While Newton County may seem today to have smooth relations between the races, it was only 38 years ago that U.S. Highway 278 was lined with state troopers and the Covington Square was filled nightly with black residents protesting the county's segregationist policies.
Newton County law enforcement personnel, in coordination with Henry County law enforcement, searched the home of three Covington residents charged with operating a multimillion dollar drug distribution ring on Feb. 15, according to the Covington Newton County Special Investigations Unit.
The Newton County Board of Education unanimously approved the transfer of Holly Dubois, principal of Fairview Elementary School, to the principal position of the new South Salem Elementary School at Tuesday night's board meeting.
Dear Editor: Stella Johnson of Covington recently wrote a Letter to the Editor of The Covington News praising the beauty of Newton County and its cities. She eloquently expressed her love of and concern for the future of the County.
While I am by no means a novice movie watcher, Saturday marked a new experience for me in terms of single-day movie watching as I took part in an all-day movie marathon of the five Oscar nominees for Best Picture.
Usually a room plastered with posters of The Beatles, Miles Davis and Stevie Ray Vaughn can be found in the interior in a college dorm, but the scene can also be found in the music room at Rocky Plains Elementary School.
Stanley Walker Harris, 61, lifelong resident of Newton County and president of Walker Harris Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep since 1969, died Feb. 23. He was a 1965 graduate of Newton County High School, where he was a member of the basketball team which won the State Championship and was selected as an All-State Basketball Player. Mr. Harris also played basketball at Middle Georgia College for two years before graduating in 1967. He was a 1969 graduate of the University of Georgia. Mr. Harris was a member and former president of the Covington Rotary Club, a past member of the Board of Trustees of ...
Donald Anthony "Tony" McClure, 66, of Paducah, Ky., died Feb. 23 at Cox Dunbar Family Car Home. Mr. McClure was a native of Covington and a graduate of the University of Georgia. He was a member of Lone Oak First Baptist Church. Mr. McClure was a Duke of Paducah, a Kentucky colonel and a professor at Paducah Community College from 1974 to 2000. While at Paducah Community College, he served as athletic director, girls and boys basketball coach and was named Men's Basketball Coach of the Year in the Seventh Region in 1986. He was preceded in death by ...
Mr. Robert McCormick Smith Sr. of Covington died Feb. 22 at Rockdale Medical Center. The son of the late Winton Bradley Smith and Minnie Godard Smith, he was born in 1938 in Fulton County. Mr. Smith was a longtime resident of Conyers and a self-employed truck driver, a job he enjoyed. He was a member of Salem United Methodist Church and was a Mason and Shriner. He was preceded in death by parents and son Robert McCormick Smith Jr.
Waymon Lee Stapp Sr., 57, of Covington, died Feb. 24. A lifelong resident of Newton County, he was a self-employed carpenter for over 40 years and a man who enjoyed life's simple pleasures. Mr. Stapp enjoyed fishing, watching wrestling, yard