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Ellis’ responsibilities changed by BOC

Newton County Board of Commissioners Chairman Keith Ellis lost at least some of his power Tuesday night, as the board voted to strip him of his control of the county's vehicle fleet and engineering department.

September 02, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL

Henderson stripped of financial powers

The Newton County Board of Commissioners simply crushed Commissioner J.C. Henderson Tuesday night, stripping him of all financial powers and forcing him off the boards of the Nelson Heights Community Center and the Recreation Commission.

September 02, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL

Mrs. Betty Jane Cordell Edwards

Betty Jane Cordell Edwards, age 83, passed away Aug. 31, 2014, at Oxton Village in Social Circle. "Ms. Betty," as she was affectionately known, had been a resident there for the past five years. Betty was born Oct. 4, 1930, in Rockmart, Georgia.

September 02, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS

The Nation’s best from Newton County

The beginning of the NCAA football season saw some of Newton County's collegiate athletes have exceptional showings on Saturday. If there are any athletes that you feel deserve to be mentioned in our weekly coverage of some of the nation's best from Newton County, email our sports editor Shakeen Holloway at sholloway@covnews.com.

September 02, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Alcovy

Q&A: Catching up with Catherine Lee

Catherine Lee made history on Tuesday, as she was the first softball player to have her jersey (No.27) retired by Eastside High School. We sat down with Lee for a few minutes to talk about what it meant for her, life after college and if she'd ever consider coaching.

September 02, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Eastside

Pumpkins growing weary

Can it be? Is it September already? One of my favorite tunes, "September Song," was written by Kurt Weill and Maxwell Anderson for a Broadway musical in 1938 called "Knickerbocker Holiday. The lyrics could apply today to the current political season in Georgia - "For it's a long, long time from May to December, but the days grow short when you reach September."

September 02, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists

Weather, granite delay Square’s reopening

Don't get blue, the jazz concert set for Thursday on the Covington Square will still happen – just not on the Square.

September 02, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL

Family to move to CO for med. marijuana

It may be their last resort, but the Hopkins family is making a big move with full hopes they will find sanctum for one of their daughters in Colorado's medical marijuana. Still, they'll be packing their family minus one.

September 02, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL

Legality of Henderson’s check questionable

There's a clause in the Georgia constitution that says governments can't give money without receiving a "benefit" in exchange. It's reiterated in numerous handbooks for local governments.

September 02, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL

Our Thoughts: Mansfield

The Newton county town of Mansfield has always been a charming little place that most people just drive through on their way to somewhere else.

September 02, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

A Veteran's story: Orphaned by history

The "Forgotten War" of Korea is also referred to as the war "orphaned by history." The catchphrases 'forgotten' or 'orphaned' may appease intellectuals or the power-players of that era, but for the soldiers who suffered and sacrificed in the hell called Korea their war will never be 'forgotten.' As for being 'orphaned by history', Korean veterans knew from the outset that the diplomatic philosophy of the day guaranteed they would indeed feel orphaned if not blamed for America's first war without a victorious outcome.

September 02, 2014 | Pete Mecca | A VETERAN'S STORY

NCSS announces Scholars of the Week

Newton County School System plans to highlight exceptional students with a new weekly spotlight. Two high school seniors will be recognized each week as NCSS Scholars of the Week starting in October and will be chosen to recognize and promote "exemplary academic performance and outstanding contributions to their school and community."

September 02, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL

DOE offers free digital textbooks

As the 2014-2015 academic year begins, teachers, school leaders, parents and students should be aware they can access free, interactive digital textbooks through the Georgia Department of Education's website.

September 02, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

NCSO dep. restores heartbeat to boy

A Newton County Sheriff's Office deputy may have saved the life of a minor who was not breathing after drowning.

September 02, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL

Man subdued by Taser

After a call concerning an intoxicated male riding his bicycle into a trash can, police officers had to subdue the suspect by deploying a Taser.

September 02, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

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Parson to Person: Luke’s honest reporting

Luke 2:1-20, the account of Jesus' birth, is probably one of the most widely known passages of Scripture. During this time of year, one might hear it in the most unexpected places. Religious or not, it is nigh impossible to get through the Christmas season without at least a passing reference to this important passage.

