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Shopping center curfew for unaccompanied minors after 7 p.m.

CONYERS - The Conyers Police Department (CPD) will be working with the Conyers Crossroads shopping center to help enforce the private property's new curfew and ...

August 31, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Hurricane Fred forms in the Atlantic, expected to weaken

MIAMI (AP) - Fred has strengthened to a hurricane, spreading wind and heavy rain across the Cape Verde Islands in the Atlantic Ocean.

August 31, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Gov. Deal proposes $50M more on pre-kindergarten

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal said he wants to spend $50 million to reverse cuts to Georgia's pre-kindergarten program that increased class sizes and ...

August 31, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

US stocks move lower; energy sector drags as oil price falls

NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks moved lower in mid-morning trading Monday as oil prices fell and investors reacted to signs that the Federal Reserve was still ...

August 31, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Of the power that is in imagination?

Behind the Newton County Health Department and near the Covington Branch of the Newton County Library, you will find a very different place, Chimney Park ...

August 30, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING

A frozen and forgotten battle

The gathering at Oxton Village Assisted Living in Social Circle witnessed a rare ceremony on August 25 honoring a WWII veteran of the Aleutian Islands ...

August 30, 2015 | Pete Mecca | A VETERAN'S STORY

A condition of the heart

I Peter 3:10-11 (New Living Translation) For the Scriptures say, "If you want to enjoy life and see many happy days, keep your tongue ...

August 30, 2015 | Jan McCoy | Columnists

The struggle for economic liberty is real

Here's my taxi question. If a person is law-abiding, has a driver's license, has a car or van that has passed safety inspection ...

August 30, 2015 | Walter Williams | Columnists

Too many phony wars

War, real war, is the end result of botched politics. War is a dirty blood-stained business with the goal of defeating an enemy whose viewpoints ...

August 30, 2015 | Pete Mecca | Columnists

Jimmy Carter shows a special kind of courage

Another school year is underway in our state, which means that it's time to start complaining about the Georgia High School Association (GHSA).

August 30, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Columnists

Our Thoughts: Newton's citizens committees

Being an elected official is a thankless job. We are promised the moon every election season, and rarely ever see its full glow throughout the ...

August 30, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Affordable housing takes root in Newton County

Like many people, Jasmine had a negative view of housing authorities-commonly conflated with 'the projects'-before she came to live at New Leaf in ...

August 30, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL

Trump says what he means and means what he says

Pollster Frank Luntz conducted a 29-person focus group of Trump supporters this past Monday. At one point, while talking to journalists who were watching the ...

August 30, 2015 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists

Covington Police Dept. announces “Filming the Fuzz” contest, prizes

The annual Fuzz Run is rapidly approaching on Sept. 12 and the Covington Police Department is offering runners and spectators a unique way to get ...

August 29, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Jersey Day kicks off Sept. 5

Football season is here, and the only thing better than showing support by wearing your favorite team's jersey is to do it for a ...

August 29, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

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Census workers visiting homes in person

Hundreds of U.S. Census workers will be canvassing Newton County neighborhoods until the end of July, in an effort to reach any local address that did not return a 2010 Census form.

Local Census official Gloria Solomon said with the recent employee additions, approximately 400 census workers have been hired to work in Newton County for the Census, creating a temporary influx of much-needed income to local residents.

May 09, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Newborn sends letter of interest to railroad co.

Newborn officials are determined to get all the facts about the Norfolk Southern rail line, no matter what Covington or Newton County officials do.

May 09, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Touching the Blarney Stone: Grandma taught me to walk

My Grandmother Cope would have been 112 this year. I miss her and everyday I thank her for the strength and character she gave me. To this day when I fall short, I feel I have disappointed her.

She was born in Charlottesville, Va., in 1898. Her father, my great-grandfather was a hauler. He was killed when she was very young when a wagon he was fixing rolled over him. My great-grandmother died soon after that.

