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Crawford: We no longer have a legislature

I wish I could tell you that Georgia's lawmakers are getting better at the way they handle the people's business, but that would ...

April 09, 2017 | Tom Crawford | Columnists

Harrop: Liberals find community, and that could be big

During the presidential campaign, many Hillary Clinton voters in Atlanta's suburbs thought they were alone. That was an easy conclusion to draw because few ...

April 09, 2017 | Froma Harrop | Columnists

Yarbrough: Broccoli up the nose ends any thoughts of a political career

My fellow Americans, it is with heavy heart that I inform you today that I am not now nor will I become a candidate for ...

April 09, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists

BOC approves sale of surplus equipment

The Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) voted to approve the sale of surplus county-owned equipment on GovDeals.com at its April 4 meeting.

April 07, 2017 | Darryl Welch | County

Traffic stop leads to drug arrests

COVINGTON, Ga. – A man and woman from Oxford were arrested early Thursday after a traffic stop for a non-working tag light turned up a warrant ...

April 07, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Crime

Amos Sutherland

Amos Sutherland, of Oxford, passed away Friday, April 7, 2017, at the age of 84. Mr. Sutherland worked for 35 years for the Georgia Department ...

April 07, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries

Newton County Jail Log: April 6

George Earl Anderson, 41, Oxford, March 29, probation violation

April 07, 2017 | Staff Report | Crime

TEEING OFF: With Gratitude from Augusta National’s Opening Round

AUGUSTA, Ga - The wind gusts at Amen Corner Thursday ripped hats off the heads of patrons. Golfers stepped away from their balls three and four ...

April 06, 2017 | Vince Johnson, Special to The Covington News news@covnews.com | Masters 2017

Augusta stunner: DJ withdraws from Masters with back injury

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - Dustin Johnson arrived at Augusta National on quite a roll, having won his last three tournaments.

April 06, 2017 | Paul Newberry, AP National Writer news@covnews.com | Masters 2017

Johnnie Mae Swift-Mitchell

Funeral Service for Mrs. Johnnie Mae Swift-Mitchell of 6105 Pine Glen Circle Covington, will be held Saturday, April 8, 2017, 1 p.m. at Murray ...

April 06, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries

Michael Stanley Christian

Funeral Service for Mr. Michael Stanley Christian of 5185 Turner St., Covington, will be held Saturday, April 8, 2017, 1 p.m. at Sims Chapel ...

April 06, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries

Betty Jean Harris-Rozier

Funeral Service for Mrs. Betty Jean Harris-Rozier of 8355 Hazelbrand Road Covington, will be held Tuesday, April 4, 2017, 1 p.m. at Sims Chapel ...

April 06, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries

Robert J. Patrick, Sr.

Mr. Robert J. Patrick, Sr., age 87, passed away April 5, 2017. He was born November 15, 1929 in Social Circle to Brantley and Mamie ...

April 06, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries

Severe weather causes sewage spill in city

The severe weather brought down trees across the county, but it also caused a power surge at one of the city's sewage lift stations ...

April 06, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Covington

A somber tribute to Arnold Palmer as Masters begins

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - The Masters began Thursday with two ceremonial tee shots and one empty chair.

April 06, 2017 | Doug Ferguson, AP Golf Writer news@covnews.com | Masters 2017

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Man on the Street: Are you ready for warmer weather?

With some weather estimates putting Friday's high at 80, we are finally coming out of winter and seemed to have skipped spring. Are you ready for the heat?

February 25, 2017 | Jarred Todd | Your Thoughts

Frank L. Harrison

Frank L. Harrison, of the Eudora Community, passed away Feb. 23, 2017, at the age of 86. Mr. Harrison was a veteran of the United States Navy, serving 7 years' active duty, and 16 years in the United States Naval Reserve. On Mr. Harrison's 68th birthday, he began his walk across the United States, starting on Tybee Island, GA, and ending in Santa Monica, CA - covering 2,431 miles and taking 7 months to complete. Mr. Harrison performed in community theater and loved music. He will be remembered for being a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. Mr ...

February 24, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries

Porterdale mayor encouraged by upcoming SPLOST

Porterdale Mayor Arline Chapman is encouraged the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) will pass in the election March 21.

February 24, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Cities

Early SPLOST voting begins Monday

Early voting for the March 21 SPLOST vote begins Monday.

February 24, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Local

The venue for Newton's Elite Eight game with Tift County is set

The venue for the Class AAAAAAA Elite Eight matchup between the Newton Rams (28-1) and the Tift County Blue Devils (26-2) has been set.

February 24, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Sports

Newton boys celebrate, but turn their sights toward Tift County

It's an arguable matter of discussion to say that Newton sophomore Colby Rogers hit the game's biggest shots when he sunk four straight free throws in the waning moments of an 89-83 triple OT win over defending state champ Westlake.

February 24, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Newton

NEWTON BASKETBALL: Analyzing Thursday night's top performers

There's still so much to unpack in Newton's 89-83 triple overtime win over defending state champion Westlake Thursday night that we're going to give ourselves an extra day to talk about this one before moving on Tift County.

February 24, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Newton

Newton outlasts Westlake in triple overtime thriller, advance to play Tift County

It took three overtimes and some clutch shooting by a sometimes unsung senior hero and an emerging sophomore for the Newton Rams to gut out an 89-83 win over the defending Class AAAAAA state champion Westlake Lions Thursday night in a packed Newton High gym.

February 23, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Newton

Newton County Jail Log: Feb. 22

Yancey Keon Axon, 21, Dodge State Prison, Feb. 21, back for court

February 23, 2017 | Staff Report | Crime

Eastside baseball wins third straight, Newton coach grabs 50th win

Eastside used the power of the bat once again to notch its third straight win as it defeated Hart County 13-9 on Wednesday night.

February 23, 2017 | Staff Report | Sports

BOC will have to mandate service

If citizens in unincorporated parts of Newton County are going to be mandated to purchase curbside trash pick-up, it will have to come from the Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC), County Manager Lloyd Kerr told The Covington News Thursday.

February 23, 2017 | Darryl Welch | County

Juliana Crenshaw Burt

Juliana Crenshaw Burt, 88, died on Friday, Sept. 2, 2016 in the Azalea House, a loving assisted living home in Tucker, Georgia. She was born in Atlanta to Thomas Childs Crenshaw and Mary Jane Rollins Crenshaw.

February 23, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries

Sale of hang tags brings in $473K

Members of the Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) were advised of a potential budget shortfall at Tuesday's meeting after the sale of recycling/convenience center hang tags did not meet expectations.

February 23, 2017 | Darryl Welch | County

Detour coming March 7 for new bridge over Yellow River

Replacing the Yellow River bridge on State Route (SR) 36 requires a one-year detour beginning Tuesday, March 7. Traffic will use SR 162 and SR 212 as the signed, off-site detour. Local traffic will be allowed along SR 36 up to the bridge construction zone.

February 22, 2017 | Staff Report | Local

Newton boys sophomores Colby Rogers and Armani Harris are emerging as playmakers

To gauge how far a pair of sophomores on Newton's boys basketball team have come this year, one would need only to look back a couple of weeks to the Rams' Region 8-AAAAAAA tournament championship weekend.

February 22, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Newton

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