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Social Circle fair returns

The Social Circle Rotary Club fair returns to Social Circle High School Tuesday, Oct. 13 through Saturday, Oct. 17.

October 08, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Covington woman wins $250K lottery prize

Jessica Herrick, 39, of Covington won a quarter-million dollar prize from the Georgia Lottery earlier this month.

October 08, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

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 08, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

First candidates forum Oct. 8 for District 43 Special Election

The first candidates forum for the special elections taking place on the November ballot will be held Thursday, Oct. 8, at 6:30 p.m.

October 08, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Hay’s lawyer files motion for dismissal of county countersuit

Suits, countersuits, motions and amended motions continue to fly between the lawyer representing William Durden and Samuel Hays, and Newton County Attorney W. T. "Tommy ...

October 07, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

General Mills recall stems from California plant

General Mills recalled Cheerios and Honey Nut Cheerios Tuesday that were produced during certain dates of July of 2015.

October 06, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

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

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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

William M. Atha

The Rev. William M. Atha died July 29. The son of the late Rev. Claude Ernest and Janie Beatrice Yancey Atha, he was born in 1925 in Winder. Raised during the Depression, the Rev. Atha served in the Merchant Marines as a petty officer from 1943 to 1945 and traveled around the world while serving his country during World War II. He returned home and married Sara Marcelle Dial of Oxford in 1947, and they had two children. The Rev. Atha's life changed when he accepted Jesus into his life. He became an ordained minister in 1952 and led ...

August 01, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Doris Houston Belcher

Mrs. Doris Houston Belcher died July 22 in Pittsburgh, Pa. The daughter of the late Oscar Houston and Ruby Benton Houston, she was born in 1929 in Newton County. She accepted Christ at an early age and joined James Paschal Baptist Church, Covington. For many years, Mrs. Belcher returned to the annual Homecoming Celebration in Covington. Mrs. Belcher graduated from Washington High School. She married Samuel Belcher, and they resided in Omaha, Neb., and Elizabeth, N.J., before moving to Pittsburgh in 1972. There she was employed by Linton's Clothing Store in Squirrel Hill, retiring after 30 years of ...

August 01, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Willie Ralph Glover

Mr. Willie Ralph Glover died July 24. The son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Norman (Stella Manuel) Glover Sr., he was born in 1942 in Newton County. Mr. Glover, called Ralph, was the fifth of seven children. He was raised and educated in Newton County. Always a hard worker, he was employed by the Rutledge Construction Company in Decatur for 32 years. An excellent mechanic, Ralph loved working on cars and repairing lawn mowers. Mr. Glover was the proud father of two daughters and proud grandfather of three, all of whom he adored. Mr. Benton was a friendly, out-going ...

August 01, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Broxton L. Henderson

Mr. Broxton Lee Henderson died July 28. The son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Spencer (Salema Jones) Henderson, he was born in 1936. Mr. Henderson attended Washington Street School. He enlisted in the United States Air Force serving his country for four years. He then relocated to Chicago where he worked at Hendrickson Spring Company, retiring after 33 years of service. After his retirement, he returned to Covington. Mr. Henderson has a pleasing personality and enjoyed making others laugh. He enjoyed collecting old coins, model cars and gardening.

August 01, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Dorothy Lee Nolley Lowe

Mrs. Dorothy Lee Nolley Lowe died July 27 in Rockdale County. The daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Governor Lee (Addie Ruth Weaver) Nolley, she was born in 1939 in Newton County. She joined Sims Chapel Baptist Church at an early age and served on the Usher Board. Mrs. Lowe graduated from R.L. Cousins High School in 1958. While in high school, she married Mr. Howard Lowe who preceded her in death. She was the proud mother of three daughters and one son. Mrs. Lowe was employed by Bibb Manufacturing where she retired after many years of dedicated ...

August 01, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Conquering fears through 4-H

Stone Mountain's newest attraction, Sky Hike, sends 300 people an hour into the skies as they traverse rope and bridge elements.

August 01, 2008 | Terri Kimble | Archives

Runoff election needs voters

Tuesday there will be a runoff election for the Newton County Sheriff Republican nomination and the Democratic nominees for the Newton County Commission chairman and the commission seat for District 3.

August 01, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Back to school time

The collective sigh you have heard around our community this past week can only mean one thing, school is back in session in Newton County and Social Circle.

August 01, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Sponsor help appreciated

Dear Editor: The donation of 450 box fans from nine area Wal-Mart stores, recently, is the largest single business contribution in the history of FaithWorks. We are greatly indebted to Wal-Mart Market Manager Tony Stewart, as well as to Judy Sutton at The Church at Covington, who negotiated this generous gift. Hundreds in our community will get relief from summer's heat as well as high utility rates. We are very grateful for this level of support for our ministry's efforts to help the needy in this county and welcome Wal-Mart as partners in the challenge.

August 01, 2008 | Bob Furnad | Archives

Local artists take home awards for work

Members of the Southern Heartland Art Guild recently showcased their art at the Monroe Art Guild's annual Members Juried Art Exhibition. In the end, three Southern Heartland members took home awards.

August 01, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives

Architectural firm chosen for library

The Newton County Library Board recently announced their selection of an architectural firm to design the county's second library, which will begin construction early next year.

August 01, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

Land owners apply for annexation

A new group of Newton County landowners has applied to be annexed into Social Circle, though their combined acreage is considerably less than the 1,150 acres the city sought to annex from the county two years ago.

August 01, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

NAACP hosts celebration

Today school is back in session throughout Newton County, and another year of high hopes is under way. This morning, approximately 19,000 students made their way to one of the district's 21 schools.

August 01, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives

Meth arrest made in local motel room

Police arrested and charged a 24-year-old woman with allegedly distributing methamphetamines after discovering bags of suspected methamphetamines, marijuana and digital measuring tools in her Covington motel room on July 19.

August 01, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives

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