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A taste of the Artful Harvest

Southern Heartland Arts Inc. invites the public to visit Artful Harvest, the annual invitational judged art show, sponsored by United Bank, during September.

August 30, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Students gather Porterdale demographics

A group of University of Georgia students could be seen walking around certain neighborhoods in Porterdale recently, but they weren't just roaming. They were enjoying a refreshing college field trip while learning about Porterdale's demographics.

August 30, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL

Eastside to retire Lee's number

Catherine Lee, former catcher for Eastside High School softball, will have her jersey retired on Tuesday, Sept. 2, at 5 p.m.

August 30, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Eastside

No surprises on county agenda

Tuesday's Newton County Board of Commissioners' meeting agenda contains nothing out of the ordinary. Specifically, there's nothing there to talk about the form of government, which was put off for a month in a work session last week but has been lingering just under the surface since.

August 30, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL

Thieves swipe metal grates from I-20

Newton County's Interstate 20 is missing its metal.

August 30, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL

Mansfield to work on square of its own

August was a busy month in Mansfield.

August 30, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL

Blacks must confront reality

Though racial discrimination exists, it is nowhere near the barrier it once was. The relevant question is: How much of what we see today can be explained by racial discrimination? This is an important question because if we conclude that racial discrimination is the major cause of black problems when it isn't, then effective solutions will be elusive forever. To begin to get a handle on the answer, let's pull up a few historical facts about black Americans.

August 30, 2014 | Walter Williams | Columnists

#FansOfTheWeek

The Covington News is looking for the biggest fans at high school football games. Throughout the season, we will be taking pictures of fans and accepting pictures sent to us. Send us your fan photos throughout the season and you could win a laptop, external hard drive and/or a wireless keyboard and mouse.

August 30, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Alcovy

6 takeaways from Tigers/Eagles

With its strong running game Eastside pounded the ball and Alcovy into submission, winning 36-6 over city-rival Alcovy.

August 30, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Eastside

Time to call a spade a spade

As the character Cecily said to Miss Fairfax in a play written by Oscar Wilde entitled "The Importance of being Earnest": "When I see a spade I call it a spade."

August 30, 2014 | Mychal massie | Columnists

Leadership still lacking

Two weeks ago we editorialized that the Newton County Board of Commissioners should show some leadership, define the county's form of government, and identify its true manager. The BOC held a workshop on the topic, but left the meeting without a solution, or even clarity on how Newton County should be led.

August 30, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Recommendations to the BOC

The recent loan from Newton County Chairman Keith Ellis on behalf of Newton County to Commissioner J.C. Henderson was a huge problem for our local government.

August 30, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Are children at risk in your car?

At least 7 in 10 children are in improperly installed car seats, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Some car seat professionals put the number closer to 9 in 10.

August 30, 2014 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL

Henderson’s check not the first

Newton County Commission Chairman Keith Ellis cut fellow Commissioner J.C. Henderson a loan, or "paycheck advance," for $4,500 on Aug. 12. Henderson said he needed the money to send his son to college after financial aid promises from Tuskegee University fell through.

August 30, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL

22 trapped gold miners rescued

BONANZA, Nicaragua (AP) - Rescue workers and trapped miners alike frantically dug away at opposite sides of rock and mud that blocked a Nicaragua gold mine, finally succeeding in freeing at least 20 men. Efforts to reach five miners still missing continued Saturday.

August 30, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

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U.S. C-SOG dynamic cell extraction training to be held in Newton

Sheriff Ezell Brown is inviting local law enforcement agencies to participate in Dynamic Cell Extraction training at the Newton County Sheriff's Office on July 27. The training will be conducted by United States Corrections-Special Operations Group. Presently, 12 agencies will be participating in the eight-hour instructional course.

June 13, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Letters to the editor - Don't increase taxes

Dear Editor: Somehow, I think we are misusing the English language when the commissioners talk about a "rollback" in property taxes. My copy of the American Heritage Dicitionary says rollback means "a reduction of prices or wages to a previously lower level." I suspect that other dictionaries say something similar. Let's call this what it is, a tax increase in a year when many of us are having a hard time making ends meet.

June 13, 2010 | Staff Report | Letters

Letters to the editor - Raise millage rate

Dear Editor: Commissioners Mort Ewing and Tim Fleming need to get with the program and raise the millage rate. It's just common sense that if the property tax revenues are reduced, the millage rate must go up to make up for the deficit. I know its hard for politicians to 'raise taxes,' but I believe most homeowners would rather pay the few extra dollars (not really more than we've been paying, due to decreased valuation of our homes) and maintain the standard and level of services here in Newton County. When (and if) the property valuation returns to ...

