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Solid Waste Panel digs in

Transparency, financial security, inclusiveness, and fairness are just some of the guiding values identified by the citizens solid waste panel during its first facilitated meeting Thursday.

May 28, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL

Thunderstorms, high winds expected in north, central Ga.

ATLANTA (AP) - Forecasters are warning of thunderstorms and high winds in parts of north and central Georgia.

May 28, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Baltimore gets bloodier as arrests drop post-Freddie Gray

BALTIMORE (AP) - A 31-year-old woman and a young boy were shot in the head Thursday, becoming Baltimore's 37th and 38th homicide victims so far this month, the city's deadliest in 15 years.

May 28, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

US stocks end modestly lower

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks are ending modestly lower following a sell-off in the Chinese market and concerns about an approaching deadline for Greece to make a debt payment.

May 28, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Betty Purcell

Betty Purcell of Covington, passed away Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at the age of 91. Born and raised in Augusta, GA, Betty was employed with IBM at the Pentagon before she married. She was active in Covington First United Methodist Church, Newton Medical Center Auxiliary and enjoyed her bridge clubs. She loved traveling with her husband, was very social and liked to entertain. While in assisted living Mrs. Purcell delighted in dancing. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. James William Purcell; sisters, Margaret Brandt, Louise Comstock; brothers, Frank Blitchington, Bill Blitchington, Jack Blitchington; as well as her ...

May 28, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

Welcome to your weekend (May 29)

April showers bring May flowers. What do May flowers bring? In Atlanta it's called June, and it is the beginning of HOTlanta for us around these parts. We have had a nice spring this year, but summer is officially beginning. For those of us who live in the South, we know what the signs of summer are. The breezes will die down, those pesky mosquitos will come out to party, and we will be looking for any way possible to stay cool. Want to know a few ways you can stay cool this June? You have come to the ...

May 28, 2015 | Jenni Mauran | DIGITAL NEWSPAPER

Twice-caught fugitive's clean life led to decades of freedom

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - In 55 years as a fugitive, Frank Freshwaters got caught twice.

May 28, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Newton-Young Professionals to meet at The Oaks

Newton County's young professionals have a chance not only to network; not only to have an evening out on the golf course but also a chance to learn more about the county they work, live and play in.

May 27, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

David J. Hood

David Hood, age 60, of Covington passed away May 24, 2015. He was born in Covington on November 7, 1954 one of the first ten babies born at Newton General Hospital. Graduated from Newton County High School and went Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College graduating with a degree in horticulture and while attending college worked at Callaway Gardens. David was the grounds superintendent for several golf course throughout his career including Hidden Hills and Cross Creek golf courses.

May 27, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

Robert ‘Bobby’ Patrick

Robert "Bobby" Patrick of Oxford, passed away May 26, 2015, at the age of 82. He was a 1952 graduate of Newton High School; and proud veteran of the United States Air Force, having served in both Germany and France, during his active duty from 1953 – 1957. Mr. Patrick was employed by Henson Furniture, until the business closed, and then went on to work for Hercules, for 24 years, prior to his retirement. He served as a deacon for several churches, and was Chairman of the deacon boards at First Baptist of Covington, Mt. Zion Baptist and Calvary Baptist. In ...

May 27, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

US stocks move higher in the afternoon, a day after a slump

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. stocks rose modestly in late-day trading Wednesday, recovering most of a steep loss from the day before. Investors remain focused on Greece's debt problems.

May 27, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

2nd submariner guilty of sharing videos of women officers

MAYPORT NAVAL STATION, Fla. (AP) - A second submariner pleaded guilty Wednesday to sharing videos of female officers undressing for a shower, continuing a case that a prosecutor calls a "black eye" for the Navy's integration of women into the nation's sub fleet.

May 27, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Georgia man charged with supporting Islamic State militants

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - A Georgia man has been charged in federal court with trying to aid the Islamic State group.

May 27, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

NYC judge hears arguments on the rights of 2 chimpanzees

NEW YORK (AP) - A New York City judge has heard arguments over the rights of two chimpanzees that advocates hope to free from a state university where they're kept.

May 27, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Illinois couple welcomes their 100th grandchild

QUINCY, Ill. (AP) - A western Illinois couple recently celebrated the birth of their 100th grandchild.

May 27, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

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Election season heats up

We are glad that some qualified candidates have either thrown their hats in the ring or are thinking about running for the three soon to be vacant seats on the Newton County Board of Education.

With a new superintendant, we need intelligent, visionary leadership on the board - people who know and are passionate about the success of our community.

