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Live: 2014 Primary runoff results

Today's primary election runoff races will determine several local, state and federal races.

July 22, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Mr. Max G. Kilgore

Max G. Kilgore of Covington, Georgia, born April 17, 1919, went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on July 19, 2014, at the age of 95. He was born in Palmersville, Tennessee, to John and Charlie Bostic Kilgore who preceded him in death along with his six siblings, Ned, Ralph (Doc), Mary, Dorothy, Annabelle and Sue. Max went to school in Palmersville, Tennessee, until joining a CCC Camp where he worked and completed his final year of high school in Powell, Tennessee. Max was a graduate of the University of Tennessee; and retired as Lieutenant Colonel after ...

July 22, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Robert Lonnie Johnston

Mr. Robert Lonnie Johnston age 69 of Conyers died July 4, 2014. A Celebration Service will be held at noon Saturday, August 2, 2014 at Calvary Baptist in Lilburn. Pastor Rev. Cavin Cawthon officiating.

July 22, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Our thoughts on 2050: Make changes now

It's time for a change on the 2050 Plan - both to the document itself and officials' approach in presenting it to the public.

July 22, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Diabetes: A talk with the doctor of the nation

Here in Georgia, diabetes is far too commonplace. Maybe your parents were treated for it, or your grandparents. Perhaps you've been diagnosed as pre-diabetic or diabetic. For many people, understanding what this disease really is and how it's treated is complicated.

July 22, 2014 | Staff Report | Health


Public comment disclaimer

It is the policy of the Covington News to allow people, with some form of identification, to voice their opinions, thoughts and concerns about our community. However, it is our policy to have comments free from personal attacks and inflammatory remarks toward people. This does not promote reasonable discussions and, we feel is detrimental, to furthering discussion on an issue or topic.

July 21, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Our thoughts on community hospital

One of the cornerstones of pride in the Newton County community is that we have our own hospital; and throughout its existence the taxpayers have supported its development.

July 19, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Challenges facing farmers today and tomorrow

Though farming was once big business in the United States, by 2012 less than 1 percent of Americans were professional farmers. Many challenges face today's farmers, many of which are largely unknown to the general public.

July 19, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Mae Hardman

Mae Hardman, of Rabun Gap, formerly of Porterdale, Georgia, passed away July 15, 2014. Mae was born November 26, 1925, to Carrie Mae (Lunsford) and William Grady Hardman. She had lived in Rabun County since 1971, where she taught at Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School until her retirement. Prior to teaching, Mae was a social worker for Bibb Manufacturing Company for 27 years. She was very active in both of her communities, which she dearly loved. Mae served in many civic organizations and held positions over the years in both the Porterdale Presbyterian Church and the Rabun Gap Presbyterian Church. Mae dedicated ...

July 18, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. A.L. Crane

A.L. Crane of Covington, passed away July 16, 2014 at Newton Medical Center. He was 78 years of age at the time of his death. A.L. loved people and never met a stranger. He was always willing to go the extra mile to help anyone who needed him. He will be remembered as a man who loved his family. A.L. was preceded in death by his son, Wade Crane; parents, Alvin M. and Gladys (Segars) Crane; and his former spouse, Joann Covington.

July 17, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Mark Jeffries

Mark Jeffries, age 41 of Covington, passed away July 15, 2014. Mark was a true Believer who loved the Lord Jesus with all of his heart. He was an accomplished bass fisherman and loved to hunt. He had a great sense of humor, and was a talented cook, guitarist and singer. Mark enjoyed spoiling his nieces and nephews, and he cherished his time with Mary McCullough, the person closest to his heart. He was loved and will be missed by his family and friends. Mark was preceded in death by his father, William Dee "Junior" Jeffries.

July 17, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Martha Ann Mahan

Martha Ann Mahan of Social Circle passed away July 16, 2014, at the age of 81. A very dedicated member of the First United Methodist Church of Covington and the Christian Fellowship Sunday School Class, she was also a member and past president of the Callie Cohen Circle of the United Methodist Women. Mrs. Mahan enjoyed traveling and will be remembered for her wonderful cooking.

July 17, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Jayne Satterfield

Jayne Satterfield, 78 of Covington, passed away Wednesday, July 16 at Abbey Hospice. Jayne was born on February 23, 1936 to Charner and Frieda (Seddon) Peacock in Atlanta. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. Mrs. Satterfield was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Orlin R. Satterfield in 2013 and her parents.

July 17, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Doris T. Mitchell Bowie

Doris T. Mitchell Bowie of Covington, passed away July 16, 2014, at the age of 93. Mrs. Bowie was a lifelong resident of Newton County, and faithful member of Voice of Pentecost, in Covington. Additionally, she was a former member of United Pentecostal Church, where she served as youth director, the ladies auxiliary leader and Sunday School Teacher. Mrs. Bowie was a published song writer and poet, and proud member of the National Poetry Society of Who's Who. She enjoyed camping, fishing and spending time with those she loved. Mrs. Bowie was preceded in death by her first husband ...

July 17, 2014 | Staff Report | STATE


Newton Newsflash: More construction this weekend

If you're out and about this weekend, avoid sections of I-20 in Newton County as construction continues. Lane closures and long delays can be expected in the following areas and times:

July 17, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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A life spent in service

 Lillie Mae Dodd has been shaping character and making a difference in the lives of children, youths and adults in Sunday school since she was eleven years old.

