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Newton County Jail Log: Feb. 22

Yancey Keon Axon, 21, Dodge State Prison, Feb. 21, back for court

February 23, 2017 | Staff Report | Crime

Eastside baseball wins third straight, Newton coach grabs 50th win

Eastside used the power of the bat once again to notch its third straight win as it defeated Hart County 13-9 on Wednesday night.

February 23, 2017 | Staff Report | SPORTS

BOC will have to mandate service

If citizens in unincorporated parts of Newton County are going to be mandated to purchase curbside trash pick-up, it will have to come from the ...

February 23, 2017 | Darryl Welch | County

Juliana Crenshaw Burt

Juliana Crenshaw Burt, 88, died on Friday, Sept. 2, 2016 in the Azalea House, a loving assisted living home in Tucker, Georgia. She was born ...

February 23, 2017 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

Sale of hang tags brings in $473K

Members of the Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) were advised of a potential budget shortfall at Tuesday's meeting after the sale of recycling ...

February 23, 2017 | Darryl Welch | County

Detour coming March 7 for new bridge over Yellow River

Replacing the Yellow River bridge on State Route (SR) 36 requires a one-year detour beginning Tuesday, March 7. Traffic will use SR 162 and SR ...

February 22, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Newton boys sophomores Colby Rogers and Armani Harris are emerging as playmakers

To gauge how far a pair of sophomores on Newton's boys basketball team have come this year, one would need only to look back ...

February 22, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Newton

Council approves meeting time resolution

The Covington City Council will meet at a new time going forward, after a change to the city's charter was enacted and a resolution ...

February 22, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Covington

Local leadership, support for trees recognized

Oxford was among 19 Georgia cities recognized Feb. 14 for its commitment to caring for and managing its public trees. Oxford was honored during the ...

February 22, 2017 | Staff Report | Agriculture

Debate over religious freedom returns to Georgia legislature

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Republicans have again proposed legislation they argue will protect people acting on religious belief, undaunted by the forceful veto of a similar ...

February 22, 2017 | Kathleen Foody Associated Press | LEGISLATIVE UPDATES

Covington recognizes heroic efforts

Four Covington Firefighters received a standing ovation Monday night after recognition of their lifesaving work.

February 22, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Covington

BOC approves SPLOST spending

The Newton County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday night to use $77,000 in 2011 SPLOST revenues to fund improvements at Dinah Pace Neighborhood Park ...

February 22, 2017 | Darryl Welch | County

BOC approves new JDA members

The Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) approved the county's new representatives on the Joint Development Authority (JDA) of Jasper, Morgan, Walton and Newton ...

February 22, 2017 | Darryl Welch | County

Hang tags available only at fire services starting in March

Vehicle hang tags for the Newton County Trash Collection Convenience Centers will be available for purchase only at the Newton County Fire Services Headquarters, effective ...

February 22, 2017 | Staff Report | County

Covington resident claims $9.6 million Jumbo Bucks Lotto prize

Michael Camp, of Covington, recently came forward as the winner of the $9.6 million jackpot prize from the Feb. 6 Jumbo Bucks Lotto drawing.

February 22, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL

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Turning Back the Pages - November 23- November 27

This week The Covington News is only turning back our pages to five years ago to see how far we have, or have not come. From the not so distance past, things haven't changed all that much in our community's celebration.

November 30, 2016 | Staff Report | Turning Back the Pages

Judges to be sworn in

On Dec. 16, at 9:30 a.m. in the jury impaneling room in the Newton County Judicial Center, the judges of the Superior Courts of the Alcovy Judicial Circuit (Newton County and Walton County) will be sworn in by the Honorable Harris P. Hines, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia.

November 30, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL

Tempers flare, offense sputters in Alcovy's loss to Salem

When Alcovy coach Justin Hunter looks back on his team's 42-34 loss to Salem on Tuesday night, he may be tempted to ask the "what if" question a few times.

November 30, 2016 | Gabriel Stovall | Alcovy

Newton girls, boys basketball sweep Heritage-Newnan, now shift sights to Eastside

In typical head coach fashion, Tiffani Johnson could still pick out some of the warts in the midst of an impressive performance.

