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A taste of the Artful Harvest

Southern Heartland Arts Inc. invites the public to visit Artful Harvest, the annual invitational judged art show, sponsored by United Bank, during September.

August 30, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Leadership still lacking

Two weeks ago we editorialized that the Newton County Board of Commissioners should show some leadership, define the county's form of government, and identify its true manager. The BOC held a workshop on the topic, but left the meeting without a solution, or even clarity on how Newton County should be led.

August 30, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Recommendations to the BOC

The recent loan from Newton County Chairman Keith Ellis on behalf of Newton County to Commissioner J.C. Henderson was a huge problem for our local government.

August 30, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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


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Beverly H. DuVall

Beverly H. DuVall, 61, died Jan. 3 at Heartland Hospice in Conyers after a short illness. Born Oct. 14, 1946, in Columbus, she attended undergraduate school at Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Ala. and Auburn University in Auburn, Ala., where she graduated summa cum laude. She received additional degrees from Georgia State University and the University of Georgia. Most of her professional life was in the field of education. She retired from the Newton County School System in 2006 and then taught an additional year at Young Americans Christian School in Conyers. She was an active member of Eastridge Community Church.

January 06, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


East Metro Baseball League now holding 2008 signups

The East Metro Baseball League (Men's Senior Baseball League) is currently seeking players for the 2008 season.

January 06, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives


Tommy "Buck" Tinsley

Mr. Tommy "Buck" Tinsley, 51, of Covington died Jan. 4. He was born Feb. 11, 1956 in Shelby, Ala. to the late John Oliver and Lorene Abbott Tinsley. Mr. Tinsley enjoyed being at home, working on cars and drag racing.

January 06, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Mildred Elizabeth Walker

Mildred Elizabeth Walker, 95, of Elizabethton, Tenn. went to be with her Lord Jesus Christ on Jan. 2. She was born on Jan. 26, 1912 in Rome to the late Thompson Lumpkin Smith Jr. and Carrie Evalena Terry Walker. Mrs. Walker retired from W.T. Grant where she worked for many years in sales. She enjoyed reading, gardening and crocheting. Mrs. Walker was a "people person." She is preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Ira Taft Walker.

January 06, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Thornton arrested

Courtney Thornton, 25, accused of murdering Dennis Rogers was arrested in DeKalb County early Saturday morning, according to Newton County Sheriff's Lt. Bill Watterson.

January 05, 2008 | Jennifer Long | Archives


Shooting victim dies at hospital

The man shot in a robbery New Year's morning was pronounced dead Friday morning at the Atlanta Medical Center.

January 05, 2008 | Tyler Smith | Archives


Marjorie Faith

Marjorie Faith, 78, of Decatur, died on Dec. 31 at the Advantage Hospice. She was a member of Hardeman Primitive Baptist Church in Decatur. Mrs. Faith enjoyed fishing, cooking and going to church. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Mrs. Faith was preceded in death by her husband, Douglas Eugene Faith.

January 04, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


H. Denver Day

H. Denver Day, 80, of Covington, died Jan. 2 at Heartland Hospice in Conyers. The son of the late H.C. and Esther Crow Day, he was born in Hall County. Mr. Day was a U.S. Army Veteran who served during World War II and the Korean Conflict and was honorably discharged in 1953 with the rank of master sergeant. Mr. Day moved to Newton County in 1962 with the Farmer's Mutual Exchange where he served as manager. He then worked for Mayfield Hardware serving as manager of the Newton Plaza store. After retiring in 1995, Mr. Day ...

January 04, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Ann Calvert Garvin

Ann Calvert Garvin, 84, of Atlanta, died at her home Dec. 29. Mrs. Garvin was a graduate of Piedmont Nursing School class of 1944. She served in the U.S. Army during World War II as a nurse and achieved the rank of major. She was also a longtime member of the Atlanta Athletic Club. Mrs. Garvin was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Dr. Finley Garvin, who was a prominent Atlanta dentist.

January 04, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Bill Cole

Bill Cole, 68, of Newborn, died Jan. 2. The son of the late Uel and Minnie McCart Cole, he retired from Ford Motor Company after 32 years of service. Mr. Cole attended Shiloh Baptist Church, enjoyed bowling and loved to travel. He dearly loved his family and especially loved spending time with his grandchildren.

January 04, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Chamber of Commerce invited to join Regional Business Coalition

After years of membership growth encouraged by a solid policy of economic development, the Covington/Newton County Chamber of Commerce has accepted an invitation to join the Regional Business Coalition of Metropolitan Atlanta.

January 04, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Man shot in robbery

Only hours into the new year, Newton County Sheriff's investigators were back on the street hunting for a suspect who allegedly shot a man in the back of the head and attempted to rob another early Tuesday morning.

January 04, 2008 | Tyler Smith | Archives


Murder suspect released from hospital following botched suicide attempt

Nearly two months after allegedly murdering his girlfriend and botching an attempted suicide, Rick Breedlove has finally made his way to the Newton County Detention Center.

January 04, 2008 | Tyler Smith | Archives


Born to praise in song

Born into a musically talented and artistic family, Robert Rhoades has shared his gift of drawing, singing, songwriting and playing the drums and guitar within the community since moving to Covington.

January 04, 2008 | Colleen Capes Jackson | Archives


Submarine flag coming to Newton County

Previously based in Washington, the U.S.S. Georgia (SSGN 729) has arrived in its new home port at Georgia's King's Bay Naval Sub Support Base near St. Mary's.

January 04, 2008 | Jennifer Long | Archives


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