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Ellis’ responsibilities changed by BOC

Newton County Board of Commissioners Chairman Keith Ellis lost at least some of his power Tuesday night, as the board voted to strip him of his control of the county's vehicle fleet and engineering department.

September 02, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL

Henderson stripped of financial powers

The Newton County Board of Commissioners simply crushed Commissioner J.C. Henderson Tuesday night, stripping him of all financial powers and forcing him off the boards of the Nelson Heights Community Center and the Recreation Commission.

September 02, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL

Mrs. Betty Jane Cordell Edwards

Betty Jane Cordell Edwards, age 83, passed away Aug. 31, 2014, at Oxton Village in Social Circle. "Ms. Betty," as she was affectionately known, had been a resident there for the past five years. Betty was born Oct. 4, 1930, in Rockmart, Georgia.

September 02, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS

Pumpkins growing weary

Can it be? Is it September already? One of my favorite tunes, "September Song," was written by Kurt Weill and Maxwell Anderson for a Broadway musical in 1938 called "Knickerbocker Holiday. The lyrics could apply today to the current political season in Georgia - "For it's a long, long time from May to December, but the days grow short when you reach September."

September 02, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists

Our Thoughts: Mansfield

The Newton county town of Mansfield has always been a charming little place that most people just drive through on their way to somewhere else.

September 02, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

A Veteran's story: Orphaned by history

The "Forgotten War" of Korea is also referred to as the war "orphaned by history." The catchphrases 'forgotten' or 'orphaned' may appease intellectuals or the power-players of that era, but for the soldiers who suffered and sacrificed in the hell called Korea their war will never be 'forgotten.' As for being 'orphaned by history', Korean veterans knew from the outset that the diplomatic philosophy of the day guaranteed they would indeed feel orphaned if not blamed for America's first war without a victorious outcome.

September 02, 2014 | Pete Mecca | A VETERAN'S STORY

NCSS announces Scholars of the Week

Newton County School System plans to highlight exceptional students with a new weekly spotlight. Two high school seniors will be recognized each week as NCSS Scholars of the Week starting in October and will be chosen to recognize and promote "exemplary academic performance and outstanding contributions to their school and community."

September 02, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL

DOE offers free digital textbooks

As the 2014-2015 academic year begins, teachers, school leaders, parents and students should be aware they can access free, interactive digital textbooks through the Georgia Department of Education's website.

September 02, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

NCSO dep. restores heartbeat to boy

A Newton County Sheriff's Office deputy may have saved the life of a minor who was not breathing after drowning.

September 02, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL

Man subdued by Taser

After a call concerning an intoxicated male riding his bicycle into a trash can, police officers had to subdue the suspect by deploying a Taser.

September 02, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Rams live and die with Johnson

After scoring a combined 111 points in just two games to start the season, it's safe to say Newton's high-powered offense is going to be tough to stop. It's also probably safe to say that Newton will live and die on the shoulders – and the legs – of junior quarterback Romario Johnson.

September 02, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton

The Nation’s best from Newton County

The beginning of the NCAA football season saw some of Newton County's collegiate athletes have exceptional showings on Saturday. If there are any athletes that you feel deserve to be mentioned in our weekly coverage of some of the nation's best from Newton County, email our sports editor Shakeen Holloway at sholloway@covnews.com.

September 02, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Alcovy

Q&A: Catching up with Catherine Lee

Catherine Lee made history on Tuesday, as she was the first softball player to have her jersey (No.27) retired by Eastside High School. We sat down with Lee for a few minutes to talk about what it meant for her, life after college and if she'd ever consider coaching.

September 02, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Eastside

Legality of Henderson’s check questionable

There's a clause in the Georgia constitution that says governments can't give money without receiving a "benefit" in exchange. It's reiterated in numerous handbooks for local governments.

September 02, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL

Family to move to CO for med. marijuana

It may be their last resort, but the Hopkins family is making a big move with full hopes they will find sanctum for one of their daughters in Colorado's medical marijuana. Still, they'll be packing their family minus one.

