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Detour coming March 7 for new bridge over Yellow River

Replacing the Yellow River bridge on State Route (SR) 36 requires a one-year detour beginning Tuesday, March 7. Traffic will use SR 162 and SR ...

February 22, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Local leadership, support for trees recognized

Oxford was among 19 Georgia cities recognized Feb. 14 for its commitment to caring for and managing its public trees. Oxford was honored during the ...

February 22, 2017 | Staff Report | Agriculture


Hang tags available only at fire services starting in March

Vehicle hang tags for the Newton County Trash Collection Convenience Centers will be available for purchase only at the Newton County Fire Services Headquarters, effective ...

February 22, 2017 | Staff Report | County


Covington resident claims $9.6 million Jumbo Bucks Lotto prize

Michael Camp, of Covington, recently came forward as the winner of the $9.6 million jackpot prize from the Feb. 6 Jumbo Bucks Lotto drawing.

February 22, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Eastside's bats push Eagles past Newton

Seeking a bounce back from a tough 13-2 loss on Feb. 17 to Walnut Grove, the Eastside Eagles baseball team hosted Newton at Eagle Field ...

February 21, 2017 | Staff Report | Eastside


Freeway patrol service begins in east central Georgia

Motorists in east central Georgia today began experiencing the benefits of a new statewide Coordinated Highway Assistance & Maintenance Program (CHAMP). This operation is the nation ...

February 21, 2017 | Staff Report | STATE


Doing away with distracted driving

The evidence is clear: Distracted driving can be just as dangerous as driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Removing one's eyes from ...

February 21, 2017 | Staff Report | LIVING


Tire maintenance a key component of spring check-up

When warm weather arrives, many people enjoy a collective sigh of relief. Just as people welcome the end of the cold, snow and ice, cars ...

February 21, 2017 | Staff Report | LIVING


Young Millennials top list of worst behaved drivers

A new report from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that 88 percent of young millennials engaged in at least one risky behavior behind ...

February 21, 2017 | Staff Report | LIVING


Letter: Can We Trust the Board of Commissioners with a New SPLOST?

To the editor:

February 19, 2017 | Staff Report | Letters


Sand mandala on display at Oxford College

Seven monk artists from the Drepung Loseling Monastery in Atlanta will construct a sand mandala painting in the Oxford College Library over the course of ...

February 19, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


Newton County reservoir full

Following a fall of light rain and a summer of hotter-than-average conditions, Lake Varner is full (701 feet above sea level) as of Thursday, Feb ...

February 18, 2017 | Staff Report | County


Colleen Suzanne Burton

Colleen Suzanne Burton lost her life suddenly on Feb. 9, 2017 in Covington. She was predeceased by her husband Patrick Burton and beloved maternal grandparents ...

February 17, 2017 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


NCSO Explorers take home 2nd

The Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) Explorers received second place at the Boy Scouts of America "Winterfest" competition held in Gatlinburg, Tennessee Feb. 11.

February 17, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL


A.D. Walker

A.D. Walker, of Covington, passed away Feb. 15, 2017, at the age of 83. Mr. Walker went on active duty for the Army in ...

February 17, 2017 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


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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


Shakyree Smith

February 28, 2009 | Staff Report | Births


Easy road ahead for Isakson

Sen. Johnny Isakson has many things going for him as he gets his campaign underway for another six-year term in the U.S. Senate.

February 28, 2009 | Tom Crawford Columnist | OPINION


Jim Dyar

February 28, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


General Mills donates more than $240K to local nonprofits

The Covington plant of General Mills donated more than $240,000 to 17 non-profit organizations in Newton and Rockdale counties at a reception Friday.

Grants were awarded to organizations that encourage good nutrition and exercise, especially for children.

February 27, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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