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Newton County Jail Log: July 1

Rod Clark Coleman, 22, Covington, June 26, burglary – 1st degree, criminal trespass

July 01, 2015 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log

Sheriff's Office issues fireworks caution

The Newton County Sheriff's Office would like you to have a happy-and safe-Fourth of July.

July 01, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Fireworks, hotel fee, gas tax changes hit July 1 with new laws

July 1 typically brings a bevy of new laws into effect that were approved by the General Assembly earlier in the year. This year, Georgians can expect to see a new $5 fee tacked on to hotel/motel stays, slight changes to their gas taxes, and will now be able to buy aerial fireworks that were formerly illegal.

July 01, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Landfill Meeting Tonight

The Newton County Board of Commissioners will meet tonight, Wednesday, July 1, at 7:00 p.m. to discuss and likely vote on the Green Hill P3 proposal to lease and operate the county landfill.

July 01, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Davis named Rotary Club president

COVINGTON- The Covington Rotary Club closed out its 76th year Tuesday, handing out awards from 2014-15 and inducting its next president.

June 30, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Georgia State Patrol steps up enforcement this weekend

The July Fourth weekend is not only a chance for many people to celebrate, it is also the busiest travel period of the year. The holiday weekend is recognized as beginning Thursday at 6 p.m. and running through Sunday, July 5 at midnight, according to the Georgia Department of Public Safety.

June 30, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

AKA Chi Tau Omega chapter awards $20,000 in scholarships

COVINGTON- The Chi Tau Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated of Covington, Ga., serving Newton and Rockdale counties, awarded $20, 000 in scholarships on June 21, 2015 at Antioch AME Church in Conyers to high school students heading to various colleges and universities including HBCUs in the state of Georgia and nationwide.

June 30, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Dr. Kenneth L. Jacques

Dr. Kenneth L. Jacques of Oxford, passed away June 29, 2015, at the age of 73. He devoted his life to the ministry of his Lord. Dr. Jacques served as the pastor of Harmony Baptist Church, in Covington, for 27 years, but most recently was a member of Canaan Baptist Church. He led church services once a week, for the residents of Riverside Health Care, Merryvale Assisted Living and The Benton House. He enjoyed spending time in his flower garden, but more than anything, he cherished the time he spent with his family. Preceding him in death were his parents ...

June 29, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

Dr. Melvin Louis Conrad

Dr. Melvin Louis Conrad, 88, passed away on June 26, 2015, in Wichita, Kansas. He was preceded in death by his wife Eula Conrad (Palmer Stone Elementary School Teacher). He is survived by children Albert Conrad (Michael) of Wichita, Kansas, Celia Theiler of Charlotte, North Carolina, and Daniel Conrad (Lauree) of Cary, North Carolina.

June 29, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

Road construction restricted this weekend

The Georgia Department of Transportation is suspending construction-related lane closures on interstates and major state system highways for the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

June 29, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Our thoughts: Pension plan

The Covington City Council made a smart move last week when it voted to back off a hastily conceived plan to change city policy on pensions as they relate to retirees who come back to work for the Covington government.

June 28, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Ruling brings same-sex marriage to Newton

The "thunderbolt" struck the nation around 11 a.m. Friday morning. For some Newton County residents the storm had been brewing for two decades, and for a local couple the ringing began at 3 p.m. – ringing of wedding bells.

June 28, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Carlton Trail sidewalk project now complete

A sidewalk stretching more than half a mile and connecting citizens living in the northwest quadrant of Covington with the rest of the city is now complete. The project ran from Geiger Street to Moore Street in Oxford.

June 27, 2015 | Staff Report | Covington

Conyers teen arrested in shooting death of Newton teen

Newton County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested multiple suspects Friday in connection with the June 22 fatal shooting of 19-year-old Malik Muschett, including Conyers resident Antoine Smith, charged with malice murder and felony murder.

June 27, 2015 | Staff Report | Covington

Donald β€˜Don’ Russell Griffin

Donald Russell Griffin "Don", age 82, of Oxford, passed away Thursday, June 25, 2015. He was born November 11 1932, in Covington County, Alabama to the late Grover Cleveland and Lera Lorene Powell Griffin, the ninth of 11 children.

June 27, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

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Shepherding his sheep

We have been looking at Psalm 23 in this column. Psalm 23 is perhaps one of the most familiar passages in all of scripture. We are generally familiar with the great words of comfort found in this psalm, but many of us don't know the deep riches of the text.

June 27, 2008 | John Pearrell | Archives

Keep your eyes on Jesus

"Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus."

June 27, 2008 | Lisa Hetzel | Archives

Train them up

Join the party. We're celebrating Captain Kangaroo's birthday (June 27, 1927 - Jan. 23, 2004).

June 27, 2008 | Colleen Capes Jackson | Archives

Local program spreading excitement

Some days waking up and going to work can be a chore.

June 27, 2008 | Robby Byrd | Archives

The fight against annoying kudzu

The network morning shows only have news for about the first 30 minutes, from that point on they launch into everything from how to cure a hangnail to picking a couple to have a wedding on a New York street corner.

June 27, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Archives

The pastor and the prophetess

Pastor Clinton and Prophetess and author Carlitta M. Reed take No Compromise Ministry to the streets and minister through a heart of love and compassion for people who are homeless, living in a spirit of poverty, possessed by demonic spirits and addicted to drugs, alcohol and desires of the flesh.

June 27, 2008 | Colleen Capes Jackson | Archives

Dukes of Covington

As the sun began to set, the Covington square began to fill with die-hard "Dukes of Hazzard" fans.

June 27, 2008 | Brian Harper | Archives

Professor to run for state senate seat

After 32 years in the education sector watching the state's school systems continue to struggle, Rudy Cox says he was moved to try and change things from the inside with a run for the state senate.

June 27, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

Covington Pihranas devour competition, 460-145

COVINGTON - Summer is in full swing, and so is the Covington YMCA's Pihranas aquatics team.

June 26, 2008 | Eric R. Wallace | Archives

So far, so good...

SAVANNAH - The journey for the 2008-2009 Newton High boys basketball team started on May 26.

June 26, 2008 | Bill Dolan | Archives

Does winning cure all things, even for the Hawks?

Well, if you are a casual fan of the National Basketball Association and only tune in for the playoffs, you might be confused by this headline.

June 26, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Newton County CRCT results announced

The Criterion Referenced Competency Test results are in and Newton County third, fifth and eight graders, as a whole, showed improvement in several subjects but fell short in every category of the state averages.

June 26, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives


 Labeled as the world's most diversified sport, bowling offers recreational activity for people of all ages.

June 25, 2008 | Brian Harper | Archives

Sitting among history makers

Recently we were notified that the Covington News was to be honored by Georgia Association of Black Elected Officials at a conference held at Savannah State University for our coverage of the murders at the Moore's Ford Bridge in Monroe, between Walton and Oconee counties.

June 25, 2008 | Pat Cavanaugh | Archives

Donkeys fizzle again

As Georgia's 2008 political campaign scene develops, the missed opportunity for state Democrats becomes increasingly clear. A recent poll showed competition in a Georgia presidential campaign for the first time since 1996.

June 25, 2008 | Bill Shipp | Archives

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