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MMCC announces upcoming concerts for the 15th annual Madison Chamber Music Festival

MADISON, Ga. - The 15th annual Madison Chamber Music Festival would like to present its upcoming concerts this June with nationally-esteemed performers in a variety of ...

May 25, 2017 | Staff Report | Living


Tommy Coker

Tommy Coker, age 76, of Social Circle, died on May 21, 2017. He was born in Monroe, GA on April 13, 1941 to the late ...

May 24, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries


Piedmont Academy students present ‘The Shaggy Raggy’

MONTICELLO, Ga. - Piedmont Academy's K-3 class has been very busy. Teacher, Mrs. Mary Ramsdell and the students have been working together to design and ...

May 24, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


Piedmont Academy celebrates graduating kindergartners

MONTICELLO, Ga. - Piedmont Academy held its Kindergarten commencement ceremony at the Cougar Gymnasium May 16.

May 24, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


GBI Child Fatality Review Unit releases suicide data

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation's Child Fatality Review Unit is releasing 2017 data on youth suicides. So far in 2017, 18 children have reportedly ...

May 23, 2017 | Staff Report | State


Fall 2017 White House Internship Program application open

The Fall 2017 White House Internship Program application is now open.

May 23, 2017 | Staff Report | State


Smith Receives Municipal Revenue Administration Certificate

COVINGTON, Ga. - Covington Finance Director Randy Smith received a Municipal Revenue Administration Certificate from the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA). The certificate was presented to Smith ...

May 23, 2017 | Staff Report | Covington


Samuel Burney Hay, Jr.

Samuel Burney Hay, Jr. was born in Opelika, Alabama in 1932, the third child and only son of Frances Dearing Hay of Covington, and the ...

May 22, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries


Truman Ray Boyd

Truman Ray Boyd, aged 71, of Fayetteville, passed away May 19, 2017 from Parkinson's.

May 22, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries


Oxford men's tennis wins third straight national title

PLANO, TX – In the 2017 NJCAA Division III Men's Championship, Oxford Emory (GA) tallied 27.5 points to win its third national championship in ...

May 21, 2017 | Staff Report | Oxford College


Letters: The old 'double standard' is alive and well

Dear Editor,

May 21, 2017 | Staff Report | Letters


Our Thoughts: Congratulations Class of 2017

Graduation is a significant milestone in a young person's life. It is the closing of one chapter and the beginning of another.

May 21, 2017 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Letters: Thank you, Pastor Payne

Dear Editor,

May 21, 2017 | Staff Report | Letters


Newton County Jail Log: May 17

Terry Lee Aikens, 53, Covington, May 10, knowingly driving motor vehicle on suspended, canceled or revoked registration, no seat belts, possession of less than an ...

May 20, 2017 | Staff Report | Crime


A look at how far Social Circle girls soccer has come

Special to The Covington News

May 18, 2017 | Staff Report | Sports


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New Year’s celebrations 2009

Sophisticated celebrations

R.L.'s off the Square

December 30, 2008 | Staff Report | Local


1 dead, 18 injured in US bridge collapse

ATLANTA - Workers building a soaring pedestrian bridge plunged dozens of feet Friday when the structure collapsed at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, killing one worker and injuring 18 others.

The workers were all atop the "canopy walk," an elevated pathway that reaches up to 40 feet (12 meters) high, when it gave way around 9 a.m., Atlanta fire officials said. Joggers, dog walkers and others were in an adjacent park, but no visitors were in the area of the collapse, authorities said.

December 30, 2008 | By Greg Bluestein Associated Press Writer | Local


Bailout approved: Automakers to get $17.4B

WASHINGTON - Citing danger to the national economy, the Bush administration approved an emergency bailout of the U.S. auto industry Friday, offering $17.4 billion in rescue loans in exchange for concessions from the deeply troubled carmakers and their workers.

The government will have the option of becoming a stockholder in the companies, much as it has with major banks, in effect partially nationalizing the industry.

December 30, 2008 | By DEB RIECHMANN Associated Press Writer | Business


Underground explosion rocks Savannah's downtown

SAVANNAH, Ga. - An explosion in underground electrical cables blew off manhole covers and started several fires in downtown Savannah Monday morning, prompting police to evacuate several businesses. No injuries were immediately reported, police said.

