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Our thoughts: Citizens' panel

During a Rotary Club of Covington meeting Tuesday, Newton County Chairman Keith Ellis announced that the commissioners are planning to start a citizens' panel consisting of an appointed member by each commissioner and appointees from each city in the county and entities such as the chamber, water and sewage authority and school board.

July 31, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Post 32 wins state championship

Before the American Legion baseball season even started, coach Bill Dallas had stated that one of his goals for the Covington Post No. 32 A's was to win the Georgia State Championship. Dallas and his team did just that over the weekend by defeating Albany Post No. 30 by a score of 8-3 in the championship game that was contested on Monday morning.

July 31, 2014 | Staff Report | Recreation


Dr. Courtney Manning

Dr. Courtney Manning, age 45, of Covington, passed away June 30, 2014. He was born March 30, 1969 in May Pen, Clarendon, Jamaica to Victor Manning (deceased) and Aneita Cameron. At the age of five, he moved with his family to St. Catherine where they lived at his grandmother's house. While living there, he attended basic school in Reynolds and primary school at Point Hill. At the age of 10, he passed the Common Entrance exam to attend high school, and at the age of 18, he entered the Jamaican Constabulary Force. During this age, he also attended the ...

July 29, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Abraham Thomas “Abe” Hopkins

Abe Hopkins, age 6, of Covington passed away Monday, July 28, 2014. He was born February 14, 2008 in Covington to Mike and Kelli Kirkley Hopkins. Abe was a remarkable young man whose smile and laughter were contagious. Born on Valentine's Day he was full of love, affectionately described as a "mommie's boy" he loved watching Hallmark movies and being with his loving mother, father, sisters, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. Abe shined for Jesus every day and touched more people than could ever be known. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents J.T. and ...

July 29, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Josie Faye (Embry) McLaney

Josie Faye (Embry) McLaney, affectionately known as "Jo," passed away July 28, 2014, at the age of 81. She was born in Rockmart, Georgia, to the late Noel and Rena (Davis) Embry. Jo was a graduate of Cedartown High School, in Cedartown, Georgia. In 1951, she married Milton (Coach Mac) McLaney, and together they moved to Monticello, where he started his coaching career and she found her interest in floral arrangements. They moved to Newton County in 1956, where she became active and served as president of the Covington Garden Club. Jo worked part-time for several years for Abre Sherwood ...

July 29, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Keep skin healthy by knowing sunscreen facts

The best way to care for skin is to be smart about sun exposure. Too much unprotected exposure to the sun can cause a host of problems, from premature wrinkling to skin cancer.

July 29, 2014 | Staff Report | Health


Our thoughts: NYT’s pro-marijuana stance is disappointing

The New York Times editorial board this past Sunday called for the federal government to legalize marijuana in the United States.

July 29, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


GPTC unveils new media program and facilities

Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC), along with event co-host, Georgia Chamber of Commerce, unveiled to an audience of industry executives, public officials and potential students, GPTC's new Design and Media Production Technology (DMPT) and Recording Arts Technology (RART) programs and facility. The ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house, held at the DeKalb campus, provided guests the opportunity to meet students and learn first-hand of the cutting edge academic programs as they toured the Mac Lab and the television and production studio.

July 29, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Make your walk a workout

WALKING. We do it all the time. Most of us take walking for granted and don't think about it.

July 29, 2014 | Staff Report | Health


Abraham Thomas "Abe" Hopkins

Abe Hopkins, age 6, of Covington passed away Monday, July 28, 2014. He was born February 14, 2008 in Covington to Mike and Kelli Kirkley Hopkins. Abe was a remarkable young man whose smile and laughter were contagious. Born on Valentine's Day he was full of love, affectionately described as a "mommie's boy" he loved watching Hallmark movies and being with his loving mother, father, sisters, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. Abe shined for Jesus every day and touched more people than could ever be known. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents J.T. and ...

July 29, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


NMC hosts uniform, scrubs sale

Newton Medical Center Auxiliary is hosting a Uniforms & Scrubs Sale Monday, Aug. 4 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Tuesday, Aug. 5 from 7 a.m. to noon.

July 28, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County high school football coaches speak at Lions Club

At Ashford Springs Park, late Thursday evening, the Covington Lion's Club hosted Newton County's high school head football coaches. At the dinner, the coaches mingled with members of the community, and discussed different things with each other, such as the new IMPACT program. Newton head coach Terrance Banks, Eastside head coach Rick Hurst and Alcovy coach Kirk Hoffman spoke on the upcoming season, the ugliness of recruiting, how the game has changed and fielded questions about their players from fans.

