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The Covington City Council voted this past week to add a code officer to its staff. The city currently has only one officer.

July 24, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Covington Police Explorers, Post #222 excel again

Eighteen of the 26 members of the Covington Police Explorers traveled to Savannah and competed in six events during Summerfest.

July 24, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Letter from J. Virgil Costley

Dear editor,

July 24, 2014 | J. Virgil Costley | Letters

Mr. Thomas Busbee

Thomas Busbee, age 85 of Mansfield, passed away July 22, 2014. Mr. Busbee was a veteran of the United States Army. He attended Eastridge Community Church, was an avid Atlanta Braves fan and enjoyed fishing. Mr. Busbee was a wonderful husband and a good father, grandfather, great-grandfather and great-great-grandfather. He was preceded in death by his parents, Norman James and Carrie Louberta (Middlebrook) Busbee.

July 24, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS

Live: 2014 Primary runoff results

Today's primary election runoff races will determine several local, state and federal races.

July 22, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Mr. Max G. Kilgore

Max G. Kilgore of Covington, Georgia, born April 17, 1919, went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on July 19, 2014, at the age of 95. He was born in Palmersville, Tennessee, to John and Charlie Bostic Kilgore who preceded him in death along with his six siblings, Ned, Ralph (Doc), Mary, Dorothy, Annabelle and Sue. Max went to school in Palmersville, Tennessee, until joining a CCC Camp where he worked and completed his final year of high school in Powell, Tennessee. Max was a graduate of the University of Tennessee; and retired as Lieutenant Colonel after ...

July 22, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS

Mr. Robert Lonnie Johnston

Mr. Robert Lonnie Johnston age 69 of Conyers died July 4, 2014. A Celebration Service will be held at noon Saturday, August 2, 2014 at Calvary Baptist in Lilburn. Pastor Rev. Cavin Cawthon officiating.

July 22, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS

Our thoughts on 2050: Make changes now

It's time for a change on the 2050 Plan - both to the document itself and officials' approach in presenting it to the public.

July 22, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Diabetes: A talk with the doctor of the nation

Here in Georgia, diabetes is far too commonplace. Maybe your parents were treated for it, or your grandparents. Perhaps you've been diagnosed as pre-diabetic or diabetic. For many people, understanding what this disease really is and how it's treated is complicated.

July 22, 2014 | Staff Report | Health

Public comment disclaimer

It is the policy of the Covington News to allow people, with some form of identification, to voice their opinions, thoughts and concerns about our community. However, it is our policy to have comments free from personal attacks and inflammatory remarks toward people. This does not promote reasonable discussions and, we feel is detrimental, to furthering discussion on an issue or topic.

July 21, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Our thoughts on community hospital

One of the cornerstones of pride in the Newton County community is that we have our own hospital; and throughout its existence the taxpayers have supported its development.

July 19, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Challenges facing farmers today and tomorrow

Though farming was once big business in the United States, by 2012 less than 1 percent of Americans were professional farmers. Many challenges face today's farmers, many of which are largely unknown to the general public.

July 19, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Mae Hardman

Mae Hardman, of Rabun Gap, formerly of Porterdale, Georgia, passed away July 15, 2014. Mae was born November 26, 1925, to Carrie Mae (Lunsford) and William Grady Hardman. She had lived in Rabun County since 1971, where she taught at Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School until her retirement. Prior to teaching, Mae was a social worker for Bibb Manufacturing Company for 27 years. She was very active in both of her communities, which she dearly loved. Mae served in many civic organizations and held positions over the years in both the Porterdale Presbyterian Church and the Rabun Gap Presbyterian Church. Mae dedicated ...

July 18, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS

Mr. A.L. Crane

A.L. Crane of Covington, passed away July 16, 2014 at Newton Medical Center. He was 78 years of age at the time of his death. A.L. loved people and never met a stranger. He was always willing to go the extra mile to help anyone who needed him. He will be remembered as a man who loved his family. A.L. was preceded in death by his son, Wade Crane; parents, Alvin M. and Gladys (Segars) Crane; and his former spouse, Joann Covington.

July 17, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS

Mr. Mark Jeffries

Mark Jeffries, age 41 of Covington, passed away July 15, 2014. Mark was a true Believer who loved the Lord Jesus with all of his heart. He was an accomplished bass fisherman and loved to hunt. He had a great sense of humor, and was a talented cook, guitarist and singer. Mark enjoyed spoiling his nieces and nephews, and he cherished his time with Mary McCullough, the person closest to his heart. He was loved and will be missed by his family and friends. Mark was preceded in death by his father, William Dee "Junior" Jeffries.

