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Hoffman, Covington radio pioneer dies

In 1957 Bill Hoffman reached out to much of the Newton County community through the airwaves.

October 01, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

SSEMC linemen to wear pink hardhats

Snapping Shoals EMC's linemen will be making a fashion statement and an effort to educate members and employees about breast cancer prevalence and early detection during the month of October.

October 01, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Reuben Yearwood

Reuben Yearwood, age 79, of Covington, passed away September 30, 2014. He enjoyed spending time outdoors and going fishing. Mr. Yearwood loved his family dearly, and especially cherished his time spent with his grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, John Howard and Lovie (Chambers) Yearwood.

October 01, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS

Ralph William "Bill" Hoffman

Ralph William "Bill" Hoffman passed away in his Covington home, September 30, 2014, at the age of 90. Mr. Hoffman was a member and former deacon of the First Baptist Church, in Covington, where he also served as past chairman of the Board, Sunday School teacher and superintendent of the Intermediate Department.

October 01, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS

Our Thoughts: Thanks

Covington has a history of having some outstanding fire chiefs run its fire departments.

September 30, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Our Thoughts: Honor

Dr. William Dobbs was not only a good man and a great, caring doctor, but he was also an honorable politician. It was the right thing for the City of Covington to honor the memory of this respected man, just four months after his death.

September 30, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Speech meet winners announced

Providence Christian School is proud to announce the winners of the second annual speech meet for the Upper School, which was held on Thursday, Sept. 25. The finalists and winners are listed as follows:

September 30, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Mrs. Mildred "Mrs. Millie" Maloy

Mildred "Mrs. Millie" Maloy, a lifelong resident of Porterdale, passed away September 27, 2014, at the age of 95. She was a member of Porterdale Baptist Church and the Porterdale Woman's Club. Mrs. Millie was known for her sharp mind and quick wit, and therefore gained the nickname, "The General." She loved her family dearly and especially cherished her role as a grandmother. She was loved and will be greatly missed by her family. Mrs. Millie was preceded in death by her husband, Carl B. Maloy; parents, Leo and Candace Shaw; and her brother, Marshall "Pete" Shaw.

September 30, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS

Outdoor burn ban lifted

The statewide burn ban for Georgia is lifted as of Wednesday, Oct. 1, according to the Covington Fire Department.

September 30, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

NMC to host Billy Taylor Classic Golf Tournament

Registration is open for Newton Medical Center's Auxiliary 24th Annual Bill Taylor Classic Golf Tournament.

September 30, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

GPC Newton Open House Oct. 18

Potential college students hoping to explore a new career path, learn about classes for their major, or find out about student clubs and organizations, can attend the Georgia Perimeter College Newton Campus open house Saturday, Oct. 18 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

September 29, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Construction worker killed on I-20 on Saturday

A worker was killed at the construction zone of Interstate 20 westbound in Rockdale Saturday when a dump truck reportedly backed over him.

September 28, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Our Thoughts: Manners

It's become common for Newton County residents to see roads blocked off with filming equipment and tents set up hosting production company personnel, or to turn on their televisions and see the Covington Historic Courthouse or other familiar homegrown sights.

September 27, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

GPC named Military Friendly School

For the fourth year in a row, Georgia Perimeter College has earned the Military Friendly School designation from GI The label reflects the college's efforts to provide educational opportunities to U.S. veterans, active-duty troops and their families. The 2015 Military Friendly Schools list was released Sept. 23 and can be found at

September 27, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Cars of the Past come to Covington

Hot Rods will line the streets of the Covington Square once again, all in an effort to help Newton County children in need this Christmas.

September 27, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

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Cedar Shoals outplays Eastside in 6-4 loss

COVINGTON - What a difference a day makes.

April 11, 2008 | Eric R. Wallace | Archives

Tiger who? Don't forget Mickelson at Masters

By Paul Newberry

April 11, 2008 | Associated Press | Archives

Teddy W. Hallum

Teddy W. Hallum, 73, of Newborn, died April 9. Formerly of Atlanta, he had been a resident of Newborn for 36 years. Mr. Hallum attended Stetson University, was a graduate of Georgia Tech with a degree in chemical engineering and was a former employee of FDIC. He was a member of Free Will Chapel Baptist Church, Scottsmoor, Fla., was an avid sports fan and enjoyed fishing and listening to gospel music.

