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Hometown Hero

For the last six years we have had the honor to recognize people in our community who through their actions and deeds have gone the extra mile to help their neighbors or their family.

April 26, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

We need help on McGibboney Road

Dear editor,

April 26, 2015 | Staff Report | Letters

Rams clinch No. 3 seed

There isn't a better way to finish off the baseball season and prepare for the playoffs than a series against your rival. The third and fourth seed from Region 2-AAAAAA, Newton and Rockdale, started a three-game series on Tuesday, and finished up on Thursday. Though Newton lost the series after losses in the first two games, the Rams took the final regular season game of the season and sealed the three-seed with a 4-0 win over Rockdale, Thursday evening.

April 26, 2015 | Javon Dickerson | Newton

Nearly $900,000 owed in county taxes

As the county approaches the budgetary event horizon, the Board of Commissioners will face tough decisions as department heads compete for resources and county employees grow increasingly impatient for raises.

April 26, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Thank you

Dear editor,

April 26, 2015 | Staff Report | Letters

Covington Regional Ballet Artistic Director Selected as Governor’s Honors Program Teacher

Covington Regional Ballet is proud to announce that Peter Swan has been offered a teaching position in the Governor's Honors Program.

April 25, 2015 | Staff Report | LIVING

Man arrested for missing jury duty

Brandon Lee Cooper failed to appear for jury duty and a hearing to explain why last week, and thus was sentenced to two days in jail.

April 25, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Man arrested for drug store robberies

Christopher Westmoreland was arrested in connection with several robberies in Newton, Rockdale and DeKalb counties.

April 24, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Willie Mae Barr Greenwood

Willie Mae Barr Greenwood 91, of Mansfield passed away April 22, 2015 at The Retreat in Monticello. She was born in Monticello, Ga to the late Johnnie and Mammie E. Barr. Willie Mae was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years Adolph Greenwood, and several brothers and sisters.

April 24, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

Chamber golf tournament

The Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce held its annual golf tournament Thursday with a beautiful day of golf at Ashton Hills Golf Course.

April 23, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Airport Road remains closed

The rainy and windy conditions from this past weekend are still causing problems for Newton County residents.

April 22, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Haler leaving Porterdale for Conyers

Porterdale Main Street Director Terri Haler will be leaving her post to be the new tourism director for the city of Conyers.

April 22, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Mr. Michael Eugene Luna

Mr. Michael Eugene Luna, 49 of Social Circle, went to be with his heavenly Father April 17, 2015 at Newton Medical Center. Michael was born in Birmingham, Alabama on November 22, 1965. He is preceded in death by his grandparent's Posey Luna and C.L. and Julie Mullenix and brother Timothy Luna.

April 22, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

$9.5 million coming to FFA/FCCLA Center

The Georgia FFA/FCCLA Center in Newton County will receive an infusion of funds, with $9.5 million in additional grand funds in the fiscal year 2016 state budget to construct new buildings.

April 21, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Newton County Jail Log; Apr. 15

Quintarus Antonio Aikens, Covington, Apr 11, Probation Violation

April 20, 2015 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log

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William (Bud) Wilbanks

William (Bud) Wilbanks, 68, of Covington, died May 31. The son of the late Charlie Sanford and Bertha Dotson Wilbanks, he was a member of Ola Baptist Church, Henry County, and enjoyed hunting and playing horseshoes. Mr. Wilbanks was preceded in death by daughter Gladys Mac Wilbanks, granddaughter Kayla Elizabeth Wilbanks and sister Effie Moore.

June 04, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

EPD looks into illegal dumping

The Georgia Environmental Protection Division is investigating a case of illegal dumping of construction demolition materials by the Yellow River along Sycamore Trail.

June 04, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

Porterdale unveils logo

Porterdale continued its quest towards becoming a Better Hometown Monday as officials unveiled a new logo at the monthly city council meeting.

June 04, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives

Oxford chooses design firm for new city hall

 Oxford will not be participating in the addition of two nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle, as decided unanimously by the city council Monday evening, capping off a nearly two-year long information and decision-making process.

June 04, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives

Lock up the lawn mowers

 They're clunky, heavy and good for cutting grass, but unfortunately, lawnmowers seem to have become the new hot commodity for those looking to make an illicit buck.

June 04, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives

Midway remembered

She was tired. She was so very, very tired. And she was hurting. God, was she ever hurting. And the irony of it was that she shouldn't have been there at all. For just 29 days earlier, in a faraway Pacific Ocean spot known as the Coral Sea, she'd been hurt so badly that the Japanese had written her off as sunk.

June 01, 2008 | Nat Harwell | Archives

Support our local economy

Support for local businesses is a direct investment in our community. For every dollar we spend in Covington and Newton County, our investment's return becomes more and more beneficial to the community at-large.

June 01, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Hamilton Jordan's battle with cancer

Dear Editor: Hamilton Jordan was the most dedicated and dogged cancer fighter I have ever known. He battled royally against his own cancer and on behalf of the whole nation.

June 01, 2008 | William J. Todd | Archives

Interactive poll results

The Covington News' second poll of the 2008 Newton County Election season concluded Saturday. The interactive asked readers to choose between the current candidates for Newton County Board of Commissioners chairman.

June 01, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Beautiful creatures

 The fourth annual Hummingbird Festival at Gaithers Plantation began Saturday with thousands of local residents turning out to enjoy the beautiful birds, great weather and the many artisan crafts on sale.

June 01, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

Channeling Martha Stewart for planning social gatherings

 I've been channeling my inner Martha Stewart recently, and she's dog-tired after hosting two parties in one week.

June 01, 2008 | Kari Apted | Archives

Willie James Key

Mr. Willie James Key died May 22. the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Luther Kay, he was born in 1933. He was a kind hearted, devoted husband, father, grandpop and uncle and was loved by all. Mr. Key was preceded in death by parents; brothers Mr. Oscar Key, Mr. Rufus Key, Mr. Fred Key; sisters Mrs. Inez Williams, Mrs. Evelyn Hearn; nephews Mr. Tony Glover, Mr. William (Kanta) Hearn; sister-in-law Mrs. Birdell Ward; and brother-in-law Mr. Calvin E. Bowden.

June 01, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Man to serve 10 years for girl's death

 The Newton County resident charged with the fatal shooting of a 15-year-old girl was sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter in Newton County Superior Court Friday morning.

June 01, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives

Howard Phillips Milligan

Mr. Howard Phillips Milligan, 69, of Oxford, died May 30. Mr. Milligan, a life-long resident of Newton County, was the son of the late William Howard and Jane Phillips Milligan. He was formerly the co-owner of Red & White Grocery Store in Covington and the owner of the Red & white Grocery in Social Circle. He loved to fish and especially enjoyed his boats.

June 01, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Battling burglars

 A couple of weeks ago, Daniel Canady came home to the stomach-dropping sight of his side door having been kicked in.

June 01, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives

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