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iHave it! Fan waits for iPhone 6

Ben Parchem was almost certainly the first person in Newton County to secure a brand new iPhone 6 Plus Friday morning.

September 20, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL

Newton, Eastside homecoming courts

Here are the 2014-15 homecoming courts for Newton High School and Eastside High School.

September 20, 2014 | Staff Report | Education

Mansfield, Rocky Plains on Reward School list

Two public schools in the district received high honors from the Georgia Department of Education, setting them in a top tier of schools with the highest performance or biggest academic gains by students in the last three years.

September 20, 2014 | Kayla Robins | Education

An exhausting retirement

I have a friend who recently retired.

September 20, 2014 | Paula Travis | Columnists

Mansfield Garden Club turns 75

Memories and warm thoughts filled the room as 16 women gathered to celebrate more than a lifetime of gardening and friendship.

September 20, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL

Our thoughts: Manners

When you're paid by taxpayers, be nice to those taxpayers.

September 20, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

The tech-inspired future of education

In 21st-century America, hope and change comes from tech-inspired entrepreneurs.

September 20, 2014 | Scott Rasmussen | Columnists

Eyesore of the Week

Here is this week's eyesore.

September 20, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

A taste of fall

The Covington News hosted its first-ever Autumn Fest Saturday, Sept. 20 right in the office parking lot just off the downtown Square. Dozens came to browse about 30 vendors and craftmakers and do some early holiday shopping. Products ranged from gourmet coffee to homemade preserves to handcrafted crocheted items and children's books. Live entertainment was provided by local Ashley Walden. Darrell Everidge, The News photographer, was available to take portraits. Here's a few scenes.

September 20, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

County keeps Miracle Field going

The Newton County Board of Commissioners approved a lot of improvements to Miracle Field Tuesday night, voting unanimously to accept a bid for $117,970 for pavers around the new field's facilities.

September 20, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL

‘American Ninja Warrior’ speaks to students in Covington

You've probably seen the show 'American Ninja Warrior' where participants compete in some of the toughest obstacle courses you'll ever see. Hoan Do was one of those contestants, he moonlights in crossfit but he's really an inspirational speaker.

September 20, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Recreation

NCSO receives grants, comm. system

Newton County Sheriff's Office got the go ahead for three grants and a communications system to be used for various programs within the county.

September 20, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL

Lady Eagles toppled by Walnut Grove

Thursday's matchup against Walnut Grove (19-2, 10-0 Region 4-AAAA) had huge implications for Eastside (15-4-1, 7-3 Region 4-AAAA). A win would have put them in sole possession of third place in the region behind Walnut Grove and Eagle's Landing. Walnut Grove, however, is one of the best teams in the state and it showed on Thursday in its 8-0 victory over Eastside.

September 20, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Eastside

Bella Salon now open

Bella Salon cut a ribbon with an oversized pair of scissors, but there were plenty of scissors inside to be ready for business.

September 20, 2014 | Kayla Robins | Social Circle

Eagles fall to Cardinals

Eastside (2-2, Region 4-AAAA) came into the game against Jonesboro (1-3, Region 4-AAAA) after suffering a humiliating loss to No. 3 ranked Griffin. However, that wasn't all that was ailing the Eagles. Sophomore starting running back Eric Stokes and backup Andrew Henderson were both sidelined with injuries, however Eastside played well and had a chance to win before losing in overtime, 27-21.

September 20, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Eastside

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Porterdale City Council discusses increasing millage rate up to 4 mills

On the heels of the Newton County Board of Commissioners approving a rollback millage rate to offset a budget shortfall, Porterdale City Council members discussed increasing the town's millage rate in order to continue offering services at the present level.

June 18, 2010 | Jennifer T. Long | Porterdale

Review: ‘Little House on the Prairie’ at The Fox a real treat

"Little House on the Prairie, the Musical," opened at the Fox Theater in Atlanta on June 15 and will be playing until Sunday, June 20.

