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Bon Voyage

A beloved figure in Covington will soon step down from the position he created, transitioning from entertainer to life-long audience. And he plans to enjoy his newly found free time.

April 24, 2014 | Covington icon made music his life and doesn’t plan to stop enjoying it | LOCAL

BOE approves contract with Ombudsman

The Newton County Board of Education unanimously approved Superintendent Samantha Fuhrey's recommendation from the April 15 work session to renew its contract with Ombudsman Educational Services, Newton's alternative and special education and behavioral therapy program, during the April 22 meeting.

April 24, 2014 | Kayla Robins | Education

Earth Day

This week marks the 44th anniversary of Earth Day. In years past, the day has been marked with great media fanfare and attention. This week, it marched by with little mention. This is not so much a reflection of any lack of interest in the Earth, but a reflection of how mainstream and ongoing the topics of recycling, reclaiming and sustainability have become. They are now part of our daily lives, rather than a topic to be raised once a year.

April 24, 2014 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists

Theme School highest ranking in Ga.

Newton County is home to the best scoring middle school in the state in 2013, according to the College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) the Georgia Department of Education released earlier this week.

April 24, 2014 | Kayla Robins | Education

Presenting the numbers

In Wednesday's paper we brought out front and center the school system's scores from the last two years, with a combined average.

April 24, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Schemmel still provides hope during relay

Barbara Schemmel and Becky Byrum met standing on either side of a track as a man made his way around for the 2000 Relay for Life's survivor lap, despite not being able to feel his feet after having chemotherapy that day.

April 24, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Search on for missing Newton man

Authorities are asking for the public's help in locating missing Newton County man, Robert "Bobby" Weaver, a white man who is 5 feet, 8 inches tall, weighs about 160 pounds and has brown hair, brown eyes and tattoos on his forearms.

April 24, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Service sorority granted charter

About 75 women in Newton County now have an official group to better the community from closer to home.

April 24, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL

Two WB I-20 lanes closed this weekend

Weekend dinner or shopping trips to Conyers, The Mall at Stonecrest or Atlanta are about to get a little more complicated with a major road resurfacing project kicking off on Interstate 20 westbound that will close down two lanes this weekend and on future weekends.

April 24, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Mansfield UMC feeding the hungry

Members from Mansfield UMC are doing their part to find hunger around the world.

April 24, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | RELIGION

Mr. Allen L. Moore

Mr. Allen Lee "Dink" Moore, Jr., age 78 of Conyers, died Tuesday, April 22, 2014. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Shirley Bragg Moore; sons and daughters-in-law, Lee and Susie Moore, all of Conyers, Marty and Ann Moore, Greensboro; daughter and son-in-law, Dana and Kristopher Campbell, Loganville; 7 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; brother and sister-in-law, David and Brenda Moore, Athens, AL; sister-in-law, Ginger Doster, Covington; multiple nieces and nephews; and special friends Larry and Sandra Hammett and family, Dahlonega. Mr. Moore graduated from Stone Mountain High School in 1954 and was a DeKalb County Police Officer. After 35 ...

April 24, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS

Mr. Michael David Smith

Michael (David) Smith, age 58, of 115 McDade Road SW, Eatonton, GA 31024, passed away at his home Friday, April 18, 2014. He was born March 8, 1956 to the late Bennie and Dorothy Smith of Oxford.

April 24, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS

Mansfield interim mayor still deciding

If interim Mansfield Mayor Jefferson Riley wants to run to be mayor full time, he's left in the odd position of having to resign from the city council a full two months ahead of an election, leaving the city to appoint yet another interim mayor during a time of transition.

April 24, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Familiar parallels in Ukraine

Is Andranik Migranyan right?

April 24, 2014 | Richard Cohen | Columnists

Social Circle man arrested for child molestation

A Social Circle resident was arrested Wednesday in Florida for three counts of child molestation.

April 24, 2014 | Kayla Robins | Social Circle

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Good work CPD, NCSO

The Covington Police Department, under the direction of Chief Stacey Cotton, and the Newton County Sheriff's Department, under the direction of Sheriff Ezell Brown, deserve a great big pat on the back this holiday season.

Their joint effort in the quick capture of the Wal-Mart/United Bank Bandit continues a tradition of arrests of people who think Covington is just a sleepy, little place where they can stop and rob businesses of their money.

November 29, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Wonderful couple

Congratulations to T.K. and Louise Adams for being honored to light the holiday decorations on the Newton County Historic Courthouse.

If there ever was a couple who deserved this honor it is T.K and Louise for their tireless dedication to the Newton County Community Band, the Newton County School System and the Washington Street Community Center.

November 29, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Thankgiving 2009

It's hard to believe, but nevertheless true, that Ben Franklin wanted the turkey - not the Golden Eagle - to serve as America's national emblem. I'm thinking old Ben may have gotten one too many jolts when he flew that kite in a storm and caught lightning in a bottle. But at least his beloved turkey performs national service when served up on Thanksgiving Day - that special time of year when, with the full consent of our federal government, Americans give thanks to God for our nation and our way of life.

