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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


What's in store for the Georgia Milestones

The word "assessment" might make students, parents and even some teachers nervous.

February 26, 2015 | Staff Report | Education


Sara Tucker

Sara Frances "Sally" Tucker, 90, of Athens, formerly of Commerce, passed away peacefully on Monday, February 23, 2015.

February 26, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Newton basketball travels to Wheeler tonight

Newton High School's elite eight matchup against Wheeler in the state basketball playoff tips off tonight at 7 p.m.

February 26, 2015 | Staff Report | Newton


Schools will be open Thursday

Newton County Schools are open Thursday after being closed for predicted inclement weather Wednesday.

February 25, 2015 | Staff Report | Covington


John Middleton

Mr. John Raymond Middleton, 62, of Winston-Salem passed away Monday, February 16, 2015 at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. He was born November 15, 1952 in Fairfax County, Virginia to George and Jimmie Weisner Middleton. John received his undergraduate degree from VCU and his Master's Degree from Wake Forest University. Formerly from Davidson County, he moved to Georgia where he worked with Service Master Corporation for 22 years. He then worked for Newton County from March 2000 as the Finance Director until his retirement in September 2014 as the County Manager. While working for Newton County, John touched ...

February 25, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Newton County Schools closed Wednesday

Newton County Schools will be closed for both students and staff Wednesday due to predicted inclement weather.

February 24, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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By signing on the dotted line, you commit to one hour of play

 My youngest son, Eli, is a natural-born people-person. When we have company, he gives them an hour or so to settle in before bugging them for their undivided attention. Usually, his request involves playing with cars in his bedroom.

June 08, 2008 | Kari Apted | Archives


Creative Kids Camp produces art, smiles

The Creative Kids Camp, put on by the Arts Association in Newton County, wrapped up its weeklong array of activities Friday with students performing skits and playing instruments at Allen Memorial Methodist Church in Oxford.

June 08, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives


NCSS considers using recyclable lunch trays

Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful Executive Director Connie Waller is a crusader. In April, KCNB volunteers worked with the community during the Great American Cleanup. Now it's on to the Newton County schools.

June 08, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives


Man arrested after attacking his ride

A Covington native was arrested after flying into a rage when asked to pay up for his fast food, according to a Covington Police Department report.

June 08, 2008 | Bryan Harper | Archives


Mortgage fraud defendant pleads guilty

 Herbert Patton Jr., 44, who was charged with one count of racketeering and nine counts of residential mortgage fraud, entered an "Alford" plea of guilty in Newton County Superior Court Tuesday and received a sentence of 10 years probation and $1,000 fine in exchange for testifying against his co-defendants, according to Newton County Chief Assistant District Attorney Layla Zon.

June 08, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Million dollar pie

 Million Dollar Pie is the name of this 30-year-old pie recipe. Mrs. Carol Dunbar has had this recipe tucked away in her box of standard recipes but calls this one unusually good.

June 08, 2008 | Cristina Benton | Archives


Sheriff's hopefuls discuss issues

 Primary voters in the county will have a range of qualified sheriff's candidates to choose from come July 15. The four candidates running for the Republican ticket have a combined 79 years of law enforcement experience between them, and many have served the county for significant portion of their lives.

June 08, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


The News wins first place at GPA


 The Covington News staff won a total of 10 awards at the Georgia Press Association banquet June 6, including first place for general excellence in division E (tri-weekly and bi-weekly newspapers).

 Sports Editor Jason Murdock received first place honors for his sports section.

June 08, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Sen. defends controversial e-mail inquiry

 More than a year after Sen. John Douglas involved himself in a dispute with the Conyers Police Department, the senator, who is facing re-election, is caught up in another scandal with Covington's next-door-neighbor.

June 08, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Bicycling 'Scooter'

Early this morning, long before most Newton County residents awoke from a long night's sleep, Scott Sewell made a few final preparations, kissed his wife Muffin and his two children Josh and Blakeney, hopped on his $4,500 bicycle and embarked on a seven-day journey.

June 08, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives


The South back in play

The South may be about to rise again. Republicans can't take the region for granted any longer. To keep Georgia in the GOP fold, the Republican presidential campaign will have to spend money in the Peach State for the first time since 1996.

June 08, 2008 | Bill Shipp | Archives


D-Day remembered

In the end, war is always about flesh and blood. Oh, we use unmanned drones and satellites for reconnaissance work, and laser-guided "smart bombs" to minimize human loss. But, in the end, war always comes down to man against man.

June 08, 2008 | Nat Harwell | Archives


Summer heat a huge enemy

Summer heat a huge enemy

June 08, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Good things happening around town

The more you watch and read the mainstream media accounts of how this country is just heading straight into Armageddon the more bleak most folk's outlook becomes on the world around them.

June 08, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Nada Street McDowell

Nada Street McDowell, 81, of Monticello, died peacefully at her home June 6. The daughter of the late Arthur M. and Edith M. Williams Street, she was born in Jacksonville, Fla. Mrs. McDowell was a graduate of Georgia College for women in Milledgeville and taught English and literature in Newton County schools for 17 years. She was a bookkeeper for her husband's furniture business in Conyers for 12 years and was a member of First Baptist Church, Covington. Mrs. McDowell was an avid reader and enjoyed crossword puzzles. She is preceded in death by husband Bill McDowell, two ifants ...

June 08, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


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