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Our Thoughts on Our Thoughts

Twice a week, the editorial staff of The Covington News meets to discuss the week's stories and the upcoming print edition of the newspaper ...

January 15, 2017 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Letter: Concern about Solid Waste Authority Contracts

To the Editor:

January 15, 2017 | Staff Report | Letters


Letter: On the record about missing records

Dear Editor:

January 15, 2017 | Staff Report | Letters


Margaret Dimsdale

Margaret Dimsdale, of Covington, passed away Jan. 13, 2017, at the age of 71. Margaret loved her church, her family and her friends. Ronnie and ...

January 14, 2017 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Hice announces 2017 U.S. Service Academy Nominations

U.S. Congressman Jody Hice (GA-10) announced the names of the high school and college students whom he nominated for appointments to America's Service ...

January 13, 2017 | Staff Report | Legislative Updates


GPTC hosts Beyond Community Policing: Building & Sustaining Positive Relationships for the Long Term

Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) is delighted to host a 40 hour training workshop in assisting law enforcement in its interaction with the public.

January 13, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


Sen. Tonya Anderson sworn in as State Senator

Senator Tonya Anderson (D- Lithonia) was sworn into office as a Georgia State Senator by Court of Appeals Judge Charlie Bethel in a ceremony at ...

January 13, 2017 | Staff Report | Legislative Updates


Vilma Ansley (Bim) Meyer

Vilma Ansley (Bim) Meyer, of Oxford, passed away peacefully in her sleep, Jan. 11, 2017, at 89 years of age. A native of Atlanta, Mrs ...

January 12, 2017 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Newton County Jail Log: Jan. 11

Charlie Marques Banks, 24, Covington, Jan. 9, parole violation, probation violation

January 11, 2017 | Staff Report | Crime


Gladys Smith

Gladys Smith, of Covington, passed away Jan. 7, 2017, at the age of 87. She had been a member of Victory Tabernacle Church in Conyers ...

January 11, 2017 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Newton students receive Piedmont academic honors

The following students from Newton County have been awarded academic honors for the recently completed fall semester at Piedmont College.

January 10, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


Melinda Gail Lynn Griffith

Melinda Gail Lynn Griffith, age 66, of Mansfield, passed away on Monday, Jan. 9, 2017, at St. Mary's Good Samaritan Hospital in Greensboro.

January 10, 2017 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Newton Board of Elections officials recognized

Newton County Board of Elections Director (BOE) Angela Mantle and Assistant Director Angela White-Davis were commended recently by board members Hugh Steele, Chair, Jeanette Perry ...

January 10, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Three BOE members sworn in for new terms

Newton County Board of Education members, Almond Turner, Eddie Johnson, and Trey Bailey were sworn in by Superior Court Judge Samuel Ozburn on January 4 ...

January 10, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


Red Cross issues an emergency call for blood and platelet donations during severe winter blood short

The American Red Cross has a severe winter blood shortage and is issuing an emergency call for blood and platelet donors to make a donation ...

January 10, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Our thoughts...A gift from God

 In our Christmas Eve edition, we will be reprinting the most famous Christmas editorial of all time -- "Yes, Virginia There is a Santa Claus."

December 31, 2008 | TPC | Our Thoughts


Ramsey's Produce

Ramsey Produce is one of Covington's locally owned produce stands. Owned and operated by Jim Ramsey, the produce stand holds 40 plus basic items.

"We get 95 percent of our produce from the farmers market in Forest Park. The other comes from local farmers in the area," said Jim Ramsey. With fruits ranging from Washington apples and navel oranges to mangos and pomegranates, Ramsey's has something to satisfy a variety of produce and fresh food cravings. "We have all the citrus fruits you want," said Ramsey. "Our citrus fruits are the most popular, but come spring time it ...

December 31, 2008 | Staff Report | Business


H. Donald Wilbanks, Sr.

H. Donald Wilbanks, Sr., resident of Newton County for over 65 years, passed away December 18, 2008, at the age of 73. An employee with Hercules for 16 years, he was an active member and former deacon of Porterdale Baptist Church. Mr. Wilbanks served 21 years in the United States Coast Guard on active and reserve duty. In addition to being an avid Atlanta Braves fan, he enjoyed wood-working hobbies. Mr. Wilbanks was preceded in death by his parents, Herman and Irene Brock Wilbanks.

