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A taste of the Artful Harvest

Southern Heartland Arts Inc. invites the public to visit Artful Harvest, the annual invitational judged art show, sponsored by United Bank, during September.

August 30, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Leadership still lacking

Two weeks ago we editorialized that the Newton County Board of Commissioners should show some leadership, define the county's form of government, and identify its true manager. The BOC held a workshop on the topic, but left the meeting without a solution, or even clarity on how Newton County should be led.

August 30, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Recommendations to the BOC

The recent loan from Newton County Chairman Keith Ellis on behalf of Newton County to Commissioner J.C. Henderson was a huge problem for our local government.

August 30, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Mrs. Arlene Bishop

Mrs. Arlene Bishop, age 73, of Mansfield formerly of Redan passed away at her home Friday, August 29, 2014. She was born August 28, 1941 in Austell Georgia to Arlo and Mary Pike who have preceded her in death. Mrs. Bishop worked for and retired from The Rockdale Citizen Newspaper. She was a loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother, great grandmother and friend. Mrs. Bishop taught Sunday school at Redan Baptist Church, East Newton Baptist Church and was currently a member of Mansfield Baptist Church. She enjoyed traveling, working in her flower garden and was a gracious hostess who loved to ...

August 29, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Ellis' letter about Henderson check

Following is the letter Newton County Commission Chairman Keith Ellis sent the Covington News about the $4,500 paycheck advance given to Commissioner J.C. Henderson. It is reprinted here in its entirety.

August 29, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Lorraine Elementary evacuation ends after sweep due to possible bomb threat

A lockdown on Lorraine Elementary after a possible bomb threat was lifted shortly after noon Friday after a security sweep found the campus to be clear.

August 29, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


In 1970, we had a riot; Ferguson looks like war

The news from Ferguson, Missouri, has brought back unpleasant memories from the long-ago riots in Asbury Park, New Jersey. It was the summer of 1970, and I was a young teenager close enough to the action to be appropriately frightened.

August 28, 2014 | Staff Report | Columnists


Lunchtime concerts set for Thursdays

A series of concerts, all featuring different styles of music, are set for noon each Thursday in September. All will be held on the Square in Covington, and all are free to the public.

August 28, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Football in the SEC not a casual affair for fans

We made it, folks.

August 28, 2014 | Ben Prevost | Sports Columnists


GPTC hosts healthy choices fair

Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) recently hosted a series of events targeting health and wellness on its DeKalb and Newton campuses. As a part of its "Be ACTive" initiative to encourage faculty, staff and students to engage in healthy choices that will nourish the mind, body and spirit, GPTC held a "Healthy Choices Fair" in the Conference Center on the college's DeKalb Campus.

August 28, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Pilot Club hosts partner in education

The Pilot Club of Covington welcomed its partner in education for 2014-15 to its monthly meeting in August.

August 28, 2014 | Staff Report | LIFE


Rotary Club gives $500 to end Polio

The Rotary Club of Covington hosted District Governor William E. Strickland III at its weekly meeting Tuesday.

August 28, 2014 | Staff Report | LIFE


Thank you John Middleton

Thank you John Middleton for your 14 years of service as Newton County's Manager.

August 28, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


The Value of Work and Labor Day

My first paying job was cleaning the bathrooms at the First Baptist Church of Carrollton, Georgia, where I was a member. I was 14, the minimum age for "children" to work. This was neither glamorous nor exciting work, but useful and needed work. On Sundays I often over heard the "little old ladies" of the church commenting on the cleanliness of the bathroom. I remember my subsequent feeling of pride. While not a glamorous work, my actions were helpful and appreciated by those who used the facilities. For providing this useful service I earned minimum wage in 1981, ($3.35 ...

August 28, 2014 | Staff Report | Columnists


Mr. Ronald Dean Linder

Mr. Ronald Dean Linder

August 27, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


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The Good Shepherd

In these weeks leading up to Good Friday and Easter, it will do us all well to take a fresh look at who Jesus really is.

February 29, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Travis Mooney

Travis Mooney, 16, of Covington, passed away Feb. 26, after fighting a courageous battle against acute myelogeneous leukemia.

February 29, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives


Hollis Pitts Jr.

Hollis Pitts Jr. died Feb. 15. The son of Mrs. Emmis Pitts and the late Mr. Hollis Pitts, he was born in 1947 in Newton County. He accepted Christ at an early age, joining Pleasant View Baptist Church. He was educated in the Newton County School System where he developed a love for business.

February 29, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives


Dedication held for Depot

Several Porterdale City Council members and town residents braved the cold wind to attend the dedication and ribbon cutting of the renovated Porterdale Train Depot Thursday morning.

February 29, 2008 | Jennifer Long | Archives


Commission seeks help for Dixie Boys World Series

The Newton County Recreation Commission is currently seeking advertisers, sponsors and volunteer help for the upcoming 2008 Dixie Boys World Series (13-14 year olds).

February 29, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives


Georgia Wrath wins tournament

The Georgia Wrath travel baseball team from Social Circle won first place in the Battle of the Bats III Tournament held last weekend at Criswell Park in Monroe.

February 29, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives


James youngest to score 10,000 points

LeBron James hopped off the court and limped to the locker room, unsure if he'd be able to return for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

February 29, 2008 | Associated Press | Archives


Change we can believe in?

It appears that Barack Obama will be the Democratic Party's nominee for president. He is likely the most engaging candidate to seek the White House in years. He represents a renewed sense of optimism and enthusiasm that has been missing from politics. His talk of "hope" and "change" has captivated voters, especially young voters who treat Obama as if he were was a rock star. There have been reports of women fainting during his speeches. Last week, there was a report of Obama receiving applause for the mundane task of blowing his nose. When you think about it, it ...

February 29, 2008 | Jason Pye | Archives


Leap year story

The idea of Leap Year was first proposed by a guy named Aloysius Lilius, who was also known as Luigi Lilio or Luigi Giglio. Whoever he was, he was a pretty smart guy.

February 29, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Archives


A new kind of gospel music

Ed Nolan has 30 years experience singing with gospel groups such as the Morris Stancil Quartet, the Fishermen, the Darryl Lundy Singers and Homeward Bound. In December 2007, God gave him a vision to step out in faith and organize a new group. Calling on friends, Greg and Wendy Chambers and Holly McCullough, New Again was formed. Plans are in place for Pete Freeman to join the group as bass player.

February 29, 2008 | Colleen Capes Jackson | Archives


It happened in March

Here are some interesting events that happened in March, from the Church History Institute.

February 29, 2008 | John Donaldson | Archives


A special visit from Dr. Jean Feldman

Ever heard of the "Tooty Ta"?

February 29, 2008 | Jennifer Long | Archives


A special visit from Dr. Jean Feldman

Ever heard of the "Tooty Ta"?

February 29, 2008 | Jennifer Long | Archives


GLISI participants recognized

The Newton County School System Change Team recently participated in the second school improvement conference held at the Evergreen Conference Center in Stone Mountain.

February 29, 2008 | Jennifer Long | Archives


Aviation building collapses

Evening Washington Street commuters were rerouted on Thursday after the Bankston Aviation building partially collapsed shortly after 5:30 p.m.

February 29, 2008 | Jennifer Long | Archives


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