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The Covington City Council voted this past week to add a code officer to its staff. The city currently has only one officer.

July 24, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Covington Police Explorers, Post #222 excel again

Eighteen of the 26 members of the Covington Police Explorers traveled to Savannah and competed in six events during Summerfest.

July 24, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Letter from J. Virgil Costley

Dear editor,

July 24, 2014 | J. Virgil Costley | Letters

Mr. Thomas Busbee

Thomas Busbee, age 85 of Mansfield, passed away July 22, 2014. Mr. Busbee was a veteran of the United States Army. He attended Eastridge Community Church, was an avid Atlanta Braves fan and enjoyed fishing. Mr. Busbee was a wonderful husband and a good father, grandfather, great-grandfather and great-great-grandfather. He was preceded in death by his parents, Norman James and Carrie Louberta (Middlebrook) Busbee.

July 24, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS

Live: 2014 Primary runoff results

Today's primary election runoff races will determine several local, state and federal races.

July 22, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Mr. Max G. Kilgore

Max G. Kilgore of Covington, Georgia, born April 17, 1919, went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on July 19, 2014, at the age of 95. He was born in Palmersville, Tennessee, to John and Charlie Bostic Kilgore who preceded him in death along with his six siblings, Ned, Ralph (Doc), Mary, Dorothy, Annabelle and Sue. Max went to school in Palmersville, Tennessee, until joining a CCC Camp where he worked and completed his final year of high school in Powell, Tennessee. Max was a graduate of the University of Tennessee; and retired as Lieutenant Colonel after ...

July 22, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS

Mr. Robert Lonnie Johnston

Mr. Robert Lonnie Johnston age 69 of Conyers died July 4, 2014. A Celebration Service will be held at noon Saturday, August 2, 2014 at Calvary Baptist in Lilburn. Pastor Rev. Cavin Cawthon officiating.

July 22, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS

Our thoughts on 2050: Make changes now

It's time for a change on the 2050 Plan - both to the document itself and officials' approach in presenting it to the public.

July 22, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Diabetes: A talk with the doctor of the nation

Here in Georgia, diabetes is far too commonplace. Maybe your parents were treated for it, or your grandparents. Perhaps you've been diagnosed as pre-diabetic or diabetic. For many people, understanding what this disease really is and how it's treated is complicated.

July 22, 2014 | Staff Report | Health

Public comment disclaimer

It is the policy of the Covington News to allow people, with some form of identification, to voice their opinions, thoughts and concerns about our community. However, it is our policy to have comments free from personal attacks and inflammatory remarks toward people. This does not promote reasonable discussions and, we feel is detrimental, to furthering discussion on an issue or topic.

July 21, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Our thoughts on community hospital

One of the cornerstones of pride in the Newton County community is that we have our own hospital; and throughout its existence the taxpayers have supported its development.

July 19, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Challenges facing farmers today and tomorrow

Though farming was once big business in the United States, by 2012 less than 1 percent of Americans were professional farmers. Many challenges face today's farmers, many of which are largely unknown to the general public.

July 19, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Mae Hardman

Mae Hardman, of Rabun Gap, formerly of Porterdale, Georgia, passed away July 15, 2014. Mae was born November 26, 1925, to Carrie Mae (Lunsford) and William Grady Hardman. She had lived in Rabun County since 1971, where she taught at Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School until her retirement. Prior to teaching, Mae was a social worker for Bibb Manufacturing Company for 27 years. She was very active in both of her communities, which she dearly loved. Mae served in many civic organizations and held positions over the years in both the Porterdale Presbyterian Church and the Rabun Gap Presbyterian Church. Mae dedicated ...

July 18, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS

Mr. A.L. Crane

A.L. Crane of Covington, passed away July 16, 2014 at Newton Medical Center. He was 78 years of age at the time of his death. A.L. loved people and never met a stranger. He was always willing to go the extra mile to help anyone who needed him. He will be remembered as a man who loved his family. A.L. was preceded in death by his son, Wade Crane; parents, Alvin M. and Gladys (Segars) Crane; and his former spouse, Joann Covington.

July 17, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS

Mr. Mark Jeffries

Mark Jeffries, age 41 of Covington, passed away July 15, 2014. Mark was a true Believer who loved the Lord Jesus with all of his heart. He was an accomplished bass fisherman and loved to hunt. He had a great sense of humor, and was a talented cook, guitarist and singer. Mark enjoyed spoiling his nieces and nephews, and he cherished his time with Mary McCullough, the person closest to his heart. He was loved and will be missed by his family and friends. Mark was preceded in death by his father, William Dee "Junior" Jeffries.

