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Two dead in apparent murder suicide

The Covington Police Department responded to a shooting Thursday, discovering a man and woman shot when arriving on scene.

May 22, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

New section of Social Circle Bypass to open

The new section of the Social Circle Bypass from State road 11 to East Hightower Trail will open Tuesday, June 2, according to Superintendent of traffic, safety and utilities J. Robert Manning of ER Snell Contractor.

May 22, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Harry Owens likely interim county manager

Newton County revealed the name of the candidate under consideration for the position of interim county manager Friday following the departure of former County Manager Tom Garrett last week.

May 22, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

William Henry Calhoon

William Henry Calhoon, Sr. (Bill) of Porterdale passed away May 13, 2015 in Covington at the age of 77. A memorial service will be held at The Baptist Tabernacle, 10119 Access Road, Covington, Georgia 30014, on Sunday, May 31, 2015, at 4 pm. Memorial donations, instead of flowers, may be made to The Baptist Tabernacle for the Children's Ministry and Reformers Unanimous Ministry.

May 21, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Throughout the last seven days there was plenty to celebrate, with a big week of appreciation coming on the heels of Mother's Day.

May 17, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Stacey Cotton appointed to medical marijuana study group

Covington Police Chief Stacey Cotton has been named one of 11 members named to Gov. Nathan Deal's new panel charged with making recommendations about what type of medical marijuana use Georgia should allow.

May 17, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Thank you partners

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May 16, 2015 | Staff Report | Letters

Certified Quality Breast Center at Newton Medical Center

Newton Medical Center's Women's Diagnostic Center has recently been recognized as a Certified Quality Breast Center in the National Quality Measures for Breast Centers Program™. This distinguished honor represents a commitment by this breast center to provide the highest level of quality breast health care to patients in the community.

May 16, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Preparing for graduation

The Newton County School System's high schools will be celebrating graduation Friday and Saturday.

May 16, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Newton County Jail Log

Charles Eugene Aikens, 42, Covington, May 12, Theft by Deception

May 16, 2015 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log

Mrs. Doris Cope Cavanaugh

Doris Cope Cavanaugh, 88, daughter of the late Frank and Ann Cope, passed away peacefully on May 6, 2015 after a long battle with Dementia, at the home of her daughter, Cathy Twigg, in Martinsburg, W.Va.

May 16, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Marilyn Jester, of Covington, announces the engagement of her daughter LaTara Shamika Jester, also the daughter of the late Ronnie Scofield, to John Dee Taylor III of Covington.

May 16, 2015 | Staff Report | Engagements

Robert Denio Wade

Robert Denio Wade, 74 of Social Circle, passed away Thursday, May 14, 2015 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Atlanta. Mr. Wade was born in Memphis, Tennessee. to the late William and Geraldine Wade. Robert was a native of Memphis who moved to Conyers and then to Social Circle where he lived for 27 years. He was of the Catholic faith, had been a member of the Covington Lions Club and Elks Club, loved bass fishing and was very close to his grandson Greyson. In addition to his parents, Mr. Wade is preceded in death by his wife Linda Wade ...

May 14, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

Thomas H. Maloy

SFC Thomas H. Maloy of Walnut Grove, passed away May 5, 2015, at the age of 68. He was a 1965 graduate of Loganville High School. Shortly after graduation, SFC Maloy was drafted into the U.S. Army, and continued his service to his country until his retirement, in 1994, after 27 years of service. During his military career, he served in the 82nd Airborne, and was a drill sergeant and ANOC and BNOC instructor at the Noncommissioned Officer Academy, one of the largest training departments at Fort Gordon. Thomas loved his boys and granddaughters immensely, and he was very ...

May 11, 2015 | Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home | OBITS

Better late than never

For any high school athlete, signing that national letter of intent to their respected college or university may be the best moment of their high school tenure. Usually that special moment comes somewhere during that athlete's senior year, but in some cases it can come after that. Well, how about nearly a year after graduation? Newton's 2014 forward Mercedes Booker finally got that moment as she will be taking her talents to Southern Crescent Technical College.

