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Our thoughts: Citizens' panel

During a Rotary Club of Covington meeting Tuesday, Newton County Chairman Keith Ellis announced that the commissioners are planning to start a citizens' panel consisting of an appointed member by each commissioner and appointees from each city in the county and entities such as the chamber, water and sewage authority and school board.

July 31, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Post 32 wins state championship

Before the American Legion baseball season even started, coach Bill Dallas had stated that one of his goals for the Covington Post No. 32 A's was to win the Georgia State Championship. Dallas and his team did just that over the weekend by defeating Albany Post No. 30 by a score of 8-3 in the championship game that was contested on Monday morning.

July 31, 2014 | Staff Report | Recreation


Dr. Courtney Manning

Dr. Courtney Manning, age 45, of Covington, passed away June 30, 2014. He was born March 30, 1969 in May Pen, Clarendon, Jamaica to Victor Manning (deceased) and Aneita Cameron. At the age of five, he moved with his family to St. Catherine where they lived at his grandmother's house. While living there, he attended basic school in Reynolds and primary school at Point Hill. At the age of 10, he passed the Common Entrance exam to attend high school, and at the age of 18, he entered the Jamaican Constabulary Force. During this age, he also attended the ...

July 29, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Abraham Thomas “Abe” Hopkins

Abe Hopkins, age 6, of Covington passed away Monday, July 28, 2014. He was born February 14, 2008 in Covington to Mike and Kelli Kirkley Hopkins. Abe was a remarkable young man whose smile and laughter were contagious. Born on Valentine's Day he was full of love, affectionately described as a "mommie's boy" he loved watching Hallmark movies and being with his loving mother, father, sisters, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. Abe shined for Jesus every day and touched more people than could ever be known. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents J.T. and ...

July 29, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Josie Faye (Embry) McLaney

Josie Faye (Embry) McLaney, affectionately known as "Jo," passed away July 28, 2014, at the age of 81. She was born in Rockmart, Georgia, to the late Noel and Rena (Davis) Embry. Jo was a graduate of Cedartown High School, in Cedartown, Georgia. In 1951, she married Milton (Coach Mac) McLaney, and together they moved to Monticello, where he started his coaching career and she found her interest in floral arrangements. They moved to Newton County in 1956, where she became active and served as president of the Covington Garden Club. Jo worked part-time for several years for Abre Sherwood ...

July 29, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Keep skin healthy by knowing sunscreen facts

The best way to care for skin is to be smart about sun exposure. Too much unprotected exposure to the sun can cause a host of problems, from premature wrinkling to skin cancer.

July 29, 2014 | Staff Report | Health


Our thoughts: NYT’s pro-marijuana stance is disappointing

The New York Times editorial board this past Sunday called for the federal government to legalize marijuana in the United States.

July 29, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


GPTC unveils new media program and facilities

Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC), along with event co-host, Georgia Chamber of Commerce, unveiled to an audience of industry executives, public officials and potential students, GPTC's new Design and Media Production Technology (DMPT) and Recording Arts Technology (RART) programs and facility. The ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house, held at the DeKalb campus, provided guests the opportunity to meet students and learn first-hand of the cutting edge academic programs as they toured the Mac Lab and the television and production studio.

July 29, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Make your walk a workout

WALKING. We do it all the time. Most of us take walking for granted and don't think about it.

July 29, 2014 | Staff Report | Health


Abraham Thomas "Abe" Hopkins

Abe Hopkins, age 6, of Covington passed away Monday, July 28, 2014. He was born February 14, 2008 in Covington to Mike and Kelli Kirkley Hopkins. Abe was a remarkable young man whose smile and laughter were contagious. Born on Valentine's Day he was full of love, affectionately described as a "mommie's boy" he loved watching Hallmark movies and being with his loving mother, father, sisters, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. Abe shined for Jesus every day and touched more people than could ever be known. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents J.T. and ...

July 29, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


NMC hosts uniform, scrubs sale

Newton Medical Center Auxiliary is hosting a Uniforms & Scrubs Sale Monday, Aug. 4 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Tuesday, Aug. 5 from 7 a.m. to noon.

July 28, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County high school football coaches speak at Lions Club

At Ashford Springs Park, late Thursday evening, the Covington Lion's Club hosted Newton County's high school head football coaches. At the dinner, the coaches mingled with members of the community, and discussed different things with each other, such as the new IMPACT program. Newton head coach Terrance Banks, Eastside head coach Rick Hurst and Alcovy coach Kirk Hoffman spoke on the upcoming season, the ugliness of recruiting, how the game has changed and fielded questions about their players from fans.

