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Changing lives: Grace United Methodist Church

Newly appointed Pastor George Lanier shares the rich history of Grace United Methodist Church. Grace Methodist has been a part of the Covington community for more than 150 years. A predominately African American church Grace United Methodist knows what it takes to survive in the 21st century church.

November 01, 2014 | Rasheera Dopson-Robinson | RELIGION


Angler of the Year four times in a row

Not one, not two, not three, not – yeah four. For four years straight from 2010-2013, Newton County Deputy Sheriff Darrell Anders has won Angler of the Year (A.O.Y) award.

November 01, 2014 | Staff Report | Recreation


Standing in the Hall of Fame

The Georgia USSSA Slow-Pitch Softball Hall of Fame held its 2014 Induction Ceremony at the Turner Lakes facility in Covington, Georgia on Saturday, October 25, 2014. The following individuals and organizations were inducted:

November 01, 2014 | Staff Report | Recreation


Some Sunday thoughts

"Let each citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote that he is not making a present or a compliment to please an individual - or at least that he ought not so to do; but that he is executing one of the most solemn trusts in human society for which he is accountable to God and his country."

November 01, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Dear Fellow Covingtonians,

Have you ever felt like you were in a movie? Meaning that everything was so perfect that it couldn't actually be really happening? Halloween in Covington is like that.

November 01, 2014 | Staff Report | Letters


Mrs. Sharon Diane McKibben

On September 24, 1956, the late Mr. Clifford McKibben Jr. and Annie Lois Sims McKibben were blessed with the birth of a beautiful baby girl, Sharon Diane McKibben. She was the fourth child out of nine children. Sharon received her education in the Newton County School System and graduated in the year 1974.

November 01, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Dorothy Virginia Millsop Miller

Dorothy Virginia Millsop Miller of Grove City, Pennsylvania passed away at Merryvale Assisted Living Facility in Oxfored, Georgia on Sept. 10, 2014, following a long bout with Alzheimer's disease. She was 96.

November 01, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. John Stark

John A. Stark of Covington, passed away October 30, 2014, at the age of 85. Mr. Stark was an active member of the First Baptist Church in Covington, where he faithfully taught Sunday school for several years. He was raised in Lawrenceville by his parents, Hope and Evelyn Stark. When his high school burned, he attended Emory at Oxford and North Georgia College. Mr. Stark graduated from the United States Naval Academy, in 1951, and served as a carrier pilot for the U.S. Navy. He later retired from the reserves as a Lieutenant Commander. After his active duty service ...

November 01, 2014 | Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home | OBITS


Autumn named queen on Halloween

Autumn Evans was named Alcovy High School's 2014 Homecoming Queen Friday.

November 01, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Black Cat store owner wanted for felony probation violation

The co-owner of the Black Cat Curio Co., a New Orleans style voodoo store in Olde Town Conyers, is wanted for felony probation violation out of Floyd County, Georgia.

November 01, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Fall Festival, car show at CrossRoads

CrossRoads Baptist Church , in Social Circle, is holding its 10th Annual Community Fall Festival tonight from 6-8 p.m.

October 31, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSS graduation rates top rest of Ga.

Graduation rates, released Thursday, show the Newton County School System is four percentage points higher than the rest of the state's average.

October 30, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Brief standoff ends with kidnapping suspect in custody

A standoff with a kidnapping suspect barricaded in a Conyers motel ended peacefully after the suspect gave himself up Wednesday around 5 p.m.

October 29, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County Jail Log

Stephanie Marie Abercrombie, 36, Covington, Oct 16, Parole Violation

October 29, 2014 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log


High Museum director to step down

The High Museum of Art announced Wednesday that Michael E. Shapiro, the Museum's Nancy and Holcombe T. Green, Jr. Director since 2000, will leave the position next year, after 15 years as director.

October 29, 2014 | Staff Report | STATE


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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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