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Man fires gun outside party

A woman having a party called the Covington Police Department after hearing gun shots outside her house Sunday.

October 20, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Acuity Brands expands, adding 700 jobs in Rockdale, DeKalb

Georgia-based Acuity Brands will expand its operation, creating 700 jobs and investing more than $16 million into Rockdale and DeKalb counties over the next five years, announced Governor Nathan Deal's office Monday morning.

October 20, 2014 | Staff Report | Business


Claire Rowan is Eastminster's Queen

Claire Rowan was named Eastminster School's Homecoming Queen, during the school's soccer match Friday.

October 20, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Law enforcement job fair Oct. 20 at GPTC Newton campus

Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) hosts a Law Enforcement Recruiting Day and Job/Career Fair, Monday, Oct. 20, 9 a.m. to noon, at the GPTC Covington Campus at 8100 Bob Williams Parkway, Covington, Ga. 30014 in the Exhibit Hall.

October 19, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Spider-Man and Captain America at Mall st Stonecrest

Marvel superheroes Spider-Man and Captain America will appear on Saturday, October 25 at noon at the Mall at Stonecrest. Fans of The Avengers are invited to meet Spider-Man and Captain America up close and personal during this exclusive Atlanta appearance.

October 19, 2014 | Staff Report | LIFE


Cohen: A president lacking menace

Tell me something: What do you think would happen if the United States concludes that Iran has been cheating and delaying and is about to pop a fully functional nuclear weapons program? Would President Obama respond by joining Israel to bomb the Iranian nuclear facilities to smithereens - or would he stall and equivocate? My bet is the latter and so, just to double down, is what I bet the Iranians are betting. They have taken the measure of Obama. He lacks menace.

October 18, 2014 | Staff Report | Columnists


Full shopping plaza sets tone for county

As Newton County continues to grow commercially, a key component of growth will be the use of its already built shopping plaza and commercial buildings.

October 18, 2014 | Staff Report | Business


Reconciliation to prepare for Communion or Confirmation

Participating in Penance, also known as Reconciliation, is a significant part of the growing process for Christians across the globe.

October 18, 2014 | Staff Report | RELIGION


Stephens: Miracles still happen, at times in new ways

Decades had come and gone, and for Russ McElveen it seemed that there were important people in his family he would never see again. Then came the miracles of the past year or so that brought a son and two sisters back into his life. After 60 years he made contact with two of his sisters and after 45 years he was reconnect with a son. Have you ever thought that someone was gone from your life forever.

October 18, 2014 | E. Wiley Stephens | Columnists


Paying for long-term care expenses

I've got a subject that can have you reaching for the aspirin and antacid quickly. As if we don't have enough concerns already, now we can worry about this risk and it can be very costly if not addressed. Of the five Covington Lassiter parents who have passed on, all of them incurred long-term care related expenses toward the end of their lives.

October 18, 2014 | Mike Lassiter | Business


Stay safe this Halloween

Halloween is less than two weeks away, and children are getting their costumes together in preparation for trick-or-treat.

October 18, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton to host CHEER FEST 2014

At the end of every football season the Newton County Recreation Department's cheerleading program hosts a cheerleading competition and this year it will be on Saturday, November 1 beginning at 10 a.m.

October 18, 2014 | Staff Report | Recreation


Party with a purpose

Normally gambling can lead to late nights and empty wallets - with dark-circled eyes staring at a dealer's hands, or a depressing bank statement at 4 a.m. outside an ATM.

October 18, 2014 | Randy Schafer | LOCAL


Annual Social Circle fair returns for a good cause

Fun for a good cause is coming to Social Circle Oct. 21-25.

October 18, 2014 | Staff Report | Social Circle


Safety first in kids’ Halloween costumes

Dressing up and engaging in role play is an important component of childhood learning and having fun. Although costumes are regularly used in day care centers, schools and at home, they become the center of attention when Halloween arrives.

October 18, 2014 | Staff Report | LIFE


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Up close and personal

Promising a close, intimate atmosphere between stylist and client, Bella Salon has opened its doors in Clark's Grove.

