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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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Crowell Scholarship Golf Tournament coming soon

The 2007 B.C. Crowell Scholarship Golf Tournament begins at 10 a.m. on September 21 at the Oaks Golf Course.

September 05, 2007 | Staff Reports | Archives


The best of times; the worst of times

The results from the opening of high school and collegiate football are in now, as the season finally kicked off last weekend. Roughly half the fans are happy, and roughly half are either somewhat crest-fallen or downright devastated. How happy or sad they are is determined by which side of the field they occupied at their game of choice.

September 05, 2007 | Nat Harwell | Archives


Cheer finalists

Five Eastside High School cheerleaders haves earned prestigious honors regarding their particular sport.

September 05, 2007 | Staff Reports | Archives


Georgia Tech's defense makes strong opening pitch for top ranking

By Charles Odum

September 05, 2007 | Associated Press | Archives


Geek paradise

For one weekend a year, faeries and Klingons descend on the downtown streets of Atlanta to mingle, make merry and create mayhem.

September 05, 2007 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


September concerts on the square announced

The Arts Association in Newton County, in partnership with BB&T, will present a September to remember series of Concerts on Square at noon, Thursdays. Performances are varied from smooth, traditional, contemporary jazz, and brass, to sophisticated country.

September 05, 2007 | Staff Reports | Archives


Major thrills

Fans of John Carpenter's iconic "Halloween" will not be disappointed in Rob Zombie's remake of the film, unless they go to see it in a theater that allows underage kids into R-rated movies.

September 05, 2007 | Jennifer Long | Archives


Teaching earth consciousness

Most children at East Newton Elementary know Mary Anne Smith as the lady who stands by the trash can at lunchtime and makes sure everyone places plastic bottles in the recycling bins.

September 05, 2007 | Jennifer Long | Archives


Sale of Covington Cable complete

The sale of Covington Cable to Charter Communications Inc. is now complete, with Charter taking over control of operations on Saturday.

September 05, 2007 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Man shot over Labor Day weekend

A shooting on Lazy Hollow Lane marred what was an otherwise quiet Labor Holiday weekend in the county, said Newton County Sheriff's Office Lt. Bill Watterson.

September 05, 2007 | Tyler Smith | Archives


Despite rain, county still in a severe drought

While Newton County is still in a severe drought, last week's rain has helped to raise water levels at the county's reservoirs.

September 05, 2007 | Tyler Smith | Archives


Gearing up for a good cause

When Frank Hilton formed Covington Police Who Care in 1978, the charitable organization worked on a budget of $800 a year. The money, which was voluntarily taken out of officers' checks, was given to policemen who were experiencing extreme hardships off the clock.

September 05, 2007 | Tyler Smith | Archives


Alcovy falls to Habersham during season opener

MOUNT AIRY - Despite a gallant effort, Alcovy continues to search for its first win after losing to defending Region 8-AAAA champions, Habersham Central, 34-14, on Friday night.

September 02, 2007 | Eric McDonald | Archives


NCSS reports SAT scores

Although the Newton County School System's overall SAT scores dropped this year, some students in the system are outpacing the state in all categories and the nation in two testing categories.

September 02, 2007 | Staff Reports | Archives


Dakota J. Nelson

 Dakota J. Nelson, son of Sherri and Josh Nelson, will celebrate his first birthday Sept. 11. His maternal grandparents are Judi Smith and Larry Moon. Paternal grandparents are Coralee and Robert Nelson.

September 02, 2007 | Staff Report | Archives


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