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County's form of government signed by Gov. Deal

Newton County will have a new form of government come January.

May 03, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Newton man dies after being struck by school bus

Charles Petersen, of Oxford, died after being struck by a school bus on Hwy. 278, at the intersection of Alcovy Road, around 7:15 a ...

May 03, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Special Olympics cancelled Tuesday

A day after the Newton County Special Olympics opened with a parade on the Covington Square and opening ceremony at Sharp Stadium, Tuesday's and ...

May 03, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Watch: Newborn Horneyhead Festival

Newborn celebrated three decades of Horneyhead fishing Saturday in its annual Hornyhead Fish Festival and Tournament.

May 03, 2016 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL

Relay for a cause

Thousands walked around an illuminated track at The Church at Covington Friday night and Saturday morning. After the presentation of colors by the Newton High ...

May 03, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Fairy Houses show off the designs of the imagination

Spring in Georgia is known for a lot of things - flowers in bloom, deer running through wooded areas, bees flying from blossom to blossom and ...

May 03, 2016 | Hezekiah Rodgers | LOCAL

George William Ramsey, Jr.

George William Ramsey Jr., 91, a native of Covington, died on April 23, 2016, in Columbia, Maryland. George was born in 1924 into a long ...

May 02, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

Mr. Harold Walter Smith, Sr.

Mr. Harold Walter Smith, Sr., 83, died on Saturday April 30, 2016, at Azalea Health and Rehabilitation. The Crawford native was born into a large ...

May 02, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

Photos: Special Olympics parade kicks off week of games

More than 500 athletes will gather Monday through Friday, May 6 at the Newton County Special Olympics games at Sharp Stadium field. A parade through ...

May 02, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Simple Directions

In my elementary years, when it is was time for the rambunctious class to put together a notebook with correctly labeled dividers, or to create ...

May 01, 2016 | Isaac Redman | Columnists

I have Tom Thumb’s saber!

When I was about 11-years-old my mother and I were cleaning out a small outbuilding we all called The Pack House. This was a single-car ...

May 01, 2016 | Andy Offutt Irwin | LIVING

4-H day camp collecting supplies

Toilet paper tubes, AA batteries and hot glue needed.

May 01, 2016 | Terri Kimble-Fullerton | LOCAL

The PSC should learn how to say ‘no’

Imagine that you are the loan officer at the local community bank.

May 01, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists

Our Thoughts: Did y’all feel that?

Spring is in the air, and we're not just referring to all that pollen. If you do suffer from allergies, particularly oak and hickory ...

May 01, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Letter: In Local Elections Vote for the Person not the Party

The partisan bickering at the national level has become so polarizing that it is hard to avoid a strictly partisan viewpoint in local elections. But ...

May 01, 2016 | Staff Report | Letters

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New student information system for parents, students, teachers

Parents, students, teachers and staff will soon see a new information management system that would affect how grades, schedules and transcripts are stored and accessed.

January 11, 2013 | Rockdale News | Rockdale Archives

Packed crowd at prayer vigil for Glass family

Hundreds of friends, family, well wishers and community members packed into the sanctuary of Macedonia Baptist Church on Thursday evening for a prayer vigil and service for one of its own members, the Glass family, which lost four children in a fire on Tuesday.

January 10, 2013 | Rockdale News | Rockdale Archives

Main Street

The city of Covington recently paid for a consulting group to come in and study ways that Main Street Covington could become an even greater asset to the economic growth of downtown.

The consultants, NewTown Partners, represented by Christopher Jones made their presentation this week to the city council; you can read the highlights by finding the story "New plan for downtown Covington?" on CovNews.com.

January 10, 2013 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Reminder for safety

A true tragedy occurred in neighboring Rockdale County this week when four children's lives were snuffed out in a devastating house fire.

In the midst of the mourning, we urge people to use this reminder to ensure they're being safe with their home and family.

January 10, 2013 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Morgan: Rep. Broun part of the problem

I really wish they'd have told me something I don't already know. That was my response this week to a new poll by the Wall Street Journal's Washington Wire. In it, Congress gets a lower approval rating than root canals, cockroaches, head lice and colonoscopies. It could hardly get much worse than that. Those results follow on the heels of a December Gallup poll that found members of Congress beat out just one profession - car salesmen - in popularity. And just before New Year's, Rasmussen Reports polled 1,000 likely voters and found 69 percent rank Congress ...

