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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


Mother Darlene Strong

Mother Darlene Strong was born December 9, 1924 to the parentage of the late Mr. & Mrs. George (Cora) Stephens in Athens, Georgia.

July 26, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Social Circle activities

July 26, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Newton at Jackson Preview

School is out for the holidays, yet that doesn't mean that prep basketball has taken a break.

December 21, 2007 | Jason Murdock | Archives


NFL matchup pits dysfunctional against disappointed

By Bob Baum

December 21, 2007 | Associated Press | Archives


Alcovy athletics teams with Rocky Plains Elementary School

Alcovy High School boys varsity basketball head coach Eugene Brown and Alcovy principal David Easterday received an award from school counselor Rhonda Denby for partnering with Rocky Plains Elementary School to encourage students to study hard and stay in school.

December 21, 2007 | Staff Reports | Archives


Eastside wrestling on verge of vision quest

When Brandon Blakeman took over for Michael Foot-Smith as the new wrestling coach at Eastside High School, he had no intentions of making any exceptions for lack of preparation on his part or for his team to make excuses for failure on its part.

December 19, 2007 | Eric McDonald | Archives


Alcovy at Newton

On Saturday, the Alcovy freshman boys, junior varsity teams and varsity squads came knocking on Newton's door, each looking for a much-needed victory.

December 19, 2007 | Bill Dolan | Archives


For now, all remains silent on the steroid front

By Tim Dahlberg

December 19, 2007 | Associated Press | Archives


Covington YMCA hosting 2007 Holiday Camp

The Covington Family YMCA is hosting the 2007 Holiday Camp beginning Dec. 24-31st.

December 19, 2007 | Staff Reports | Archives


A fine cup of coffee

Located in a snug little cream-colored house on U.S. Highway 278 is Edwin Bean Coffee Bar, one of the newest additions to the county's collection of coffee houses.

December 19, 2007 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Toni's Christmas stocking

Our stockings are hung by the chimney with care, in hopes that Saint Nicholas - or another paunchy guy with toys - will soon be there.

December 19, 2007 | Len Robbins | Archives


Holiday on film

December 19, 2007 | The Covington News Editorial Staff | Archives


Christmas camp

This year employees of the Newton County Recreation Commission decided to offer a week long Christmas Camp for the boys and girls out of school for winter holidays.

December 19, 2007 | Jennifer Long | Archives


$1.8 million in counterfeit goods seized in Friday's raid

Local law enforcement officials seized $1.8 million in counterfeit merchandise during the Friday night raid of the International Merchandise Mart and Storage.

December 19, 2007 | Tyler Smith | Archives


Darlena Freeman Jackson

Ms. Darlena Freeman Jackson died Dec. 8. The daughter of the late Otis and Alberta Freeman, she was born in 1948 in Covington. She graduated from R.L. Cousins High School and 1966 and moved to Atlanta where she began her career at Retail Credit, later known as Equifax. At the time of her death she was employed by Newton County School System. She joined BethaBara Baptist Church at an early age and later moved her membership to Salem Bible Church where she was a faithful member. Ms. Jackson was a warm, friendly and caring person with a great sense ...

December 19, 2007 | Staff Report | Archives


Lucy B. Knight

Lucy B. Knight, 71, of Covington, died Dec. 17. The daughter of the late James and Clyde Carroll Burton, she was born in Oglethorpe County. Mrs. Knight attended County Line Baptist Church and enjoyed fishing and listening to gospel music. She dearly loved her family and will be missed by all.

December 19, 2007 | Staff Report | Archives


Carroll Henry Kneece

Carroll Henry (Stump) Kneece, 56, of Newborn, died Dec. 17 at Atlanta Medical Center. The son of the late J.C. and Louise Busbee Kneece, he owned and operated S&K Services Inc. in Oxford. Mr. Kneece was of the Baptist faith, loved working as a machinist, enjoyed woodworking and dearly loved his family.

December 19, 2007 | Staff Report | Archives


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