September 02, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL

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A chance to make history

A chance to make history is on the line this season for the Newton Rams. For the first time in school history, the Rams have the opportunity to make it to the playoffs for three consecutive seasons. The Covington News talked with Rams' head coach Terrance Banks about his team and the process they must go through to reach their goals.

August 23, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton

Eagles looking to fly around the football

The Covington News: How's the team doing as far as the new coaches go?

August 23, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Eastside

A new beginning

Social Circle High School, which hasn't won a game since 2011, isn't just beginning a new season, it's beginning a new life, at least in football. With a brand new athletic complex featuring new turf on their very own football field, the Redskins aren't looking to change their past - just their future. The Covington News sat down with new head coach Chad Estes to discuss the future of Social Circle football.

August 23, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Social Circle

Young Guns

In this Q&A with Alcovy head football coach Kirk Hoffman, we talk about Hoffman's role in coaching a young team, Tigers' quarterback Bubba Hickson, the team's strengths/weaknesses and more.

August 23, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Alcovy

What former athletes of Newton are up to now

Point University Skyhawks / NAIA (5-12-2 in 2013) / Appalachian Athletic Conference

August 23, 2014 | Staff Reports | Eastside

SEC Banter:

On the cusp of the 2014 college football season, SEC Banter had the privilege recently of touring the new College Football Hall of Fame and Chick-fil-A Fan Experience.

August 23, 2014 | Ben Prevost | Sports Columnists

Cold awakening to ALS awareness

Jeff Broxton celebrated his 56th birthday this week, but he couldn't even get out of bed on his own. His voice is slowly slipping away, and he cannot scratch an itch if he has one.

August 23, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL

Mayor: Square construction rolling

Workers began pouring concrete for the new sidewalks on the Covington Square Friday afternoon, a significant milestone for the construction project intended to make the city's centerpiece an even prettier place.

August 23, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL

Consignment shop reopens after 4 years

Taryn Robbins opened a consignment shop for children's clothes, toys and equipment in 1990 but had to close her doors in 2010. Now the chalkboard outside her new store says "open," and she plans to keep it that way.

August 23, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL

Harris wants all Georgians to thrive

Patsy Harris of Morgan County has her campaign for Georgia House District 112 in full swing, now that her opponent in the November general election has been chosen by the Republican Party run-off.

August 23, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Ga. Farm Bureau accepting entries for hay contest & hay directory

Georgia Farm Bureau (GFB) members who grow Bermuda grass hay are encouraged to enter the GFB 2014 Quality Hay Contest. Hay entered in the contest will be tested at the University of Georgia Testing Lab using the Relative Forage Quality (RFQ) Test, which predicts fiber digestibility and likely animal intake of hay.

August 23, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Technology's March

Trains

August 23, 2014 | Kathleen D | LOCAL

Peanut butter, pop tabs and other service projects

Just last Thursday we wrapped up the 4-H year at State 4-H Congress, and now we have the first Newton 4-H meeting of the year on Monday!

August 23, 2014 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL

Decision Pending on Newton’s Government Structure

The structure of county government is once again on the agenda of the Board of Commissioners (BOC), which has scheduled a work session for Aug. 26, 2014. As readers may recall, this has been a topic of discussion for several months and the BOC has met with experts from both the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG) and the regional planning agency. Representatives of both clearly have indicated that the current "hybrid" system of having both a full time Commission needs to be changed to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of county government.

August 23, 2014 | Larry McSwain | Columnists

Letter to Editor

The Center for Community Preservation and Planning, commonly referred to as the Center, is a non-governmental organization which came into being shortly after the turn of the century. It was originally funded by a local private non-profit foundation, which also owned a large tract of land in what is generally referred to as the Brick Store Community at Ga. 11 and Hwy. 278.

August 23, 2014 | Staff Report | Letters

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