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Marguerite Mobley Johnson

Marguerite Mobley Johnson passed away November 8, 2014 at Serenity Hospice in Dublin, GA. Born April 9, 1932, the middle daughter of Lucy and Audley Mobley of Covington, she married Fred Lanier Johnson in 1949.

November 11, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Doris M. Stubbs

Mrs. Doris M. Stubbs, age 90, of Covington passed away November 10, 2014. She was born July 5, 1924 in McDonough, Georgia to the late Hugh and Florrie Martin. Mrs., Stubbs was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She enjoyed traveling and was an avid reader however her granddaughters and her family were her world. A Methodist by faith she was a longtime member of Lovejoy United Methodist Church. Mrs. Stubbs was preceded in death by her husband Ed Stubbs in 1980. She is survived by her daughter Phyllis Seago and her husband David of Suwanee, her granddaughters ...

November 10, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Hilma Harwell

Mrs. Hilma D. Harwell, age 92, of Covington passed away Saturday, November 8, 2014. She was born April 29, 1922 in Dawson, Georgia to the late Edward and Jeffie Daniel. Mrs. Harwell was a longtime member of the Covington First United Methodist Church. She enjoyed needlework and was a den mother for her sons Cub Scout troop. A loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, Mrs. Harwell was a Georgia Bulldog and a Georgia Tech fan supporting her son and her grandson's Alma Maters. Mrs. Harwell was preceded in death by her husband Mr. Fred M. Harwell, Sr. and ...

November 09, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Thank you

"Regard your soldiers as your children, and they will follow you into the deepest valleys. Look on them as your own beloved sons, and they will stand by you even unto death!"

November 08, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Remember for Veteran's Day

In a story found on covnews.com, "A Veteran's Story" writer Pete Mecca details what it was like when he returned home from his service in the Vietnam War in 1970.

November 08, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


To Jack Harwell

Jack Harwell is Covington, Georgia - Covington, Georgia, is Jack Harwell.

November 08, 2014 | Staff Report | Letters


Mary Elizabeth Hopkins

Mary Elizabeth Hopkins, age 21, of Covington passed away Friday, November 7, 2014. She was born March 31, 1993 in Covington to Mike and Kelli Kirkley Hopkins. Mary Elizabeth was born with Mitochondrial Disease and was expected to be here with us for 3 years; however, she shined that contagious smile for 21 years. Described by her parents as a loving, gentle soul with a passion for life, she would often help Pastor Rob preach and pray while at church. Mary Elizabeth loved to sing, her family could listen to her sing sometimes throughout the night. She was preceded in ...

November 08, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mary Ann Webster

Mrs. Mary Ann Webster, age 81, of Newborn passed away November 6, 2014. She was born June 22, 1933 in Lewisburg, Tennessee to the late Howard and Nellie Austin Earonhart. Mrs. Webster was an amazing wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother who loved spending time with her family and friends. She was a member of the Covington Church of Christ. Mrs. Webster enjoyed sewing and cooking and shared that passion with her family. She is survived by her husband Weldon Webster, her children; Johnny Webster and his wife Patty, Donnie Webster and his wife Terri, and Fay White and her ...

November 06, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Bill Mayhue

Bill Mayhue of Covington, passed away November 5, 2014, at the age of 76. He was a veteran of the United States Navy, and enjoyed spending time outdoors, fishing and cooking for his friends. He never met a stranger and was always willing to help anyone in need. He was loved by many, and will be greatly missed by his family and friends that he cherished so dearly. Bill was preceded in death by his parents, John and Anne Lee Mayhue; sister, Dorothy Proctor; and his brother, Bunnia Mayhue.

November 06, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


BOC: Bear Creek Res Work Session

November 05, 2014 | Staff Report | BOC


Jody Hice wins seat in U.S. House

Jody Hice will represent District 10 in the Hosue of Representatives.

November 04, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Ram royalty

Jacquila Butler was named Newton High Schools 2014-15 Homecoming Queen Oct 3. The king is Jessie Haynes.

November 04, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Early release for NCSS Friday

All Newton County public schools will release students early on Friday, November 7 for teacher professional learning

November 04, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Election Results and Interviews Live Stream

Live streaming coverage of Election Day 2014 from Newton County's Board of Election conference room.

November 04, 2014 | Staff Report | Election


BOC Live Stream November 3rd, 2014

Nov. 3 Agenda

November 03, 2014 | Staff Report | BOC


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Our Thoughts: Manners

It's become common for Newton County residents to see roads blocked off with filming equipment and tents set up hosting production company personnel, or to turn on their televisions and see the Covington Historic Courthouse or other familiar homegrown sights.

