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Newton County citizens hear about LEAP program

COVINGTON, Ga – Approximately 100 people were on hand at the Newton County Historic Courthouse July 10 to attend an informational session on the Logistics Education ...

July 16, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Local

Yarbrough: Skeeter skates learns about face paint and twerping

I don't need Caller ID to know when Skeeter Skates is calling. The phone has a different kind of sound to it, like very ...

July 09, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists

Gingrich Cushman: Let's shine a new light on small businesses

Here is a proposal for a new reality show that could not only help President Trump do his job, but could help millions of other ...

June 11, 2017 | Jackie Gringrich Cushman | Columnists

Have You Ever Thought … How our community is on the cutting edge of saving lives?

Several years ago, not many would have said that thousands in the world would look to our area to be the difference between life and ...

June 11, 2017 | Wiley Stephens | Living

Hoke Waddy Batson

Hoke Waddy Batson, of Covington, passed away June 2, 2017 at 80 years of age. A proud veteran of the United States Army, Mr. Batson ...

June 07, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries

New summer day camp inspires young girls

Camp Girls Building Businesses (GBB) is a summer day camp for girls between the ages of 7 to 14. The camp focuses on educating, empowering ...

June 06, 2017 | Staff Report | Living

Introducing our summer sports intern Cameron Freeman

I'm nowhere near the world's best sportswriter or sports journalist. But the little that I've been blessed to know, I take it ...

June 05, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Sports

Council agrees to draft alcohol ordinance

COVINGTON, Ga. - The Covington City Council agreed in a split vote to allow City Attorney Frank Turner to draft ordinances breaching the subject of hospitality ...

June 04, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Covington

Yarbrough: Remembering a day that was as good as it gets

Sometimes things come together better than peanut butter and jelly. Take last week, for example. I was invited to speak at the 20th annual Awards ...

May 28, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists

Myra Frady and a campus built for learning

OXFORD, Ga. - Myra Frady is a builder. During her 28-year career as a teacher and administrator at Oxford College of Emory University, she has helped ...

May 28, 2017 | Duane M. Ford | Education

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Chamber hires new Main Street Director

COVINGTON, Ga. – The Covington/Newton County Chamber of Commerce announced today that Lauren Singleton has been hired as the new Main Street Director.

May 18, 2017 | Staff Report | Local

Oxford native named president of ABAC Ambassadors

OXFORD, Ga. - Kerstin Hilley has been selected as the 2017-2018 President of the ABAC Ambassadors, one of the most prestigious leadership organizations at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.

May 09, 2017 | Staff Report | Education

Harrop: What's Wrong With Obama's Getting $400,000 for a Speech?

Reports that Barack Obama will receive $400,000 for a speech at a Wall Street health conference have produced some violent finger-wagging by populists on the left. "Distasteful," Bernie Sanders called it. Elizabeth Warren is "troubled," citing concern about "the influence of money" in politics.

May 07, 2017 | Froma Harrop | Columnists

Have You Ever Thought… Music is a vital part of making our Square so special?

If you have been around the Square in Covington in the last few years, you know there is a growing vibrant sense of community. New shops, places to eat, and other attractions have to come downtown to join the successful businesses' in area of the Square. Spring and summer bring great sounds to the square that give even more reasons to come and gather.

April 30, 2017 | Wiley Stephens | Living

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 Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC).

March 26, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Faces of Newton

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 serving the community she now calls home.

March 26, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Faces of Newton

H. Leon Savage

H. Leon Savage, 83, of Covington, died March 23, 2017. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Anne McDonald Savage; his daughter Tammy Savage Davis and son-in-law Ed Davis. Other survivors include his brother-in-law Walter Hugh "Sonny" McDonald, Jr., Peggy Stallings, and his sister-in-law Judy McDonald Hooten and her husband Dennis Hooten. In addition, Leon was "Unk" to Shawn Hooten-Loftin and her husband Ricky and their two daughters, Rainey and Raleigh along with Trista Hooten-Wilson and her husband Michael as well as sons Cotton Young and Palmer Wilson. He was "Uncle Leon" to: Annson McDonald Bates and Andy ...

March 24, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries

Eastside baseball's sights now set on Woodward Academy

RIVERDALE – No offense to North Clayton, but the biggest suspense surrounding Eastside and North Clayton's baseball series this past week was whether or not the cold snap would prevent the games from being played.

March 20, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Eastside

This election will be an indicator of Trump’s support

During the first weeks of the Trump administration, a recurring theme has been the president's sinking popularity in the polls.

February 26, 2017 | Tom Crawford | Columnists

Harrop: What is Trump most afraid of?

Why does President Trump rush off weekend after weekend to his Mar-a-Lago palazzo in Florida? Because Mar-a-Lago is totally under his control. There he can play the prince, favoring a wedding party with a cameo or entertaining the Japanese prime minister in lavish Palm Beach style.

February 19, 2017 | Froma Harrop | Columnists

NCSS, Kiwanis Club of Covington announce 2017 STAR Students, STAR Teachers

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February 16, 2017 | Staff Report | Education

City of Covington holds annual council retreat, reviews 2016, sets goals

The City of Covington City Council met Monday for its 2017 council retreat. The meeting, held at Covington fire station 22 on Alcovy Road was a day-long affair attended by the city council, mayor, city manager and various city employees.

February 02, 2017 | Staff Report | Covington

Work-based learning students practice professional skills

On Tuesday, Jan. 24, the Newton County School System's (NCSS) Work-Based Learning and Youth Apprenticeship programs held the annual Aspiring Young Professionals (AYP) Evaluation Dinner. About 200 students and 40 adult volunteer evaluators attended. The event is a mandatory learning experience for work-based learning and youth apprenticeship students.

January 28, 2017 | Duane M. Ford | Education

4-H’ers honored for service work

As a second grader, I remember finding out that Martin Luther King Jr. wasn't actually royalty.

January 21, 2017 | Terri Fullerton | Agriculture

Georgia's Sonny Perdue nominated to lead agriculture department

Georgia's Sonny Perdue has been chosen by President-Elect Donald Trump to lead the Department of Agriculture. Perdue, who served two terms as the state's Governor, is considered by many to be not only a staunch supporter of rural farmers but also an advocate for our natural resources.

January 21, 2017 | Staff Report | State

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