The year 2009 has been tough for ...

November 29, 2009 | Nat Harwell | OPINION

Holiday shoppers

Stocking stuffers: South Carolina resident Margo Macdonald picked up some gifts at Mayfield's Hardware on the square while visiting with her long-time friend Linda Wade. The two women met when they were in first grade and remain close to this day. Mayfield's is also one of the many shops on the square participating in the Elf on a Shelf Treasure Hunt this holiday season. Find all the elves perched on the shelves of participating merchants and be entered in a drawing for a stocking filled with more than $500 in gift certificates to spend in downtown Covington. Entry ...

November 29, 2009 | Staff Report | Covington

4-H'ers tackle financial skills

I'm thankful for furlough days, because it means I'm still employed.

As people head out today to fill their buggies with holiday gifts or choose to stay home, I'm sure furloughs, foreclosures and other financial topics are fresh on the minds of many.

November 28, 2009 | Terri Kimble | News Columnists

Joey Sorrells

Mr. Joey Sorrells, 53, of Fernandina Beach, Fla., passed away Nov. 23 after a valiant fight with cancer and related complications. Born in Covington, he was the son of the late Billy Charles and Peggy Latish Mills Sorrells. H was a graduate of Newton County High School, class of 1974. Mr. Sorrells lived in the Southeast his entire life and moved to Fernandina Beach approximately 20 years ago. He was successful and hardworking in sales, various business ventures and as an investor throughout his career. While in Georgia he worked with J.B. Hunt Transport of Atlanta as a driver ...

November 28, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITS

Friends of the Library sponsor gift tree fundraiser

The Friends of the Newton County Library are sponsoring a Gift Tree just inside the lobby at the Newton County Library. The tree is decorated with colorful paper ornaments each listing a type of book or audio visual item with the amount it takes to purchase the item. Anyone can donate the suggested amount to the library to purchase a title in their name or to honor someone. Last season, Newton County Residents donated over $1,300 to purchase 70 books, paperbacks and DVDs for the Children's Room and general collections at the library.

"Donating to the Library by ...

November 28, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Advent services at First Presbyterian

First Presbyterian Church of Covington will be offering Advent Prayer Services every Tuesday on Dec. 1, Dec. 8, Dec. 15 and Dec. 22, from noon to 12:20 p.m. in the sanctuary.

November 28, 2009 | Staff Report | RELIGION

Newton County Jail Log - Nov. 27

o Mitchell Ray Childress, 18, Social Circle, Nov. 7. DUI, improper lane change.

November 27, 2009 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log

Pets of the Week - Nov. 27

Take me home: The dog of the week is an approximately 7-month-old female bird dog mix. She will not grow much larger than her current weight of 25 pounds. She is very friendly as well as vaccinated and wormed. The cat of the week is a very sweet, male Siamese-mix kitten, approximately 3 months old. For more information about adoptions, contact the animal shelter at (770) 786-9514, visit online at www.co.newton.ga.us, or visit from 10 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. weekdays and from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Saturdays at 210 Lower River ...

November 27, 2009 | Staff Report | Pets of the Week

Forever family

Tina Daniel-Reasey had a lot to be thankful for with two teenage sons, a daughter in college and a supportive husband. There was just one little thing missing, and a year ago that missing piece came home in the form of a bubbly little Chinese girl the Reasey's named Ava.

November 27, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Trying to catch up to the growth

Covington News reporter Gabriel Khouli toured the five county districts with the county commissioners as his guide to learn more about the people and places of Newton County. For the second edition, Commissioner Earnest Simmons provided a tour of the county's second smallest and fastest growing district.

November 27, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Local cities discuss common problems

On Nov. 13 Newton County's six mayors, including the mayor of Social Circle, met to discuss common issues.

November 27, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

InVest in the NCSO - Nov. 27

The parents of recently injured Deputy Wesley Atha have organized a fundraising campaign to purchase these vests for every county deputy. Their fundraising goal is $113,000. Each vest costs between $500-$700, depending on the size. Each Friday The Covington News will publish a list of individuals, businesses and civic groups who have donated to the cause that week as well as the total amount raised. Donations are tax deductible. Checks should be made payable to Newton Co. Sheriff's Office and earmarked for safety vests and equipment. Please mail donations to NCSO c/o April Jones, 15151 Alcovy ...

November 27, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Parson to Person: Is Christmas a Christian day?

Inevitably during this time of year, I will receive brochures and letters from well meaning people informing me that Christmas is not a Christian holiday and Christians ought not celebrate it. These letters and brochures claim (rightly so) that originally Dec. 25 was celebrated as a heathen holiday and, therefore, is not really Christian at all. Is that true? Partially yes, and partially no.

It is true that prior to 336 A.D. Dec. 25 was the time when some polytheistic religions celebrated this day as the day of the rebirth of the sun. So, yes, in perhaps its roots ...

November 27, 2009 | Dr. John Pearrell | Columnists

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