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Our Thoughts: Thanks

Covington has a history of having some outstanding fire chiefs run its fire departments.

September 30, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Our Thoughts: Honor

Dr. William Dobbs was not only a good man and a great, caring doctor, but he was also an honorable politician. It was the right thing for the City of Covington to honor the memory of this respected man, just four months after his death.

September 30, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Speech meet winners announced

Providence Christian School is proud to announce the winners of the second annual speech meet for the Upper School, which was held on Thursday, Sept. 25. The finalists and winners are listed as follows:

September 30, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Mrs. Mildred "Mrs. Millie" Maloy

Mildred "Mrs. Millie" Maloy, a lifelong resident of Porterdale, passed away September 27, 2014, at the age of 95. She was a member of Porterdale Baptist Church and the Porterdale Woman's Club. Mrs. Millie was known for her sharp mind and quick wit, and therefore gained the nickname, "The General." She loved her family dearly and especially cherished her role as a grandmother. She was loved and will be greatly missed by her family. Mrs. Millie was preceded in death by her husband, Carl B. Maloy; parents, Leo and Candace Shaw; and her brother, Marshall "Pete" Shaw.

September 30, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS

Outdoor burn ban lifted

The statewide burn ban for Georgia is lifted as of Wednesday, Oct. 1, according to the Covington Fire Department.

September 30, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

NMC to host Billy Taylor Classic Golf Tournament

Registration is open for Newton Medical Center's Auxiliary 24th Annual Bill Taylor Classic Golf Tournament.

September 30, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

GPC Newton Open House Oct. 18

Potential college students hoping to explore a new career path, learn about classes for their major, or find out about student clubs and organizations, can attend the Georgia Perimeter College Newton Campus open house Saturday, Oct. 18 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

September 29, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Construction worker killed on I-20 on Saturday

A worker was killed at the construction zone of Interstate 20 westbound in Rockdale Saturday when a dump truck reportedly backed over him.

September 28, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Our Thoughts: Manners

It's become common for Newton County residents to see roads blocked off with filming equipment and tents set up hosting production company personnel, or to turn on their televisions and see the Covington Historic Courthouse or other familiar homegrown sights.

September 27, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

GPC named Military Friendly School

For the fourth year in a row, Georgia Perimeter College has earned the Military Friendly School designation from GI The label reflects the college's efforts to provide educational opportunities to U.S. veterans, active-duty troops and their families. The 2015 Military Friendly Schools list was released Sept. 23 and can be found at

September 27, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Cars of the Past come to Covington

Hot Rods will line the streets of the Covington Square once again, all in an effort to help Newton County children in need this Christmas.

September 27, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Covington student completes internship

Olivia Martzell of Covington, a Northwestern State University student studying mass communications, was nominated for two awards for a multimedia package she produced during an internship in Italy last summer. Martzell wrote, shot, edited and produced a package that was nominated for best story in the multimedia category and best overall photography, which she won.

September 27, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

New arrivals

Evelyn Claire Thelen, Sept. 3, Sara Thelen, Mark Thelen, Covington, 8 pounds, 6 ounces, 21.5 inches.

September 27, 2014 | Staff Report | Births

Mrs. Annelle Townsend

Annelle Townsend, of Oxford, passed away Sept. 26, 2014 at the age of 82. Married to Grady Townsend for 59 years, the couple honeymooned in Daytona, and visited there every year around their anniversary. Mrs. Townsend enjoyed shopping, but most of all she loved being with her family. She was a member of Heritage Hills Baptist Church in Conyers and will be remembered as a great cook – always preparing more than enough. Mrs. Townsend was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Sally Mae Davis; brothers, Buford Davis, R.H. Davis; and sister, Willene Royal.

