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Our Thoughts: Thanks

Covington has a history of having some outstanding fire chiefs run its fire departments.

September 30, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Our Thoughts: Honor

Dr. William Dobbs was not only a good man and a great, caring doctor, but he was also an honorable politician. It was the right thing for the City of Covington to honor the memory of this respected man, just four months after his death.

September 30, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Speech meet winners announced

Providence Christian School is proud to announce the winners of the second annual speech meet for the Upper School, which was held on Thursday, Sept. 25. The finalists and winners are listed as follows:

September 30, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Mrs. Mildred "Mrs. Millie" Maloy

Mildred "Mrs. Millie" Maloy, a lifelong resident of Porterdale, passed away September 27, 2014, at the age of 95. She was a member of Porterdale Baptist Church and the Porterdale Woman's Club. Mrs. Millie was known for her sharp mind and quick wit, and therefore gained the nickname, "The General." She loved her family dearly and especially cherished her role as a grandmother. She was loved and will be greatly missed by her family. Mrs. Millie was preceded in death by her husband, Carl B. Maloy; parents, Leo and Candace Shaw; and her brother, Marshall "Pete" Shaw.

September 30, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS

Outdoor burn ban lifted

The statewide burn ban for Georgia is lifted as of Wednesday, Oct. 1, according to the Covington Fire Department.

September 30, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

NMC to host Billy Taylor Classic Golf Tournament

Registration is open for Newton Medical Center's Auxiliary 24th Annual Bill Taylor Classic Golf Tournament.

September 30, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

GPC Newton Open House Oct. 18

Potential college students hoping to explore a new career path, learn about classes for their major, or find out about student clubs and organizations, can attend the Georgia Perimeter College Newton Campus open house Saturday, Oct. 18 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

September 29, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Construction worker killed on I-20 on Saturday

A worker was killed at the construction zone of Interstate 20 westbound in Rockdale Saturday when a dump truck reportedly backed over him.

September 28, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Our Thoughts: Manners

It's become common for Newton County residents to see roads blocked off with filming equipment and tents set up hosting production company personnel, or to turn on their televisions and see the Covington Historic Courthouse or other familiar homegrown sights.

September 27, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

GPC named Military Friendly School

For the fourth year in a row, Georgia Perimeter College has earned the Military Friendly School designation from GI The label reflects the college's efforts to provide educational opportunities to U.S. veterans, active-duty troops and their families. The 2015 Military Friendly Schools list was released Sept. 23 and can be found at

September 27, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Cars of the Past come to Covington

Hot Rods will line the streets of the Covington Square once again, all in an effort to help Newton County children in need this Christmas.

September 27, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Covington student completes internship

Olivia Martzell of Covington, a Northwestern State University student studying mass communications, was nominated for two awards for a multimedia package she produced during an internship in Italy last summer. Martzell wrote, shot, edited and produced a package that was nominated for best story in the multimedia category and best overall photography, which she won.

September 27, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

New arrivals

Evelyn Claire Thelen, Sept. 3, Sara Thelen, Mark Thelen, Covington, 8 pounds, 6 ounces, 21.5 inches.

September 27, 2014 | Staff Report | Births

Mrs. Annelle Townsend

Annelle Townsend, of Oxford, passed away Sept. 26, 2014 at the age of 82. Married to Grady Townsend for 59 years, the couple honeymooned in Daytona, and visited there every year around their anniversary. Mrs. Townsend enjoyed shopping, but most of all she loved being with her family. She was a member of Heritage Hills Baptist Church in Conyers and will be remembered as a great cook – always preparing more than enough. Mrs. Townsend was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Sally Mae Davis; brothers, Buford Davis, R.H. Davis; and sister, Willene Royal.

September 27, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS

Mrs. Vera K. Stalvey

Vera K. Stalvey, of Covington, passed away September 26, 2014, at the age of 94. Mrs. Stalvey lived in Rome, GA until she moved to Covington in 1975. She was a member of Covington Church of God in Covington, and a former member or East Rome Church of God, where she taught Sunday School. Mrs. Stalvey enjoyed quilting, crocheting and ceramics, but her focus was being a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, Norwood A. Stalvey; grandsons, Scott Stalvey and Tony Stalvey; great-grandson, Matthew Stalvey; parents, Randy and Mary Louise (Morgan) Wright

September 27, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS

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Gone is the GREAT Plan

One of the issues I wrote about on Feb. 22 was House Speaker Glenn Richardson's ever evolving tax plan. The GREAT Plan, an acronym that stood for Georgia's Repeal of Every Ad Valorem Tax, originally started out as a proposal that eliminated every property tax, from the vehicle ad valorem tax to local property taxes, and would have also eliminated some sales tax exemptions on services. Schools systems and local governments would have received subsidies from the state to fund operations and projects.