July 26, 2014 | Staff Report | SPORTS


It’s SSEMC meeting time

About 1,357 Snapping Shoals EMC members turned out for the 76th annual shareholders' meeting at the Georgia International Horse Park Thursday, July 24.

July 26, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington teen missing, information sought

Fourteen-year-old Jordan Aaron has been reported missing to the Newton County Sheriff's Department.

July 26, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington woman arrested in prostitution sting

Conyers police are turning their sights to deterring prostitutes, instead of just johns, from coming to Conyers with a recent undercover sting that arrested two women for prostitution and one man for drug possession.

July 26, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Building a better Newton

Dear Editor: This past Saturday, the organizers of "Building a Better Newton" were once again successful in bringing together a broad cross section of community members who care about the direction in which our county is headed. Those present represented community leaders, educators, law enforcement, clergy, health care professionals and students among many others. The conversations that we have shared over these past two meetings have been thoughtful and profitable and are certain to lead to positive changes as we face the challenges of growth together.

February 15, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Willing helpers

The Willing Helpers Medical Clinic is a ministry of Solid Rock Baptist Church, located at 8111 Brown Bridge Road. The clinic opened in October 2006 as a non profit effort of local medical professionals seeking to improve the health of approximately 10,000 uninsured people in Newton County. The medical director is Dr. Timothy Park, MD, and the clinic director is Ed Jenkins. RPH. Nursing co-directors are Dorothy Robinson, RN, and Yolunda Goldston, RN.

February 15, 2008 | Colleen Capes Jackson | Archives


Religion is a team sport

I was over at the Covington YMCA the other day, trudging along at a slow jog on the last treadmill on the left, sweating, watching TV, watching the miles creep by, and then Will came up behind me and yelled, "Pick it up John!"

February 15, 2008 | John Donaldson | Archives


Separating the sacred and the secular in life

"For I am your servant; therefore give me common sense to apply your rules to everything I do" (Psalm 119:125, The Living Bible).

February 15, 2008 | John Pearrell | Archives


Why the tree, God?

In the beginning, God created the world. It was perfect, nothing wrong with it. And then they ate that fruit from that tree of knowledge of good and evil and ruined everything. And now there is sin in the world. What a shame. If only they had resisted that temptation. But, what was the tree doing there in the first place? Have you ever wondered that? Have you ever asked, "Why the tree, God?"

February 15, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Fresh bread

In John, chapter 6, we are told the story of Jesus performing the miracle of feeding 5,000 people with only five small barley loaves of bread and two small fish. After doing this, Jesus said: "I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty" (John 6:35).

February 15, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Christian life

Our heritage is very important in determining our future. Karl Marx once said that people without a heritage are easily led. He certainly talked a lot of people out of their heritage.

February 15, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


New schools named

After deferring the naming of the county's new elementary and middle school at the January meeting until Tuesday night's work session, the Newton County Board of Education approved the names South Salem Elementary and Liberty Middle.

February 15, 2008 | Jennifer Long | Archives


GBI detonates suspicious Valentine's Day package in Newton Plaza

Valentines Day started with a bang when the Georgia Bureau of Investigation detonated a suspicious package that was discovered in Newton Plaza.

February 15, 2008 | Tyler Smith | Archives


Athletes compete in district hoop shoot

COVINGTON - The Covington Elks Hoop Shoot was held Saturday at the Newton High School gymnasium to determine who will advance to the state tournament Feb. 23.

February 15, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives


Trees planted at county schools

"Someone's sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago" - Les Brown.

February 15, 2008 | Jennifer Long | Archives


Fleming out, Clark to seek BOC seat

With District 3 Commissioner Ester Fleming's decision to not run for re-election, local businessman Jimmy Clark is optimistic about his chances of winning a seat on the commission this November.

February 15, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Local leaders clash at Porterdale City Council

At a meeting lasting until approximately 1 a.m. Thursday, the Porterdale City Council voted not to reappoint Shari Stevenson as city clerk and Patti Battle as Better Hometown director.

February 15, 2008 | Jennifer Long | Archives


County travel time expected to rise

Depending on growth assumptions, travel time on the county's most trafficked corridors is expected to more than double by 2030.

February 15, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Kiwanians honor students with top SAT scores

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the STAR (Student Teacher Achievement Recognition) Student program sponsored by the Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE).

February 15, 2008 | Jennifer Long | Archives


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