May 10, 2015 | Javon Dickerson | Newton

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Ready, aim, fire

The next time you walk into a restaurant to enjoy a good sit down meal, the guy sitting next to you might be carrying a gun... And in Georgia, it's legal.

July 06, 2008 | Brian Harper | Archives

Our thoughts...

With gas prices reaching record highs on nearly a daily basis, Americans are watching their fuel consumption more than ever before. We are traveling less and buying more fuel-efficient vehicles.

July 06, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Lessons from another century

The Potomac River was rain-swollen on that sixth day of July in 1863, when the Army of Northern Virginia under the command of Confederate General Robert E. Lee came upon it. Retreating from their catastrophic defeat at Gettysburg, Penn., Lee's exhausted and beleaguered troops had nowhere to go, trapped by the high water and swift current of the river.

July 06, 2008 | Nat Harwell | Archives

Floats, sparklers and watermelon

In the 90 degree heat they came. The politicians. The church groups. The patriotically outfitted pooches. Some came to campaign and some to proselytize. But most came to celebrate 232 years of American Independence at Oxford's Fourth of July Parade.

July 06, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

Larry Pollett

Mr. Larry Pollett, 60, of Greensboro, formerly of Covington, died July 4. The son of Ms. Annie Grace Johnston Walker of Porterdale and the late Robert R. Pollett, he was born April 11, 1948 in Newton County. Mr. Pollett loved hunting and fishing, and moved to Greensboro in 2003. He is survived by his mother; his wife of 38 years, Louise Pollett; children, Rebecca Waynette Cooler of Greensboro, Rebecca Lawayne and Ronnie Smith of Covington; half-brother Larry "Bo" W. Pollett Jr. of Covington; half-sister and brother-in-law Debbie and Leon Canup Jr. of Newnan; half-sister and brother-in-law Cathy and Kenneth Hughes ...

July 06, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Newton man faces vehicular homicide charges

A Covington truck driver faces court time in Pennsylvania for charges of homicide by vehicle after his truck plowed into several vehicles that had slowed for another accident, killing a man in the process.

July 06, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives

Washington Street storage units burglarized

Burglars struck Washington Street self-storage units last week, removing large household items as well as smaller personal things, according to Covington Police Department reports.

July 06, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives

Real estate agent to run for Dist. 95

After an unsuccessful run for the Georgia Senate in 2004, real estate agent Toney Collins has decided to give it another go, this time with a run for the state's House of Representatives.

July 06, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

Oxford's best and brightest

Newton County has seen its share of changes over the past 50 years. Businesses have come and gone and politicians have rotated in and out of public office.

July 06, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives

Man accused of killing his roommate arraigned Thursday

Abel Torres, 28, accused of killing his roommate in the Trelawney subdivision and arrested while on the run in Birmingham, Ala., was arraigned in Newton County Superior Court Thursday.

July 06, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives

The independence we celebrate

A declaration made 232 years ago in Pennsylvania crafted with fewer than 1,500 words scrawled on a piece of parchment is the cornerstone of our identity as a country.

July 04, 2008 | Robby Byrd | Archives

Hart's a story to remember

The celebration of our Declaration of Independence has gotten lost in buying fireworks and selling mattresses. Of course, every holiday has become the setting for a mattress sale. One day, some game show host will ask what we celebrate on Presidents Day and the answer will be sales of mattresses.

July 04, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Archives

Let freedom ring

It's sometimes hard to imagine the courage that a group of men from 13 colonies 232 years ago gathered to argue the benefits of those colonies becoming one nation.

July 04, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Have a safe, happy holiday

Today is a holiday for us here at The Covington News. The staff and their families are out celebrating this grand day.

July 04, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Presence of death is real

We are continuing our look at Psalm 23. In this article we come to verse 4, "Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me."

July 04, 2008 | John Pearrell | Archives

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