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Newton shines at state FFA Convention

Eighty-six Newton County FFA members recently attended the Georgia FFA State Convention in Macon. FFA members received numerous accolades while in attendance.

May 28, 2017 | Staff Report | Agriculture


Newton County Jail Log: May 24

Gayla Dalyn Atkins, 47, Oxford, May 22, theft by receiving stolen property

May 27, 2017 | Staff Report | Crime


MMCC announces upcoming concerts for the 15th annual Madison Chamber Music Festival

MADISON, Ga. - The 15th annual Madison Chamber Music Festival would like to present its upcoming concerts this June with nationally-esteemed performers in a variety of ...

May 25, 2017 | Staff Report | Living


Tommy Coker

Tommy Coker, age 76, of Social Circle, died on May 21, 2017. He was born in Monroe, GA on April 13, 1941 to the late ...

May 24, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries


Piedmont Academy students present ‘The Shaggy Raggy’

MONTICELLO, Ga. - Piedmont Academy's K-3 class has been very busy. Teacher, Mrs. Mary Ramsdell and the students have been working together to design and ...

May 24, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


Piedmont Academy celebrates graduating kindergartners

MONTICELLO, Ga. - Piedmont Academy held its Kindergarten commencement ceremony at the Cougar Gymnasium May 16.

May 24, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


GBI Child Fatality Review Unit releases suicide data

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation's Child Fatality Review Unit is releasing 2017 data on youth suicides. So far in 2017, 18 children have reportedly ...

May 23, 2017 | Staff Report | State


Fall 2017 White House Internship Program application open

The Fall 2017 White House Internship Program application is now open.

May 23, 2017 | Staff Report | State


Smith Receives Municipal Revenue Administration Certificate

COVINGTON, Ga. - Covington Finance Director Randy Smith received a Municipal Revenue Administration Certificate from the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA). The certificate was presented to Smith ...

May 23, 2017 | Staff Report | Covington


Samuel Burney Hay, Jr.

Samuel Burney Hay, Jr. was born in Opelika, Alabama in 1932, the third child and only son of Frances Dearing Hay of Covington, and the ...

May 22, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries


Truman Ray Boyd

Truman Ray Boyd, aged 71, of Fayetteville, passed away May 19, 2017 from Parkinson's.

May 22, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries


Oxford men's tennis wins third straight national title

PLANO, TX – In the 2017 NJCAA Division III Men's Championship, Oxford Emory (GA) tallied 27.5 points to win its third national championship in ...

May 21, 2017 | Staff Report | Oxford College


Letters: The old 'double standard' is alive and well

Dear Editor,

May 21, 2017 | Staff Report | Letters


Our Thoughts: Congratulations Class of 2017

Graduation is a significant milestone in a young person's life. It is the closing of one chapter and the beginning of another.

May 21, 2017 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Letters: Thank you, Pastor Payne

Dear Editor,

May 21, 2017 | Staff Report | Letters


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Newton County Jail Log: May 17

Terry Lee Aikens, 53, Covington, May 10, knowingly driving motor vehicle on suspended, canceled or revoked registration, no seat belts, possession of less than an ounce of marijuana, possession of a schedule II controlled substance

May 20, 2017 | Staff Report | Crime


A look at how far Social Circle girls soccer has come

Special to The Covington News

May 18, 2017 | Staff Report | Sports


Memorial Day Holiday closures restricted

TENNILLE, Ga. - To ease Memorial Day weekend traffic congestion, the Georgia Department of Transportation is suspending construction-related lane closures from noon Friday, May 26 through 5 a.m. Tuesday, May 30 on interstates and also state routes that directly serve major tourist and recreation centers.

May 18, 2017 | Staff Report | State


Chamber hires new Main Street Director

COVINGTON, Ga. – The Covington/Newton County Chamber of Commerce announced today that Lauren Singleton has been hired as the new Main Street Director.

May 18, 2017 | Staff Report | Local


Mary Esther Harvey McGinty Hays

Mary Esther Harvey McGinty Hays, age 95, passed away Monday, May 15 at Piedmont Newton Hospital in Covington.

May 16, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries


DDS motorcycle safety program urges motorists to share the road for Motorcycle Safety Awareness Mont

May 1 officially kicked off Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, an initiative by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). During Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month – and during the rest of the year - The Georgia Motorcycle Safety Program (GMSP) and the Department of Driver Services (DDS) are reminding all motorists to safely "Share the Road" with motorcycles, and to be extra alert to keep motorcyclists safe.

