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Live: 2014 Primary runoff results

Today's primary election runoff races will determine several local, state and federal races.

July 22, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Mr. Max G. Kilgore

Max G. Kilgore of Covington, Georgia, born April 17, 1919, went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on July 19, 2014, at the age of 95. He was born in Palmersville, Tennessee, to John and Charlie Bostic Kilgore who preceded him in death along with his six siblings, Ned, Ralph (Doc), Mary, Dorothy, Annabelle and Sue. Max went to school in Palmersville, Tennessee, until joining a CCC Camp where he worked and completed his final year of high school in Powell, Tennessee. Max was a graduate of the University of Tennessee; and retired as Lieutenant Colonel after ...

July 22, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Robert Lonnie Johnston

Mr. Robert Lonnie Johnston age 69 of Conyers died July 4, 2014. A Celebration Service will be held at noon Saturday, August 2, 2014 at Calvary Baptist in Lilburn. Pastor Rev. Cavin Cawthon officiating.

July 22, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Our thoughts on 2050: Make changes now

It's time for a change on the 2050 Plan - both to the document itself and officials' approach in presenting it to the public.

July 22, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Diabetes: A talk with the doctor of the nation

Here in Georgia, diabetes is far too commonplace. Maybe your parents were treated for it, or your grandparents. Perhaps you've been diagnosed as pre-diabetic or diabetic. For many people, understanding what this disease really is and how it's treated is complicated.

July 22, 2014 | Staff Report | Health


Public comment disclaimer

It is the policy of the Covington News to allow people, with some form of identification, to voice their opinions, thoughts and concerns about our community. However, it is our policy to have comments free from personal attacks and inflammatory remarks toward people. This does not promote reasonable discussions and, we feel is detrimental, to furthering discussion on an issue or topic.

July 21, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Our thoughts on community hospital

One of the cornerstones of pride in the Newton County community is that we have our own hospital; and throughout its existence the taxpayers have supported its development.

July 19, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Challenges facing farmers today and tomorrow

Though farming was once big business in the United States, by 2012 less than 1 percent of Americans were professional farmers. Many challenges face today's farmers, many of which are largely unknown to the general public.

July 19, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Mae Hardman

Mae Hardman, of Rabun Gap, formerly of Porterdale, Georgia, passed away July 15, 2014. Mae was born November 26, 1925, to Carrie Mae (Lunsford) and William Grady Hardman. She had lived in Rabun County since 1971, where she taught at Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School until her retirement. Prior to teaching, Mae was a social worker for Bibb Manufacturing Company for 27 years. She was very active in both of her communities, which she dearly loved. Mae served in many civic organizations and held positions over the years in both the Porterdale Presbyterian Church and the Rabun Gap Presbyterian Church. Mae dedicated ...

July 18, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. A.L. Crane

A.L. Crane of Covington, passed away July 16, 2014 at Newton Medical Center. He was 78 years of age at the time of his death. A.L. loved people and never met a stranger. He was always willing to go the extra mile to help anyone who needed him. He will be remembered as a man who loved his family. A.L. was preceded in death by his son, Wade Crane; parents, Alvin M. and Gladys (Segars) Crane; and his former spouse, Joann Covington.

July 17, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Mark Jeffries

Mark Jeffries, age 41 of Covington, passed away July 15, 2014. Mark was a true Believer who loved the Lord Jesus with all of his heart. He was an accomplished bass fisherman and loved to hunt. He had a great sense of humor, and was a talented cook, guitarist and singer. Mark enjoyed spoiling his nieces and nephews, and he cherished his time with Mary McCullough, the person closest to his heart. He was loved and will be missed by his family and friends. Mark was preceded in death by his father, William Dee "Junior" Jeffries.

July 17, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Martha Ann Mahan

Martha Ann Mahan of Social Circle passed away July 16, 2014, at the age of 81. A very dedicated member of the First United Methodist Church of Covington and the Christian Fellowship Sunday School Class, she was also a member and past president of the Callie Cohen Circle of the United Methodist Women. Mrs. Mahan enjoyed traveling and will be remembered for her wonderful cooking.

July 17, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Jayne Satterfield

Jayne Satterfield, 78 of Covington, passed away Wednesday, July 16 at Abbey Hospice. Jayne was born on February 23, 1936 to Charner and Frieda (Seddon) Peacock in Atlanta. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. Mrs. Satterfield was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Orlin R. Satterfield in 2013 and her parents.

July 17, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Doris T. Mitchell Bowie

Doris T. Mitchell Bowie of Covington, passed away July 16, 2014, at the age of 93. Mrs. Bowie was a lifelong resident of Newton County, and faithful member of Voice of Pentecost, in Covington. Additionally, she was a former member of United Pentecostal Church, where she served as youth director, the ladies auxiliary leader and Sunday School Teacher. Mrs. Bowie was a published song writer and poet, and proud member of the National Poetry Society of Who's Who. She enjoyed camping, fishing and spending time with those she loved. Mrs. Bowie was preceded in death by her first husband ...

