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Harold “Hal” Lee Stapp

Harold "Hal" Lee Stapp Jr., of Porterdale, passed away Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017 at the age of 45. He was born in Covington to the ...

January 24, 2017 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


How to help kids in your community

People give back to their communities in various ways. Some support local charities by volunteering or making financial donations, while others may deliver meals to ...

January 24, 2017 | Staff Report | LIVING


Get involved with youth organizations

Volunteer work can benefit volunteers emotionally and physically. Many people aspire to get involved by donating their time or resources, but they may not know ...

January 24, 2017 | Staff Report | LIVING


University of North Georgia announces President's Lists for fall 2016

University of North Georgia President Bonita Jacobs recognizes more than 1,300 students who achieved a 4.0 grade point average during the fall 2016 ...

January 24, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


The New Jazzercise to offer free classes all year for girls 16-21

Leading global dance fitness company Jazzercise, Inc. is proud to announce a new initiative for 2017 that supports the growth and development of young women ...

January 24, 2017 | Staff Report | Health


Kemp: Be wary of potential scams seeking donations for tornado victims

ATLANTA – Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp warns citizens to be wary of potential scams seeking donations for tornado victims. Over the weekend, violent storms ...

January 24, 2017 | Staff Report | STATE


Severe storms rip through South Georgia

As you may have seen and heard in the news, an enormous storm system made its way through the Southeast over the weekend claiming the ...

January 23, 2017 | Staff Report | STATE


Charles (Ricky) Aycox

Charles (Ricky) Aycox, of Covington, passed away Jan. 20, 2017, at the age of 68. Mr. Aycox was a hard-working family man. He adored his ...

January 23, 2017 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Rose Marie Watson

Rose Marie Watson, of Chattanooga, passed away Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, at the age of 89. Mrs. Watson, trained as a registered nurse, was a ...

January 23, 2017 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Red Cross urges public to review tornado safety tips

Gathered from Red Cross
Across the southeast, there were more than 200 reports of severe weather and several dozen reports of tornadoes so far this ...

January 22, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Teen earns Eagle Scout badge

Craig Everett Edwards, son of Deborah and Ray Edwards of Covington, has achieved Boy Scouting's highest rank, that of Eagle Scout.

January 22, 2017 | Staff Report | LIVING


Davis, Morrow wedding

Mark and Alison Davis, of Covington, are pleased to announce the marriage of their daughter, Ashley Lauren Davis, to Michael Eugene Morrow, son of Wayne ...

January 21, 2017 | Staff Report | LIVING


Cowan, Davis wedding

Michelle Cowan and the late Joseph Cowan are pleased to announce the marriage of their daughter Anna Jolyn Cowan to M. Chase Davis, son of ...

January 21, 2017 | Staff Report | LIVING


Carr, Kemp warn Georgians about football ticket scams

Attorney General Chris Carr and Secretary of State Brian Kemp today warned Falcons fans about football ticket scams in preparation for Sunday's NFC Championship ...

January 21, 2017 | Staff Report | STATE


Georgia's Sonny Perdue nominated to lead agriculture department

Georgia's Sonny Perdue has been chosen by President-Elect Donald Trump to lead the Department of Agriculture. Perdue, who served two terms as the state ...

January 21, 2017 | Staff Report | STATE


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A necessary reminder

 Dear Editor: Your Sunday editorial decrying "flag-draped coffins" stirred conflicting emotions in my soul. First, you confused the issue by comparing reactions to the Iraq War with those of Vietnam. Have you actually heard any reasonable commentator who "vilified" the brave soldiers who have served in Iraq? The only rightful villains in this story are those who sold us the lie about "weapons of mass destruction" and the non-existent connection between Saddam Hussein and the 9/11/01 attacks.

March 04, 2009 | Staff Report | Letters


Newton County Jail Log 3/4/09

Monica Ewing Lemoine, 45, 40 Hickey Dr., Oxford, Feb. 12. Failure to dim bright lights, DUI/alcohol.

March 04, 2009 | Staff Report | Crime


Survival of the fittest

 When we are invited to speak at different community forums, one of the questions always asked is "will our paper survive?"

