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Social Circle fair returns

The Social Circle Rotary Club fair returns to Social Circle High School Tuesday, Oct. 13 through Saturday, Oct. 17.

October 08, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Covington woman wins $250K lottery prize

Jessica Herrick, 39, of Covington won a quarter-million dollar prize from the Georgia Lottery earlier this month.

October 08, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Response to Heat Homecoming leads to changes in event locations

Though the event was only promoted on Facebook and in the local papers, response to the upcoming Heat Homecoming 2015 has been so good, changes ...

October 08, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

First candidates forum Oct. 8 for District 43 Special Election

The first candidates forum for the special elections taking place on the November ballot will be held Thursday, Oct. 8, at 6:30 p.m.

October 08, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Hay’s lawyer files motion for dismissal of county countersuit

Suits, countersuits, motions and amended motions continue to fly between the lawyer representing William Durden and Samuel Hays, and Newton County Attorney W. T. "Tommy ...

October 07, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

General Mills recall stems from California plant

General Mills recalled Cheerios and Honey Nut Cheerios Tuesday that were produced during certain dates of July of 2015.

October 06, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Patti Jo Forlines Butler

Patti Jo Forlines Butler ("Pat") of Covington, passed away October 4, 2015, at the age of 86.

October 06, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

Smith: 'the mayor betrayed the trust of me and this council'

Covington City Councilman Chris Smith used his portion of council comments Monday night to address a letter Mayor Ronnie Johnston submitted to The Covington News ...

October 05, 2015 | Councilman reads letter that argues against a proposed development project | LOCAL

Alcovy homecoming ends with a win

The Alcovy Tigers football team has been on the wrong side of the scoreboard for almost two years until Friday night. The Tigers had suffered ...

October 05, 2015 | Kevin Nixon | Alcovy

The streak is over

The Alcovy Tigers (1-5, 1-0 Region 2-AAAAAA) get their first win of the season in a region matchup against the Lakeside Vikings (3-3, 0-1 Region ...

October 05, 2015 | Kevin Nixon | Alcovy

Vickers named Alcovy homecoming queen

Katelyn Vickers was crowned as Alcovy High School's homecoming queen Friday night.

October 03, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Newton County children should prepare for new bioscience jobs

The ribbon cutting of the Governor's new $14 million Bioscience Training Center and the College and Career Academy in Newton County can hardly be ...

October 03, 2015 | Staff Report | Columnists

Our thoughts: Verge of growth

In a letter in The Covington News a week ago Covington Mayor Ronnie Johnston laid out some of the prospective industrial growth coming to Newton ...

October 03, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Letters: Bowing down

Dear editor,

October 03, 2015 | Staff Report | Letters

People make the difference

Several recent events might lead average Americans to throw up their hands in regards to politics, and possibly want to shut down Washington themselves. Take ...

October 03, 2015 | Staff Report | Columnists

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 Labeled as the world's most diversified sport, bowling offers recreational activity for people of all ages.

June 25, 2008 | Brian Harper | Archives

Sitting among history makers

Recently we were notified that the Covington News was to be honored by Georgia Association of Black Elected Officials at a conference held at Savannah State University for our coverage of the murders at the Moore's Ford Bridge in Monroe, between Walton and Oconee counties.

June 25, 2008 | Pat Cavanaugh | Archives

Donkeys fizzle again

As Georgia's 2008 political campaign scene develops, the missed opportunity for state Democrats becomes increasingly clear. A recent poll showed competition in a Georgia presidential campaign for the first time since 1996.

June 25, 2008 | Bill Shipp | Archives

Our thoughts...

Giving the community a voice to speak its mind on issues of local importance is one of the most important duties of a community newspaper.

June 25, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Erick Hunt on the issues

Erick Hunt on the issues

June 25, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

Tribal beat

 Many people might think Native Americans have been long gone from the area, but a local powwow this weekend aims to show native cultures are closer than one might think.

June 25, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives

Star-spangled events

 Newton County has long been a place for family and fellowship, and the Independence Day holiday is no exception.

June 25, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives

Barbara Brooks

Barbara Brooks, 62, of Newborn died June 22. Mrs. Brooks was of the Pentecostal faith.

June 25, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Olin L. Cook

Olin L. Cook, 85, of Covington, died June 21 at Abbey Hospice. The son of the late Luther and Nannie Arnold Cook, he was born in Orange County, Fla. He was a retired U.S. Army Major and employed by Civil Services for 25 years as a computer programming systems analyst. Mr. Cook was a member of First Baptist Church of Covington, where he was a member of Murphy's Gang Sunday School class and a former member, deacon and church treasurer of Heritage Hills Baptist Church. He enjoyed traveling with his late wife Mary Ida Hays Cook, who died ...

June 25, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Home builder sentenced for mortgage fraud

A home builder scheduled to go to trial this week for racketeering and mortgage fraud accepted a plea deal in Newton County Superior Court Monday, although the trial was continued to another date.

June 25, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives

Asbestos found on Sycamore Trail property

Asbestos has been found among the construction materials dumped onto property located on Sycamore Trail and will have to be cleaned up to avoid the health risks associated with the material.

June 25, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

Railroad crosstie placed across Kirkland Road

On June 20, two unknown persons carried a railroad crosstie from the Plum Orchard Leasing Office and placed it across the west bound lane of Kirkland Road.

June 25, 2008 | Brian Harper | Archives

Marketing expert to run for District 95

After years of working in the corporate sector, Erick Hunt has decided to try and apply the lessons he learned in fiscal responsibility to the state capitol with a run for the District 95 seat.

June 25, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

Newton County man robbed at gunpoint

Deputies are looking for three men who attempted to rob a Newton County man of drugs or cash at gunpoint and shot at a fleeing car before escaping themselves, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

June 25, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives

Chairman candidate cited by county code enforcement

Hubert White, a Democratic candidate for county chairman, has been cited by Newton County Code Enforcement for garbage debris. However, most of the trash has already been cleaned up, according to officials.

June 25, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

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