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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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Christmas in Covington

For 14 years, the Oxford Singing Children and the Oxford Youth Singers have performed their annual Christmas in Covington concert in December.

December 05, 2007 | Jennifer Long | Archives


Simply Golden

Newcomers and old fans alike of Philip Pullman's phenomenal "His Dark Materials" fantasy trilogy will be pleased with New Line Cinema's adaptation of the first book in the trilogy.

December 05, 2007 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Man arrested after exceeding 130 mph

After fleeing Newton County Sheriff's Office deputies at more than 130 mph, a Covington man was arrested after crashing his motorcycle into a patrol cruiser.

December 05, 2007 | Tyler Smith | Archives


Myra Nell Wheelis Atkinson

Myra Nell Myra Nell Wheelis Atkinson, 77, of Porterdale, died Nov. 30. The daughter of the late William Floyd and Gaudia Zelma Pierce Kelly, she was born in Hamilton County, Tenn., and had been a resident of Porterdale for over 50 years. Ms. Atkinson retired from C & D Battery in Conyers after 20 years of service. She enjoyed reading and putting picture puzzles together. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother. Ms. Atkinson was preceded in death by sisters Faye Smith and Doris R. Brannon.

December 05, 2007 | Staff Report | Archives


Clayton Bailey Sr.

Mr. Clayton Bailey Sr., 85, of Covington, died Dec. 1 at Embracing Hospice, Snellville. The son of the late Judson Bonner and Irma Hardman Bailey, he was born in Newton County. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served in the Pacific Theater during World War II. Mr. Bailey was a member of Porterdale Presbyterian Church and attended Porterdale Baptist Church. He was retired from Mobil Chemical and enjoyed working around the house, gardening and anything to do with his two grandsons. A loving husband, father and grandfather, Mr. Bailey loved spending time with his family.

December 05, 2007 | Staff Report | Archives


James Trent Belcher

Mr. James Trent Belcher died Nov. 24 at Newton Medical Center. The son of Mrs. Wylena Belcher and the late Mr. Willie James Belcher, he was born in 1964. He graduated from Newton County High School in 1983 and attended Alabama State College. Mr. Belcher joined Grace United Methodist Church at an early age. He was employed at Stone Containers in Lithonia and later at Mobil Chemical.

December 05, 2007 | Staff Report | Archives


Gregory Lynn Durden

Mr. Gregory Lynn Durden died Nov. 22. The son of Mr. Neb Durden Jr. and the late Mrs. Donna Sue Green Durden, he was born in 1962 in Social Circle. Mr. Durden was a graduate of Social Circle High School and worked with Universal Rundle and was currently employed at Alcovy High School.

December 05, 2007 | Staff Report | Archives


Ruth Goldman

Ms. Ruth Goldman, 88, of Covington, died at Covington Manor Nursing Home Dec. 2. She was born and raised in Texas and was a Licensed Practical Nurse. Ms. Goldman was known for her loving and caring disposition and retired from the nursing profession after 25 years. She worked at a tuberculosis hospital in Houston, Texas, and also a nursing home in Palestine, Texas. Ms. Goldman was of the Baptist faith and enjoyed flower gardening. She loved to bake and was especially known for her pies and biscuits. Ms. Goldman was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother.

December 05, 2007 | Staff Report | Archives


Robert Johnson Jr.

Robert Johnson Jr. died Nov. 21. The son of Robert Lee Johnson and Nellie Ruth Johnson, he was born in Atlanta in 1948.

December 05, 2007 | Staff Report | Archives


Steven Shepherd

Mr. Steven Shepherd, 53, of Oxford, died Dec. 2. The son of the late George Washington Shepherd and Dorothy Conley Shepherd, he was born in Newton County and attended Trinity United Methodist Church. Mr. Shepherd enjoyed photography, gunsmith, reloading, hunting and fishing. A loving husband, father, grandfather, son and brother, he loved his family and enjoyed spending time with them.

December 05, 2007 | Staff Report | Archives


D'Angelo Lamar Whitehead

Mr. D'Angelo Lamar "Dee" Whitehead died Nov. 24. The son of Ms. Demetria Machonne McKenzie and Mr. Lorenzo Fitzgerald Whitehead, he was born in 1984 in Jacksonville Fla. Mr. Whitehead was a graduate of Faith Academy, Stockbridge, and was employed with Bostic Corporation as a machinist warehouseman and fork lift operator.

December 05, 2007 | Staff Report | Archives


Learning in the library

Kimberly Ramsey, media specialist at Oak Hill Elementary School, combined the two things she loves most for her career - children and reading.

December 05, 2007 | Jennifer Long | Archives


Minister protects church from copper thieves

The Salem United Methodist Church might have received some help from the man upstairs when the minister helped capture two would be thieves.

December 05, 2007 | Tyler Smith | Archives


Automotive dynasties merge

Two long-standing Covington car dealerships have become one with the recent acquisition of Walker Harris Autos by Ginn Motor Company.

December 05, 2007 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Covington to spend $3.1 million on 86 acres for airport

The Covington City Council approved spending $3.1 million on the purchase of 86 acres of land to be used for the development of the Covington Municipal Airport at their Monday night meeting.

December 05, 2007 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


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