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Joe Yarbrough

Mr. Joe Yarbrough, 67, of Covington, Georgia passed away Monday, September 1, 2014. He was born in Porterdale on April 17, 1947 to Claude and Lillian Yarbrough who have preceded him in death. Joe was retired from Norfolk Southern Railroad where he worked as a switchman. He served his country in the United States Army for 8 years and enjoyed hunting and fishing. Mr. Yarbrough was preceded in death by his daughter Elisha Yarbrough and wife Debbie Lynn Yarbrough.

September 02, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS

Hit-and-run driver strikes child in stroller

A Conyers driver who struck a Covington woman and a 2-year-old and then tried to flee the scene was arrested and charged with driving under the influence.

September 02, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

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

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Art appreciation

The Newton County Library, the Arts Association in Newton County and Newton County Schools collaborated to organize the True Colours Art Exhibit.

March 14, 2008 | Jennifer Long | Archives

Billy Crystal strikes out in new career

By Ben Walker

March 14, 2008 | Associated Press | Archives

Amendment gets day in court

On Tuesday, the United States Supreme Court will begin hearing oral arguments in District of Columbia v. Heller (known as Parker v. District of Columbia in the lower court), the most important case concerning the Second Amendment to come before the court in nearly 70 years.

March 14, 2008 | Jason Pye | Archives

Life sentences issued in local murder case

Xavier "Pretty Boy" Dyer, 20, and Christopher "Big Boy" Rozier, 20, convicted for the shooting death of Tony Richardson, 55, whom they allegedly suspected of snitching to police, were sentenced Thursday to life in prison plus 25 years in Newton County Superior Court.

March 14, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives

No sympathy

I don't feel sorry for Eliot Spitzer. The soon-to-be former governor of New York made his own bed and now he can lie in it.

March 14, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Archives

Kaiser stripped of medical license after second sentencing

Alan B. Kaiser II, a formerly prominent Covington doctor who pleaded guilty in 2004 to manufacturing methamphetamines in a storage shed off of Access Road and then withdrew his guilty plea, was re-sentenced on Wednesday in Newton County Superior Court.

March 14, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives

Celebrate Saint Patrick's Day

 If green beer, Irish food and music and revelry are what you're looking for this St. Patrick's Day then go no further than your hometown restaurants, bars and pubs.

March 12, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


 Despite the best efforts of an award-winning ensemble cast, "The Other Boleyn Girl" is weighed down by a poor script with a myopic focus on the tawdriest aspects of the relationship between Henry VIII and the Boleyn sisters.

March 12, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

Basketball rules March

I never knew a tournament bracket could bring me so much joy. How could it really? It's nothing but a bunch of lines on a piece of paper that by the end of the second day of play is littered with more red marks than a high school English paper.

March 12, 2008 | Robby Byrd | Archives

'Pain don't hurt'

These are the five greatest mysteries of this Earth: 1. How Stonehenge was formed; 2. Whatever happened to Amelia Earhart; 3. Women; 4. Why I despise all things mayonnaise (mayonnaise is basically white lard. You would think I would like it since I'm white... and lard); and 5. Why I can't keep my eyes off the 1989 motion picture, "Road House."

March 12, 2008 | Len Robbins | Archives

She's the Mann

 Even though she has taught for only four years, Amber Mann has taken on several duties at Eastside High School other than simply teaching advanced and Quest freshman English.

March 12, 2008 | Jennifer Long | Archives

The lines and the lights

 The year was 1932. Trouble had knocked at America's door. Poverty was rampant, and people were looking for a leader who would offer sustaining hope. Everywhere the cry was heard: "Is there a man who can give us a new and brighter day?"

March 12, 2008 | Clifford Brewton | Archives

Local optometrist covers all the bases

 Located inside Wal-Mart's Vision Center, optometrist Dr. Andrea Washington's general practice has been treating eye patients in the area since July.

March 12, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

Pinewood derby day

 Cub Scout Packs 888 and 747 will host the third Yellow River District Pinewood Derby Races from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Lockett Family Life Center at Prospect United Methodist Church on Ga. Highway 212.

March 12, 2008 | Jennifer Long | Archives

Police, recyclers unite against metal theft

The buzzword these days among the law enforcement personnel and scrap metal recycling industry in dealing with metal thefts is "proactivity."

March 12, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives

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