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AKA Chi Tau Omega chapter awards $20,000 in scholarships

The Chi Tau Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated of Covington, Ga., serving Newton and Rockdale counties, awarded $20, 000 in scholarships on June 21, 2015 at Antioch AME Church in Conyers to high school students heading to various colleges and universities including HBCUs in the state of Georgia and nationwide.

June 30, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Johns Creek mayor to lead Georgia Municipal Association

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - The mayor of the Atlanta suburb of Johns Creek will serve as president of the Georgia Municipal Association.

June 30, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Atlanta Cyclorama to leave building it occupied since 1921

ATLANTA (AP) - The Atlanta Cyclorama, the colossal Civil War painting created about 130 years ago, is leaving the building it has occupied since 1921 to move across town.

June 30, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Dr. Kenneth L. Jacques

Dr. Kenneth L. Jacques of Oxford, passed away June 29, 2015, at the age of 73. He devoted his life to the ministry of his Lord. Dr. Jacques served as the pastor of Harmony Baptist Church, in Covington, for 27 years, but most recently was a member of Canaan Baptist Church. He led church services once a week, for the residents of Riverside Health Care, Merryvale Assisted Living and The Benton House. He enjoyed spending time in his flower garden, but more than anything, he cherished the time he spent with his family. Preceding him in death were his parents ...

June 29, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

Dr. Melvin Louis Conrad

Dr. Melvin Louis Conrad, 88, passed away on June 26, 2015, in Wichita, Kansas. He was preceded in death by his wife Eula Conrad (Palmer Stone Elementary School Teacher). He is survived by children Albert Conrad (Michael) of Wichita, Kansas, Celia Theiler of Charlotte, North Carolina, and Daniel Conrad (Lauree) of Cary, North Carolina.

June 29, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

Checkers closed after grease fire

The Checkers on Hwy. 278 is closed after a small grease fire ignited Monday morning.

June 29, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Ga. high court says bonds for Braves stadium valid

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Supreme Court has upheld the authorization of up to $397 million in bonds to build a new baseball stadium for the Braves in Cobb County.

June 29, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Puerto Rico governor says island can't pay its public debt

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - The governor warned that Puerto Rico can't pay its $72 billion public debt on the eve of a private Monday meeting with legislators, delivering another jolt to the recession-gripped U.S. island as well as a world financial system already worrying over Greece's collapsing finances.

June 29, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

US stocks fall in early trade as Greece debt woes escalate

NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks are falling in early trading in the U.S., but not as much as in Europe as Greece's debt woes deepen.

June 29, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Justices uphold use of drug implicated in botched executions

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court upheld the use of a controversial drug in lethal injection executions Monday, as two dissenting justices said for the first time that they think it's "highly likely" that the death penalty itself is unconstitutional.

June 29, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Road construction restricted this weekend

The Georgia Department of Transportation is suspending construction-related lane closures on interstates and major state system highways for the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

June 29, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

2nd inmate in prison break shot, captured

CONSTABLE, N.Y. (AP) - The latest on the manhunt following the escape of two convicted murderers from a maximum-security prison (all times local):

June 28, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Charleston's compassion

A black church, a maladjusted white kid, and the nation moaning, "My God, not again." A few selected politicians, firm believers in the theory of 'never let a good crisis go to waste', exploited the tragedy to push for more gun control on law abiding citizens. Shame on them. Thankfully, the majority of politicians did the decent thing by grieving with the rest of the country and graciously keeping their mouths shut. Condolences and heart-felt words for the fallen were and always will be a proper and suitable way to express sympathy for a heartbreak such as Charleston.

June 28, 2015 | Pete Mecca | Columnists

Prejudice wrong belief system, but not part of country's DNA

Long before last week's killings in Charleston, South Carolina, which appear to have been motivated by racial hatred, at least one expert in belief systems wrote that a person's prejudices can be changed.

June 28, 2015 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists

Five young men can define a successful life

Five young men, ages 18 to 23. Two college graduates. Two currently attending college. The youngest headed that way this fall. All good students. All excellent athletes. All standing resolutely before a large assemblage to pay tribute to their grandfather, Rob Neely, who passed away recently after a courageous battle with cancer. And what a tribute it was.

June 28, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists

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Burgess: Spend this springtime getting some exercise

If you're burned out, or stressed out, or your spirit is low;

March 27, 2011 | Madaline Burgess Social Circle | News Columnists

Eyesore of the Week - March 27

Needs work: This eyesore is located on Old Alcovy Road. If you would like to submit an "Eyesore of the Week," send a picture to news@covnews.com or by mail to 1166 Usher St., Covington, GA 30014. Please do not submit residential properties that are occupied.

March 27, 2011 | Staff Report | Eyesore of the Week

Rowe: A love story

I get to have a little fun with this column and talk about my family, which is one of my favorite things to do. They're not as excited about it and I'm sure I'm gonna have some kissing up to do to get back in the good graces of my family, but stories like these are worth sharing and this is a very special one.

March 27, 2011 | Beth Rowe | News Columnists

Tornado watch in effect until 4 a.m. Sunday

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch effective until 4 a.m. Sunday for Newton County and much of metro Atlanta.

March 26, 2011 | | LOCAL

Little Springs Farm

Wayne Allen and Patrick Greene consider themselves a dying breed. Dressed in cowboy hats and boots, along with their Wrangler jeans and vests, they are the image of the iconic cowboy. As cattle farmers, both men agree they could do no other profession.

March 26, 2011 | Sabastian Wee | LOCAL

4-H 4-Ever: Camp sign up now open

Canoeing on the Rock Eagle lake on a warm afternoon, laughing and splashing all around.

March 26, 2011 | Terri Kimble | News Columnists

Social Circle applies for grant

City council members in Social Circle want the city to apply for a grant that would allow the city to provide sewer and water service to 24 homes in the Mill Village.

March 26, 2011 | Amber Pittman | Social Circle

Mayfield hosting Chair-ity event

The Mayfield Hardware Company is sponsoring a delightfully punny fundraiser for local non-profits: The Helpful Chair-ity Event.

March 26, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Newton County Jail Log - March 27

April Teresa Pettit, 37, 3 Oak St., Porterdale, March 21. First degree forgery, escape.

March 26, 2011 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log

Kathy Morgan: County pledges good stewardship

Thank you to the voters of Newton County for entrusting us with your tax dollars to fund capital improvements much needed for the services provided by the county. It is important now more than ever that we be good stewards of your money and that we continually work to earn your trust.

March 26, 2011 | Kathy Morgan Guest Columnist | Columnists

Harwell: Keys misplaced to doors, power

There are so many issues confronting citizens who try to keep abreast of what's going on that it's dizzying.Take what's going on in the Executive Mansion, for example. The 44th President managed to do something last Thursday that no other inhabitant of the Oval Office had ever done before.

March 26, 2011 | Nat Harwell | Columnists

Y fun place for the family

We are fortunate in Newton County to have an organization that not only tends to needs of the children of our community but our adults, too.

March 26, 2011 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Good News

Things seem to be looking up a bit in Newton County.

March 26, 2011 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Why isn't Newton Medical a trauma center?

Dear Sirs: I read with interest the editorial on Sunday, March 20, stating that my health care has never been in better hands than it now is in Newton County.

March 26, 2011 | Carolyn Phillips Covington | Letters

The Great American Cleanup

More than 600 volunteers and 25 organizations spent their Saturday cleaning up Newton County as part of the annual Great American Cleanup.

March 26, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

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