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Social Circle police win national awards

The Social Circle Police Department took home three awards from the National Interdiction Conference in Nashville on April 2, including 2013 Investigator of the Year.

April 10, 2014 | Kayla Robins | Social Circle

Mr. Bobby Green

Mr. Bobby Green, age 80, a lifelong resident of Covington passed away Wednesday, April 9, 2014. He was born April 19, 1933 in Covington to Rush and Ethel Herring Green who have preceded him in death. Mr. Green served his country in the United States Army and was of the Methodist faith. He worked for a number of years for Hercules as a supervisor over the shipping department and owned and operated Bob's Carpet Service for many years. Mr. Green loved horses, fishing, and farming and enjoyed riding in boats. He was a loving caring father, grandfather, great grandfather ...

April 10, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS

Mrs. Helen June McClam

Mrs. Helen June McClam, 82 of Covington, passed away on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at Abbey Hospice. Mrs. McClam was born on September 26, 1931 in Atlanta, GA to Carter and Dell Hughes. Mrs. McClam is preceded in death by her parents, her son Warren Eugene McClam and close friend Bettye Brown.

April 10, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS

Mr. Billy Reagin

Billy Reagin of Covington passed away April 10, 2014 at Abbey Hospice in Social Circle. He was 62 years of age at the time of his death. Billy loved to spend time with his family and friends. He also enjoyed riding his Harley, going to motorcycle rallies, and was an avid Georgia fan. In addition, he loved playing softball, being outside, trips to Biloxi, and watching NASCAR. Billy was preceded in death by his parents, Henry Burton and Jane (Sammons) Jackson; and his beloved dogs, Abby and Ellie.

April 10, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS

More presence

You might have wondered why you are seeing more police cars on city streets and in your neighborhood in Covington.

April 10, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

In response to Terri Kimble Fullerton’s “Are service clubs outdated?”

Dear Editor,

April 10, 2014 | Staff Report | Letters

EHS students named All-State Chorus

Only two high-schoolers in Newton County made the cut to participate in the Georgia All State Chorus, and they are both Eastside High students.

April 10, 2014 | Kayla Robins | Education

Rumsfeld's battle with truth

There is a moment, a mere moment, when Donald Rumsfeld's eyes well up and he chokes a bit. This comes in Errol Morris' documentary "The Unknown Known," in which Rumsfeld mentions visiting the wounded of the Iraq War. It is then that we get a glance at the man behind the word-playing frat boy who should not be able to sleep at night but from all the evidence does -- soundly. Socrates said the unexamined life is not worth living. Maybe. But in Rumsfeld's case, it is certainly worth watching.

April 10, 2014 | Richard Cohen | Columnists

NCSS to host spring education summit

The Newton County School System announced a day for parents and community members to come together to participate in education workshops aimed at increasing student success in the classroom.

April 10, 2014 | Kayla Robins | Education

Armed robbery suspects arrested with 6,000 pills

Two suspects wanted for the Omnicare Pharmacy armed robbery were arrested after officers and agents found $250,000 of prescription drugs in a joint Georgia Bureau of Investigations and Conyers Police Department investigation.

April 10, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Spring Festival at Gaither’s Plantation

Every spring is a great time to enjoy the cooler weather, the colorful scenery of the blooming flowers and more. This spring offers a more rare experience for are residents thanks to the Gaither's Plantation Spring Fling and Festival.

April 10, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

For the love of coffee

Tim Hughes returned from deployment in Afghanistan not with thoughts of war, but dreams of coffee.

April 10, 2014 | Kayla Robins | Porterdale

Everybody Loves Freddy

He walks up the 17th fairway at Augusta National uncomfortably upright, his hands clutched to both ends of a 7-iron that stretches toward the sky behind his head. He rocks the club from one hip to the other, bending his back side-to-side as he grimaces.

April 10, 2014 | Vince Johnson | Masters 2014

Ashton Hills offers beauty, challenge

For full 2014 Masters coverage, visit the Covington News's dedicated Masters page.

April 10, 2014 | Matt Smith | SPORTS

Ashton Hills offers beauty, challenge

Since 2012, the Ashton Hills Golf Club has offered Newton County golfers a picture of golf perfection, captivating players with its challenging, yet artistic, design.

