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Hazardous weather outlook remains in effect

The tornado watch for Newton, Rockdale and surrounding counties has been lifted, but a hazardous weather outlook still remains for Sunday and Sunday evening.

April 19, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Running in the rain

The wet weather didn't dampen spirits for an early morning run to benefit the Covington YMCA Saturday. Racers participated in a 10K, 5K, 1-mile fun run and Trix Tot Trot during the 14th Annual Cheerios Challenge. The event is held annually for people in the community to get out and come together, and be active during the spring time, and it also helps raise funds for YMCA's Why It Matters annual fundraising camping. The campaign is used to help families participate in Y programs that otherwise might not be able to afford it.

April 19, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Heart of a Champion

A full throated roar of victory and more than a few tears erupted as adaptive athlete Michael Mills successfully pulled a 4,000 pound Honda Pilot SUV across more than 330 feet in a wheelchair for a Guinness world record attempt on Saturday. The event, a fundraiser for the Bert's Big Adventure charity for children with terminal illnesses, was held at the Etowah Crossfit's Festivus Games in Woodstock, Ga. Mills team of family, friends, fellow adaptive athletes and supporters, identified as Team "Dirtbags," also carried the flag for non-profits such as More Heart than Scars, for adaptive athletes ...

April 18, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


CMS community based class wins 1st place

The Cousins Middle School Community Based Instruction Class received first place national and state Youth Recognition Awards at both the annual Keep America Beautiful (KAB) National Awards Dinner in Washington, D.C. and the annual Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation (KGBF) State Awards Luncheon in Atlanta. The class was nominated by Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful (KCNB) for its outstanding recycling efforts in our community.

April 18, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Treating weather-related joint pain

Early spring is often marked by wind and rain that precedes the more welcoming warmth synonymous with late spring and summer.

April 18, 2015 | Staff Report | Health


Special called meeting for Hwy. 278 Improvement Association

The Hwy. 278 Improvement Association, Inc. will hold its sixth Board of Directors meeting Friday, April 24 at the Covington/Newton Office of Economic Development.

April 18, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Fairies are returning to Chimney Park May 2

On May 2, Chimney Park will host visitors to the annual Fairy House Festival from 2pm to 5pm. For this one special Saturday in May, the park will host hundreds of fairies, elves, gnomes, and other special creatures to our park where we will have fun activities including the Bubbleman, face painters, a wishing tree, rock painting, a scavenger hunt, fairy wing making, archery, and the Charlie Elliott Birds of Prey. Admission cost is $5 per person; children 2 and under are free.

April 18, 2015 | Staff Report | LIVING


NCSS students win awards at State Science Fair

Newton County School System middle school students brought home several awards from the recent Georgia Science and Engineering Fair (GSEF).

April 18, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Free ribs coming

Shane's Rib Shack in Covington is holding their annual Rib Giveaway on May 16. The first 100 guests at Shane's Rib Shack on that day will receive a free half rack of slow-cooked baby back ribs, a 20-ounce beverage and special edition Rib Giveaway T-shirt in honor of the official month of BBQ.

April 18, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


GPC tuition increasing 2.5 percent

Georgia Perimeter College tuition will increase 2.5 percent for the upcoming academic year.

April 16, 2015 | Staff Report | DIGITAL NEWSPAPER


GPC tuition increasing 2.5 percent

Georgia Perimeter College tuition will increase 2.5 percent for the upcoming academic year.

April 14, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Peachtree Academy shows off new labs

Peachtree Academy showed off its newest addition Tuesday, conducting a tour and ribbon cutting of its new science labs at the Covington campus, located at 14101 Hwy. 278.

April 14, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Monticello St to be Veterans Memorial Hwy

A part of Monticello Street will officially be known as Veterans Memorial Highway starting Tuesday.

April 13, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Mary Will Jolly Carmichael

Mrs. Mary Will Jolly Carmichael, age 94, of Rome, died at a local hospital Sunday April 12, 2015.

April 13, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Sara Stubbs

Ms. Sara B. Stubbs passed away on April 9, 2015. She was born in Newton County on June 16, 1927. She was a lifelong resident of Covington.

