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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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Grace Notes: Why is attendance higher on Easter?

Happy Easter. Yes, we're still celebrating Easter. Let me tell you why that is so important. A couple weeks ago, we saw the angels telling those women at the tomb to "remember" what Jesus had said and "remember" what that meant. That week, my article probably used the word "remember" 20 times. Then, last week, the word was "believe" as Thomas got his doubts smashed by the absolute facts of the truth that Christ is risen.

April 23, 2010 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Columnists

Bribes

This week the students in our local grade schools and middle schools are taking the CRCT test; students in grade 3-5 and 8 will have to pass the test to pass on to the next grade.

April 23, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

God given gifts

Expect to see more than just art at the Creative Arts Festival hosted by First Presbyterian Church of Covington.

April 23, 2010 | Nikita Britt | RELIGION

Kid friendly checkouts

I was in line at a local grocery store with a young mother and her baseball clad child. He looked to be about 5 years old and was very cute in his brightly colored baseball shirt.

April 23, 2010 | Patrick Durusau | OPINION

The dangers of under-aged shaving

Recently, my youngest son looked at me, rubbed his face and said, "I need to start shaving." I tried not to snicker, but then he's only 11 years old. While he might have a whisker or two hiding on his face, there's no way he's ready for a sharp blade and a handful of foam. Besides, I remember all too well what it was like when I took up shaving at the ancient age of 14. He's way too young for that kind of carnage and blood loss.

April 23, 2010 | David McCoy | OPINION

Education funding

Dear Editor: As a parent of an elementary age student in the Newton County Schools, I am distressed about what is happening to education funding on both local and state levels. Last week, major budget cuts were announced locally that will affect my child and thousands of others, as well as many friends and family who serve this community as teachers in the local school system. The local cuts are due primarily to years of under funding of public education by the state where education seems to have become a decreasing priority by those who purport to lead.

April 23, 2010 | Abigail Morgan Coggin Social Circle | Letters

Newton County Jail Log - April 23

• Lonnie Wayne Hurst Jr., 33, 260 Carole Dr., Oxford, April 4. DUI, open container, improper stopping.

April 23, 2010 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log

Bestowed blessings

Two weeks before Barbara Hunt was scheduled to retire she decided to get eyelid surgery on a droopy eyelid that had gotten worse as she aged. She never expected to be faced with a battle for her life.

April 23, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Council: $30,000 too much for strategic planning

After everything was said and done, the city of Covington only spent $2,325 on the three-day elected officials' strategic planning retreat that took place in March.

April 23, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Blue Willow Village faces foreclosure for loan default

The Blue Willow Village in Social Circle may soon be a thing of the past if the owners of the iconic establishment are unable to avoid a foreclosure in May.

April 23, 2010 | Lee Sandow | Social Circle

BOC denies group home request

The Newton County Board of Commissioners continued its historical trend against approving permits for group homes that don't have full community support.

April 23, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Social Circle Court Briefs - April 23

The City Council of Social Circle met on Tuesday night. Highlights of the meeting include:

April 23, 2010 | Lee Sandow | Social Circle

Pridgett case ends in deadlocked jury

After more then five hours of deliberation that stretched into two days, a jury was unable to come to a unanimous decision in the murder case against 19-year-old Jamaall Pridgett, resulting in a mistrial Thursday afternoon.

April 23, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Pet of the Week - April 23

Take me home: The Newton County Animal Shelter's pet of the week is a Chi-Pom mix, 10 months old, very cute. Also available for adoption are a miniature Pinscher, chocolate and tan; a flat-coated retriever, 3 months old; a Pomeranian, 2 years old; a Chihuahua; an 8-year-old Dachshund; a 2-year-old Chihuahua; a terrier mix, 1 year old, walks on leash; a black Pomeranian; six mixed breed puppies, 6 weeks old; a collie, 15 months, named Nicky; a yellow Lab mix, 2 years old; an adult hound named Dixie; two beagles, 7 months old; a husky, 3 years old, black ...

April 23, 2010 | Staff Report | Pets of the Week

Chris Costley

Mr. Chris Costley, 59, of Decatur, passed away on April 21. He was preceded in death by parents Virgil Costley Sr. and Urlene Blankenship Costley. Mr. Costley was born in 1951 in Conyers. He was a 1969 graduate of Newton County High School and attended West Georgia College and also Emory of Oxford College. He worked in retail merchandise as a clerk in Buckhead.

April 22, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS

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