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Newton County Jail Log: July 1

Rod Clark Coleman, 22, Covington, June 26, burglary – 1st degree, criminal trespass

July 01, 2015 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log

Sheriff's Office issues fireworks caution

The Newton County Sheriff's Office would like you to have a happy-and safe-Fourth of July.

July 01, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Fireworks, hotel fee, gas tax changes hit July 1 with new laws

July 1 typically brings a bevy of new laws into effect that were approved by the General Assembly earlier in the year. This year, Georgians can expect to see a new $5 fee tacked on to hotel/motel stays, slight changes to their gas taxes, and will now be able to buy aerial fireworks that were formerly illegal.

July 01, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Landfill Meeting Tonight

The Newton County Board of Commissioners will meet tonight, Wednesday, July 1, at 7:00 p.m. to discuss and likely vote on the Green Hill P3 proposal to lease and operate the county landfill.

July 01, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Davis named Rotary Club president

COVINGTON- The Covington Rotary Club closed out its 76th year Tuesday, handing out awards from 2014-15 and inducting its next president.

June 30, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Georgia State Patrol steps up enforcement this weekend

The July Fourth weekend is not only a chance for many people to celebrate, it is also the busiest travel period of the year. The holiday weekend is recognized as beginning Thursday at 6 p.m. and running through Sunday, July 5 at midnight, according to the Georgia Department of Public Safety.

June 30, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

AKA Chi Tau Omega chapter awards $20,000 in scholarships

COVINGTON- The Chi Tau Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated of Covington, Ga., serving Newton and Rockdale counties, awarded $20, 000 in scholarships on June 21, 2015 at Antioch AME Church in Conyers to high school students heading to various colleges and universities including HBCUs in the state of Georgia and nationwide.

June 30, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Dr. Kenneth L. Jacques

Dr. Kenneth L. Jacques of Oxford, passed away June 29, 2015, at the age of 73. He devoted his life to the ministry of his Lord. Dr. Jacques served as the pastor of Harmony Baptist Church, in Covington, for 27 years, but most recently was a member of Canaan Baptist Church. He led church services once a week, for the residents of Riverside Health Care, Merryvale Assisted Living and The Benton House. He enjoyed spending time in his flower garden, but more than anything, he cherished the time he spent with his family. Preceding him in death were his parents ...

June 29, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

Dr. Melvin Louis Conrad

Dr. Melvin Louis Conrad, 88, passed away on June 26, 2015, in Wichita, Kansas. He was preceded in death by his wife Eula Conrad (Palmer Stone Elementary School Teacher). He is survived by children Albert Conrad (Michael) of Wichita, Kansas, Celia Theiler of Charlotte, North Carolina, and Daniel Conrad (Lauree) of Cary, North Carolina.

June 29, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

Road construction restricted this weekend

The Georgia Department of Transportation is suspending construction-related lane closures on interstates and major state system highways for the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

June 29, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Our thoughts: Pension plan

The Covington City Council made a smart move last week when it voted to back off a hastily conceived plan to change city policy on pensions as they relate to retirees who come back to work for the Covington government.

June 28, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Ruling brings same-sex marriage to Newton

The "thunderbolt" struck the nation around 11 a.m. Friday morning. For some Newton County residents the storm had been brewing for two decades, and for a local couple the ringing began at 3 p.m. – ringing of wedding bells.

June 28, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Carlton Trail sidewalk project now complete

A sidewalk stretching more than half a mile and connecting citizens living in the northwest quadrant of Covington with the rest of the city is now complete. The project ran from Geiger Street to Moore Street in Oxford.

June 27, 2015 | Staff Report | Covington

Conyers teen arrested in shooting death of Newton teen

Newton County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested multiple suspects Friday in connection with the June 22 fatal shooting of 19-year-old Malik Muschett, including Conyers resident Antoine Smith, charged with malice murder and felony murder.

June 27, 2015 | Staff Report | Covington

Donald β€˜Don’ Russell Griffin

Donald Russell Griffin "Don", age 82, of Oxford, passed away Thursday, June 25, 2015. He was born November 11 1932, in Covington County, Alabama to the late Grover Cleveland and Lera Lorene Powell Griffin, the ninth of 11 children.

