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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

22 trapped gold miners rescued

BONANZA, Nicaragua (AP) - Rescue workers and trapped miners alike frantically dug away at opposite sides of rock and mud that blocked a Nicaragua gold mine, finally succeeding in freeing at least 20 men. Efforts to reach five miners still missing continued Saturday.

August 30, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

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City Council candidates to host open forum Tuesday

The four Covington city council candidates will answer questions from the public at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Covington City Hall.

October 16, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Short list out for fifth Alcovy judge

The Judicial Nominating Commission has chosen three finalists for the newly created fifth judgeship for the Alcovy Judicial Circuit:

October 16, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

FBO decision still not reached

The Covington City Council had an airport work session Thursday, but an hour and a half later no consensus had been reached on the airport's future.

October 16, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

The state of the county

The top leaders of the county and cities within it met at the Newton County Library Wednesday to give an overview of their jurisdictions at the annual State of the County address. The Chamber of Commerce sponsored the event and moderator Danny Stone asked leaders about their biggest opportunities and challenges, other top issues and how the business community can help.

October 16, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Cemetery Respect

Dear Editor: My father and my hero, Ray Howard, passed away on April 5, 2009. He was a World War II veteran, member of the Covington Lions Club, American Legion and Covington First Baptist Church. He was a Newton General Hospital Auxiliary volunteer serving over 3500 hours...and he loved the Georgia Bulldogs attending most home games for some 40 plus years. As a tribute, my family has placed several small Bulldog flags in his flower arrangement at Lawnwood Memorial Park. Unfortunately, these have been removed and the arrangements have been destroyed. I even wrote a note on the last ...

October 16, 2009 | Linda Bruce Covington | Letters

Bad neighbor

Dear Editor: I read the article about District 4 Commissioner J.C. Henderson's family dispute and resulting arrest. First, the man's innocent until proven guilty on this matter. Whether his wife ran into the door, he hit her, or something else happened will be determined by due process.

October 16, 2009 | Joe Smith Covington | Letters

Covington First United Methodist Church shares some love

When local firefighters, EMTs and policemen receive a 911 call, they are usually responding to moments of crisis, fear, injury and heartache. Many times those calls involve small children. As these men and women try to comfort these children, they sometimes hand them a stuffed bear to hold onto and hug.

October 16, 2009 | Staff Report | RELIGION

Porterdale to hold public hearing on preliminary comprehensive plan

At Tuesday night's Porterdale work session, consultant Chris McGahee presented council members with an outline of a 25-year comprehensive plan.

October 16, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL

Housing will lead us out of recession

Following the worst downturn in decades, housing is beginning to show signs of a fragile recovery. So allowing the $8,000 first-time home buyer tax credit to expire at the end of November risks causing a relapse in the housing market that could forestall an economic recovery, even before it has time to take root. This is the last thing the country needs with unemployment moving toward double-digits and builders already reporting that entry-level buyers are pulling back as the tax credit deadline approaches.

October 16, 2009 | Andrea Hammond Guest columnist | News Columnists

Parson to Person: One day you will answer for your life

Margarete Manning relates an experience that, sadly, is repeated far too many times. She writes of a friend who has jettisoned his Christian faith. Since she tells it far better than I can, let me simply quote her, "He did not leave his faith over a whim or because of some intellectual crisis he couldn't resolve with his dearly held beliefs. He left because his work as a journalist led him into Christian circles where he met some of the most influential Christian leaders and teachers. He left his Christian faith because as he traversed these circles, he saw ...

October 16, 2009 | Dr. John Pearrell | Columnists

Ask the Doc: FAQs about cybersex addictions

How do I know if I'm a cybersex addict? If you repeatedly spend more time on cybersex activities than you intended, continue despite significant negative consequences in your life (relationship strain, problems with work performance, your health, or behaviors that put you at risk for legal problems), and if you are obsessed or preoccupied with cybersex activities when you should be focused on other aspects of your life, you are likely a cybersex addict. Research informs that as a rule of thumb, cybersex addicts spend 11-12 hours a week on the internet, but often it is double or triple ...

October 16, 2009 | Peggy Nolen | Health

Grace Notes: Our God does the impossible

Busy, busy, busy - too many things to do. One thing gets done and five more are waiting. Some things are going well. Some are going terribly wrong, but they all just seem to be going, going, going all the time. They try to take a break and get away from it, but that just adds more things to do. And then, they get asked to do the impossible.

Sure, that describes the disciples in our Bible reading on the Feeding of the 5,000 today, but it also describes you, doesn't it? Have you ever felt like that? Overwhelmed ...

October 16, 2009 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Columnists

Newton County Jail Log - Oct. 14

  • Bruce Antonio Grant, 43, 1151 Cook St., Oxford, Sept. 30. Failure to register as sex offender.
  • Frankie Lee Grimes, 29, Conyers, Oct. 6. Court sentenced.
  • John Henry Gulley, 34, 504 Moore St., Oxford, Oct. 6. Probation violation.
  • Kerry Lagrone Hall, 37, Conyers, Oct. 2. Felony possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession, manufacture, distribution of controlled substance, sale of marijuana.
  • Chaz Rashod Heard, 19, Conyers, Oct. 2. Felony theft by shoplifting.
  • Keywanna Nicole Horton, 26, 3171 Clark St., Covington, Oct. 1. Probation violation.
  • Abigail Jackson, 45, 9174 Flat Shoals Road, Covington, Oct. 2. Contempt of court, probation violation.
  • Willie ...

October 16, 2009 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log

Stories From the Well

The Social Circle Theater's production, "Stories from the Well: Let it Shine" will open tonight and run through October 25. The non-profit community theater was founded in 2000 by Bob and Mabel Standridge in an effort to unify the community through live local theater.

October 15, 2009 | Colleen Capes Jackson | RELIGION

Short list for 5th Alcovy judge announced

Gov. Sonny Perdue's Judicial Nominating Commission has submitted recommendations to fill a new judgeship on the Superior Court of the Alcovy Judicial Circuit. Both judgeships were created this year by the General Assembly.

The JNC submitted the following short list of names:

October 15, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL

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