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Final Fall Luncheon Concert today

The final Fall Luncheon Concert on the Square is today at noon. Blues band the Bobby Swain Band will perform on the Square. For more information call 770-385-2077 or 770-786-8188.

September 23, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


A variance for a proposed 150-foot cell phone tower at 10816 Old Atlanta Highway has been heard but not yet approved by Newton County officials. A public hearing on the variance is scheduled before the Board of Zoning Appeals at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25. A story in Friday's Covington News contained incorrect information.

September 23, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Newton, Eastside homecoming courts

Here are the 2014-15 homecoming courts for Newton High School and Eastside High School.

September 20, 2014 | Staff Report | Education

Our thoughts: Manners

When you're paid by taxpayers, be nice to those taxpayers.

September 20, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Eyesore of the Week

Here is this week's eyesore.

September 20, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

A taste of fall

The Covington News hosted its first-ever Autumn Fest Saturday, Sept. 20 right in the office parking lot just off the downtown Square. Dozens came to browse about 30 vendors and craftmakers and do some early holiday shopping. Products ranged from gourmet coffee to homemade preserves to handcrafted crocheted items and children's books. Live entertainment was provided by local Ashley Walden. Darrell Everidge, The News photographer, was available to take portraits. Here's a few scenes.

September 20, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Summer sounds: concert on the Square

Residents gathered for some late summer music provided by the Drive Time Band Friday Night in the newly renovated Square.

September 20, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

An improved Sunday edition

We are excited about our new Sunday package, which will be delivered early Sunday morning by our experienced carrier force.

September 20, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Queen for a day: Eastside's homecoming

Eastside senior Shanila White was named the Eagles' Homecoming Queen at Friday night's game against Jonesboro.

September 20, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

DUI & Drugs

James Edward Nelson, 59, Oxford, Sept 7, Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs, Required Position & Methods of Turning at Intersections

September 20, 2014 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log

Newton County Jail Log

Corey Dawayne Allen, 29, Covington, Sept 9, Disorderly conduct

September 20, 2014 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log

Covington woman charged for leaving child in van

A Covington woman and daycare worker was charged with child cruelty after leaving a 5-year-old in a van after failing to check if the vehicle she was driving was empty.

September 19, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Benefits of a Sunday edition

If news breaks on Thursday, The Covington News has always been able to get something to its readers in our Friday edition.

September 19, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Square closure today

College Avenue will be closed on the Covington Square from 6-8 p.m. today.

September 18, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Task Force formed to target DUI drivers on I-20

Georgia State Patrol Troop E has formed a task force to target impaired drivers. The task force will patrol the troop's 21 assigned counties that run along Interstate 20 from Conyers to South Carolina.

September 17, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

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Doin' the mess around

The music of Ray Charles, a favorite son of Georgia, reached a younger generation with the 2004 film release of "Ray" starring Jaime Foxx.

February 24, 2008 | Jennifer Long | Archives

Beautiful feet

A celebration of culture and heritage was the goal of the first-ever Newton African-American History Festival held on Saturday.

February 24, 2008 | Robby Byrd | Archives

Young guns


February 24, 2008 | Jason Murdock | Archives

Newton Chamber of Commerce hosting golf tourney

The Covington/Newton County Chamber of Commerce 14th Annual Golf Tournament will be held April 17 at the Oaks Golf Course.

February 24, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives

Hightower throws hat in sheriff's race

Gwen Hightower, a Lieutenant in the Criminal Investigation Division of the Newton County Sheriff's Office, officially announced her bid to run as a Democratic candidate for sheriff on Friday.

February 24, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives

Newton County murderer denied parole

ATLANTA - The State Board of Pardons and Paroles recently denied parole for Raymond Lamar Graham, 43. In 1994, Graham was convicted of murdering Bertha Ware, 78. He received a life sentence. This was the second time the Parole Board denied Graham parole, who was last reviewed in 2000.

February 22, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives

Thirty years of service

Celebrating 30 years of service, the Rev. Hezekiah Benton Jr. is the 12th pastor of the Bethlehem Baptist Church. Established in 1849, the church building is known as the oldest edifice in the Newton County African-American Community and is located in the heart of the historical district in the city of Covington. Under Benton's leadership, the church has expanded its call to serve the community. A banner in the sanctuary states their motto and emphasis, "A Praying Praising People Serving a Powerful God."

February 22, 2008 | Colleen Capes-Jackson | Archives

For the love of the dogs

Tom and Nate - my two younger boys - went over to Mrs. Ruth's yesterday to wash her four dogs. She has beagles, the kind of dog that just won the Westminster Dog Show. The boys enjoyed the work. When I picked them up, they wouldn't leave until they had petted all the dogs again. They must get this from their mother.

February 22, 2008 | John Donaldson | Archives

The changing belief system of the church

A recent Barna poll explored the shifting views that those Americans who still remain in the church have toward the church. While this poll explored the alternatives to the conventional church, other research shows a far more alarming trend. I am not so much concerned over the changing structure of the visible church as much as I am concerned over the changing belief system of the church.

February 22, 2008 | John Pearrell | Archives

A Drink for the thirsty

Have you ever had that thirst that just wouldn't be quenched? Water wasn't working. Gatorade wouldn't do it. You just stayed thirsty? Maybe you have. Now... have you ever felt that spiritually - where you just felt incomplete, like something was missing and you couldn't quite put your finger on it? If you've ever thought about the meaning of life for very long, I'm sure you've felt that thirst. Augustine, a leader in the early church, once prayed, "Our hearts are restless, O Lord, until they find rest in you." Have you felt that ...

February 22, 2008 | Pastor Jonathan E. Scharf | Archives

Will the majority last?

The 2008 session of the Georgia General Assembly is a little more than half over. Our elected representatives have managed to accomplish a few things like passage of the statewide water plan, which passed both the House and Senate and has been signed into law by the Governor. The Senate passed a ban on those annoying robo-calls from political candidates. And in an effort to appear tough on crime, the legislature is tackling some of the constitutional issues with the sex offender bill after the Georgia Supreme Court threw out the law last year over property rights concerns. The new ...

February 22, 2008 | Jason Pye | Archives

A time of need

I have my doubts as to whether I'll ever have a big bank account.

February 22, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Archives

Thank you Covington PD

Dear Editor: I just want to write to say thank you to our Covington Police Department. I know they don't get the praise they deserve. One particular officer is Mike Taylor. He has been vigilant in overseeing a location in which the people are gone. It makes me feel safer to know that with an officer like Mike Taylor around I'm OK. He not only flashes his light but gets out and checks the entire location which I know the owner will appreciate on his return. Thank you again for our protection. This letter is also being sent ...

February 22, 2008 | Leigh Jay | Archives

Alcovy Judicial Circuit facing possible split

Officials close to the debate as to whether to split the Alcovy Judicial Circuit or to add a fifth judge say a decision one way or the other is close at hand.

February 22, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

Transformations on 278

Formerly home to a liquor store and title pawn shop, The Exchange on U.S. Highway 278 is in the process of a transformation into an upscale shopping center which will house among other businesses an Italian restaurant.

February 22, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

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