September 27, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


GPC named Military Friendly School

For the fourth year in a row, Georgia Perimeter College has earned the Military Friendly School designation from GI Jobs.com. The label reflects the college's efforts to provide educational opportunities to U.S. veterans, active-duty troops and their families. The 2015 Military Friendly Schools list was released Sept. 23 and can be found at militaryfriendlyschools.com.

September 27, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Cars of the Past come to Covington

Hot Rods will line the streets of the Covington Square once again, all in an effort to help Newton County children in need this Christmas.

September 27, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington student completes internship

Olivia Martzell of Covington, a Northwestern State University student studying mass communications, was nominated for two awards for a multimedia package she produced during an internship in Italy last summer. Martzell wrote, shot, edited and produced a package that was nominated for best story in the multimedia category and best overall photography, which she won.

September 27, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


New arrivals

Evelyn Claire Thelen, Sept. 3, Sara Thelen, Mark Thelen, Covington, 8 pounds, 6 ounces, 21.5 inches.

September 27, 2014 | Staff Report | Births


Mrs. Annelle Townsend

Annelle Townsend, of Oxford, passed away Sept. 26, 2014 at the age of 82. Married to Grady Townsend for 59 years, the couple honeymooned in Daytona, and visited there every year around their anniversary. Mrs. Townsend enjoyed shopping, but most of all she loved being with her family. She was a member of Heritage Hills Baptist Church in Conyers and will be remembered as a great cook – always preparing more than enough. Mrs. Townsend was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Sally Mae Davis; brothers, Buford Davis, R.H. Davis; and sister, Willene Royal.

September 27, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Vera K. Stalvey

Vera K. Stalvey, of Covington, passed away September 26, 2014, at the age of 94. Mrs. Stalvey lived in Rome, GA until she moved to Covington in 1975. She was a member of Covington Church of God in Covington, and a former member or East Rome Church of God, where she taught Sunday School. Mrs. Stalvey enjoyed quilting, crocheting and ceramics, but her focus was being a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, Norwood A. Stalvey; grandsons, Scott Stalvey and Tony Stalvey; great-grandson, Matthew Stalvey; parents, Randy and Mary Louise (Morgan) Wright

September 27, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Opal O'Dell Graves

Funeral services for Opal O'Dell Graves, 91, of Murphy, North Carolina., were held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, at Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church. The Reverends Edward Carter, Fred Lunsford and Jim Ross officiated. Following the service, interment was in the church's cemetery. She died on Monday, September 15, 2014, after an extended illness.

September 27, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Glen Selin

Glen Selin, 56, of Covington passed away Saturday, September 6, 2014. He was born September 16, 1957 in Hearst, Ontario, Canada to the late William and Edna Selin. Glen was a fun loving, hardworking man. He loved life and lived it to the fullest daily. Glen loved to travel and worked for USNR as a project manager where he traveled all over the world. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Covington and enjoyed helping throughout his community; building planter boxes in Porterdale and well houses for friends, he loved every minute of it. Mr. Selin was ...

September 27, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Farm Bureau receives district awards

The Newton County Farm Bureau was recognized recently during the Georgia Farm Bureau's 3rd District Annual Meeting for its outstanding member programs.

September 27, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Peggy Jean Mathis

Peggy Jean Mathis of Covington, passed away September 22, 2014, at the age of 63. Peggy enjoyed drawing, puzzle books and watching soap operas. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was known for her wonderful sense of humor and will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Peggy was preceded in death by her father, John Henry Turner.

September 26, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Elmer 'Mo' Blankenship

Elmer "Mo" Blankenship, Sr. 87, of Oxford, passed away on September 23, 2014 at Newton Medical Center. He was born on May 29, 1927 to the late Mindy Smith Blankenship. Mr. Blankenship was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Covington where he served as a deacon. He served in the US Navy during WWII and was one of the founding members of the Newton County Touchdown Club. Mr. Blankenship was a member of the Golden Fleece Masonic Lodge No. 6, a longtime scout leader and scout master of Troup No. 211 of Oxford. He loved watching his great-grandson ...

September 26, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


U.S. Baseball Academy partners with Newton

U.S. Baseball Academy is pleased to announce the opening of its Covington, GA location and the beginning of registration for its winter/spring program.

September 25, 2014 | Staff Report | Newton


A new chapter

The long history of The Covington News is starting a new chapter in just nine days.

September 25, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Our Thoughts: Curfew

Because we have no place for teens to hang out with their friends, such as a movie theater or a bowling alley, many of our Newton County teenagers visit local cities like Conyers to spend time with friends.

September 25, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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