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A visit to Cottonwood Farm.

September 02, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL

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

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Social Circle's val & sal: Straight shootin'

Social Circle High School's Valedictorian has known her co-salutatorians for years. They take most of the same classes and are in most of the same clubs. The two salutatorians know each other even better. In addition to taking the same classes and participating in the same sports, they're also identical twins.

May 21, 2010 | Staff Report | Education

Sweet dream on Elm Street

Giving to a cause is as easy as listening to music. At least it will be for those who attend Elm Street Live at 8 p.m. on May 28.

Half of the proceeds from the night's event will be donated to the Susan G. Komen three-day breast cancer walk. Tickets will be sold for $8 once the doors open at 7 p.m.

May 21, 2010 | First Elm Street Live concert a benefit by Corey Crowder | RELIGION

Lifepointe Church to hold classic car show and barbecue

Lifepointe Church of the Nazarene is having its Barbecue and Classic Car Driven Youth Fundraiser on May 22 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The event will provide a way to raise as much as $3,000 to send 17 of Lifepointe's youth members to a weeklong summer camp.
The camp, involving about 300 children from all over Georgia, costs $140, which is too expensive for most of the youth members who are from low-income families.
According to organizer and youth pastor Alex Ganadania, the fundraiser also serves another purpose. It illustrates to the teens that they ...

May 21, 2010 | Nikita Britt news@covnews.com | RELIGION

Parson to Person: Why heaven, but no hell?

In my last article I broached the subject of life after death. I mentioned that everyone was going to spend eternity somewhere. That was a problem for some people. Let me explain.
Most people believe in heaven. Few people believe in hell. Many Christians don't even believe in hell. I have two questions for them. Why is it you choose to believe in heaven but not hell? The same Bible that teaches that there is an eternal heaven also teaches that there is an eternal place of judgment. Why do you choose to believe the one but not the ...

May 21, 2010 | Dr. John Pearrell | Columnists

Man accidentally shoots friend while trying to scare off menace

A man was accidentally shot in the calf by his neighbor Tuesday morning then sent authorities on a chase for the wrong man.
According to Lt. Paul Dailey with the Covington Police Department, officers and detectives responded to the home on Tara Drive around 11 a.m. where they found the 32-year-old victim shot in the calf.
The victim allegedly told authorities that a young black male with dreadlocked hair had approached him while he was outside of his home smoking a cigarette and shot him, fleeing toward the Turner Lake complex walking/running track.
Officers immediately began a search ...

May 21, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Newton County Jail Log - May 21

o Kynyatta Danielle Weaver, 28, 9122 Sterling Lakes Dr., Covington, April 19. Obstruction or hindering law enforcement officer.
o Quindarious Eugene Webb, 17, 3127 Bohannan St., Covington, April 29. Disorderly conduct.
Katari Nareise Wyatt, 28, 70 Cedar Creek Dr., Covington, April 29. Simple battery.
o Jimmy Shane Bates, 36, 115 Mildred Lane, Covington, May 5. Family Violence Act third degree cruelty to children, Family violence Act aggravated assault, possession of arms by convicted felons and first offender probationers, simple assault, Family Violence Act aggravated battery.
o Gail Marie Baucom, 41, P. O. Box 626, Oxford, May 10. Probation violation.
o ...

May 21, 2010 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log

Grace United to host Family and Friends Day

Grace United Methodist Church will celebrate Family and Friends Day at 11 a.m. Sunday. The speaker for the occasion is Bishop Alfred L. Norris, a retired bishop from the Texas Annual Conference, Houston Area. Presently, he is serving as interim president-dean of Gammon Theological Seminary.

May 21, 2010 | Staff Report | RELIGION

Grace Notes: The story of our stained glass

Our church, Abiding Grace, is in a building project. Last night, we had one of the coolest opportunities of the whole planning process. We got to meet with the artist who is creating our stained glass windows. That was fun - picturing how it will all look - anticipating how these windows will be communicating to all who see them something special - something about God and his grace for them.

Now, before you read on, ask yourself what image you would put in the front and center window. What would you consider to be the most important thing to communicate with those ...

May 21, 2010 | Jonathan E. Scharf | RELIGION

Age is just a number

"Age-defying perfume," read the blurb in a recent Sunday paper. Hmmmm, I said to myself. "Shave eight years from your perceived age," it read, with a new "anti-age perfume." The perfume and maker were named, but I was familiar with neither. The item continued: "Research has shown the breakdown of fatty acid in the skin causes a greasy, grassy odor that grows more prominent after 40. Clinical studies revealed the main ingredients" in this age-defying perfume "mix together to evoke thoughts of youth."

This incensed me. Being far past 40, I - and most women over 40 - take real offense at ...

May 21, 2010 | Staff Report | Columnists

Bipartisanship, finally

President Obama keeps saying that he wants more bipartisanship in government. Not to be outdone, the Republicans also sing the mantra of bipartisanship.

Unfortunately, both sides mean, "agree with me," as bipartisanship. That resulted in precious little bipartisanship, at least until the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil spill.

May 21, 2010 | Patrick Durusau | Columnists

You can book on great service

The Newton County Library has long been a source of pride for the citizens of the county.

It has now been recognized as the top library in the state by the Hennen's American Public Library Ratings.

May 21, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Our thought...Good sense, bad cents

"The art of taxation consists in so plucking the goose as to get the most feathers with the least hissing."

May 21, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Letters to the editor: Better understanding

Dear Editor: Let me first say thank you so much to Newton County Board of Education for helping put sports back into the middle schools and I would like to apologize for thinking that the board was just letting us talk at Alcovy. When I came to that first meeting, I didn't think anything could be done. However, I wanted to teach my son that if you truly believe in something, you should do whatever it takes to fight for it. I wanted him to know that there is a right way and a wrong way. Then after coming ...

May 21, 2010 | Jackie Karp Covington | Letters

Parade for local troops to be held June 6

The Covington-based National Guard troops will be officially welcomed home June 6, beginning with a parade around the square at 1:15 p.m.
Most of the 131 members of Bravo Company will march from the Covington Armory to the square, followed by an event in front of the Historic Courthouse, said Josephine Kelly, director of Main Street Covington.
Kelly said she and the National Guard are still working on the event details, but all elected officials and some military dignitaries will be invited to the homecoming celebration. There will be an invocation, followed by speeches from the military and ...

May 21, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Porterdale hires new city manager, joins new city clerk

The Porterdale City Council authorized Mayor Bobby Hamby to sign a contract for a new city manager at a special called meeting Wednesday evening.

May 20, 2010 | Jennifer T. Long | Porterdale

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