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L.C. Farrow

L.C. Farrow, of Mansfield, passed away June 20, 2017, at the age of 87. From 1948 – 1952, Mr. Farrow proudly served his country in ...

June 21, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries


City of Covington to utilize new “Covington Utilities” logo

COVINGTON, Ga. – Designed to complement the recently implemented City of Covington logo, the city's utility department will begin utilizing its own insignia immediately.

June 21, 2017 | Staff Report | Covington


Christopher Ray ‘Bubba’ Tomlin

Mr. Christopher Ray "Bubba" Tomlin, age 58 of Williamson, passed away Monday, June 19, 2017 at Wellstar Spalding Regional Hospital.

June 20, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries


Sarah Adams

Sarah Adams, of Covington, went to be with her Savior on June 18, 2017, at 81 years of age. Born May 29, 1936, to Stewart ...

June 20, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries


Four NCSS schools named 2017 National Beta Schools of Merit

COVINGTON, Ga. - The National Beta Club has announced that four Newton County School System (NCSS) schools have achieved 2017 National Beta School of Merit status ...

June 20, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


SMP Corp. wins first round of Atlanta Metro Export Challenge

COVINGTON, Ga. - Congratulations to SMP Corporation as a first round winner of the annual Atlanta Metro Export Challenge, a grant program targeting companies with innovative ...

June 20, 2017 | Staff Report | Business


NCSO school officers complete training

COVINGTON, Ga. - During the week of June 5 through June 9 the Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO)School Resource Officers (SRO) successfully completed a ...

June 20, 2017 | Staff Report | Crime


Billy David “Brutha Love” Parks, Sr.

Billy David "Brutha Love" Parks, Sr., age 58, passed away June 18, 2017. Memorial Service 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at the Chapel ...

June 19, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries


Martha Parr Arnold

Martha Parr Arnold, of Covington, passed away June 16, 2017, at 68 years of age. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Covington ...

June 19, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries


Newton County Royal All-Stars 8u team headed to USSSA World Series

The undefeated Newton County Royal All-Stars 8u baseball team won the Georgia State Championship this past weekend at City Pond Park in Covington this past ...

June 19, 2017 | Staff Report | Sports


Our Thoughts: Happy Father’s Day, dad

Father's Day was introduced as an official U.S. holiday in 1972. While there is a special day marked on the calendar each year ...

June 18, 2017 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


PHOTO GALLERY: Arts group hosts dance camp

With classes in ballet, jazz, musical theater and more – The Arts Association in Newton County's Summer Dance Camp is the one-stop-shop for all things ...

June 18, 2017 | Staff Report | Living


PHOTO GALLERY: Southern Heartland hosts first summer arts camp

The Southern Heartland Art Guild hosts its first session of Summer Art Camp this summer. Two more sessions are scheduled for June 19-22 and July ...

June 18, 2017 | Staff Report | Living


AKA Chi Tau Omega Chapter awards scholarships

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Chi Tau Omega Chapter, which serves Newton and Rockdale County recently awarded scholarships to deserving high school seniors.

June 18, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


Brian ‘Buck’ Rogers Installed as 55th President of State Bar of Georgia

Brian D. "Buck" Rogers of Covington, a partner with Fried Rogers Goldberg LLC in Atlanta, was installed as the 55th president of the 49 ...

June 18, 2017 | Staff Report | Business


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Brenda Fay Yarbrough

April 10, 2009 | Staff Report | Obituaries


Joe Brown Piper Jr.

Joe Brown Piper, Jr., 75, of Snellville went home April 8 after a courageous 9-year battle with cancer. Mr. Piper was a loving husband, father and grandfather and avid fisherman who will be dearly missed. Mr. Piper was a former member of Glen Haven United Methodist Church in Decatur for 34 years and served faithfully in many capacities, and he was a current member of Zoar United Methodist Church in Snellville. Mr. Piper was retired as an account executive with Colonial Baking Company after 33 years of service.

Mr. Piper was preceded in death by his parents Joe Brown Piper ...

April 10, 2009 | Staff Report | Obituaries


Did you actually read it?

Dear editor: For the love of journalistic integrity, please pull Mr. Patrick Durusau's column entitled, "Irrelevant Rand," so that Mr. Durusau can actually read the book "Atlas Shrugged" by Ayn Rand. Mr. Durusau's interpretation of this novel is so egregiously wrong that there is no possible way that he has read it.