May 16, 2017 | Staff Report | State


Kemp: New record set for annual business registrations filed in Georgia

Secretary of State Brian Kemp announced a new Georgia record in the Corporations Division. During this year's annual registration season from January 1 to April 4, staff processed an all-time high of 588,427 annual business registrations, up from the previous record of 532,062 registrations in 2016, in the Peach State. Kemp attributes this success to the office's eCorp platform, rolled out in 2015 as a user-friendly and easily navigable interface for electronic filings.

May 16, 2017 | Staff Report | State


GBI issues synthetic opioids alert

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) is issuing a public safety alert regarding illegal synthetic opioids. In the last four months, 17 deaths have been caused by the drugs U-47700 and/or furanyl fentanyl, equal to the number for all of 2016. U-47700 and furanyl fentanyl are both Schedule I drugs and used in the same manner as heroin. Schedule I drugs have a high potential for abuse and no currently accepted medical treatment use in the United States. The drugs are distributed in either powder or tablet form.

May 16, 2017 | Staff Report | State


Marty Holder

Marty Holder, of Barnesville, passed away Saturday, May 13, 2017, at 67 years of age. Mr. Holder served in the United States Army and was retired from General Mills. In addition to spending time with his family, he also enjoyed fishing and running. Mr. Holder would fish anywhere he could take his fishing pole. Over the course of many years, he participated in numerous races, but was most proud of taking part in the Peachtree Road Race for 14 consecutive years. Mr. Holder's other hobbies included working outside and riding his tractor. Working together on the farm they recently ...

May 15, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries


Hice congratulates Galloway

MONTICELLO, Ga. - On Tuesday, May 9, Congressman Jody Hice (GA-10) hosted a signing ceremony for Wyatt Galloway, whom he nominated for a prestigious appointment to the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Wyatt, the son of Brent and Beth Galloway, is a senior at Piedmont Academy. Each year, Hice nominates candidates for appointment to the United States Air Force, Naval, Military, and Merchant Marine academies. These institutions prepare college-age Americans to be officers of the United States uniformed services.

May 14, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


Columbus Regional in Exclusive Negotiations with Piedmont Healthcare

Monday, Columbus Regional Health and Piedmont Healthcare signed a Letter of Intent, initiating an exclusive negotiation period between the two organizations. Should the negotiations prove successful, Columbus Regional will become Piedmont's regional "hub" for clinical services in Southwest Georgia.

May 14, 2017 | Staff Report | Health


Piedmont Newton Now Offers 3-D Mammograms

Piedmont Newton Hospital now offers 3-D breast imaging technology. The tomosynthesis 3-dimensional imaging units take better images of the breast interior, decreasing the number of "false positive" diagnoses and increasing the chances of early detection of cancer.

May 14, 2017 | Staff Report | Health


CFD donates to Piedmont Newton Hope Boutique

COVINGTON, Ga. - Piedmont Newton Hope Boutique receives a generous $564 donation from the Covington Fire Department. The Hope Boutique, opened in 2006 with the help of the American Cancer Society, provides resources and services to local and distant cancer survivors, including wigs, prostheses, turbans, drain bags and protective pillows and lap blankets. Thank you to the Covington Fire Department for the gift! For more information about the Hope Boutique, visit piedmont.org/volunteers/piedmont-newton/piedmont-newton-hope-boutique. Pictured left to right is Elisa Graham, Piedmont Newton Women's Diagnostic mammography technician, Ezra Griffith, Covington Fire Department fireman, Stoney Bowels, Covington Fire Department ...

May 14, 2017 | Staff Report | Health


Sweet ride

COVINGTON, Ga. - Golden State Foods (GSF) Foundation joined forces with Alcovy Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) to provide local foster children with bikes May 13. Covington Police Department (CPD) was also part of the event, helping the children put the pieces of their bikes together and teach bike safety. After the bikes were built and the helmets fastened, the children rode to Scoops in downtown Covington for ice cream, provided by the GSF Foundation. For more information on GSF Foundation, visit http://www.gsffoundation.org/.

May 14, 2017 | Staff Report | Living


Birth announcement: Jaxon Lanier Walden

Timothy and Kimberly Walden, of Covington, announce the birth of their son.

May 14, 2017 | Staff Report | Announcments


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