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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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Newton County goes with Huckabee and Obama

Newton County Democrats voted overwhelming in favor of Barack Obama Tuesday night in the presidential primary while Mike Huckabee carried the county's Republican vote.

February 06, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Hoops: Newton at Salem

CONYERS - Looking more like the walking wounded of a M*A*S*H unit instead of a basketball team, the Newton boys nonetheless held on for a hard fought 51-49 victory over Salem on Saturday night.

February 06, 2008 | Bill Dolan | Archives


Remembering the past using influences on Newton sports

Over the years, I'll have to admit that I have grown disenchanted by how black Americans celebrate Black History Month.

February 06, 2008 | Eric McDonald | Archives


Indian Creek wrestling wins New Rock League title

The Indian Creek wrestling squad tallied 143 points last weekend to win the 2007-08 New Rock League Individual Championship.

February 06, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives


Jaguars open stadium with three losses

COVINGTON - From the Georgia Perimeter College point of view, there were a few missing items from the historic unveiling of its impressive new baseball stadium over the weekend - permanent bleachers, a permanent sound system and a victory on the diamond.

February 06, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives


Living for the moment

Journalists live for high-stress, late-breaking moments.

February 06, 2008 | Robby Byrd | Archives


In defense of the Rev. Clara Lett

Dear Editor: This is a letter to the "New People" of Newton County from those who have lived in and observed our community for decades. This is a letter that must be written about the Rev. Clara Lett and the Rainbow Covenant Ministry.

February 06, 2008 | Pierce L. Cline | Archives


Bear Creek Reservoir

Dear Editor: In reference to your article on Feb. 3 "Bear Creek Reservoir Back On Track," it would be very interesting to question Scott Cole as to how the deal with Jasper County fell through for "political reasons." Jasper County citizens were not enthusiastic about the "deal" because we, Jasper citizens, were to help pay for 25 percent of a reservoir (Bear Creek) that didn't exist and wasn't permitted, starting in 2004. At that time Jasper was to pay 25 percent of all the cost that Newton County SAID they had incurred, including land acquisition, over the past ...

February 06, 2008 | Mary P. Patrick, | Archives


McCormick's the man

 Leonard McCormick, fifth grade teacher at Ficquett Elementary School, has taught his entire 17-year career at the school.

February 06, 2008 | Jennifer Long | Archives


Charles (Buddy) Bruce

Charles (Buddy) Bruce, 65, of Covington, died Feb. 4. The son of the late James and Allie Ruth Polk Bruce, he was a life-long resident of Newton County and was of the Baptist faith. Mr. Bruce was employed by Tom Bruce Grading and enjoyed cutting wood and working on lawnmowers, trucks and cars. He enjoyed driving, loved animals and dearly loved his family. Mr. Bruce was preceded in death by sister Nellie Furguson and brothers Virlyn Bruce, Jimmy Bruce and Tim Bruce.

February 06, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Buck Vine "Sam" Hardeman

Mr. Buck Vine "Sam' Hardeman died Jan. 31 at DeKalb Medical Center. The son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Johnny (Ollie Thompson) Hardeman, he was born in 1940 in Newton County. He joined Early Hope Baptist Church at an early age, attended public schools and retired from Burch Lowe. He then began his own career in roofing. He and first wife Annette Belcher had 10 children; he and second wife Brenda Harris shared three children. Mr. Hardeman was a devoted father and was known for his humorous acts and story telling. He was preceded in death by siblings Margaret ...

February 06, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


David Lee Dukes Jordan

Mr. David Lee Dukes Jordan died Jan. 29. The son of the late Mr. Cleveland Dukes and Mrs. Maravine Fretwell and stepson of Mr. Roland Fretwell, he was born in Newton County.

February 06, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Dorothy "Dot" Ann Newton

Mrs. Dorothy "Dot" Ann Newton, 84, of Covington, died Feb. 2. The daughter of the late John William and Lula Mae McNabb Cagle, she was born in 1923 in Atlanta. She was of the Methodist faith and formerly lived in Forest Park before moving to Covington 18 years ago. She was preceded in death by husband Marshall Earl Newton.

February 06, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Milton Hillard Shirley

Milton Hillard Shirley, 63, of Monticello, died Feb. 5 at his residence. Mr. Shirley was born in Oconee County, S.C., where he lived until the age of 14. After leaving South Carolina, he lived in Florida until moving to Jasper County over 40 years ago. His parents were the late Jesse Shirley and Ruby Burton Shirley. After 34 years, Mr. Shirley retired from the Hercules Plant in Covington. He was preceded in death by three brothers and three sisters.

February 06, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Ida Neal Terrell

Mrs. Ida Neal Terrell died Jan. 26. The daughter of the late Mrs. Izola Gaither Williams, she was born in Mansfield. At an early age she joined Jerusalem which is now Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church, Mansfield. She loved going to the Newton County Senior Service, where she had many friends. She enjoyed all kinds of activities and traveling. She was a woman of wisdom and knowledge. Everyone she met loved her. Mrs. Terrell was preceded in death by husband Mr. Gabe (Tot) Terrell; son Mr. Grady Terrell, two sisters and two brothers.

February 06, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


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