June 27, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

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Eastside, Alcovy open with softball scrimmage

COVINGTON - Rivalries and scorebooks aside, the Eastside and Alcovy High varsity softball teams have officially jumpstarted their season.

June 13, 2008 | Jason Murdock | Archives

Local teams prepare for state championships

Ready or not, here they come.

June 13, 2008 | Alan Howard | Archives

Local aquatics team kicks off summer league

The Covington YMCA swim team began its season with the first meet of the summer yesterday against Meadowbrook in the Rockdale Swim League.

June 13, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives

Couple pleads guilty to child molestation

 Two defendants in a child molestation case pleaded guilty June 5 in Newton County Superior Courtand received sentences up to 20 years in confinement.

June 13, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

George C. Busbee

George C. Busbee, 80, of Covington, died peacefully at his home June 10. The son of the late Norman James Busbee and Carrie Lou Middlebrooks Busbee, he was born in Walton County. Mr. Busbee was a retired land surveyor and member of St. John's Baptist church, Lithonia. He enjoyed fishing and collecting clocks and loved his family dearly. Mr. Busbee is preceded in death by son James A. White.

June 13, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Sam Cofer

Sam Cofer, 88, of Covington, died June 4 at Rockdale Health Care. The son of the late Albert and Lila Moss Cover he was born in Butts County. Mr. Cofer was a member of Porterdale Baptist Church and worked for Bibb Manufacturing until 1955 when he became a building contractor. He enjoyed fishing, gardening and going to Bojangles. Mr. Cofer dearly loved his family. He was preceded in death by his wife Gledys Cofer, and brothers Robert Cofer, Roy Cofer and James Cofer.

June 13, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Eula Mae Stowe Kiser

Eula Mae Stowe Kiser, 82, of Oxford, died June 11 at Park Place Nursing Home. The daughter of the late H. Lee and Lillian Swords Stowe, she was born in Walton County. Mrs. Kiser had lived in Newton County for 50 years and was a life-long member of Cornish Mountain Baptist Church. She enjoyed flower and vegetable gardening and was an excellent cook and loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She is preceded in death by son Ronald Stanley Kiser and husband Harvey Kiser Jr., to whom she was a devoted wife, looking after him at home for 21 years.

June 13, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Charles Eugene "Chuck" Smith

Mr. Charles Eugene "Chuck" Smith, 72, of Conyers died June 10. The son of the late Virgil E. and Rose Grant Smith, he was born in Apple Grove, W. Va., in 1935. He proudly served our country in the U.S. Army. He moved to Rockdale County from Illinois in 1973. Mr. Smith was a past member of Masonic Lodge No. 704 and worked at the Rockdale Food Bank. He is preceded in death by parents and sisters Betty Elliott and Mary Ann Beauseau.

June 13, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Defendants plead guilty in Ricks murder

Three defendants charged in connection with the 2007 murder of Kawasikis Ricks pleaded guilty in Newton County Superior Court Tuesday, days before they were scheduled to go on trial.

June 13, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives

New retail center names 4 tenants

More shopping, dining and hotel options are coming Covington's way with the recent announcement of commercial tenants for the Brentwood Retail shopping center.

June 13, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

Program pulls teachers from around globe

Newton County Associate Superintendent of Human Recourses Dennis Carpenter arrived to the district three months ago and has a plan to fill all certified vacancies by fall.

June 13, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives

An officer and a graduate

Among the excited graduates gathering today for the pomp and circumstance at Troy University is a special group of students.

June 13, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives

Man charged with latest murder in local custody

The man charged with killing his roommate in the Trelawney subdivision has been brought back to Newton County from Alabama, where he was caught while trying to flee in April.

June 12, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives

Lesson learned from first home

I have come to the conclusion lately that what financial success you achieve on buying and selling your first house sets the bar for every house you may own the rest of your life.

June 11, 2008 | Pat Cavanaugh | Archives

Accolades for News staff

This past weekend the Covington News and its staff were the recipients of the Georgia Press Association's highest honor, the coveted General Excellence award. This means that your newspaper was deemed the best in the state in its size category.

June 11, 2008 | Pat Cavanaugh | Archives

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