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Over $54 million awarded for improvements to Georgia’s transportation infrastructure

Georgia Department of Transportation (Georgia DOT) has awarded 25 contracts for statewide transportation projects totaling $54,335,216. This investment in Georgia's transportation infrastructure ...

January 17, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Human foods pets should avoid

The revenue of the pet care industry is testament to the lengths people will go to ensure their pets are comfortable and receiving a high ...

January 17, 2017 | Staff Report | Health


New Girl Scout cookie flavor available for order

Ready for S'more Girl Scout Cookies? Now's the time to order them! The new Girl Scout S'mores™ cookie is making your options ...

January 17, 2017 | Staff Report | Health


Local Students honored at colleges for Fall Semester

News from Georgia Southwestern State University

January 17, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


Andrew Gaither Jr.

Celebration of Life

January 16, 2017 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Our Thoughts on Our Thoughts

Twice a week, the editorial staff of The Covington News meets to discuss the week's stories and the upcoming print edition of the newspaper ...

January 15, 2017 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Letter: Concern about Solid Waste Authority Contracts

To the Editor:

January 15, 2017 | Staff Report | Letters


Letter: On the record about missing records

Dear Editor:

January 15, 2017 | Staff Report | Letters


Margaret Dimsdale

Margaret Dimsdale, of Covington, passed away Jan. 13, 2017, at the age of 71. Margaret loved her church, her family and her friends. Ronnie and ...

January 14, 2017 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Hice announces 2017 U.S. Service Academy Nominations

U.S. Congressman Jody Hice (GA-10) announced the names of the high school and college students whom he nominated for appointments to America's Service ...

January 13, 2017 | Staff Report | Legislative Updates


GPTC hosts Beyond Community Policing: Building & Sustaining Positive Relationships for the Long Term

Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) is delighted to host a 40 hour training workshop in assisting law enforcement in its interaction with the public.

January 13, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


Sen. Tonya Anderson sworn in as State Senator

Senator Tonya Anderson (D- Lithonia) was sworn into office as a Georgia State Senator by Court of Appeals Judge Charlie Bethel in a ceremony at ...

January 13, 2017 | Staff Report | Legislative Updates


Vilma Ansley (Bim) Meyer

Vilma Ansley (Bim) Meyer, of Oxford, passed away peacefully in her sleep, Jan. 11, 2017, at 89 years of age. A native of Atlanta, Mrs ...

January 12, 2017 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Newton County Jail Log: Jan. 11

Charlie Marques Banks, 24, Covington, Jan. 9, parole violation, probation violation

January 11, 2017 | Staff Report | Crime


Gladys Smith

Gladys Smith, of Covington, passed away Jan. 7, 2017, at the age of 87. She had been a member of Victory Tabernacle Church in Conyers ...

January 11, 2017 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


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Pet of the Week Jan. 14

The Newton County pet of the week is a 3-4-year-old white Spitz. Also available for adoption are a 2-year-old white poodle; an adult Jack Russell; an adult poodle mix; a friendly black Lab wearing an reddish-orange collar; a 1-year-old mixed breed, brindle in color; a black and white Lab mix; a miniature Pincher/terrier mix; a 2-3-year-old, bobbed-tail, reddish mixed breed; a beagle mix; a poodle mix, grey and black; a Jack Russell mix; a Chihuahua/Dachshund mix, named Bailey; a 2-year-old Husky; a 9-month-old Lab mix; a chocolate Lab mix with green collar; and a 5-year-old cocker Spaniel. The ...

January 13, 2009 | Staff Report | Pets of the Week


Buy local...Better Hearing Aid

Together Joe and Barbara Stock, owners of Better Hearing Aid, have more than 80 years of experience in the hearing aid business.

The Stocks recently opened up a Better Hearing Aid in Covington after years of successfully running a Better Hearing Aid in Decatur. There are also Better Hearing Aids in Madison and Jackson.

January 13, 2009 | Staff Report | Business


Raymond David Gordon

Mr. Raymond David Gordon, 56 of Covington, died Saturday, Jan. 3. the son of the late William Jesse and Audrey Mae White Gordon, he was born in 1952 in Chatham County. He was a retired cab driver. Mr. Gordon enjoyed singing, poetry, songwriting, telling jokes and fishing. Mr. Gordon was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Jack, James and Bobby Hampton.

Surviving are daughter and son-in-law Audrey Cherease and Brian Kincaid; son and daughter-in-law Raymond Dallas and Ivey Brook Gordon; grandchildren Dalton Saxon, Braden Kincaid, Presley Gordon, Rease Kincaid, Parker Gordon; brothers Thomas "Marty" Hampton, Richard Hampton, William ...

