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A taste of the Artful Harvest

Southern Heartland Arts Inc. invites the public to visit Artful Harvest, the annual invitational judged art show, sponsored by United Bank, during September.

August 30, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Leadership still lacking

Two weeks ago we editorialized that the Newton County Board of Commissioners should show some leadership, define the county's form of government, and identify its true manager. The BOC held a workshop on the topic, but left the meeting without a solution, or even clarity on how Newton County should be led.

August 30, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Recommendations to the BOC

The recent loan from Newton County Chairman Keith Ellis on behalf of Newton County to Commissioner J.C. Henderson was a huge problem for our local government.

August 30, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Mrs. Arlene Bishop

Mrs. Arlene Bishop, age 73, of Mansfield formerly of Redan passed away at her home Friday, August 29, 2014. She was born August 28, 1941 in Austell Georgia to Arlo and Mary Pike who have preceded her in death. Mrs. Bishop worked for and retired from The Rockdale Citizen Newspaper. She was a loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother, great grandmother and friend. Mrs. Bishop taught Sunday school at Redan Baptist Church, East Newton Baptist Church and was currently a member of Mansfield Baptist Church. She enjoyed traveling, working in her flower garden and was a gracious hostess who loved to ...

August 29, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Ellis' letter about Henderson check

Following is the letter Newton County Commission Chairman Keith Ellis sent the Covington News about the $4,500 paycheck advance given to Commissioner J.C. Henderson. It is reprinted here in its entirety.

August 29, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Lorraine Elementary evacuation ends after sweep due to possible bomb threat

A lockdown on Lorraine Elementary after a possible bomb threat was lifted shortly after noon Friday after a security sweep found the campus to be clear.

August 29, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


In 1970, we had a riot; Ferguson looks like war

The news from Ferguson, Missouri, has brought back unpleasant memories from the long-ago riots in Asbury Park, New Jersey. It was the summer of 1970, and I was a young teenager close enough to the action to be appropriately frightened.

August 28, 2014 | Staff Report | Columnists


Lunchtime concerts set for Thursdays

A series of concerts, all featuring different styles of music, are set for noon each Thursday in September. All will be held on the Square in Covington, and all are free to the public.

August 28, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Football in the SEC not a casual affair for fans

We made it, folks.

August 28, 2014 | Ben Prevost | Sports Columnists


GPTC hosts healthy choices fair

Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) recently hosted a series of events targeting health and wellness on its DeKalb and Newton campuses. As a part of its "Be ACTive" initiative to encourage faculty, staff and students to engage in healthy choices that will nourish the mind, body and spirit, GPTC held a "Healthy Choices Fair" in the Conference Center on the college's DeKalb Campus.

August 28, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Pilot Club hosts partner in education

The Pilot Club of Covington welcomed its partner in education for 2014-15 to its monthly meeting in August.

August 28, 2014 | Staff Report | LIFE


Rotary Club gives $500 to end Polio

The Rotary Club of Covington hosted District Governor William E. Strickland III at its weekly meeting Tuesday.

August 28, 2014 | Staff Report | LIFE


Thank you John Middleton

Thank you John Middleton for your 14 years of service as Newton County's Manager.

August 28, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


The Value of Work and Labor Day

My first paying job was cleaning the bathrooms at the First Baptist Church of Carrollton, Georgia, where I was a member. I was 14, the minimum age for "children" to work. This was neither glamorous nor exciting work, but useful and needed work. On Sundays I often over heard the "little old ladies" of the church commenting on the cleanliness of the bathroom. I remember my subsequent feeling of pride. While not a glamorous work, my actions were helpful and appreciated by those who used the facilities. For providing this useful service I earned minimum wage in 1981, ($3.35 ...

August 28, 2014 | Staff Report | Columnists


Mr. Ronald Dean Linder

Mr. Ronald Dean Linder

August 27, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


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Challenger emerges in 2008 tax chief race

Doris Strickland, executive director of the Covington Newton County United Way, will challenge incumbent Barbara Dingler for the position of tax commissioner in the Republican primary this July.

April 02, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Two men rob Covington Chinese restaurant on U.S. Highway 278

 Two men robbed and held up a Covington Chinese restaurant late Friday evening, according to the Covington Police Department.

April 02, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


Human toll

Unlike previous Iraq War movies, "Stop-Loss" has a real chance of appealing to a wide audience due to its close focus on the human fallout of the war instead of the political aspects surrounding it.

April 02, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


lights, camera...Covington

Tyler Perry will be filming scenes for his newest movie in Covington this Thursday and Friday.

April 02, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Encounter new cultures at Oxford

 Newton County residents will have an opportunity to travel to new places and encounter new cultures without leaving the state at two upcoming events at Oxford College.

April 02, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


Helen Cason Barnett

Helen Cason Barnett, 80, of Covington, died March 29. The daughter of the late Jack and Pauline Hancock Batchelor, she was the widow of Byron Barnett. Of the Baptist faith, Mrs. Barnett loved her family and loved playing Bingo. She was preceded in death by son Jesse Cason.

April 02, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Shirley M. House

Ms. Shirley M. House, 64, of Porterdale, died March 28. Ms. House was born and raised and lived all of her life in Porterdale. She retired from Hercules and Lithonia Lighting. She was preceded in death by father James C. House.

April 02, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Edward S. "Eddy" King

Edward S. "Eddy" King, 60, of Social Circle, died March 30. He served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps for three years in Vietnam.

April 02, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Seminoles scalp Eagles, 12-2

By Eric R. Wallace

April 02, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Lady Eagles fly by Newton in soccer, 10-0

COVINGTON - On Monday night the Eastside High girls soccer team gathered to play one last home game against the crosstown rival Newton Lady Rams.

April 02, 2008 | Brian Harper | Archives


Knights finish second at USSSA Super NIT Warm-up

MORROW - On Saturday, the Newton Knights, Covington's 11 & under AA boys travel baseball team, competed in a field of AAA and AA teams from the Atlanta area in the USSSA Super Nit Warm-up at the Morrow/Lake City Complex.

April 02, 2008 | Alan Howard | Archives


Breaking news: Man suspected murdered

A Newton County man was discovered dead in his home late Sunday evening, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

March 31, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


Reality show extremes help husbands appreciate wives

March 30, 2008 | Kari Apted | Archives


Everything, and the kitchen sink

Rickey Hutchins, 46, and Tonya Bundrant, 45, both of Snellville, were arrested March 25 after Newton County Sherriff's Deputies discovered them taking household fixtures and copper wire out of a vacant house on Ga. Highway 11, according to an NCSO incident report.

March 30, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


Randi Bridges

Ms. Randi Bridges, 44, of Oxford, died peacefully at her home March 28. She was born in Fulton County and attended Mount Paran Church of God, Atlanta. She enjoyed boating and power walking and loved spending time with her friends, family and, especially, her animals.

March 30, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


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