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Joe Yarbrough

Mr. Joe Yarbrough, 67, of Covington, Georgia passed away Monday, September 1, 2014. He was born in Porterdale on April 17, 1947 to Claude and Lillian Yarbrough who have preceded him in death. Joe was retired from Norfolk Southern Railroad where he worked as a switchman. He served his country in the United States Army for 8 years and enjoyed hunting and fishing. Mr. Yarbrough was preceded in death by his daughter Elisha Yarbrough and wife Debbie Lynn Yarbrough.

September 02, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS

Hit-and-run driver strikes child in stroller

A Conyers driver who struck a Covington woman and a 2-year-old and then tried to flee the scene was arrested and charged with driving under the influence.

September 02, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

A taste of the Artful Harvest

Southern Heartland Arts Inc. invites the public to visit Artful Harvest, the annual invitational judged art show, sponsored by United Bank, during September.

August 30, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Leadership still lacking

Two weeks ago we editorialized that the Newton County Board of Commissioners should show some leadership, define the county's form of government, and identify its true manager. The BOC held a workshop on the topic, but left the meeting without a solution, or even clarity on how Newton County should be led.

August 30, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Recommendations to the BOC

The recent loan from Newton County Chairman Keith Ellis on behalf of Newton County to Commissioner J.C. Henderson was a huge problem for our local government.

August 30, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Mrs. Arlene Bishop

Mrs. Arlene Bishop, age 73, of Mansfield formerly of Redan passed away at her home Friday, August 29, 2014. She was born August 28, 1941 in Austell Georgia to Arlo and Mary Pike who have preceded her in death. Mrs. Bishop worked for and retired from The Rockdale Citizen Newspaper. She was a loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother, great grandmother and friend. Mrs. Bishop taught Sunday school at Redan Baptist Church, East Newton Baptist Church and was currently a member of Mansfield Baptist Church. She enjoyed traveling, working in her flower garden and was a gracious hostess who loved to ...

August 29, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS

Ellis' letter about Henderson check

Following is the letter Newton County Commission Chairman Keith Ellis sent the Covington News about the $4,500 paycheck advance given to Commissioner J.C. Henderson. It is reprinted here in its entirety.

August 29, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Lorraine Elementary evacuation ends after sweep due to possible bomb threat

A lockdown on Lorraine Elementary after a possible bomb threat was lifted shortly after noon Friday after a security sweep found the campus to be clear.

August 29, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

In 1970, we had a riot; Ferguson looks like war

The news from Ferguson, Missouri, has brought back unpleasant memories from the long-ago riots in Asbury Park, New Jersey. It was the summer of 1970, and I was a young teenager close enough to the action to be appropriately frightened.

August 28, 2014 | Staff Report | Columnists

Lunchtime concerts set for Thursdays

A series of concerts, all featuring different styles of music, are set for noon each Thursday in September. All will be held on the Square in Covington, and all are free to the public.

August 28, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Football in the SEC not a casual affair for fans

We made it, folks.

August 28, 2014 | Ben Prevost | Sports Columnists

GPTC hosts healthy choices fair

Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) recently hosted a series of events targeting health and wellness on its DeKalb and Newton campuses. As a part of its "Be ACTive" initiative to encourage faculty, staff and students to engage in healthy choices that will nourish the mind, body and spirit, GPTC held a "Healthy Choices Fair" in the Conference Center on the college's DeKalb Campus.

August 28, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Pilot Club hosts partner in education

The Pilot Club of Covington welcomed its partner in education for 2014-15 to its monthly meeting in August.

August 28, 2014 | Staff Report | LIFE

Rotary Club gives $500 to end Polio

The Rotary Club of Covington hosted District Governor William E. Strickland III at its weekly meeting Tuesday.

August 28, 2014 | Staff Report | LIFE

Thank you John Middleton

Thank you John Middleton for your 14 years of service as Newton County's Manager.

