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Hit-and-run driver strikes child in stroller

A Conyers driver who struck a Covington woman and a 2-year-old and then tried to flee the scene was arrested and charged with driving under the influence.

September 02, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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


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Snapping Shoals EMC grants

Snapping Shoals EMC awarded Newton County Schools nearly $15,000 as part of the co-op's new Bright Ideas grant program Monday.

November 07, 2007 | Jennifer Long | Archives


Ficquett celebrates golden anniversary

All who have attended or worked at Ficquett Elementary School are invited to the school's 50th Anniversary Celebration and Sock Hop from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 10.

November 07, 2007 | Jennifer Long | Archives


No airport vote, funds go to pension, debt

The Covington City Council did not vote on a proposal to spend $5 million on developing the Covington Municipal Airport at their Monday night council meeting.

November 07, 2007 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Michael T. Daniecki

Michael T. Daniecki, 49, of Covington, died Nov. 5. Mr. Daniecki had been a resident of Covington for 35 years. For six years he owned and operated Reliable Plumbing Co. He was a member of Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church but attended Central Community Church. Mr. Daniecki was an avid Georgia Bulldog and Falcon football fan.

November 07, 2007 | Staff Reports | Archives


Local bank robbed for second time Monday

The Covington Police Department is on the lookout for the man who robbed the First Georgia Community Bank Monday afternoon.

November 07, 2007 | Tyler Smith | Archives


Jennifer Lee Gardner

Jennifer Lee Gardner, 20, of Warsaw, N.Y., formerly of Covington, died Nov. 1 at Newton Medical Center. The daughter of George Gardner and Susan Crater Gardner, she was born in 1987 in Wyoming County, N.Y. She graduated from Eastside High School in 2005 and worked at Sonic and Alcovy Truck Sales. In Warsaw, she worked at Unidex as a receptionist and was a member of the Latter Day Saints Church. Her desire was to work as a rehabilitation nurse at Unity Health system in Rochester, N.Y.

November 07, 2007 | Staff Reports | Archives


Isaac Henderson Sr.

Mr. Isaac Henderson Sr. died Oct. 28. The son of the late Janie Henderson, he was born in 1921 in Newton County. He graduated from Washington Street High School in 1942 and served in the U.S. Army in World War II.

November 07, 2007 | Staff Reports | Archives


Mrs. Claude (Emaly) Jordan

Mrs. Claude (Emaly) Jordan, 89, of Covington, died Nov. 1. The daughter of the late William Harry and Lenora Dunn Davis, she was born in 1918 in Walton County. Mrs. Jordan was a member of Covington First United Methodist Church, where she was a member of the Friendship Sunday School class, the Callie Cohen Circle and the Singing Saints and played music for Bible School classes. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and past president of the Covington Garden Club. Mrs. Jordan was preceded in death by husband Claude H. Jordan.

November 07, 2007 | Staff Reports | Archives


Focus shifts in body parts investigation

The Newton County Sheriff's Office has broadened their search for the remains of a dismembered woman to areas other than the neighborhood where pieces of her body were initially found.

November 07, 2007 | Tyler Smith | Archives


Homer Elwood Piper

Mr. Homer Elwood Piper, 79, of Lawrenceville, formerly of Covington, died Nov. 3. Mr. Piper was a Shriner and served with the 82nd Airborne in the U.S. Army. He was also a member of the Senior Citizens at Rhodes Jordan.

November 07, 2007 | Staff Reports | Archives


Mary C. Rhodes

Mary C. Rhodes, 86, of Social Circle, died Nov. 3 at Newton Medical Center. The daughter of the late Howard Harrison Cottrell and Grace Margaret McKeag, she was born in 1921 in Chicago, Ill. Mrs. Rhodes was retired from C & S Bank where she worked in the bookkeeping department. She started sewing and making her own clothes at the age of 14 and continued throughout her life, even making her own patterns. She also enjoyed flower gardening, designing many elaborate flower beds with numerous different kinds of flowers. Mrs. Rhodes was a dedicated member of Mansfield Baptist Church where she ...

November 07, 2007 | Staff Reports | Archives


Augusta Mallory Willson

Mrs. Augusta Mallory Willson, 99, died Nov. 2. The daughter of the late Horace and Laurie Mallory, she was born in 1908 in Athens. Mrs. Willson was a retired school teacher. She was preceded in death by husband Leroy M. Willson Sr.

November 07, 2007 | Staff Reports | Archives


'Grandpa bandit' a Covington man

The "Grandpa Bandit" who allegedly robbed the First Georgia Community Bank in September has been identified as Bobby Joe Phillips.

November 07, 2007 | Tyler Smith | Archives


Morehouse glee club

The Arts Association in Newton County will present the Morehouse College Glee Club at 8 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Church at Covington in Oxford.

November 07, 2007 | Jennifer Long | Archives


Tough guys

Featuring Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe at the top of their game, "American Gangster" is an instant classic in the bloody crime genre.

November 07, 2007 | Tyler Smith | Archives


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