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Bagwell named NCSS Teacher of the Year

Tears welled up as Kristen Bagwell accepted the award as Newton County School Systems 2016 Teacher of the Year Award, saying, "I've always wanted ...

October 09, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Mary Ann Cobb

Mary Ann Cobb of Newborn, passed away October 8, 2015, at the age of 75. She was formerly a resident of Decatur, where she owned ...

October 09, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

Social Circle fair returns

The Social Circle Rotary Club fair returns to Social Circle High School Tuesday, Oct. 13 through Saturday, Oct. 17.

October 08, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Covington woman wins $250K lottery prize

Jessica Herrick, 39, of Covington won a quarter-million dollar prize from the Georgia Lottery earlier this month.

October 08, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Response to Heat Homecoming leads to changes in event locations

Though the event was only promoted on Facebook and in the local papers, response to the upcoming Heat Homecoming 2015 has been so good, changes ...

October 08, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

First candidates forum Oct. 8 for District 43 Special Election

The first candidates forum for the special elections taking place on the November ballot will be held Thursday, Oct. 8, at 6:30 p.m.

October 08, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Hay’s lawyer files motion for dismissal of county countersuit

Lawsuits, countersuits, motions and amended motions continue to fly between the lawyer representing William Durden and Samuel Hays, and Newton County Attorney W. T. "Tommy ...

October 07, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

General Mills recall stems from California plant

General Mills recalled Cheerios and Honey Nut Cheerios Tuesday that were produced during certain dates of July of 2015.

October 06, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Patti Jo Forlines Butler

Patti Jo Forlines Butler ("Pat") of Covington, passed away October 4, 2015, at the age of 86.

October 06, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

Smith: 'the mayor betrayed the trust of me and this council'

Covington City Councilman Chris Smith used his portion of council comments Monday night to address a letter Mayor Ronnie Johnston submitted to The Covington News ...

October 05, 2015 | Councilman reads letter that argues against a proposed development project | LOCAL

Alcovy homecoming ends with a win

The Alcovy Tigers football team has been on the wrong side of the scoreboard for almost two years until Friday night. The Tigers had suffered ...

October 05, 2015 | Kevin Nixon | Alcovy

The streak is over

The Alcovy Tigers (1-5, 1-0 Region 2-AAAAAA) get their first win of the season in a region matchup against the Lakeside Vikings (3-3, 0-1 Region ...

October 05, 2015 | Kevin Nixon | Alcovy

Vickers named Alcovy homecoming queen

Katelyn Vickers was crowned as Alcovy High School's homecoming queen Friday night.

October 03, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Newton County children should prepare for new bioscience jobs

The ribbon cutting of the Governor's new $14 million Bioscience Training Center and the College and Career Academy in Newton County can hardly be ...

October 03, 2015 | Staff Report | Columnists

Our thoughts: Verge of growth

In a letter in The Covington News a week ago Covington Mayor Ronnie Johnston laid out some of the prospective industrial growth coming to Newton ...

October 03, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

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Marijuana dispute ends in murder

Two suspects were arrested and charged within 24 hours of allegedly killing a Covington man after a dispute over a drug deal in the City of Covington's first murder of the year, announced on Tuesday at a Covington Police Department press conference.

March 12, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives

State grant gives Stanton Springs Parkway a boost

The four-county Joint Development Authority has been awarded a $1 million state grant for the development of the first mile of road for the Stanton Springs parkway.

March 12, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

Mary (Rooster) Allgood

Mary (Rooster) Allgood, 91, of Oxford, died march 7 at Newton Medical Center. She was born in 1916 in a little tin roof house off Alcovy Road. She was born a twin, but her little brother did not survive. She weighed 2.5 pounds and was kept in a shoebox by the fire to stay warm. Her mama passed away when Mary was only 9 years old, and she had to start taking care of her daddy and three brothers. She washed dishes and made biscuits standing on a stool. When she god older, she married William H. Allgood and ...

