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STOVALL: Time to tie a nice, neat bow around the 2016-17 hoops season

I don't know about you, but I've still got a little high school basketball hangover.

March 26, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | SPORTS

Q&A with Newton Rams hoops coach Rick Rasmussen

The Covington News chose Newton boys basketball coach Rick Rasmussen as our Standout Coach of the Year, primarily because of how he guided a nationally ...

March 26, 2017 | Tyler Williams | Newton

Eastside freshman Alysee Dobbs shows leadership beyond her years

When one thinks of a leader in a high school sport, one would automatically place an upperclassmen in that category.

March 26, 2017 | Taylor Robins | Eastside

Lexii Chatman's small stature doesn't stop her from playing big

COVINGTON, Ga. -- It doesn't take Lexii Chatman long to think about that one play that highlighted the kind of season she had for the ...

March 26, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Newton

J.D. Notae is a proud, homegrown Newton hoops product

COVINGTON, Ga. -- For some millennial generation high school athletes, things like taking pride in the community you were raised in and sticking your chest out ...

March 26, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Newton

BASKETBALL: Presenting our 2016-17 All-Newton County Teams

From pure point guards to slashing scorers, to three-point specialists and glass-eating post players, you can put this year's The Covington News All-Newton County ...

March 26, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | SPORTS

BASKETBALL: Newton's Lexii Chatman, J.D. Notae sweep All-County POY honors

Though there were several who could make a solid case for it, we found the two best players in the county walk through the same ...

March 26, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | SPORTS

Hillary Edgar: Making Newton County her home

Just like many of the "2017 Faces of Newton County" honorees, local attorney Hillary Edgar is a Newton County transplant who has a passion for ...

March 26, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | FACES OF NEWTON

Stoney Bowles: “The pride of Covington”

Marietta native Stoney Bowles travelled a long way to be a "2017 Faces of Newton County" honoree. Those travels took him into burning buildings and ...

March 26, 2017 | Darryl Welch | FACES OF NEWTON

Stan Edwards: A lifetime of service

Like many of this year's "Faces of Newton County" honorees, newly elected Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) member Stan Edwards has a desire ...

March 26, 2017 | Darryl Welch | FACES OF NEWTON

Shamica Tucker: Building a responsible community

Shamica Tucker, interim director of the Housing Authority of the City of Covington, found her passion for helping people when she was caught trying to ...

March 26, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | FACES OF NEWTON

Ronnie Cowan: Making peace in Newton County

A common thread among many of this year's "Faces of Newton County" honorees is a desire to serve. That is especially true for new ...

March 26, 2017 | Darryl Welch | FACES OF NEWTON

Jenny McDonald: Building Newton County as ‘Hollywood of the South’

Having grown up in Newton County, Jenny McDonald, director of tourism and marketing for the Covington/Newton County Chamber of Commerce, moved back to her ...

March 26, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | FACES OF NEWTON

Marcello Banes: Living to serve Newton County

"Faces of Newton County" honoree Marcello Banes made history in November of 2016 when he became the first African-American to be elected Chairman of the ...

March 26, 2017 | Darryl Welch | FACES OF NEWTON

SPLOST passes

With 75.59 percent of the voters choosing to pass the 2017 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST), the penny sales tax will continue ...

March 26, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL

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Eastside loses region heartbreaker to Salem, Newton gets past Shiloh

Class AAAA No. 5 Eastside dropped a 63-61 heartbreaker to Salem (12-4, 3-2) Tuesday in a Region 4-AAAA matchup. Eastside's Keiodre Perry missed two potentially game tying free throws with 4.6 seconds left in the game. He also missed a third free throw down the stretch that Eastside coach Brent Wren said undoubtedly affected the game's outcome.

January 10, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | SPORTS

Newton students receive Piedmont academic honors

The following students from Newton County have been awarded academic honors for the recently completed fall semester at Piedmont College.

January 10, 2017 | Staff Report | Education

Melinda Gail Lynn Griffith

Melinda Gail Lynn Griffith, age 66, of Mansfield, passed away on Monday, Jan. 9, 2017, at St. Mary's Good Samaritan Hospital in Greensboro.

January 10, 2017 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

Porterdale approves Waffle House rezoning with stipulations

The Porterdale City Council approved the rezoning of .89 acre parcel on the Covington Bypass from Agricultural General (AG) to Commercial General (CG) in its first Council meeting of 2017.

January 10, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Cities

Newton Board of Elections officials recognized

Newton County Board of Elections Director (BOE) Angela Mantle and Assistant Director Angela White-Davis were commended recently by board members Hugh Steele, Chair, Jeanette Perry and Bill Perugino for their efforts during and leading up to 2016 Election Day.

January 10, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Red Cross issues an emergency call for blood and platelet donations during severe winter blood short

The American Red Cross has a severe winter blood shortage and is issuing an emergency call for blood and platelet donors to make a donation appointment now and help save patient lives.

January 10, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Three BOE members sworn in for new terms

Newton County Board of Education members, Almond Turner, Eddie Johnson, and Trey Bailey were sworn in by Superior Court Judge Samuel Ozburn on January 4 to begin their new terms of office. All three were reelected in the November 2016 general election.

January 10, 2017 | Staff Report | Education

PREP FOOTBALL: An early look at 11 potential Newton County stars for the 2017 season

Is it too early to talk about football?

January 09, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | SPORTS

Large road widening project underway north of I-20 in Covington

A $10.6 million road widening project began in December, 2016 and will take approximately three years to complete. The work will start at exit 93 on Interstate 20 and extend to Sims Chapel Road on State Route 142. Work will also be done from Harland Drive to Avenue of Champions on Alcovy Road.

January 09, 2017 | Staff Report | Covington

Eastside grad and New Orleans Saints DT Sheldon Rankins reflects on rookie season

Sheldon Rankins has been here before.

January 08, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Eastside

Basketball games rescheduled after winter weather threat

The weekend winter snow storm that threatened to cover much of the south with snow and ice this weekend – yet never really materialized – caused all Friday and Saturday after school activities, games and meets to be cancelled or rescheduled.

January 08, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | SPORTS

Recycling Centers to be open Monday, Jan. 9

Newton County's 11 Recycling Centers will be open Monday, Jan. 9 to accommodate residents due to the threat of Winter Storm Helena.

January 07, 2017 | Staff Report | County

Reflecting on 42 years of ministry

As the Rev. Hezekiah Benton sat in his now partially empty office, he leaned back far into his reclining chair behind his desk and looked up longingly at the ceiling.

January 07, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Religion

Our Thoughts: A new year is upon us

The first week of the new year is under our belts.

January 07, 2017 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Jeffares: Looking forward: 2017 Legislative Session

For your state lawmakers, a new year brings motivation and a fresh perspective on the needs of Georgians. Monday, Jan. 9 marks the beginning of the first session of the 154th Georgia General Assembly, and your legislators have been preparing for months by researching potential topics and issues. There will be precisely 40 days to present, discuss and vote on legislation to be considered for signing by Gov. Nathan Deal in 2017. There are a number of potential issues that have caught my interest, and I look forward to using my knowledge and experience to make the best decisions ...

January 07, 2017 | Rick Jeffares | LEGISLATIVE UPDATES

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