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Emily LaRue Hopkins

Emily LaRue Hopkins, 70, passed away on June 16, 2016. She is preceded in death by her husband, Donald P. Hopkins, Sr.; her son, Thomas ...

June 22, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

Bailey announces intent to run for Board of Education

On Tuesday June 14, 2016, current Board of Education District 1 member Trey Bailey submitted his Declaration of Intent to run for election.

June 22, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Video: BOC discusses Nelson Heights

The Newton County Board of Commissioners approved a motion to clarify the wording of administrative services regarding the Nelson Heights Community Center's administrative services ...

June 22, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Info on Zika virus prevention told to city council

At Monday night's Covington City Council meeting, Dr. Lloyd Hofer, director of the Gwinnet, Newton, Rockdale counties Public Health Departments, shared information about the ...

June 21, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

City votes to stop charging special event permit fees

The newly refurbished Legion Field Park came up for discussion at Monday's Covington City Council meeting when Senior Planning engineer Scott Gaither presented the ...

June 21, 2016 | Sandra Brands | Covington

Logan Elane Davis

Logan Elane Davis, 18, of Newborn passed away June 18, 2016. She was preceded in death by her grandmother, Judy (Cofield) Breedlove.

June 21, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

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

Local rancher says his cattle are being chased to death

The farm off Old Hickory Road in Oxford looks peaceful. The cows crowd together in pastures that sweep down to Lake Varner in Covington. Yet ...

June 20, 2016 | Sandra Brands | 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

Newton County baseball teams advance to USSSA state championship

Summer recreation season is upon us, and a group of young baseball players are taking full advantage.

June 20, 2016 | Mariya Lewter | Recreation

NCRC, Gary Massey partner to host kickball tournament

The popularity of kickball has grown throughout Newton County, and the Newton County Recreation Commission hopes to build off the momentum.

June 20, 2016 | Mariya Lewter | Recreation

Rams use college basketball camps to train

In order to be the best, you have to beat the best. And that is what the Newton basketball team hopes to do this summer.

June 20, 2016 | Mariya Lewter | Newton

Porterdale finally gets its disc golf course

Since the restoration of the Mill Lofts a few years ago, the city of Porterdale has worked continuously to revive its community by bringing new ...

June 20, 2016 | Mariya Lewter | SPORTS

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

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City’s proposed 2016-2017 budget will be voted on in June

City's proposed 2016-2017 budget will be voted on in June

June 21, 2016 | Sandra Brands | Covington

Newton County’s solid waste authority gets its start

The newly appointed Newton County Solid Waste Authority's board of directors named its chair and set its meetings calendar during its first meeting Monday.

April 25, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

The Covington News hosts Next Generation Forum

Candidates from all open Newton County offices in the 2016 election season sat in the horseshoe of the Historic Courthouse Sunday and faced a packed house and something that was a bit new - students from around Newton County.

April 25, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | ELECTION 2016

For Covington stunt coordinators, it’s never a relaxing day at work

They've been thrown out of trailers, dropped out of helicopters, tossed over cars, fallen off clock towers, swallowed by alligators and been set on fire.

April 25, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

The Liberal Silent Majority

A few days before Bernie Sanders lost badly in the New York primary, 27,000 souls filled Washington Square Park, many wildly cheering him on. The political media consensus interpreted the scene as evidence of surging support for the senator from Vermont. It did not occur to them that:

April 24, 2016 | Froma Harrop | Columnists

A tale of two speeches

Donald Trump gained a commanding win in New York this week, picking up 89 of the 95 New York state Republican delegates. The win brought his total delegate count to 845, or 68 percent of the 1,237 delegates needed to clinch the nomination. It was an important night for Trump, and brought him much closer to becoming the Republican nominee.

April 24, 2016 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists

A sophomore in her final semester at GPC

In 2007, with the support from the community and a 100-acre land donation from a local philanthropic fund, an exemplary attribute to Newton County was created in the emergence of Georgia Perimeter College. The college allows students from the surrounding counties to obtain a two-year degree and achieve countless opportunities. The Newton campus is a place for dual enrollment students, transfer and first-time freshman students to earn their associate degree.

April 24, 2016 | Taylor Brown | LOCAL

Have you ever thought …

Our imagination can help us sense the world in a different way. We all need those special places where we can see more than the surface reality; places where we can be creative in our thinking and enjoy the day in a relaxed way.

April 24, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING

Neelys hope the sky’s the limit for Nitro 2 Go

When you walk in to Nitro 2 Go, liquor, wine and beer may be what you're shopping for but your attention will drift upward toward the airplanes hanging from the ceiling and drag racers displayed at different ends of the store.

April 24, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Future taxes on retirement assets

One of my questions when I get involved in a discussion with people about a financial matter, ObamaCare for example, is "Who is going to pay for all of this?" The topic could also be something like local recreation or the new Braves stadium, and my question remains the same.

April 24, 2016 | Mike Lassiter | Business

Weeds be gone from your garden

Many people are like me in one respect -- they enjoy tilling garden soil and planting vegetables just to see things grow. Fresh tasting vegetables are an added benefit. My favorite vegetables to eat are fresh okra, peas and sweet corn, but I enjoy growing tomatoes the most. Tomatoes just seem to be more of a challenge for me.

April 24, 2016 | Ted Wynne | LOCAL

Discount Six Flags tickets on sale

Newton 4-H has the best deal on Six Flags and White Water passes, and tickets are on sale to the public.

April 24, 2016 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL

Living Sacrifice

Romans 12:1-2 says,"I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect."

April 24, 2016 | Andy Butts | Columnists

State senator defends religious freedom legislative efforts

A couple of weeks ago, I was highly critical of the efforts of proponents of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and particularly of State Sen. Josh McKoon (R-Columbus). The senator did a smart thing: He reached out and asked for the opportunity to explain his position directly to you. After the cuffing he took, I figured I owed him that.

April 24, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists

Our Thoughts: Forum points to importance of election, for all

This election season is a vital one - not only for our country, but for our county.

April 24, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

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