April 10, 2009 | Christopher Peters Lansing, Mich. | Letters


Typical baseless criticism

Dear Editor: Mr. Durusau correctly identifies that sales of "Atlas Shrugged" have skyrocketed recently but quickly loses touch with the facts after that ("Irrelevant Rand" 4-3-09). Greenspan associated with Rand years before he rejected her Objectivist philosophy. Someone who understands and is committed to defending individual freedom would not agree to fill the role of Chief Economic Dictator of the United States. Unfortunately, we are now paying for Greenspan's abandonment of those principles: his cheap credit policies at the Fed made him a primary architect of the housing bubble.

Durusau implies that Rand believed all people act in their ...

April 10, 2009 | Justin Ketterer Atlanta | Letters


Thank you for responding

As we have stated in the past, we are fortunate to have a well run library here in Newton County. We are fortunate, also, to have a very talented executive to run that library.

We recognize the fact that the library, like the other agencies in our county, has had to tighten its belt to meet budget deficits. One of the cost-cutting measures proposed by Greg Heid, the director of the Newton County Library, was to close on Saturday.

April 10, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Time warp

Dear Editor: I re-read Columnist Nat Harwell's article on Fixing America three times trying to uncover exactly what it was that ignited reader Barbara Morgan. To me every word penned by Mr. Harwell was the ungarbled and unvarnished truth. However, Ms. Morgan has paid for "rights" to mock and disagree with Mr. Harwell to her heart's content. Nonetheless, a line should be drawn for anyone's dissent at going after another's job because he has different values and views. So Democratic, isn't it? They espouse and demand their inalienable rights but deny and attack other's ...

April 10, 2009 | Felton Hudson Stone Mountain | Letters


Run or walk for the YMCA

The YMCA, which was founded in England in 1844 by a group of evangelicals who wanted to assist the families and children suffering because of the sprawl created by the Industrial Revolution, started in this country in 1851. Since then the Y has grown into an organization that assists families from babies to grandparents.

Newton County is fortunate to have an active Y, which is located on Newton Drive in Covington. Our local Y provides programs for kids that include swimming, gymnastics, flag football, soccer and basketball. 

April 10, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Two roads named after Newton residents

Three Newton County residents - Jack Hays Morgan, Davis Morgan and Lamar B. Hays - were honored during the recently completed 2009 Georgia legislative session by having two roads named in their honor.

April 10, 2009 | Staff Report | Local


Pet of the Week

Puppy eyes: The Newton County Animal Shelter's pet of the week is a 10-12-month-old Chihuahua, beige. Also available for adoption are two terrier mix puppies, 7-weeks-old, black and white; a great Pyraneese, adult, white; a friendly collie mix, 3-4-months-old, red; a brown and black shepherd mix, 4-months-old, with John Deere Collar; a black and white Lab mix; a 9-month-old blue tick hound, gray merle with brown; a brown 2-year-old Lab mix named River; three beagles, one adult and two 7-week-old puppies; a yellow Lab mix; a beagle/Bassett mix, 2-3-years-old, tri colored. The shelter also has beautiful cats and ...

April 10, 2009 | Staff Report | Local


Lowell Thomas Biddy

April 09, 2009 | Staff Report | Obituaries


Sue P. Bridges

April 08, 2009 | Staff Report | Obituaries


A bushel and a peck

Dapper zoot-suited mobsters and gun molls take to the stage as the Arts Association of Newton County brings to life the classic musical, "Guys and Dolls," featuring The Oxford Singing Children and the Oxford Youth Singers.

The event is one of the highlights of the Arts Association's spring season.

April 08, 2009 | Staff Report | Arts Events


Honoring a city's past

The city of Social Circle has some beautiful older buildings and homes that reflect our Southern heritage.

The city has been renovating one of these old homes, originally built in the 1840s, in order to establish a new city hall.

April 08, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Surprise announcement

We got jolted out of our malaise as we received an announcement from Chris Smith, co-owner of Newton Electric Supply, telling us that he has thrown his hat into the ring for the position of Covington city councilman.

After a brief breather from the longest national election campaign ever, we were taken aback by Mr. Smith's early announcement. For sure it's been cold enough the last few days to be election time, but the old calendar says it's Easter week.

April 08, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Saturday's the best day

In response to your "Our Thoughts..." column in the Friday, April 3 edition of "The Covington News":

I want to thank you for your column which expresses your concern that we have temporarily closed the library on Saturday in order to balance our budget. I would be most concerned if the closure on Saturday went unnoticed or drew no comment as such would indicate that our service was not valuable to or needed by the community.

April 08, 2009 | By Greg Heid Guest Columnist | Opinion


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