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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

Mrs. Louise Thomason

Louise Thomason of Covington, passed away Aug. 24, 2014, at the age of 84. Ms. Thomason was an active member of New Life Praise Center, in Covington, and was a dedicated employee of Lithonia Lighting for 38 years. Following her work at Lithonia Lighting, she dedicated herself to caring for handicapped children. Ms. Thomason was a giving lady, and constantly gave of her time to help those less fortunate. She was loved and will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Preceding her in death was her brother, Thomas McCord.

August 26, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS

Proposed park a great idea for Covington

Covington has a problem. And a cure.

August 26, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Mr. J.C. “Shep” Shepard Jr.

J.C. "Shep" Shepard Jr., 89, of Social Circle, passed to be with his beloved wife of 50 years Elizabeth "Liz" Clay Shepard on August 25, 2014. Born December 20, 1924, he was the son of the late James Curtis Shepard and Jessie V. Shepard Studdard. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Bill Shepard.

August 26, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS

Mrs. Rita Ward White

Mrs. Rita Ward White, age 90, of Oxford, passed away Monday, Aug. 25, at her home. Mrs. White was born Oct. 18, 1923, in Statesboro, Georgia, and was the eldest daughter of Robert Lee and Florence Hendrix Ward. She grew up in a farming family in Bulloch County, Georgia, and was a graduate of Nevils High School. In 1943, she married her husband of 56 years, Darvin White. When Mr. White began working for Independent Life and Accident Insurance Company, they moved to Newton County and settled in Oxford, Georgia. While her children were very young, Mrs. White was a ...

August 26, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS

New CTAE coordinator hired for NCSS

Tim Schmitt has been hired as the Newton County School System's new Career, Technical and Agricultural Education Coordinator.

August 26, 2014 | Staff Report | Education

Mrs. Bonnie M. Tingler

Mrs. Bonnie M. Tingler, of Covington, passed away Friday, August 22, 2014, at the age of 87. She was born in Ronceverte, West Virginia to the late Russell and Emma M. Morgan. Mrs. Tingler was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Covington and was an avid BINGO player at the Covington ELKS Club and Conyers American Legion. She was preceded in death by her husband, Arnold Tingler.

August 26, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS

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Water, water, everywhere

Well, well, well. All of a sudden, seemingly overnight, Atlanta officials and big dogs from the Georgia Legislature are realizing that the South is in a prolonged and severe drought and that Atlanta may soon run out of water.

November 04, 2007 | Nat Harwell | Archives

ADHD in adults

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder was originally considered a disorder limited to childhood, with a pronounced emphasis on symptoms of hyperactivity. Over time, however, it has become increasingly apparent that attention deficits were not only equally significant but also persistent and disabling over time and maturity. There are notable similarities between childhood and adult ADHD. Both exhibit similar molecular, genetic and neuron-imaging findings. Adults with ADHD usually respond to the same medications used to treat childhood ADHD. Patterns of other con-existing functional problems are also quite similar between the two. Today, the consensus is that adult ADHD is a continuation of ...

November 04, 2007 | Peggy Nolen | Archives

Collision course

Comet P17/Holmes has either suffered an explosion or a large collision. The comet was just a very dim object as it passed the sun back on May 20. It was so dim that it could only be seen in a large observatory telescope. Then on Oct. 24 something very strange happened; the comet brightened to the point that it can be seen with the naked eye. It has increased in brightness a million times or more.

November 04, 2007 | Jim Honeycutt | Archives


Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence McSwain announce the engagement of their daughter Lisa Nicole of Covington to Bryan Tyler Robertson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clyde H. "Robbie" Robertson Jr. of Sanford, Fla.

November 04, 2007 | Staff Reports | Archives


The Rev. and Mrs. William Donald Compton of Covington announce the engagement of their daughter Kayla Marie to the Rev. Daniel LeRoy Walters, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Leroy Walters of Madison.

November 04, 2007 | Staff Reports | Archives


Brian and April Kelly of Dunwoody were married April 7 at Oxford Baptist Church with the Rev. Sean Nix officiating.

November 04, 2007 | Staff Reports | Archives

Mr. and Mrs. James B. Hurt

 James B. and Ilse Hurt celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Sept. 21. They were married in Aschaffenburg, Germany, in 1957 while James was stationed there with the U.S. Army. They spent a week in Charleston, S.C., to celebrate.

November 04, 2007 | Staff Reports | Archives

Phillip Sheldon Overfelt

 Amber and Phillip Overfelt of South Carolina announce the birth of their son Phillip Sheldon at Archibold Memorial Hospital on April 9. He weighed 7 pounds and 13 ounces and was 20 inches long.

November 04, 2007 | Staff Reports | Archives

Malachi Paul Scharf

Malachi Paul Scharf, son of Jonathan and Janette Scharf, celebrated his first birthday Oct. 18. His brother is Andrew Scharf and his sisters are Abigail and Hannah Scharf.

November 04, 2007 | Staff Reports | Archives

Lackey to serve life sentence

Steven Lackey was sentenced to life in prison Thursday morning for the murder of Larry Richardson Jr.

November 04, 2007 | Tyler Smith | Archives

Woman warns deputy of spirits on Halloween

A woman warned her arresting officer of possible spirits out on the town Halloween night after she was arrested for DUI. Newton County Sheriff's deputy William Bowen found Carolyn Mashburn parked in a stranger's yard on Surrey Chase Drive Wednesday night. The deputy could reportedly see that Mashburn had plowed her Jeep Cherokee through a brick mailbox in the yard.

November 04, 2007 | Tyler Smith | Archives

KCNB's Green Getaway

Approximately 250 people attended Friday night's Green Getaway - Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful's second fundraiser for educational programs and beautification projects.

November 04, 2007 | Jennifer Long | Archives

No new leads in gruesome murder case

Investigators from the Newton County Sheriff's Office and Georgia Bureau of Investigation are regrouping over the weekend before continuing their search in the suspected murder and dismemberment of a woman.

November 04, 2007 | Tyler Smith | Archives

Make your voice heard

 Voting for municipal elections in the cities of Covington, Porterdale and Oxford is Tuesday, Nov. 6, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

November 04, 2007 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

Ramsey to bring $5 million airport project to vote

Covington Mayor Sam Ramsey will bring forward a measure at Monday night's council meeting to vote on spending $5 million from the proceeds of the sale of Covington Cable on developing the Covington Municipal Airport.

November 04, 2007 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

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