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Registration for Newton County Art Association dance and music programs is open

Register before July 1 for one or more of five music and dance programs offered for the 2016 through 2017 year and the Newton County ...

June 21, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Youth charged with murder of Covington man found on Lower River Road

The Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) charged a 16-year-old Covington youth with murder of Enrique Ramirez Trejo of Covington.

June 20, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Greg Hickman

Raymond Gregory "Greg" Hickman, 66 of Monroe, died on June 18, 2016. Greg was born in Tifton on June 30, 1949, to the late Marguerite ...

June 20, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Man’s body found on side of road in Covington

The Newton County Sheriff's Office is investigating a possible homicide after finding a man's body on Lower River Road Sunday morning, according to ...

June 19, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Deal names Eastside one of state’s ‘greatest gains’ schools

Gov. Nathan Deal along with the Governor's Office of Student Achievement (GOSA) announced that Eastside High School has received a Gold Level Greatest Gains ...

June 19, 2016 | Staff Report | Education


Letter: What can we do?

Dear Editor,

June 19, 2016 | Staff Report | Letters


Our Thoughts: Reflect this Father’s Day

The world is a hectic place. Emails follow us home on our phones, communications from others are just 240 characters and a Tweet away and ...

June 19, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Neal Harris

Neal Harris, 85, of Covington, passed away Thursday, June 16, 2016. Harris retired from the Army National Guard after 35 years, where he worked as ...

June 17, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Louise Fraser Cook

Louise Fraser Cook, age 96, passed away on June 15, 2016. Louise was born in and grew up in Atlanta, GA. She attended North Avenue ...

June 16, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Newton County Jail Log: June 15

Austin Hunter Adams, 19, Covington, June 14, Willful obstruction of law enforcement officers-misdemeanor, giving false name, address, or birthdate to law enforcement officer

June 16, 2016 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log


Summer Concert Series: Sensational Sounds of Motown

Downtown Covington Summer Concert Series started Friday night with the Sensational Sounds of Motown. A lively crowd turned out to dance the night away.

June 13, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Photos: 18th annual Creative Kids Camp

A fantastic week of creativity took place at the 18th annual Creative Kids Camp. Campers learned about orchestras, studied artist Vincent Van Gogh and created ...

June 13, 2016 | Staff Report | Education


Photos: Kids participate in British soccer camp

Challenger Sports offers a range of soccer camps and clinics throughout the year, including the British Soccer Camp that took place this past week at ...

June 13, 2016 | Staff Report | Recreation


Social hosting and how it affects Newton County’s future

Recently, we published an article entitled, "Social Hosting 101: Part 1." In the first article of this four-segment series, we gave an overview about what ...

June 12, 2016 | Staff Report | Health


First Lady Deal visits STRIVE Clubhouse

Georgia's First Lady Sandra Deal and Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) Commissioner Frank Berry recently toured View Point Health's STRIVE ...

June 12, 2016 | Staff Report | Health


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Dennis Hyde

Dennis Hyde of Mansfield passed away May 20, 2016, at the age of 59. Dennis was a member of Gaithers United Methodist Church, where he served as a trustee, on the finance committee and helped with the worship music. He owned and operated D&D Septic Tank Services from 1980-1988, and D&J's Trenching Services since 1992. A kind and forgiving man, he had a great sense of humor and was very business savvy. Dennis was a visionary with an excellent imagination. A loving and wonderful husband, father, grandfather and brother, he will be dearly missed by all who ...

May 23, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Jeff Hall

Jeff Hall, 58 of Covington, passed away May 20, 2016. Jeff was a 1976 graduate of Newton County High School. He was employed by Lithonia Lighting for more than 15 years, prior to doing military contractor work for 12 years. Jeff was a hard-worker, and he loved the Georgia Bulldogs. A dedicated father and loving brother, he will surely be missed by all who knew and loved him. He was preceded in death by his parents, Omer and Virginia Martin Hall; and brother, Mickey Hall.