November 16, 2007 | Colleen Capes Jackson | Archives


Combined community Thanksgiving service planned for Sunday

 Thanksgiving is a time to acknowledge our blessings, give thanks and think of families and friends. At 6 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 18, the historic Old Church on Wesley Street in Oxford will open its doors to welcome people from all denominations in a combined community Thanksgiving service.

November 16, 2007 | Staff Report | Archives


Praying for rain

 "We've come together here simply for one reason and one reason only: To very reverently and respectfully pray up a storm." Governor Sonny Perdue made this announcement at the State Capital, Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 13, at a gathering of political leaders and ministers. A national news organization covered the meeting and posted their report onto their web page. Readers online can add a comment on the various stories. Few get more than a dozen comments. By 10 a.m. Wednesday morning, there were 281 comments on the Governor Perdue prayer meeting. Here are a few of them.

November 16, 2007 | John Donaldson | Archives


Use it or Lose it!

Have you ever heard that phrase? If you're like me, it kind of haunts you, thinking of all the things I've lost through lack of use, whether that's the ability to speak German, play the piano, run faster or lift more.

November 16, 2007 | The Rev. Jonathan E. Scharf | Archives


The Church of Thyatira, Then and Now

 In Revelation, chapters 2 and 3, there are seven letters to seven churches from Christ. To each church He had a message. He still does today.

November 16, 2007 | The Rev. Wayne Rutherford | Archives


Missing church

My friends had an opportunity to realize a long awaited dream of building their own home. For years, she and her husband had been instrumental in keeping the nursery and working in the Sunday school department at church. But when the building process started, they gradually gave excuses why they couldn't serve.

November 16, 2007 | Colleen Capes Jackson | Archives


The skinny on school lunch

Jan Loomans, director of Newton County School System Food and Nutrition, presented information about how her department functions at Tuesday night's Board of Education meeting.

November 16, 2007 | Jennifer Long | Archives


Reason to be thankful

Thanksgiving Day in 1995 was a bit different.

November 16, 2007 | Harris Blackwood | Archives


Lavada Mae Bankston

Mrs. Lavada Mae Bankston, 90, a lifelong resident of Newton County, died Nov. 14 at Covington Manor Nursing Home. The daughter of the late Florence and Minnie Johnson, she was born in Newton County in 1917. She worked 35 years as a spinner at Bibb Manufacturing. Mrs. Bankston was a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witnesses. She loved flowers and working in her yard. Mrs. Bankston loved her family and enjoyed taking care of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a loving caregiver for her family. She also loved her animals, especially Doodle. Mrs. Bankston is preceded in ...

November 16, 2007 | Staff Reports | Archives


Jesse Harvel Boyer

Jesse Harvel Boyer, 59, died Nov. 14. Mr. Boyer, a native and resident of Milledgeville, had recently made his home in Covington. He was a graduate of Jones County High School and Georgia College. He retired from the State of Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice and was working as an investigator in the Ocmulgee Judicial District Circuit Attorney's Office. He was a member of First Baptist Church, Milledgeville.

November 16, 2007 | Staff Reports | Archives


Francis Adel Cason Jr.

Francis Adel Cason Jr., 85, of Monticello, died Nov. 13 at Piedmont Hospital, Atlanta. The son of the late Francis Adel Cason and Bessie Shaw Chaffin Cason, he was born in Jasper County. He served in the United States Navy during World War II. He retired from Redstone Arsenal in Alabama as a military-instrument repairman in 1976 and returned to Jasper County. Mr. Cason was preceded in death by brother Lamar Chaffin Cason and nephew Ronnie Cason.

November 16, 2007 | Staff Reports | Archives


Laura Mae Mills

Laura Mae Mills, 95, of Covington, died Nov. 14. The daughter of the late Jerry Malone and Maggie Lester Love, she was born in 1912. Mrs. Mills was a homemaker, a long-time member of Zion Baptist Church and a life-time resident of Newton County. "Nanny" was a very loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She enjoyed gardening, cooking and spending time with her family. Mrs. Mills was preceded in death by husband Charles Whitfield Mills, son Eugene Reagin and granddaughter Shelia Reagin Williams.

November 16, 2007 | Staff Reports | Archives


Zillah Morgan Sosby

Mrs. Zillah Morgan Sosby, 77, of Conyers died Nov. 11. The daughter of the late Hiniard and Ina Bell Pickett, she was born in 1929 in Fulton County. She was known throughout the community as "one of those Pickett girls." Mrs. Sosby was retired from Covington Moulding where she worked as an assembly operator. She enjoyed dancing at the VFW and playing bingo at the nursing home. She especially loved flowers, especially roses, and spending time with family and friends. Mrs. Sosby was preceded in death by parents, three brothers and two sisters.

November 16, 2007 | Staff Reports | Archives


Maryolivia Lyn Snyder

Maryoliva Lyn Snyder, 4, of Covington, died Nov. 14. After a life of extended medical trauma, she has finally found her long-awaited rest and peace. She is preceded in death by sister Bibb Snyder.

November 16, 2007 | Staff Reports | Archives


Gag order issued in dismemberment case

The Newton County Sheriff's Office and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation have issued a self-imposed gag order on new information relating to the Franklin Benson investigation.

November 16, 2007 | Tyler Smith | Archives


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