April 10, 2014 | Matt Smith | Masters 2014

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Landscaping lawsuit officially filed against county

Newton County's former landscape contractor Billy Durden officially filed a lawsuit against the county Feb. 7 claiming the county illegally terminated his contract, but the two sides are expected to discuss the case next week.

February 13, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Just a Thought: God hates sins, not sinners

God hates sin, not sinners. He hates sin because of what it does to the sinner (redeemed and unredeemed). For the redeemed, yielding themselves to sin can lead them back into the dominant control and slavery they have been set free from. For the unredeemed, sin piled upon sin takes them deeper into sin and farther from a sensitivity to God and need for salvation. Sin at its most basic form means to "miss the mark" Romans 2:23 tells us we have all done this. So in essence sin is sin is sin. But there are some sins God ...

February 13, 2014 | William Burnham | Columnists

A lesson in real love

OK guys, we've got a problem, it's Valentine's Day. If there was ever a day the pressure is on to prove your love, this is it. And there are countless ideas out there, but every one of them could just as easily backfire, since one woman might love what another would not. And if you ask your special someone how you can show your love, well, then you run the risk of her saying that if you really loved her you'd know.

February 13, 2014 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Columnists

Motorcyclist charged with DUI

A man was arrested and charged with DUI after reportedly crashing his motorcycle while trying to pull out of a bar Monday.

February 13, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL

Day of snow helps 'Days for Girls'

A group of students at Oxford College used one of their snow days off from classes to complete a service project geared toward young girls and women globally who don't have the means for feminine hygiene products.

February 13, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL

Fires in the storm

The Covington and Newton County fire departments responded to two fires overnight Wednesday and Thursday morning, in the midst of snow from the 2014 winter storm.

February 13, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Man sets fire, burns neighbor's property

A Social Circle man said his neighbor burned some of his property while burning trash. A report said a deputy with the Newton County Sheriff's Office responded to a home on Cooper Road in Social Circle Saturday, Feb. 8 in reference to a complaint about reckless conduct. A man told the deputy that his neighbor set a fire that spread onto his property.

February 13, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL

Southern hospitality amid a storm of controversy

They can make fun of us if they want. Georgians know that grace and generosity are more important than blame. While others may make fun and cast blame, the important stories are not about how weather happens, snow comes and we get caught in traffic jams for hours or how we abandon cars and pick them up a day to two later. The real stories are about strangers handing out food and water, stores and restaurants welcoming those who are stranded, providing them shelter for the night. They are of neighbors getting together for large dinners, friends walking miles to ...

February 13, 2014 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists

Letter to the editor

Dear Editor,

February 13, 2014 | Staff Report | Letters

Celebrating compromise

The Covington Planning Commission met this past week to discuss whether to allow a zoning change for the iconic Twelve Oaks Bed and Breakfast so that owner Nicole Greer would be able to host weddings and other functions.

February 13, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Whatever happened to balance?

The defenestration of Woody Allen started on Feb. 2 with a column in The New York Times by Nicholas Kristof. He began by saying all the right things -- that allegations against Allen of sexually molesting the 7-year-old daughter of his one-time companion Mia Farrow had never been proved and that Allen "should be presumed innocent." Then Kristof threw Allen out the window.

February 13, 2014 | Richard Cohen Columnist | Columnists

Jack N. Kitchens

Jack N. Kitchens, of Covington, passed away Feb. 10, 2014, at the age of 77. Mr. Kitchens, a retired U.S. Army veteran, proudly served his country during both the Korean and Vietnam wars. During his 24 years in service, he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (three times), the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, and many others. He was a 1954 graduate of Newton High, and faithful member of Pine Grove Presbyterian Church. Mr. Kitchens was an avid golfer and enjoyed ceramics and reading. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle and friend ...

February 13, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS

Will Twelve Oaks be allowed to host weddings?

The Twelve Oaks Bed and Breakfast has been hosting weddings for more than a year, but events aren't actually allowed under its current zoning permit and its fate as a wedding destination rests in the hands of the Covington City Council.

February 13, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

City's Black History event to be Feb. 22

Janet Goodman notices a lot of young people don't realize society is the way it is today because of the sacrifices of past generations. She's planning to educate them.

February 13, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

No school for students Friday

School has been canceled for students Friday.

February 13, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

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