March 07, 2008 | Jason Pye | Archives

Positive change

The Youth and Young Adult Development Center has been promoting a positive change for youth and young adults ranging from 8 to 30 years old, since 2003.

March 07, 2008 | Colleen Capes Jackson | Archives

Would Jesus be in favor of Civil Unions?

In a town meeting last Sunday, Senator Barack Obama made an interesting religious statement. He said, "I believe in civil unions that allow a same-sex couple to visit each other in a hospital or transfer property to each other ... If people find that controversial, then I would just refer them to the Sermon on the Mount."

March 07, 2008 | John Donaldson | Archives

Sacrificing babies on the alter of convenience

This is an anniversary year for the disastrous Roe vs.. Wade decision. Since it is also an election year, the rhetoric seems to be magnified. Even though our laws and common sense tell us that an unborn life is still a life, we continue to sacrifice doing the correct thing on the altar of convenience.

March 07, 2008 | John Pearrell | Archives

I am the way, the truth, and the life

Nearing the end of Christ's life before his crucifixion, he spoke to his disciples and told them he would not be with them much longer. In John 13:33-14:6 we read the story of how Jesus dealt with the questions of Peter as well as Thomas concerning his going away. He also brought comfort to the troubled hearts of his disciples.

March 07, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives

Come, let us return to the Lord

Why did God take him from us? Why can't the doctors figure out what is wrong with me? Why didn't I get that opportunity I was so ready for? Why do I sometimes hurt ...inside? Do you understand the answer to all those questions? Do you know why bad stuff happens?

March 07, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives

Opportunities abound

Newton County Schools held its fifth Career Expo for high school students, hosted for the fourth year by DeKalb Technical College, Wednesday morning and afternoon.

March 07, 2008 | Jennifer Long | Archives

Tara Michelle Adair

Mrs. Tara Michelle Adair, 39, a lifelong resident of Covington, died March 3. Mrs. Adair attended Eastridge Community Church and Mansfield Baptist Church and High Point Baptist Church. She was a graduate of Newton County High School and enjoyed being involved with her children and all their activities.

March 07, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives

Robert "Bob" Collier

Robert "Bob" Collier, 63, of Conyers, passed away March 4. Mr. Collier was a hairdresser in the DeKalb and Conyers area for over 40 years.

March 07, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives

Raymond Davis Grant Jr.

Mr. Raymond Davis Grant Jr. died Feb. 26. The son of the late Mr. Raymond Davis Grant Sr. and Mrs. Rebecca Grant Williams, he was born in 1945 in Newton County. Mr. Larcellous Williams was his devoted stepfather. He joined Grace United Church at an early age and attended public schools in Newton County, graduating in 1964. Mr. Grant was a cement finisher. He loved feeding the birds in the morning.

March 07, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives

Mary Sammons

Mary Sammons, 89, of Covington, died March 5 at Newton Medical Center. The daughter of the late James Walter and Mary (Boswell) Sammons, she was born in Newton County. Miss Sammons was a founding member of Calvary Baptist Church where over many years she taught The Joy Class Sunday school, served as church secretary was a member and officer of WMU and was very supportive of other churches and ministries. Miss Sammons was a long-time employee of Covington Mill, worked for Schwobilt Men's Clothing, Macy's in downtown Atlanta and was a volunteer for 35 years with Newton Hospital ...

March 07, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives

Arlene Peale Terrell

Arlene Peale Terrell, 68, of Social Circle, died March 1. The daughter of the late Elmer Earl Turner and Isabelle Pecor Turner, she was born in Colchester County, Va., in 1939.

March 07, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives

Metal theft a major problem in Newton County

 Editor's note: This is the first in a two-part series exploring the theft of scrap metal in Newton County. For part two, see the Sunday edition of the Covington News.

March 07, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives

NCWSA considers brand new water conservation rates

The Newton County Water and Sewerage Authority is considering the adoption of new rates to encourage greater water conservation among its residential customers.

March 07, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

County fire dept. experiences year of positive growth

Though Newton County Fire Service responded to 200 more calls in 2007 than it did in 2006, the majority of the department's calls were for emergency medical services.

March 07, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

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