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Our Thoughts: Celebrate, travel, barbecue … remember

This week has been a busy one for Newton County.

May 29, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Photos: Alcovy High School 2016 graduation

Alcovy High School finished up Newton County School System's commencement ceremonies Saturday with the Class of 2016 graduation.

May 28, 2016 | Staff Report | Education


Photos: Eastside High School 2016 graduation

The Eastside High School senior class is now Eastside High School alumni after Friday evening's graduation.

May 28, 2016 | Staff Report | Education


Emory Allen “AJ” Johnson

Allen "AJ" Johnson, 58, passed away peaceably on Thursday, May 26, 2016. Allen was the youngest son of Kenneth D. and Joyce (Bowen) Johnson Sr ...

May 28, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Newton County Jail Log: May 25

Belinda Denise Alexander, 37, Conyers, May 18, weekenders

May 27, 2016 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log


James Edwards

James P. Edwards, 88 of Covington passed away May 26, 2016. Mr. Edwards was a member of High Point Baptist Church for 67 years, where ...

May 27, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


James ‘Jimmy’ Pound

James "Jimmy" Lamar Pound, 85, of Covington, passed away at his home on May 25, 2016, surrounded by his family. Jimmy was born March 8 ...

May 27, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Charlotte Ivy Davis

Charlotte Ivy Davis, of Griffin, passed away May 19, 2016, at Spalding Regional Medical Center in Griffin. She was born on Feb. 19, 1943, at ...

May 27, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Photos: Newton High School 2016 graduation

Newton High School started the 2016 commencement season for the Newton County School System Thursday evening.

May 26, 2016 | Staff Report | Education


Two GDOT Newton County road projects to begin this summer

The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) announced its schedule for construction this summer and beyond. While there are four projects on the GDOT list, only ...

May 26, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Election 2016 Primary: live results

BOC District 1 - Republican

May 24, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Free golf cart shuttle to be offered on the Square

Visitors to the Covington Square unable to find a parking spare directly in front of their dining or shopping destination, will not have to worry ...

May 24, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Dennis Hyde

Dennis Hyde of Mansfield passed away May 20, 2016, at the age of 59. Dennis was a member of Gaithers United Methodist Church, where he ...

May 23, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Jeff Hall

Jeff Hall, 58 of Covington, passed away May 20, 2016. Jeff was a 1976 graduate of Newton County High School. He was employed by Lithonia ...

May 23, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Our Thoughts: The future begins now

When Newton County residents open The Covington News 20 years from now what will they see?

May 22, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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Porterdale council chooses architect for gym reconstruction

The Porterdale City Council selected an architect at Monday's monthly meeting to begin preliminary stages for the first phase of the reconstruction of the Porterdale Gym, which burned in 2005. But the decision to choose the architect didn't come easily.

July 09, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives


Oxford family hit twice by recent storms

Oxford resident Pamela Wheeler ran the Peachtree Road Race on Friday before her family traveled to Gulf Shores, Ala. to visit her in-laws. On Saturday, the family returned from vacation prematurely to find a large sweet gum tree inside their master bedroom.

July 09, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives


Land owners request city annexation

On Monday night, a petition requesting the annexation of 214 acres was brought before the Covington City Council.

July 09, 2008 | Brian Harper | Archives


DeKalb Technical College to train law enforcement

DeKalb Technical College announced Tuesday it was chosen to participate in a pilot program to train law enforcement while granting college credit, set to begin January 2009, that would turn the Covington campus into a regional law enforcement training center for the metro-Atlanta area.

July 09, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


Ernest Reba Ozburn

Mr. Ernest Reba Ozburn, 77, of Porterdale, died July 5. The son of the late Thomas and Lottie Aaron Hamby Ozburn, he was born in 1931 in Newborn County. Mr. Ozburn was a lifelong resident of Newton County and member of Julia A. Porter United Methodist Church, Porterdale. He worked for Guardian Automotive and Covington Molding and worked as a milkman delivering milk throughout Newton County.

July 09, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Bomb placed in mailbox

Fireworks weren't the only things exploding over the holiday weekend. Early Sunday morning, a bomb blew up in a Newton County mailbox in the third such incident this year, according to the victim.

July 09, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


Doris Rozier

Mrs. Doris Rozier, 86, of Newborn, died July 6. The daughter of the late Lloyd E. and Mary Kelly Pritchard, she was born in 1922 in Jasper County. She was a member of Newborn United Methodist Church where she was a longtime children's Sunday school teacher. Mrs. Rozier was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother. She was preceded in death by husband of 59 years Mr. J. Burnett Rozier.

July 09, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Buster Shope

Buster Shope, 37, of Newborn, died July 5. Mr. Shope worked in his family-owned business, Midtown Hauling and Equipment, as a heavy equipment operator. He was of the Christian faith, enjoyed fishing and water sports and loved people and his family. Mr. Shope was preceded in death by his mother Robbie Lee Bagwell Shope.

July 09, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Newton heritage

Every year around this time, as the warm, humid breath of summer fills the lungs and katydids emerge with their droning songs, Suzanne Lindsey picks up a broom and a mop and heads toward her family's "tent" on the historic Salem camp ground.

July 09, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


Joseph Oscar Hunt Jr.

Joseph Oscar Hunt Jr., 74, of Covington died July 7 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Atlanta. Born on Jan. 23, 1934 in Athens, he was the son of the late Joseph Oscar Hunt Sr. and Vadie Wall Hunt. Mr. Hunt was a veteran of the U.S. Army, was a retired supervisor from Sears, and was a member of Walnut Grove United Methodist Church. He was a volunteer fireman for the City of Covington for more than 25 years and coached and umpired little league games for many years.

July 09, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Utility bill assistance approved

Financially needy utility customers are one step closer to some relief with the Covington City Council's Monday decision to approve an energy assistance program for low-income residents.

July 09, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


An American film

Though "Kit Kittredge: An American Girl" has been heavily marketed toward young girls, parents and grandparents chaperoning tweenage girls to this movie will likely find themselves surprisingly moved by this Great Depression era film.

July 09, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Go crazy for new Guitar Hero

Former Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash showed the rock world what a bit of name recognition can do for a video game and Aerosmith has taken it to the next level.

July 09, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives


ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Bomb explodes in Newton County mailbox

Fireworks weren't the only things exploding over the holiday weekend. Early Sunday morning, an explosive device blew up in a Newton County mailbox early Sunday morning, in the third such incident, according to the victim.

July 07, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


Ready, aim, fire

The next time you walk into a restaurant to enjoy a good sit down meal, the guy sitting next to you might be carrying a gun... And in Georgia, it's legal.

July 06, 2008 | Brian Harper | Archives


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