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June 27, 2016 | Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home | OBITUARIES

Photos: NCRC honors the late Jimmy Wright with annual basketball camp

For the sixth year in a row, the Newton County Recreation Commission (NCRC) hosted the Jimmy Wright Memorial Basketball Camp this week at the Turner ...

June 27, 2016 | Mariya Lewter | Recreation

Finding alternatives to gangs

It may just look like someone got creative with a spray can of paint, but law enforcement sees graffiti as a possible sign of gang ...

June 27, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Neighbor voices concerns on Agriculture Center

Robert Aiken, who lives in a home across the street from the Future Farmers of America (FFA) Camp, spoke to the board of commissioners about ...

June 27, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Newton Recreation baseball team off to USSSA World Series

Many professional baseball players never get to play in a World Series, but this group of recreation players will get the chance to say they ...

June 27, 2016 | Mariya Lewter | Recreation

New coach brings new spark to Oxford’s soccer program

For native Icelander Tinna Gallagher, culture, family and experiences mean everything.

June 27, 2016 | Mariya Lewter | Oxford College

Hampton Inn Covington awarded 2016 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award

The Hampton Inn Covington has received a 2016 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award. Now in its sixth year, the achievement celebrates hospitality businesses that have ...

June 26, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Newton County Senior Services receives new shuttle bus

Newton County Senior Services is the proud recipient of a new shuttle bus that will soon hit the road to transport senior residents to and ...

June 26, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Three Newton County deputies graduate from Georgia Public Safety Training Center

The 286th Graduation Class of the Georgia Public Safety Training Center-Athens Academy held their graduation on June 10 at the Winder Community Center.

June 26, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Have you ever thought …

A community is a composite of the efforts of many people who came before us. We are indebted to those who laid the foundations of ...

June 26, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING

Learning the signs of gang interest

Newton County Sheriff's Office Captain Keith Crum suggested that if parents start seeing gang symbols on their child's school, the need to pay ...

June 26, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Historic Georgia state park gets a makeover

The historic Hard Labor Creek State Park in Rutledge, Georgia will reopen to the public on July 1, boasting several new renovations.

June 26, 2016 | Mariya Lewter | SPORTS

Alcovy FFA to host Aggie Academy in the summer

Alcovy Future Farmers of America (FFA) is offering a day camp at the Newton College & Career Academy center this summer.

June 26, 2016 | Jasmine Floyd | LOCAL

Tax-free exchanges

One of the provisions of the Revenue Code that is very attractive to life and annuity policyholders is Section 1035. This provision of the Code ...

June 26, 2016 | Mike Lassiter | Business

Christian youth softball league boasts 25 years of safe sports

From June 27 to July 2, several kids across Newton County will participate in the Newton Christian Youth Softball League (NCYSL) summer softball tournament.

June 26, 2016 | Mariya Lewter | Recreation

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Kimble: School not so different abroad

"I want to go to school in America."

Every student I meet seems determined to come to the U.S. to go to school. Apparently, all our schools are just like a Disney or Nickelodeon show, according to kids here.

May 05, 2012 | Terri Kimble | Education

Georgia Piedmont graduates Law Enforcement Academy recruits

Georgia Piedmont Technical College's Law Enforcement Academy held its 10th commencement ceremony Friday, April 27 at the college's Covington campus. Five recruits have completed the 17 week law officer training academy. While the class size was low, the caliber of students was high. "This is the smallest graduating class we've had since we began operating. It presented some challenges from an instruction standpoint, however, I believe these students benefited greatly from the small class size. I feel confident they learned the knowledge and skills needed to move forward and do a good job for the community that ...

May 05, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Middle Ridge no long offering school choice

With the changes brought to the school system following a waiver signed by the state department of education, eliminating the No Child Left Behind Act requirements, the school system will no longer be required to offer public school choice at Title I schools next year.

Public School Choice was one of the requirements of the NCLB Act. If a school did not meet the state's standards on Adequate Yearly Progress for two or more consecutive years, the school system was required to offer school choice to another school that did meet those standards. This past school year, the system ...

May 05, 2012 | Amber Pittman | Education

Eastside’s offensive improving quickly

In 2011, Eastside football missed out on the playoffs by one game and is hard at work this spring looking for one more win.

The Eagles started their spring practices Monday continuing work with 2011's team, while bringing along young players and looking for eager newcomers.

May 05, 2012 | Bryan Fazio | Eastside

Pittman, Rams get to work

Newton is using this spring football season to get its younger players ready for the 2012 season, in particular a player who will see a large part of the spotlight.

Sophomore Kemani Pittman is being worked as the No. 1 quarterback after playing 2011 as the junior varsity starter.