August 28, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

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Georgia Perimeter sweeps Lakers

COVINGTON - After a 10-hour drive from Illinois covering over 600 miles, the Lakers of Lake Land College were anything but prepared to play baseball Thursday afternoon against Georgia Perimeter College.

February 17, 2008 | Brian Harper | Archives

Junior's got a new car and something left to prove

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - If sentiment could fuel a race car, Dale Earnhardt Jr. would win the 50th running of The Great American Race by a heartbeat.

February 17, 2008 | Associated Press | Archives

Hoops: Macon downs Oxford, 95-79

OXFORD - For seven sophomores, it would be their final game wearing an Oxford College uniform on Friday evening.

February 17, 2008 | Jason Murdock | Archives

County schools pull beef

The Newton County School System was notified on Feb. 4 that the U. S. Department of Agriculture has placed an administrative hold on certain cases of ground beef crumbles the district recently received. Upon notification, the school system immediately identified cases of beef from the list of "On Hold" lot numbers and isolated them from the rest of the food inventory.

February 15, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives

Johnson elected Leadership Georgia Board of Trustees vice president

Newton County Superior Court Judge Horace Johnson was recently elected vice president of the 2008 Board of Trustees of Leadership Georgia.

February 15, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

Clemens is the only one doing misremembering on Capitol Hill

By Tim Dahlberg

February 15, 2008 | Associated Press | Archives

Newton High eliminated from Region 2-AAAAA tournament

STONE MOUNTAIN - Every team experiences its fair share of ups and downs.

February 15, 2008 | Bill Dolan | Archives

A dark and bloody history

I have a great affinity for the south. I spent much of my early years in rural and small-town Tennessee and hardly a day goes by without the sights and sounds of those days floating up to the surface of memory: watching the old men whittle on the court square, floating on Kentucky Lake under a July sun and listening to the cicadas swarm in their regular cycles of death and rebirth.

February 15, 2008 | Robert Lamb | Archives

Grammy night

I watched a good portion of last week's Grammy awards on television. I'm still trying to figure out why.

February 15, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Archives

Building a better Newton

Dear Editor: This past Saturday, the organizers of "Building a Better Newton" were once again successful in bringing together a broad cross section of community members who care about the direction in which our county is headed. Those present represented community leaders, educators, law enforcement, clergy, health care professionals and students among many others. The conversations that we have shared over these past two meetings have been thoughtful and profitable and are certain to lead to positive changes as we face the challenges of growth together.

February 15, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Willing helpers

The Willing Helpers Medical Clinic is a ministry of Solid Rock Baptist Church, located at 8111 Brown Bridge Road. The clinic opened in October 2006 as a non profit effort of local medical professionals seeking to improve the health of approximately 10,000 uninsured people in Newton County. The medical director is Dr. Timothy Park, MD, and the clinic director is Ed Jenkins. RPH. Nursing co-directors are Dorothy Robinson, RN, and Yolunda Goldston, RN.

February 15, 2008 | Colleen Capes Jackson | Archives

Religion is a team sport

I was over at the Covington YMCA the other day, trudging along at a slow jog on the last treadmill on the left, sweating, watching TV, watching the miles creep by, and then Will came up behind me and yelled, "Pick it up John!"

February 15, 2008 | John Donaldson | Archives

Separating the sacred and the secular in life

"For I am your servant; therefore give me common sense to apply your rules to everything I do" (Psalm 119:125, The Living Bible).

February 15, 2008 | John Pearrell | Archives

Why the tree, God?

In the beginning, God created the world. It was perfect, nothing wrong with it. And then they ate that fruit from that tree of knowledge of good and evil and ruined everything. And now there is sin in the world. What a shame. If only they had resisted that temptation. But, what was the tree doing there in the first place? Have you ever wondered that? Have you ever asked, "Why the tree, God?"

February 15, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Fresh bread

In John, chapter 6, we are told the story of Jesus performing the miracle of feeding 5,000 people with only five small barley loaves of bread and two small fish. After doing this, Jesus said: "I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty" (John 6:35).

February 15, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

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