December 31, 2008 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


7 workers released in Atlanta bridge collapse

ATLANTA - Federal investigators were working through the weekend to start determining what caused a pedestrian bridge being built high above an Atlanta park to collapse, killing one man and leaving 11 other workers hospitalized, seven in intensive care.

December 31, 2008 | By KATE BRUMBACK Associated Press Writer | LOCAL


Newton County Jail Log 12/21/08

Dwayne Miller, 28, Decatur, Dec. 10. Battery, terroristic threats and acts.

December 31, 2008 | Staff Report | Crime


Where is our leadership?

At a time when Georgia is facing the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression and has to deal with a budget deficit of $2 billion or more, what has been the response of our political leadership?

December 31, 2008 | Tom Crawford columnist | OPINION


Defiant Ill. governor names Obama replacement

CHICAGO - A defiant Gov. Rod Blagojevich on Tuesday named a black political trailblazer to Barack Obama's Senate seat, a surprise move that put the governor's opponents in the uncomfortable position of trying to block his choice from becoming the Senate's only black member.

Blagojevich's appointment of former state Attorney General Roland Burris injected race into the drama surrounding the embattled governor, who repeatedly sought to distance his selection from charges that he tried to sell the seat to the highest bidder.

December 30, 2008 | By Deanna Bellandi Associated Press Writer | LOCAL


Crystal Harwell

Crystal Harwell of Decatur died Dec. 28 at her residence. The daughter of the late Cornelius Griffin Harwell and Verna Pennington Harwell, she was born in Morgan County. She was the granddaughter of the late Dr. Littleton P. Harwell who was one of the earlier settlers of Morgan County. Miss Harwell was a graduate of Piedmont College, attended the University of Colorado and was a retired school teacher from the Atlanta Public School system. She also was a member of the Atlanta First United Methodist Church. Miss Harwell was preceded in death by brothers Eugene Harwell and C. G. Harwell.

December 30, 2008 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Johnnie Andrew Dobbs Sr.

Mr. Johnnie Andrew Dobbs Sr., 89, of Covington, died Dec. 29. The son of the late Clint B. Dobbs Sr. and Vera (Nelms) Dobbs, he was born in Byron in 1919. Mr. Dobbs was a member of New Hope Methodist Church, Atlanta. He was retired from the federal government where he worked as a warehouse manager.

Surviving are wife Regina Dobbs of Covington; sons Johnnie Dobbs Jr. of Stockbridge, Joel Bryan of McDonough; brother C.B. Dobbs Jr.; grandchildren Patrick Dobbs, Michael Dobbs and Randall Ryan; several nieces and a nephew; numerous other family members and friends.

December 30, 2008 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Elinor Johnson Chandler

Mrs. Elinor Johnson Chandler, 68, of Social Circle, died Dec. 29 at Newton Medical Center.

Born in Newton County, Mrs. Chandler was the daughter of the late Marvin and Sara Shepherd Johnson. She was preceded in death by her husband Jack Haskell Chandler Sr. A resident of Social Circle, Elinor retired from Newton County after 20 years of service as director of Human Resources. She was an active member of First Presbyterian Church of Covington and Covington Pilot Club. She enjoyed taking care of her five grandchildren and spending time with her friends.

December 30, 2008 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Don't drink and drive

Tonight is generally considered a night of fun and revelry as people gather to celebrate the end of one year and the start of another. It's a night that sane people sometimes do unsafe things.

It's also a night when people sometimes have a few more toasts of the toddy than they usually do.

December 30, 2008 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Blank pages

"We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day." - Edith Lovejoy Pier

Tomorrow is the beginning of a new year, nature doesn't recognize it, and the world still goes spinning merrily along.

December 30, 2008 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Newton County Jail Log 12/31

o Anissa Harot Meachum, 38, Sandy Springs, Dec. 22. Deposit account fraud.

December 30, 2008 | Staff Report | Crime


Irene G. Holland

December 30, 2008 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Mrs. Jack (Dot) Christian

December 30, 2008 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


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