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Newton County Jail Log: May 24

Gayla Dalyn Atkins, 47, Oxford, May 22, theft by receiving stolen property

May 27, 2017 | Staff Report | Crime


MMCC announces upcoming concerts for the 15th annual Madison Chamber Music Festival

MADISON, Ga. - The 15th annual Madison Chamber Music Festival would like to present its upcoming concerts this June with nationally-esteemed performers in a variety of ...

May 25, 2017 | Staff Report | Living


Tommy Coker

Tommy Coker, age 76, of Social Circle, died on May 21, 2017. He was born in Monroe, GA on April 13, 1941 to the late ...

May 24, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries


Piedmont Academy students present ‘The Shaggy Raggy’

MONTICELLO, Ga. - Piedmont Academy's K-3 class has been very busy. Teacher, Mrs. Mary Ramsdell and the students have been working together to design and ...

May 24, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


Piedmont Academy celebrates graduating kindergartners

MONTICELLO, Ga. - Piedmont Academy held its Kindergarten commencement ceremony at the Cougar Gymnasium May 16.

May 24, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


GBI Child Fatality Review Unit releases suicide data

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation's Child Fatality Review Unit is releasing 2017 data on youth suicides. So far in 2017, 18 children have reportedly ...

May 23, 2017 | Staff Report | State


Fall 2017 White House Internship Program application open

The Fall 2017 White House Internship Program application is now open.

May 23, 2017 | Staff Report | State


Smith Receives Municipal Revenue Administration Certificate

COVINGTON, Ga. - Covington Finance Director Randy Smith received a Municipal Revenue Administration Certificate from the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA). The certificate was presented to Smith ...

May 23, 2017 | Staff Report | Covington


Samuel Burney Hay, Jr.

Samuel Burney Hay, Jr. was born in Opelika, Alabama in 1932, the third child and only son of Frances Dearing Hay of Covington, and the ...

May 22, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries


Truman Ray Boyd

Truman Ray Boyd, aged 71, of Fayetteville, passed away May 19, 2017 from Parkinson's.

May 22, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries


Oxford men's tennis wins third straight national title

PLANO, TX – In the 2017 NJCAA Division III Men's Championship, Oxford Emory (GA) tallied 27.5 points to win its third national championship in ...

May 21, 2017 | Staff Report | Oxford College


Letters: The old 'double standard' is alive and well

Dear Editor,

May 21, 2017 | Staff Report | Letters


Our Thoughts: Congratulations Class of 2017

Graduation is a significant milestone in a young person's life. It is the closing of one chapter and the beginning of another.

May 21, 2017 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Letters: Thank you, Pastor Payne

Dear Editor,

May 21, 2017 | Staff Report | Letters


Newton County Jail Log: May 17

Terry Lee Aikens, 53, Covington, May 10, knowingly driving motor vehicle on suspended, canceled or revoked registration, no seat belts, possession of less than an ...

May 20, 2017 | Staff Report | Crime


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GaDOE’s school nutrition program and USDA announce 2008-2009 guidelines for free and reduced meals

In light of current economic conditions, the Newton County School System School Nutrition Department would like to remind parents and guardians about the guidelines for free and reduced price school meals. Georgia public school students who are members of households receiving food stamps or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits are eligible for free meals. If those households have been notified that their children are directly certified for free meals, they do not need to apply for free or reduced?price meals. If households do not wish their children to receive free meals, they are to notify the school ...

February 18, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


Newton County schools partner with local agencies to apply for Safe Schools/Healthy Students grant

The Newton County School System is joining with several partners to apply for the SafeSchools/Healthy Students grant provided by the Safe and Drug Free Schools Office, a division of the U. S. Department of Education. School officials, including Deena Sams,School/Parent/Community Collaboration Coordinator, and Kathy Garber, NCSS GrantsCoordinator, are working with representatives from the Newton County CommunityPartnership, the Juvenile Courts and Juvenile Justice Department, Gwinnett/Rockdale/Newton Mental Health, KidsNet and local law enforcement to develop a plan aimed at reducing risky behaviors among today's youth. The program is being designed to strengthen ...

February 18, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


What a hassle

Since when is a state issued Ga. drivers license not an acceptable form of identification and proof of residency in Newton County. I can and must use this license to vote, get a passport, apply for employment, buy alcohol or tobacco, apply for a gun permit, get a loan or checking account, and numerous other privileges that all Americans are accustomed to. It's called life.

