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Patti Jo Forlines Butler

Patti Jo Forlines Butler ("Pat") of Covington, passed away October 4, 2015, at the age of 86.

October 06, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

Smith: 'the mayor betrayed the trust of me and this council'

Covington City Councilman Chris Smith used his portion of council comments Monday night to address a letter Mayor Ronnie Johnston submitted to The Covington News ...

October 05, 2015 | Councilman reads letter that argues against a proposed development project | LOCAL

Alcovy homecoming ends with a win

The Alcovy Tigers football team has been on the wrong side of the scoreboard for almost two years until Friday night. The Tigers had suffered ...

October 05, 2015 | Kevin Nixon | Alcovy

The streak is over

The Alcovy Tigers (1-5, 1-0 Region 2-AAAAAA) get their first win of the season in a region matchup against the Lakeside Vikings (3-3, 0-1 Region ...

October 05, 2015 | Kevin Nixon | Alcovy

Vickers named Alcovy homecoming queen

Katelyn Vickers was crowned as Alcovy High School's homecoming queen Friday night.

October 03, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Newton County children should prepare for new bioscience jobs

The ribbon cutting of the Governor's new $14 million Bioscience Training Center and the College and Career Academy in Newton County can hardly be ...

October 03, 2015 | Staff Report | Columnists

Our thoughts: Verge of growth

In a letter in The Covington News a week ago Covington Mayor Ronnie Johnston laid out some of the prospective industrial growth coming to Newton ...

October 03, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Letters: Bowing down

Dear editor,

October 03, 2015 | Staff Report | Letters

People make the difference

Several recent events might lead average Americans to throw up their hands in regards to politics, and possibly want to shut down Washington themselves. Take ...

October 03, 2015 | Staff Report | Columnists

Letter: Cause for optimism

Dear Editor,

October 03, 2015 | Staff Report | Letters

Response to Heat Homecoming leads to changes in event locations

Though the event was only promoted on Facebook and in the local papers, response to the upcoming Heat Homecoming 2015 has been so good, changes ...

October 03, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

First county adopt-a-pet day a success

By noon, most of the puppies and dogs had been adopted, and many of the cats and kittens.

October 03, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

October registration renewal notices delayed

The Department of Revenue (DOR) announced renewal notices for October motor vehicle tags will be delayed due to a contractor problem.

October 03, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Georgia burning guidelines

Fall weather means cooling temperatures, dropping leaves and for a lot of people, yard work. State of Georgia residents can now legally burn natural wood ...

October 03, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Dillard Rowe

Dillard Rowe of Oxford, passed away October 2, 2015, at the age of 80. Mr. Rowe graduated from Newton County High School in 1955, and ...

October 03, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

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Meeting set to discuss civic center

On Tuesday, the Newton County Board of Commissioners and the Covington City Council will vote on a number of issues concerning the hotel/civic center project, among them officially selecting a private developer for the project and the increasing of hotel/motel taxes to pay for the project.

August 03, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

Dozens obtain liquor pouring permits in July

Since the Covington City Council approved a new alcohol ordinance in June requiring restaurant/bar managers and bartenders to submit to background checks in order to serve alcohol, approximately 80 individuals have received their permits.

August 03, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

Trial begins this week for man accused of murdering his wife on Halloween

Jury selection for the trial of Thomas Marlin Francis Sr., for the 2006 alleged murder of his wife in their Social Circle home begins Monday in Newton County Superior Court.

August 03, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives

Teens arrested for stealing jewelry

Three Covington teenagers were arrested in connection with a string of Porterdale burglaries after being caught with stolen women's jewelry, rubber gloves and a loaded gun, according to a Porterdale Police Department report.

August 03, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives

Lightning burns local homes

Lightning struck at least three houses in Newton County near Ga. Highway 81 sparking two fires within an hour of each other, keeping firefighters hopping Thursday afternoon, according to the Newton County Fire Department.

August 03, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives

Social Circle approves new zoning ordinance

Social Circle's city council voted Tuesday to adopt a new version of the town's planning and zoning ordinance, which City Attorney Joe Reitman said will help ensure property values along commercial corridors are maintained and that the design of new developments are "harmonious" with the appearance of existing historical architecture.

August 03, 2008 | Jennifer Long | Archives

Kiwanis Club to be honored by PAGE

The Kiwanis Club of Covington, chartered in 1927, first held meetings in the old courthouse with 58 original members. Over that time, officers have come and gone and the surrounding community has grown exponentially.

August 03, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives

FBI makes drug arrest on Kirkland Road

Federal Bureau of Investigation agents arrested a man from a Kirkland Road residence for drug charges out of Michigan and Kentucky with the assistance of Newton County Sheriff's Office deputies Tuesday morning.

August 01, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives

Inauguration a sight to behold

Cathy Cox wanted to be governor, but ended up as president.

August 01, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Archives

Newton County All Stars ready for World Series

Play ball!

August 01, 2008 | Jason Murdock | Archives

Top Achievers proves to be yet another success

By Johnnie Hardy

August 01, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Piedmont Area junior tennis takes second at state championships

The Piedmont Area Tennis Association (PATA) 14 and under beginner squad placed second Sunday during the state tournament in Macon.

August 01, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives

Between the lines

Elizabeth Sherrill's most recent book, "All The Way to Heaven," is a gripping account of her journey from atheism to a new found relationship with God in her 30s. Using honesty, humor and insight, Sherrill allows the readers to draw parallels to their own lives, to find themselves, feel her struggles and rejoice in the hope that God gives in difficult situations.

August 01, 2008 | Colleen Capes Jackson | Archives

Fishing for men's souls

On Aug. 30, the second annual Celebrate Freedom Festival will be held at the Georgia International Horse Park. Last year this event brought some 42,000 people to the park to enjoy the exciting variety of activities including live music, stunt BMX and skateboarders, a children's area and powerful messages of hope.

August 01, 2008 | John Pearrell | Archives

Christmas in July

I know, it's hotter than 95 degrees outside and I'm humming a Christmas tune. Really, just the first part of the refrain keeps playing in my head.

August 01, 2008 | Lisa Hetzel | Archives

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