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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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Taxes and jobs

Dear Editor: Anyone who claims that tax cuts create jobs is trying to fool you or themselves.

 Here is the basic equation: increase in sales cause increase in production which eventually leads to hiring employees. Sales of products cause job creation. No business that uses good, honest judgment will create a job that doesn't lead directly to increase in profits. Yes, decreasing taxes on businesses will decrease business expenses and increase profit margins but not product sales. However any decrease in a business' overhead will have no effect on sales unless the products quality or features increase or price ...

February 27, 2009 | Staff Report | Letters

Block system approved

After several years of discussions, the Newton County Board of Education unanimously agreed to approve block scheduling for Alcovy and Newton high schools and Sharp Learning Center Tuesday night.

February 27, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Education

Badge of Honor

Newton County Sheriff Ezell Brown currently holds one of the most powerful positions in the county, but before he decided to dedicate his life to serving and protecting others, he was just a little boy in Blakely with a predilection for uniforms.

February 27, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Former Kiwanis president well remembered

Former Covington Kiwanis president and active community member Richard Rawlins quietly passed away Saturday morning while preparing to teach a Sunday school lesson the next day. He died holding his Bible, but lived following the principles within it.

February 27, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL

Newton Medical Auxiliary raises funds for new equipment to detect cancer

The Auxiliary Board of Newton Medical Center held a general luncheon meeting Tuesday at First Baptist Church of Covington.

February 26, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL

Lions Magical Radio Hour

Social Circle Lion's Club will hold its annual musical gala at the Social Circle Theater Saturday, Feb. 28, 4 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., as part of its 60th anniversary celebrations. This year's show, like last, will be a Radio Show format, with music provided from the early to mid 1900s and local actors and singers who perform at the theater throughout the year. Entertainment will include a magician at 4 p.m. and then proceed with the Radio Show at 5 p.m. Raffles will be mixed into the show. The show will include movie and ...

February 26, 2009 | Sue W. Lee Special to The News | Social Circle

William Travis Aiken

Mr. William Travis Aiken, 76, of Athens and formerly of Lyons, died Feb. 23. The son of the late Dr. William White Aiken and Allie Louise Travis, he was born in DeKalb County. He was a lifelong resident of Lyons and was very proud of his civic services for the city. He was mayor of Lyons for 10 years and a member of the Lyons Jaycees, the Lyons Lions Club and the First Methodist Church of Lyons and was on the board of directors for peoples Bank of Lyons for over 30 years. He was a graduate of Emory University ...

February 26, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITS

House set OK's Georgia Power plan to raise power bills

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Power customers could pay an average of $1.30 more per month on their electricity bills beginning in 2011 under a bill approved by the Legislature on Thursday.

February 26, 2009 | SHANNON McCAFFREY Associated Press Writer | LOCAL

County employees safe from furloughs, pay cuts until June 30

Newton County employees are safe from firings, furloughs and pay cuts until at least June 30. Five county departments made last-minute, non-personnel cuts totaling more than $1.1 million, to erase fully the previous $5 million budget deficit for Fiscal Year 2009.

February 26, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

SFC (Retired) Thomas E. Watts

SFC (Retired) Thomas E. Watts, of Covington, died February 25, 2009, at Gwinnett Medical Center, at the age of 67. Son of the late Jessie Watts, he was a native of Sumter County, Georgia and graduated from Union High School in Leslie, GA. Mr. Watts served in the U. S. Army for 25 years, with two tours of duty in Vietnam and in Germany and received the Purple Heart and Bronze Star while serving in Vietnam. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting and fishing. Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Leah (DeDe) and Richard Carnes of Covington, Sue and ...

February 26, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITS

Four arrested in two Social Circle raids

Two early morning raids conducted by Social Circle, Loganville and Monroe law enforcement agents produced four arrests, drugs, suspected drug money and a stolen firearm in Social Circle on Saturday.

February 26, 2009 | Michelle Kim | Social Circle

Betty R. Isom

Betty R. Isom, of Covington, died February 25, 2009, at the age of 83. Born in Toledo, Ohio, January 4, 1926, she was the daughter of the late Norman and Anna Bushroe Chinneck. Mrs. Isom moved from her birthplace to Dearborn, MI at age 11, graduated from Fordson High School in 1943, and afterward became employed by Ford Motor Company, where she served as Executive Secretary to Lewis D. Crusoe, Vice President of the Ford Division. After transferring from Michigan to Georgia in 1978, she entered part time employment with C & S Bank and in 1987 retired from Bank of ...

February 25, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITS

Through the lens of unemployment

When longtime Newton County resident Kathy Butler Allen Brown stopped working last year, she and her husband tightened their budget to make ends meet.

"We went from two salaries to one salary in January '08 and adjusted, adjusted, adjusted our lifestyle," Brown said. "We adjusted our spending, we adjusted our wanting with the loss of one income, and we felt real good about that."

February 25, 2009 | Tisa Smart Washington | LOCAL

Teen killed in single-car accident identified

 A sixth grade student killed in a car crash last weekend was identified by Georgia State Patrol as 13-year-old Caschona Nequail Robinson, a student at Veterans Memorial Middle School.

Known as "Sweetie Pie" by those close to her, she was killed in a single car accident just before noon Saturday. According to GSP Sgt. John Cronin, Caschona was in the passenger seat of a Chevrolet Malibu driven by her 18-year-old brother.

February 25, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Sheriff announces his new command staff

Newton County Sheriff Ezell Brown has formally announced his command staff which will help the citizens identify those people at the NCSO whom they can go to should they need assistance in any specific area. It will also allow the new sheriff to have a group of people he can rely on to carry things through.

February 25, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

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