July 17, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS

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Mary (Rooster) Allgood

Mary (Rooster) Allgood, 91, of Oxford, died march 7 at Newton Medical Center. She was born in 1916 in a little tin roof house off Alcovy Road. She was born a twin, but her little brother did not survive. She weighed 2.5 pounds and was kept in a shoebox by the fire to stay warm. Her mama passed away when Mary was only 9 years old, and she had to start taking care of her daddy and three brothers. She washed dishes and made biscuits standing on a stool. When she god older, she married William H. Allgood and ...

March 12, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Local man extradited in '98 Virginia murder

A Covington man was arrested and charged in connection with a recently cracked cold case of armed robbery-turned-murder in Virginia that occurred almost 10 years ago.

March 12, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives

Newton Medical Center issued Certificate of Need

The Georgia Department of Community Health has issued a Certificate of Need to Newton Medical Center for the development of a neonatal intermediate care unit at the hospital.

March 12, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

Dixie Lois (Gibson) Canning

 Dixie Lois (Gibson) Canning, of Covington, died at her home March 6 after a valiant struggle with cancer. She was born in Atlanta, where she lived her early years, followed by a few years in New York City. After returning to Georgia, she lived for a period of time in Hapeville but lived most of her life in Newton County. Mrs. Canning was an active member of the Covington Service Guild, American Legion Auxiliary and Covington Miniature Garden Club and was very active in the Shrine Auxiliary and a member of five bridge clubs. She was responsible for a horse ...

March 12, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Herbert Newberry Jr.

Mr. Herbert Newberry Jr., 53, of Milledgeville, formerly of Newton County, died March 9. Mr. Newberry was a member of Mansfield Baptist Church. He was a graduate of Neton County High School, Truiett McConnell College and Georgia Southern College. He was an educator and taught at Sparta, Wdley and Baldwin County schools. Mr. Newberry was preceded in death by father Herbert Newberry Sr.

March 12, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

May A Young

Mrs. May A. Young, 92, of Covington, died March 7. The daughter of the late Jobe and Mattie Lawhorn Allgood, she was born in 1915 in Jersey;. Mrs. Young worked for 35 years as a hairstylist and was a member of Gaither's United Methodist Church and the VFW, Post 5290. Mrs. Young was preceded in death by daughter Martha Nelson; brother and sister-in-law Walter and Betty Allgood and grandson Dana Still.

March 12, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Jaguars split with Cleveland State

By Rocky Merritt

March 12, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Eastside wrestling announces summer league

The Eastside High wrestling program has announced the 2008 summer league, which will be at 5:30 p.m. on Thursdays beginning May 29 at Eastside High School. (The dates range from May 29, June 5, 12, 19, 26 and July 10, 17, 31.)

March 12, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives

Falcons had their shot, now Favre is long gone

It goes without saying that the world, me included, will miss Brett Favre.

March 12, 2008 | Eric McDonald | Archives

2007-08 All-County Wrestling Team

It is never an offseason for Eastside High wrestler Joel Stafford.

March 09, 2008 | Eric McDonald | Archives

Newton High tennis sweeps Lithonia

The Newton High boys and girls varsity tennis teams swept Lithonia on Thursday at home.

March 09, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives

Cox stays coy about future with the Braves

By Paul Newberry

March 09, 2008 | Associated Press | Archives

Edwards looking forward to race after week of distractions

By Mike Harris

March 09, 2008 | Associated Press | Archives

Earl May

He retired in 1989 after a successful, 45 year career in the food industry. One of his great loves was playing Santa Claus for 13 years at M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, where he brought much joy to children and adults alike. Mr. May became a resident of Covington in 1995 and in 1996, he and his wife joined the Solid Rock Baptist Church family, where he was very active in the church food bank program for a number of years.

March 09, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives

Gordon C. Smith Jr.

Gordon C. Smith Jr., 64, of Oxford, died march 6. the son of the late Gordon C. Sr., and Virginia L. Lynch Smith, he was retired from the plumbing business. Mr. Smith was a member of Macedonia Baptist Church, Pace Masonic Lodge 558 and Yaarab Shriner's Club. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, riding motorcycles and traveling to the mountains and to Florida. Mr. Smith will be remembered as a devoted husband, father, grandfather and brother.

March 09, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives

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