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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


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It is the policy of the Covington News to allow people, with some form of identification, to voice their opinions, thoughts and concerns about our community. However, it is our policy to have comments free from personal attacks and inflammatory remarks toward people. This does not promote reasonable discussions and, we feel is detrimental, to furthering discussion on an issue or topic.

July 21, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Our thoughts on community hospital

One of the cornerstones of pride in the Newton County community is that we have our own hospital; and throughout its existence the taxpayers have supported its development.

July 19, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Challenges facing farmers today and tomorrow

Though farming was once big business in the United States, by 2012 less than 1 percent of Americans were professional farmers. Many challenges face today's farmers, many of which are largely unknown to the general public.

July 19, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Mae Hardman

Mae Hardman, of Rabun Gap, formerly of Porterdale, Georgia, passed away July 15, 2014. Mae was born November 26, 1925, to Carrie Mae (Lunsford) and William Grady Hardman. She had lived in Rabun County since 1971, where she taught at Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School until her retirement. Prior to teaching, Mae was a social worker for Bibb Manufacturing Company for 27 years. She was very active in both of her communities, which she dearly loved. Mae served in many civic organizations and held positions over the years in both the Porterdale Presbyterian Church and the Rabun Gap Presbyterian Church. Mae dedicated ...

July 18, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. A.L. Crane

A.L. Crane of Covington, passed away July 16, 2014 at Newton Medical Center. He was 78 years of age at the time of his death. A.L. loved people and never met a stranger. He was always willing to go the extra mile to help anyone who needed him. He will be remembered as a man who loved his family. A.L. was preceded in death by his son, Wade Crane; parents, Alvin M. and Gladys (Segars) Crane; and his former spouse, Joann Covington.

July 17, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Mark Jeffries

Mark Jeffries, age 41 of Covington, passed away July 15, 2014. Mark was a true Believer who loved the Lord Jesus with all of his heart. He was an accomplished bass fisherman and loved to hunt. He had a great sense of humor, and was a talented cook, guitarist and singer. Mark enjoyed spoiling his nieces and nephews, and he cherished his time with Mary McCullough, the person closest to his heart. He was loved and will be missed by his family and friends. Mark was preceded in death by his father, William Dee "Junior" Jeffries.

July 17, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Martha Ann Mahan

Martha Ann Mahan of Social Circle passed away July 16, 2014, at the age of 81. A very dedicated member of the First United Methodist Church of Covington and the Christian Fellowship Sunday School Class, she was also a member and past president of the Callie Cohen Circle of the United Methodist Women. Mrs. Mahan enjoyed traveling and will be remembered for her wonderful cooking.

July 17, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Jayne Satterfield

Jayne Satterfield, 78 of Covington, passed away Wednesday, July 16 at Abbey Hospice. Jayne was born on February 23, 1936 to Charner and Frieda (Seddon) Peacock in Atlanta. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. Mrs. Satterfield was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Orlin R. Satterfield in 2013 and her parents.

July 17, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Doris T. Mitchell Bowie

Doris T. Mitchell Bowie of Covington, passed away July 16, 2014, at the age of 93. Mrs. Bowie was a lifelong resident of Newton County, and faithful member of Voice of Pentecost, in Covington. Additionally, she was a former member of United Pentecostal Church, where she served as youth director, the ladies auxiliary leader and Sunday School Teacher. Mrs. Bowie was a published song writer and poet, and proud member of the National Poetry Society of Who's Who. She enjoyed camping, fishing and spending time with those she loved. Mrs. Bowie was preceded in death by her first husband ...

July 17, 2014 | Staff Report | STATE


Newton Newsflash: More construction this weekend

If you're out and about this weekend, avoid sections of I-20 in Newton County as construction continues. Lane closures and long delays can be expected in the following areas and times:

July 17, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Mrs. Nettie Mae Digby

Mrs. Nettie Mae Digby, age 84 of Covington, passed away Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at Abbey Hospice in Social Circle. She was born February 7, 1930 in Porterdale to Archie and Minnie Ivey McCullough who have preceded her in death. Mrs. Digby worked at home until her children were grown and then she worked for C.R. Bard for two years and Stanley Tool for 14 years. She was Methodist by faith and a member of Gaither's United Methodist Church. Mrs. Digby loved her family very much; she was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend.

July 17, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Jesse L. Burgess

Jesse L. Burgess of Covington passed away July 15, 2014, at the age of 75. Mr. Burgess was a member of the First Baptist Church, in Covington. He was a retired member of the Local No. 72 Plumbers & Pipefitters Union, after 57 years of dedicated service, all while serving as owner and operator of Alcovy Day Lily Farm for 20 years. Additionally, he was involved in the Greater Atlanta Hemerocallis Society and the Rockdale County Genealogical Society. Mr. Burgess was ordained as a Deacon in 1963, and heserved in this position at many churches. A loving and dedicated husband, father ...

July 17, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Our thoughts on voting

We realize that voting Tuesday, four full days away, is the farthest thing from your mind right now. But you need to make it first in your mind.

