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Our Thoughts: Audit, citizenry can be a tool for change

For those who even just pay casual attention to their local government, this week brought some big news to Newton County.

December 04, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

The Pride of Eastside performs in Hollywood Christmas Parade

The Pride of Eastside Marching Band joined the likes of Larry King, Olivia Newton-John and Bill Engvall this past weekend, during the 85th Annual Hollywood ...

December 02, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Newton County Jail Log: Dec. 1

Chester Thomas Akins Jr., Covington, Nov. 28, hold for other agency (Banks County), hold for other agency (Cherokee County), theft by receiving stolen property

December 01, 2016 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log

Judge Wynne to hear Georgia Supreme Court case

Superior Court Judge W. Kendall Wynne, Jr.of the Alcovy Judicial Circuit has been designated to serve in place of Justice Carol Hunstein in the ...

December 01, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Turning Back the Pages - November 23- November 27

This week The Covington News is only turning back our pages to five years ago to see how far we have, or have not come ...

November 30, 2016 | Staff Report | Turning Back the Pages

Southern Folk Advent Service scheduled

The Sonny Houston Bluegrass Band will provide bluegrass-Gospel music and preacher-scholar Jason Byassee will speak at Meridian Herald's 24nd annual Southern Folk Advent Service ...

November 29, 2016 | Staff Report | LIVING

Johnny Hammond “Santa Johnny”

Johnny Hammond, of Mansfield, affectionately known as "Santa Johnny," passed away November 27, 2016, at 74 years of age. After retiring from AT&T, he ...

November 29, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

James ‘Bill’ Clay

Loving father and grandfather, James "Bill" Clay, 73, of Covington, passed away November 26, 2016. Clay was born in Decatur to the late James and ...

November 28, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

Charles H “C.H.” Berry Jr.

Charles H. "C.H." Berry, Jr. of Covington, age 92, passed away November 26, 2016, at his home in Almon surrounded by his family. Mr ...

November 26, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

Piedmont Academy FFA team places in area Farm Business Management career development event

The Piedmont Academy FFA Farm Business Management Team recently placed third in the Area 3 FFA Farm Business Management Career Development Event held on Nov ...

November 26, 2016 | Staff Report | Agriculture

Elizabeth Florine “Sister” Womack

Elizabeth Florine "Sister" Womack, age 74, passed away Friday, November 25, 2016. She was born in Covington to the late Tommy Lee and Florine Fuller ...

November 26, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

Newton County Jail Log: Nov. 23

Bryan Howard Allen, 33, Covington, Nov. 18, probation violation

November 23, 2016 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log

Rachel Patrick Wilson

Rachel Patrick Wilson, 76, of Lawrenceville, passed away on Tuesday, November 22, 2016. She is preceded in death by her father, Brantley Patrick and mother ...

November 23, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

NCSO tracks down hot vehicle

The westbound lanes of Interstate 20 were briefly shut down Nov. 23 while fire department personnel extinguished the flames of a stolen vehicle, according to ...

November 23, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Chimney Park hosts 10th Annual Twilights Dec. 4

Chimney Park, "a park with heart", will once again host Twilights, the annual festival of lights held the first Sunday in December. This year marks ...

November 23, 2016 | Staff Report | LIVING

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Jay's Recycling still operating?

Despite an order by the Newton County Superior Court to cease its operation, a scrap metal yard on Roseberry Road appears to still be in business.

January 20, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

Boy struck by school bus

A 9-year-old boy was struck by a school bus on Plum Orchard Drive while on his way to school early Friday morning.

January 20, 2008 | Tyler Smith | Archives

Ezell throws hat into county sheriff's race

The Democratic Party has its first candidate for Newton County Sheriff after Lt. Ezell Brown officially announced his intentions to run for the soon to be vacated position.

January 20, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives

Volunteers to tackle church cleanup

The Graves Chapel Cemetery will receive a much needed facelift Monday when Hands on Newton hosts a cleanup of the historic cemetery.

January 20, 2008 | Tyler Smith | Archives

Long-time resident keeping busy

Louise Strickland stays busy whether it's through her membership in Covington social clubs or keeping pet rabbits for her grandchildren.

January 20, 2008 | Jennifer Long | Archives

King celebration today

The citizens of Newton County will celebrate the 79th birthday and 23rd national observance honoring the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in an ecumenical service to be held at 3 p.m. today in the Porter Auditorium, Newton County High School.

January 20, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives

Hoops: Newton sweeps Lithonia

Before a sparse home crowd on account of the holiday weekend, the Newton basketball program swept Lithonia in a critical region matchup.

January 20, 2008 | Jason Murdock | Archives

Hoops: Rockdale sweeps Alcovy

After huge wins over crosstown rival Eastside on Tuesday, both the Alcovy boys and girls squads were unable to carry the momentum into Friday night's matchup against Rockdale County.

January 20, 2008 | Brian Harper | Archives

Eastside wrestling advances to state finals

MACON - The parents and boosters from Eastside High School were cheering and screaming the loudest at the Macon Coliseum, as their wrestling team made history Friday night.

January 20, 2008 | Eric McDonald | Archives

Manning's success will rely on fellow receivers

By Tom Canavan

January 20, 2008 | Associated Press | Archives

County commissioners push for pay raise

A proposal to raise county commissioner salaries touched off a spirited debate among the commissioners at Tuesday night's Board of Commissioner's meeting with three commissioners coming down hard against the proposed salary increase.

January 18, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


A pillar of the community for many years, Sam B. Hay Jr.'s calm and steady presence on the Board of Education in the 1960s was instrumental in setting the tone for a peaceful integration of the county's school system.

January 18, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

A Clash of beliefs: Christianity, Islam and judgement

I was surfing the internet the other day (something I don't normally do) and was surprised to come across some of my articles posted on a discussion site of another religion.

January 18, 2008 | John Pearrell | Archives

Want to hear a secret?

I don't think I've ever heard of anyone saying "no" to the above question. We like knowing the secrets.

January 18, 2008 | The Rev. Jonathan E. Scharf | Archives

Following Jesus

From the beginning of his ministry, Jesus defined discipleship in terms of following him. The word disciple means student, learner or follower. Simply stated, to be a Christian is to follow Jesus.

January 18, 2008 | The Rev. Wayne Rutherford | Archives

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