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Judge Horace J. Johnson (video)

Covnews intern Javon Dickerson interviews Judge Horace J. Johnson about Black History Month

January 31, 2015 | Staff Report | Covington

Mrs. Helen Jean Cantillon

Helen Jean Cantillon went to be with her Lord on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. She was born on Oct. 8, 1933. Helen was retired from Oxford College cafeteria.

January 31, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

Mr. Bobby Joe Dial

Bobby Joe Dial, age 63, of Covington, passed away January 29, 2015. He loved his family dearly and will be missed by all who knew him. Bobby Joe was preceded in death by his parents, Archie Joe and Hazel (Hall) Dial.

January 31, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

Stone Mountain Pecan product recalled

Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black is alerting Georgians to the recall of certain pecan products for potential health risk. The products were distributed only in the State of Georgia, directly to consumers at the retail level from the Stone Mountain Pecan Company, located in Monroe.

January 30, 2015 | Staff Report | STATE

Smoke may be seen in Newton today

Smoke may be present in Newton County today as a prescribed fire is being conducted in Jasper and Jones counties.

January 29, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

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January 29, 2015 | Staff Report | Covington

NCSS Spelling Bee returns

The 2015 System Spelling Bee has returned, and The Newton County School System will host the annual event. Each of the system's elementary and middle schools will compete this year at Newton High School on Feb. 6 at 10:30 a.m. Students in grades four through eight are eligible to participate, with each school sending their own spelling bee champion and runner up to compete in the tournament.

January 28, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Newton represented in merger committee

One of the first steps in consolidating Georgia State University and Georgia Perimeter College is a implementation committee, helping to find ways to make the two institutions blend together.

January 28, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Porterdale recognized for Main Street

Porterdale has seen a lot of growth over the last year, and continues to head in an upward climb commercially with the addition of a new restaurant and other businesses on the horizon.

January 28, 2015 | Staff Report | Porterdale

Pacho's, Wing Cafe's scores improve

After two failing scores, Pacho's Mexican Grill received a 79 on its inspection report done Monday, Jan. 26.

January 27, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

CFD accepting Explorer applicants

The Covington Fire Department is offering anyone interested in learning about firefighting techniques and technology the opportunity to join the Explorer Program.

January 27, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Theme School accepting applications

The Newton County Theme School at Ficquett will accept applications for the 2015-16 school year beginning Monday, Feb. 2.

January 26, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Science Fair winners

Newton County School System's middle and high schools' first place winners will move on to challenge students from Fayette, Henry, Griffin-Spalding, Butts, Pike, Lamar and Thomaston Upson county schools in the Regional Science Fair at Griffin RESA on Feb. 3.

January 26, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Newton Firefighter falls on busy weekend

Newton County Fire Services had a busy weekend with a total of 66 calls in a 48-hour period.

January 26, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Mrs. Ethel Jolley

Ethel Jolley, 96, of Covington, passed away January 23, 2015. She was born October 17, 1918, in Roscoe, PA, to the late John and Elizabeth Furlong. Ethel met and married Alton Jolley while they both were serving in the Navy at the Naval Air Station, in Chamblee. Together they moved to Newton County in 1951, where they began their career in the dairy business. She was very active in the community and was one of the founding members of the West Newton Home Demonstration Club. She was the oldest member of Prospect United Methodist Church, where she once served as ...

January 26, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

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Rut & Strut preserves wildlife

For Mike Schildt, new owner of Rut & Strut Taxidermy & Deer Processing, going to work in the morning is like play for this avid huntsman.

April 30, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

Put your rebate to work

 You may not be familiar with its formal name - the Economic Stimulus Act of 2008 - but you're almost certainly aware of its key outcome: a tax rebate.

April 30, 2008 | Rick Rogers | Archives

Renaissance woman of Rocky Plains

 Natalie Ochs is a renaissance woman of sorts. As a fifth grade teacher and grade chair at Rocky Plains Elementary School, Ochs possesses a doctorate in curriculum development, has taught in three diversely different environments and has traveled all over the world.

April 30, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives

An evening of art by the Yellow River

 It's time to get out those picnic baskets and brush up those dance moves as the Arts Association in Newton County holds "An Evening of Art on the River" from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday.

April 30, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives

Seasonal sound on the square

 This Thursday afternoon begins a beloved Covington summertime tradition - the Arts Association in Newton County's Concerts on the Square program.

April 30, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

Carl Benjamin Dozier Jr.

Carl Benjamin Dozier Jr., 59, of Covington, died April 26 at St. Joseph's Hospital, Atlanta. The son of the late Carl B. Dozier Sr., he was a self-employed roof repairer for 30 years, during which time he subcontracted with Reliable Roofing of Atlanta for 20 years. Mr. Dozier was a member of Family Worship Center and enjoyed fishing. He was a very loving husband, father, grandfather and friend. He was a very special son-in-law.

April 30, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

James T. "Jim" O'Neal

Mr. James T. "Jim" O'Neal, 85, of Jackson, died April 24 at Westbury Medical Care Home, Jackson. The son of the late John Rueben O'Neal and the late Marilu Ingram O'Neal, he was born in 1922 in Butts County. Mr. O'Neal was an Army Air Force veteran of World War II. He returned to Butts County and purchased land adjacent to his parents in the Tussahaw community. He operated a commercial egg production facility and a sheep and cattle business. He owned and operated the O'Neal Trailer Park. Mr. O'Neal was a vocational instructor ...

April 30, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Theresa Lynn Vaughn

Mrs. Theresa Lynn Vaughn, of Covington, died April 26. The daughter of the late William Clifford and Opel Dyer Goddard, she was born in Fulton County in 1962. Mrs. Vaughn was a longtime resident of Covington and enjoyed spending time with her family.

April 30, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Florence Parker

Florence Parker, 91, of Covington died April 23. The daughter of the late Perry W. and Susan A. Campbell, she was born in Muscogee County and retired from Covington Molding. Mrs. Parker enjoyed sewing, cooking, flowers, word search puzzles and was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She is preceded in death by her husband Elwood Parker.

April 30, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Where first responders fit in the autism puzzle

 Editor's note: This is the first in a two-part series examining autism and law enforcement.

April 30, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

State representative not running again

Citing a desire to spend more time with his law practice, State Rep. Robert Mumford (R-Conyers) announced last Thursday that he will not run for re-election for District 95.

April 30, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

Support for soldiers

 American soldiers don't have the luxury of heading down to the corner convenience store to buy shaving cream or a snack when they're in the middle of the desert, over 7,000 miles away from home.

April 30, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Sixth homicide victim of 2008 named by NCSO

 The Newton County Sheriff's Office recently released the name of the victim in Saturday's homicide, the sixth in Newton County for 2008.

April 30, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives

Qualifying begins for local, state elections

 The race for Newton County chairman became a little more interesting this week with a third candidate definitely throwing her hat into the ring and a fourth candidate rumored to be considering it.

April 30, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

Newton High principal announced

 Newton High School has a new principal. The Board of Education announced Tuesday that Roderick Sams will replace outgoing principal Joe Gheesling for the 2008-2009 school year.

April 30, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives

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