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Geocaching comes to Newton County

The Porterdale Yak Club sold out last weekend, and a worldwide trending hobby – that is not kayaking – may be part of an explanation.

July 29, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL

Mecca: Kilroy was here!

He sported a big elongated nose, a smooth bald head, beady eyes, and three to four fingers of each hand dangled over the imaginary line of an imaginary wall. A rather comical figure, yet pitifully ugly if symbolic of a real person, Kilroy quickly developed into one of the historic symbols of World War II.

July 29, 2014 | Pete Mecca | A VETERAN'S STORY

Unyielding to cancer

According to costprojections.cancer.gov 2010 study, the average annual cost for males with brain cancer is $115,250 and the average annual cost for a female with breast cancer is $108,168. Crossfit Unyielding is hosting an event, 'Unyielding to Cancer,' for two friends, Lisa Baker who has stage three breast cancer and Hank Dunn who is terminally ill with stage four brain cancer.

July 29, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Recreation

Ready, set, teach!

Every public school in the county was empty Monday morning, but that's not to say teachers and employees weren't preparing for the first day of school.

July 29, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL

Miller to bring great customer service to the Oaks Course

The Oaks Course has its new pro in Gary Miller.

July 29, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Recreation

County forms 2050 panel

After four public hearings and scores of pointed questions about the 2050 Plan, the Newton County Board of Commissioners is calling for help. County Chairman Keith Ellis told the Covington Rotary Club Tuesday afternoon that a citizens' panel will soon be formed to delve into the intricacies of the plan.

July 29, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL

City to vote on code alternatives

The City of Covington will present some amendments to its fire code ordinance at Monday's city council meeting after reaching a consensus on it in a work session Tuesday.

July 29, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Live Oak teachers prepare for the 1st day of school

When kids are asked what they want to be when they grow up, how many actually become the firefighter or astronaut or professional football player they claim destined to become? As one local teacher sticks decorations on her classroom walls, arranges textbooks and clears students' desks, she is doing exactly that.

July 29, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL

Yarbrough: Trying to determine who is the real outsider in U.S. Senate race

The U.S. Senate race this November between Democrat Michelle Nunn and Republican David Perdue will be one of the more unusual campaigns we have witnessed in Georgia. Neither has held public office and both are anxious to portray themselves as the ultimate "outsider."

July 29, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists

Dr. Courtney Manning

Dr. Courtney Manning, age 45, of Covington, passed away June 30, 2014. He was born March 30, 1969 in May Pen, Clarendon, Jamaica to Victor Manning (deceased) and Aneita Cameron. At the age of five, he moved with his family to St. Catherine where they lived at his grandmother's house. While living there, he attended basic school in Reynolds and primary school at Point Hill. At the age of 10, he passed the Common Entrance exam to attend high school, and at the age of 18, he entered the Jamaican Constabulary Force. During this age, he also attended the ...

July 29, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS

Mr. Abraham Thomas “Abe” Hopkins

Abe Hopkins, age 6, of Covington passed away Monday, July 28, 2014. He was born February 14, 2008 in Covington to Mike and Kelli Kirkley Hopkins. Abe was a remarkable young man whose smile and laughter were contagious. Born on Valentine's Day he was full of love, affectionately described as a "mommie's boy" he loved watching Hallmark movies and being with his loving mother, father, sisters, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. Abe shined for Jesus every day and touched more people than could ever be known. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents J.T. and ...

July 29, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS

Mrs. Josie Faye (Embry) McLaney

Josie Faye (Embry) McLaney, affectionately known as "Jo," passed away July 28, 2014, at the age of 81. She was born in Rockmart, Georgia, to the late Noel and Rena (Davis) Embry. Jo was a graduate of Cedartown High School, in Cedartown, Georgia. In 1951, she married Milton (Coach Mac) McLaney, and together they moved to Monticello, where he started his coaching career and she found her interest in floral arrangements. They moved to Newton County in 1956, where she became active and served as president of the Covington Garden Club. Jo worked part-time for several years for Abre Sherwood ...

July 29, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS

Cohen: Exonerating the criminals

Recep Tayyip Erdogan's anti-Semitism is getting the better of him. Once again, the Turkish prime minister has trotted out the Hitler analogy in relation to Israel and what it has done in Gaza. "They curse Hitler morning and night," he said of the Israelis. "However, now their barbarism has surpassed even Hitler's."

July 29, 2014 | Richard Cohen | Columnists

Keep skin healthy by knowing sunscreen facts

The best way to care for skin is to be smart about sun exposure. Too much unprotected exposure to the sun can cause a host of problems, from premature wrinkling to skin cancer.

July 29, 2014 | Staff Report | Health

Our thoughts: NYT’s pro-marijuana stance is disappointing

The New York Times editorial board this past Sunday called for the federal government to legalize marijuana in the United States.

