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Our thoughts: Citizens' panel

During a Rotary Club of Covington meeting Tuesday, Newton County Chairman Keith Ellis announced that the commissioners are planning to start a citizens' panel consisting of an appointed member by each commissioner and appointees from each city in the county and entities such as the chamber, water and sewage authority and school board.

July 31, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Post 32 wins state championship

Before the American Legion baseball season even started, coach Bill Dallas had stated that one of his goals for the Covington Post No. 32 A's was to win the Georgia State Championship. Dallas and his team did just that over the weekend by defeating Albany Post No. 30 by a score of 8-3 in the championship game that was contested on Monday morning.

July 31, 2014 | Staff Report | Recreation


Dr. Courtney Manning

Dr. Courtney Manning, age 45, of Covington, passed away June 30, 2014. He was born March 30, 1969 in May Pen, Clarendon, Jamaica to Victor Manning (deceased) and Aneita Cameron. At the age of five, he moved with his family to St. Catherine where they lived at his grandmother's house. While living there, he attended basic school in Reynolds and primary school at Point Hill. At the age of 10, he passed the Common Entrance exam to attend high school, and at the age of 18, he entered the Jamaican Constabulary Force. During this age, he also attended the ...

July 29, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Abraham Thomas “Abe” Hopkins

Abe Hopkins, age 6, of Covington passed away Monday, July 28, 2014. He was born February 14, 2008 in Covington to Mike and Kelli Kirkley Hopkins. Abe was a remarkable young man whose smile and laughter were contagious. Born on Valentine's Day he was full of love, affectionately described as a "mommie's boy" he loved watching Hallmark movies and being with his loving mother, father, sisters, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. Abe shined for Jesus every day and touched more people than could ever be known. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents J.T. and ...

July 29, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Josie Faye (Embry) McLaney

Josie Faye (Embry) McLaney, affectionately known as "Jo," passed away July 28, 2014, at the age of 81. She was born in Rockmart, Georgia, to the late Noel and Rena (Davis) Embry. Jo was a graduate of Cedartown High School, in Cedartown, Georgia. In 1951, she married Milton (Coach Mac) McLaney, and together they moved to Monticello, where he started his coaching career and she found her interest in floral arrangements. They moved to Newton County in 1956, where she became active and served as president of the Covington Garden Club. Jo worked part-time for several years for Abre Sherwood ...

July 29, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Keep skin healthy by knowing sunscreen facts

The best way to care for skin is to be smart about sun exposure. Too much unprotected exposure to the sun can cause a host of problems, from premature wrinkling to skin cancer.

July 29, 2014 | Staff Report | Health


Our thoughts: NYT’s pro-marijuana stance is disappointing

The New York Times editorial board this past Sunday called for the federal government to legalize marijuana in the United States.

July 29, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


GPTC unveils new media program and facilities

Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC), along with event co-host, Georgia Chamber of Commerce, unveiled to an audience of industry executives, public officials and potential students, GPTC's new Design and Media Production Technology (DMPT) and Recording Arts Technology (RART) programs and facility. The ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house, held at the DeKalb campus, provided guests the opportunity to meet students and learn first-hand of the cutting edge academic programs as they toured the Mac Lab and the television and production studio.

July 29, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Make your walk a workout

WALKING. We do it all the time. Most of us take walking for granted and don't think about it.

July 29, 2014 | Staff Report | Health


Abraham Thomas "Abe" Hopkins

Abe Hopkins, age 6, of Covington passed away Monday, July 28, 2014. He was born February 14, 2008 in Covington to Mike and Kelli Kirkley Hopkins. Abe was a remarkable young man whose smile and laughter were contagious. Born on Valentine's Day he was full of love, affectionately described as a "mommie's boy" he loved watching Hallmark movies and being with his loving mother, father, sisters, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. Abe shined for Jesus every day and touched more people than could ever be known. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents J.T. and ...

