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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

Mr. Martha Ann Mahan

Martha Ann Mahan of Social Circle passed away July 16, 2014, at the age of 81. A very dedicated member of the First United Methodist Church of Covington and the Christian Fellowship Sunday School Class, she was also a member and past president of the Callie Cohen Circle of the United Methodist Women. Mrs. Mahan enjoyed traveling and will be remembered for her wonderful cooking.

July 17, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS

Mrs. Jayne Satterfield

Jayne Satterfield, 78 of Covington, passed away Wednesday, July 16 at Abbey Hospice. Jayne was born on February 23, 1936 to Charner and Frieda (Seddon) Peacock in Atlanta. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. Mrs. Satterfield was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Orlin R. Satterfield in 2013 and her parents.

July 17, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS

Mrs. Doris T. Mitchell Bowie

Doris T. Mitchell Bowie of Covington, passed away July 16, 2014, at the age of 93. Mrs. Bowie was a lifelong resident of Newton County, and faithful member of Voice of Pentecost, in Covington. Additionally, she was a former member of United Pentecostal Church, where she served as youth director, the ladies auxiliary leader and Sunday School Teacher. Mrs. Bowie was a published song writer and poet, and proud member of the National Poetry Society of Who's Who. She enjoyed camping, fishing and spending time with those she loved. Mrs. Bowie was preceded in death by her first husband ...

July 17, 2014 | Staff Report | STATE

Newton Newsflash: More construction this weekend

If you're out and about this weekend, avoid sections of I-20 in Newton County as construction continues. Lane closures and long delays can be expected in the following areas and times:

July 17, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

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Community meeting focuses on growth

Approximately 200 people ignored the dire warnings of inclement weather to attend the first in a series of community meetings to address county growth issues at the Turner Lake Recreation Complex Saturday morning.

January 23, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

Team Depot lends a helping hand

Most of the time, if a customer needs assistance in a Home Depot store a friendly sales associate is more than happy to assist a customer find something.

January 23, 2008 | Jennifer Long | Archives

Hayden Michael Williams

Brad and Kristi Williams of Covington announce the birth of Hayden Michael Williams on Dec. 15 at Newton Medical Center. He weighed 7 pounds and 8 ounces and was 18 inches long.

January 20, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Growing school leadership

The Newton County School System needs more experienced leaders according to central office administrators.

January 20, 2008 | Jennifer Long | Archives

Give the ball to Herschel

The scene: A track met at a school in Wrightsville, Georgia, about 100 miles south of Athens, and sixty miles east of Macon. The scorching Georgia sun blazed the field; runners were poised for the one-mile race. The gun was fired, and they were on their way. One of them was a black boy, a sixth-grader, who dreamed of being an athlete - perhaps a basketball player or a track star, like his two older brothers. But a timidity kept him from making the first step. Now, at last, he had his chance.

January 20, 2008 | Clifford Brewton | Archives

Community service

Not long ago I couldn't help but notice some additions to the downtown Covington area. Near the town square, at corners featuring pedestrian crosswalks but lacking traffic signals, spiffy new signs have sprouted in the middle of the street. These signs are rectangular in shape, appear as little columns in the center of the street, are bright yellow and white and feature a miniature STOP sign near the top of the column.

January 20, 2008 | Nat Harwell | Archives


Mr. and Mrs. Michael Pittman of Bryan-College Station, Texas, are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Amber Elizabeth Pittman to Adam Scott Anthony of Bryan-College Station, son of Mrs. Lisa Anthony of Bryan, Texas.

January 20, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Cheyenne Elizabeth Terrell

Katy and Dean Terrell of Covington announce the birth of their daughter Cheyenne Elizabeth on Dec. 20 at Rockdale Birth Center. She weighed 7 pounds 3.4 ounces and was 20 inches long.

January 20, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Math wizard

Most students don't think math is a very exciting subject - but when Mike Byster works a problem, kids laugh and shout.

January 20, 2008 | Jennifer Long | Archives

Morris A. Fincher

Morris A. Fincher, 60, of Covington, died Jan. 17 at heartland Hospice. The son of the late Morris B. Fincher, he loved to garden and do yard work.

January 20, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

John Douglas, Doug Holt both seeking re-lection in 2008

Both State Sen. John Douglas (R-District 17) and State Rep. Doug Holt (R-District 112) will be running for re-election.

January 20, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

Jay's Recycling still operating?

Despite an order by the Newton County Superior Court to cease its operation, a scrap metal yard on Roseberry Road appears to still be in business.

January 20, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

Boy struck by school bus

A 9-year-old boy was struck by a school bus on Plum Orchard Drive while on his way to school early Friday morning.

January 20, 2008 | Tyler Smith | Archives

Ezell throws hat into county sheriff's race

The Democratic Party has its first candidate for Newton County Sheriff after Lt. Ezell Brown officially announced his intentions to run for the soon to be vacated position.

January 20, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives

Volunteers to tackle church cleanup

The Graves Chapel Cemetery will receive a much needed facelift Monday when Hands on Newton hosts a cleanup of the historic cemetery.

January 20, 2008 | Tyler Smith | Archives

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