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Live: 2014 Primary runoff results

Today's primary election runoff races will determine several local, state and federal races.

July 22, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Mr. Max G. Kilgore

Max G. Kilgore of Covington, Georgia, born April 17, 1919, went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on July 19, 2014, at the age of 95. He was born in Palmersville, Tennessee, to John and Charlie Bostic Kilgore who preceded him in death along with his six siblings, Ned, Ralph (Doc), Mary, Dorothy, Annabelle and Sue. Max went to school in Palmersville, Tennessee, until joining a CCC Camp where he worked and completed his final year of high school in Powell, Tennessee. Max was a graduate of the University of Tennessee; and retired as Lieutenant Colonel after ...

July 22, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Robert Lonnie Johnston

Mr. Robert Lonnie Johnston age 69 of Conyers died July 4, 2014. A Celebration Service will be held at noon Saturday, August 2, 2014 at Calvary Baptist in Lilburn. Pastor Rev. Cavin Cawthon officiating.

July 22, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Our thoughts on 2050: Make changes now

It's time for a change on the 2050 Plan - both to the document itself and officials' approach in presenting it to the public.

July 22, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Diabetes: A talk with the doctor of the nation

Here in Georgia, diabetes is far too commonplace. Maybe your parents were treated for it, or your grandparents. Perhaps you've been diagnosed as pre-diabetic or diabetic. For many people, understanding what this disease really is and how it's treated is complicated.

July 22, 2014 | Staff Report | Health


Public comment disclaimer

It is the policy of the Covington News to allow people, with some form of identification, to voice their opinions, thoughts and concerns about our community. However, it is our policy to have comments free from personal attacks and inflammatory remarks toward people. This does not promote reasonable discussions and, we feel is detrimental, to furthering discussion on an issue or topic.

July 21, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Our thoughts on community hospital

One of the cornerstones of pride in the Newton County community is that we have our own hospital; and throughout its existence the taxpayers have supported its development.

July 19, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Challenges facing farmers today and tomorrow

Though farming was once big business in the United States, by 2012 less than 1 percent of Americans were professional farmers. Many challenges face today's farmers, many of which are largely unknown to the general public.

July 19, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Mae Hardman

Mae Hardman, of Rabun Gap, formerly of Porterdale, Georgia, passed away July 15, 2014. Mae was born November 26, 1925, to Carrie Mae (Lunsford) and William Grady Hardman. She had lived in Rabun County since 1971, where she taught at Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School until her retirement. Prior to teaching, Mae was a social worker for Bibb Manufacturing Company for 27 years. She was very active in both of her communities, which she dearly loved. Mae served in many civic organizations and held positions over the years in both the Porterdale Presbyterian Church and the Rabun Gap Presbyterian Church. Mae dedicated ...

July 18, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. A.L. Crane

A.L. Crane of Covington, passed away July 16, 2014 at Newton Medical Center. He was 78 years of age at the time of his death. A.L. loved people and never met a stranger. He was always willing to go the extra mile to help anyone who needed him. He will be remembered as a man who loved his family. A.L. was preceded in death by his son, Wade Crane; parents, Alvin M. and Gladys (Segars) Crane; and his former spouse, Joann Covington.

July 17, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Mark Jeffries

Mark Jeffries, age 41 of Covington, passed away July 15, 2014. Mark was a true Believer who loved the Lord Jesus with all of his heart. He was an accomplished bass fisherman and loved to hunt. He had a great sense of humor, and was a talented cook, guitarist and singer. Mark enjoyed spoiling his nieces and nephews, and he cherished his time with Mary McCullough, the person closest to his heart. He was loved and will be missed by his family and friends. Mark was preceded in death by his father, William Dee "Junior" Jeffries.

July 17, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Martha Ann Mahan

Martha Ann Mahan of Social Circle passed away July 16, 2014, at the age of 81. A very dedicated member of the First United Methodist Church of Covington and the Christian Fellowship Sunday School Class, she was also a member and past president of the Callie Cohen Circle of the United Methodist Women. Mrs. Mahan enjoyed traveling and will be remembered for her wonderful cooking.

July 17, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Jayne Satterfield

Jayne Satterfield, 78 of Covington, passed away Wednesday, July 16 at Abbey Hospice. Jayne was born on February 23, 1936 to Charner and Frieda (Seddon) Peacock in Atlanta. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. Mrs. Satterfield was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Orlin R. Satterfield in 2013 and her parents.

