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Newton County high school football coaches speak at Lions Club

At Ashford Springs Park, late Thursday evening, the Covington Lion's Club hosted Newton County's high school head football coaches. At the dinner, the coaches mingled with members of the community, and discussed different things with each other, such as the new IMPACT program. Newton head coach Terrance Banks, Eastside head coach Rick Hurst and Alcovy coach Kirk Hoffman spoke on the upcoming season, the ugliness of recruiting, how the game has changed and fielded questions about their players from fans.

July 26, 2014 | Staff Report | SPORTS


It’s SSEMC meeting time

About 1,357 Snapping Shoals EMC members turned out for the 76th annual shareholders' meeting at the Georgia International Horse Park Thursday, July 24.

July 26, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington teen missing, information sought

Fourteen-year-old Jordan Aaron has been reported missing to the Newton County Sheriff's Department.

July 26, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington woman arrested in prostitution sting

Conyers police are turning their sights to deterring prostitutes, instead of just johns, from coming to Conyers with a recent undercover sting that arrested two women for prostitution and one man for drug possession.

July 26, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Mother Darlene Strong

Mother Darlene Strong was born December 9, 1924 to the parentage of the late Mr. & Mrs. George (Cora) Stephens in Athens, Georgia.

July 26, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Social Circle activities

July 26, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Our thoughts: Be fair and impartial

There was an unfortunate incident in our community last week where a man for reasons unknown at this time was seen in a quiet community wielding a sword of some type, harassing passing cars and trash cans.

July 26, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Snapping Shoals meeting time

About 1,357 Snapping Shoals EMC members turned out for the 76th annual shareholders' meeting at the Georgia International Horse Park Thursday, July 24.

July 26, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington teen missing

Fourteen-year-old Jordan Aaron has been reported missing to the Newton County Sheriff's Department.

July 26, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Our thoughts on recent local news items

The Covington City Council voted this past week to add a code officer to its staff. The city currently has only one officer.

July 24, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Covington Police Explorers, Post #222 excel again

Eighteen of the 26 members of the Covington Police Explorers traveled to Savannah and competed in six events during Summerfest.

July 24, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Letter from J. Virgil Costley

Dear editor,

July 24, 2014 | J. Virgil Costley | Letters


Mr. Thomas Busbee

Thomas Busbee, age 85 of Mansfield, passed away July 22, 2014. Mr. Busbee was a veteran of the United States Army. He attended Eastridge Community Church, was an avid Atlanta Braves fan and enjoyed fishing. Mr. Busbee was a wonderful husband and a good father, grandfather, great-grandfather and great-great-grandfather. He was preceded in death by his parents, Norman James and Carrie Louberta (Middlebrook) Busbee.

July 24, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Live: 2014 Primary runoff results

Today's primary election runoff races will determine several local, state and federal races.

July 22, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Mr. Max G. Kilgore

Max G. Kilgore of Covington, Georgia, born April 17, 1919, went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on July 19, 2014, at the age of 95. He was born in Palmersville, Tennessee, to John and Charlie Bostic Kilgore who preceded him in death along with his six siblings, Ned, Ralph (Doc), Mary, Dorothy, Annabelle and Sue. Max went to school in Palmersville, Tennessee, until joining a CCC Camp where he worked and completed his final year of high school in Powell, Tennessee. Max was a graduate of the University of Tennessee; and retired as Lieutenant Colonel after ...

July 22, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


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Blues brothers

After getting their first win against Lithonia last week, Newton was handed its worst loss of the season by M.L. King on Saturday night, 47-12.

October 24, 2007 | Jason Murdock | Archives


Benjamin Turner Banks Jr.

Benjamin Turner Banks Jr., 86, of Covington, died Oct. 22. The son of Benjamin Turner and Lucy Floyd Banks, he was born in 1921 in Forsyth. He attended Emory at Oxford and Emory University in Atlanta. In 1942, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps and served as bombardier-navigator of a B-26 Marauder in the 9th Air Force, flying 47 missions over occupied Europe. In 1945 he returned to work with his father in the cotton business in Forsyth, where he met Barbara Nobles, a student and school nurse at Tift College. They married and moved to Covington in 1956 ...

October 24, 2007 | Staff Report | Archives


Elton Daniel Sr.