November 30, 2016 | Gabriel Stovall | Newton

Nine Alcovy football players make all-region squad

The Alcovy Tigers football team saw more proof of progress when first year head coach Chris Edgar took a peak at the All-Region 3-AAAAAA team rosters.

November 29, 2016 | Gabriel Stovall | Alcovy

Southern Folk Advent Service scheduled

The Sonny Houston Bluegrass Band will provide bluegrass-Gospel music and preacher-scholar Jason Byassee will speak at Meridian Herald's 24nd annual Southern Folk Advent Service. The Meridian Chorale will sing and Steven Darsey will direct the music. The event will be held Saturday, Dec. 3 at 4 p.m. at Old Church on the Oxford College. Admission is free.

November 29, 2016 | Staff Report | LIVING

Johnny Hammond “Santa Johnny”

Johnny Hammond, of Mansfield, affectionately known as "Santa Johnny," passed away November 27, 2016, at 74 years of age. After retiring from AT&T, he found his true life calling when he became Santa Johnny. He brought joy to thousands of children who sat on his lap and whispered their Christmas wish lists in his ear. He would tell them to mind their parents, brush their teeth, and say their prayers. Santa Johnny carried in his heart the true meaning of Christmas. Unfortunately Parkinson's disease ended his Santa career. He was loved deeply and will be missed by all ...

November 29, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

Representative Jody Hice stops by Newton

U.S. Representative for Georgia's 10th District Jody Hice paid a visit to the Newton County Republican Party Monday night before catching a flight back to Washington D.C. Tuesday morning.

November 29, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL

Raging wildfires in South force evacuations in Tennessee

ATLANTA (AP) - Raging wildfires fueled by high winds forced the evacuation of thousands of people and damaged hundreds of buildings in a popular resort town on the border of the Smoky Mountains National Park as National Guard troops arrived early Tuesday to help overwhelmed firefighters.

November 29, 2016 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Newton boys basketball stays unbeaten despite tough weekend schedule

Most preseason boys basketball polls had the Newton Rams boys ranked No. 5. But after a season opening week of blowout wins against ranked teams from varying classifications, expect the Rams to start inching up those rankings.

November 28, 2016 | Gabriel Stovall | Newton

7 sent to hospital after report of Ohio State active shooter

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Seven people were sent to the hospital Monday morning after an active shooter was reported on campus, the Columbus Fire Department said shortly after the school sent a series of tweets telling students to shelter in place and to "Run Hide Fight."

November 28, 2016 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

James ‘Bill’ Clay

Loving father and grandfather, James "Bill" Clay, 73, of Covington, passed away November 26, 2016. Clay was born in Decatur to the late James and Eulalia Clay. Bill Clay served in the U.S. Air Force, worked for the Covington News, and later retired from the Atlanta Journal and Constitution after many years of dedicated service. He was preceded in death by his great-grandson Liam Cline. Bill Clay is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Viki Clay, of Covington; daughter and son-in-law, Patricia and Mike Swart of Covington, daughter, Treena Baker and fiance Brian Taylor of Atlanta; son ...

November 28, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

Isaiah Miller finds good fit at Newton

By now, Isaiah Miller has had almost a half dozen regular season games to get acclimated to his new surroundings and teammates at Newton High.

November 28, 2016 | Gabriel Stovall | Newton

Eastside's Keiodre Perry adjusts to new leadership role

When Eastside boys basketball coach Brent Wren talks about his 2016-17 team in general, his voice glides with the ease of one well-versed in coach speak.

November 28, 2016 | Gabriel Stovall | Eastside

Thanksgiving is past, now time for cover crops and drought management

For me, Thanksgiving is the best holiday of the year. It's totally focused on seasonal food (except for the green beans - how did that happen?). It comes at a time of year that I can leave the farm without leaving chores undone. And it marks the end of our CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program that runs through the week before Thanksgiving. As much as we love filling the boxes of produce for our subscribers, we also like the winter break.

November 27, 2016 | Daniel Parson | Agriculture

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