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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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Local residents set to Paddle Georgia

Covington residents Tonya and Taylor Bechtler, Kelly Harbac and Carol Winters are set to paddle 82 miles this summer as part of Georgia River Network's Paddle Georgia 2010 on Northeast Georgia's Broad and Savannah rivers.

June 05, 2010 | Staff Report | Covington

Chamber to host health care forum

On June 29 Ryan Mahoney, director of public policy for the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, will speak to Newton County businesses on the impact of the federal health care reform bill and how it affects them as employers and their employees; including the timeline for implementation, the changes in coverage and compliance, and how the cost will be covered through penalties and taxation.

June 05, 2010 | Staff Report | Covington

KCNB encouraging all groups to Adopt-a-Mile

Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful, has been working in our community for 30 years to provide environmental education through litter prevention, beautification, community programs, solid waste and recycling, and water pollution prevention efforts. As part of its 30th anniversary, KCNB is working to revitalize the "Adopt-a-Mile" program.

More than 700 volunteers in Newton County participated in Great American Cleanup efforts in March, April and May. They gave more than 1,800 hours of their time to clean up litter along local roadways.

June 05, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Ella Kate Hall

 Chrissy and Kyle Hall of Social Circle announce the birth of their daughter Ella Kate Hall May 25 at Rockdale Medical Center. She weighed 6 pounds and 9 ounces and was 18 inches long.

June 04, 2010 | Staff Report | Births

Roy Varner

Mr. Roy Lee Varner of Covington, GA died June 3, 2010 at his residence. He was born on March 16, 1924 in Carnesville, GA to the late James Edgar and Emma Bellamy Varner. Mr. Roy, as he is known in the community, was a farmer. He said, "I was born a farmer and will die a farmer." He and Mr. Henry Anderson formed a partnership known as Anderson-Varner Farms. Mr. Varner considered his years of working with Mr. Anderson to be very fulfilling. In 1976 Mr. Varner was elected chairman of the Newton County Board of Commissioners and served for ...

June 04, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS

Harold D. Stokes

Harold D. Stokes of Covington, GA died Friday, June 4, 2010 at Kindred Hospital. He was born on June 26, 1929 in Covington, GA to Rebie and Gennie Mae Bowden Stokes. He was a life long cattle farmer which was his passion and was a member of the Georgia Cattlemans Association. He was the former Fire Chief of Rocky Plains Volunteer Fire Dept. He was a dedicated member and Deacon of County Line Baptist Church. He retired from Stanley Bostitch as a supervisor after 40 years of service. Mr. Stokes is survived by his wife of 50 years: Opal Stokes ...

June 04, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS

Eugene W. Harrison

HARRISON

June 04, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS

Sour grapes influences furniture selection for new Oxford City Hall

Unofficial minutes from a called meeting of the Oxford city council show that a grudge against former Covington Mayor Sam Ramsey's desire to expand the Covington Municipal Airport influenced at least one vote for selecting an out of town vendor for the new city hall's furnishings.

June 04, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Oxford

Pet of the Week - June 4

Take me home: The Newton County Animal Shelter's pet of the week is a Lhasa mix, about 3 years old, white with brown and tan, a very nice dog. Also available for adoption are a 4-year-old Chihuahua; a 3-4-year-old miniature pinscher, red; a 5-year-old poodle mix, white; a black and brown mixed breed; a Chihuahua, 2 years old; a terrier mix, 5 years old, black; a 1-year-old cocker, black and white; a beagle; a chocolate Lab, 1 year old; a Chihuahua mix; a Lhasa mix, tan; another tan Lhasa, adult; a Pekingese/Chihuahua mix; a border collie mix, 1 ...

June 04, 2010 | Staff Report | Pets of the Week

Washington Street officials to run NHCC

The Nelson Heights Community Center is expected officially to open in August and will be run by the officials at the Washington Street Community Center.

June 04, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Hometown Hero: Capital Corporal

Corporal Anthony Washington could be found taking pictures at crime scenes or talking to concerned residents about starting a neighborhood watch program. He's equally comfortable searching the Shoals or sitting in an office. With his fingers in so many pots, it's no wonder Washington has been named Deputy of the Year.

June 04, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Leaf collections and Six Flags discounts

I used to think all trees looked like identical green blobs.

June 04, 2010 | Terri Kimble | News Columnists

Teen drowns in Shoals

Bernardo Rosas, 17, is the second person in a week to drown in Factory Shoals Park; he went under the water Wednesday afternoon and was finally located around 1 p.m. Thursday by the Covington/Newton County Dive Team.

June 04, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Charges against Henderson not dismissed

The request to dismiss battery charges against District 4 county commissioner J.C. Henderson was denied Wednesday by Newton County Magistrate Court Judge Kim Degonia, sending the case to superior court.

June 04, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Newton County Jail Log - June 4

William Brandon Lee, 33, 200 Hopewell Church Road, Covington, May 15. Theft by shoplifting, obstruction or hindering law enforcement officer.

June 04, 2010 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log

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