December 18, 2009 | Dr. John Pearrell | Columnists

Our thoughts ... Acts of kindness

Acts of kindness

December 18, 2009 | Staff Report | OPINION

Newton County Jail Log - Dec. 18

o Damarcus Quinton Walker, 29, 488 Oxford Road, Oxford, Dec. 1. Probation hold.

December 18, 2009 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log

Christmas expectancy

Over the years my appreciation for Christmas has changed. In the now dimming memories of childhood, there was the surprise and delight at what Santa had brought. As I grew older, a greater appreciation for the season, particularly when reaching the age where mistletoe was of interest.

December 18, 2009 | Patrick Durusau | OPINION

Vote deferred for proposed S.C. drag strip

After listening Tuesday night to arguments for and against the proposed zoning change that would allow for a drag strip to be constructed outside of Social Circle, the City Council voted unanimously to send the proposal back to the Planning and Zoning Commission for further review.

December 18, 2009 | Lee Sandow | Social Circle

Faithful friend

For 15 years the Newton County Animal Shelter was served by a dedicated volunteer. He passed away in September and Wednesday shelter employees and volunteers recognized his loyalty by hanging a plaque honoring him in the shelter lobby.

December 18, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL

InVest in the NCSO

The parents of recently injured Deputy Wesley Atha have organized a fundraising campaign to purchase these vests for every county deputy. Their fundraising goal is $113,000. Each vest costs between $500-$700, depending on the size. Each Friday The Covington News will publish a list of individuals, businesses and civic groups who have donated to the cause that week as well as the total amount raised. Donations are tax deductible. Checks should be made payable to Newton Co. Sheriff's Office and earmarked for safety vests and equipment. Please mail donations to NCSO c/o April Jones, 15151 Alcovy ...

December 18, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL

3 chords and a cause

Southern Heartland Gallery on the Square has extended the Silent Auction on its Art Guitar until Dec. 22. The guitar previews three other guitars to be auctioned at the Art Guild Fundraiser, Monte Carlo for the Arts, on Feb. 6. The guitar was painted by SHA Gallery Artist Linda Pflug.

December 18, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL

The marvel of modern computers

In middle school, one of my previous teachers offered me her old computer.

December 18, 2009 | Terri Kimble | News Columnists

Christmas is coming

It's no myth the holiday season can be stressful. The pressure to decorate. The anxiety that comes with cooking another tasty holiday meal. Buying gifts coworkers, friends, relatives and begging children will love, while, much like an alarm clock, the nagging reminder of a recession intermittently sounds off in your head. However, these are all just distractions to what Christmas is all about. People tend to forget the purpose is to celebrate the birth of Jesus. It's a time to express love and to fellowship, and churches in Covington have the right idea. Here are some with events ...

December 18, 2009 | Staff Report | RELIGION

The meaning of Christmas

Christmas time is here and recently The Georgia Arts Academy Inc.Music School warmed the hearts of 212 parents, student relatives and their guests in contrast to the frigid weather.

December 18, 2009 | Staff Report | RELIGION

Crowe found guilty by judge

Christina Renee Crowe was found guilty in the death of 7-year-old Bobby Joe Couch Thursday afternoon and sentenced by Newton County Superior Court Judge Horace J. Johnson Jr. to serve at least 10 years of a 25-year prison term.

December 17, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

County approves spending more on Chamber

The Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce can now begin seriously interviewing candidates to become the next president after the Board of Commissioners approved an 18-month contract to more than double spending.

Asked about the next steps, Chamber Search Committee Chairman Jerry Mays responded by email:

December 17, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Joyce Cook

Mrs. Evelyn Joyce Cook of Covington died Wednesday December 15, 2009 at Westbury Health and Rehab in Jackson, Ga. Born on December 22, 1930 in Fulton County, Ga., she was the daughter of the late Ras W. and Annie Perry Moore Fincher. Mrs. Cook was a member of Stewart Baptist Church since 1950, and loved flower gardening and was known as a great cook. She was a homemaker and a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. Survivors include her husband of 59 years John Marcus Cook of Covington; daughter Marcia Cook Burford of Jenkinsburg, Ga.; son John Marcus (Whitey) Cook of ...

December 17, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITS

Newton County Jail Log - Dec. 16

o Kenneth Patrick Simpson, 24, 12480 Ga. Highway 36, Covington, Nov. 19. Probation violation.

December 16, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL

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