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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


The Value of Work and Labor Day

My first paying job was cleaning the bathrooms at the First Baptist Church of Carrollton, Georgia, where I was a member. I was 14, the minimum age for "children" to work. This was neither glamorous nor exciting work, but useful and needed work. On Sundays I often over heard the "little old ladies" of the church commenting on the cleanliness of the bathroom. I remember my subsequent feeling of pride. While not a glamorous work, my actions were helpful and appreciated by those who used the facilities. For providing this useful service I earned minimum wage in 1981, ($3.35 ...

August 28, 2014 | Staff Report | Columnists


Mr. Ronald Dean Linder

Mr. Ronald Dean Linder

August 27, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Louise Thomason

Louise Thomason of Covington, passed away Aug. 24, 2014, at the age of 84. Ms. Thomason was an active member of New Life Praise Center, in Covington, and was a dedicated employee of Lithonia Lighting for 38 years. Following her work at Lithonia Lighting, she dedicated herself to caring for handicapped children. Ms. Thomason was a giving lady, and constantly gave of her time to help those less fortunate. She was loved and will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Preceding her in death was her brother, Thomas McCord.

August 26, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Proposed park a great idea for Covington

Covington has a problem. And a cure.

August 26, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Mr. J.C. “Shep” Shepard Jr.

J.C. "Shep" Shepard Jr., 89, of Social Circle, passed to be with his beloved wife of 50 years Elizabeth "Liz" Clay Shepard on August 25, 2014. Born December 20, 1924, he was the son of the late James Curtis Shepard and Jessie V. Shepard Studdard. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Bill Shepard.

August 26, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


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Cam canned: Dolphins fire Cameron after 1-15 season

DAVIE, Fla. - Cam Cameron was fired as the Miami Dolphins' coach Thursday by new boss Bill Parcells after plunging to an 0-13 start in his first year on the job and finishing with just one victory.

January 04, 2008 | Associated Press | Archives


Man shot in robbery, suspect at large

Newton County Sheriff's investigators are on the lookout for Courtney Thornton who allegedly shot a man in the back of the head and robbed another early Tuesday morning.

January 02, 2008 | Tyler Smith | Archives


Man shot in robbery, suspect at large

Newton County Sheriff's investigators are on the lookout for Courtney Thornton who allegedly shot a man in the back of the head and robbed another early Tuesday morning.

January 02, 2008 | Tyler Smith | Archives


Three arrested over cell phone

A dispute over a cell phone turned into a violent family affair Friday morning when three were arrested after a man pulled a gun on his mother's boyfriend.

January 02, 2008 | Tyler Smith | Archives


Man charged with selling crack

A discovery of two handguns and bags full of drugs by custodians at the Quality Inn on Ga. Highway 142 lead to an arrest Thursday.

January 02, 2008 | Tyler Smith | Archives


Formulating success

Sue Adams earned her associate degree the same year her oldest son graduated from high school and the next year earned her bachelor's degree in education.

January 02, 2008 | Jennifer Long | Archives


Beatrice "Bea" Allen

Mrs. Beatrice "Bea" Allen, 78, of Covington, died Dec. 30 at her home. The daughter of the late Rufus and Grace Crawley Anglin, she was born in 1929 in Walton County. Mrs. Allen was an active lifelong member of Calvary Baptist Church and a resident of Covington for 76 years. She enjoyed reading, and her grandchildren were her heart.

January 02, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Matthew F. Boss

Mr. Matthew "Matt" F. Boss, 53, a lifelong resident of Covington, died Dec. 27. The son of the late George F. Boss Jr. and the late Jacqueline Milford Boss Parham, he was born in Fulton County in 1954. Boss was a member of Landmark Baptist Church and had worked for several years for the Newton County Fire Department and more recently at Newton Federal Savings and Loan. His parents and his daughter, Christy Boss, and stepfather, Fonda Parham preceded him in death.

January 02, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Matthew F. Boss

Mr. Matthew "Matt" F. Boss, 53, a lifelong resident of Covington, died Dec. 27. The son of the late George F. Boss Jr. and the late Jacqueline Milford Boss Parham, he was born in Fulton County in 1954. Boss was a member of Landmark Baptist Church and had worked for several years for the Newton County Fire Department and more recently at Newton Federal Savings and Loan. His parents and his daughter, Christy Boss, and stepfather, Fonda Parham preceded him in death.

January 02, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Bloody good time

In Tim Burton's awesomely creepy masterpiece "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" Johnny Depp gives his best performance since we were first introduced to Captain Jack Sparrow.

January 01, 2008 | Tyler Smith | Archives


THP Graphics CEO meets with Lt. Governor

At an early December manufacturer's roundtable brought together by Lt. Governor Casey Cagle in Atlanta, the high cost of health care, energy taxes and green energy possibilities all weighed heavy on the minds of Georgia manufactures.

January 01, 2008 | Jennifer Long | Archives


'Bigger' media isn't better

On December 18, the Federal Communications Commission voted by a 3-2 vote to loosen regulations to allow more media consolidation.

January 01, 2008 | Len Robbins | Archives


General Mills plant manager moves on

Originally from Illinois, Cindy Hultine has lived all over the country working for General Mills.

January 01, 2008 | Jennifer Long | Archives


Robert (Bob) Allen Corley Sr.

Robert (Bob) Allen Corley Sr., 70, died Dec. 25 at St. Joseph's Hospital after a long illness. The son of the late Mr. and Mrs. William Herbert (Ruth Allen) Corley, he was born in Newton County. He graduated from Newton County High School, Young Harris College and Georgia Southern College. He was an avid duplicate bridge player and was the owner of Alken Moving and Storage in Savannah for 30 years before he retired.

January 01, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Kathleen C. Gregg

Mrs. Kathleen C. Gregg, 83, of Covington, died Dec. 28 at Riverside Healthcare Center. The daughter of the late Estil and Hattie Mae Lowe Crist, she was born in West Virginia. Mrs. Gregg was a member of Grace Baptist Church and enjoyed quilting, gardening, cooking and traveling to West Virginia. She was a loving and devoted mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend to many. Mrs. Gregg is preceded in death by husband Clark Gregg; daughter-in-law Sandra Gregg and brothers James Crist and Jack Crist.

January 01, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


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