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Covington News Christmas Contest

Christmas Contest

November 28, 2014 | Staff Report | Covington


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


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Donald (Don) Stephens

Donald (Don) Stephens, 62, of Monticello, died May 30. A person who was loved by all, Mr. Stephens worked hard, loved to party and enjoyed life from his back yard. He liked fishing, four-wheelers, working on cars and lifting weights to stay in shape.

June 04, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Covington buys into Plant Vogtle

Opting for a middle of the road approach, the Covington City Council voted to seek 35 megawatts of nuclear power through the Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia at their Monday meeting.

June 04, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Walter Toner

Walter Toner, 80, died June 1. He was a dedicated educator and teacher of mathematics to junior and high school students. Born and raised in Plattsburgh, N.Y., where he was a lifetime member of Plattsburgh Methodist Church, he lived and served the Plattsburgh area for most of his life. Mr. Toner graduated from the State University of New York, Plattsburgh, with a B.S. in Education, an M.S. in Education and a Certificate of Advanced Study in Administration and Supervision. Mr. Toner was a long-term and honorary member of the Chazy Volunteer Fire Department, served in the U ...

June 04, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


William (Bud) Wilbanks

William (Bud) Wilbanks, 68, of Covington, died May 31. The son of the late Charlie Sanford and Bertha Dotson Wilbanks, he was a member of Ola Baptist Church, Henry County, and enjoyed hunting and playing horseshoes. Mr. Wilbanks was preceded in death by daughter Gladys Mac Wilbanks, granddaughter Kayla Elizabeth Wilbanks and sister Effie Moore.

June 04, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


EPD looks into illegal dumping

The Georgia Environmental Protection Division is investigating a case of illegal dumping of construction demolition materials by the Yellow River along Sycamore Trail.

June 04, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Porterdale unveils logo

Porterdale continued its quest towards becoming a Better Hometown Monday as officials unveiled a new logo at the monthly city council meeting.

June 04, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives


Oxford chooses design firm for new city hall

 Oxford will not be participating in the addition of two nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle, as decided unanimously by the city council Monday evening, capping off a nearly two-year long information and decision-making process.

June 04, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


Lock up the lawn mowers

 They're clunky, heavy and good for cutting grass, but unfortunately, lawnmowers seem to have become the new hot commodity for those looking to make an illicit buck.

June 04, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


Midway remembered

She was tired. She was so very, very tired. And she was hurting. God, was she ever hurting. And the irony of it was that she shouldn't have been there at all. For just 29 days earlier, in a faraway Pacific Ocean spot known as the Coral Sea, she'd been hurt so badly that the Japanese had written her off as sunk.

June 01, 2008 | Nat Harwell | Archives


Support our local economy

Support for local businesses is a direct investment in our community. For every dollar we spend in Covington and Newton County, our investment's return becomes more and more beneficial to the community at-large.

June 01, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Hamilton Jordan's battle with cancer

Dear Editor: Hamilton Jordan was the most dedicated and dogged cancer fighter I have ever known. He battled royally against his own cancer and on behalf of the whole nation.

June 01, 2008 | William J. Todd | Archives


Interactive poll results

The Covington News' second poll of the 2008 Newton County Election season concluded Saturday. The interactive asked readers to choose between the current candidates for Newton County Board of Commissioners chairman.

June 01, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Beautiful creatures

 The fourth annual Hummingbird Festival at Gaithers Plantation began Saturday with thousands of local residents turning out to enjoy the beautiful birds, great weather and the many artisan crafts on sale.

June 01, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Channeling Martha Stewart for planning social gatherings

 I've been channeling my inner Martha Stewart recently, and she's dog-tired after hosting two parties in one week.

June 01, 2008 | Kari Apted | Archives


Willie James Key

Mr. Willie James Key died May 22. the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Luther Kay, he was born in 1933. He was a kind hearted, devoted husband, father, grandpop and uncle and was loved by all. Mr. Key was preceded in death by parents; brothers Mr. Oscar Key, Mr. Rufus Key, Mr. Fred Key; sisters Mrs. Inez Williams, Mrs. Evelyn Hearn; nephews Mr. Tony Glover, Mr. William (Kanta) Hearn; sister-in-law Mrs. Birdell Ward; and brother-in-law Mr. Calvin E. Bowden.

June 01, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


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