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Porterdale recognized for Main Street

Porterdale has seen a lot of growth over the last year, and continues to head in an upward climb commercially with the addition of a new restaurant and other businesses on the horizon.

January 28, 2015 | Staff Report | Porterdale

Pacho's, Wing Cafe's scores improve

After two failing scores, Pacho's Mexican Grill received a 79 on its inspection report done Monday, Jan. 26.

January 27, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

CFD accepting Explorer applicants

The Covington Fire Department is offering anyone interested in learning about firefighting techniques and technology the opportunity to join the Explorer Program.

January 27, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Theme School accepting applications

The Newton County Theme School at Ficquett will accept applications for the 2015-16 school year beginning Monday, Feb. 2.

January 26, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Science Fair winners

Newton County School System's middle and high schools' first place winners will move on to challenge students from Fayette, Henry, Griffin-Spalding, Butts, Pike, Lamar and Thomaston Upson county schools in the Regional Science Fair at Griffin RESA on Feb. 3.

January 26, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Newton Firefighter falls on busy weekend

Newton County Fire Services had a busy weekend with a total of 66 calls in a 48-hour period.

January 26, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Mrs. Ethel Jolley

Ethel Jolley, 96, of Covington, passed away January 23, 2015. She was born October 17, 1918, in Roscoe, PA, to the late John and Elizabeth Furlong. Ethel met and married Alton Jolley while they both were serving in the Navy at the Naval Air Station, in Chamblee. Together they moved to Newton County in 1951, where they began their career in the dairy business. She was very active in the community and was one of the founding members of the West Newton Home Demonstration Club. She was the oldest member of Prospect United Methodist Church, where she once served as ...

January 26, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

Mr. Matthew Larsen

Matthew Larsen of Covington, Ga, passed away January 22, 2015, at the age of 45. Matt enjoyed riding his Harley, fishing and being outside. He was very interested in the history of our military and watching military related TV shows. Matt had a passion for playing his guitar and listening to music. He adored spending time with his family and friends. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Clifford and Evelyn Larsen, Verna and Lawney Hansen; grandfather, George Sabol.

January 26, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

Mrs. Peggy M. Davis

Peggy M. Davis of Covington passed away January 22, 2015, at the age of 84. A woman of strong Christian faith, Mrs. Davis was an active member of the First Baptist Church in Covington, where she faithfully attended the Murphy's Gang Sunday School class. She was a loving and devoted wife, always very supportive of her husband's ministry wherever he was led to serve. She devoted her time serving others, and was beloved by many people in the Covington area. Mrs. Davis was a master flower gardener, and enjoyed traveling, bird watching and square dancing. She was a ...

January 26, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

If it's broke, you should fix it

This week the Newton County Water Authority said it wants to sit down with the county and work on a solution to a problem before taking on a new venture. We believe this meeting should happen.

January 25, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Employee of the Year

Clairon Metals Corporation is pleased to announce that Erica Arnett has been named Employee of the Year for 2014.

January 25, 2015 | Staff Report | Business

National Weather Service needs volunteers

The National Weather Service is looking for help in building a climate database and predicting floods.

January 21, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Pacho's, Wing Cafe receive failing scores

The follow up inspection on Pacho's Mexican Grill saw its already-failing score lower five points after tallying a 51 on its Jan. 9 inspection.

January 20, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Turner murder conviction upheld

According to, the Supreme Court of Georgia upheld the murder conviction of Quanitta Yvette Turner, a mother who was charged in the death of her infant daughter, Malay Chandler. Turner was sentenced to life in prison for holding her hand over her the 5-week-old baby girl's nose and mouth and smothering her to death.

January 20, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Covington offers commercial license opportunities

COVINGTON, Ga. (Jan. 15, 2015) – Larry Baines took advantage of a program now open to all City of Covington employees, and is commercially licensed driver.

January 20, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

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James youngest to score 10,000 points

LeBron James hopped off the court and limped to the locker room, unsure if he'd be able to return for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

February 29, 2008 | Associated Press | Archives

Change we can believe in?

It appears that Barack Obama will be the Democratic Party's nominee for president. He is likely the most engaging candidate to seek the White House in years. He represents a renewed sense of optimism and enthusiasm that has been missing from politics. His talk of "hope" and "change" has captivated voters, especially young voters who treat Obama as if he were was a rock star. There have been reports of women fainting during his speeches. Last week, there was a report of Obama receiving applause for the mundane task of blowing his nose. When you think about it, it ...

February 29, 2008 | Jason Pye | Archives

Leap year story

The idea of Leap Year was first proposed by a guy named Aloysius Lilius, who was also known as Luigi Lilio or Luigi Giglio. Whoever he was, he was a pretty smart guy.

February 29, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Archives

A new kind of gospel music

Ed Nolan has 30 years experience singing with gospel groups such as the Morris Stancil Quartet, the Fishermen, the Darryl Lundy Singers and Homeward Bound. In December 2007, God gave him a vision to step out in faith and organize a new group. Calling on friends, Greg and Wendy Chambers and Holly McCullough, New Again was formed. Plans are in place for Pete Freeman to join the group as bass player.

February 29, 2008 | Colleen Capes Jackson | Archives

It happened in March

Here are some interesting events that happened in March, from the Church History Institute.

February 29, 2008 | John Donaldson | Archives

A special visit from Dr. Jean Feldman

Ever heard of the "Tooty Ta"?

February 29, 2008 | Jennifer Long | Archives

A special visit from Dr. Jean Feldman

Ever heard of the "Tooty Ta"?

February 29, 2008 | Jennifer Long | Archives

GLISI participants recognized

The Newton County School System Change Team recently participated in the second school improvement conference held at the Evergreen Conference Center in Stone Mountain.

February 29, 2008 | Jennifer Long | Archives

Aviation building collapses

Evening Washington Street commuters were rerouted on Thursday after the Bankston Aviation building partially collapsed shortly after 5:30 p.m.

February 29, 2008 | Jennifer Long | Archives

Long walk to equality

While Newton County may seem today to have smooth relations between the races, it was only 38 years ago that U.S. Highway 278 was lined with state troopers and the Covington Square was filled nightly with black residents protesting the county's segregationist policies.

February 29, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

Authorities take down drug ring

Newton County law enforcement personnel, in coordination with Henry County law enforcement, searched the home of three Covington residents charged with operating a multimillion dollar drug distribution ring on Feb. 15, according to the Covington Newton County Special Investigations Unit.

February 29, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives

BOE names new crop of administrators

The Newton County Board of Education unanimously approved the transfer of Holly Dubois, principal of Fairview Elementary School, to the principal position of the new South Salem Elementary School at Tuesday night's board meeting.

February 29, 2008 | Jennifer Long | Archives

Recognizing local history

Editor's Note: The following guest column is a collaborative piece submitted by the Covington/Newton County Chamber of Commerce president John Boothby and Forrest Sawyer Jr.

February 27, 2008 | Guest columnist | Archives

Response to recent letter

Dear Editor: Stella Johnson of Covington recently wrote a Letter to the Editor of The Covington News praising the beauty of Newton County and its cities. She eloquently expressed her love of and concern for the future of the County.

February 27, 2008 | John Boothby | Archives

File that under...

National Clean Your Filing Cabinet Day was celebrated in November by literally dozens of very bored people around our country.

February 27, 2008 | Len Robbins | Archives

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