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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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Irene Driver

Mrs. Irene Driver, 91, a lifelong resident of the Conyers and Covington area, died Dec. 23. The daughter of the late Labon Festus Gunn and Annie Lee Ada Preston Gunn, she was born in 1917 in Henry County. She was a member of Hopewell Presbyterian Church after having been of the Baptist faith as a child. Mrs. Driver raised nine children and loved them all. She is preceded in death by parents, husband Mr. Hubert Driver and sons Leon, George, Harold and William Driver.

Surviving are daughters Joyce Kersey of Lithonia, Donnie Blake of Conyers, Luanne Wren of Conyers; daughter ...

January 04, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Glenn T. Pressley

Mr. Glenn T. Pressley, 70, of Covington, died Dec. 23. He was born in Toccoa in 1938 and was a retired truck driver.

Surviving are wife Ellen Pressley of Covington; sons and daughters-in-law Neal and Jean Pressley of Conyers, Greg and Connie Pressley of Covington; grandchildren Chris Pressley, Melissa Parker, Casey Pressley, Scott Pressley; great-grandchildren Annalie Parker, Ashton Baker; sister Myrtle Martin of Seneca, S.C.; brothers Charles Pressley of Jackson, Joe Pressley of Forsyth; several nieces, nephews, other family and close friends.

January 04, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Cocoa products that may contain melamine recalled

ATLANTA - Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Tommy Irvin is warning residents that three G&J cocoa products packaged for Christmas sale are being recalled because they may contain the industrial chemical melamine.

January 04, 2009 | The Associated Press | AP Top Stories


Holiday Gifts

Friendly fashion: Students in Indian Creek Middle School's Couture Club assisted the Bethabara Missionary Baptist Church missions ministry in a community outreach project. They carolled for the residents at Covington Manor and also brought them polar fleece blankets. Pictured are Kiah Brown, left, Tammy Minter, Emilie Liebert, Wendy Rodriguez, Kareana Medouze and Aliyah Davis.

January 04, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Santa comes early

Good boys and girls: George Smith from Eastridge Community Church donned a Santa outfit Sunday and visited the children at the Pine Valley Mission. Approximately 50 children received gifts from their wish lists. Eastridge and Harvest Baptist helped the mission supply the toys. The mission served their Christmas meal to the High Point community on Dec. 14. The mission's focus is on the needs of underprivileged children. School supplies, clothing, shoes and coats are furnished the entire year. The mission is located at 12185 Ga. Highway 36 and has been in operation for 18 years and is facilitated solely ...

January 04, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Social Circle community pillar retires after 30 years

After thirty years of service in the hardware industry, Bill Clegg has decided to call it quits. As the owner and operator of the Ace Hardware in Social Circle, Clegg has decided to hand over the reigns to his son Joel Clegg. "I'm leaving the store in good hands," said Clegg. "Of course I will miss the people. A lot of the customers are like family and friends since I have been here so long."

January 03, 2009 | Brian Harper | Social Circle


Vinny Wallace

ello, died Dec. 31. He was born January 17, 1989 in Hardy County, Fla.

January 03, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Newton County Jail Log - 01/04

n Harold Glenn Aikens, 46, 27 Elm St., Porterdale, Dec. 29. Probation violation.

January 03, 2009 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log


New year, new skills

My cousin told her 4-year-old daughter, Aley, that she's becoming a little girl, and she's not so sure she's happy about that development.

January 03, 2009 | Terri Kimble Columnist | News Columnists


The winners and losers of 2008

In any election year there will be roughly equal groups of winners and losers. Here are the Georgia political figures who can feel good (or bad) about their wins and losses of the past year.

January 03, 2009 | Tom Crawford columnist | OPINION


Our thoughts...Irresponsible, inexcusable

This past week we ran a story about a woman who shot in her yard a dog that she allegedly felt was a threat to her.

January 03, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts...Protection from predators

 Sen. John Douglas, true to his word, has introduced pre-legislation that would make it illegal for a registered sex offender to run for office on local school boards.

January 03, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


A big thanks

Dear Editor: The Covington Lions Club and Main Street Covington would like to say thanks to all of the people who took part in the 2008 Christmas Parade held on Dec. 6. This year's parade was a success because of the efforts of many folks like you. As the Lions and you have found, it takes time to plan and prepare entries in the parade. Whether it be a walking group, a simple decorated truck or an ornate award-winning float, it does take the efforts of a lot of people. A big thanks goes out to the city of ...

January 03, 2009 | Ed Minge Covington Lions Club Parade Chairman | Letters


Bring one for the chipper

Tree for a tree: Covington resident Eric Spell, left, accepts two free tree seedlings from Home Depot Sales Associate Tamla Nevraumont as he takes part in the Bring one for the Chipper event Saturday. Community members who recycled their Christmas trees at the Home Depot, Oxford's Maintenance Facility or at any Neighboorhood Recycling Center on Saturday received a nursery seedling as a thank-you gift. The event was sponsored by Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful who distrubuted Green Ash, Dogwood, Swamp Chestnut Oak and Catalpa seedlings during the event Saturday.

January 03, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Eat your vegetables

here's a song that says Christmas is "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year." You might agree with that, but I don't. Christmas is indeed fabulous, but I think the most wonderful time comes after the holiday festivities are over. I can hang up my Martha Stewart apron and send her packing 'til Easter, while I simply rest with nothing pressing on my calendar.

January 03, 2009 | Kari Apted Columnist | News Columnists


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