Elton Daniel Sr. died Oct. 15 at Rockdale Medical Center, Conyers. The son of Dorothy F. Daniel and the late Orell Daniel, he was born in 1946 in Rockdale County. He joined Whites Chapel Methodist Church as a youth and attended J.P. Carr High School and later joined the Air Force. He enjoyed fishing, cooking and drag racing, his great love. Mr. Elton married Ms. Deborah Sheppard and they had four children. He later married Ms. Rosa Mae Colquitt and they had one son. He was preceded in death by brother Terry Daniel and sister Corine Daniel

October 24, 2007 | Staff Report | Archives


One of the boys

Artie Brunson did not choose to major in education, but discovered he loved working with young children through an early childhood development elective he took so he could share a class with and his cousin.

October 24, 2007 | Jennifer Long | Archives


Claude Grant

The Rev. Claude Grant died Oct. 18 in Rockdale County. The son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Alfred (Rosalyn) Mitchell, he was born in 1924 in Jamaica, West Indies. A private and humble person, the Rev. Grant was a pastor, historian, scholar and true believer in God. His favorite sayings were "The greatest achievement you can make in your existence is to be received in the Kingdom of heaven" and "No matter what you have or do in life, you have to make things right with God." His favorite questions of others was "How is your prayer life?"

October 24, 2007 | Staff Report | Archives


Annie Pauline Baker Farley

Mrs. Annie Pauline Baker Farley died Oct. 16. The daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Walter (Leola) Baker, she was born in 1933 in Newton County. She was raised and educated in Newton County and employed by Oxford Industries, Stanley Tools and Hercules Corp. She joined Sims Chapel Baptist Church at an early age and was actively involved until her health failed.

October 24, 2007 | Staff Report | Archives


Lenora J. Freeman

Mrs. Lenora J. Freeman, 81, of Covington, died Oct. 19 at Abbey Hospice, Social Circle. The son of the late Joseph Felton and Ada M. Warren Johnson, she was born in Newton County. A life long resident of Newton County, Mrs. Freeman was of the Baptist faith, attending Harmony Baptist Church, Midway Baptist Church and the Baptist Tabernacle. She enjoyed playing the piano and southern gospel music. She was involved with her family and was a caring mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was the last surviving sister of seven children and was preceded in death by husband John Robert Freeman.

October 24, 2007 | Staff Report | Archives


Betty A. McCoy

Mrs. Betty A. McCoy, 76, of West Melbourne, Fla., died Oct. 22 at Heartland Hospice, Conyers. She was born in Oglethorpe County and lived in Rockdale County until 1970 when she moved to Melbourne. She had been self-employed as a health care provider and was a member of First Christian Church, Melbourne. She is preceded in death by husband Clarence T. McCoy; father Obe Smith; mother and step-father Emma Jane and W.L. Andrews.

October 24, 2007 | Staff Report | Archives


Edith Deragon McDeed

Mrs. Edith (Deragon) McDeed, 97, of Lithonia, died Oct. 21 at Traditions Health and Rehab. The daughter of the George and Rose Deragon, she was born in Providence, R.I., in 1911. She worked for 42 years at Uniroyal Rubber Company in quality control. She attended St. Pius Catholic Church, Conyers. Mrs. McDeed was voted Miss Traditions of 2003. She was preceded in death by parents and husband Joseph McDeed.

October 24, 2007 | Staff Report | Archives


Lamar Weaver

Mr. Lamar Weaver died Oct. 12. The son of the late Walter "Bud" and Carrie Weaver, he was born in 1930 in Butts County. He served in the United States Army from 1951 to 1953. He married Geraldine Johnson.

October 24, 2007 | Staff Report | Archives


Debbie Lynn Yarbrough

Mrs. Debbie Lynn Yarbrough, 46, of Covington, died Oct. 20. Mrs. Yarbrough, whose father was a missionary, was raised in west Texas and Mexico and moved to Covington in 1981. She married Mr. Joe Yarbrough in 1982. Mrs. Yarbrough was preceded in death by daughter Elisha Yarbrough.

October 24, 2007 | Staff Report | Archives


Reported cases of salmonella in county up to 51

The number of reported cases of salmonella has risen to 51 over the past week. Of those, nine have been confirmed as salmonella.

October 24, 2007 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Lackey murder case concludes today

 The trial of murder suspect Steven Lackey will continue today as final witnesses are called and closing arguments are presented by the defense and prosecution.

October 24, 2007 | Tyler Smith | Archives


BOC drops objection to bypass annexation

The Newton County Board of Commissioners has dropped its objection to the proposed annexation of 16 acres located on the Covington Bypass by the city of Porterdale.

October 24, 2007 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Newton County water quality good

Last year the county received a $158,000 Georgia Adopt-a-Stream reimbursement grant to create and maintain volunteer water quality monitoring sites.

October 24, 2007 | Jennifer Long | Archives


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