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Yates makes case for Falcons' backup

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith is waiting to select a backup quarterback.

August 29, 2014 | Associated Press | SPORTS

Use of smart phone not as clean as the dumb one I washed

I killed my cell phone (it was a dumb phone) by washing it in the washing machine. It was in my pants pocket, and I forgot. The bad thing is this is the second time that I have done that.

August 28, 2014 | Paula Travis | LIFE

I-20 construction postponed

Don't worry much about orange cones on the area's highways this holiday weekend. Instead, just worry about all those other cars.

August 28, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL

In 1970, we had a riot; Ferguson looks like war

The news from Ferguson, Missouri, has brought back unpleasant memories from the long-ago riots in Asbury Park, New Jersey. It was the summer of 1970, and I was a young teenager close enough to the action to be appropriately frightened.

August 28, 2014 | Staff Report | Columnists

NHS student arrested for pot, knife

A local high school student was in the custody of the Newton County Sheriff's Office Thursday afternoon after being arrested on campus.

August 28, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL

Kiwanis club hosts high school coaches

The Kiwanis Club hosted Newton County high school football coaches yesterday, and they spoke about an array of topics such as the season, former players, Newton County school system and more.

August 28, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton

Lunchtime concerts set for Thursdays

A series of concerts, all featuring different styles of music, are set for noon each Thursday in September. All will be held on the Square in Covington, and all are free to the public.

August 28, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Student plans fundraising walk

Tammy Hammonds's daughter is the chair for a committee that worked all year to organize fundraising events to bring awareness to a rare but serious disease the needs a brighter spotlight. And Tammy Hammonds's daughter is only 16.

August 28, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL

Football in the SEC not a casual affair for fans

We made it, folks.

August 28, 2014 | Ben Prevost | Sports Columnists

GPTC hosts healthy choices fair

Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) recently hosted a series of events targeting health and wellness on its DeKalb and Newton campuses. As a part of its "Be ACTive" initiative to encourage faculty, staff and students to engage in healthy choices that will nourish the mind, body and spirit, GPTC held a "Healthy Choices Fair" in the Conference Center on the college's DeKalb Campus.

August 28, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Man leaves legacy in 10,000 books

Bo Davis had a passion, and he was not short on living up to it.

August 28, 2014 | Kayla Robins | RELIGION

Just a thought: The Golden Rule

Is the "Golden Rule" biblical? Yes, but not because it is a "golden rule" but rather because it is a "Kingdom principle." Many people miss the point here. They want to live by the golden rule (and that's fine), but not really according to the Kingdom rule. Ah yes, we are talking about the pickers and the choosers. Jesus asked it this way: "Why do you call me, 'Lord, Lord,' and do not do what I say?" (Lk. 6:46) In other words; "Why do you call me Lord when in reality I am not your Lord?" or, "Why ...

August 28, 2014 | William Burnham | Columnists

Story of tonight's game: Youth

"We are young" isn't just a song by indie pop group Fun, it's also the theme for both Eastside and Alcovy's football teams this season.

August 28, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Alcovy

Pilot Club hosts partner in education

The Pilot Club of Covington welcomed its partner in education for 2014-15 to its monthly meeting in August.

August 28, 2014 | Staff Report | LIFE

Rotary Club gives $500 to end Polio

The Rotary Club of Covington hosted District Governor William E. Strickland III at its weekly meeting Tuesday.

August 28, 2014 | Staff Report | LIFE

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Savior Summer

Bright and early Saturday morning, Summer Stevens, her family and a group of volunteers pulled on their boots and gathered at the Georgia Equine Impound in the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center to begin a project of pure compassion. The goal of the day was to construct three small shelters to shade the abused and neglected horses from the scorching summer heat while they are nurtured back to good health and spirits.

August 01, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL

Can Fenn win in 2010?

A race against all odds.

August 01, 2010 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists

The airport

Eighty-two aircraft land in the Covington Municipal Airport on an average day; for 40 of them, the Covington Municipal Airport creates the first, and sometimes only, impression of our community.

This outside market traffic presents a tremendous opportunity for the citizens of Newton County and Covington to attract people to our beautiful community, and it's important that the first impression is the best one possible. A viable, welcoming airport is particularly important in trying to attract new business and retain existing business.

August 01, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Well done, Fairview

We are more than proud of all of the third grade students of Fairview Theme school.

Every one of them passed the government mandated CRCT tests. But not only did they do that, they posted 100 percent proficiency on the reading portion of the test.

August 01, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Why I love homeschooling

I've written about some of my favorite things about homeschooling before. But as I'm watching my friends gearing up to send their kids back to school (which starts soon!), I just have to compose a top-ten list of things to love about homeschooling at this time of year:

August 01, 2010 | Kari Apted | News Columnists

BOE maintains cap on class sizes

The State Board of Education in Georgia has waived all class size rules for the upcoming school year, but the Newton County Board of Education has voted to keep class sizes as low as possible and has granted the superintendent the authorization to move staff around during the first month of school in order to place teachers where the students are.

August 01, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Education

Local Astronomers snap pictures of ISS

The telescope tells all: Theo Ramakers (Social Circle) and Frank Garner (Covington), both members of the Charlie Elliott Chapter of the Atlanta Astronomy Club, imaged the International space Station as it transited the Sun on Friday, July 30.

August 01, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Eyesore of the Week - Aug. 1

Completely overgrown: This week's eyesore is the historic estate located on Emory Street. If you would like to submit an "Eyesore of the Week," send a picture to news@covnews.com or by mail to 1166 Usher St., Covington, GA 30014. Please do not submit residential properties that are occupied.

August 01, 2010 | Staff Report | Eyesore of the Week

Oxford trail extended by 1,100 feet

The Oxford community continues to pursue its goal of creating an extensive multi-use trail system and recently added another 1,100 feet of paved path, or two-tenths of a mile.

As in previous years, the additional section was a joint effort between the City of Oxford and non-profit Newton County Trails-Path Foundation; the two groups evenly split the $40,000 cost. Oxford business Designed Installations by Jim Williams did the work.

August 01, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | Oxford

Keener receives Certificate of Recognition from GMA

Social Circle Council Member David Keener received the prestigious Certificate of Recognition from the Georgia Municipal Training Institute at the Georgia Municipal Association's 77th Annual Convention in Savannah on June 28.

August 01, 2010 | Staff Report | Social Circle

Newton County Jail Log - Aug. 1

• Patricia Nicole Livingston, 26, Hapeville, July 19. Giving false name or address to law enforcement officer, speeding, no child restraint, license to be carried and exhibited.

August 01, 2010 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log

Porterdale hydro plant to house innovative business

More than 80 years after Bibb Manufacturing opened its Porter Hydro Plant, innovator Stephen Odom plans to use it to revolutionize the water filtration and production industry.

August 01, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | Porterdale

Naked man found walking down Highway 81

Phones at the Newton County Sheriff's Office were ringing off the hook around 6 p.m. Monday, when several people driving down Ga. Highway 81 noticed a man with no clothes on walking down the street.

August 01, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

ALANHS: Making and Studying History

For the Love of Art: Newton High School's Academy of Liberal Arts made history on July 14, as students of the academy formed a cultural alliance with students of Carver Early College to embark upon a nine day study abroad trip to France and Spain to study art and history.

August 01, 2010 | Staff Report | Education

Newton woman killed in automobile crash Tuesday

A Newton County woman was killed Tuesday afternoon following a head-on collision with a Freightliner truck.

July 31, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

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