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Dog ordered to attack deputies shot

A man who allegedly attacked his wife sent his dogs toward Newton County Sheriff's deputies, shouting "sic 'em" Saturday.

September 16, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Fees announced for downtown events

Downtown Covington has become a popular place for events, with various festivals, concerts, parades and gatherings scheduled seemingly every week.

September 16, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Henderson’s powers restored

In light of legal research and amid public backlash, the Board of Commissioners abandoned a two-week-old decision.

September 16, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL

Carter named Livingston Elem. Principal

Dr. Patrick Carter was approved as Principal of Livingston Elementary School Tuesday night.

September 16, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Local marketing options

As we continue our series explaining the value of going to an expanded Sunday publication, we want to explain why going through this change not only will improve readership enjoyment for our subscribers, but also will enhance the power of our marketing pull for advertisers.

September 16, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Pink out turns to blowout

Other than a stellar fifth inning that saw Newton score all five of its runs, Eastside - rocking the pink unis on Monday - owned the game and the rivalry this season making them 2-0 to finish the series against its rival, as the Lady Eagles ran away with a 13-5 victory.

September 16, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Eastside

Lady Rams rout Rockdale

Newton High School topped rival, Rockdale High School 10-5 on Tuesday evening. The Lady Rams dominated for much of the game, holding a 10-1 lead going into the bottom of the seventh inning. The Bulldogs showed heart and scored four runs in the seventh, but Newton closed the door and took the victory.

September 16, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton

Crowell scholarship fund looking for sponsors

Sponsorship of the 2014 B. C. Crowell Scholarship Fund Golf Tournament provides you and your company with an economical vehicle for advertising, as well as, supporting B. C.'s on-going commitment to the education of the youth in Newton County. Two scholarships of $1,000 each are awarded to a student, annually from the local high schools: Alcovy High, Eastside High and/or Newton High. The Scholarship Fund has a local board and is administered by The Community Foundation.

September 16, 2014 | Staff Report | Recreation

Mrs. Agnes Stephens Campbell

Agnes Stephens Campbell died on September 12, 2014, age 92, Marshfield, Wisconsin; formerly of Snellville. Agnes was born in Oxford, Georgia, 1922 to Pauline and Harold Stephens, and was the wife of (late) Thomas Lyle Campbell, mother of Mary Campbell Brown and Tom Campbell. She had six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

September 16, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS

Mrs. Penelope (Penny) Cagle Rutledge

Penelope (Penny) Cagle Rutledge, age 63, of Porterdale, passed away September 13, 2014, following an extensive illness. She attended Porterdale Baptist Church, and enjoyed crocheting, reading, cooking and listening to music. She especially enjoyed listening to her grandson, Dylan, play the piano, and also spending time with her other grandson, Eli. Ms. Rutledge devoted her life to caring for her parents, daughter and grandsons. She had a great sense of humor and will be missed by all who knew and loved her. She was preceded in death by her parents, Rev. Bill and Maybell Cagle; and her sister, Peggy Batchelor.

September 16, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS

Mr. Jesse D. Patten

Jesse D. Patten, 79, of Covington, died Sunday, September 14, 2014 at Newton Medical Center. Mr. Patten was born in Richland to the late Jesse Greene and Viola Gunnels Patten.

September 16, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS

Covington Academy celebrates new location

Covington Academy has a new home to teach its students, and the "Home of the Bulldogs" is open for business. The private school celebrated its new location at 396 Elks Club Road in Covington with a ribbon cutting ceremony, attended by the Covington/Newton County Chamber of Commerce.

September 16, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

United Bank offers live teller machine

A local bank has made great strides in providing cutting-edge technology and brand new services to customers.

September 16, 2014 | Kayla Robins | Business

Building a high performance workforce

Groups from the private and public sector came together at SKC Inc. in Newton to learn an improvement methodology called Lean Six Sigma.

September 16, 2014 | Staff Report | Business

Kissinger’s support for Israel runs deep

At the age of 91, Henry Kissinger has published yet another book - his 17th in 60 years, according to his biographer Walter Isaacson. In that sense, "World Order" is something of a miracle, but it is also a swell read. So, I initially thought, was a review of it in The New York Times by John Micklethwait, the editor-in-chief of the admirable Economist magazine - and I praised it to him in an email. A bit later, I did a double-take. I still like the book, but Micklethwait's review is a different matter.