Police received calls around 8:49 a.m. reporting that manhole covers had been blown off at the an intersection in the heart of the downtown district, said department spokesman Gene Harley. About an hour later, firefighters had put out three separate fires where the covers blew off.

December 29, 2008 | The Associated Press | Local


Tapping into the problem

Dear Editor: In the last five years my family has burned up three washing machines, two dishwashers and two hot water heaters. Why? We live in what we call the "no water zone." Our neighbor has burned up two hot water heaters in less than a year.

Our water provider continues to raise our monthly water bills but does nothing about the water pressure or quality. We never know from day to day, or even hour to hour, if we will have water. It takes 45 minutes to an hour just to fill up the tub of the washing machine ...

December 29, 2008 | The Mock Family Airport Road, Oxford | Letters


Our Thoughts...Keep the children safe

We are less than a week away from celebrating the grand celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ.

December 29, 2008 | Staff Report | Opinion


A lean Christmas?

I was amazed at the Wall Street Journal story about children selling toys "to some people who don't have much ..." to raise money so they can have $100 dolls for Christmas in "lean" financial times.

December 29, 2008 | Patrick Durusau Columnist | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts...Giving is receiving too

Here are some thoughts as you rush around to pick up those last minute Christmas gifts for your loved ones. You don't have to drive down the road and fight those last minute shopping crowds and traffic; you can find those gifts right here in Newton County and Social Circle.

December 29, 2008 | Staff Report | Opinion


US regulators adopt new credit card rules

WASHINGTON - Federal regulators on Thursday adopted sweeping new rules for the credit card industry that will shield U.S. consumers from increases in interest rates on existing account balances among other changes.

The rules, which take effect in July 2010, will allow credit card companies to raise interest rates only on new credit cards and future purchases or advances, rather than on current balances.

December 29, 2008 | By Marcy Gordon AP Business Writer | Business


Christmas comes early

As the difficult times in the economy continue, many families are forced to fight tooth and nail to have a good Christmas.

December 29, 2008 | Brian Harper | RELIGION


Patricia Annette Burford Cronan

Patricia Annette Burford Cronan, 72, of Greensboro, died Dec. 16 at Rockdale Hospital, Conyers. The daughter of the late James Curtis Burford and Nellie Frances Capp Burford, she was born in Henry County in 1936. She attended Jackson High School and married in 1955. While living in Conyers, she worked for Pacific Coverall Sewing Factory and Green Brothers Nursery. She enjoyed gardening, working with flowers and being with her family and friends. Mrs. Cronan did volunteer work at Green Point and Warrenton nursing homes.

December 29, 2008 | Staff Report | Obituaries


Milford Dale Hefton

Mr. Milford Dale Hefton, 47, of Covington, died Dec. 16. The son of Dale and Dixie (Singleton) Hefton, he was born in 1961 in Klamath Falls, Ore. He worked in the trucking business for over 20 years and was currently employed as a truck driver for Scott Harper Trucking and part-time for War Trucking. He was co-owner of The Lawn Ranger Lawn Service Company. Mr. Hefton was a member of Solid Rock Baptist Church and was a softball coach at Covington Christian Church NCYSL. He was a loving husband and father. He was preceded in death by his mother Dixie ...

December 29, 2008 | Staff Report | Obituaries


Newton County Jail Log 12/19/08

Jamie Lynn Adkins, 44, 1431 Gum Creek Road, Oxford, Dec. 11. Probation violation.

December 29, 2008 | Staff Report | Crime


Letters to Santa 2008

Dear Santa,

December 29, 2008 | Staff Report | Features


Mansfield Elementary custodian arrested

A custodian at Mansfield Elementary School was arrested last week after Georgia Bureau of Investigations agents found child pornography on a computer at his residence.

Brian Evan Morgan, 49, of Covington was charged with two counts of sexual exploitation of children, both felonies, after GBI investigators, with the assistance of Newton County Sheriff's Office deputies, served a Dec. 11 search warrant at his residence, said GBI spokesperson John Bankhead.

December 28, 2008 | Staff Report | Local


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