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Newton County Jail Log: Dec. 7

Michael Ryan Allen, 20, Porterdale, Dec. 5, back for court

December 08, 2016 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log

19-year old arrested for murder Tuesday

Elijah William Ramoutar, 19, has been arrested by the Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) for the murder of Alyssa Ann Wright, 19, Tuesday evening.

December 08, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Thomas McElreath

Thomas McElreath, 80, of Rutledge, passed away Tuesday, December 6, 2016. McElreath enjoyed collecting antiques and loved going to the mountains. He was married for ...

December 07, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

Mrs. Lee Shirley

Mrs. Lee Shirley, 91, of Covington, passed away December 5, 2016. She was born June 18, 1925, to the late Luther and Mae Carney. Shirley ...

December 07, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

Our Thoughts: Audit, citizenry can be a tool for change

For those who even just pay casual attention to their local government, this week brought some big news to Newton County.

December 04, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

The Pride of Eastside performs in Hollywood Christmas Parade

The Pride of Eastside Marching Band joined the likes of Larry King, Olivia Newton-John and Bill Engvall this past weekend, during the 85th Annual Hollywood ...

December 02, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Newton County Jail Log: Dec. 1

Chester Thomas Akins Jr., Covington, Nov. 28, hold for other agency (Banks County), hold for other agency (Cherokee County), theft by receiving stolen property

December 01, 2016 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log

Judge Wynne to hear Georgia Supreme Court case

Superior Court Judge W. Kendall Wynne, Jr.of the Alcovy Judicial Circuit has been designated to serve in place of Justice Carol Hunstein in the ...

December 01, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Turning Back the Pages - November 23- November 27

This week The Covington News is only turning back our pages to five years ago to see how far we have, or have not come ...

November 30, 2016 | Staff Report | Turning Back the Pages

Southern Folk Advent Service scheduled

The Sonny Houston Bluegrass Band will provide bluegrass-Gospel music and preacher-scholar Jason Byassee will speak at Meridian Herald's 24nd annual Southern Folk Advent Service ...

November 29, 2016 | Staff Report | LIVING

Johnny Hammond “Santa Johnny”

Johnny Hammond, of Mansfield, affectionately known as "Santa Johnny," passed away November 27, 2016, at 74 years of age. After retiring from AT&T, he ...

November 29, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

James ‘Bill’ Clay

Loving father and grandfather, James "Bill" Clay, 73, of Covington, passed away November 26, 2016. Clay was born in Decatur to the late James and ...

November 28, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

Charles H “C.H.” Berry Jr.

Charles H. "C.H." Berry, Jr. of Covington, age 92, passed away November 26, 2016, at his home in Almon surrounded by his family. Mr ...

November 26, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

Piedmont Academy FFA team places in area Farm Business Management career development event

The Piedmont Academy FFA Farm Business Management Team recently placed third in the Area 3 FFA Farm Business Management Career Development Event held on Nov ...

November 26, 2016 | Staff Report | Agriculture

Elizabeth Florine “Sister” Womack

Elizabeth Florine "Sister" Womack, age 74, passed away Friday, November 25, 2016. She was born in Covington to the late Tommy Lee and Florine Fuller ...

November 26, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

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Our thoughts...Thoughts and things

 The city of Porterdale is to be commended for creating an ordinance on dealing with pets. To read the whole ordinance, please go to

 This ordinance is designed to protect pets and the residents of Porterdale. Unfortunately, ordinances such as this are already obeyed by responsible pet owners.

January 08, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

National Achievement Program semifinalists

Leaha A. Wynn of Eastside High School and Andrew K. Kabue and Toni-Jhay N. Tucker of Newton High School have been named as semifinalists in the 2009 National Achievement Program.

January 08, 2009 | Staff Report | Education

Athens Christian Honor Roll

The following students from Newton County were named to the Athens Christian School first quarter honor roll.

January 08, 2009 | Staff Report | Education

Lisa Irene Mallory

Lisa Irene Mallory, 37, of Roswell, died Jan. 7. She was born in 1971 in DeKalb County and grew up and lived in Covington for many years before moving to Roswell. While living in Covington, Mrs. Mallory attended Newton high School and Julia A. Porter United Methodist Church, Porterdale. She was a member of the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation. Mrs. Mallory was preceded in death by her husband Mr. Johnny Mallory.

Surviving are children Robbie and Christy Mallory, both of Roswell; mother and stepfather Ruth Frix and John Mervis of Roswell; father and stepmother Jimmy and Jean Jordan of ...

January 08, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

Faye Carter

Faye Carter

January 08, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

Retailers report dismal December sales

NEW YORK - Retailers reported dismal sales figures for December on Thursday as even Wal-Mart Stores Inc., one of the bright spots in the industry, finally buckled under the pressures of the deteriorating economy.

January 08, 2009 | By Anne D'Innocenzio Associated Press Writer | AP Top Stories

Pet of the week Jan. 7

The Newton County Animal Shelter's pet of the week is a black, gray and merle-colored Dachshund, 10-12-months-old.

January 07, 2009 | Staff Report | Pets of the Week

Nell Batson

January 07, 2009 | Staff Report | LIVING

Bertha Roquemore

January 07, 2009 | Staff Report | LIVING

Wind advisory in effect

A wind advisory is in effect from 1 p.m. this afternoon to 7 p.m. EST this evening for north and central Georgia.

January 07, 2009 | Associated Press | AP Top Stories

Sarah Elizabeth Day Sears

January 07, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

Goody's liquidation means some stores closing

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Discount clothing chain Goody's Family Clothing will soon begin liquidating its stores, including seven across West Virginia.

The Tennessee-based company, which emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection less than four months ago, will begin liquidation sales Friday. Goody's becomes one of the first retailers in 2009 to fall victim to the worsening economy.

January 07, 2009 | The Associated Press | LOCAL

Bringing gospel flavor to Andrew Lloyd Webber

There's a reason to rejoice at the Alliance Theatre this January as the Tim Rice/Andrew Lloyd Webber blockbuster rock opera hits the stage starting Jan. 21 in an exhilarating new gospel production: "Jesus Christ Superstar GOSPEL." Audiences will experience the hit musical as never before in an inspirational, hand-clapping event that puts the power of praise back into the gospels.

January 07, 2009 | Staff Report | Arts Events

James Hampton “Chip” Drake Jr.

James Hampton "Chip" Drake Jr., 60, of Moultrie, died Sunday, Jan. 4, at South Miami Hospital, Miami, Fla.

Born in 1948 in Colquitt County, he was the son of the late James Hampton Drake and Avis Hinley Drake. He was a 1968 graduate of Moultrie High School and attended Marsh Business College in Atlanta. Mr. Drake served in the U.S. Army Reserve and was the owner of Drake Property Management. He was a member of the Kiwanis Club and the St. Marks Social Club. Mr. Drake was a direct descendant of the Salzburger family, pioneer settlers of Chatham and ...

January 06, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

Buy local...Ludies Est

In its fifth year of business, Ludies Est has been personalizing clothing, blankets and commemorative items for Newton County residents for years now.

"We do all types of awards, plaques, trophies," said store owner Scott Childers. "We do company shirts. We do school T-shirts. We do embroidery for shoes and just about anything you want."

January 06, 2009 | Staff Report | Business

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