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Robert Walker Sammons

Robert Walker Sammons, 65, of Almon Road, died Thursday, October 20, 2016, at his residence. The family will greet friends one hour prior to a ...

October 21, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

Modine Wheeler

Modine Wheeler Moore, 91, of Conyers, passed away October 15, 2016. Mrs. Moore was born in Conyers to the late Walter and Ruth Parker Wheeler ...

October 21, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

Newton County Jail Log: Oct. 19

Jerrod Lanier Aikens, 31, Oxford, Oct. 14, battery, kidnapping, probation violation

October 20, 2016 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log

A chat with Eastside football coach Troy Hoff

Troy Hoff has spent 12 years with the Eastside High football program. During that time he's served as an assistant coach, and is now ...

October 20, 2016 | Gabriel Stovall | Eastside

Newton having fun before matchup with Grayson

When Jaquan Henderson leaped to snag a pass from his quarterback Myron Middlebrooks, he could've easily been satisfied just by having the football.

October 20, 2016 | Gabriel Stovall | Newton

Shane Clark is a little Country, a little Rock and Roll

As I write this column, I'm still feeling how great the Sweet Harmony show was at the Mystic Grill last week. We had a ...

October 20, 2016 | Marshall McCart | LIVING

Eastside's softball season ends with two defeats from Oconee County

A rough start for Eastside's ace pitcher Laura Beshears didn't get much easier, as the Eagles saw their season come to an end ...

October 19, 2016 | Gabriel Stovall | Eastside

Concert under the stars this Saturday

Music fans have the opportunity to come down to the Covington Square Park to enjoy a live band, try some of the downtown restaurants and ...

October 19, 2016 | Xavier I. Lewis | LOCAL

NCSO sponsors sex-offender shut-in

Newton County Sheriff's Office and the Department of Community Supervision will sponsor its Tenth Annual Halloween Shut-In on Oct. 31, 2016 from 6 p ...

October 19, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Tomb of Unknown Soldier guard speaks during DAR program

Herb Smith, a member of the Honor Guard, Tomb of the Unknown Solider Society, spoke during a program hosted by the Sergeant Newton Chapter, of ...

October 19, 2016 | Staff Report | LIVING

Piedmont Healthcare introduces new grant program

After recent community health assessments, officials at Piedmont Healthcare created a grant program and put forth a plan aimed at improving the health and well-being ...

October 19, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Cities negotiate for bigger SPLOST cut

The mayors of Newton County's five municipalities negotiated for a bigger cut of potential 2017 Special Purpose Local Options Sales Tax (SPLOST) money during ...

October 18, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

BOC summary: Newton County Judicial Center to expand

The Newton County Judicial Center will be expanded soon after a unanimous decision by the Board of Commissioners (BOC) to utilize excess funds from the ...

October 18, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Eastside softball looking to 'keep it 20' in Wednesday's state tournament game against Oconee County

Ask Eastside High School senior softball player Taylor Baggert what makes this Sweet 16 Eastside softball squad different from last year's Sweet 16 bunch ...

October 18, 2016 | Gabriel Stovall | Eastside

Covington wrapup: Design students return with drafts of logo

University of Georgia (UGA) Design Studio students submitted logo designs for the City of Covington, and its utility company, to the city council on Monday ...

October 17, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

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Miller attends Washington D.C. Summit on Mort Ewing WLC scholarship

Allen Miller attended the Washington Leadership Conference (WLC) for the Eastside High School Future Farmers of America (FFA) chapter. The Mort Ewing WLC scholarship made it possible for the Eastside student to attend the conference.

August 14, 2016 | Xavier McKnight | LOCAL

Government 101: Leadership and teamwork

This year's presidential election campaign has reached a rarely explored depth of absurdity. One candidate makes claims that few believe and still fewer take seriously. The other has a talent for obfuscation that surpasses Abbott and Costello's "Who's on First" routine for doubletalk. One got nominated through a process that awards name recognition above competence and the other spent years stacking the deck so that there was never any question as to who would be nominated.

August 14, 2016 | Jerry Roseberry | LOCAL

The Answer for these Uncertain Times

According to Wikipedia there are roughly 4,200 recognized religions in the world. Out of those 4,200 religions, you have approximately 2.2 billion people who claim a single one: Christianity.

August 14, 2016 | Andy Butts | Religion

The sights and sounds of summer, the finale

I hope you are holding up in this scorching heat and enjoying the last few weeks of summer. Summer seems to last forever and I would be perfectly happy if it only lasted a month or two. I can already feel a bit of the summertime blues creeping in, and I'm counting the days until fall and cooler weather arrives.

August 14, 2016 | Beth Rowe | LIVING

Have you ever thought …

How we spend our leisure time varies a great deal. There are a variety of ways to spend time with our friends and family. One of those ways that has grown in popularity among many active youth and young adults is skateboarding.

August 14, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING

2017 SPLOST discussions underway

The process for a possible vote on the 2017 SPLOST is under way.

August 13, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

A reminder to teachers that the rewards outweigh the frustrations

Dear Public School Teachers:

August 13, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists

Trump could knock Isakson out of the Senate

One year ago, the political experts were sure of two things about Georgia voters.

August 13, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists

Eastside softball team drops first game at home

Despite a strong start and defensive performance, the Eastside Eagles fell 4-0 at home to the Monticello Hurricanes in their first softball game of the season.

August 11, 2016 | Mariya Lewter | Eastside

Hannah Thomas at The Listening Room at Irish Bred Pub

Wow, it's been one ridiculously hot summer. How many days in a row have the thermometer hit 90 degrees? Fortunately, though, throughout this heat, we've had a lot of great local music to help us through these dog days of summer, and this week looks to continue that trend. Here's a look at what's on tap.

August 11, 2016 | Marshall McCart | LIVING

Road work on Covington Bypass Thursday

Construction is scheduled to build road shoulders on the Covington Bypass, between Porterdale and Flat Shoals Road, on Thursday, Aug. 11.

August 10, 2016 | Staff Report | Covington

Newton County Jail Log: August 10

James Robert Aldridge, 54, Garden City, August 9, back for court

August 10, 2016 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log

Testing presentation highlights Board of Education meeting

The Newton County Board of Education has recently requested permission from the Georgia Department of Education to use the Iowa Assessments from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt rather than the Georgia Milestones Assessment System. During a work session Tuesday evening, the board heard a presentation on the Iowa Assessments testing.

August 10, 2016 | Duane M. Ford | Education

Piedmont Healthcare and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia partner on contract extension

Piedmont Healthcare today announced it has secured a contract extension with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia (BCBSGA), which will protect in-network access to all Piedmont facilities and more than 1,400 Piedmont Clinic physicians through 2017 and beyond.

August 09, 2016 | Staff Report | Health

Reform and outreach in the community

Editor's note: This is part of an ongoing look at crime and law enforcement in and around Newton County by The Covington News.

August 08, 2016 | Mariya Lewter | LOCAL

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