market in Forest Park; just so Covington residents can have fresh tomatoes.

April 27, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives


Jaguars top Warriors, 15-0

COVINGTON - After a slow start to open the season, the Georgia Perimeter College Jaguars have gotten into the swing of things.

April 27, 2008 | Brian Harper | Archives


Hospital music

What do you think of when you hear someone use the term "hospital music?" Most folks old enough to remember the Edsel categorize hospital music as the nebulous recordings of standards heard in the waiting rooms of medical offices, in the elevators of skyscrapers, and in many hospitals and office buildings. Many folks absently term the tunes "Muzak," the name of the company which pioneered music in the workplace, though countless other sources now exist. Still, Muzak is heard daily by over 100 million people in more than 350,000 locations, but the company has grown to be much more ...

April 27, 2008 | Nat Harwell | Archives


Newton track finishes fourth at region meet

The Newton High boys and girls track teams each finished fourth overall in the Region 2-AAAAA meet on Wednesday at Lakewood Stadium.

April 27, 2008 | Jason Murdock | Archives


Smith leads Eastside boys golf to finals

Eastside High Taylor Smith shot a 3-under 69 to win the medalist honor and help the Eagles to a runnerup finish during the Region 8-AAAA tournament Monday at Innsbruck Resort and Golf Club in Helen.

April 27, 2008 | Jason Murdock | Archives


Eagles soar on Senior Night

COVINGTON - The Eastside High baseball team celebrated Senior Night in style with a 10-1 victory over Clarke Central on Friday at Eagle Field.

April 27, 2008 | Eric R. Wallace | Archives


Christine Johnson Bailey

Christine Johnson Bailey, 85, of Covington died April 19.

April 27, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Owner of zebra involved in prank files theft report

 The owners of Barcode, the zebra used in an Oxford College prank last week said they filed a theft report with the Newton County Sheriff's Office in hopes of deterring future pranksters.

April 27, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


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