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Kurt Taylor Jr. Get to know the name and the young sophomore Newton running back because by the time he's a senior, Taylor Jr. will be one of the best running backs in the nation.

April 19, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton

Three Rams join college ranks

Newton basketball will lose three of its best players this year to college as D.J. Hill, Antonio Smith and Donovan Grubb all signed letters of intent to play at the next level. Hill will play at the University of Mobile while Grubb and Smith grind it out together at West Georgia Tech.

April 19, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton

Eastside athletic director transferring to Alcovy

Eastside Athletic Director/Assistant Principal Dr. Bruce McColumn has announced that he will be transferring to Alcovy High School at the end of the school year.

April 19, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Eastside

Playing for keeps

A longtime rivalry will be reignited this week when the Newton/Rockdale baseball teams play a three-game series with playoff implications on the line.

April 19, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton

Tornado watch ends for Rockdale, Newton

UPDATE: The tornado watch for 13 Georgia counties, including Rockdale and Newton counties, ended at 3 p.m. A tornado watch is in effect for Aiken County in the Augusta area until 4:15 p.m. According to the National Weather Service in Peachtree City, Doppler radar picked up indications of a possible tornado near Jackson, 11 miles southeast of Augusta at 3:53 p.m.

April 19, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Hazardous weather outlook remains in effect

The tornado watch for Newton, Rockdale and surrounding counties has been lifted, but a hazardous weather outlook still remains for Sunday and Sunday evening.

April 19, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Peace, be still ...

Now when they had left the multitude, they took Him along in the boat as He was. And other little boats were also with Him. And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, "Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?" Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, "Peace, be still!" And the wind ceased and there was a great calm.

April 19, 2015 | Jan McCoy | Columnists

Where is your heart today?

Where is your heart? When we say the pledge to the flag of the United States, we place our hand over our heart on the left side of our chest, is that where our heart is?

April 19, 2015 | William Burnham | Columnists

Teenager, Interrupted

What your growing child needs from you, right now.

April 19, 2015 | Kaitlynn Mockett | Education

Never stop searching

November 28, 1972 - Udorn AFB, Thailand: The F-4 Phantom jet lifts off with Captain Jack Harvey at the controls. Flight surgeon Major Bobby Jones rides in the backseat. Major Jones is on the non-combat 'hop' to Da Nang, Vietnam, for one reason, to log the needed hours to maintain his flight surgeon status. The flight is uneventful until about 18 miles out from Da Nang. Something has gone horribly wrong in the vicinity of cloud-covered Bach Ma Mountain.

April 19, 2015 | Pete Mecca | LOCAL

Why our YMCA is so special?

I was very pleasantly surprised to find such a strong and vibrant YMCA program as offered by our local Family YMCA. It is very unusual to find such a strong program in our size town. It was founded by some far-sighted citizens in 1986. It had its beginning with an after school program and some exercise classes for adults. The Y began in the small building beside the main facility that is now used for afterschool care. It is located at 2140 Newton Drive.

April 19, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING

Not too busy to buckle

The week after Spring Break is always a hard transition in my household. It is like a taste of summer hours - we stay outside until dark, go to bed late, and get up at 7:30am (which is late in our house!). So when reality hits and we get back to our school days routine, we inevitably have a few bumpy mornings.

April 19, 2015 | Hosanna Fletcher | Health

Bear Creek permit still not close

Despite spending more than $21 million to date on the proposed Bear Creek Reservoir, Newton County appears nowhere close to obtaining a permit from the Army Corps of Engineers, which recently questioned the continued need for the project as well as the information presented in the county's application.

April 19, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL

Running in the rain

The wet weather didn't dampen spirits for an early morning run to benefit the Covington YMCA Saturday. Racers participated in a 10K, 5K, 1-mile fun run and Trix Tot Trot during the 14th Annual Cheerios Challenge. The event is held annually for people in the community to get out and come together, and be active during the spring time, and it also helps raise funds for YMCA's Why It Matters annual fundraising camping. The campaign is used to help families participate in Y programs that otherwise might not be able to afford it.