April 23, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


EPA recommends denial of Bear Creek

 In March, the United States Environmental Protection Agency recommended to the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers that they deny Newton County's permit request to build a reservoir at Bear Creek.

April 23, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Man attacks his girlfriend with a hot curling iron

 A Newton County man was arrested for reportedly beating, punching, slapping and attempting to burn his girlfriend, who is seven months pregnant with his child, according to a Newton County Sheriff's Office report.

April 23, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Economic study looks to 2020

An economic development study intended to guide Newton County and Covington's growth strategies over the next three years and beyond is currently underway.

April 23, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Arsonist pleads guilty to 2006 fire

 One of the four people charged with a 2006 arson that burned a Newton County family's home pled guilty on Thursday and was sentenced to five years imprisonment.

April 23, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


Cavanaugh joins News staff as general manager

 After a two year respite from the newspaper industry, The Covington News General Manager T. Pat Cavanaugh is thrilled about the prospect of getting back into the swing of things.

April 23, 2008 | Robby Byrd | Archives


Mary "Frances" Fleming

Mary "Frances" Fleming, 88, of Covington, died April 20 at Abbey Hospice. The daughter of the late Charlie A. and Eula Bailey McCord she was born in Newton County and was a charter member of Walnut Grove Baptist Church. Mrs. Fleming was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother and loved spending time with her family. She was preceded in death by husband C. W. Fleming and son James Lee Fleming.

April 23, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Spring is in the air

If you looking to hear some soothing classical music and haven't been to the symphony lately, you don't need to spend $60 and drive 50 miles to see the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. The Newton County Community Band is holding their spring concert Monday at Eastside High School in the auditorium at 7:30 p.m.

April 23, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives


Vivian Denise Jones

Ms. Vivian Denise Jones (Ms. Bill) died April 12. The daughter of Ms. Ruby Kate Durden and the late Mr. James A. Jones, she was born in 1960 in Newton County. She joined Bethel Bara Missionary Baptist Church. She graduated from Newton County High School in 1980 and worked in various facilities preparing food for residents. Her last two jobs were with Wal-Mart bakery and the Newton County Detention Center. Ms. Jones took pleasure in spending time with her girls, family and friends. She especially loved cooking for her girls, decorating, joking with family members and playing with her grandsons.

April 23, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Quentin Gerrold Perry

Mr. Quentin Gerrold Perry died April 11. The son of Mr. Thomas Kimball Sr. and Ms. Jeanette Perry, he was born in 1966 and grew up in Covington, attending Newton County High School. He graduated from North Georgia College. Mr. Perry was known for his smile and humbleness. He was always willing to lend a helping hand. He was employed with Kimball Plumbing Company and later as a supervisor for Publix Grocery Store.

April 23, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Tellis Sherrod Wood

Mr. Tellis Sherrod Wood died April 12. He was born in 1980 in Newton County and attended Heritage High School. He was employed by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, in Conyers, and had a business called TSW Home Decorator. He was preceded in death by grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Willie Edward (Grace) Wood, Mr. Pete Duffy and Mr. John Robert Turner.

April 23, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Revolutionary

I have always been a fan of the Revolutionary era of our nation's history. The discussions on natural rights and individual liberty, the cornerstones of our founding, have always interested me. So when I heard that HBO was about to run "John Adams," a miniseries based on David McCullough's book of the same name, I was excited, despite the fact that I have never been a fan of Adams.

April 23, 2008 | Jason Pye | Archives


Inaugural Bike Fest to encourage safety, give away bikes

The Covington-Conyers Cycling Club (C4) in conjunction with the Covington Police Department will host its inaugural Bike Fest on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at the Washington Street Community Center.

April 23, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives


Newton County Tigers win tourney

The Newton County Tigers 12-year-old AAA baseball team traveled to Ellenwood this past weekend to participate in the USSSA Director's Cup Qualifier Tournament.

April 23, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives


Lady Jags win four at new home

COVINGTON - The Georgia Perimeter Lady Jaguars christened their brand new softball facility on their new Newton campus over the weekend, going undefeated in four straight games.

April 23, 2008 | Eric R. Wallace | Archives


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