April 11, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Melanie Elaine Raiford Griggs

Mrs. Melanie Elaine Raiford Griggs died April 5 in Rockdale County. The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur (Shirley) Raiford Jr., she was born in 1962 in Goldsboro, N.C. Mrs. Griggs joined Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in Goldsboro at an early age. She graduated from Goldsboro High School and from North Carolina Central University with a bachelor of science. She received a master's degree from the University of Georgia. Mrs. Griggs was employed by Veterans Administration Hospital and Newton Medical Center as a dietician. She later worked for the Newton County School system, working for 9 years at ...

April 11, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Gary Lamar Jones

Mr. Gary Lamar Jones died March 30. The son of Doris Jones and Gary Thompson, he was born in 1979 in Vineland, N.J. Affectionately called "G," Mr. Jones was raised and educated in Rosenhayn, N.J., graduating from Cumberland Regional High School. He played both basketball and football during high school. He attended Cumberland College and Rowan College, majoring in business administration. He became a model for Jo Anderson Models and Talent Agency, N.J. He worked for the Salem County Elementary School as a teacher's assistant and for the Cerebral Palsy Agency. He moved to Covington and ...

April 11, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Sergeant sniffs out crime

 Porterdale's newest police officer reported for duty Monday. He's an experienced crime fighter with two years of service at the Varnell Police Department and specializes in drug busts.

April 11, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Victim advocates have tough, rewarding job

 By the time people come into contact with Leslie Smith, they're often at the end of their rope. They're either the victim of a recent crime or have seen family members victimized by crime, have bounced around from agency to agency and usually just want some answers.

April 11, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives

Gear up for the Great American Cleanup

 If you have ever driven down one of Newton County's many roads and felt angry at the sight of trash strewn in the collection ravines, now's your chance to do something about it.

April 11, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives

Key legislative issues remain unaddressed

 Full of intra-party Republican fighting between the Senate and House leadership, the 2008 Georgia legislative session came to a close last Friday with a number of key issues left unaddressed for another year including tax reform, transportation funding and trauma care.

April 11, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

Social Circle toddler bitten by Rottweiler

 A 2-year-old Social Circle girl was mauled by a Rottweiler and life-flighted for her injuries Tuesday night, according to the Social Circle Department of Public Safety.

April 11, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives

Delia Long Lanners

Mrs. Delia Long Lanners, 84, of Morganton, N.C., passed away April 4 at her residence. Born in 1923 in Salem Fork, N.C., she was the daughter of the late Alexander Long and Ester Haymore Long. Mrs. Lanners had a zest for life and, along with her husband Tom, was a world traveler and an active member of an Airstream Camping Club that took them on many adventures across the country and beyond. She will be remembered by family and friends for her fun-loving sense of humor and her optimistic outlook on life which spilled like sunshine onto all ...

April 09, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives

Samuel W. Lee

Mr. Samuel W. Lee, 63, of Conyers, died April 5. The son of the late Samuel Willard Lee Sr. and Helen Irene Merck Lee, he was born in Fulton County. Mr. Lee was a fifth-generation son of Georgia with roots in Laurens County. A truly self-educated man, he loved literature and read widely, pursuing a life-long quest for knowledge. Until his retirement in 2000 from Beers/Skanska Contractors, he had a successful career in the construction industry as a project manager. A mentor to many, Mr. Lee proved unforgettable to many professional associates. He had the opportunity to travel throughout ...

April 09, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives

Rewarded by students' learning

 Sometimes it takes years for many people to figure out what they want out of their professional life.

April 09, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives

Merchant of media

Recording the special moments in life, crafting unique company slogans and designing Web sites, Current Events Productions has become quite a presence around town.

April 09, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

New Slang

Here at the News we pride ourselves in being in the know when it comes to popular culture. Personally, I have never considered myself too old to be out of the loop when it comes to language and colloquialisms - but I could be wrong.

April 09, 2008 | Robby Byrd | Archives

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