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The Covington City Council voted this past week to add a code officer to its staff. The city currently has only one officer.

July 24, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Covington Police Explorers, Post #222 excel again

Eighteen of the 26 members of the Covington Police Explorers traveled to Savannah and competed in six events during Summerfest.

July 24, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Letter from J. Virgil Costley

Dear editor,

July 24, 2014 | J. Virgil Costley | Letters


Mr. Thomas Busbee

Thomas Busbee, age 85 of Mansfield, passed away July 22, 2014. Mr. Busbee was a veteran of the United States Army. He attended Eastridge Community Church, was an avid Atlanta Braves fan and enjoyed fishing. Mr. Busbee was a wonderful husband and a good father, grandfather, great-grandfather and great-great-grandfather. He was preceded in death by his parents, Norman James and Carrie Louberta (Middlebrook) Busbee.

July 24, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


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


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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


Elizabeth "Leah" Stephens

Ms. Elizabeth "Leah" Stephens died March 6. The daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Henry (Marie Jordan) Stephens, she was born in Jasper County in 1947. Ms. Stephens was one of 12 children and was raised in Newton County. During her childhood she joined Murray C.M.E. Church and later joined Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church. After receiving her certification as a Certified Nurses Assistant, she worked at Starcrest Nursing Facility, Lithonia. She enjoyed fishing and playing card games and bingo. An excellent homemaker, Ms. Stephens was the proud mother of two sons. She was kind with an ...

March 14, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Weighing in on Sunday alcohol sales

Should alcohol be sold on Sundays? This question has been on the radio, on TV, and in conversations around town. Let's think about it.

March 14, 2008 | John Donaldson | Archives


Jamie "Rita" Williams

Jamie "Rita" Williams, 44, daughter of Laura Johnson and the late James Johnson of Covington, died March 9 in New Jersey. She worked at Schaevitz Engineering firm in Pennsauken, N.J., for several years and at Commerce Bank as a data entry clerk until his health began to fail.

March 14, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Scripture reveals Gods truth to us

As I prepare this article, it's Monday. The sun is shining, the temperature is hovering around 63 degrees; all in all it is a beautiful day.

March 14, 2008 | John Pearrell | Archives


Covington teenager seriously injured in Monday wreck

A Covington girl was life-flighted with serious injuries after a pickup truck ploughed into her passenger car at the intersection of Dixie Road and Elks Club Road on Monday, according to Newton County Sheriff's Office report.

March 14, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


Eastside High boys golf tops Heritage, 155-204

On Tuesday, the Eastside High boys golf team ran its record to 6-1 overall after defeating Heritage, 155-204, at Indian Creek Golf Club.

March 14, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives


Newton cuts down Eagles, 22-5

COVINGTON - On Wednesday night, crosstown foes Newton and Eastside High laced up their cleats for yet another highly contested matchup, their first of the year.

March 14, 2008 | Brian Harper | Archives


Art appreciation

The Newton County Library, the Arts Association in Newton County and Newton County Schools collaborated to organize the True Colours Art Exhibit.

March 14, 2008 | Jennifer Long | Archives


Billy Crystal strikes out in new career

By Ben Walker

March 14, 2008 | Associated Press | Archives


Amendment gets day in court

On Tuesday, the United States Supreme Court will begin hearing oral arguments in District of Columbia v. Heller (known as Parker v. District of Columbia in the lower court), the most important case concerning the Second Amendment to come before the court in nearly 70 years.

March 14, 2008 | Jason Pye | Archives


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