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Newton County Jail Log: Dec. 7

Michael Ryan Allen, 20, Porterdale, Dec. 5, back for court

December 08, 2016 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log

19-year old arrested for murder Tuesday

Elijah William Ramoutar, 19, has been arrested by the Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) for the murder of Alyssa Ann Wright, 19, Tuesday evening.

December 08, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Thomas McElreath

Thomas McElreath, 80, of Rutledge, passed away Tuesday, December 6, 2016. McElreath enjoyed collecting antiques and loved going to the mountains. He was married for ...

December 07, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

Mrs. Lee Shirley

Mrs. Lee Shirley, 91, of Covington, passed away December 5, 2016. She was born June 18, 1925, to the late Luther and Mae Carney. Shirley ...

December 07, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

Our Thoughts: Audit, citizenry can be a tool for change

For those who even just pay casual attention to their local government, this week brought some big news to Newton County.

December 04, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

The Pride of Eastside performs in Hollywood Christmas Parade

The Pride of Eastside Marching Band joined the likes of Larry King, Olivia Newton-John and Bill Engvall this past weekend, during the 85th Annual Hollywood ...

December 02, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Newton County Jail Log: Dec. 1

Chester Thomas Akins Jr., Covington, Nov. 28, hold for other agency (Banks County), hold for other agency (Cherokee County), theft by receiving stolen property

December 01, 2016 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log

Judge Wynne to hear Georgia Supreme Court case

Superior Court Judge W. Kendall Wynne, Jr.of the Alcovy Judicial Circuit has been designated to serve in place of Justice Carol Hunstein in the ...

December 01, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Turning Back the Pages - November 23- November 27

This week The Covington News is only turning back our pages to five years ago to see how far we have, or have not come ...

November 30, 2016 | Staff Report | Turning Back the Pages

Southern Folk Advent Service scheduled

The Sonny Houston Bluegrass Band will provide bluegrass-Gospel music and preacher-scholar Jason Byassee will speak at Meridian Herald's 24nd annual Southern Folk Advent Service ...

November 29, 2016 | Staff Report | LIVING

Johnny Hammond “Santa Johnny”

Johnny Hammond, of Mansfield, affectionately known as "Santa Johnny," passed away November 27, 2016, at 74 years of age. After retiring from AT&T, he ...

November 29, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

James ‘Bill’ Clay

Loving father and grandfather, James "Bill" Clay, 73, of Covington, passed away November 26, 2016. Clay was born in Decatur to the late James and ...

November 28, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

Charles H “C.H.” Berry Jr.

Charles H. "C.H." Berry, Jr. of Covington, age 92, passed away November 26, 2016, at his home in Almon surrounded by his family. Mr ...

November 26, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

Piedmont Academy FFA team places in area Farm Business Management career development event

The Piedmont Academy FFA Farm Business Management Team recently placed third in the Area 3 FFA Farm Business Management Career Development Event held on Nov ...

November 26, 2016 | Staff Report | Agriculture

Elizabeth Florine “Sister” Womack

Elizabeth Florine "Sister" Womack, age 74, passed away Friday, November 25, 2016. She was born in Covington to the late Tommy Lee and Florine Fuller ...

November 26, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

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Portraits of Hope Reception

On Oct. 2 breast cancer survivors and their friends and families gathered at the Historic Courthouse in Covington for the Portraits of Hope Reception.

October 20, 2008 | Staff Report | LOCAL

To the zealots who stole my Obama sign

Dear Editor: I figured they probably didn't look on it as stealing, more as a practical joke, when late Friday night they took my Obama sign off its frame and replaced it with a McCain/Palin one. That's a good one. Having watched their convention, I can see their sense of humor is on par with their dancing ability. (OK, to be fair, raising their hands over their heads and swaying back and forth was major physical activity for most of those folks, a lot of whom hadn't moved that much since the Charleston was the rage ...

October 18, 2008 | Staff Report | Letters

To our senators

Dear Editor: It is with grave concern that I write this letter. It's wonderful that Bank of America (BofA) has agreed to settle the 11-states lawsuits against its new subsidiary, the infamous Countrywide Mortgage Company. I am hugely disappointed - but not surprised - that the great state of Georgia did not see fit to join the initial lawsuit. After all, it was the same great state of Georgia that voted to kill reforms to predatory lending practices in 2003. Can we all spell C-O-U-N-T-R-Y-W-I-D-E here?

