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Photos: Newton High School 2016 graduation

Newton High School started the 2016 commencement season for the Newton County School System Thursday evening.

May 26, 2016 | Staff Report | Education


Two GDOT Newton County road projects to begin this summer

The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) announced its schedule for construction this summer and beyond. While there are four projects on the GDOT list, only ...

May 26, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Election 2016 Primary: live results

BOC District 1 - Republican

May 24, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Free golf cart shuttle to be offered on the Square

Visitors to the Covington Square unable to find a parking spare directly in front of their dining or shopping destination, will not have to worry ...

May 24, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Dennis Hyde

Dennis Hyde of Mansfield passed away May 20, 2016, at the age of 59. Dennis was a member of Gaithers United Methodist Church, where he ...

May 23, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Jeff Hall

Jeff Hall, 58 of Covington, passed away May 20, 2016. Jeff was a 1976 graduate of Newton County High School. He was employed by Lithonia ...

May 23, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Our Thoughts: The future begins now

When Newton County residents open The Covington News 20 years from now what will they see?

May 22, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Marty Kindle

Marty Kindle, 35, of Covington, passed away May 18, 2016. A very charismatic man with a wonderful sense of humor, Marty was well known for ...

May 20, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


NCSS will not administer Georgia Milestones retests

Newton County School System (NCSS) will not administer retests for Georgia Milestones End of Grade assessments.

May 20, 2016 | Staff Report | Education


‘Every Body Walk Newton’ series continues through June

Newton Trails' Wednesday walk series, "Every Body Walk Newton," will begin on Wednesday, May 18 on the Eastside High School end of Eastside Trail at ...

May 19, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Vigil to be held for postal carrier killed over weekend

Fellow postal workers, friends and family held a candlelight vigil for Hillary Hicks Wednesday at the Post Office Annex at 10721 ByPass Road in Covington ...

May 19, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County Jail Log: May 18

Jessica Deon Allen, 32, Covington, May 12, back for court

May 18, 2016 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log


US intelligence: Foreign hackers spying on campaigns

WASHINGTON (AP) - The United States sees evidence that hackers, possibly working for foreign governments, are snooping on the presidential candidates, the nation's intelligence chief ...

May 18, 2016 | Staff Report | NATION/WORLD


Action Ministries offers training for Smart Lunch Smart Kid program

With the school year coming to an end, the Smart Lunch Smart Kid program is setting up sites throughout the county. So far, lunch sites ...

May 17, 2016 | Staff Report | Mailchimp Today's Headlines


Charlene Jacqueline Haggard Bell

Charlene Jacqueline Haggard Bell, 82 of Covington passed away May 14, 2016. Charlene was born August 2, 1933, at 10 Poplar Street, Porterdale. She moved ...

May 17, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


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Surplus needed in economic crunch

The Newton County Board of Commissioners and other county employees should be commended for their budgetary stewardship during the past year and encouraged to continue the even more difficult task of achieving a fund balance in the current fiscal year. In an economic environment where funds are scarce for many local governments, Newton County has again achieved a fund balance for fiscal year 2007.

May 11, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Porderdale headed in right direction

We salute the city council of Porterdale for their decision in appointing Sandy Fowler to the position of downtown manager. We believe that Fowler will bring the energy and enthusiasm to insure that Porterdale soon becomes a Better hometown Community.

May 11, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


UBOK versus UBOK

Since the dawn of this new century my basic day job has been to serve as a tower area coordinator for a major airline based in Atlanta. Stationed in one of the concourse towers at the world's busiest airport, I attempt to coordinate ground servicing for flights arriving into, and departing from, the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Every last detail for each flight in the zone to which I'm assigned is my responsibility. My customers include the traveling public, albeit indirectly, as I deal behind the scenes with gate agents, ramp agents, crew members and all other agents associated ...

May 11, 2008 | Nat Harwell | Archives


Thanks for information

Dear Editor: Thanks for printing the map of Newton County districts on the front page. I can foresee this being a helpful tool as we citizens in this diverse county struggle to locate ourselves among and within precincts and happenings. Please continue to offer this colorful image often - so that we might get used to the colors and shapes representing our districts.

May 11, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Generation gap

 When Sally Jarrett received the call from her daughter three years ago, she was just settling into what she thought would be the golden years of her retirement.

May 11, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


The best gift for Mother's Day is simply being near

 My mom said she already got her Mother's Day present. My grandmother agreed. It sure made for an easy time shopping - I just picked up some pretty cards; mailed some things to my in-laws, and my Mother's Day was in the bag.

May 11, 2008 | Kari Apted | Archives


On the block

 Two years ago, Alcovy High School opened its doors and became Newton County's third high school along with Newton and Eastside. Beyond the obvious - construction, hiring teachers and support staff and choosing a mascot - the Board of Education had a big decision to make. What type of schedule would the new school use?

May 11, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives


Woman shares her historical find

 In 1962 a man watched as a demolition crew tore down an old house on Liberty Street in Franklin, Pa. Feeling as though a piece of history might be lost forever, he saved the box full of old banisters on the curb for trash pickup and gave them to his granddaughter.

May 11, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives


Frank Wise

Frank Wise, 98, of Covington died May 9 at Covington Manor Nursing Home. Mr. Wise was retired from Bibb Manufacturing after many years of service. He was a member of Porterdale Baptist Church, where he had served on the deacon board, and he was a member of Pace Masonic Lodge Porterdale #588 where he had served as chaplain for 50 years. Mr. Wise taught Sunday school at Covington Manor Nursing Home and on WGFS radio. He was an avid gardener and loved his family. Mr. Wise is preceded in death by his parents James and Mary Moore Wise; wife, Olenza ...

May 11, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives


District 1 GOPers discuss issues

 In the Republican race for District 1 county commissioner, retired postal worker Ann Wilson will face off against incumbent Mort Ewing, who is seeking a third term.

May 11, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Firefighter solicits sex from minors

 A volunteer Oxford firefighter was arrested Wednesday for asking to have sex with what he thought were 12 and 13-year-old girls who turned out to be an undercover officer, according to the Monroe Police Department.

May 11, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


Recession strains social agencies

 Aftershocks from the recent economic downturn - touched off by a rising tide of foreclosures sweeping the nation - are having a ripple effect throughout the county, affecting area food banks and other aid organizations.

May 11, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Covington considers higher tap fees

 In the wake of higher construction costs, the Covington City Council is considering an increase to the fees charged for the installation of new water and sewer taps.

May 11, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Jennifer Lynne Mickle to Andrew Elmore

Mr. and Mrs. Edward J. Mickle of Manchester, Tenn., announce the engagement of their daughter Jennifer Lynne Mickle to Andrew Clayborne Elmore of Chattanooga, Tenn.

May 11, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Katie lee Jones to Dr. Jack L. Edward

On April 25, Katie Lee Jones and Dr. Jack L. Edwards, having renewed their high school (Newton County High, Class of 1961) relationship of 47 years ago, were married at the Historic Court House in Covington.

May 11, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


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