July 17, 2014 | Staff Report | STATE


Newton Newsflash: More construction this weekend

If you're out and about this weekend, avoid sections of I-20 in Newton County as construction continues. Lane closures and long delays can be expected in the following areas and times:

July 17, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Stanley Lamar Gossett

Mr. Stanley "Lamar" Gossett, 49, a longtime resident of Covington died Feb. 10. The son of Frank and Carol Gossett, he was born in 1958 in Fulton County He attended Eastridge Community Church. Mr. Gossett enjoyed fishing and riding motorcycles and loved spending time with his seven grandchildren.

February 13, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives


Martha Jewell Prather Nicholson

Martha Jewell Prather Nicholson, 83, died Feb. 11. She was born in Covington in the Covington Mill Community. She married and raised her family in Atlanta. She moved to Florida in 2004. She was preceded in death by husband Henry Hanson (Bill) Nicholson, daughter Linda Faye Nicholson, sister Clifford Frances Prather and parents Clifford Anderson Prather and Beulah Modine Smith Prather. Mrs. Nicholson was raised in the Methodist church.

February 13, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives


Gary A. Roper

Gary A. Roper, 63, of Covington, died Feb. 9 at Newton Medical Center. A native of Ozark County, Ala., he graduated from high school in Cleveland and had been a Covington resident for 34 years. Most recently employed with Guardian Automotive Inc. and retired from Fibervision in 1995, Mr. Roper also operated his own machine fabrication company for 15 years before turning the business over to his sons. Mr. Roper enjoyed playing the guitar and banjo and being around his family. He was preceded in death by sister Teresa Roper Sewell.

February 13, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives


Charles Henry Walker

Charles Henry Walker, 84, of Porterdale, died Feb. 11 at Social Circle Health and Rehab. The son of the late W.F. and Annie Barron Walker, he was born in Walton County. Mr. Walker was a member of the Porterdale Presbyterian Church where he enjoyed working with children and supporting them in their church programs. A resident of Porterdale for 23 years, Mr. Walker retired from Hercules Inc. after 20 years of service. He is preceded in death by daughter Raydene Stapp Thomason and brothers J.W. Walker and Bobby Walker. Surviving are wife Grace Pollett Walker of Porterdale; stepson ...

February 13, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives


Mattie R. Way

Mattie R. Way died Jan. 28. The daughter of the late George and Lucy (Allen) Watkins, she was born in 1937 in Buckingham County, Va. She moved to New Jersey and joined the Union Baptist Church in Passaic, N.J. She later joined Christ Temple Baptist Church, founded by her parents. Mrs. Way was a member of the choir and Missionary Circle and adviser to the Junior Usher Board. She later moved her membership to the United Methodist Church, Orange, N.J., under the leadership of her son-in-law the Rev. Alfred McCray Jr. She moved to Covington to live with ...

February 13, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives


The Tuskegee Airmen

Good Hope Baptist Church will host the Atlanta Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen as part of its Black History Month celebration from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 16.

February 13, 2008 | Jennifer Long | Archives


Celebrate Arbor Day

The City of Covington mayor and council, the Newton County Board of Commissioners and the City of Covington Tree Preservation Board will host an Arbor Day Celebration from 11 a.m. to noon Friday.

February 13, 2008 | Jennifer Long | Archives


Lucy's spreads its wings

Fans of Lucy's Wings and Things in Newborn will be pleased to know a second restaurant location has opened not far from Georgia Perimeter College.

February 13, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


A spoon full of garbage

What would you do for a heaping helping of sweet, tasty - garbage?

February 13, 2008 | Robby Byrd | Archives


In opposition to recent column

Dear Editor: I have been "wrestling" with Mr. Harwell's columns from time to time. I realize that his articles reflect his opinions, and they are thought provoking ones. But he also states disturbing "facts" to his readers that I question. I would be interested in knowing where the data was obtained that led Mr. Harwell to state in the Feb. 3 edition of The Covington News that, "The majority of people in this county who send their kids to public schools are renters, and the majority of those kids come from the lower segments of our society." Just what ...

February 13, 2008 | Beverly Copeland | Archives


Eastside swimmers finish 35th at championship

Last weekend, Eastside High swimmers Drew Ellwanger and Nijyl Chavis each competed during the state high school championship at Westminster in Atlanta, placing 35th overall out of 47 teams.

February 13, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives


Clemens hearing may be a good show, but don't expect it settled

By Tim Dahlberg

February 13, 2008 | Associated Press | Archives


SKC goes green

Several new changes have taken place at the SKC Inc. plant in Covington including the production of an environmentally friendly bio-degradable film, a large reduction in plant water usage and the naming of a new chief technology officer.

February 13, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Elderly woman robbed in latest home invasion

In a second case of home invasion involving a man posing as a utilities worker, an elderly victim was robbed of $2,000, according to a recently released incident report from the Newton County Sherriff's Office.

February 13, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


Middle Georgia pummels Oxford College, 105-44

OXFORD - In a season filled with little excitement and many tough losses, one Oxford College Eagle was able to overcome the adversity and put together a stellar performance on Monday night, despite his team pummeled by Middle Georgia, 105-44.

February 13, 2008 | Brian Harper | Archives


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