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John William Kinard, Jr

Mr. John William Kinard, Jr, age 87, of Mansfield passed away January 1, 2017. He was born May 19, 1929 in Jasper County to John ...

January 03, 2017 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

Marshall’s Music Minute: New album release from Joshua Jacobson; several good shows on tap

Greetings, music lovers, welcome back to another installment of the Music Minute. There is a lot to cover today, so let's get right to ...

January 02, 2017 | Marshall McCart | Columnists

Fazio: Farewell to ‘The News’

A community newspaper really is a great thing. It's the pulse of a town; it is a measure of growth and change; it's ...

January 02, 2017 | Bryan Fazio | Columnists

Yarbrough: Resolutely determined to manage 2017 expectations

The only thing more useless than socks on a pig are New Year's resolutions. Our intentions are applaudable but our follow-through usually leaves a ...

January 02, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists

Our Thoughts: Happy New Year from 'The Covington News'

Another year has come, and many of us are saying, 'Where did 2016 go?' While others are telling the year that was, 'Good riddance.'

January 02, 2017 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Letter: A loss for us all

To the editor:

January 02, 2017 | Staff Report | Letters

Letter: Funeral home undergoing renovations

To the editor:

January 02, 2017 | Staff Report | Letters

The Top 16 of 2016

A look back throughout the last 366 days finds many important stories throughout Newton County that were spread throughout the pages of this newspaper. The ...

January 02, 2017 | Staff Report | TOP 16 OF 2016

1: A proposed mosque - August

Newton County was in the national spotlight in 2016 as the Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) learned that 165 acres of land on Highway ...

January 02, 2017 | Staff Report | TOP 16 OF 2016

2: NCSO Deputy Justin White dies in the line of duty – Nov. 2

2016 brought a lot of firsts for Newton County; however, on Nov. 15 the Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) had a first it never ...

January 02, 2017 | Staff Report | TOP 16 OF 2016

3: 2016 New County leadership – Nov. 8

Newton County, as a governmental entity, will see a change in leadership, both politically and administratively in 2017 with the election of the first-ever black ...

January 02, 2017 | Staff Report | TOP 16 OF 2016

4: Square transformation

The Square is like the "remember when" of Covington, with changes to stores and restaurants as well as mobility. This year downtown Covington has received ...

January 02, 2017 | Staff Report | TOP 16 OF 2016

5: Crime increases

Local law enforcement saw an increase in violent crime in 2016. Newton County saw more murders in 2016 than the seven in 2015. The Covington ...

January 02, 2017 | Staff Report | TOP 16 OF 2016

6: BOC financial issues

Newton County's finances were under scrutiny for much of the year with Fire Services Chief Kevin O'Brien indicted on four counts of theft ...

January 02, 2017 | Staff Report | TOP 16 OF 2016

7: Convenience center cost implemented/SWA

For the first time Newton County residents were charged for using the county's Neighborhood Recycling Centers. The centers, which have been in use by ...

January 02, 2017 | Staff Report | TOP 16 OF 2016

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City denies The Cork’s ordinance change request

In a 4-2 vote, the Covington City Council denied the ordinance change request from The Cork Boutique to allow ancillary tastings outside during tonight's meeting.

November 21, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | Covington

Traffic stop nets drug arrest

After following a truck registered to a known drug house, Covington Police Officer Steve Swann initiated a traffic stopped that resulted in a foot pursuit and arrest of the truck's passenger.

November 21, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | Crime

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 County Board of Education. He was a native of Covington, and attended Piedmont Academy (K-12) where he graduated in 1982. Mallard went on to attend Georgia Southern where he was a member of the Kappa Alpha Order, then later transferred to UGA, where he received a B.S. in Forestry Resources with a concentration in Wildlife Management and Biology in 1988. While at UGA, he became a member of the Phi Kappa Phi, Alpha Zeta ...

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 College and Career Academy (NCCA), "My challenge to you is to do everything you can to get to my age and be able to say 'I did everything right.' Being cool, being disrespectful does not pay the bills."

November 21, 2016 | Duane M. Ford | Education

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 now a karate world champion.

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 after a narrow first round playoff loss to Spalding, Hoff has been busy helping his seniors get ready to finalize their recruiting processes, making plans for winter conditioning and getting special accolades from the Atlanta Falcons.

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 football.

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 before we get too far into year.

November 20, 2016 | Gabriel Stovall | SPORTS

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 that engages students in the critical exploration of the concept of community. They do this so they begin to formulate their own ideas of community, identify various structures of belonging in communities, and develop a deeper understanding of multiple communities to which they have been and are connected. We've talked about communities of origin, the Oxford campus community, virtual communities, communities of self-interest, intentional communities and we've especially focused on the City of ...

November 20, 2016 | Lyn Pace | Religion

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

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 ever before.

November 20, 2016 | Beth Rowe | LOCAL

Harrop: Goodbye, Facebook. you're evil

Dear Facebook friends,

November 20, 2016 | Staff Report | Columnists

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 a political injustice.

November 20, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

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

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