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Our Thoughts: The heart of our community

Sadness swept through Newton County this week with the deaths of three of its citizens under the age of 25.

February 07, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Watch: Jet Rawls wins Spelling Bee

Watch our video of INdian Creek Middle School student Jet Rawls winning the Newton County School System's Spelling Bee Friday.

February 05, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


David Anthony Murphy

David Anthony Murphy, 51 of Conyers, passed away Saturday, January 30, 2016. He was born in Florence, Alabama to the late William John and Joyce ...

February 05, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITS


Damon Card

Damon Card, 22 of Savannah and Jackson, passed away on Friday, January 29, 2016, in Savannah. He was born in Decatur to Daniel and Pamela ...

February 05, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITS


Shirley S. Cody

Shirley S. Cody, 84, of Conyers passed away February 3, 2016. She was born in Newton County, August 2, 1931, to the late Ed and ...

February 05, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITS


Brenda M. Mason

Brenda M. Mason, 74, of Covington, passed away Thursday, February 4, 2016.

February 05, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITS


Kathleen Ann Holmes Collins

Kathleen Ann Holmes Collins, of Loganville, passed away February 1, 2016, at the age of 66. Daughter of Rosemary Hargrove of Oxford, she was preceded ...

February 02, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITS


Helen King

Helen King, of Porterdale, passed away February 1, 2016, at the age of 94. Mrs. King was a wonderful cook and enjoyed preparing southern food ...

February 02, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Helen Churchill

Helen Churchill age 68, of Mansfield passed away February 1, 2016. She was born January 5, 1948 in Porterdale to the late Adel Jasper and ...

February 01, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Mavis Boyd Walker

Mrs. Mavis Boyd Walker, age 73, passed away Saturday, January 30, 2016. She was born in Vina, Alabama on March 4, 1942 to the late ...

February 01, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITS


Our Thoughts: An impressive start

The scene seems familiar to so many. People approach the table in suits and in skirts with heels and hose. They then sit down, make ...

January 31, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Letter: Form of government legislation

Dear fellow Newton neighbors,

January 30, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Letter: GOP mass precinct meetings

Dear Editor,

January 30, 2016 | Staff Report | Letters


Edna Dunevant Wilson

Edna Dunevant Wilson of Covington passed away January 28, 2016, at the age of 95. Mrs. Wilson was a member of Porterdale Baptist Church where ...

January 29, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITS


Newton County Jail Log: Jan. 28

Jacob Garland Abernathy, 18, Covington, January 21, back for court

January 28, 2016 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log


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Allen Keith Carr

Allen K. Carr, 44, died Feb. 8. Mr. Carr was born in 1963 in Baker County, attended Lowndes County High School in Valdosta and was a concrete finisher with Ben Macieroy.

February 13, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives


Iris Bennett Cheshire

Mrs. Iris Bennett Cheshire, 84, of Jackson died Feb. 9 in Macon. The daughter of the late Edwin Albert and Pearl Leggett Bennett, she was born in 1923 in Jacksonville, Fla. She was preceded in death by husband Melvin Stanley Cheshire and sisters Lois Waters and Myrtle Austin and brothers Roland Bennett and Ed Bennett. Mrs. Bennett was a member of the First Baptist Church of High Falls. She was retired from the Southern Regional Hospital as a secretary in the nursing service.

February 13, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives


Edie Cochran

Edie Cochran, 73, a 15-year Covington resident, died Feb. 10 at Newton Medical Center. Both Mrs. Cochran and her husband are charter members of the Newton County Seventh Day Adventist Church and former members of Conyers Seventh Day Adventist Church. She had served in many capacities in church offices and loved being of service to the Lord and to people. She enjoyed being with her family and her church family and being outdoors in her flower and vegetable gardens.

February 13, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives


Artie Eugene Corley

Artie Eugene Corley of Monroe died Feb. 7 at his residence. The son of the late Art Corley and Beulah Smith Corley, he was born in 1930 in Rockdale County. Mr. Corley lived his entire life in the area and worked for Lithonia Lighting before becoming disabled. He loved to paint model cars and fish and enjoyed keeping aquariums. He was preceded in death by brothers T.C. Corley and Willie Paul Corley and sister Bernice Allen.

