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The bell tolls

The courthouse in this town has just tolled the hour of three.

October 25, 2016 | Andy Irwin | Columnists

Entries sought for 2017 high school art contest

The Newton County Farm Bureau is asking students in 9th through 12th grades to enter the 2017 Georgia Farm Bureau High School Art Contest. The ...

October 25, 2016 | Staff Report | Agriculture

Georgia Farm Bureau Foundation for agriculture offers $60,500 in scholarships

The Georgia Farm Bureau (GFB) Foundation for Agriculture is offering up to $60,500 in scholarships to Georgia students pursuing a degree related to agriculture ...

October 25, 2016 | Staff Report | Agriculture

Deacon Marshall Norman Jr.

Marshall Norman, Jr., known to many as "Buddy", was born on April 8, 1928, in Bibb County to the late Mr. and Mrs. Marshall (Ella ...

October 25, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

Understanding a breast cancer diagnosis

Family Features

October 25, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Women with breast cancer may find comfort in support groups

No woman should have to face breast cancer alone. There are a number of resources available that can provide support, such as family members, friends ...

October 25, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

New Butterfly Garden is lovely

Dear Editor:

October 25, 2016 | Staff Report | Letters


Dear Editor,

October 25, 2016 | Staff Report | Letters

Board of Commissioners abandoned us

It appears The Newton County Board of Commissioners have "abandoned" the trash system and the "convenience center facilities, leaving Newton County residents with nowhere to ...

October 25, 2016 | Staff Report | Letters

Have you ever thought …

In the past few months our nation has struggled with issues between those who protect and serve us in law enforcement and those segments of ...

October 23, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING

Our Thoughts: A win for residents

Five mayors and several county managers gathered around a table Tuesday and asked for one item.

October 23, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Behind the ballot - Amendment 4

In previewing this year's election, here's a look at the proposed amendments to the Georgia Constitution.

October 22, 2016 | Election 2016 coverage | LOCAL

Robert Walker Sammons

Robert Walker Sammons, 65, of Almon Road, died Thursday, October 20, 2016, at his residence. The family will greet friends one hour prior to a ...

October 21, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

Modine Wheeler

Modine Wheeler Moore, 91, of Conyers, passed away October 15, 2016. Mrs. Moore was born in Conyers to the late Walter and Ruth Parker Wheeler ...

October 21, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

Newton County Jail Log: Oct. 19

Jerrod Lanier Aikens, 31, Oxford, Oct. 14, battery, kidnapping, probation violation

October 20, 2016 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log

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Best Wishes

Dear Editor: As mayor of Covington, I had the pleasure of working with John Grotheer, city of Covington finance director and city clerk, for over 10 years.

We worked together to create over ten budgets for the City of Covington. This process is never an easy one, because it is hard to estimate the income and outgo in a $122 million budget, with its many variables. However, during the 10 years that John served the City of Covington, we came within 2 percent of estimating income versus expenditures, and we also ended each year with a small surplus.

January 20, 2009 | Sam Ramsey Covington | Letters

Senior citizen aid

Dear Editor: Seniors over age of 65 should not be paying county school taxes. We have already satisfied our duties and obligations to schools during the years of raising our own children. Most counties around Newton have already paid respect to their senior citizens, for I know Walton County has eliminated school taxes for all seniors over 65. Most of us live on a very small fixed income, and by eliminating this school tax, we would have a little more to spend on medicines, doctor bills, groceries & other necessities.

In our case, our home is assessed at $100,000 plus ...

January 20, 2009 | Sandra Williams Covington | Letters

Judge not?

Dear Editor: This week I read in your newspaper, wherby Senator John Douglas, from District 17, was going to try and get a law passed, whereby, anyone that had any kind of a sex conviction, could not never be on any school board in The State Of Georgia, even after the person had served all of their court ordered time as well has having to wait 10 year's, to show the state that they have been a good person and stayed out of trouble for the ten years.

So, I ask this newspaper to please do some research and ...

January 20, 2009 | Don Gresham Covington | Letters

Dorothy M. Brown

Mrs. Dorothy M. Brown, 81, a lifelong resident of Newton County, died Jan. 19. The daughter of the late Boyce and Willie Mae (Harper) Johnson, she was born in Newton County in 1927. Mrs. Brown was retired from The Bibb Manufacturing Company where she worked as a spinner. She loved to travel and enjoyed gardening. Mrs. Brown was preceded in death by her parents, husband Lawson T. Brown, daughter Shirley Brown, brother Charles Johnson and sister Elizabeth Simmons.