March 04, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Agreeing with Mr. Harwell

Dear Editor: I can only guess that reader Ron Slade's smoking letter to the editor was in response to Nat Harwell's article on the number of months remaining for President Obama's (hopefully one term) in office. Containing his anger as he composed his missive must have left Mr. Slade with his wits caught down and sudden memory loss with what the object of his frustration (President Bush) had to deal with during his two terms in office.

 Could it be possible that his assessment of Bush failed to recollect that we were attacked by terrorists who would ...

March 04, 2009 | Staff Report | Letters


Reforming GDOT, honoring war heroes

Last week Senate Republicans took the lead in moving major pieces of legislation to reform Georgia's Transportation system and clean up Methamphetamine labs. The Senate also paused to honor a Georgia war hero. Recent reports say that Georgia is now ranked twelfth in the nation in terms of transportation congestion. Georgians spend more time in cars than they do with their families. In rural areas, the development and maintenance of roads is a major issue that impacts local economies.

Senate leaders took a major step forward in transforming the way transportation projects and funding are handled by introducing the ...

March 03, 2009 | By John Douglas State Senator | News Columnists


Supplemental budget, interesting new bills

The House passed the supplemental budget last week. This bill is the device for adjusting the present budget (fiscal 2009, which ends on June 30) based on tax receipt trends. Overall revenue is down enough to require roughly 8 percent cuts in most of the major components of the budget. The only significant exception is education, which will be cut by about 5 percent. This budget does include the Homeowner's Tax Relief Grant, in order to keep local governments from having to cut more services. The bill moves on to the Senate now, and we will get to work ...

March 03, 2009 | By Doug Holt State Representative | News Columnists


Jack Hays Morgan Sr.

Jack Hays Morgan Sr., 89, a lifelong resident of Newton County, died peacefully at his home March 3. The son of Joe Carter and Margaret Hays Morgan, he was born in 1919 and lived his entire life in Newton County until serving in the United States Navy during World War II. On his return, he started the area's first pulpwood yard which is still in operation today. Mr. Morgan served his community in various political arenas as well as serving as a member of the Georgia House of Representatives and the Newton County Commission Chairman. He was appointed by ...

March 03, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Dean's List

Georgia College Dean's List and President's List

March 03, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


Right to privacy

If you were around during the Vietnam era you will remember the daily depiction of flag-draped coffins returning from that country to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware.

It became a regular occurrence to see anti-war activists prey on these images, which should have been those of honor, and vilified these brave soldiers who had given their lives serving their country.

March 01, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Excellent leadership

Throughout Black History Month we have been proud to feature African-American leaders of our community, who by their actions and perseverance, have made our community a great place to live.

Friday we were honored to print the story and philosophy of Ezell Brown, our newly elected sheriff.

March 01, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Eyesore of the week

A plain mess: This edition's "Eyesore of the Week" is located at 3192 Washington Street, Covington. The building used to be a florist. Now it sits in total disrepair.

If you know a property you would like to submit as the "Eyesore of the Week," send us a picture or address to news@covnews.com or 1166 Usher St, Covington, GA 30014. Please do not submit residential properties that are occupied.

March 01, 2009 | Staff Report | Eyesore of the Week


Newton County Jail Log 3/1/09

Larry O'Neal White, 31, 40 Whitehead Court, Covington, Feb. 16. Two counts theft by receiving stolen property, criminal damage to property in second degree, burglary.

March 01, 2009 | Staff Report | Crime


Snow predicted Sunday, 1-2 inches

On Sunday: Rain and snow in the morning, then snow likely in the afternoon. Windy, with a snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches. Highs are expected to be around 40 degrees Fahrenheit. North winds from 20 to 30 mph. The chance of precipitation is 80 percent.

February 28, 2009 | National Weather Service | LOCAL


Giles-Moran

Bruce and Vicky Giles of Covington announce the engagement of their daughter Lorien Kelly Giles to Steven Richard Moran Jr. of Carrollton, son of Steven Moran Sr. of Newnan and Theresa Moran of Covington.

February 28, 2009 | Staff Report | Engagements


Saunders-Watson

Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Thomas Saunders of Richmond, Va., announce the engagement of their daughter Samantha Taylor Saunders to Tucker Arthur Watson of Winston-Salem, N.C., son of Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Todd Watson of Oxford.

February 28, 2009 | Staff Report | Engagements


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