February 13, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives


Stanley Lamar Gossett

Mr. Stanley "Lamar" Gossett, 49, a longtime resident of Covington died Feb. 10. The son of Frank and Carol Gossett, he was born in 1958 in Fulton County He attended Eastridge Community Church. Mr. Gossett enjoyed fishing and riding motorcycles and loved spending time with his seven grandchildren.

February 13, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives


Martha Jewell Prather Nicholson

Martha Jewell Prather Nicholson, 83, died Feb. 11. She was born in Covington in the Covington Mill Community. She married and raised her family in Atlanta. She moved to Florida in 2004. She was preceded in death by husband Henry Hanson (Bill) Nicholson, daughter Linda Faye Nicholson, sister Clifford Frances Prather and parents Clifford Anderson Prather and Beulah Modine Smith Prather. Mrs. Nicholson was raised in the Methodist church.

February 13, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives


Gary A. Roper

Gary A. Roper, 63, of Covington, died Feb. 9 at Newton Medical Center. A native of Ozark County, Ala., he graduated from high school in Cleveland and had been a Covington resident for 34 years. Most recently employed with Guardian Automotive Inc. and retired from Fibervision in 1995, Mr. Roper also operated his own machine fabrication company for 15 years before turning the business over to his sons. Mr. Roper enjoyed playing the guitar and banjo and being around his family. He was preceded in death by sister Teresa Roper Sewell.

February 13, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives


Charles Henry Walker

Charles Henry Walker, 84, of Porterdale, died Feb. 11 at Social Circle Health and Rehab. The son of the late W.F. and Annie Barron Walker, he was born in Walton County. Mr. Walker was a member of the Porterdale Presbyterian Church where he enjoyed working with children and supporting them in their church programs. A resident of Porterdale for 23 years, Mr. Walker retired from Hercules Inc. after 20 years of service. He is preceded in death by daughter Raydene Stapp Thomason and brothers J.W. Walker and Bobby Walker. Surviving are wife Grace Pollett Walker of Porterdale; stepson ...

February 13, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives


Mattie R. Way

Mattie R. Way died Jan. 28. The daughter of the late George and Lucy (Allen) Watkins, she was born in 1937 in Buckingham County, Va. She moved to New Jersey and joined the Union Baptist Church in Passaic, N.J. She later joined Christ Temple Baptist Church, founded by her parents. Mrs. Way was a member of the choir and Missionary Circle and adviser to the Junior Usher Board. She later moved her membership to the United Methodist Church, Orange, N.J., under the leadership of her son-in-law the Rev. Alfred McCray Jr. She moved to Covington to live with ...

February 13, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives


The Tuskegee Airmen

Good Hope Baptist Church will host the Atlanta Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen as part of its Black History Month celebration from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 16.

February 13, 2008 | Jennifer Long | Archives


Celebrate Arbor Day

The City of Covington mayor and council, the Newton County Board of Commissioners and the City of Covington Tree Preservation Board will host an Arbor Day Celebration from 11 a.m. to noon Friday.

February 13, 2008 | Jennifer Long | Archives


Lucy's spreads its wings

Fans of Lucy's Wings and Things in Newborn will be pleased to know a second restaurant location has opened not far from Georgia Perimeter College.

February 13, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


A spoon full of garbage

What would you do for a heaping helping of sweet, tasty - garbage?

February 13, 2008 | Robby Byrd | Archives


I-20 on ramp from Alcovy Road to close temporarily

The Georgia Department of Transportation has announced the I-20 westbound on-ramp from Alcovy Road in Newton County will be closed, weather permitting, to traffic from 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. on Thursday Feb. 14.

February 13, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives


In opposition to recent column

Dear Editor: I have been "wrestling" with Mr. Harwell's columns from time to time. I realize that his articles reflect his opinions, and they are thought provoking ones. But he also states disturbing "facts" to his readers that I question. I would be interested in knowing where the data was obtained that led Mr. Harwell to state in the Feb. 3 edition of The Covington News that, "The majority of people in this county who send their kids to public schools are renters, and the majority of those kids come from the lower segments of our society." Just what ...

February 13, 2008 | Beverly Copeland | Archives


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