July 29, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


NMC hosts uniform, scrubs sale

Newton Medical Center Auxiliary is hosting a Uniforms & Scrubs Sale Monday, Aug. 4 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Tuesday, Aug. 5 from 7 a.m. to noon.

July 28, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County high school football coaches speak at Lions Club

At Ashford Springs Park, late Thursday evening, the Covington Lion's Club hosted Newton County's high school head football coaches. At the dinner, the coaches mingled with members of the community, and discussed different things with each other, such as the new IMPACT program. Newton head coach Terrance Banks, Eastside head coach Rick Hurst and Alcovy coach Kirk Hoffman spoke on the upcoming season, the ugliness of recruiting, how the game has changed and fielded questions about their players from fans.

July 26, 2014 | Staff Report | SPORTS


It’s SSEMC meeting time

About 1,357 Snapping Shoals EMC members turned out for the 76th annual shareholders' meeting at the Georgia International Horse Park Thursday, July 24.

July 26, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington teen missing, information sought

Fourteen-year-old Jordan Aaron has been reported missing to the Newton County Sheriff's Department.

July 26, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington woman arrested in prostitution sting

Conyers police are turning their sights to deterring prostitutes, instead of just johns, from coming to Conyers with a recent undercover sting that arrested two women for prostitution and one man for drug possession.

July 26, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Emory "Spunk" Simmons

Mr. Emory "Spunk" Simmons died March 9. The son of Mrs. Geneva Nell (Jessie) Sims and the late Mr. Emory "Wee" Simmons, he was born in 1951. He served in the United States military. He was preceded in death by his father and two brothers.

March 19, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Shirley Ann Wilson

Shirley Ann Wilson, 56, of Jesup, died March 17 at her residence. The Fulton County native had lived in Wayne County for the past four years.

March 19, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Enjoy a girly spa experience

Are you at a loss for what to do with your daughter who alternately fancies herself a princess, rock star, actress and fashion designer? Then look no further than Spa Destiny which exists to cater to your little girl's every feminine whim.

March 19, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Georgia Wrath wins third straight baseball tourney

CONYERS - The Georgia Wrath won the King of the Diamond tournament last weekend in Rockdale County, giving the local travel baseball team from Social Circle yet another victory.

March 19, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives


Eastside's Smith signs with Bears to play soccer

If Braden Smith isn't the definition of a team player, it would be hard pressed to find one who is.

March 19, 2008 | Jason Murdock | Archives


Black Watch youth wrestling fares well at state

FAYETTEVILLE - Black Watch Wrestling, a first-year youth wrestling team from Covington, competed at the Big Kids State Tournament (12 and under, 14 and under) Saturday at Whitewater High School.

March 19, 2008 | Alan Howard | Archives


Georgia hoops proves to be good, bad and ugly

For the most part, this season of college basketball in the state of Georgia could easily be categorized as the good, the bad and the ugly.

March 19, 2008 | Eric McDonald | Archives


Connecticut, Tennessee lead NCAA women's tournament

By Doug Feinberg

March 19, 2008 | Associated Press | Archives


Abandoned home a blight for community

Citing a constrained budget, the Covington City Council did not take action on a request from District 4 Commissioner J.C. Henderson to purchase an abandoned home adjacent to the Nelson Heights Community Center.

March 19, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Man makes threats with knife before fleeing from police

A Covington man threatened to hurt and kill his grandfather with a butcher knife and then ran from police before being arrested on Friday, according to the Covington Police Department's public information log.

March 19, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


Readiness group mobilizes

Ever wondered what you could do to support the servicemen and women living in your community?

March 19, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


The beauty of Appalachia

March 16, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Elderly woman dies alone in house fire

An elderly woman who lived alone and possibly suffered from Alzheimer's disease died in a fire early Friday morning after calling 911 for help, according to the Newton County Fire Department.

March 16, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


Poetic prodigy

Brittanee Rolle knows how to speak.

March 16, 2008 | Jennifer Long | Archives


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


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