May 09, 2010 | T. Pat Cavanaugh | News Columnists

Mothers and other mothers

Is there any better time to recognize how special mothers are than on Mother's Day? No matter our circumstances in life, and despite possibly being at odds with our moms occasionally, Mother's Day provides us all with a moment to put things in perspective, doesn't it?

I remember when I was a kid, my Daddy making sure my younger brother and I had our cards ready for the big day. Those many years ago we'd actually make our own cards utilizing construction paper, cutting out a big heart with scissors and then coloring it in just ...

May 09, 2010 | Nat Harwell | Columnists

A mother's love

"Mothers hold their children's hands for a short while, but their hearts forever."

May 09, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

The good mother

In 1980, my mother tells me, she made the decision to divorce my father. She believed her decision was the right one for her and her girls.

Her mother, Mamoo, was supportive. She offered to clear her tenant out of her duplex in Columbus, Ga., so we could move in, but my mother declined.

May 09, 2010 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists

Blessed with heroes

In these troubled times it's encouraging and refreshing to read stories that involve courage, perseverance and success. In Friday's paper we ran two such stories on the front page. If you missed them you can go to CovNews.com and read them.

May 09, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Charlotte Virginia Mann Demarest

Charlotte Virginia Mann Demarest, 81, of Covington went to be with the Lord May 7 after losing her battle with cancer. She was born in 1928, the daughter of Hunter Merrill and Elizabeth Moore Mann. She was the oldest of three siblings. On September 1, 1947, she married Livingston Miller Demarest, who went before her to be with our Lord. Mrs. Demarest was also preceded in death by their sons Robert and Rusty Demarest. Mrs. Demarest was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother as well as an accomplished musician. She served Jesus and her church all of her life with ...

May 08, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS

Henderson's son arrested again

Quinterious Henderson, 17, the stepson of Newton County Commissioner J.C. Henderson, was arrested once again for violating a temporary protection order filed against him by the parents of a 12-year-old girl.

Henderson was initially arrested and charged with aggravated stalking in January, when the father of the young girl came home and found him in the house with his daughter. However, the charges against him were reduced to criminal trespass and he was sentenced to 12 months probation with 30 days of that served in the Newton County Detention Center. He was ordered not to come within 500-yards of ...

May 08, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Rotary firearms safety day

Safety first: Newton County Sheriff's Sgt. Randy Downs shows Rotarian Dr. Steve Whitworth how to properly disarm a Glock pistol at Saturday's Firearms Safety Class 2010 hosted by the Covington Rotary Club and the Covington Police Department. The full day of training at the Georgia FFA-FCCLA Camp on Ga. Highway 36 included instruction for a variety of firearms, briefings of Georgia Code, lunch and practical application of the lessons learned at the camp's firing range. Rotary officials wished to thank Arvo Bowen of the Covington Police Department for his help in organizing Saturday's event as well ...

May 08, 2010 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL

Newton High student reports rape

Authorities at the Newton County Sheriff's Office are investigating an alleged rape that occurred on school grounds March 17.

According to NCSO 1st Lt. Mark Mitchell, they were notified by the parents of the girl, who is "early high school age" on March 31, when the parents of the girl reported the sexual assault to school resource officers.

May 08, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

City of Porterdale working on efficient code enforcement

In an effort to improve rundown residences in the city, Porterdale City Council members are considering amending an inspection ordinance enacted six months ago to make is more effective.

May 08, 2010 | Jennifer T. Long | Porterdale

Newton County Special Olympics 2010

Click here to see the audio slideshow

May 07, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | Audio Slideshows

Spare the rod and save the child?

People have been arguing about the value of corporal punishment of children for a very long time. Fanning the flames of this debate has been conflicting research supporting the opposing ideologies. Recently, however, a five year effort to review the scientific literature by the family services division of the American Psychological Association has reached a conclusion, "parents and caregivers should reduce and potentially eliminate their use of any physical punishment as a disciplinary measure."

May 07, 2010 | Kirven Weekley | Health

Newton County Jail Log - May 7

Brian Dixon Carithers, 21, 90 Millers Lane, Covington, April 20. Disorderly conduct.

May 07, 2010 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log

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