January 10, 2013 | Barbara Morgan | Columnists

Perugino: Unilateral Disarmament of Americans

President Obama using Joe Biden as his mouthpiece is not unexpectedly making noise that he will implement gun control measures through the use of the Executive Order. Obama has been sending out messages about his commitment to restrict gun ownership by Americans since early in his first term. He has hinted at taking action to institute tight restrictions on guns and ammunition during conversations with liberal foreign heads of state and United Nations representatives. He has openly supported the UN Arms Treaty which mandates international restrictions of small arms and ammunition. Hillary Clinton, his sitting Secretary of State, has been ...

January 10, 2013 | William Peruguino | Columnists

Joe Burnice Clark

Joe Burnice Clark of Monticello died Jan. 10 at The Mews in Social Circle. He was born in 1915 in Hardin, Mo., the son of Joseph Gordon and Bertha Minnie Kallenberger Clark. Mr. Clark graduated from the University of Colorado with a master's degree and taught Industrial Arts for 35 years in Florida.

January 10, 2013 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

Mary Kitchens Lassiter

Mary Kitchens Lassiter, 86, of Covington, passed away Jan. 9, at Dogwood Forest Assisted Living, in Gainesville. Mary was born in 1926 in Newton County, the daughter of Thomas Watson and Genie Strickland Kitchens. A dedicated wife, mother, and homemaker, she loved cooking and taking care of her family. Mrs. Lassiter was preceded in death by her husband James William (Bill) Lassiter, brother Watson Harvey Kitchens and sisters Mildred Watkins and Ora Mae Short.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law Lynda and Ken Haynie; son and daughter-in-law James William (Jim) Jr. and Joie Lassiter; grandchildren Kimberly Hughes, Jason, Brian and ...

January 10, 2013 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

Clark Street crash kills one

A Covington man was killed Wednesday afternoon in a wreck that blocked traffic on Clark and West streets around 4:20 p.m.

Johnnie Delmar, 44, was killed after being knocked off his motorcycle. According to a press release from Georgia State Patrol spokesman Gordy Wright, Delmar was driving a 1998 Kawasaki ZXE motorcycle northbound on West Street heading toward Clark Street. A 2010 Dodge Caliber being driven by 65-year-old Irene Stanford was on West Street at Clark, facing south. She began to turn left and then stopped partially in the northbound lane of West Street after seeing the motorcycle ...

January 10, 2013 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Staff supports local for superintendent

A group of Newton County parents, teachers and residents converged on the monthly work session of the board of education Tuesday in order to offer their support, and a list of signatures, to the board in favor of promoting Samantha Fuhrey, current deputy superintendent for curriculum and instruction, to the position of superintendent.

Lynn House, an instructional coach with the Newton County School System (NCSS), addressed the board with a prepared letter and a list of signatures, many of them from NCSS employees.

January 10, 2013 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

School board lists preferences for job

The Newton County School Board is one step closer to its search for a superintendent after the board unanimously approved a list of qualifications and preferences it wants in its next top official.

Current Superintendent Gary Mathews announced late last year his plan to retire June 30, at the end of the school system's fiscal year.

January 10, 2013 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Cookie Time

The holidays may be over, but you may not want to start your weight lost programs just yet as cookie lovers will be pleased to know that the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta have kicked off their cookie sells.

Girl Scout troops around Atlanta and in Newton County have begun accepting pre-orders for boxes of their cookies for 2013. Membership specialist Lisa Wust who represents Newton, Rockdale and Butts counties said the organization kicked off their cookie sales on Jan. 4 and will be accepting orders until the last week in January. Cookies will be delivered on Feb. 8, which ...

January 10, 2013 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL

Main Street board talks next steps with plan

The Main Street board chimed in on a review of their program and is positive in working with the city to possibly incorporate some of the ideas.

January 10, 2013 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL

Celebrate Recovery for the New Year

Christmas and the holiday season can bring hope, joy and peace. For some however, it can also bring sadness, regret and turmoil. All too often, we remember the past year or years of poor choices, broken relationships and missed opportunities. If we admit it, we've all at one time or another hurt ourselves, hurt someone else, and others have hurt us.

January 10, 2013 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Springfield Baptist to hold graduations

After holding graduation at Sharp Stadium last year for Newton, Eastside and Alcovy high schools, the school system will move back Rockdale County County's mega church in Rockdale County this year.

January 10, 2013 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

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