One thing I found out today was that I can't use the license as a form of identification to use the local recycling centers. I have lived in Newton County since 1996. My ...

February 18, 2009 | By Timothy D. Jackson Covington | Letters


A nose for the news

Before Fox News and other cable news stations, which today have overtaken the traditional news programs run by ABC, NBC and CBS, there was CNN.

CNN out of Atlanta set the pace for what TV news has become today.

February 18, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Perplexing package

For weeks we were bombarded on every TV station and in every major newspaper by the Obama administration's urgency on passing an economic stimulus package.

We heard that if the bill wasn't rushed through Congress, we would doom the United States and our way of life.

February 18, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Newton County Jail Log - Feb. 18

o Joshua Lafabian Hardeman, 19, Decatur, Jan. 30. Possession, manufacture, distribution of controlled substance.

February 18, 2009 | Staff Report | Crime


Pet of the Week

Puppy Eyes: The Newton County Animal Shelter's pet of the week is a young adult brown and white dog, very sweet. Also available for adoption are a Beagle/Bassett mix, 3 months old, white and tan; a Shar-pei/Dane mix, 3 months old, gray and merle, very pretty; a collie mix, 5-6-weeks-old, red and white; a Beagle, 1-year-old, blonde and white; a Lab mix, 10-12 months old, black wearing a red harness; and a Dachshund mix, 1-2 years old, black. The shelter also has cats and kittens for adoption. For more information about adoptions, contact the animal shelter at ...

February 18, 2009 | Staff Report | Pets of the Week


Study Hall

Study hall: The Leadership Newton County Leadership Class of 2009 recently donated 100 used classroom desks to Project Adventure. Newton County Chamber of Commerce Programs Director Lisa Powell Oglesby, left, Jimmy Oglesby, Home Counselor Kenneth Boone, Home Counselor Vernon Jones, Leadership Class of 2009 member Greg Rawlins, Home Counselor Mario Walker and Project Adventure Executive Director Aaron Nicholson unloaded the desks at the center for neglected and abused teens Saturday.

February 18, 2009 | Staff Report | Covington


Geraldine D. Patrick

Mrs. Geraldine D. Patrick, 74, a lifelong resident of Covington, died Feb. 15. The daughter of the late Van and Cassie Duke, she was born in 1934 in Newton County. Mrs. Patrick was a member of Living Waters Baptist Church and enjoyed spending time with and taking care of her family. She was preceded in death by her husband E. W. Patrick Jr. and sisters Hazel Dooley and Shirley Boes.

February 17, 2009 | Staff Report | Obituaries


Covington council removes pay raise discussion from agenda

Upon the recommendation of Covington City Manager Steve Horton and Mayor Kim Carter, the city council voted to remove a discussion of council pay raises from Monday night's meeting agenda.

For more on this story, continue to check CovNews.com or see Wednesday's edition of The Covington News.

February 17, 2009 | Staff Report | Covington


A bold stance by a brave man

Again, we are proud this month to be highlighting the accomplishments and leadership of our local black residents, who through their perserverance, have helped make Newton County a place that we are proud to call home.

One such person is Forrest Sawyer Jr.

February 15, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Gone with the wind

During the last few months, we have on many occasions heard of the surplus the city of Covington currently has.

We salute the efforts and leadership of past councils as well as the current administration, and City Manager Steve Horton and his staff on their efforts in fostering this surplus.

February 15, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


The bombshell of the session

It won't be a huge surprise to our readers when I note that state legislators are more concerned about the interests of corporate CEOs than the problems of ordinary Georgia citizens. That's the way the world works, whether we like it or not.

Even so, what our lawmakers are being asked to do for Georgia Power Co., the electric utility that has always had an outsized influence on state politics, is breathtaking in its enormity.

February 15, 2009 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Presley Michele Womack

Presley Michele Womack was born Jan. 20 at Rockdale Medical Center, weighing 7 pounds, 2 ounces and measuring 20 inches long. She is the daughter of Dan and Lesa Womack of Covington. She is the granddaughter of Dennis Ellis and Richard and Teresa Fricke. Dennis and Flavia Stapp and Dan Womack Sr. all of Covington.

February 15, 2009 | Staff Report | Announcments


Knapp-Williams

Emily Knapp and Dale Williams, both of Covington, were married Jan. 19 at Willow Springs Ranch with the Rev. Robbie Norman of Harvest Baptist Church of Covington officiating.

February 15, 2009 | Staff Report | Weddings


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