September 27, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS

Mrs. Vera K. Stalvey

Vera K. Stalvey, of Covington, passed away September 26, 2014, at the age of 94. Mrs. Stalvey lived in Rome, GA until she moved to Covington in 1975. She was a member of Covington Church of God in Covington, and a former member or East Rome Church of God, where she taught Sunday School. Mrs. Stalvey enjoyed quilting, crocheting and ceramics, but her focus was being a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, Norwood A. Stalvey; grandsons, Scott Stalvey and Tony Stalvey; great-grandson, Matthew Stalvey; parents, Randy and Mary Louise (Morgan) Wright

September 27, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS

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Printing for the 21st century

 Offering "Bright Ideas for the Business World" since 1985, Associated Printing Company of Covington has undergone a remodeling and re-branding with the purchase of a top-of-the-line digital printing press and new digital Cannon Copiers

November 14, 2007 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

Mary Kate Devoe Belcher

Ms. Mary Kate Devoe Blecher died Nov. 6. The daughter of Ms. Hattie Kate Rooks and the late Mr. Morris Devoe and stepdaughter of the late Mr. Bert Rooks Sr., she was born in 1942 in Newton County. She graduated from R.L. Cousins High School and joined Bethlehem Baptist Church at an early age under the pastorship of the Rev. Huff. Ms. Belcher was the secretary of the Nurses' Guild for a number of years. She was preceded in death by aunt Ms. Liza Freeman.

November 14, 2007 | Staff Reports | Archives

James R. Laib Sr.

James R. Laib Sr., 89, of Conyers, died Nov. 12. The oldest son of David R. Laib and Neva Guthrie Laib, he was born in 1918. He married Ella Jane Brown in 1943 and served in the U.S. Army, receiving an honorable discharge in 1946. He and his wife moved to Allison Park, Pa., where he started a successful appliance repair business. Mr. Laib enjoyed swimming and was the frequent host to large family gatherings at the pool he built in his back yard. He also enjoyed playing golf with family and friends and was a dedicated Steelers fan ...

November 14, 2007 | Staff Reports | Archives

That's a fact, Jack: 25 push-ups

 There's a scene in the 1981 comedy, "Stripes," where the main character, played by Bill Murray, is challenged to do five push-ups by a friend.

November 14, 2007 | Len Robbins | Archives

Alcovy over the hump

Depending on the context, two may not sound like much; however, regarding the number of wins Alcovy's football team had this season it's enormous, especially when compared to 2006.

November 14, 2007 | Jason Murdock | Archives

Newton cross country ends season on strong note

The Newton boys and girls cross country teams ended their season Saturday in Carrollton during the Class AAAAA State Championships on a positive note.

November 14, 2007 | Jason Murdock | Archives

The season begins

Every year Covington residents look forward to the annual Courthouse and Christmas tree lighting on the downtown square.

November 14, 2007 | Jennifer Long | Archives

Davidson Storm grounds Eagles' flight, 106-59

LEXINGTON, N.C. - Chad Hixon and Robert Trumbo, scoring 21 and 17 points respectively, led Oxford College in a spirited effort Saturday during their first conference matchup of the season.

November 14, 2007 | Staff Reports | Archives

First United Methodist Church hosting special opera night this Sunday

Covington native Florence Peacock and Mark Whatley will give a free opera concert Sunday, Nov. 18, at First United Methodist Church of Covington.

November 14, 2007 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

Arrest made in dismemberment case

After weeks of investigation, the Newton County Sheriff's Office and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation have made an arrest in the murder of a Decatur woman whose dismembered body parts were found off of Ga. Highway 212 on Oct. 29.

November 12, 2007 | Staff Report | Archives

Eastside vs. Clarke Central

ATHENS - Despite having more total offensive yards, first downs, rushing yards, passing yards, completions, fewer fumbles, less punts and fewer penalties than Clarke Central, the Eagles watched their season come to an end Friday night at Billy Henderson Stadium, 14-7.

November 11, 2007 | Jason Murdock | Archives

Newton vs. Union Grove

MCDONOUGH - Kenneth Patrick sat on the ground and peeled the dirty white pieces of athletic tape from his legs.

November 11, 2007 | Bud L. Ellis | Archives

Winder-Barrow vs. Alcovy

The Alcovy football team's season came to an abrupt end as it fell to Winder-Barrow for the second time this year 17-10 on Friday night at Homer Sharp Stadium.

November 11, 2007 | Eric McDonald | Archives

Georgia Tech topples Duke, 41-24

DURHAM, N.C. - Tashard Choice picked up his sixth 100-yard game of the season Saturday, running for 170 yards and two touchdowns to lead Georgia Tech to a 41-24 victory over Duke in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

November 11, 2007 | Associated Press | Archives

Friday night fire destroys local business

 Two men were injured and most of the building housing Burgess Amusement and Special Events was destroyed Friday night in a blazing inferno.

November 11, 2007 | Tyler Smith | Archives

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