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Mud and Guts

The Georgia International Horse Park turned into a course of mud, barbed wire and ropes for the Metro BattleFrog Obstacle Course Race last weekend.

June 03, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL

One American family

Michael Barry Turner arrived in Vietnam on February 11, 1968, smack-dab in the middle of the largest Communist offensive of the war. The Tet Offensive kicked off on January 31 at the beginning of a mutually understood 'ceasefire' by the belligerents for the yearly Vietnamese celebration. This year, however, the Communists used the sabbatical as their launch date for a nationwide assault.

June 03, 2014 | Pete Mecca | A VETERAN'S STORY

Seeking a leader with character and honesty

Dear editor,

June 03, 2014 | Felton Hudson | Letters

Oxford adopts 2015 budget

Oxford is ready to roll into next fiscal year as its wallet is set and spending in order.

June 03, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL

County mulls costs to keep guns out

The county would have to spend at least $283,559 to prevent people from legally carrying a gun into the Newton County Administration Building or the Historic Courthouse.

June 03, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Sea Island company defends proposed development

I wrote recently about the concerns of environmental groups over a proposal by the owners of Sea Island to develop 7.2 acres on the south end of the island. They say that the land is too fragile for the proposed development.

June 03, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists

Our thoughts on group homes

We can understand a community's concern on having group homes and residences in their neighborhoods.

June 03, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Talking himself into a corner

Like a pitcher who has lost his fastball, Barack Obama has lost "the speech." The speech has always been central to the president and his presidency. He established his credentials with the one he delivered to the 2004 Democratic National Convention while still a state senator. He followed that with many others - Berlin, Cairo, Philadelphia on race, etc. - each one greeted with bobby soxer delirium, which Obama fully expected. In 2004, just before he spoke to the convention, he told his friend Marty Nesbitt that the excitement about him was yet to peak. "My speech is pretty good," he allowed.

June 03, 2014 | Richard Cohen | Columnists

Mr. Sheridan H. Davis

Mr. Sheridan H. Davis, age 77, a lifelong resident of Newborn and former Mayor of Newborn passed away Sunday, June 1, 2014. He was born May 20, 1937 in Newborn, Georgia to Harvey and Thelma Dobbs Davis who have preceded him in death. Mr. Davis was the owner of S.H. Davis Welding and Repair, Inc. in Newborn for 57 years. He retired from General Motors and was of the Methodist faith. Mr. Davis loved to draw, make wood crafts, and he was an avid outdoorsman. One of his biggest joys in life came when he could spend time with ...

June 03, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS

Q&A with the coach

After wrapping up the second day of the Newton High School girl's summer basketball camp, head coach Tiffani Johnson answered a few hard-hitting questions from The Covington News.

June 03, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton

Rising from the middle of the pack

After last season with the Georgia Revolution men, Robin Dixon went from assistant coach to head coach.

June 03, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | SPORTS

Mr. Vincent O. Johnson

Mr. Vincent Orlando Johnson was born on Aug. 17, 1964 in Conyers, Georgia to Mr. & Mrs. Roosevelt (Annie Florence) Johnson.

June 03, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS

Mr. James Parks Smith ‘Lil Buddy’

Mr. James Parks Smith was born June 3, 1946 to the late Mr. Willie Henry Smith and Mrs. Ruth Emma Parks Smith in Greenville, Georgia. He was preceded in death by one son, Mr. James D. Smith, three brothers; Mr. Robert L. Smith, Mr. Irvin L. Smith and Mr. Willie H. Smith, one sister, Mrs. Mary R. Freeman.

June 03, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS

Mrs. Talitha Breed Ozley

Talitha Breed Ozley, wife of Rev. John Ozley, left this life to be with the Lord on June 2 at 2:15 p.m. while in hospice care at home. She was a devoted wife of 65 years, and served with "Preacher John" in various pastoral assignments across North Georgia, the most years of which were in Cherokee and Newton Counties. As a beautiful and gracious lady, Talitha served with diligence, love and generosity. She will be remembered by many friends where she served as musician and choral director, as well as teaching music and voice. She was educated in ...

June 03, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS

Make summer fitness fun

Family Features

June 03, 2014 | Staff Report | Health

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Special needs student honorary driver

An Eastside student became an honorary truck driver for the day when Walmart honored him for overcoming the many obstacles life has placed in his path.

May 31, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL

The Born Ready Ultimatum:

Initially I planned on writing a preview of what the NBA Finals would look like for the 1980's Boston Celtics of our generation - or as you know them the Miami Heat - but that narrative has been written or will be by plenty of other people.

May 31, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Sports Columnists

Why the IMPACT program is important

Concussion management is nothing new, but the recently announced IMPACT program is, at least for high schools.

May 31, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | SPORTS

10 excuses not to go to camp answered

We're down to the last days of camp registration, and lucky for you there are still a few spaces available! Are your ready for your child to have the most amazing week of adventure?

May 31, 2014 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL

Text amendment

The Covington City Council is considering a text amendment to the city parking ordinance which would significantly weaken the ordinance and undermine its purpose of permitting and encouraging walkability and pleasing aesthetics in future commercial development. This ordinance has been in effect since 2008; McDonald's, IHOP, Kaufman Tire, Covington Ford, Waffle House have willingly complied with it.

May 31, 2014 | Staff Report | Letters

City hires new transportation director

Covington's newest transportation director has built interstates and worked on the busiest stretches of highway in Atlanta, and he's looking forward to a chance of pace.

May 31, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

HBO's “Bessie” to film in Covington

Just weeks after the crew of the Martin Luther King Jr. biopic "Selma" filmed in Covington, another film about an African-American icon is coming to town.

May 31, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Gone Paddlin'

Water recreation lovers have been paddling down the Yellow River for years, but the city of Porterdale is making water activities a little more accessible.

May 31, 2014 | Kayla Robins | Porterdale

County tightens laws for group homes

Newton County residents have consistently spoken out against efforts to open group or personal care homes in their neighborhoods, saying extra traffic and noise will ruin the peaceful nature of their neighborhoods and open the door for future unwanted development.

May 31, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Summer reading requirements, activities

As students and families pack their cars for summer trips and their bathing suits for the beach, one item not to be forgotten should be a book.

May 31, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL

Library kicks off summer reading

The Newton County Library System is holding its annual Summer Reading Program and giving prizes to every summer reader who completes the instruction.

May 31, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL

Publix donates to help hungry

Publix and its employees are doing their part to feed the hungry in Newton County.

May 31, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

New student immunization requirements

Parents of rising seventh-graders in the Newton County School System (NCSS) should take note of changes to the state immunization requirements that go into effect in July.

May 31, 2014 | Staff Report | Education

Movie-based tourism thrives

Covington filming locations have grown in popularity as local businesses have capitalized on the success of popular shows and films. The Mystic Falls/Vampire Stalkers tour recently received a 2014 certificate of excellence from trip advisor, while 12 Oaks Bed and Breakfast topped Fox News' top destinations for readers list.

May 31, 2014 | Sam Reardon | LIFE

Catholic school days remembered

With graduation just a few days behind us, it brought my own days in school to mind.

May 31, 2014 | T. Pat Cavanaugh | Columnists

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