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John McLeod

John Blake McLeod, Jr. of Rutledge passed away Thursday, October 9, 2014 at the age of 70, after he fought a long battle with cancer. He was born August 31, 1944 to the late John Blake, Sr. and Sara McLeod. Mr. McLeod was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He loved to fish and hunt; raised beagles for hunting; was a member of the Big Pines Hunting Club; member and President of the Goldin's Hunting Club; President of the IBEW 613 Retirees; and loved football. Mr. McLeod was very meticulous with the care of his muscadine vineyard and an ...

October 10, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Henry Starr Corley

Mr. Henry Starr Corley, of Covington, passed away, Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at the age of 93. He was born February 19, 1921 in the Starrsville Community of Newton County to the late William H. Corley, Sr. and Leila Wright Corley and was also preceded in death by his brother, William H. Corley, Jr. and sister, Katheryn Corley Mills. Mr. Corley was a surveyor for the Georgia Department of Transportation and a veteran of the United States Army Airforce. He was a member of the Church of the Good Shepherd.

October 09, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Construction on I-20 this weekend

Construction traffic will most likely be present this weekend, as road work on I-20 continues.

October 09, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSS given Golden Radish

After featuring local food 10 times in school meals, and helping to promote farm-to-school programs, the Newton County School System (NCSS) was recognized with the Golden Radish Award.

October 09, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Gubernatorial candidate Carter visits Rockdale

It was a standing room only crowd as Democratic gubernatorial challenger Jason Carter came to visit with Rockdale Democrats, stumping on issues of funding the public education system, economic development for the middle class and ethics.

October 08, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Eastside High receives bomb threat

Early Wednesday morning Eastside High School received a bomb threat against the school, via email to Principal Jeff Cher.

October 08, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL




NCSO shows breast cancer awareness support

In show of support of breast cancer awareness, the Newton County Sheriff's Office will tie a pink ribbon on all marked patrol vehicles assigned to the Sheriff's Office during October.

October 07, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Falcons hold clinic at Newton High

The fourth Atlanta Falcons Heads Up Clinic of the fall took place at Newton High School on Monday night in Covington. This clinic included 112 parents in attendance during the informational session and 194 youth participants.

October 07, 2014 | Staff Report | Newton


Alcovy Homecoming Court

Alcovy High School announced its homecoming court ahead of its Oct. 31 homecoming football game.

October 07, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSS SAT scores up, still below state

Newton County School System students showed an improvement in SAT scores in 2014 compared to the previous year.

October 07, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County Jail Log

Ronnie Justin Bowen, 33, Conyers, Sept 24, Probation Violation, Back For Court Probation, Attempting To Elude Police Officer, Improper Lane Usage

October 06, 2014 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log


Voter Registration deadline is today

If you're planning to vote in this year's general election and runoff, today is the last day you can register.

October 06, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Pistol cash stolen from parked car

A weapon and cash was removed from a car parked in Willow Creek Court Saturday evening or Sunday morning.

October 06, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Kenneth Felton "Tump" Bradford

Mr. Kenneth Felton "Tump" Bradford, age 74, of Oxford passed away Sunday, October 5, 2014. He was born November 3, 1939 in Lawrenceville to the late William Howard and Jewell Lindsey Bradford. Mr. Bradford served in the United States Navy and was a member of Central Community Church. He was retired from General Motors and also worked for a number of years following his retirement at General Mills. Mr. Bradford loved to work in his garden and loved his family very much. He was preceded in death by his sister Gloria Fincannon and his grandson Tucker Hankins.

October 06, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


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A taste of the Artful Harvest

Southern Heartland Arts Inc. invites the public to visit Artful Harvest, the annual invitational judged art show, sponsored by United Bank, during September.

August 30, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Recommendations to the BOC

The recent loan from Newton County Chairman Keith Ellis on behalf of Newton County to Commissioner J.C. Henderson was a huge problem for our local government.

August 30, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Leadership still lacking

Two weeks ago we editorialized that the Newton County Board of Commissioners should show some leadership, define the county's form of government, and identify its true manager. The BOC held a workshop on the topic, but left the meeting without a solution, or even clarity on how Newton County should be led.

August 30, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Mrs. Arlene Bishop

Mrs. Arlene Bishop, age 73, of Mansfield formerly of Redan passed away at her home Friday, August 29, 2014. She was born August 28, 1941 in Austell Georgia to Arlo and Mary Pike who have preceded her in death. Mrs. Bishop worked for and retired from The Rockdale Citizen Newspaper. She was a loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother, great grandmother and friend. Mrs. Bishop taught Sunday school at Redan Baptist Church, East Newton Baptist Church and was currently a member of Mansfield Baptist Church. She enjoyed traveling, working in her flower garden and was a gracious hostess who loved to ...

August 29, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Ellis' letter about Henderson check

Following is the letter Newton County Commission Chairman Keith Ellis sent the Covington News about the $4,500 paycheck advance given to Commissioner J.C. Henderson. It is reprinted here in its entirety.

August 29, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Lorraine Elementary evacuation ends after sweep due to possible bomb threat

A lockdown on Lorraine Elementary after a possible bomb threat was lifted shortly after noon Friday after a security sweep found the campus to be clear.

August 29, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Football in the SEC not a casual affair for fans

We made it, folks.

August 28, 2014 | Ben Prevost | Sports Columnists


Lunchtime concerts set for Thursdays

A series of concerts, all featuring different styles of music, are set for noon each Thursday in September. All will be held on the Square in Covington, and all are free to the public.

August 28, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


GPTC hosts healthy choices fair

Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) recently hosted a series of events targeting health and wellness on its DeKalb and Newton campuses. As a part of its "Be ACTive" initiative to encourage faculty, staff and students to engage in healthy choices that will nourish the mind, body and spirit, GPTC held a "Healthy Choices Fair" in the Conference Center on the college's DeKalb Campus.

August 28, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Rotary Club gives $500 to end Polio

The Rotary Club of Covington hosted District Governor William E. Strickland III at its weekly meeting Tuesday.

August 28, 2014 | Staff Report | LIFE


Pilot Club hosts partner in education

The Pilot Club of Covington welcomed its partner in education for 2014-15 to its monthly meeting in August.

August 28, 2014 | Staff Report | LIFE


Thank you John Middleton

Thank you John Middleton for your 14 years of service as Newton County's Manager.

August 28, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


In 1970, we had a riot; Ferguson looks like war

The news from Ferguson, Missouri, has brought back unpleasant memories from the long-ago riots in Asbury Park, New Jersey. It was the summer of 1970, and I was a young teenager close enough to the action to be appropriately frightened.

August 28, 2014 | Staff Report | Columnists


The Value of Work and Labor Day

My first paying job was cleaning the bathrooms at the First Baptist Church of Carrollton, Georgia, where I was a member. I was 14, the minimum age for "children" to work. This was neither glamorous nor exciting work, but useful and needed work. On Sundays I often over heard the "little old ladies" of the church commenting on the cleanliness of the bathroom. I remember my subsequent feeling of pride. While not a glamorous work, my actions were helpful and appreciated by those who used the facilities. For providing this useful service I earned minimum wage in 1981, ($3.35 ...

August 28, 2014 | Staff Report | Columnists


Mr. Ronald Dean Linder

Mr. Ronald Dean Linder

August 27, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


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