May 23, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Our Thoughts: The future begins now

When Newton County residents open The Covington News 20 years from now what will they see?

May 22, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Marty Kindle

Marty Kindle, 35, of Covington, passed away May 18, 2016. A very charismatic man with a wonderful sense of humor, Marty was well known for giving nicknames to everyone. Marty was very hard working, never met a stranger and would help anyone in need. Devoted to his children, he enjoyed attending their sporting events and especially loved to coach the girls' softball team. Marty was a loving husband, father, son, brother and uncle. He will surely be missed by all who knew and loved him. Preceding him in death were his parents, P.J. and Phyllis Kindle.

May 20, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


NCSS will not administer Georgia Milestones retests

Newton County School System (NCSS) will not administer retests for Georgia Milestones End of Grade assessments.

May 20, 2016 | Staff Report | Education


‘Every Body Walk Newton’ series continues through June

Newton Trails' Wednesday walk series, "Every Body Walk Newton," will begin on Wednesday, May 18 on the Eastside High School end of Eastside Trail at 6 p.m.

May 19, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Vigil to be held for postal carrier killed over weekend

Fellow postal workers, friends and family held a candlelight vigil for Hillary Hicks Wednesday at the Post Office Annex at 10721 ByPass Road in Covington on Wednesday.

May 19, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County Jail Log: May 18

Jessica Deon Allen, 32, Covington, May 12, back for court

May 18, 2016 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log


US intelligence: Foreign hackers spying on campaigns

WASHINGTON (AP) - The United States sees evidence that hackers, possibly working for foreign governments, are snooping on the presidential candidates, the nation's intelligence chief said Wednesday. Government officials are working with the campaigns to tighten security as the race for the White House intensifies.

May 18, 2016 | Staff Report | NATION/WORLD


Action Ministries offers training for Smart Lunch Smart Kid program

With the school year coming to an end, the Smart Lunch Smart Kid program is setting up sites throughout the county. So far, lunch sites are being set up in downtown Porterdale, at Covington Mill United Methodist Church and Allen Memorial United Methodist Church in Oxford. A mobile unit will serve at least one mobile trailer park on Highway 36, and Action Ministries is partnering with the summer feeding program at Bethlehem Baptist Church.

May 17, 2016 | Staff Report | Mailchimp Today's Headlines


Charlene Jacqueline Haggard Bell

Charlene Jacqueline Haggard Bell, 82 of Covington passed away May 14, 2016. Charlene was born August 2, 1933, at 10 Poplar Street, Porterdale. She moved to Covington in 1943, where she attended elementary school and Newton County High School. Charlene married Richard Bell in 1954. Richard was a graduate of Emory at Oxford College. During the time they lived in Cartersville she attended Coosa Valley Technical College in Rome. They lived for 11 years in North Canton, Ohio, where Richard was an executive with Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company in Akron, Ohio. Charlene was a faithful member of Covington First ...

May 17, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Johnny Roberts

Johnny Roberts of Covington passed away May 12, 2016, at the age of 61. Johnny cherished the time spent with his daughter, Jana, going to the mountains and on vacations. He enjoyed reading, studying history and going fishing. In addition, he loved to be outside exploring nature. Johnny had a heart for children and God's creation, and he contributed to numerous charities. A hard worker, with an incredible work ethic, he would often work holidays so others could be off with their families. A loving father, brother and uncle, he will surely be missed by all who knew and ...

May 17, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


AT&T gives to Arts Association of Newton County

The Arts Association of Newton County was presented with a $5,000 check from AT&T to support Independence on the Square.

May 16, 2016 | Staff Report | Mailchimp Today's Headlines


Judge Horace J. Johnson, Jr., named President of Council of Superior Court Judges

Alcovy Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge Horace J. Johnson, Jr. became president of the Council of Superior Court Judges on May 1. Judge Johnson will serve as president through April 30.

May 15, 2016 | Staff Report | Mailchimp Today's Headlines


Our Thoughts: Something to talk about

This was quite the week for our Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC).

May 15, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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