April 07, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Building a miracle

Dear Editor: The Miracle League of Newton County would like to express its sincere appreciation to the Newton branch offices of BB&T, Bank of North Georgia, Newton Federal and United Bank for partnering with us during the month of March to raise awareness of the exceptional children of our community. These fine financial institutions allowed signage in their branch offices (as well as some monetary donations to be collected) to help educate and raise awareness of the over 2,400 special needs children and youth we have here in Newton County.

The money that was collected within the branch ...

April 07, 2010 | Tamara Richardson Consultant to The Miracle League of Newton County, Newton County Recreation Commission | Letters

Three people injured in Friday afternoon crash

Three people were sent to Atlanta hospitals Friday afternoon following an accident on Ga. Highway 11 and Interstate 20.

April 06, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Yoga Classes

Newton Recreation YOGA Classes

April 06, 2010 | Staff Report | Recreation

Mrs. Mary Frances Davis

Mrs. Mary Frances Davis of Oxford, GA died Monday April 5, 2010 at Newton Medical Center. She was born on February 25, 1931 in Monroe , GA to the late Patrick M. and Betty Partee Laseter. Mrs. Davis was a member of Calvary Baptist Church and of AARP Chapter 2265. She was a loving Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother and Friend. Mrs. Davis is survived by Husband; Mr. Thomas M. Davis; Son and Daughter-In-Law; Tommy and Dianne Davis of Covington; Daughters and Sons-In-Law; Colleen and Warren Christian and Donna and Rodney Bankston all of Oxford. Two Sisters; Mrs. Ruth Medley of ...

April 06, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS

Pitcher perfect

"I was born to be a Yankee," said Danny McDevitt, former pitcher for the New York Yankees, who now resides in Social Circle.

April 06, 2010 | Janet Jernigan news@covnews.com | Social Circle

Ollie Violet Lackey Young

April 06, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS

Tim Roberts

Tim Roberts of Atlanta, GA died Sunday, April 4, 2010. He was born on September 21, 1964 in Conyers, GA to James Everett and Clara Mae Durden Roberts. Mr. Roberts worked as a professional waiter working for Aria Restaurant in Buckhead for many years. Mr. Roberts is survived by his Mother: Clara Roberts of Covington, Father: James Roberts of Conyers, Sister: Kim "Sister" Roberts of Conyers, Brother and Sister-in-law: Brice and Melissa Roberts of Oxford, Nephews: Dalton Roberts, Levi Roberts, and Jacob Roberts, Lifelong friends: Benjamin Wilcox and Robin McCoy; Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, Other family and close friends also survive ...

April 05, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS

Hunting for Easter eggs

On the hunt: Excited Palmer-Stone Elementary kindergarten students crossed the street to the Quad at Oxford College Thursday morning to gather Easter eggs. At the sound of a whistle, the smiling students raced to gather candy- and sometimes money-filled eggs hidden in the grass, trees and plants. Afterwards, the kindergarten classes enjoyed lunch and the beautiful weather before returning to school.

Here comes Peter Cottontail: The Easter Bunny himself helped drop thousands of colorful Easter eggs from a helicopter onto Legion Field Saturday afternoon. The large crowd of children and their parents charged the field as soon as the helicopter ...

April 04, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL

R.L. Cousins High School alumni host meet and greet

Almost 200 R.L. Cousins High School alumni reflected on the 'Good Ole' Days' at the meet-and-greet held in the school's old cafeteria, a cafeteria not just remembered for lunches served there. It had been where band practice was held after school, where the prom and graduation were held. But March 14 was the day almost 200 R.L. Cousins High School alumni representing all 13 classes would focus on a common vision. This is a vision that focuses on education for the young people and working with the Covington community.

April 04, 2010 | Staff Report | Education

The miracle of spring

No winter lasts forever, no spring skips its turn. If you're like me, you were beginning to wonder about that. But after a lengthy winter, spring is finally here. Isn't it glorious?

April 04, 2010 | Kari Apted | News Columnists

CPD to purchase 10 video systems for patrol cars

The Covington Police Department will have 10 new digital video systems installed in patrol cars thanks to a grant and seized funds.

April 04, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Covington

Covington YMCA to host a Cheerios Challenge for children

When one of the community's largest non-profit organizations partners with one of the county's largest industries, you know it's a big deal. And 2010's 9th annual Cheerios Challenge figures to be the biggest yet, maybe even topping 1,000 runners and volunteers.

April 04, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

New Walgreens one step closer to Covington

The City of Covington is one step closer to getting its first Walgreens, after the former Shell station on the corner of Elm St. and U.S. Highway 278 had all of its gasoline storage tanks removed this week.

April 04, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Eyesore of the Week - April 4

Out of gas: This abandoned service station is located at Ga. Highway 278 and Highway 11. 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.

April 04, 2010 | Staff Report | Eyesore of the Week

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