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Two dead in apparent murder suicide

The Covington Police Department responded to a shooting Thursday, discovering a man and woman shot when arriving on scene.

May 22, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

New section of Social Circle Bypass to open

The new section of the Social Circle Bypass from State road 11 to East Hightower Trail will open Tuesday, June 2, according to Superintendent of traffic, safety and utilities J. Robert Manning of ER Snell Contractor.

May 22, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Harry Owens likely interim county manager

Newton County revealed the name of the candidate under consideration for the position of interim county manager Friday following the departure of former County Manager Tom Garrett last week.

May 22, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

William Henry Calhoon

William Henry Calhoon, Sr. (Bill) of Porterdale passed away May 13, 2015 in Covington at the age of 77. A memorial service will be held at The Baptist Tabernacle, 10119 Access Road, Covington, Georgia 30014, on Sunday, May 31, 2015, at 4 pm. Memorial donations, instead of flowers, may be made to The Baptist Tabernacle for the Children's Ministry and Reformers Unanimous Ministry.

May 21, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Throughout the last seven days there was plenty to celebrate, with a big week of appreciation coming on the heels of Mother's Day.

May 17, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Stacey Cotton appointed to medical marijuana study group

Covington Police Chief Stacey Cotton has been named one of 11 members named to Gov. Nathan Deal's new panel charged with making recommendations about what type of medical marijuana use Georgia should allow.

May 17, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Thank you partners

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May 16, 2015 | Staff Report | Letters

Certified Quality Breast Center at Newton Medical Center

Newton Medical Center's Women's Diagnostic Center has recently been recognized as a Certified Quality Breast Center in the National Quality Measures for Breast Centers Program™. This distinguished honor represents a commitment by this breast center to provide the highest level of quality breast health care to patients in the community.

May 16, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Preparing for graduation

The Newton County School System's high schools will be celebrating graduation Friday and Saturday.

May 16, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Newton County Jail Log

Charles Eugene Aikens, 42, Covington, May 12, Theft by Deception

May 16, 2015 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log

Mrs. Doris Cope Cavanaugh

Doris Cope Cavanaugh, 88, daughter of the late Frank and Ann Cope, passed away peacefully on May 6, 2015 after a long battle with Dementia, at the home of her daughter, Cathy Twigg, in Martinsburg, W.Va.

May 16, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Marilyn Jester, of Covington, announces the engagement of her daughter LaTara Shamika Jester, also the daughter of the late Ronnie Scofield, to John Dee Taylor III of Covington.

May 16, 2015 | Staff Report | Engagements

Robert Denio Wade

Robert Denio Wade, 74 of Social Circle, passed away Thursday, May 14, 2015 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Atlanta. Mr. Wade was born in Memphis, Tennessee. to the late William and Geraldine Wade. Robert was a native of Memphis who moved to Conyers and then to Social Circle where he lived for 27 years. He was of the Catholic faith, had been a member of the Covington Lions Club and Elks Club, loved bass fishing and was very close to his grandson Greyson. In addition to his parents, Mr. Wade is preceded in death by his wife Linda Wade ...

May 14, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

Thomas H. Maloy

SFC Thomas H. Maloy of Walnut Grove, passed away May 5, 2015, at the age of 68. He was a 1965 graduate of Loganville High School. Shortly after graduation, SFC Maloy was drafted into the U.S. Army, and continued his service to his country until his retirement, in 1994, after 27 years of service. During his military career, he served in the 82nd Airborne, and was a drill sergeant and ANOC and BNOC instructor at the Noncommissioned Officer Academy, one of the largest training departments at Fort Gordon. Thomas loved his boys and granddaughters immensely, and he was very ...

May 11, 2015 | Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home | OBITS

Better late than never

For any high school athlete, signing that national letter of intent to their respected college or university may be the best moment of their high school tenure. Usually that special moment comes somewhere during that athlete's senior year, but in some cases it can come after that. Well, how about nearly a year after graduation? Newton's 2014 forward Mercedes Booker finally got that moment as she will be taking her talents to Southern Crescent Technical College.

May 10, 2015 | Javon Dickerson | Newton

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Porterdale unveils logo

Porterdale continued its quest towards becoming a Better Hometown Monday as officials unveiled a new logo at the monthly city council meeting.

June 04, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives

Oxford chooses design firm for new city hall

 Oxford will not be participating in the addition of two nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle, as decided unanimously by the city council Monday evening, capping off a nearly two-year long information and decision-making process.

June 04, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives

Lock up the lawn mowers

 They're clunky, heavy and good for cutting grass, but unfortunately, lawnmowers seem to have become the new hot commodity for those looking to make an illicit buck.

June 04, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives

Midway remembered

She was tired. She was so very, very tired. And she was hurting. God, was she ever hurting. And the irony of it was that she shouldn't have been there at all. For just 29 days earlier, in a faraway Pacific Ocean spot known as the Coral Sea, she'd been hurt so badly that the Japanese had written her off as sunk.

June 01, 2008 | Nat Harwell | Archives

Support our local economy

Support for local businesses is a direct investment in our community. For every dollar we spend in Covington and Newton County, our investment's return becomes more and more beneficial to the community at-large.

June 01, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Hamilton Jordan's battle with cancer

Dear Editor: Hamilton Jordan was the most dedicated and dogged cancer fighter I have ever known. He battled royally against his own cancer and on behalf of the whole nation.

June 01, 2008 | William J. Todd | Archives

Interactive poll results

The Covington News' second poll of the 2008 Newton County Election season concluded Saturday. The interactive asked readers to choose between the current candidates for Newton County Board of Commissioners chairman.

June 01, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Beautiful creatures

 The fourth annual Hummingbird Festival at Gaithers Plantation began Saturday with thousands of local residents turning out to enjoy the beautiful birds, great weather and the many artisan crafts on sale.

June 01, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

Channeling Martha Stewart for planning social gatherings

 I've been channeling my inner Martha Stewart recently, and she's dog-tired after hosting two parties in one week.

June 01, 2008 | Kari Apted | Archives

Willie James Key

Mr. Willie James Key died May 22. the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Luther Kay, he was born in 1933. He was a kind hearted, devoted husband, father, grandpop and uncle and was loved by all. Mr. Key was preceded in death by parents; brothers Mr. Oscar Key, Mr. Rufus Key, Mr. Fred Key; sisters Mrs. Inez Williams, Mrs. Evelyn Hearn; nephews Mr. Tony Glover, Mr. William (Kanta) Hearn; sister-in-law Mrs. Birdell Ward; and brother-in-law Mr. Calvin E. Bowden.

June 01, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Man to serve 10 years for girl's death

 The Newton County resident charged with the fatal shooting of a 15-year-old girl was sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter in Newton County Superior Court Friday morning.

June 01, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives

Howard Phillips Milligan

Mr. Howard Phillips Milligan, 69, of Oxford, died May 30. Mr. Milligan, a life-long resident of Newton County, was the son of the late William Howard and Jane Phillips Milligan. He was formerly the co-owner of Red & White Grocery Store in Covington and the owner of the Red & white Grocery in Social Circle. He loved to fish and especially enjoyed his boats.

June 01, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Battling burglars

 A couple of weeks ago, Daniel Canady came home to the stomach-dropping sight of his side door having been kicked in.

June 01, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives

Suspicious fires point toward arson

 Investigators are calling two structure fires that blazed in Oxford and Porterdale early Friday morning "suspicious in nature," according to the Newton County Fire Department.

June 01, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives

Plans for the new library advancing

Plans for the county's second library are speeding along with the conclusion in May of a preliminary round of presentations by prospective architectural firms.

June 01, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

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