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A taste of the Artful Harvest

Southern Heartland Arts Inc. invites the public to visit Artful Harvest, the annual invitational judged art show, sponsored by United Bank, during September.

August 30, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Leadership still lacking

Two weeks ago we editorialized that the Newton County Board of Commissioners should show some leadership, define the county's form of government, and identify its true manager. The BOC held a workshop on the topic, but left the meeting without a solution, or even clarity on how Newton County should be led.

August 30, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Recommendations to the BOC

The recent loan from Newton County Chairman Keith Ellis on behalf of Newton County to Commissioner J.C. Henderson was a huge problem for our local government.

August 30, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Mrs. Arlene Bishop

Mrs. Arlene Bishop, age 73, of Mansfield formerly of Redan passed away at her home Friday, August 29, 2014. She was born August 28, 1941 in Austell Georgia to Arlo and Mary Pike who have preceded her in death. Mrs. Bishop worked for and retired from The Rockdale Citizen Newspaper. She was a loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother, great grandmother and friend. Mrs. Bishop taught Sunday school at Redan Baptist Church, East Newton Baptist Church and was currently a member of Mansfield Baptist Church. She enjoyed traveling, working in her flower garden and was a gracious hostess who loved to ...

August 29, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Ellis' letter about Henderson check

Following is the letter Newton County Commission Chairman Keith Ellis sent the Covington News about the $4,500 paycheck advance given to Commissioner J.C. Henderson. It is reprinted here in its entirety.

August 29, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Lorraine Elementary evacuation ends after sweep due to possible bomb threat

A lockdown on Lorraine Elementary after a possible bomb threat was lifted shortly after noon Friday after a security sweep found the campus to be clear.

August 29, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


In 1970, we had a riot; Ferguson looks like war

The news from Ferguson, Missouri, has brought back unpleasant memories from the long-ago riots in Asbury Park, New Jersey. It was the summer of 1970, and I was a young teenager close enough to the action to be appropriately frightened.

August 28, 2014 | Staff Report | Columnists


Lunchtime concerts set for Thursdays

A series of concerts, all featuring different styles of music, are set for noon each Thursday in September. All will be held on the Square in Covington, and all are free to the public.

August 28, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Football in the SEC not a casual affair for fans

We made it, folks.

August 28, 2014 | Ben Prevost | Sports Columnists


GPTC hosts healthy choices fair

Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) recently hosted a series of events targeting health and wellness on its DeKalb and Newton campuses. As a part of its "Be ACTive" initiative to encourage faculty, staff and students to engage in healthy choices that will nourish the mind, body and spirit, GPTC held a "Healthy Choices Fair" in the Conference Center on the college's DeKalb Campus.

August 28, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Pilot Club hosts partner in education

The Pilot Club of Covington welcomed its partner in education for 2014-15 to its monthly meeting in August.

August 28, 2014 | Staff Report | LIFE


Rotary Club gives $500 to end Polio

The Rotary Club of Covington hosted District Governor William E. Strickland III at its weekly meeting Tuesday.

August 28, 2014 | Staff Report | LIFE


Thank you John Middleton

Thank you John Middleton for your 14 years of service as Newton County's Manager.

August 28, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


The Value of Work and Labor Day

My first paying job was cleaning the bathrooms at the First Baptist Church of Carrollton, Georgia, where I was a member. I was 14, the minimum age for "children" to work. This was neither glamorous nor exciting work, but useful and needed work. On Sundays I often over heard the "little old ladies" of the church commenting on the cleanliness of the bathroom. I remember my subsequent feeling of pride. While not a glamorous work, my actions were helpful and appreciated by those who used the facilities. For providing this useful service I earned minimum wage in 1981, ($3.35 ...

August 28, 2014 | Staff Report | Columnists


Mr. Ronald Dean Linder

Mr. Ronald Dean Linder

August 27, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


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4,000 to remember

The war in Iraq reached a major and disturbing milestone on Sunday with the death of the 4,000th coalition soldier.