Surviving are children Julia Hood of Buckhead, Robert Brown, Thomas Brown, Peggy Brown, Willie Brown and Virginia Smith, all of Covington; grandchildren ...

January 20, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

Obama now president

WASHINGTON - Stepping into history, Barack Hussein Obama grasped the reins of power as America's first black president on Tuesday, saying the nation must choose "hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord" to overcome the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.

In frigid temperatures, an exuberant crowd of more than a million packed the National Mall and parade route to celebrate Obama's inauguration in a high-noon ceremony. They filled the National Mall, stretching from the inaugural platform at the U.S. Capitol to the Lincoln Memorial in the distance.

January 20, 2009 | By Terence Hunt The Associated Press | LOCAL

Crowds pack frigid Mall for Obama's inauguration

WASHINGTON (AP) - Braving frigid temperatures, an exuberant crowd of hundreds of thousands packed the National Mall on Tuesday to celebrate the inauguration of Barack Hussein Obama as America's first black president. He grasps the reins of power in a high-noon ceremony amid grave economic worries and high expectations.

It was the first change of administrations since the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Crowds filled the National Mall from the Lincoln Memorial to the U.S. Capitol for a glimpse of the proceedings and, in the words of many, simply "to be here."

January 20, 2009 | TERENCE HUNT Associated Press Writer | AP Top Stories

Our thoughts... In his own words

In our opinion one of the greatest Southern humorists of all time was Lewis Grizzard.

He loved Georgia and especially the University of Georgia. In his short life - he was only 48 when he died of heart complications ­ he authored 25 books, thousands of columns and was the sports editor of the Atlanta journal by age 23.

January 20, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Inauguration Day

On Tuesday, history will be made. According to the 20th Amendment to the Constitution of these United States of America, at 12 noon on the 20th of January, President Elect Barack Obama will raise his right hand and speak the 36 word oath of office to become the 44th President of our proud country. It's a big day, costing tens of millions of dollars when it's all said and done. There's pomp, circumstance, and so much more. Why? Well, we want all the world to know that this guy is the guy we picked. This guy is ...

January 19, 2009 | Jonathan E. Scharf Pastor, Abiding Grace Lutheran Church | Pulpit Notes

Angel DeAnn Hammonds Clark

Mrs. Angel DeAnn Hammonds Clark, 32, a lifelong resident of Newton County died Jan. 18. She was born in Newton County on June 29, 1976 to Larry and Priscilla (Shannon) Hammonds. Mrs. Clark was a member of High Point Baptist Church and was a loving mother.

She is survived by her husband, Mr. Brooks Clark of Covington; parents, Mr. and Mrs. Larry and Priscilla Hammonds of Covington; daughters, Natalie Boutelle of Covington and Brooklyn Clark of Covington; a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, other family and friends.

January 19, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

CORRECTION: Sears manager steals to pay lawyer

The article "Sears manager steals to pay lawyer," printed in the Sunday, Jan. 18, 2009 edition of The Covington News, incorrectly identified the arrested manager of the store. The arrested on-site manager was, in fact, Scott Henderson. The Covington News strives to have its news reports be fair and accurate. It is our policy to promptly correct all factual mistakes. If you find an error, please report it to us by calling (770) 787-6397.

January 19, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL

William Henry Knight

William "Bill" Henry Knight passed away at his home in Port Orange, Fla. on December 29, 2008. Mr. Knight was born on December 31, 1933 in Staunton, Va., the son of James and Mary (Bowen) Knight. He retired in 1972 from the United States Army after serving his country for 23 years. He enjoyed traveling and cooking for friends and family. Bill was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, a life time member of the VFW and the American Legion.

January 17, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

Local Lion given highest honor

When Robert Firth moved to Georgia to escape the icy winters of the Midwest for his retirement years, he wanted to become more involved in community activities.

January 17, 2009 | Staff Report | Social Circle

Newton County Jail Log 1/18/09

Norman Kurt Amrein, 32, 3559 Salem Road, Covington, Jan. 2. Probation violation.

January 17, 2009 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log

Our thoughts...A new beginning

This is a week of excitement, of change, of new beginnings. We celebrate the peaceful exchange of power. We place the hopes of our future and our children's future on the shoulders of an untried new leader, but a leader who is filled with enthusiasm and optimism.

January 17, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Our thoughts...King's legacy

 We celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. this week. Dr. King was a great, but not a perfect, man.

January 17, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

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