July 29, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

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Hal Bryan

BRYAN Mr. Hal Bryan of Covington, GA and Frankfort, KY, died Monday February 15, 2010. He was born on January 21, 1947 in Lexington, KY to the late Edward II and Ollie Pearl Bryan. Mr. Bryan was famed Ecologist who has worked throughout the southeast and extensively in Georgia and Kentucky. Mr. Bryan is survived by his wife, Joyce Bryan of Frankfort, KY; two daughters, Heather Bryan, Monroe, GA and Erin Bryan, Louisville, KY three grandchildren; Jacob, Joey and Julianna Quinn one brother, Sonny Bryan, Kentucky, other family and close friends. Memorial services will be held at 2:00PM on ...

February 16, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS

Mrs. Faye Aiken

Mrs. Faye "Granny Faye" Aiken age 73, of Covington, GA died Monday, February 15, 2010. She was born on August 12, 1936 in Butts County, GA to Levie Alvin and Maxie Elizabeth (McClure) Maddox. Mrs. Aiken was a member of Red Oak United Methodist Church where she taught preschool. Mrs. Aiken is survived by her husband: Mr. Don Aiken: son and daughter-in-law: Scott and Robin Aiken of Covington: grandchildren: Scott Aiken, Jr and Mitchell Aiken: great grandchild: Chandler Aiken; sisters: Gail Lindsey of Porterdale, Betty Shaw of Covington, Glenda Austin of Gretna, LA, Shirley Crawford of Porterdale and Sharon Maddox ...

February 16, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS

Wal-Mart evacuated due to bomb scare Sunday

Wal-Mart was evacuated around 3 p.m. Sunday afternoon after someone called a bomb threat into the popular discount store.

February 16, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Care and committment

Dear Editor: It was a rainy Tuesday. The office was full of patients when the cries of panic came. "Patient down, come quick." "We need Dr. Carter's help."

I offered my assistance. I knew my role would be limited, but I was willing to help. What came next was nothing less than a miracle. I traveled down the stairs and looked through the glass. I saw Dr. Carter on his hands and knees, in the pouring rain, kneeling beside an elderly gentleman checking for a pulse and any other signs of life. When no signs of life were found ...

February 16, 2010 | Linda Davis Newton Medical Center | Letters

A Tree-riffic Day

The city of Covington will celebrate Arbor Day on Feb. 19 with awards and a look ahead to future projects at 11 a.m. in the Turner Lake Recreation Department.

February 15, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Newton no longer under winter weather advisory

Newton County is no longer under a winter weather advisory, as issued by the National Weather Service at Peachtree City.

February 15, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Local restaurants pool for InVEST fund

Local restaurant owners are inviting businesses and individuals from across the county to join them in collecting the remaining $35,000 to reach the $113,000 goal of the InVEST in the NCSO campaign.

February 14, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Eyesore of the week - Feb. 14

Poor lot in life: This boarded up home is located on the corner of South Emory and Conyers Streets. If you would like to submit as the "Eyesore of the Week," send us a picture at news@covnews.com or address to 1166 Usher St, Covington, GA 30014. Please do not submit residential properties that are occupied.

February 14, 2010 | Staff Report | Eyesore of the Week

The final verdict

Order in the court: Teams from all three Newton County high schools participated in the Mock Trial Competition, held in Newton County. Alcovy High School, pictured, had members who debated cases in a courtroom setting, as well as holding deliberations. McIntosh High School in Peachtree City won the competition.

February 14, 2010 | Staff Report | Education

BOE advised to establish new high school zones

Newton County School System Superintendent Dr. Steve Whatley recommended that board members approve the establishment of new high school attendance zones Tuesday night at their monthly work session.

February 14, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Education

Reducing household energy costs

The Covington Redevelopment Authority, in support of the Partnership for Community Action, is committed to ensuring that Newton County residents are aware of the PCA Weatherization Program.

February 14, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Beautiful music together

As a high school student in Waycross, Louise Adams would often help her friends with homework after school. Like any teenagers, schoolwork sometimes came second to chatting and giggling.

February 14, 2010 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL

This old house

Our house was built in 1973 and was one of the first to occupy our quiet little lane. For years it stood virtually alone on the east side of the street, but today it's part of 25 homes which comprise our snug little enclave.

February 14, 2010 | Nat Harwell | OPINION

A Washington recall this fall

Maybe Mother Nature knows what's best. This week, she brought her own version of a government shutdown to Washington. While the Post Office might continue to work through rain, snow, sleet and hail, the snow in the capital resulted in the House suspending votes for the week and the Senate scaling back its calendar.

February 14, 2010 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | OPINION

Let the sun shine

Clarke's Grove has been an innovative neighborhood since its construction. Again, Clark's Grove is leading the way in energy efficiency.

In a collaboration between the home owners' association and Hannah Solar of Atlanta, a $250,000 stimulus grant was obtained to install solar paneling on the retail units in the neighborhood. Each unit owner also had to match some funds - to the tune of a $30,000 combined investment.

February 14, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

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