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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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Playing dress-up

April 25, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Archives


Whatever you want, you get

 Several weeks ago, our family stopped to eat at a fast-food restaurant in North Atlanta.

April 25, 2008 | Clifford Brewton | Archives


South Salem to receive top technology

 The Newton County Board of Education approved several technology expenditures at Tuesday's regular monthly meeting including 229 computers and 52 Promethian ACTIVboards for South Salem Elementary School, which opens in fall 2008.

April 25, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives


School adopts new ways to review for CRCTs

 As the Criterion Referenced Competency Test wraps up this week, teachers and administrators throughout the Newton County School System can debrief and reflect on their efforts throughout the year.

April 25, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives


Woman falls through ceiling before her arrest

 A stand-off between law enforcement officials and a 27-year-old wanted woman who barricaded herself in an attic Wednesday ended when she fell through the ceiling after being stunned with a Taser.

April 25, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


Comedy club approved by city council

 The Covington City Council has approved a special use petition to open a comedy club on Washington Street, with the condition that the owner, Jimmy Clark, a candidate for District 3 Commissioner, reapply for his permit again in two years.

April 25, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Horse of a different color

Campus security officials going about their early morning routine of readying Oxford College for morning classes received a bit of a shock Wednesday when they came upon a zebra roaming the third floor of Seney Hall.

April 25, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Blimpie owner acquitted of child molestation charges

 A sandwich shop owner charged with child molestation was acquitted of his charges in Newton County Superior Court on Thursday.

April 25, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


Man arrested for wandering drunk in nursing home

 A reportedly drunk man wandering the halls of a Covington nursing home early in the morning Wednesday was arrested after a pursuit, according to a Covington Police Department report.

April 25, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Jeanine Scott Bruce

Jeanine Scott Bruce, 77, of Covington, entered into her heavenly home, April 23, after a brief stay at Abbey Hospice. She and her husband lived in their early married years in Avondale Estates and later moved to Americus where Mrs. Bruce enjoyed being a member of the DAR and UDC. After leaving Americus, they moved to Covington. Mrs. Bruce enjoyed studying genealogy, working on the computer, reading and antiques.

April 25, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


FiberVisions set to make $18 million expansion

 FiberVisions Inc. announced earlier this week that it has approved an $18 million expansion for its Covington plant that is expected to bring 40 new jobs to the city.

April 25, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


James H. Dodson

James H. Dodson, 85, of Covington, died April 23. Mr. Dodson loved working in the yard and was a loving and devoted husband, father and friend to many. He is preceded in death by son Steven Dodson and brothers Travis Morrison and Lewis Morrison.

April 25, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Ella Jane Turner

Ella Jane Turner, 60, of Porterdale, died April 22. The daughter of the late Aquilla E. and Ella Ruth Wheeler Hailey, she was born in Newton County. Mrs. Turner was a member of Prospect United Methodist Church and House of Grace in Covington. Mrs. Turner enjoyed cards, board games and Wheel of Fortune and loved spending time with her family. She is preceded in death by husband Marvin Turner and brothers Perry and Charles Hailey.

April 25, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Teen tantrum

 Teens are known to have occasional tantrums, but one juvenile's back seat meltdown earned him a trip to the hospital for a mental health evaluation.

April 25, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


Local pastor an expert on 'clergy killers'

The Rev. Randolph Kanipe was recently added to the distinguished list of alumni of the Oxford Round Table which is made up of government officials, business leaders, presidents and chancellors of universities and colleges, professors, school leaders, religious leaders and attorneys from all over the world.

April 25, 2008 | Colleen Capes Jackson | Archives


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