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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


Eastridge Community Church opens Jackson campus

Eastridge Community Church will break ground on a new building at 14200 Highway 36 for its Jackson Lake Campus on June 12 at 5 p ...

June 10, 2016 | Staff Report | RELIGION


Dr. Melvin Baker named to Oxford City Council

Dr. Melvin Baker was sworn in as a member of the Oxford City Council Monday night, replacing Terry Smith.

June 07, 2016 | Staff Report | Oxford


Carolyn Harris

Carolyn Harris, 75, of Covington, passed away June 6, 2016. Harris was a member of the First Baptist Church, in Social Circle, and former member ...

June 07, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


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Our Thoughts: Celebrate, travel, barbecue … remember

This week has been a busy one for Newton County.

May 29, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Photos: Alcovy High School 2016 graduation

Alcovy High School finished up Newton County School System's commencement ceremonies Saturday with the Class of 2016 graduation.

May 28, 2016 | Staff Report | Education


Photos: Eastside High School 2016 graduation

The Eastside High School senior class is now Eastside High School alumni after Friday evening's graduation.

May 28, 2016 | Staff Report | Education


Emory Allen “AJ” Johnson

Allen "AJ" Johnson, 58, passed away peaceably on Thursday, May 26, 2016. Allen was the youngest son of Kenneth D. and Joyce (Bowen) Johnson Sr. of Covington. At an early age, he attended and joined the First United Methodist Church of Covington. He grew up and lived his early adult life in Covington. After graduating Newton County Comprehensive High School in 1976, he later earned a degree form Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC). Allen was a born mechanic and loved working with his hands. This led him into several employment paths, always showing his gift of resourcefulness and problem solving ...

May 28, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Newton County Jail Log: May 25

Belinda Denise Alexander, 37, Conyers, May 18, weekenders

May 27, 2016 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log


James Edwards

James P. Edwards, 88 of Covington passed away May 26, 2016. Mr. Edwards was a member of High Point Baptist Church for 67 years, where he served as a Deacon and the Sunday School Director. He proudly served his country with the U.S Army, and he retired from Lithonia Lighting after 50 years of service. In addition, he was a member of the Golden Fleece Masonic Lodge No. 6, in Covington and the Newton County Masonic Square Compass Club. He was a big Atlanta Braves fan. Preceding him in death were his parents, Edgar Pierce and Edna Geneva Edwards ...

May 27, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


James ‘Jimmy’ Pound

James "Jimmy" Lamar Pound, 85, of Covington, passed away at his home on May 25, 2016, surrounded by his family. Jimmy was born March 8, 1931, in Atlanta, to John Howard and Mae (Hill) Pound. He graduated from Columbus High School in 1949, and furthered his education at Auburn University where he graduated in 1953. He was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity. Jimmy retired after a successful 30-year business career in sales and management in the newspaper industry. In retirement, he owned and operated a dry-cleaning business with three locations in Covington. He was a member of the ...

May 27, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Charlotte Ivy Davis

Charlotte Ivy Davis, of Griffin, passed away May 19, 2016, at Spalding Regional Medical Center in Griffin. She was born on Feb. 19, 1943, at the Porterdale Maternity Hospital on Poplar Street to the late Idus and Nellie Ivy.

May 27, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Photos: Newton High School 2016 graduation

Newton High School started the 2016 commencement season for the Newton County School System Thursday evening.

May 26, 2016 | Staff Report | Education


Two GDOT Newton County road projects to begin this summer

The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) announced its schedule for construction this summer and beyond. While there are four projects on the GDOT list, only two will begin this summer at a date and time to be announced.

May 26, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Election 2016 Primary: live results

BOC District 1 - Republican

May 24, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Free golf cart shuttle to be offered on the Square

Visitors to the Covington Square unable to find a parking spare directly in front of their dining or shopping destination, will not have to worry about walking.

May 24, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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


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