January 13, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Josephine Hyatt

Josephine (Jo) Hyatt, 92, died Jan. 12. The daughter of the late Jeff Hyatt and Julia Sockwell Hyatt, she was born in Newton County in 1916. Miss Hyatt was a member of Mt. Tabor Methodist Church where she was a treasurer and son leader. Her entire life was centered on church. Miss Hyatt retired from Macy's after 35 years. She was preceded in death by her parents and sister Nana Hyatt Cook. She is survived by several distant cousins.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16, at Scot Ward's Harry White Chapel, 1299 ...

January 13, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Edison Bedoya

Mr. Edison Bedoya, 49, of Newborn, died Jan. 12. The son of Alfonso and Luzmila Bedoya, he was born in Cali, Columbia. He was a self-employed home painter who loved his family, his children and watching soccer games. Deportivo Cali was his favorite soccer team. He was of the Catholic faith.

January 13, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Support in tough times

We are sad to see the Goody's store here in Covington close. It has been a mainstay of local shopping for years.

Not only is this a loss for local consumers, but also it is a major loss of tax revenue for local government.

January 13, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Impressive leader

We had the opportunity to visit with Dr. Roderick Sams the principal of Newton High School this week. For those of you who have not had an opportunity to meet Dr. Sams we encourage you to do so.

We continue to think he is a breath of fresh air in the education system and will be the change agent that Newton High needs. We also took a tour of the school and it was refreshing to see a clean environment and happy smiling faces of students, who showed respect and discipline.

January 13, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Deplorable action

Dear Editor: The three district commissioners who voted to retain Tommy Craig as county attorney seriously abrogated their fiscal responsibility not only to their constituents but to the county as a whole.

This is not a broadside against Tommy Craig, but rather a commentary on elected officials who decided to vote for something without having all available information at their fingertips.

January 13, 2009 | Barbara Morgan Covington | Letters


Raymond David Gordon

Mr. Raymond David Gordon, 56 of Covington, died Saturday, Jan. 3. the son of the late William Jesse and Audrey Mae White Gordon, he was born in 1952 in Chatham County. He was a retired cab driver. Mr. Gordon enjoyed singing, poetry, songwriting, telling jokes and fishing. Mr. Gordon was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Jack, James and Bobby Hampton.Surviving are daughter and son-in-law Audrey Cherease and Brian Kincaid; son and daughter-in-law Raymond Dallas and Ivey Brook Gordon; grandchildren Dalton Saxon, Braden Kincaid, Presley Gordon, Rease Kincaid, Parker Gordon; brothers Thomas "Marty" Hampton, Richard Hampton, William ...

January 13, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Josephine Hyatt

Josephine (Jo) Hyatt, 92, died Jan. 12. The daughter of the late Jeff Hyatt and Julia Sockwell Hyatt, she was born in Newton County in 1916. Miss Hyatt was a member of Mt. Tabor Methodist Church where she was a treasurer and son leader. Her entire life was centered on church. Miss Hyatt retired from Macy's after 35 years. She was preceded in death by her parents and sister Nana Hyatt Cook. She is survived by several distant cousins.

January 13, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Edison Bedoya

Mr. Edison Bedoya, 49, of Newborn, died Jan. 12. The son of Alfonso and Luzmila Bedoya, he was born in Cali, Columbia. He was a self-employed home painter who loved his family, his children and watching soccer games. Deportivo Cali was his favorite soccer team. He was of the Catholic faith.

Surviving are wife Janice Bedoya; stepchildren Audrey Baker and Edward and Kris Baker, all of Covington, Adrienne and Jonathan Brown of Monticello; brothers Alfonso Bedoya, Jairo Bedoya, Bernardo Bedoya, Diego Bedoya, William Bedoya, all of Greenville, S.C., Javier Bedoya of Washington, D.C.; sister Estella Bedoya of Orlando ...

January 13, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


School Spotlight: NHS Ram Rewards Card

One of Dr. Roderick Sams' first objectives when he took the helms at Newton High School was to

January 13, 2009 | By Sherri Viniard Newton County Schools | Education


A view from the state senate

The 150th session of the Georgia General Assembly opened for business Jan. 12 facing a number of serious issues. The budget, education, healthcare, transportation and water are again at the top of our list. We have already begun acting on these critical issues in the pursuit of making Georgia a state that people are proud to call home.

At midweek, we heard from Governor Sonny Perdue in his annual State of the State Address in which he gives all Georgians a progress report on our state and rolls out his new budget initiatives and legislative agenda for 2009.

January 12, 2009 | By Sen. John Douglas Guest Columnist | OPINION


Honored in our community

In addition to celebrating the peaceful transition of our presidency and celebrating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. this past week, our community took the time to honor some of our outstanding residents.

First, Doug Bolton and the Rev. Willie J. Smith were honored with the prestigious "I Have a Dream Award."

January 12, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


In his own words

In our opinion one of the greatest Southern humorists of all time was Lewis Grizzard.

January 12, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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