May 05, 2012 | Bryan Fazio | Newton

Eastside out of playoffs

The Eastside Eagles baseball team entered the first round of the state playoffs Friday night against the Harlem Bulldogs with a sense of quiet confidence, but they left Eagle Field disappointed after being swept 12-2 and 3-1 and getting knocked out of the playoffs.

Game 1

May 05, 2012 | Miles Steele | Eastside

Taylor sparks Eastside to second round

Senior Trent Taylor has led Eastside soccer throughout the 2012 season and as the playoffs started for the Eagles Thursday, he continued to do the same.

The Eagles' captain scored four goals as Eastside went on the road to defeat second-seeded Richmond Academy in the first round of the Class AAA playoffs. The Eagles (11-6-2) travel to Region 5 No. 1 seed Woodward Academy 7 p.m. Tuesday.

May 05, 2012 | Staff Report | Eastside

Historic domination

The first two minutes of Eastside's match against Westside was indicative of the Lady Eagles' historic 3-0 win on Friday.

May 05, 2012 | Staff Report | Eastside

McCoy: Welcoming our new Minister of Electricity

I'm pleased to report that our household has a new Minister of Electricity! Yes, you read that correctly. Our youngest son is the new Minister of Electricity for the McCoy family. You see - we're just like one of those third-world dictatorships. We have ministerial positions in the household, and we grant them exclusively to our family members. Except for the military uniforms, mirrored sunglasses, and overbearing Mercedes limos, we're no different from any other nepotistic bureaucracy. All hail the new Minister of Electricity! May no light bulbs go dark under your tenure and service to our fair ...

May 05, 2012 | David McCoy | Columnists

Latarski: Truth in The Steroid Era

In case you haven't noticed, Roger "The Rocket" Clemens is on trial for lying to Congress about whether or not he used performance enhancing drugs and Human Growth Hormone during his illustrious baseball career.

When testifying before Congress about steroid use, Clemens vehemently denied using such substances, despite claims by a teammate that Clemens confessed to him he did use human fuel additives. Clemens' response was that his teammate "misremembered" their conversation.

May 05, 2012 | Ric Latarski | Columnists

Carter: Community Bike Ride

Since becoming a regular columnist, I've avoided writing about trails or bicycles. I get type-cast as an advocate, and there are so many other great topics. But, it's Bike Month, so I can't resist reflecting on the wonders of two-wheeled, self-propelled transportation.

The League of American Bicyclists declared May National Bike Month in 1956 and they've celebrated for 55 years. Today, at 3 p.m. on the square, Mayor Ronnie Johnston will proclaim May 2012 Bike Month in Covington, before the monthly Community Bike Ride. It's a gentle, family-friendly ride, suitable for kids and adults ...

May 05, 2012 | Maurice Carter | Columnists

Silent Auction and Wine Tasting

Dear Editor: The Society of SVDP would like to thank all who had a hand in making the Silent Auction and Wine Tasting on April 27, a success. We had a profound outpouring of generously donated items both local and beyond.

All of the profit will go to the Society which is a nonprofit organization. Fox Vineyards (wine and Fox Vineyard glasses), Sherry Odum (catered the event), Michael Frederick (music), are so much appreciated. We thank The Covington News for their donation and professional ad writer Diane Barber. SVDP members secured the items, packaged some of the baskets, set up ...

May 05, 2012 | Mike & Christy Lassiter | Letters

Free speech

Dear Editor: I, Shannon Black, come forward to identify myself as "MsLoy" and "KBeet" named in a civil action on free speech web comments. I do not agree with the attack on free speech, but by coming out I share a voice for employees under attack who need their jobs.

While I removed my child from NCSS last year, I maintain close internal contacts and will continue to share comments with the public through the Citizen site. Employees will be heard through me since Human Resources is overseen by Carpenter's husband. Employees complain openly that he tells her everything ...

May 05, 2012 | Shannon Black | Letters

Rasmussen: Election 2012’s trench warfare

One hundred years ago, the European powers were hurtling down a path leading to World War I. Trench warfare became the dominant image of that war, as both sides dug in and the battle lines barely moved. Many called it the "War to End All Wars," but in the end it merely set the stage for World War II.

Election 2012 is shaping up to be the political equivalent of trench warfare that fails to resolve anything.

May 05, 2012 | Scott Rasmussen | Columnists

When you talk, we listen

While we believe strongly in the value of the prostitution story we ran a week ago, we realize our readers don't always agree with us.

That's not a bad thing. The newspaper is supposed to be a forum for public dialogue, and we know that being regularly challenged makes us look more closely at ourselves and the role we play in the community. We hope the dialogue that occurs in these pages allows you to do the same.

May 05, 2012 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

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