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MMCC announces upcoming concerts for the 15th annual Madison Chamber Music Festival

MADISON, Ga. - The 15th annual Madison Chamber Music Festival would like to present its upcoming concerts this June with nationally-esteemed performers in a variety of ...

May 25, 2017 | Staff Report | Living


Tommy Coker

Tommy Coker, age 76, of Social Circle, died on May 21, 2017. He was born in Monroe, GA on April 13, 1941 to the late ...

May 24, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries


Piedmont Academy students present ‘The Shaggy Raggy’

MONTICELLO, Ga. - Piedmont Academy's K-3 class has been very busy. Teacher, Mrs. Mary Ramsdell and the students have been working together to design and ...

May 24, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


Piedmont Academy celebrates graduating kindergartners

MONTICELLO, Ga. - Piedmont Academy held its Kindergarten commencement ceremony at the Cougar Gymnasium May 16.

May 24, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


GBI Child Fatality Review Unit releases suicide data

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation's Child Fatality Review Unit is releasing 2017 data on youth suicides. So far in 2017, 18 children have reportedly ...

May 23, 2017 | Staff Report | State


Fall 2017 White House Internship Program application open

The Fall 2017 White House Internship Program application is now open.

May 23, 2017 | Staff Report | State


Smith Receives Municipal Revenue Administration Certificate

COVINGTON, Ga. - Covington Finance Director Randy Smith received a Municipal Revenue Administration Certificate from the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA). The certificate was presented to Smith ...

May 23, 2017 | Staff Report | Covington


Samuel Burney Hay, Jr.

Samuel Burney Hay, Jr. was born in Opelika, Alabama in 1932, the third child and only son of Frances Dearing Hay of Covington, and the ...

May 22, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries


Truman Ray Boyd

Truman Ray Boyd, aged 71, of Fayetteville, passed away May 19, 2017 from Parkinson's.

May 22, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries


Oxford men's tennis wins third straight national title

PLANO, TX – In the 2017 NJCAA Division III Men's Championship, Oxford Emory (GA) tallied 27.5 points to win its third national championship in ...

May 21, 2017 | Staff Report | Oxford College


Letters: The old 'double standard' is alive and well

Dear Editor,

May 21, 2017 | Staff Report | Letters


Our Thoughts: Congratulations Class of 2017

Graduation is a significant milestone in a young person's life. It is the closing of one chapter and the beginning of another.

May 21, 2017 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Letters: Thank you, Pastor Payne

Dear Editor,

May 21, 2017 | Staff Report | Letters


Newton County Jail Log: May 17

Terry Lee Aikens, 53, Covington, May 10, knowingly driving motor vehicle on suspended, canceled or revoked registration, no seat belts, possession of less than an ...

May 20, 2017 | Staff Report | Crime


A look at how far Social Circle girls soccer has come

Special to The Covington News

May 18, 2017 | Staff Report | Sports


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Gracie Lew Whitley

Gracie Lew Whitley of Covington died Jan. 28. The daughter of the late Ernest and Grace Rogers Gober, she was born in 1939 in Covington. Mrs. Whitley was a member of North Covington United Methodist Church and was preceded in death by her husband Mr. Barnette Whitley.

January 29, 2009 | Staff Report | Obituaries


Roger L. Smith Sr.

Mr. Roger L. Smith Sr., 79, of Conyers, died Jan. 21. The son of the late Homer and Ethel Matthews Smith, he was born in Duvall County, Fla., in 1929. Mr. Smith was retired from Eastern Airlines as an inspector and was a member of American Legion Post 77. He was preceded in death by son Roger Smith Jr.

January 29, 2009 | Staff Report | Obituaries


Beautiful Works

Young artists: Jamal Street, 18, (above) and Zae Jackson, 11, (below) of Social Circle stand next to their works, titled "A Man's Strength" and "Hippo in the Round," respectively. Theirs were among the 76 works selected out of 359 submissions in a variety of media, such as painting, printmaking, sculpture and collage, to be exhibited in the Boys and Girl's Club in Atlanta as part of the Youth Art Connection. More than 10 students from the Social Circle Boys and Girls' Club were selected. The students were recognized in a ceremony on Jan. 8. The works will be ...