July 26, 2014 | Staff Report | SPORTS


It’s SSEMC meeting time

About 1,357 Snapping Shoals EMC members turned out for the 76th annual shareholders' meeting at the Georgia International Horse Park Thursday, July 24.

July 26, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington teen missing, information sought

Fourteen-year-old Jordan Aaron has been reported missing to the Newton County Sheriff's Department.

July 26, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington woman arrested in prostitution sting

Conyers police are turning their sights to deterring prostitutes, instead of just johns, from coming to Conyers with a recent undercover sting that arrested two women for prostitution and one man for drug possession.

July 26, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Arthur Vason Sr.

Mr. Arthur Vason Sr. "Pap" died Jan. 14 at Newton Medical Center. The son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Shedrick (Emma Banks) Vason, he was born in 1928 in Jasper County, the youngest of six children. He was preceded in death by brothers Charlie L. Vason and Albert Vason; sisters Irene Vason, Delthia Deer and Ellen Heard; daughter Kathy Maude Woods; and granddaughter Letice Vason. Mr. Vason was raised and educated in Newton County and joined Pleasant View Baptist Church at an early age and becoming an active and devoted and member. His commitment and love for his church ...

January 25, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


How safe are our schools?

Newton High School student Sarah Lanners thought the ceiling of the school was crumbling on the morning of Jan. 16.

January 25, 2008 | Jennifer Long | Archives


Planning commission approves the 2008 Comprehensive Plan

The Newton County Planning Commission approved the adoption of the 2008 Comprehensive Plan during the Tuesday night meeting. The plan will go before the Board of Commissioners for approval in February.

January 25, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Student allegedly tries to stab teacher

A 16-year-old student was suspended from Mainstay Academy, previously called CrossRoads (Psychoeducational) Center on Tuesday after he reportedly tried to stab a teacher in the stomach with a pocket knife.

January 25, 2008 | Tyler Smith | Archives


Hoops: Rockdale Co. at Eastside

Entering Tuesday, the Eastside boys and girls varsity basketball teams looked to put and end to their losing streak as Rockdale came to town.

January 25, 2008 | Brian Harper | Archives


NCSO investigates double homicide

A man and woman were reportedly found dead at a residence in The Falls subdivision at 695 Freeman Drive Tuesday night in what investigators believe to be a double homicide.

January 23, 2008 | Tyler Smith | Archives


Exploring Newton County

Week two of my newcomers log (makes me feel like I'm on the Starship Enterprise) and I can add another day of snow to my Newton County experience. That's two more days of snow than I've seen in the last five years.

January 23, 2008 | Robby Byrd | Archives


Commissioners pay raise

Dear Editor: Last week our two town papers reported that Commissioner J. C Henderson and myself requested an increase in the pay for Commissioner's. This is simply not true. What we were trying to do is find out the original information and the resulting formula that established the criteria for the commissioner's salary and adjustments.

January 23, 2008 | District 2 Commissioner Earnest Simmons | Archives


Flags for veterans

Dear Editor: I want to thank whoever placed American flags on the graves of veterans in the Covington City Cemetery. It could have been the VFW, American Legion or DAR.

January 23, 2008 | Carol Callaway Veliotis | Archives


Italian favorites, Southern charm

January 23, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Focusing on all children

Cheryl Thomas had always actively participated in her children's education and decided she was at school so much she might as well make teaching her career.

January 23, 2008 | Jennifer Long | Archives


Jail manager announces candidacy for sheriff

Marty Roberts officially announced Monday his intentions to run for the position of sheriff of Newton County after 23 years with the department.

January 23, 2008 | Tyler Smith | Archives


Elks 'Hoop Shoot'

Amidst the wintry weather, the Covington Elks Club annual Hoop Shoot was held Sunday at the Newton High School Gymnasium.

January 23, 2008 | Jason Murdock | Archives


$31,650 awarded to 14 non-profits

Focusing for the second year in a row on children, youth and families, The Community Foundation for Newton County has awarded $31,650 in grant funding to 14 local non-profit organizations.

January 23, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Eastside wrestling pinned by Ringgold in finals

MACON - In a bizarre change of events due to the inclement weather entering the championship match Saturday at the Macon Centreplex, the Eastside wrestling squad - who wasn't notified of a schedule change by the GHSA - lost to Ringgold, 38-36.

January 23, 2008 | Eric McDonald | Archives


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