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Leo Mallard

Leo S. Mallard, Jr., 52, of Covington, passed away November 19, 2016. Mallard was a former science educator at Eastside High School, of the Newton ...

November 21, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

Young men told to ‘do the little things’

University of Georgia and NFL football player, author and musician Rennie Curran told 21 young men assembled last Friday in the Media Center at Newton ...

November 21, 2016 | Duane M. Ford | LOCAL

Covington teen Morgan Hathorn wins karate world championship

Thank goodness for the window in Morgan Hathorn's house that let her see her Covington neighborhood. It's probably the reason why she's ...

November 20, 2016 | Gabriel Stovall | SPORTS

Q&A with Eastside football coach Troy Hoff

Although football season is done, things have still been rolling for Eastside Eagles coach Troy Hoff. After finishing the 2016 campaign with a 7-4-1 mark ...

November 20, 2016 | Gabriel Stovall | Eastside

Eastside's Lauren Beshears signs with Young Harris

Lauren Beshears signed the most important document of her life, last Monday.

November 20, 2016 | Gabriel Stovall | Eastside

County football teams already looking ahead to 2017 season

In the state of Georgia - the heart of SEC football country - some might say it's never too early or too late to think about ...

November 20, 2016 | Gabriel Stovall | SPORTS

Newton County Girls Basketball Preview

Hoops season is already upon us, and with that we want to take time to get a sneak peek at our three GHSA basketball programs ...

November 20, 2016 | Gabriel Stovall | SPORTS

Harrop: Goodbye, Facebook. you're evil

Dear Facebook friends,

November 20, 2016 | Staff Report | Columnists

Rowe: Making America Great Again

When the Presidential Election ended, I thought the debating, tension and division would be finished as well. But we have more to talk about than ...

November 20, 2016 | Beth Rowe | LOCAL

Fairview 4-H’ers present demonstrations

She would not begin her 4-H demonstration until her favorite teacher was there to help.

November 20, 2016 | Staff Report | LIVING

Grateful for community

This semester at Oxford College I've been teaching my first solo course. Housed in American studies, "Understanding Community: Oxford Encountering Oxford," is a course ...

November 20, 2016 | Lyn Pace | Religion

Crocheting for a cause

The women of the Crochet Ministry of Grace United Methodist Church are busy working to create handmade gifts for the sick members of the church.

November 20, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | Religion

Our Thoughts: A reason to unite

A week ago, the country struggled as divisiveness spread across America. Videos on television news networks showed angry groups protesting against what they felt was ...

November 20, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Alcohol suspension overturned for The Social House

The Social House, located at 2101 Main St. in Porterdale, is able to serve alcohol again after a unanimous vote from the Porterdale City Council ...

November 18, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL

Martha ‘June’ Hammond

Martha "June" Hammond, 74, of Oxford, passed away Thursday, November 17, 2016. She was born in Porterdale on February 16, 1942, to the late Lonnie ...

November 18, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

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Aerators will help keep ponds at Academy Springs clean

When the Satsuki Garden Club began working on a pollinator garden at Academy Springs Park, it quickly became obvious that the two ponds on the property needed attention.

October 03, 2016 | Sandra Brands | Covington

North Forsyth educator fired over racist Facebook comments about Michelle Obama

NORTH FORSYTH - A north Forsyth educator was fired Monday after posts she has recently been making on social media sparked controversy over their perpetuation of racist and anti-minority sentiments.

October 03, 2016 | Kayla Robins krobins@forsythnews.com | STATE

Jerry ‘Red’ McDonald

Jerry "Red" McDonald of Oxford, 66, passed away October 1, 2016. Jerry owned his own landscaping company, Jerry Mc Donald Landscaping, for more than 45 years. He enjoyed fishing and hunting, and traveled all over the country filling this passion. When not working, Jerry was in the woods! He cherished his family and will be missed by all who knew and loved him. Preceding him in death were his parents, Martin and Ruby (Shaw) McDonald; brother, Reese McDonald; and three infant sisters.

October 03, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

NCSO identifies body found at Factory Shoals Park

The body found Monday morning at Factory Shoals Park after a report of a missing person has been identified as Ciera Evans, 20, of Covington, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO).

October 03, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Seeing double: Twin football players excel at Alcovy

Andrae Robinson and Adrian Robinson have a lot in common. Not only do they share the same last name, but they also share the same birthday. That's right - they're twins.

October 03, 2016 | Mariya Lewter | Alcovy

Eagles fly easy in Homecoming rout

The Eastside Eagles (4-1-1, 2-0 region 4 AAAA) could not have had a better night for their 2016 Homecoming game. The seniors for the Eagles seemed to show up all night with big plays. They took on, and took it to the Druid Hills Red Devils (2-4, 0-2 region 4 AAAA) in what seemed to be a long night for the visiting team.

October 03, 2016 | Kevin Nixon | Eastside

NAACP honors Pastor Clara Lett at annual gala

On Sept. 24, the Newton County National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) held its Annual Freedom Fund and Scholarship Gala at the Turner Lake Recreation Complex. The theme was "Our Lives Matter, Our Vote Counts," and the guest speaker was Georgia Representative Rev. Dee Dawkins-Haigler (D-Lithonia).

October 02, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Pumpkin patch open throughout October

Among the decorations that can be seen throughout Newton County during the cool weather of fall are plenty of pumpkins.

October 02, 2016 | Staff Report | LIVING

Fall is the best month to plant trees and shrubs

While driving around Newton County this summer, no matter how short the drive, anyone can see a dead tree or shrub in many yards. It would stand to reason they died from dry weather seeing how dry this summer has been. Some would also think the high temperatures were the cause of mortality.

October 02, 2016 | Staff Report | LIVING

Eagles turn focus to region softball tournament

As the regular season winds down, the Eastside High School softball team finds itself in an ideal position heading into the softball region tournament.

October 02, 2016 | Mariya Lewter | SPORTS

Art and yard sale combined for Porterdale event

It's not just a yard sale. It's also a place where buyers can pick up original art work at reasonable prices.

October 02, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Hometown Hero: 14-year-old Marlee Anne Hopkins named Hometown Hero

Earlier this year, Marlee Anne Hopkins raised more than $23,000 for Children's Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA) in honor of her siblings. She stood "for the kids who cannot … in honor of [sisters] Michala, Mary Elizabeth and Abe, who could not stand."

October 02, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

NCSS takes lead in creating poverty-informed community

It's not just the poor who are affected by poverty. It's the entire community.

October 02, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Debbie Hillman pays her rent in service

Listening to Debbie Hillman talk about her life's passion is enough for anyone to learn why she was selected as a finalist for The Covington News' and General Mills' 2016 Hometown Hero Award Friday.

October 02, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

I'm with you

After decades of political experience, and running against President Barack Obama in 2008, Hillary Clinton's performance Monday night was as good as it gets. The first presidential debate between Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump, which was held at Hofstra University, broke the viewing record on Monday evening, with more than 84 million people watching the live action. This is three times the number of viewers for the season finale of the Apprentice in 2004.

October 02, 2016 | Jackie Gingrich-Cushman | Columnists

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