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Rivalry game between Eastside and Newton ends in tie

The Eastside Eagles and Newton Rams battled it out Friday night at Homer Sharp Stadium in a football game that ended with no one losing ...

August 27, 2016 | Mariya Lewter | SPORTS

Newton County mayors protest BOC’s moratorium

The mayors of the five municipalities in the county sent a letter Friday, Aug. 26, to the Newton County Chair and members of the Board ...

August 26, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Jessie Coe

Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home

August 26, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

Certification awarded to Social Circle’s fire chief

On Saturday, Aug. 13 Chief Ken Zaydel and Deputy Chief James Robinson of the Social Circle Fire Department joined 21 fellow chiefs in receiving the ...

August 26, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Newton softball goes scoreless in back-to-back games

The Newton Rams softball team dropped its second game in a row on Thursday after falling 16-0 to Region 8-AAAAAAA opponent Grayson in the second ...

August 25, 2016 | Mariya Lewter | Newton

A dynamic duo returns to the rooftop

There's a lot of returners on the music scene in and around Covington this week, making it a great opportunity to go out and ...

August 25, 2016 | Marshall McCart | LIVING

Jean Stinchcomb Kerbow

Jean Stinchcomb Kerbow, aged 67, died peacefully in Tampa, Florida at Kindred Hospital after a hard fought battle with heart disease. Jean was born on ...

August 25, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

David Michael Wilson

David Michael "Mike" Wilson, age 64, of Covington, passed away at his home on August 17, 2016, with his wife, Bonnie, by his side. He ...

August 25, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

Ruth Hewell Shaffer

Sossoman Funeral Home

August 25, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

Eastside softball defeats Newton 7-0

Wednesday night's battle between hometown rivals ended with the Eastside softball team taking a 7-0 victory over the Newton Rams at home.

August 24, 2016 | Mariya Lewter | SPORTS

No evidence of blackmail against Chair discovered in June

When Newton County Commission Chair Keith Ellis accused two commissioners of blackmail in a written statement earlier this week, he did so despite having been ...

August 24, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

US 278 resurfacing resumes Sunday

The $1.27 million resurfacing of US 278/State Route (SR) 12 from Access Road to Mill Street resumes Sunday at 5 p.m. Planned ...

August 24, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Alcovy softball loses third straight game

The Alcovy High School softball team is now 0-3 this season after dropping Tuesday's game against Region 3-AAAAAA opponent Evans High School. An error-filled ...

August 24, 2016 | Mariya Lewter | Alcovy

Chairman says commissioners “blackmailed” him

In a document submitted to The Covington News, on Tuesday, Newton County Commission Chair Keith Ellis said District 2 Commissioner Lanier Sims and District 5 ...

August 23, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

County responds to CAIR letter on moratorium

In a letter to the executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Newton County's attorney said the board of commissioners (BOC) acted ...

August 23, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

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Orlando is why we need surveillance

The FBI had the Orlando gunman under watch - twice - and, after much consideration, decided to stop following him. Was this a mistake? Obviously, tragically so.

June 19, 2016 | Froma Harrop | Columnists

Letter: What can we do?

Dear Editor,

June 19, 2016 | Staff Report | Letters

Junior E. Lee talks about what bugs him this election year

I had hoped to catch you up on the current status of the presidential race before now but in order to do so, I needed to talk first with Junior E. Lee, general manager of the Yarbrough Worldwide Media and Pest Control Company in Garfield.

June 19, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists

Deal names Eastside one of state’s ‘greatest gains’ schools

Gov. Nathan Deal along with the Governor's Office of Student Achievement (GOSA) announced that Eastside High School has received a Gold Level Greatest Gains school award. Eastside was one of 187 Georgia schools recognized as either a Greatest Gains or Highest Performing school.

June 19, 2016 | Staff Report | Education

Have you ever thought ...

Who we are is a product of the people who shape and form our personalities long before we are fully aware of our dependence of them. No one is more important than the members of our family. Of that family, in most cases, our parents are the ones who have the most influence upon us.

June 19, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING

Rowe: The sights and sounds of summer, Part 2

In my previous column I started a series on something that both myself, and you as readers, I'm sure, are very passionate about - music. Music is something that touches people in different and sometimes very profound ways. My earliest memories are connected to music, and throughout the years it has become as much a part of me as the very air I breathe.

June 19, 2016 | Beth Rowe | LIVING

Summer vacation: How to prevent home burglaries while away

With the summer months comes plenty of time for family vacations, but sadly unoccupied homes are easy targets for potential burglars.

June 19, 2016 | Mariya Lewter | LOCAL

Our Thoughts: Reflect this Father’s Day

The world is a hectic place. Emails follow us home on our phones, communications from others are just 240 characters and a Tweet away and a non-stop news cycle floods us with the day's troubles.

June 19, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Defeating radical Islamic terrorism

I normally do not opine about national issues, as I am a state legislator. But I find I must make an exception in this case, partly because I was recently named the Chairman of the Georgia Base Realignment and Closure Committee whose mission is to protect our Georgia military installations.

June 19, 2016 | Dave Belton | Columnists

Rocking in the park

Hundreds attended a grand opening celebration for Covington's Legion Field Park on Mill Street Friday night.

June 18, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Bicycle unit to patrol Porterdale

Come July 4, a new police patrol will hit the streets in Porterdale.

June 18, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Covington Pilot named governor of organization’s Georgia district

She does not fly planes, but Cynthia Spearman is a Pilot.

June 18, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Juvenile Court gets another tool in Casey Foundation

The Newton County Juvenile Court will have another tool to reduce juvenile detention and increase public safety starting in August.

June 18, 2016 | Jasmine Floyd | LOCAL

Neal Harris

Neal Harris, 85, of Covington, passed away Thursday, June 16, 2016. Harris retired from the Army National Guard after 35 years, where he worked as a maintenance technician. In addition, he retired from the Newton County Sheriff's Department after 28 years of service. Harris enjoyed breakfast for 36 years at McDonalds with his dear friends. He enjoyed NASCAR racing, hunting and fishing. His greatest joy was time spent with his family, especially his great-grandson Neal, and his beloved dog "Rambo". He was preceded in death by his wife, Gladys Harris; grandson, Douglas Stevens "Trae" Cash, III; parents, Erastus Reager ...

June 17, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

Louise Fraser Cook

Louise Fraser Cook, age 96, passed away on June 15, 2016. Louise was born in and grew up in Atlanta, GA. She attended North Avenue Presbyterian School and Brenau Academy. She is preceded in death by her parents Benjamin Franklin Fraser, Jr. and Louise Taylor Fraser, brothers Benjamin Franklin Fraser III and Robert Morris Fraser, sister Josephine Fraser Ross; and her beloved husband of 63 years, William Sidney Cook, Jr. DDS, with whom she moved to his home town Covington, GA. In 2001 she moved to Lanier Village Estates in Gainesville, GA. She is survived by son William Sidney Cook ...

June 16, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

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