March 26, 2008 | Robby Byrd | Archives


Sounds fishy to me

In the news recently is a story about how the state Department of Natural Resources decided to "outsource" the state's hunting and fishing licensing and boating registration.

March 26, 2008 | Len Robbins | Archives


Blossoming downtown

The Potting Shed - a unique local nursery that sells custom-designed mixed planters - has changed locations, moving to the heart of historic Covington on Floyd Street.

March 26, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Cecil G. Brown Sr.

Mr. Cecil G. Brown Sr., 75, of Covington, died March 21. The son of the late John Martin Sr. and Maggie Fambrough Brown, he was born in Walton County and had been a resident of Covington for over 50 years. He graduated from Morgan County High School, attended the University of Georgia and was a musician recording in Nashville, Tenn., and Atlanta. Mr. Brown owned and operated Green Hill Nursery from 1967 to 2002 and was former president of Georgia Nurserymen Association. A very active member of Covington First United Church, he was a member of the Chancel Choir and ...

March 26, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Jeff Caldwell

Jeff Caldwell, 28, of Covington, died March 20. He had been a resident of Covington for 24 years and was a self-employed electrician for 10 years. Mr. Caldwell was a member of Passion Community Church where he enjoyed playing softball on the church team and operated the sound board for worship services. He loved music, singing and animals.

March 26, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Montine Ellington

Mrs. Montine K. Ellington, 88, of Oxford, died March 22 at Abbey Hospice, Social Circle. The daughter of the late Robert and Eula Steele Kitchens, she was born in Newton County and was the widow of Jesse Harold Ellington. Mrs. Ellington was a member of Covington First Baptist Church. She enjoyed cooking, gardening and baking tea cakes and was an avid Braves baseball fan.

March 26, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Kevin Lee Poe

Mr. Kevin Lee Poe, 36, of Conyers, died at his home March 24. The son of James and Kay Poe, he was born in 1971 in Sumter County, S.C. He was self-employed in the construction industry. Mr. Poe was a loving son, father and brother. He attended First Baptist Church in Conyers.

March 26, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Jeanne Lillian Sikes

Jeanne Lillian Sikes, 67, of Social Circle, formerly of London, England, died March 24 at Abbey Hospice. Mrs. Sikes is preceded in death by husband Howard Sikes and brother Derek Eagleton.

March 26, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Luther "Butch" Stephenson

Mr. Luther "Butch" Stephenson, 47, of Porterdale, died March 21. The son of Robert Leslie English and Betty Brewer English, he was born in Fulton County in 1961. Mr. Stephenson moved to the area four years ago from Atlanta. He was a self-employed handy man and loved fishing and swimming. He attended church at Family Worship Center, Covington.

March 26, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Black Easter march commemorated

The third annual commemoration of the 1970 Black Easter civil rights march on the Covington square was filled with speeches reminding attendees that the fight for racial equality is not over.

March 26, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Spring weekend

Cherry Blossom Festival

March 26, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives


Charges against local minister dropped in court

Charges against the Rev. Clara Lett stemming from a fight with a resident at the Rainbow Community Center homeless shelter earlier this year were dismissed last Wednesday in Newton County Magistrate Court.

March 26, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


Bond denied for one of two suspects in Covington murder

One of the defendants charged with murder in a drug-deal-gone-awry, Covington's first reported homicide of 2008, was denied bond Tuesday in Newton County Superior Court.

March 26, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


Newton County Recreation prepares for baseball

Opening Day at City Pond Park begins Saturday for the Newton County Recreation Commission staff, players, coaches and families.

March 26, 2008 | Alan Howard | Archives


Marshall answers economic questions during meeting

Highlighting a change of focus reflected nationally, the majority of questions asked of U.S. Rep. Jim Marshall at a town hall meeting on Monday were not on the War on Terror or immigration but on the economy and alternative energy.

March 26, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


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