According to data released by the Georgia Department of Education Wednesday, Newton County School System's 2013 four-year cohort graduation rate is 71 percent, which matches Georgia's pass rate. The school district's 2012 five-year cohort graduation rate is 77 percent--five points higher than the state's graduation rate.
The lowest price for regular fuel is $3.09 at Kroger, located at 5341 Ga. Highway 20 S near Brown Bridge Road.
Alcovy High School, 14567 Ga. Highway 36, Covington, Sept. 18. 100, A.
There is nothing like an old-fashioned Christmas parade to boost holiday spirits.
Last week, The Covington News and the Main Street Program, for the second year, honored winners of the Thanksgiving essay contest.
Davante Sanchez Bailey, 19, 50 Wynfield Keep, Covington, Nov. 26. Probation violation criminal trespass, theft by taking.
The Social Circle High School wrestling team took first place at the Panther Invitational over the weekend.
From the press release: Republican Dave Belton, a Morgan County school board member, announced late Tuesday his intention to run for the Georgia State House District 112 on the Republican ticket.
Aaron Brooks, a member of a local conservative citizens group, is seeking the Republican nomination for Georgia's 112th house seat after 10-year incumbent Rep. Doug Holt, R-Social Circle, announced that he won't seek re-election.
Republican Ester Fleming, a former Newton County commissioner and 2010 candidate for the Georgia State Senate, announced Tuesday he will run for the 112th Georgia house seat to replace outgoing incumbent Rep. Doug Holt, R-Social Circle.
Longhorn Steakhouse in Covington has committed to donate food needed for the Newton County Sheriff's Office 2013 Toy Run on Dec. 14. There also is a drop box in the restaurant where new, unwrapped toys can be donated for the event.
The Newton County Sheriff's Office is offering a free driver's education seminar to help Newton County parents prepare their teens to drive.
Roger W. Sheridan, 92, of Newborn, passed away Dec. 3. Mr. Sheridan was the current mayor of Newborn, where he held the record of being the oldest mayor in the country and was a retired Army captain, having served in World War II. He holds two records in "Construction and Engineering" in the Guinness Book of World Records and was a manager for international engineering projects in 32 countries.
Anne F. Laxson, 71, of Huntsville, died Dec. 9 at Huntsville Hospital. Mrs. Laxson was preceded in death by sons, Tommy Laxson of Huntsville and Gary Laxson of Hinesville; sisters, Myrtice Singley of Covington, Ga., and Nellie Durden of Walnut Grove, Ga.; and brother William Herring of Covington.
Edna Miller, 62, of Covington, died December 9, 2013, at Dekalb Medical Center. She was born on September 5, 1951, in Macon, to Ray and Emma Lou Miller.
Two men were injured and most of the building housing Burgess Amusement and Special Events was destroyed Friday night in a blazing inferno.
Annie Mae Harper, 63, of Newborn, died Nov. 8 at Newton Medical Center. The daughter of the late Amos Ralston and Freida Wade Lance Harper, she was born in Fulton County. Mrs. Harper was the glue that held the family together.
Mrs. Louise Spearman, 98, of Covington, died Nov. 9. The daughter of the late Tommy Lee and Mary Loyd Wagner, she was born in 1908. Mrs. Spearman was the oldest member of Shiloh Baptist Church where she taught Sunday School and served as pianist.
Frances Elaine Spears, 58, of Conyers, died Nov. 9. Spears loved attending her church and teaching Sabbath School. She enjoyed camping with friends and giving herself to family and loved ones. She was much loved and will be greatly missed by all.
Michael T. Daniecki, 49, of Covington, died Nov. 5. A native of Michigan, Mr. Daniecki had been a resident of Covington for 35 years. For six years he owned and operated Reliable Plumbing Co. He was a member of Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church but attended Central Community Church. Mr. Daniecki was an avid Georgia Bulldog and Falcon football fan.
Friday night was a bad one for traffic violators in Newton County as members of the Newton County Sheriff's Office arrested five and handed out 34 tickets at two roadblocks.
While it's still too early to tell if the water conservation awareness efforts of county water utilities have had an effect, authorities are optimistic that they will be able to decrease water consumption county-wide by 10 percent as mandated by Governor Sonny Perdue.
Last week, on the first Tuesday of November, America quietly observed an occasion which pretty much sets our system of government and our way of life apart from any other: election day. Surely next year, with a presidential race under way, the spiffy new voting machines will get more of a workout.
It does not look likely that the city of Covington will play host to the Tour de Georgia in 2008.
A man who has been deployed overseas before, U.S. National Guard Corporal Mark Gagne understands what a care package from back home can mean. Which is why he elected to take part in Chick-fil-A's Support Our Troops Fundraiser for Operation Sandbox.
Sharp Learning Center students and faculty as well as local veterans and elected officials participated in the school's fifth annual Veterans Day appreciation program Wednesday morning.
Mr. and Mrs. Barry L. Carter of Oxford announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter Candace Renee to Mr. Justin David Baker.
Mr. and Mrs. Joe B. (Elizabeth) Parker celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with friends and family at a reception given by their children and their families Oct. 21. They were married at Julia A. Porter Methodist Church, Oct. 18, 1957, with her brother the Rev. Clarence Lamar Cawthon performing the ceremony.
Herman and Gail Johnson of Dublin announce the engagement of their daughter Marcia Lynn of Covington to Andrew Bryant Watkins of Covington, son of Charles and Ruth Watkins of Lyons.
Amy Margaret Hinton and Jesse Wyatt Ballentine were married Sept. 24 at Whitehouse Resort, Jamaica. The bride is the daughter of Eddie and Ann Hinton of Covington. The groom is from Valdosta. The couple will reside in Valdosta.