 We can say that was in the past but, today, who can forget that past ...

October 18, 2008 | Staff Report | Letters

Together again

We said in an editorial Sunday that we have been wondering why we haven't heard one iota of encouragement from our federally elected officials. Jim Marshall who represents congressional District 8 and John Linder who represents congressional District 7 during our country's financial difficulties.

October 18, 2008 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Sorry, seniors

 In February, the Newton County Board of Commissioners voted 3-2 to put a referendum on the ballot this fall that would raise the homestead exemption for seniors over 65 from $20,000 to $30,000.

October 18, 2008 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

A dog-gone mess

Georgia has one of the largest and most violent prison populations in the country, yet the state - in its haste to try to balance an insanely optimistic budget in a recession - has cut prison guards' pay to just four days a week. Some prison guards already are among the lowest-compensated state employees.

October 18, 2008 | Bill Shipp | OPINION

John L. "Rookie" Cordell

John L. "Rookie Cordell, 82, of Covington, died Oct. 7. A World War II veteran, Mr. Cordell was an avid golfer and great baseball player. He enjoyed playing the guitar and had a talent for construction work. Mr. Cordell was a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather, uncle and brother. He was preceded in death by his parents John and Lillie Hilliard Cordell and stepson Ricky Phelps.

October 18, 2008 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

Lynn Hall Loyd

Lynn Hall Loyd of Covington, passed away Oct. 6, at the age of 60. Born at Crawford Long Hospital in 1948, she attended Kirkwood Elementary School and was a 1967 graduate of Southwest Dekalb High School. An employee with Lithonia Lighting for 25 years, she enjoyed fishing, playing slot machines, making her own music CD's, and cooking - but above all, she loved spending time with her grandchildren.

Mrs. Loyd was preceded in death by her daughter, Kandi Jeanette Mitchell; parents, James and Phyllis Jakes Hall; and her pet, Max.

October 18, 2008 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

Two-faced Handel

Dear Editor: I am a relative newcomer to Newton County, and am fascinated by local politics as exhibited by recent events reported by The Covington News. I read with interest the letter last Friday, which states the writer's opinion that the News is biased in the 5th District Commissioner's race. I had not been given that impression, and thought the Editor's note explained the situation satisfactorily.

 I have personally been perplexed by the Secretary of State's assertion that she does not have jurisdiction over county commission races. Does she only have jurisdiction over statewide offices, such ...

October 18, 2008 | Staff Report | Letters

Mutt Show

October 17, 2008 | Staff Report | Covington

More than a sum of the parts

Odell and Leah Caldwell have spent a lifetime of ministering to others out of their overflowing love for Christ. They have worked tirelessly, endured hardships and continue to make themselves available for any task in their golden years - whether it is cleaning the church or supporting events.

October 13, 2008 | Colleen Capes Jackson Religion Writer | Religion

Stouthearted proclaimation

"I will praise you, O Lord, with all my heart; before the 'gods' I will sing your praise. I will bow down toward your holy temple and will praise your name for your love and your faithfulness, for you have exalted above all things your name and your word. When I called, you answered me; you made me bold and stouthearted" (Psalm 138:1-3, NIV).

October 13, 2008 | John Pearrell Columnist | Religion

Donuts for breakfast

"At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, "Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?" Then Jesus called a little child to him, set him in the midst of them, and said, "Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. …Whoever receives one little child like this in My name receives Me. Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he ...

October 13, 2008 | John Donaldson Columnist | Religion

Showing love to difficult people

Recently, my pastor challenged the congregation to go 24 hours without complaining. When he made that request, I thought, "OK, I'll take that challenge." By three o'clock, I fell off the wagon and wondered how the rest of the church faired.

October 13, 2008 | Colleen Capes Jackson Columnist | Religion

Understand your purpose - Part II

I Corinthians 10:31

October 13, 2008 | the Rev. Jonathan E. Scharf | Pulpit Notes

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