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Thomas McElreath

Thomas McElreath, 80, of Rutledge, passed away Tuesday, December 6, 2016. McElreath enjoyed collecting antiques and loved going to the mountains. He was married for ...

December 07, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Mrs. Lee Shirley

Mrs. Lee Shirley, 91, of Covington, passed away December 5, 2016. She was born June 18, 1925, to the late Luther and Mae Carney. Shirley ...

December 07, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Our Thoughts: Audit, citizenry can be a tool for change

For those who even just pay casual attention to their local government, this week brought some big news to Newton County.

December 04, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


The Pride of Eastside performs in Hollywood Christmas Parade

The Pride of Eastside Marching Band joined the likes of Larry King, Olivia Newton-John and Bill Engvall this past weekend, during the 85th Annual Hollywood ...

December 02, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County Jail Log: Dec. 1

Chester Thomas Akins Jr., Covington, Nov. 28, hold for other agency (Banks County), hold for other agency (Cherokee County), theft by receiving stolen property

December 01, 2016 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log


Judge Wynne to hear Georgia Supreme Court case

Superior Court Judge W. Kendall Wynne, Jr.of the Alcovy Judicial Circuit has been designated to serve in place of Justice Carol Hunstein in the ...

December 01, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Turning Back the Pages - November 23- November 27

This week The Covington News is only turning back our pages to five years ago to see how far we have, or have not come ...

November 30, 2016 | Staff Report | Turning Back the Pages


Southern Folk Advent Service scheduled

The Sonny Houston Bluegrass Band will provide bluegrass-Gospel music and preacher-scholar Jason Byassee will speak at Meridian Herald's 24nd annual Southern Folk Advent Service ...

November 29, 2016 | Staff Report | LIVING


Johnny Hammond “Santa Johnny”

Johnny Hammond, of Mansfield, affectionately known as "Santa Johnny," passed away November 27, 2016, at 74 years of age. After retiring from AT&T, he ...

November 29, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


James ‘Bill’ Clay

Loving father and grandfather, James "Bill" Clay, 73, of Covington, passed away November 26, 2016. Clay was born in Decatur to the late James and ...

November 28, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Charles H “C.H.” Berry Jr.

Charles H. "C.H." Berry, Jr. of Covington, age 92, passed away November 26, 2016, at his home in Almon surrounded by his family. Mr ...

November 26, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Piedmont Academy FFA team places in area Farm Business Management career development event

The Piedmont Academy FFA Farm Business Management Team recently placed third in the Area 3 FFA Farm Business Management Career Development Event held on Nov ...

November 26, 2016 | Staff Report | Agriculture


Elizabeth Florine “Sister” Womack

Elizabeth Florine "Sister" Womack, age 74, passed away Friday, November 25, 2016. She was born in Covington to the late Tommy Lee and Florine Fuller ...

November 26, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Newton County Jail Log: Nov. 23

Bryan Howard Allen, 33, Covington, Nov. 18, probation violation

November 23, 2016 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log


Rachel Patrick Wilson

Rachel Patrick Wilson, 76, of Lawrenceville, passed away on Tuesday, November 22, 2016. She is preceded in death by her father, Brantley Patrick and mother ...

November 23, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


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o Sharrie Omintha Dixon, 39, Lithonia, Dec. 31. Failure to appear.

January 12, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Charlotte Laudermilk

January 12, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


White-Smith

 Mr. and Mrs. William Herbert White announce the engagement of their granddaughter Amanda Dea White to Justin Scott Smith, son of William Daves Smith and Sherri Romo-Sanchez.

January 10, 2009 | Staff Report | Engagements


Our Thoughts...A resolution for the county

A new year comes with new resolutions. We would like to take a moment to encourage our local county government to take up this New Year's Resolution for 2009.

January 10, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts...Thanks Nat

For a person to spend 10 years doing anything is a major milestone.

January 10, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Testing the gubernatorial water for 2009

When he retired as the commander of the Georgia National Guard in 2007, David Poythress could look back on a long and honorable career in military and government service. He had been Georgia's secretary of state and labor commissioner, as well as an unsuccessful candidate for governor.

January 10, 2009 | Tom Crawford | OPINION


Salmonella outbreak in 42 states

ATLANTA - Federal officials have not yet identified the cause of a salmonella outbreak striking almost 400 people in 42 states, but state officials in Minnesota said Friday they believe peanut butter may be involved.

January 10, 2009 | Associated Press | AP Top Stories


Middle Ridge and West Newton Receive Lowe’s Toolbox for Education Grants

Teachers at Middle Ridge and West Newton Elementary Schools were recently awarded grants valued at $5,000 each from Lowe's Toolbox for Education Grants program. The grants provide funds for projects to be developed by the schools with help from their PTO's and other community volunteers, including Store Manager Kevin Cole and employees from the Lowe's Home Improvement Store in Conyers.

The major goal of the Middle Ridge project is to provide students with a wide variety of developmentally appropriate equipment geared toward improving fitness levels, exciting students about staying fit for a lifetime, and empowering them ...

January 09, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


Mrs. Leslie (C.B.) Watts

January 09, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Illinois House impeaches Gov. Rod Blagojevich

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - The Illinois House has voted to impeach Gov. Rod Blagojevich (bluh-GOY'-uh-vich), an unprecedented step in state history.

The action sets the stage for a Senate trial on whether he should be thrown out of office for corruption and abuse of power.

January 09, 2009 | The Associated Press | LOCAL


Jobless rate jumps to 7.2 percent in December

WASHINGTON - The nation's unemployment rate bolted to 7.2 percent in December, the highest level in 16 years, as nervous employers slashed 524,000 jobs. The labor market is expected to remain weak as mass layoffs continue.

The Labor Department's report, released Friday, underscored the terrible toll the deepening recession is having on workers and companies, and highlights the hard task President-elect Barack Obama faces in resuscitating the flat-lined economy.

January 09, 2009 | By JEANNINE AVERSA The Associated Press | LOCAL


Porterdale man charged with DUI

Officers with the Covington Police Department and Porterdale Police Department arrested a Porterdale man after he plowed into two cars Sunday and kept driving.

January 08, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Sarah Elizabeth Day Sears

Sarah Elizabeth Day Sears, 87, of Covington, died Jan. 5 at DeKalb Medical Center. The daughter of the late Columbus Yancey and Annie Elizabeth Hackett Day, Mrs. Sears was a wonderful cook and cake decorator as well as a talented seamstress. She was very artistic and enjoyed arts and crafts. Mrs. Sears was a faithful Christian and Sunday school teacher and will be remembered as a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was preceded in death by her first husband James N. Sears and siblings Ruth Day Watkins, Annette Day Hewitt, the Rev. Ralph Day and Robert ...

January 08, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Faye Carter

Faye Carter, 59, of Covington, died Jan. 6. The daughter of the late Emmett and Beatrice McGiboney Carter, she was born in Fulton County. Ms. Carter was a longtime resident of Covington and attended The Church at Covington, She was a 1967 graduate of Newton High School and attended and graduated from Young Harris College and the University of Georgia. She taught at Sharp School and was a computer technician for Hewlett Packard Company.

January 08, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Our thoughts...Thoughts and things

 The city of Porterdale is to be commended for creating an ordinance on dealing with pets. To read the whole ordinance, please go to www.covnews.com.

 This ordinance is designed to protect pets and the residents of Porterdale. Unfortunately, ordinances such as this are already obeyed by responsible pet owners.

January 08, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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