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Renaissance Festival celebrates 30 years

The 30th Annual Georgia Renaissance Festival runs throughout eight weekends from April 18-June 7.

March 05, 2015 | Staff Report | DIGITAL NEWSPAPER

Great American Cleanup March 28

Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful (KCNB) needs volunteers to clean up roadside litter during the Great American Cleanup, the nation's largest annual community improvement program. KCNB's kickoff event will be held at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 28 at Longhorn Steakhouse of Covington, rain or shine.

March 04, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Dr. Brown returning for NCSS Spring summit

Back by popular demand, Newton County School System (NCSS) is pleased to announce that visionary and instructional leader, Dr. Adolph Brown will return to Newton County to headline the school district's Spring Education Summit scheduled for Saturday, March 14 at Newton High School.

March 04, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

County hears landfill deal

The Board of Commissioners heard Tuesday a proposed set of agreements intended to solve the county's waste management problems, as concerned citizens pressed for more options.

March 03, 2015 | Staff Report | BOC

County hears landfill deal

The Board of Commissioners heard Tuesday a proposed set of agreements intended to solve the county's waste management problems, as concerned citizens pressed for more options.

March 03, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Walk to School Day at West Newton

West Newton Elementary School will participate in Georgia Walk to School Day on Wednesday with a 9 a.m. ribbon cutting followed by walk/bike to school encouragement activities.

March 03, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Champion for change

From the base of a rural Georgia court room, Judge Sheri Roberts carries a message across her home state and the nation: we can do a lot better by the young people served by our courts.

March 02, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Proclamation signed for Youth Art Month

Members of the Arts Program at GFWC Service Guild of Covington gathered at Covington City Hall to have Mayor Ronnie Johnston sign a Proclamation partnering the National Council for Art Education and the National Council for the Arts with Covington and Newton County schools, encouraging public support of quality student art programs.

March 02, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Donna Rogers

Donna Rogers, 63, of Covington, passed away on February 28, 2015. Donna was born in Eatonton on January 20, 1952 to the late J. D. and Katherine Rogers.

March 02, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

Our thoughts: Proud of our Rams

Courage is inner power to make you fight for your very existence and trying, when you know you may lose. Courage and determination makes a fighter.

March 01, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Cold bats give Newton its third loss

Even with the winter weather we experienced this past week, spring sports are off and running in full affect. The Newton High School baseball team has already got into the middle of their non-region schedule. Due to several rain-outs, Newton had only played two games until Friday evening where they were looking to get a win over the MLK Lions. Going into the game 0-2, Newton needed this win to kick start the season, but couldn't get it done and fell 8-4 to the Lions.

March 01, 2015 | Javon Dickerson | Newton

Celebrating Black History

During its 5th Annual Black History Program Covington held a celebration, themed "A Century of Black Life, Culture & History" in the Newton County Historic Courthouse.

February 28, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Man convicted of 2001 Newton County murder scheduled for execution

Brian Keith Terrell, the man convicted of killing 70-year-old John Watson in his Covington home in 1992 is scheduled to be executed March 10 at 7 p.m., Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens announced Friday.

February 27, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Ida Arbeau

Ida M. Arbeau, 83 of Oxford passed away Thursday, February 26, 2015 at Riverside Healthcare. She was born on December 11, 1931 in Clayton. to the late Cecil and Clara Mae Thompson. Ms. Arbeau loved the Lord and was a loving Mother, Grandmother and Great-Grandmother. She sewed for the church, the school system and even made costumes for the show "In the Heat of The Night". Ms. Arbeau also lovingly cared for many children in her home. She was a member and Sunday school teacher at Canaan Baptist Church for over 35 years. Everyone knew her by "Aunt Ida" or ...

February 27, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

Pasta Salad Makes Weeknight Dinner Quick and Healthy

(Family Features) Now is the time for diners to transition palates to lighter and healthier meals, especially those packed with fresh, satisfying ingredients.

February 26, 2015 | Staff Report | LIVING

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Covington Pihranas devour competition, 460-145

COVINGTON - Summer is in full swing, and so is the Covington YMCA's Pihranas aquatics team.

June 26, 2008 | Eric R. Wallace | Archives

So far, so good...

SAVANNAH - The journey for the 2008-2009 Newton High boys basketball team started on May 26.

June 26, 2008 | Bill Dolan | Archives

Does winning cure all things, even for the Hawks?

Well, if you are a casual fan of the National Basketball Association and only tune in for the playoffs, you might be confused by this headline.

June 26, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Newton County CRCT results announced

The Criterion Referenced Competency Test results are in and Newton County third, fifth and eight graders, as a whole, showed improvement in several subjects but fell short in every category of the state averages.

June 26, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives


 Labeled as the world's most diversified sport, bowling offers recreational activity for people of all ages.

June 25, 2008 | Brian Harper | Archives

Sitting among history makers

Recently we were notified that the Covington News was to be honored by Georgia Association of Black Elected Officials at a conference held at Savannah State University for our coverage of the murders at the Moore's Ford Bridge in Monroe, between Walton and Oconee counties.

June 25, 2008 | Pat Cavanaugh | Archives

Donkeys fizzle again

As Georgia's 2008 political campaign scene develops, the missed opportunity for state Democrats becomes increasingly clear. A recent poll showed competition in a Georgia presidential campaign for the first time since 1996.

June 25, 2008 | Bill Shipp | Archives

Our thoughts...

Giving the community a voice to speak its mind on issues of local importance is one of the most important duties of a community newspaper.

June 25, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Erick Hunt on the issues

Erick Hunt on the issues

June 25, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

Tribal beat

 Many people might think Native Americans have been long gone from the area, but a local powwow this weekend aims to show native cultures are closer than one might think.

June 25, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives

Star-spangled events

 Newton County has long been a place for family and fellowship, and the Independence Day holiday is no exception.

June 25, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives

Barbara Brooks

Barbara Brooks, 62, of Newborn died June 22. Mrs. Brooks was of the Pentecostal faith.

June 25, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Olin L. Cook

Olin L. Cook, 85, of Covington, died June 21 at Abbey Hospice. The son of the late Luther and Nannie Arnold Cook, he was born in Orange County, Fla. He was a retired U.S. Army Major and employed by Civil Services for 25 years as a computer programming systems analyst. Mr. Cook was a member of First Baptist Church of Covington, where he was a member of Murphy's Gang Sunday School class and a former member, deacon and church treasurer of Heritage Hills Baptist Church. He enjoyed traveling with his late wife Mary Ida Hays Cook, who died ...

June 25, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Home builder sentenced for mortgage fraud

A home builder scheduled to go to trial this week for racketeering and mortgage fraud accepted a plea deal in Newton County Superior Court Monday, although the trial was continued to another date.

June 25, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives

Asbestos found on Sycamore Trail property

Asbestos has been found among the construction materials dumped onto property located on Sycamore Trail and will have to be cleaned up to avoid the health risks associated with the material.

June 25, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

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