April 19, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Heart of a Champion

A full throated roar of victory and more than a few tears erupted as adaptive athlete Michael Mills successfully pulled a 4,000 pound Honda Pilot SUV across more than 330 feet in a wheelchair for a Guinness world record attempt on Saturday. The event, a fundraiser for the Bert's Big Adventure charity for children with terminal illnesses, was held at the Etowah Crossfit's Festivus Games in Woodstock, Ga. Mills team of family, friends, fellow adaptive athletes and supporters, identified as Team "Dirtbags," also carried the flag for non-profits such as More Heart than Scars, for adaptive athletes ...

April 18, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

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Suburban disconnect threatens sense of community

Bradd Shore loves Covington because of weekends like this one. Community weekends. Connected weekends.

September 12, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

A tighter leash on tethering laws

The county is set to crack down on the improper tethering of dogs, after the Board of Commissioners approved a more stringent animal control ordinance Tuesday night.

September 12, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Sweet dreams and flying machines

Nine years ago Saturday, radical Islamists attacked The United States of America.

September 12, 2010 | Nat Harwell | Columnists

Eyesore of the Week - Sept. 12

Complete disrepair: This week's eyesore is located off Paine Crossing Road in Social Circle. 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.

September 12, 2010 | Staff Report | Eyesore of the Week

Newton County Jail Log - Sept. 12

• Derrick Eugene Hall, 34, Miramar, Fla., Sept. 4. Obstruction or hindering law enforcement officers, first degree forgery, giving false name, address or date of birth to law enforcement officers.

September 12, 2010 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log

Man arrested for beating wife, brother-in-law

Officers from the Covington Police Department were called to a home on Midway Drive after a man allegedly beat his wife and brother-in-law with a stick.

September 12, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Covington

Screening starts today in principal search

It's been less than two weeks after the shocking resignation of popular Newton High School Principal Dr. Roderick Sams, and the school system is confident they can find his replacement by the end of the month amid the batch of hopefuls that have applied for the position.

September 12, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Education

Our thoughts... Small towns

This weekend provided a perfect snapshot of what makes Covington special - its sense of community.

September 12, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Our thoughts... Tether laws

It shouldn't happen to a dog, but it often does. Too many pet owners chain up their pooch in the backyard for long hours without access to food or water, or allow the dog's chain to become hopelessly entangled and the poor pooch left hopelessly immobile and barking out its frustrations.

The Newton County Board of Commissioners last week decided to crack down on such neglect. Commissioners approved an ordinance that adds several new regulations, including: providing shelter, providing enough food and water, making sure the tether has enough length and durability and making sure the area where ...

September 12, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

President Obama’s flawed foundation

We all know it happens - people often get confused. They can become overwhelmed and forget who they are and where they came from, allowing outside forces to dictate their actions.

September 12, 2010 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists

Porterdale police chief resigns

Porterdale Police Chief Wayne Digby announced his resignation Friday, effective Oct. 15, because he was insulted by the contract the city offered him and didn't want to be caught in the middle of a city council conflict.

September 12, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | Porterdale

Covington’s ethics

Dear Editor: The Aug. 20 edition of The News carried two or the best letters I have read in a long time.

September 12, 2010 | Bobby Sigman Covington | Letters

Expect detours Tuesday on Emory Street

Emory Street will be closed from Stalling Street to Usher Street from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, for a tree removal.

September 12, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Quintessential Covington

Newton County was abuzz with activity this weekend, as thousands raced in the 27th annual Fuzz Run, while hundreds of other residents attended the seventh annual Literacy Festival, the grand opening of Denny Dobbs Park and Sept. 11 memorial services.

September 11, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington

The splendid little town of Porterdale

I would like to start with a big thank you to all of you for the kind comments on my article. I'm so glad you enjoyed reading it, as I have had so much enjoyment writing about Porterdale. I have a funny story to start off with in this column.

September 11, 2010 | Jean Bowen Garner | Porterdale

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