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Mrs. Betty Jane Cordell Edwards

Betty Jane Cordell Edwards, age 83, passed away Aug. 31, 2014, at Oxton Village in Social Circle. "Ms. Betty," as she was affectionately known, had been a resident there for the past five years. Betty was born Oct. 4, 1930, in Rockmart, Georgia.

September 02, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Our Thoughts: Mansfield

The Newton county town of Mansfield has always been a charming little place that most people just drive through on their way to somewhere else.

September 02, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


DOE offers free digital textbooks

As the 2014-2015 academic year begins, teachers, school leaders, parents and students should be aware they can access free, interactive digital textbooks through the Georgia Department of Education's website.

September 02, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Mr. Joe Yarbrough

Mr. Joe Yarbrough, 67, of Covington, Georgia, passed away Monday, Sept. 1, 2014. He was born in Porterdale on April 17, 1947 to Claude and Lillian Yarbrough, who have preceded him in death. Joe was retired from Norfolk Southern Railroad, where he worked as a switchman. He served his country in the United States Army for eight years and enjoyed hunting and fishing. Mr. Yarbrough was preceded in death by his daughter Elisha Yarbrough and wife Debbie Lynn Yarbrough.

September 02, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Joe Yarbrough

Mr. Joe Yarbrough, 67, of Covington, Georgia passed away Monday, September 1, 2014. He was born in Porterdale on April 17, 1947 to Claude and Lillian Yarbrough who have preceded him in death. Joe was retired from Norfolk Southern Railroad where he worked as a switchman. He served his country in the United States Army for 8 years and enjoyed hunting and fishing. Mr. Yarbrough was preceded in death by his daughter Elisha Yarbrough and wife Debbie Lynn Yarbrough.

September 02, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Hit-and-run driver strikes child in stroller

A Conyers driver who struck a Covington woman and a 2-year-old and then tried to flee the scene was arrested and charged with driving under the influence.

September 02, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


A taste of the Artful Harvest

Southern Heartland Arts Inc. invites the public to visit Artful Harvest, the annual invitational judged art show, sponsored by United Bank, during September.

August 30, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Leadership still lacking

Two weeks ago we editorialized that the Newton County Board of Commissioners should show some leadership, define the county's form of government, and identify its true manager. The BOC held a workshop on the topic, but left the meeting without a solution, or even clarity on how Newton County should be led.

August 30, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Recommendations to the BOC

The recent loan from Newton County Chairman Keith Ellis on behalf of Newton County to Commissioner J.C. Henderson was a huge problem for our local government.

August 30, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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


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Linda Hall

Mrs. Linda Hall, 61, long-time resident of Covington, died at her home April 17. The daughter of the late Linville Venters and Helen Pass Venters, she was born in 1946 in Letcher, Ky. Mrs. Hall was a devoted and active member of the Light of Calvary Baptist Church and was the special speaker last year at the women's conference. She was also in charge of the fellowship hall. Mrs. Hall was a strong, loving wife, mother and grandmother. She is preceded in death by her parents, son Christopher Hall and brother Dale Ray Venters.

April 20, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Lois Fincher Edwards

Mrs. Lois Fincher Edwards, 90, of Covington died April 19. Daughter of the late Ambus and Elson Moss Fincher, she was born Dec. 17, 1917 in Newton County. Mrs. Edwards was a lifelong resident of Covington and a member of Red Oak United Methodist Church.

April 20, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Protecting Planet Earth

Photos by Anthony Banks.

April 20, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Store brands, meal-planning key to family grocery budget

 I was intrigued when I first heard about the Food Stamp Challenge.

April 20, 2008 | Kari Apted | Archives


Porterdale residents report water bill errors

 Residents of the Kenzi Place subdivision in Porterdale are concerned about the billing process for their water and sewage services and believe the city is not working with them to resolve their grievances.

April 20, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives


Christian school seeks to expand

 Unable to agree on the appropriate number of students for a private Christian school near Oxford, the Newton County Board of Commissioners voted to table a proposal to expand the number of students at Providence Christian School Tuesday night.

April 20, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


County, shelter wrangle over required funding

 Litigation against Newton County from a local domestic violence shelter may be pending on allegations that the county is not paying its share of funding, according to a letter sent out by the shelter's attorney.

April 20, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


Covington's pioneer of style

Bertha Goss is a fixture around Covington.

April 20, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives


The world series

I must admit that for the moment I'm weary of politics, disgusted with corporate greed, disturbed at what seems to be a complete and inborn inability for people to cohabit peacefully and play well with others, and bemused that anyone seriously thinks that having a different name on the desk in the Oval Office will do anything other than change which group of fat cat supporters gets fatter living off their candidate's largesse during the next Presidential term of office.

April 20, 2008 | Nat Harwell | Archives


Porterdale Council working together, with community

 The Porterdale City Council met for an unscheduled called work session Tuesday to discuss recent issues that have put a strain on council members.

April 20, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Catalytic converter thefts on the rise

 Thefts of catalytic converters have been on the rise in recent months, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office reports, driven in part by the rising price of the precious metals found inside.

April 20, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


Methane levels still concern residents

 After three public hearings and two Newton County Board of Commissioner meetings, residents of Lower River Road continue to raise concerns about the proposed expansion of the county landfill.

April 20, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Officer shocks self during arrest

 A traffic stop turned into a physical brawl with both defendant and officers being struck by a Taser, according to a Covington Police Department report.

April 20, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


Baseball: Habersham Central at Eastside

COVINGTON - On Wednesday it was a gorgeous day for baseball at Eagle Field.

April 19, 2008 | Eric R. Wallace | Archives


Georgia State to kick off football for 2010 season

ATLANTA - Georgia State President Carl Patton announced Thursday afternoon that the university will begin football.

April 19, 2008 | Associated Press | Archives


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