January 29, 2009 | Staff Report | Local


local graduates

Danielle Latasha Russell of Covington recently graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in film and television. Samford University graduated 265 seniors during fall commencement Dec. 13. Among those graduating was James Whitlow Richardson of Covington with a Bachelor of Science in business administration.

January 29, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


Ga. unemployment rate hits 8.1 percent in December

ATLANTA - The state's unemployment rate rose to 8.1 percent in December, the highest since March 1983, the Georgia Department of Labor said Thursday.

The department reported that 393,168 Georgia residents were jobless last month. About 40 percent of them are getting unemployment insurance.

January 29, 2009 | Dorie Turner Associated Press Writer | AP Top Stories


Ga. plan would link property tax relief to revenue

ATLANTA- Powerful Georgia House leaders are backing a proposal that would preserve a property tax break for homeowners this year but would likely eliminate it next year.

The homeowner tax relief grants, which reduce property taxes by about $200 to $300 per homeowner, would be wiped out in Gov. Sonny Perdue's proposed spending plan. He said it was "virtually fiscally impossible" to fund the $428 million program amid a $2.2 billion deficit.

January 28, 2009 | Greg Bluestein | AP Top Stories


Bobby Wise, Sr.

January 28, 2009 | Staff Report | Obituaries


Not the Three Stooges

Dear Editor: On Sunday, Jan. 25 The Covington News ran an editorial accompanied by an artist's rendering of the late trio, The Three Stooges. The editorial took issue with the way three commissioners cast their vote regarding a hiring and spending freeze. I would like to take this opportunity to remind the newspaper staff of a few points.

January 28, 2009 | Staff Report | Letters


Registration Open For April 4 ACT Test

The next ACT achievement test will be administered on April 4. Students who wish to take the college admission and placement exam must register by Feb. 27. Late registration deadline is available Feb. 28 - March 13 for an extra fee. Students may register online at www.actstudent.org, or pick up registration forms from high school counseling offices.

January 28, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


Buy Local...GG's Pizza & Wings

Open since 2003, GG's Pizza & Wings has made a name for itself in local, affordable cuisine.

January 27, 2009 | Staff Report | Business


Local veterinarian also a lover of the arts, environment

 From the young age of 11, Covington resident Leslie Lathem knew what she wanted to be as an adult. She grew up with one sister and one brother in Alpharetta, where the family had lots of animals. One day their Shetland pony was attacked by a group of stray dogs. Their veterinarian told them someone would have to clean and dress the wounds daily. Lathem was the only one who had the stomach for tending the awful gashes. They built a makeshift stall in the family's unfinished basement to keep the little animal isolated from more harm, and there ...

January 27, 2009 | By Sue Lee | Covington


A view from MainStreet

 As we come to the close of the first month of 2009, the Main Street Covington program wishes to express its thanks and appreciation for all those who worked to make the holiday season in downtown Covington such a success.

January 27, 2009 | Josephine Kelly Guest Columnist | News Columnists


Newton County Jail Log - Jan. 28

n William Joshua Bilbrey, 28, Monroe, Jan. 9. Probation violation.

January 27, 2009 | Staff Report | Crime


New ideas not necessarily bad

Dear Editor: I'm beginning to believe that education, like religion and politics, should not be discussed between seemingly like-minded individuals. One soon discovers that each views the other as having too little mind to share, or perhaps too much. The news report about the merger of the technical college system with two-year colleges has already begun a schism in the community, many of whom see the band beginning to rearrange the chairs on the Titanic.

 I don't have all the information to make many profound statements about the merger report, but I do have opinions about whether or ...

January 27, 2009 | Staff Report | Letters


Our Thoughts... Disturbing appointment

The U.S. Senate approved the appointment of Timothy Geithner as our new treasury secretary Tuesday.

January 27, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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