June 13, 2010 | Staff Report | Letters

I support the rollback rate

Let me be perfectly clear. As Newton County Commission Chair, I am strongly in support of the rollback millage rate of 10.9 mils. For 10 years, the millage rate has remained at 9.73, adequate during our flush times but far from adequate as this county struggles with a dramatically reduced tax digest down some 24 percent since I took office 18 months ago. If three district commissioners vote to continue that rate and not adopt the rollback rate, they will be contributing mightily to an unnecessary decline in critical areas of county services.

June 13, 2010 | By Kathy Morgan | Columnists

Our thoughts... Contract out

 We appreciate the fact that the elected members of our Board of Commissioners are trying their best to balance the 2010 budget.

June 13, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Our thoughts... Golden opportunity zone

We feel strongly that the city of Social Circle has taken the right steps in order to allow its business community to grow and prosper over the next 10 years.

June 13, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Our thoughts... The stars and stripes

 "The flag of the United States has not been created by rhetorical sentences in declarations of independence and in bills of rights. It has been created by the experience of a great people, and nothing is written upon it that has not been written by their life. It is the embodiment, not of a sentiment, but of a history."

June 13, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

The best option for our county

The budget process for the Board of Commissioners is entering the final countdown. A budget must be set and voted on by June 15; however, there are major decisions yet to be made. Citizens, county employees and BOC members are all keenly aware that Newton County faces a major revenue shortfall. Yet to be seen is how the BOC will determine a final budget and subsequently set a millage rate that will generate funds enough to provide modest services above and beyond those that are mandated.

June 13, 2010 | By Nancy Schulz | Columnists

Mrs. Judy Jones

Judy Jones was born in Detroit, Michigan on October 6, 1928, the daughter of Olin Steele Bohanan, Sr. and Edna Lee Knight. At an early age, she moved with her parents and brothers, Olin Jr. and Darrell, to Stewart community. There she attended Heard-Mixon School, excelling in her studies. She was the valedictorian of the class of 1946.

June 12, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS

Alcovy High School awarded Work Ready grant

Governor Sonny Perdue today announced Alcovy High School, along with 3o other high schools throughout the state has been awarded a Georgia Work Ready training grant that provides three-year access to the initiative's skills gap training software, which helps students improve their Work Ready Certificate levels. The funding was made available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and will provide each school $5,000 of software.

June 11, 2010 | Staff Report | Education

Mr. Ervin Fuller

FULLER Mr. Ervin Fuller of Covington, GA died Thursday, June 10, 2010 at his residence. He was born on February 3, 1926 in Hazel Park, Michigan to Ralph and Nettie Reagan Fuller. He was oldest of ten siblings and grew up in a 14 room farm house in Cold Water Michigan. Mr. Fuller was a member of Stewart Baptist Church and longtime resident of the Stewart Community. Mr. Fuller is survived by Wife of 58 years, Gloria Parker Fuller of Covington, Son and Daughter-in-law Keith and Vivian Fuller of Covington, Daughter-in-law Robyn Fuller of Griffin, Grandchildren Keith Jr., Cameron and ...

June 11, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS

Woman attempts to rob bank

Covington Police officials are looking for a woman who attempted to make off with funds from the United Bank in Newton Plaza on U.S. Highway 278 on Thursday morning.

June 11, 2010 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL

What’s your excuse? Vote today!

In 2008, lines of eager voters wrapped around the Newton County Administration Building each day of early voting during the presidential election.

June 11, 2010 | Terri Kimble | News Columnists

Local schools vie for big money from Big Lots contest

As schools across the nation struggle with budget cuts, students find themselves with fewer opportunities than ever. The loss of vital programs like the arts and physical education and the lack of funds for supplies like textbooks and instruments have made it difficult for teachers to perform jobs necessary to educate their students.

June 11, 2010 | Sabastian Wee swee@covnews.com | Education

Grace Notes: My faith looks up to thee

"My faith looks up to thee." That's a classic line from a great hymn, and it's a great sentiment. Too bad, all too often it's a lie. As much as we might say it and pretend like it is true - all too often, our sinful pride gets our faith to look in to me instead of up to thee.

June 11, 2010 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Columnists

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