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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


Mr. Martha Ann Mahan

Martha Ann Mahan of Social Circle passed away July 16, 2014, at the age of 81. A very dedicated member of the First United Methodist Church of Covington and the Christian Fellowship Sunday School Class, she was also a member and past president of the Callie Cohen Circle of the United Methodist Women. Mrs. Mahan enjoyed traveling and will be remembered for her wonderful cooking.

July 17, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Jayne Satterfield

Jayne Satterfield, 78 of Covington, passed away Wednesday, July 16 at Abbey Hospice. Jayne was born on February 23, 1936 to Charner and Frieda (Seddon) Peacock in Atlanta. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. Mrs. Satterfield was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Orlin R. Satterfield in 2013 and her parents.

July 17, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Doris T. Mitchell Bowie

Doris T. Mitchell Bowie of Covington, passed away July 16, 2014, at the age of 93. Mrs. Bowie was a lifelong resident of Newton County, and faithful member of Voice of Pentecost, in Covington. Additionally, she was a former member of United Pentecostal Church, where she served as youth director, the ladies auxiliary leader and Sunday School Teacher. Mrs. Bowie was a published song writer and poet, and proud member of the National Poetry Society of Who's Who. She enjoyed camping, fishing and spending time with those she loved. Mrs. Bowie was preceded in death by her first husband ...

July 17, 2014 | Staff Report | STATE


Newton Newsflash: More construction this weekend

If you're out and about this weekend, avoid sections of I-20 in Newton County as construction continues. Lane closures and long delays can be expected in the following areas and times:

July 17, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Positive change

The Youth and Young Adult Development Center has been promoting a positive change for youth and young adults ranging from 8 to 30 years old, since 2003.

March 07, 2008 | Colleen Capes Jackson | Archives


Would Jesus be in favor of Civil Unions?

In a town meeting last Sunday, Senator Barack Obama made an interesting religious statement. He said, "I believe in civil unions that allow a same-sex couple to visit each other in a hospital or transfer property to each other ... If people find that controversial, then I would just refer them to the Sermon on the Mount."

March 07, 2008 | John Donaldson | Archives


Sacrificing babies on the alter of convenience

This is an anniversary year for the disastrous Roe vs.. Wade decision. Since it is also an election year, the rhetoric seems to be magnified. Even though our laws and common sense tell us that an unborn life is still a life, we continue to sacrifice doing the correct thing on the altar of convenience.

March 07, 2008 | John Pearrell | Archives


I am the way, the truth, and the life

Nearing the end of Christ's life before his crucifixion, he spoke to his disciples and told them he would not be with them much longer. In John 13:33-14:6 we read the story of how Jesus dealt with the questions of Peter as well as Thomas concerning his going away. He also brought comfort to the troubled hearts of his disciples.

March 07, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives


Come, let us return to the Lord

Why did God take him from us? Why can't the doctors figure out what is wrong with me? Why didn't I get that opportunity I was so ready for? Why do I sometimes hurt ...inside? Do you understand the answer to all those questions? Do you know why bad stuff happens?

March 07, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives


Opportunities abound

Newton County Schools held its fifth Career Expo for high school students, hosted for the fourth year by DeKalb Technical College, Wednesday morning and afternoon.

March 07, 2008 | Jennifer Long | Archives


Tara Michelle Adair

Mrs. Tara Michelle Adair, 39, a lifelong resident of Covington, died March 3. Mrs. Adair attended Eastridge Community Church and Mansfield Baptist Church and High Point Baptist Church. She was a graduate of Newton County High School and enjoyed being involved with her children and all their activities.

March 07, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives


Robert "Bob" Collier

Robert "Bob" Collier, 63, of Conyers, passed away March 4. Mr. Collier was a hairdresser in the DeKalb and Conyers area for over 40 years.

March 07, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives


Raymond Davis Grant Jr.

Mr. Raymond Davis Grant Jr. died Feb. 26. The son of the late Mr. Raymond Davis Grant Sr. and Mrs. Rebecca Grant Williams, he was born in 1945 in Newton County. Mr. Larcellous Williams was his devoted stepfather. He joined Grace United Church at an early age and attended public schools in Newton County, graduating in 1964. Mr. Grant was a cement finisher. He loved feeding the birds in the morning.

March 07, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives


Mary Sammons

Mary Sammons, 89, of Covington, died March 5 at Newton Medical Center. The daughter of the late James Walter and Mary (Boswell) Sammons, she was born in Newton County. Miss Sammons was a founding member of Calvary Baptist Church where over many years she taught The Joy Class Sunday school, served as church secretary was a member and officer of WMU and was very supportive of other churches and ministries. Miss Sammons was a long-time employee of Covington Mill, worked for Schwobilt Men's Clothing, Macy's in downtown Atlanta and was a volunteer for 35 years with Newton Hospital ...

March 07, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives


Arlene Peale Terrell

Arlene Peale Terrell, 68, of Social Circle, died March 1. The daughter of the late Elmer Earl Turner and Isabelle Pecor Turner, she was born in Colchester County, Va., in 1939.

March 07, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives


Metal theft a major problem in Newton County

 Editor's note: This is the first in a two-part series exploring the theft of scrap metal in Newton County. For part two, see the Sunday edition of the Covington News.

March 07, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


NCWSA considers brand new water conservation rates

The Newton County Water and Sewerage Authority is considering the adoption of new rates to encourage greater water conservation among its residential customers.

March 07, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


County fire dept. experiences year of positive growth

Though Newton County Fire Service responded to 200 more calls in 2007 than it did in 2006, the majority of the department's calls were for emergency medical services.

March 07, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Choosing your religion

 Darryl Moore's spiritual search began over 30 years ago while growing up in Connecticut.

March 07, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


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