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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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Sonya Stephenson Tuck

Sonya Stephenson Tuck of Oxford died March 8 at Newton Medical Center at the age of 45. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Social Circle, loved playing softball, cooking, bird watching, taking care of her house plants and her dog, Max. Sonya loved her fellow residents at Merryvale Assisted Living where she enjoyed being a member of the Merryvale Red Hat Society and playing Bingo. She will be remembered as a devoted wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend to many. Sonya is preceded in death by her father, Jack Lewis Stephenson Sr.; sister Tanya Stephenson Connaughton; father-in-law ...

March 09, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives


Not always what it seems

He seemed to be just another odd, eccentric old man, really. Almost every Friday, as sunset neared, the codger wearing an old, sun-bleached military cap would walk out on a long pier at Key Biscayne, Florida, carrying a full bucket of shrimp. As the sun began to settle, the man known to locals as "Old Ed" would be joined by dozens of seagulls. "Old Ed" tossed shrimp to the birds, softly speaking over and again the words, "thank you."

March 09, 2008 | Nat Harwell | Archives


Healthy, happy hearts

For five years Oak Hill Elementary School has been the top fundraising school in the county and for the American Heart Association's Hoops for Heart and Jump Rope for Heart campaigns.

March 09, 2008 | Jennifer Long | Archives


Struggle against metal theft wrought with frustration

In trying to find a way to stop the scourge of metal theft, there is plenty of frustration to go around.

March 09, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


Reservoir plans stir controversy

A public information meeting Thursday night on the county's plans to construct the Bear Creek Reservoir degenerated into personal attacks on the county attorney from audience members with a personal stake in the project.

March 09, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Social Circle offers joint land planning

At a closed meeting in October, the Social Circle City Council offered joint land use planning in any future annexations if Newton County would agree to drop its lawsuit against the city.

March 09, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Police imposter strikes again

A police imposter attempted to pull over yet another female driver Wednesday morning in the fifth such reported incident in Newton County, according to a Newton County Sheriff's Office incident report.

March 09, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


Tykes, Tots and Teens holding spring sale

Covington moms Laura Johns and Brandi Corley are on a mission - to connect other families with inexpensive name-brand clothing through the Tykes, Tots and Teens spring consignment sale.

March 09, 2008 | Kari Apted | Archives


Local artist signed to record label

Maurice Murray, who performs and records under the name "Alaze," thinks 2008 will be his year to shine.

March 09, 2008 | Jennifer Long | Archives


Mitcham sets sights on District 3 seat

Local farmer Keith Mitcham has thrown his hat into the District 3 Commissioner race.

March 09, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Alcovy visits crosstown rival Eastside tonight

Tonight the crosstown meeting between the Alcovy and Eastside High varsity baseball squads will square off yet again, their third meeting in two years.

March 07, 2008 | Jason Murdock | Archives


Winder-Barrow hands Alcovy second straight loss

COVINGTON - On Wednesday, Winder-Barrow High handed the second-year Alcovy Tigers their second loss of the season after a 13-2 victory on the diamond.

March 07, 2008 | Brian Harper | Archives


Favre rules out a return to playing football again

By Chris Jenkins

March 07, 2008 | Associated Press | Archives


Loganville Christian Academy victorious

The Loganville Christian Academy varsity baseball team won its home

March 07, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives


Gone is the GREAT Plan

One of the issues I wrote about on Feb. 22 was House Speaker Glenn Richardson's ever evolving tax plan. The GREAT Plan, an acronym that stood for Georgia's Repeal of Every Ad Valorem Tax, originally started out as a proposal that eliminated every property tax, from the vehicle ad valorem tax to local property taxes, and would have also eliminated some sales tax exemptions on services. Schools systems and local governments would have received subsidies from the state to fund operations and projects.

March 07, 2008 | Jason Pye | Archives


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