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Mrs. Marcene Phillips

Marcene Phillips, 69, of Covington, passed away Feb. 24, 2014. Marcene enjoyed crocheting, traveling to the beach and the mountains, and playing golf with her husband, Dwight. She had an adventurous, outgoing and encouraging spirit, and was the glue that held her family together. Marcene cherished the time spent with her family, and will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved her. She was preceded in death by her parents, Papa Mac and Mama Mac.

February 25, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Gary Carl Martin

Gary Carl Martin, 52, of Covington, died Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014. Gary served in the United States Air Force and he was once employed at Walker Harris Chrysler dealership as a service adviser, until he became disabled.

February 25, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Howard Spearman Haralson

Howard Spearman Haralson, of Covington, passed away Feb. 24, 2014, at the age of 96. Spearman, as he was known to most, was a faithful member of the First Baptist Church of Covington for 66 years. In the 1950s he owned and operated his own grocery store, Haralson's Grocery, which was located in town between the bus station and Tri City Cleaners. Spearman closed the grocery store in 1972, to join his wife, Grace, in their family business, Haralson Florist. Together they built a business with a reputation for doing more than expected. They went above and beyond to ...

February 25, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


20-year-old killed in fiery car crash

A fatal single-vehicle crash killed a 20-year-old Covington man and sent two others to the hospital.

February 24, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Ty Reed Golf Classic to be in May

The annual Ty Reed Golf Classic is approaching.

February 22, 2014 | Staff Report | SPORTS


Families encouraged to apply for farm awards

Even though most Georgians are several generations removed from their family farm, many can trace their family history back to a farm and even still have relatives farming the family home place.

February 22, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton couple serving on Young Farmer committee

Newton County Farm Bureau members B.J. and Kaci Marks of Covington are serving on the Georgia Farm Bureau Young Farmer Committee for 2014.

February 22, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


BOC to decide

It looks like the BOC is going to sit down and decide soon if we are going to operate under a county manager form of government, or if we'll have a government run by the chairman of the BOC.

February 22, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Good news

The announcement that a major department store, Ross, is planning to open up shop in Covington gives great hope to a community that has been suffering through a major economic slump for the past five years.

February 22, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


County attorney faces citizen's ire

Dear Editor,

February 22, 2014 | Staff Report | Letters


Tigers top Eagles in rivalry match

The current group of Eastside senior baseball players had never lost a varsity game to the Alcovy Tigers during their time in high school, that is, until Friday night.

February 22, 2014 | Miles Steele | Alcovy


Spring roundup: Eagles drop opener

The 2014 version of the Eastside High School baseball team traveled across town Wednesday night, opening its season against Newton High School.

February 22, 2014 | Miles Steele | Eastside


NCSO seeks missing teen

The Newton County Sheriff's Office is actively seeking the assistance of the public in locating runaway juvenile, Amani McNeal.

February 21, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Chamber's eco. dev. office in transition

(Covington, GA), February 20, 2014 – The Newton County Chamber of Commerce announced today that Dave Bernd has been named as Vice President of Economic Development.

February 21, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Puzzled at public park

Dear Editor,

February 20, 2014 | Staff Report | Letters


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Newton County jail log

Joy Angelique Savage-Moore, 41, 13481 Windsong Drive, Gulfport, Miss., Feb. 3. Probation.

February 15, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Famed sculptor Ike Hay dies

Ike Hay Jr., whose father, Isaac Kline Hay, along with brothers Sam M. Hay Jr. and W. Thomas Hay, was born in the old jail in Newton County, died Friday of an undiagnosed lung disorder at his home in Lancaster, Pa.

February 15, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Mr. Brandon Gay

Brandon Gay, of Social Circle, passed away Feb. 13, 2014, at the age of 28. Brandon was a 2004 graduate of Eastside High, and was an avid Michigan Wolverines fan. He loved traveling, especially to Panama City Beach and Hawaii, and enjoyed snorkeling, scuba diving and other water sports. Brandon cherished his family dearly, and enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He was preceded in death by his mother, Susan Ivey Gay; maternal grandfather, William David Ivey; and his paternal grandfather, William Saunders Gay.

February 15, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Donna Dodd Ayers

Donna Dodd Ayer, 74, of Cartersville passed away on Saturday, February 15, 2014, at Cartersville Medical Center.

February 15, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Theme School team dances to victories

Newton County Theme School's new dance team has been making strides in its first season.

February 15, 2014 | Staff Report | Education


Letter to the editor: Quick action averts tragedy

Dear Editor,

February 15, 2014 | Staff Report | Letters


Betty Faith Jaynes

Not only did our community lose a legend this past week, but females everywhere, from infants to adults, will forever owe a few of their freedoms to Betty Faith Jaynes.

February 15, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Mr. Richard Larry Tanner

Richard Larry "Gran-paw Tater" Tanner, age 64, of White Plains, Ga., passed away on Wednesday, February 12, 2014. Richard was born in Buckhead, Ga., on Dec. 6, 1949. He was the oldest of nine children born to the late Gordon Arlin Tanner and Ina Ellen Burchard Tanner. He was a 1968 graduate of Newton County High School and married Carolyn Ann Mentel on Oct. 24, 1970.

February 15, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Delivery on its way to Highway 36

The Covington News was able to deliver most papers for the Friday edition Thursday night.

February 14, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Jack N. Kitchens

Jack N. Kitchens, of Covington, passed away Feb. 10, 2014, at the age of 77. Mr. Kitchens, a retired U.S. Army veteran, proudly served his country during both the Korean and Vietnam wars. During his 24 years in service, he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (three times), the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, and many others. He was a 1954 graduate of Newton High, and faithful member of Pine Grove Presbyterian Church. Mr. Kitchens was an avid golfer and enjoyed ceramics and reading. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle and friend ...

February 13, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Celebrating compromise

The Covington Planning Commission met this past week to discuss whether to allow a zoning change for the iconic Twelve Oaks Bed and Breakfast so that owner Nicole Greer would be able to host weddings and other functions.

February 13, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Letter to the editor

Dear Editor,

February 13, 2014 | Staff Report | Letters


No school for students Friday

School has been canceled for students Friday.

February 13, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County schools closed Friday

Newton County Schools will be closed to students Friday.

February 13, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Through your lens

Here are some pictures submitted by readers to news@covnews.com or through our Facebook page facebook.com/covnews.

February 13, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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