July 17, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS

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Syble Carter

Syble Carter, 89, of Covington, died January 31. A native of Carollton, Mrs. Carter was a homemaker and a member of Kelly's Chapel Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband Andrew Garce Carter and daughter Betty Jo Buffington

February 03, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives

Dorothy "Dot" Ann Newton

Mrs. Dorothy "Dot" Ann Newton, 84, of Covington, died Feb. 2. She was born March 24, 1923 and was the daughter of the late John William and Lula Mae McNabb Cagle, from Atlanta. Mrs. Newton was of the Methodist faith and formerly lived in Forest Park before moving to Covington 18 years ago.

February 03, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives

Victim beaten in armed robbery

A convenience store clerk was pistol whipped early Tuesday morning during an armed robbery of the Ellington's Shell station located at 20 Salem Circle.

February 01, 2008 | Tyler Smith | Archives

Literacy days winners

The Newton County Board of Education recently announced system winners of the Middle School 2008 RESA (Regional Education Service Area) Literacy Days contest for poetry recitation, drama and ready writing held on Jan. 8 at Newton High School.

February 01, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives

Hollie Christine Jackson

Hollie Christine Jackson, 78, of Covington, died Jan. 29 at Newton Medical Center. The daughter of the late William Shelby and Vera Mae Rodgers Welch, she was born in Barbour County, Ala. She had been a resident of Georgia for 49 years and a resident of Covington for 20 years. Mrs. Jackson was a member of Gaithers United Methodist Church for 20 years. She was a wonderful homemaker and loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Even though she was small and frail in body, she was very strong in spirit, which enabled her to persevere for the last three years ...

February 01, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives

Betty L. Argo Metzger

Mrs. Betty L. Argo Metzger, 74, of Covington, died Jan. 29. The daughter of the late Edward and Beulah Hancock, she was born in 1933 in Montgomery, Ala. She was preceded in death by husbands Marvin P. Argo and Phillip Metzger and son David Argo. Mrs. Metzger owned and operated the Log Cabin restaurant located at the Hub Junction. She also worked many years at the Porterdale Hotel restaurant.

February 01, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives

John L. Rooks

Mr. John L. Rooks, 86, of Covington, died Jan. 30. Mr. Rooks was born in Barrow County in 1921 and lived all of his adult life in Covington. He was a veteran of World War II and a life-long member of Red Oak United Methodist Church where he held every church office available. He ws an active member of the Covington Lions Club and Golden Fleece Masonic Lodge No. 6 in Covington. Mr. Rooks was the owner of Rooks Custom Wood Works, Covington. He was preceded in death by parents John Herschel and Cora Johnson Rooks and wife Mrs. Mattie ...

February 01, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives

Healing the broken

The 21st century church faces different challenges than it did only a generation ago. To address these issues, the Rev. Robert and Margaret Washington are birthing a non-denominational church called Family Healing and Touch Institute - and the doors are open to everyone.

February 01, 2008 | Colleen Capes Jackson | Archives

Good movies

 When it is cold outside, there is nothing better than to hunker down with a blanket, hot chocolate and a good movie. But how does a person find a good movie? This might help. Recently Christianity Today Magazine published its list of the "10 Most Redeeming Films of 2007." One of these might just be perfect for a home or church movie night.

February 01, 2008 | John Donaldson | Archives

'Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice'

Possibly one of the most misapplied portions of scripture is found in Jesus' interview before Pilate. Most may not be familiar with the entire setting of that interview, but almost everyone is familiar with Pilate's infamous response to Jesus's statement, "Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice" (John 18:37). Pilate's often quoted and familiar response was "What is truth?" (John 18:38).

February 01, 2008 | John Pearrell | Archives

Lights in a dark world

The first recorded words spoken by God in the Genesis of creation were: "Let there be light" (Genesis 1:3). Then God separated light from darkness, and from that time on, they have been opposites. Where there is the presence of one, there is the absence of the other.

February 01, 2008 | The Rev. Wayne Rutherford | Archives

Collegiate baseball comes to Covington

As winter begins to fade and the spring months come to Covington this year, the change in scenery is not alone.

February 01, 2008 | Brian Harper | Archives

The word works

Living and working as pastor on the island of Antigua in the Caribbean has all perks that you might expect. My house on a hill has a sweeping view of the Caribbean out the back and a beautiful view of the island out the front.

February 01, 2008 | Missionary Andrew Johnston | Archives

Ron Bradley's still got it after all these years

One might think after nearly a half-century in the same profession, the enthusiasm meter might dip just a little bit. The infectious smile might fade slightly. The all-encompassing welcome might not be as hearty as once before. But then again, one might not know Ron Bradley.

February 01, 2008 | Bud L. Ellis | Archives

Unique spot in Sunshine State

What does a Florida State Trooper and a mermaid have in common? Later this year, they will both be government employees of the Sunshine State.

February 01, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Archives

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