June 18, 2010 | Janet Jernigan Critic | News Columnists

Employees cut after rollback budget approved

Pink slips, sad goodbyes and voices on the edge of tears greeted dozens of county employees during the two days following the approval of the $46.3 million rollback rate budget by the Newton County Board of Commissioners Tuesday.

June 18, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Laughter: The best medicine

Some say that laughter is the best medicine. Many dismiss the saying, though never intentionally. There is just so much to do, so much to worry about, and there just not enough time in the day to waste it on laughing. Besides, what exactly is there to laugh about?

June 18, 2010 | Sabastian Wee swee@covnews.com | LOCAL

Newton County Jail Log - June 18

o Stanley Wayne Flemister, 38, Rutledge, June 7. Child support default.

June 18, 2010 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log

Proposed Social Circle budget down 18 percent

The proposed 2010-2011 budget was presented to the Social Circle city council at a public hearing held Tuesday night.

June 18, 2010 | Lee Sandow | Social Circle

Whatley, Bates recognized at final board meeting

In a surprise move, the Newton County Board of Education changed their meeting agenda's Tuesday night to recognize Superintendent Dr. Steve Whatley at his last board meeting before retiring at the end of the month.

June 18, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Education

Newton County's Most Wanted

The most wanted feature appears in The Covington News in the second-to-last Friday of every month. To view the most wanted list for this month, view the PDF to the left.

June 18, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Thunderbirds to thunder clouds

At Rock Eagle 4-H summer camp, the word of the week is "hydration."

June 18, 2010 | Terri Kimble | News Columnists

Wishing Whatley well

Dr. Steve Whatley has served Newton County Schools Superintendent since 2006 and has been an educator for the past 37 years. His last meeting as NCSS's superintendent was on Wednesday night.

He was honored by members of the Board of Education with his portrait, which will be hung in the school administration building next to others who have served our system in that capacity.

June 18, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Blowhard blows over

"A leader is interested in finding the best way, not his own way."

June 18, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Very professional

Dear Editor: Covington News reporter Sebastian Wee interviewed me for his article published Sunday, June 13, 2010. I was impressed by his research prior to our talk and his effort to present his research, and mine, in his article regarding the Century plant. It was well-written and accurate. He told me he was an "intern reporter" with The News. Personally, I believe Sebastian can forget the "intern" label. He is an excellent reporter.

I appreciated also the courtesy and kindness of General Manager Pat Cavanaugh. His concern for our community, to keep the residents informed, is a great asset for ...

June 18, 2010 | Ann May Covington | Letters

In the moment

Call it "Mis-place-ism." Call it "Lose-itis." It really doesn't matter, but I'm here to report an epidemic of it and not just at our house. I hear about it daily from one friend or another.

For example, one friend, looking for a safe place to put a ring out of sight while workers were in the house, dropped it into her coin purse. Later that day at the market, a soft ball team was bagging groceries for donations. My friend turned the contents of her coin purse upside down into the collection jar and walked away with her ...

June 18, 2010 | Barbara Morgan Columnist | Columnists

Grace Notes: Victory of Life

She was a lucky lady. Of all the funerals going on that day, it was her son's that Jesus happened to meet on the road. Talk about good fortune. But her good fortune had started even before Jesus showed up. This story is recorded in Luke 7:11-17. The widow was getting ready to bury her son when Jesus happened upon the funeral procession and raised the young man. She's the one I'm calling lucky. You see, her child had died.

Let me explain why I'm calling that good. If you've ever seen the fans ...

June 18, 2010 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Columnists

Parson to Person: Foundations in Apologetics

At Gateway we have been in a series on Sunday nights entitled "Foundations in Apologetics" and produced by Ravi Zacharias International Ministries. Apologetics does not mean we are apologize for what we believe, but rather that we are defending what we believe. The Bible says, "But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect," (1 Peter 3:15, NIV). That is what apologetics is.

How does one defend faith? Isn't ...

June 18, 2010 | Dr. John Pearrell | Columnists

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