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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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The den mother of country music

Nashville - They put Tootsie Bess to rest on a snowy hillside in Nashville Tuesday afternoon. When she died of cancer at sixty-four the other day, they should have lowered every flag in the city to half-mast. She was somebody. She was the den mother of country music.

Without her, there might not have been the stardom and the music of people like Tom T. Hall. Or Kris Kristofferson. Or Roger Miller. Or Johnny Rodrigues. Or Hank Williams, or any number of pickers and singers who have made what otherwise would have been nothing more than Chattanooga North into a multi-million ...

October 21, 2009 | Lewis Grizzard | News Columnists

Commending The News

Dear Editor: Though the series is only two-thirds published, I commend the Covington News and reporter Gabriel Khouli for their thorough and insightful retrospective on the explosive growth and subsequent collapse of Newton County's housing market in the first decade of this century. If you have not read the first two installments of this series, you should. There are lessons there for all of us.

Anyone who sees a simple explanation for the global credit crisis of the last several years really doesn't understand it at all. As Mr. Khouli shows, the factors that combined to create that ...

October 21, 2009 | Maurice Carter Covington | Letters

Heroes in the middle

Dear Editor: I attended a town hall meeting Sept. 26 along with approximately 100 plus. The meeting was not in Covington but at Alcovy High School - this probably reduced the number of people because of the last minute scheduling.

Congressman Marshall of the 8th district of Georgia was aggressive and did insist on the crowd being respectful of others and himself when some did get loud. The range of questions was varied, but mostly the people seemed to be angry at the government for moving too fast and trying to pass legislation without good review by either the congress or ...

October 21, 2009 | Luke Knight Covington | Letters

Henderson's disrespect

Dear Editor: Commissioner Henderson has overstepped his bounds as he wants respect but he doesn't give respect. When you hit another man' child, you have disrespected that man. Sandy is not his child. If I attacked his daughter, he would respond so I'm responding to his attack of mine, if not physically then verbally.

He thinks so little of me that he did not honor my request not to put his hands on my child. He quickly got defense for himself; if nothing was done, then there's no need of defense. If the problems in the relationship ...

October 21, 2009 | Rev. James Durden Stone Mountain | Letters

Disappointed by vendor

Dear Editor: I would like to begin by thanking the Rotarians for bringing the car show to Covington to benefit the young people of the Miracle League.

Being a small business owner myself, I know how important it is to be supportive of other local business owners. I was very disappointed that the restaurant The Varsity was brought in from Atlanta to sell food during this function. We have our own local restaurants that people could have chosen to eat at.

October 21, 2009 | Martha Engle Family Health Food Store | Letters

Community leaders take notes on good greenspace

On a cold, damp, dreary Saturday morning - when nothing sounded better than a tap on the snooze button and a tug on a blanket - 20 local officials, committee appointees, and other invitees loaded buses before 8 a.m. and headed into the woods of DeKalb County.

Woods in DeKalb County? Believe it or not, Georgia's most-developed county has over 1,800 acres of open space and woodlands set aside under the SPLOST-funded DeKalb Green Space program since 2000. And, we were visiting the 1,472-acre crown jewel - the Davidson-Arabia Nature Preserve just across the border from neighboring Rockdale County ...

October 20, 2009 | Staff Report | News Columnists

The Mutt Show: a dog-gone good time

Dogs from around Newton County will be strutting their stuff at the annual Mutt Show beginning at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the square.

Sponsored by the Humane Society of Newton County, the event will feature the county's cutest, most stylish and most energetic dogs, who will compete in seven competitions: Most Beautiful Female, Most Handsome Male, Best Dressed, Waggiest Tail, Best Kisser, Best Trick and the Look Alike Contest, where the most similar dog and owner will take home the prize.

October 20, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | ENTERTAINMENT

City of Porterdale hosts town reunion

The Friends of Porterdale, city of Porterdale and the Porterdale Women's Club are sponsoring the third annual Porterdale Reunion from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

The reunion is not just a time to catch up with old friends and show off town memorabilia, but also a festival for all to enjoy.

October 20, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | Porterdale

Relay for Life in Social Circle

The city of Social Circle is rallying to help in the battle against cancer. They will be hosting a fall fundraiser on Saturday from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. to benefit the American Cancer Society.

There will be live entertainment throughout the day, and there will also be entertainment for children. Games will be held throughout the day, and a bouncy house will also be up and running throughout the afternoon. Horseback rides will also be available.

October 20, 2009 | Lee Sandow | Social Circle

Breedlove found guilty on all charges

A jury found Rick Ray Breedlove guilty of murder in the 2007 death of his then-girlfriend Pamela Spencer. Judge John Ott sentenced him to life in prison plus five years on the charges of malice murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

October 20, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Newton Medical Golf Tournament Pictures

October 20, 2009 | T. Pat Cavanaugh | Covington

summer college graduates

October 20, 2009 | Staff Report | Education

October Honor Roll


October 20, 2009 | Staff Report | Education

Funeral is set for DeKalb Tech Cadet

The funeral for James Adcock will be held Tuesday October 20 at 2:00 p.m. at Union Chapel United Methodist Church in Monroe Georgia. Visitation is set for tonight at Meadows Funeral Home in Monroe. According to autopsy results from the State Medical Examiner's Office, Adcock died of natural causes of cardiac thrombosis, which is the formation of blood clots in the cavities of the heart, as well as atherosclerotic cardio vascular disease and hypertensive cardiovascular disease. The 54 year old Monroe resident was a member of DeKalb Technical College's law enforcement academy and an employee of ...

October 19, 2009 | Staff Report | Covington

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