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A visit to Cottonwood Farm.

September 02, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL

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


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

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Cecil G. Brown Sr.

Mr. Cecil G. Brown Sr., 75, of Covington, died March 21. The son of the late John Martin Sr. and Maggie Fambrough Brown, he was born in Walton County and had been a resident of Covington for over 50 years. He graduated from Morgan County High School, attended the University of Georgia and was a musician recording in Nashville, Tenn., and Atlanta. Mr. Brown owned and operated Green Hill Nursery from 1967 to 2002 and was former president of Georgia Nurserymen Association. A very active member of Covington First United Church, he was a member of the Chancel Choir and ...

March 26, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Blossoming downtown

The Potting Shed - a unique local nursery that sells custom-designed mixed planters - has changed locations, moving to the heart of historic Covington on Floyd Street.

March 26, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

Sounds fishy to me

In the news recently is a story about how the state Department of Natural Resources decided to "outsource" the state's hunting and fishing licensing and boating registration.

March 26, 2008 | Len Robbins | Archives

4,000 to remember

The war in Iraq reached a major and disturbing milestone on Sunday with the death of the 4,000th coalition soldier.

March 26, 2008 | Robby Byrd | Archives

Making a full circle

Brenda Wharton, sixth grade math teacher at Veterans Memorial Middle School, started her career in education as an assistant teacher in an advanced high school math classroom.

March 26, 2008 | Jennifer Long | Archives

Robbery occurs in residential area

A Newton County woman was robbed at gunpoint in a residential subdivision while on her way to church Friday evening, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

March 23, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives

Fun and interesting Easter facts, figures and memories

The most difficult search this Easter has nothing to do with hidden eggs. As a Christian mom, I struggle to teach my children the meaning behind our Easter traditions. I get so wrapped up in the shopping, meal planning and decorating that I often fail to focus beyond the chocolate bunnies and egg hunts.

March 23, 2008 | Kari Apted | Archives

What do you believe?

Easter Sunday has been a special day in my life for literally as long as I can remember. A few years back we converted our family's grainy, old, Kodak movie films from the 1950s and 1960s into a more modern format; those early films showed us all dressed up in our finery, either getting ready to go to church or just after getting home. And there were the Easter baskets and egg hunts and the family get-togethers that attended the day.

March 23, 2008 | Nat Harwell | Archives

World traveler comes home to Georgia

When Willie Hawk left Covington in 1976 at the age of 17 after signing up with the Navy, he hadn't intended to make it his career.

March 23, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives

Eaton makes first trip to Covington, meets with city officials

 Chuck Eaton, commissioner of the Georgia Public Service Commission, made his first visit to Covington on Friday to meet with city officials and take a tour of the city's municipal gas system.

March 23, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

James Ralph Williams

Mr. James Ralph Williams died March 12. The son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Arthur (Lucy Mae) Williams, he was born in 1958 in Rockdale County. He accepted Christ at an early age and joined Shady Grove Baptist Church in 1965. He later joined True Fellowship Baptist Church where he served faithfully on the Deacon Ministry. He was preceded in death by parents and siblings Darlene and Marcus.

March 23, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Opponents of Bear Creek project seek use of alternate plan

Despite Newton County's determination to construct the Bear Creek Reservoir, some opponents of the plan question why the county doesn't consider pumping water from the South River instead, though that project is not without its own shortfalls.

March 23, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

Taxing Times

Identity theft happens year round, but tax return filing season can be a prime time for scammers to obtain sensitive personal information that allows them to set up accounts, run up debts, apply for jobs, and even file tax returns under someone else's name.

March 23, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives

Elizabeth Sanders Kemp

Elizabeth Sanders Kemp, 89, was called home, peacefully in her sleep, to be with our Lord and Savior March 9. She was born in 1918 in Coweta County, Newnan, graduated from Wesleyan College and was an accomplished pianist and soprano soloist. Mrs. Kemp was a devoted Christian and an inspiration to all who knew her. Her energy and personality lit up every room. She never met a stranger, and her kind heart and strong personal will be greatly missed by the many people she touched in her life. She and her husband adopted a newborn son, Brantley, and loved him ...

March 23, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Tommy Lee Brown Sr.

Mr. Johnny Lee "Sugar Bear" Brown Sr. died March 14. The son of the late Mr. Jack H. Brown and Annie Lou Floyd Brown, he was born in 1950 in Newton County. He joined Peek's Chapel Baptist Church at an early age. He married Mrs. Nannette Brown Stanford. Later in life, he rededicated his life to Christ and worked faithfully toward his life long goal of serving on the Deacon Board until his health began to fail.

March 23, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

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