April 13, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


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Our thoughts: Election smearing

There has begun a stirring of potential political candidates for the 2016 election, we know this because already there is already a sense of mud being mixed in order to smear folks.

March 22, 2015 | Staff Report | Columnists


County water issues remain “muddy”

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March 21, 2015 | Staff Report | Letters


Newton County Farm Bureau members attend GFB Day at Capitol

Newton County Farm Bureau members traveled to Atlanta, Feb. 19 to participate in Georgia Farm Bureau Day at the Capitol. While at the capitol, members of the Newton County Farm Bureau delegation visited with Representatives Pam Dickerson and Dave Belton. Members of the Newton County Farm Bureau who attended the event included: Brent Galloway, Charles Berry, Chuck Berry, Julius Hays, Lori McCart, and Kevin Mitcham.

March 21, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCFB hosts Chinese delegation

Newton County Farm Bureau hosted a delegation of Chinese feed producers on Jan. 29 attending the International Poultry Expo in Atlanta. NCFB President Brent Galloway welcomed the group to the NCFB office, telling the group about agriculture in the county and Farm Bureau.

March 21, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


CovNews Digital: Summer Camp guide

The Covington News Digital Edition for March 20, features a guide to area summer camps, along with our regular Friday content.

March 20, 2015 | Staff Report | DIGITAL NEWSPAPER


CovNews Digital: Summer Camp guide

March 20, 2015 | Staff Report | DIGITAL NEWSPAPER


Betty Lou Wolf Morris

Betty Lou Wolf Morris, 69, of Covington, died Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at Newton Medical Center. Mrs. Morris was born to the late Joseph and Lulumae Craig Wolf in Sharon, Pennsylvania. Mrs. Morris worked at the Georgia Department of Agriculture for 12 years. She enjoyed ceramics, crocheting, and spoiling her grandchildren.

March 20, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Lady Eagles fall in final minute

The Eastside Lady Eagles (5-4, 2-2 4-AAAA) lost an important 4-AAAA match to the Griffin Lady Bears (8-2-1, 4-1) in the final minute Tuesday night at Homer Sharp Stadium.

March 19, 2015 | Staff Report | Eastside


Ricky Gray

Ricky Gray of Covington, passed away March 19, 2015, at the age of 52. Ricky and his wife, Donna, shared a very special love for each other. A wonderful husband, father, grandfather and son, he was respected by all who knew him. Ricky was a very patient, kind and genuine person. He loved animals and had a special way with them. Ricky will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him. He was preceded in death by his father, Richard M. Gray, Sr.

March 19, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Sara Loyd

Sara N. Loyd of Covington, passed away March 18, 2015, at the age of 80. Mrs. Loyd was a member of Stewart Baptist Church for over 60 years. She enjoyed traveling with her husband, they have toured all 50 states together. Mrs. Loyd's favorite state to visit was South Dakota, but she also enjoyed going to Las Vegas, Alabama and Mississippi for entertainment. She had a special bond with her grandson, Wil, teaching him to drive, going to lunch and shopping. Additionally, she enjoyed watching and cheering for her granddaughter, Tamela, as she played fast-pitch softball. She was preceded ...

March 19, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


NCSS receives climate star ratings

According to surveys conducted during the 2013-14 school year the climate, or quality and character of school life, of Newton County's middle schools are above average.

March 18, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


LIVE STREAM: St. Paddy's Day Parade

March 17, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


New grant will aid GPC student veterans

Student veterans, active military and their families at Georgia Perimeter College will receive more personal attention, increased scholarship opportunities and potential help in emergencies, thanks to a Marcus Foundation grant. The grant was announced during a special ceremony held Tuesday, March 17 on the GPC Decatur Campus.

March 17, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Mrs. Faye A. Morris

Mrs. Faye A. Morris, age 81, of Maysville, died Monday, March 16, 2015 at Southern Pines. Mrs. Morris was born in Newton County. She was an active member of Commerce First United Methodist Church and was retired from Avon.

March 16, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


A stunning second week of CPD Academy

The second week of the Covington Police Department's Citizen's Police Academy included education on how patrol units function and a hands-on Taser demonstration for willing participants.

March 16, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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