March 12, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Local man extradited in '98 Virginia murder

A Covington man was arrested and charged in connection with a recently cracked cold case of armed robbery-turned-murder in Virginia that occurred almost 10 years ago.

March 12, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives

Newton Medical Center issued Certificate of Need

The Georgia Department of Community Health has issued a Certificate of Need to Newton Medical Center for the development of a neonatal intermediate care unit at the hospital.

March 12, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

Dixie Lois (Gibson) Canning

 Dixie Lois (Gibson) Canning, of Covington, died at her home March 6 after a valiant struggle with cancer. She was born in Atlanta, where she lived her early years, followed by a few years in New York City. After returning to Georgia, she lived for a period of time in Hapeville but lived most of her life in Newton County. Mrs. Canning was an active member of the Covington Service Guild, American Legion Auxiliary and Covington Miniature Garden Club and was very active in the Shrine Auxiliary and a member of five bridge clubs. She was responsible for a horse ...

March 12, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Herbert Newberry Jr.

Mr. Herbert Newberry Jr., 53, of Milledgeville, formerly of Newton County, died March 9. Mr. Newberry was a member of Mansfield Baptist Church. He was a graduate of Neton County High School, Truiett McConnell College and Georgia Southern College. He was an educator and taught at Sparta, Wdley and Baldwin County schools. Mr. Newberry was preceded in death by father Herbert Newberry Sr.

March 12, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

2007-08 All-County Wrestling Team

It is never an offseason for Eastside High wrestler Joel Stafford.

March 09, 2008 | Eric McDonald | Archives

Newton High tennis sweeps Lithonia

The Newton High boys and girls varsity tennis teams swept Lithonia on Thursday at home.

March 09, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives

Cox stays coy about future with the Braves

By Paul Newberry

March 09, 2008 | Associated Press | Archives

Edwards looking forward to race after week of distractions

By Mike Harris

March 09, 2008 | Associated Press | Archives

Earl May

He retired in 1989 after a successful, 45 year career in the food industry. One of his great loves was playing Santa Claus for 13 years at M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, where he brought much joy to children and adults alike. Mr. May became a resident of Covington in 1995 and in 1996, he and his wife joined the Solid Rock Baptist Church family, where he was very active in the church food bank program for a number of years.

March 09, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives

Gordon C. Smith Jr.

Gordon C. Smith Jr., 64, of Oxford, died march 6. the son of the late Gordon C. Sr., and Virginia L. Lynch Smith, he was retired from the plumbing business. Mr. Smith was a member of Macedonia Baptist Church, Pace Masonic Lodge 558 and Yaarab Shriner's Club. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, riding motorcycles and traveling to the mountains and to Florida. Mr. Smith will be remembered as a devoted husband, father, grandfather and brother.

March 09, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives

Sonya Stephenson Tuck

Sonya Stephenson Tuck of Oxford died March 8 at Newton Medical Center at the age of 45. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Social Circle, loved playing softball, cooking, bird watching, taking care of her house plants and her dog, Max. Sonya loved her fellow residents at Merryvale Assisted Living where she enjoyed being a member of the Merryvale Red Hat Society and playing Bingo. She will be remembered as a devoted wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend to many. Sonya is preceded in death by her father, Jack Lewis Stephenson Sr.; sister Tanya Stephenson Connaughton; father-in-law ...

March 09, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives

Not always what it seems

He seemed to be just another odd, eccentric old man, really. Almost every Friday, as sunset neared, the codger wearing an old, sun-bleached military cap would walk out on a long pier at Key Biscayne, Florida, carrying a full bucket of shrimp. As the sun began to settle, the man known to locals as "Old Ed" would be joined by dozens of seagulls. "Old Ed" tossed shrimp to the birds, softly speaking over and again the words, "thank you."

March 09, 2008 | Nat Harwell | Archives

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