September 16, 2014 | Richard Cohen | Columnists

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City denies cell tower on Monticello

Mayor Ronnie Johnston had to vote Monday to break a 3-3 tie to ultimately deny a request for a new cell phone tower at 6163 Monticello Road in Covington.

July 21, 2014 | Rob Dewig rdewig@covnews.com | LOCAL

Hopkins pays $190M in pelvis exam pix settlement

BALTIMORE (AP) - A "rogue" gynecologist who used tiny cameras to secretly record videos and photos of his patients has forced one of the world's top medical centers to pay $190 million to 8,000 women and girls, lawyers said Monday.

July 21, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Public comment disclaimer

It is the policy of the Covington News to allow people, with some form of identification, to voice their opinions, thoughts and concerns about our community. However, it is our policy to have comments free from personal attacks and inflammatory remarks toward people. This does not promote reasonable discussions and, we feel is detrimental, to furthering discussion on an issue or topic.

July 21, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

UN to vote on crash resolution

UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The U.N. Security Council will vote Monday on an Australia-proposed resolution demanding international access to the Ukraine plane crash site and a cease-fire around the area, with diplomats pressuring a reluctant Russia to approve it.

July 21, 2014 | ALEXANDRA OLSON, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Pregnant woman struck and killed by car

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say a pregnant woman has been killed as she tried to cross a highway in northeast Georgia.

July 21, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

200 pairs of panties stolen at east Georgia mall

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - Authorities are investigating the theft of 200 pairs of panties at an east Georgia shopping mall.

July 21, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Belton, Brooks face off for District 122

Aaron Brooks and Dave Belton will settle things Tuesday in the Republican runoff for Georgia House District 112, which includes the eastern half of both Covington and Newton County.

July 19, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL

Henderson, Hunte vie for Commissioners seat

The runoff for the Newton County Board of Commissioners District 4 seat is set for July 22, with five-term incumbent J.C. Henderson going up against challenger Sonya Hunte.

July 19, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL

State releases district-level EOCT scores

District-level scores were released by the Georgia Department of Education (GADOE) for 2014 End-of-Course Tests (EOCT), showing Newton County School System (NCSS) students outpaced the state pass rate on six out of eight tests and improved pass rates on five of six tests from last year.

July 19, 2014 | Kayla Robins | Education

Official: TDRs could preserve eastern Newton

One of the integral and most controversial parts of the 200-page 2050 Plan to zone the county to keep up with the growth officials expect is its section on "transferrable development rights." It's designed to help residents of the eastern side of Newton County financially benefit from the possible down-zoning of their rural properties.

July 19, 2014 | Robert Dewig | 2050 PLAN

Not 'til he dies

Pete Rose in the Hall of Fame? No.

July 19, 2014 | Robert Dewig | Sports Columnists

Let. Him. In.

It's been 25 years since Pete Rose's lifetime ban came down from Major League Baseball. Now is the time to lift Rose's ban and let him into the Hall of Fame.

July 19, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Sports Columnists

Newton County’s elite

Three local standouts, senior Aubree Thacker (Alcovy), Eastside juniors McKensi "Taz" Powell and Catlin Ray were selected to the 2014 GADC Elite 80 by the Georgia Dugout Club coaches as Georgia Elite High School softball players. College coaches from all over the state packed the stands to watch as players showcased their talent.

July 19, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | SPORTS

Letter to the Editor: The Mansfield 2050 meeting: Confusion, conflict

Yes, I am a rocket scientist specializing in deep space propulsion. However that is no asset when it comes to understanding the reason for the extreme "Plan." I would like to point out that the sessions are unlike anything I have ever experienced due to the fact there are no objective points made by the presenters. It is like, "Hey, it's all good!" And we know better than that.

July 19, 2014 | Samuel Martin Hay III | Letters

Letter to the Editor: What I Like About The 2050 Plan…..So far

The 2050 Plan gives us, the citizens of Newton County, a chance to control our own destiny, rather than leaving future growth and development up to those whose primary interest is lining their own pockets. It gives us a chance, as a community, to unite behind a shared vision of what our county should be in the future. Over the past decade, our local governments, school system and water and sewage department have struggled to deal with the adverse effects of accelerated growth and poor development practices. Our residents have been subjected to the undue stress resulting from overburdened services ...

July 19, 2014 | John M. Callaway | Letters

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