July 17, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Mrs. Nettie Mae Digby

Mrs. Nettie Mae Digby, age 84, of Covington passed away Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at Abbey Hospice in Social Circle. She was born February 7, 1930 in Porterdale to Archie and Minnie Ivey McCullough who have preceded her in death. Mrs. Digby worked at home until her children were grown and then she worked for C.R. Bard for 2 years and Stanley Tool for 14 years. She was Methodist by faith and a member of Gaither's United Methodist Church. Mrs. Digby loved her family very much; she was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend.

July 16, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


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Swing your partner

If you're up for some good old fashion country music and a few do-sa-dos, the Newton County Hayriders might have something just for you.

August 19, 2007 | Tyler Smith | Archives


Newton High FFA earns national honors

Newton High School's FFA Chapter will be acknowledged as a Two-Star National Chapter at the 80th National FFA Convention held in Indianapolis, Ind., Oct. 25 - 27.

August 19, 2007 | Staff Reports | Archives


George L. Harrington

George L. Harrington, 37, of Topeka, Kansas, died Aug. 16 at Midland Hospice. The son of George and Frances (Mayo) Harrington, he was born in 1970 in LaGrange. He lived in LaGrange and Pine Mountain and later moved to Lanett, Ala., where he graduated from high school. Mr. Harrington moved to Topeka at age 19. He worked at the Shawnee County Department of Revenue and later WalMart. Mr. Harrington was a member of the Faith Family Life Center and Christian Motorcycle Association, Heaven on Wheels Chapter. He will be remembered for his love of people, his habit of greeting people ...

August 19, 2007 | Staff Report | Archives


For the love of reading

As head of Children Services at the Newton County Library, Carol Durusau, is in her element and loving it.

August 19, 2007 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Marshall defends stance

District Eight Congressman Jim Marshall (D-Macon) defended his recent vote in favor of a bill which expanded the federal government's authority to spy on American citizens without court-approved warrants at a town hall meeting Friday morning.

August 19, 2007 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Students fleeing from failing schools

Administrators of the Newton County School System recently reported a drastic increase in the numbers of local students transferring from schools failing to meet all requirements mandated by the No Child Left Behind Act.

August 17, 2007 | Jennifer Long | Archives


Mary (MeMe) D. Bates

Mary (MeMe) Bates, 90, of Newborn, died Aug. 14 at Abbey Hospice, Social Circle. The daughter of the late Harvey Digby and Vallie Aikens, she was born in 1917 in Jasper County. Ms. Bates was retired from Covington Molding as a quality control inspector. She was a member of Gaithers Church and loved all animals and her flowers. Ms. Bates will be remembered as a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She is preceded in death by son Wallace Bates.

August 17, 2007 | Staff Report | Archives


Kimberly Leigh Wilhelm Bunch Crowe

Mrs. Kimberly Leigh Wilhelm Bunch Crowe, 38, died Aug. 2. The daughter of Frank and Leila Wilhelm, she was born in 1968 in Paulding County. Mrs. Crowe suffered a long illness due to heart problems. Mrs. Crowe was a member of The Baptist Tabernacle. She was preceded in death by husband Roscoe Daniel Crowe and grandmothers Mrs. Etta Wilhelm and Mrs. Marie Donald.

August 17, 2007 | Staff Report | Archives


Will Atlas Shrug?

In Ayn Rand’s classic novel, "Atlas Shrugged", government regulation has run unfettered. The story tells us of a day when, due to this incessant interference in the lives of free men, the “Achievers”, the people who produce, who work to make profit by offering materials or services to consumers, disappear. One by one, major corporations and smaller businesses shut down without any notice, their owners vanishing from site and knowledge.

August 17, 2007 | A. B. Senn | Archives


Saddle up for church

 Driving a pickup truck and wearing a black Stetson hat, cowboy boots and blue jeans adorned with a large belt buckle, Jim Partlow looks the part of modern day cowboy, and he is a modern day cowboy.

August 17, 2007 | Tyler Smith | Archives


Travels online

I do more and more reading on the Internet. I like to start the day with the news, just scanning the headlines and reading the interesting stories - usatoday.com; ajc.com, nytimes.com, news.bbc.co.uk, and foxnews.com.

August 17, 2007 | John Donaldson | Archives


Born again

In my last column we began looking at one of the most basic misconceptions that many have regarding Christianity, namely, what it actually means to be a Christian.

August 17, 2007 | John Pearrell | Archives


Pray Powerfully!

For some people, prayer is merely a process of psychological and emotional cleansing.

August 17, 2007 | Pastor Jonathan Scharf | Archives


Deputies bust late night party

Eighteen people, including three juveniles, were reportedly caught consuming alcohol underage after deputies crashed a late night party.

August 17, 2007 | Tyler Smith | Archives


Fights galore at local schools

Three separate fights involving 12 different students broke out Tuesday at two schools in Newton County.

August 17, 2007 | Tyler Smith | Archives


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