July 17, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Doris T. Mitchell Bowie

Doris T. Mitchell Bowie of Covington, passed away July 16, 2014, at the age of 93. Mrs. Bowie was a lifelong resident of Newton County, and faithful member of Voice of Pentecost, in Covington. Additionally, she was a former member of United Pentecostal Church, where she served as youth director, the ladies auxiliary leader and Sunday School Teacher. Mrs. Bowie was a published song writer and poet, and proud member of the National Poetry Society of Who's Who. She enjoyed camping, fishing and spending time with those she loved. Mrs. Bowie was preceded in death by her first husband ...

July 17, 2014 | Staff Report | STATE


Newton Newsflash: More construction this weekend

If you're out and about this weekend, avoid sections of I-20 in Newton County as construction continues. Lane closures and long delays can be expected in the following areas and times:

July 17, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Social Circle repeals 2006 annexation

On Thursday, the Social Circle City Council repealed a controversial 2006 annexation of 1,150 acres of Newton County land, citing a technical flaw in the boundary description of the annexed property as the reason.

March 16, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


SIU arrests three on possession charges after Thursday search

Covington-Newton County Special Investigations Unit agents arrested and charged a Newton County couple with possession of methamphetamines with intent to distribute on Thursday afternoon after receiving complaints about their drug selling activities.

March 16, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Camp Journey begins '08 registration

Abbey Hospice, located in Social Circle, is sponsoring Camp Journey, a free one-night camping experience for children and youth who have recently experienced a death in their family. Through fun-filled activities and reflective moments, children and youth will be invited to explore how they feel, to understand themselves in the grieving process, to meet other youth who share the same feelings, and to have a great time.

March 16, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Taking a bite out of crime

 One of the newest additions to the Newton County Sheriff's Office will be staying at the detention center, but not as an inmate.

March 16, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


Alcovy, Eastside split on the tennis court

COVINGTON - Trying to keep pace with the basketball and baseball matchups, the Eastside and Alcovy High tennis squads gathered on the court Thursday afternoon to determine bragging rights, this time with the rackets.

March 16, 2008 | Brian Harper | Archives


Bulldogs top Eastside, 9-3

COVINGTON - After what has been a rough week in baseball for the Eastside High squad, things didn't fare any better on Friday night in region play.

March 16, 2008 | Brian Harper | Archives


Newton baseball falls to Oconee County, 9-6

By Rocky Merritt 

March 16, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Alcovy upsets Eagles on the diamond, 8-5

COVINGTON - After Mother Nature postponed the first meeting between the Alcovy and Eastside High baseball clubs, she would have nothing to do with Tuesday's thrilling extra inning battle between the two rival schools.

March 16, 2008 | Brian Harper | Archives


Schulz announces bid for BOC District 3 seat

The Oaks golf course co-owner Nancy Schulz announced Thursday she will seek the Democratic Party nomination for District 3 Commissioner.

March 14, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Second Home Depot plans on hold

Plans to construct the county's second Home Depot store are on hold, and there is a large possibility that the proposed store, to be located at the intersection of Ga. Highway 212 and Brown Bridge Road will not be built at all.

March 14, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


BOE reviews mid-term adjustments

Members of the Newton County Board of Education during Tuesday's meeting examined the system's FY 2008 preliminary mid-term budget adjustment.

March 14, 2008 | Jennifer Long | Archives


Nominees sought for award

The Community Foundation for Newton County is now excepting nominations for its new annual "Pat" Patrick Big Heart Award, which recognizes exemplary volunteerism in an individual.

March 14, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Ann Fisher

Ann Fisher, 63, of Lancaster, Pa., died at her residence March 11 following a lengthy illness. The daughter of the late Bill Martin and Kathleen Dobbs Martin of Covington, she was born in Porterdale. A homemaker, Mrs. Fisher was a member of Leola United Methodist Church, Leola, Pa. She was preceded in death by her father.

March 14, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Charles Hodges has lived the life of both a servant and a leader in the church for the past 38 years. Born in Tinnelle, he credits his grandfather who was a lay minister in the Wesleyan Church, for being influential in his spiritual growth.

March 14, 2008 | Colleen Capes Jackson | Archives


Troy Robinson

Mr. Troy Robinson died March 4 at Heartland Hospice, Conyers. The son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Josiah (Cornelia Boykin) Robinson, he was the youngest of 17 children and was born in 1918 in Jasper County. Mr. Robinson was preceded in death by all his siblings and was two days shy of his 90th birthday when he departed this life. He received his education in the public schools of Jasper County and joined Mt. Zion AME Church, Shady Dale, at an early age. In his later years he joined St. John CME Church in Monticello, becoming an active member ...

March 14, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


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