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Decorating the dead

Memorial Day is a special day, a day to reminisce, a time to mourn, and an occasion to praise the men and women that fought and died for our hard-earned freedoms. Originally dubbed Decoration Day to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died during the Civil War, the term 'Memorial Day' as we now know it was first used in 1882. Even more common after WWII, the expression became official by Federal law in 1967.

May 24, 2014 | Pete Mecca | LOCAL


The accidental photographer

Newton County native Cpl. Bryce Burton might be an accidental photographer.

May 24, 2014 | By Samantha Reardon news@covnews.com | LOCAL


Four students get full ride to college

Making it through college debt-free is a common goal for students and parents, and four area high school graduates are on their way to keeping a comfortable wallet for the next four years.

May 24, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Porterdale may get disc golf course

Flying discs in the forest may soon be coming to Porterdale, an effort the mayor and council members hope will indirectly bring revenue and modernization to the small downtown while retaining and highlighting the history.

May 24, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


County plans to professionally staff volunteer fire stations

Newton County's growing population is leading to more fire and medical emergency calls, and Newton County Fire Chief Kevin O'Brien wants to more effectively use the county's multiple remaining volunteer fire stations in the public safety fight.

May 24, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


OPINION: Ditch the new EPA water rules

In 1972 the Clean Water Act (CWA) was passed with a goal of improving water quality across the nation. To achieve this goal the CWA established a system of cooperative federalism that preserves primary state authority over land and water uses, but prohibits certain "discharges" into "navigable waters" from a "point source" unless authorized by federal permit. The law states that "navigable waters" are "waters of the U.S." Two sections of the law have particular impacts on agriculture. Section 404 allows the Corps to issue permits for discharges of "dredge and fill" material into navigable waters. This section deals ...

May 24, 2014 | By Crystal Powell-Hyatt Newton County Farm Bureau | LOCAL


Dollar General, McDonald’s coming to east side

A Dollar General and McDonald's are planning to come to Newton County's east side, and officials and residents hope the stores are a precursor to future development.

May 22, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Gray ribbons for Team Traci

When Traci Mask dropped a weight at the gym because her hand went numb, she thought back to all the scattered symptoms she had been experiencing. Headaches, numbness in her right arm, hand and side of her face, trouble walking, tiredness, memory problems and even passing out while driving one day seemed unrelated and spread out to her before, but now she decided to see a doctor.

May 22, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Readers vote on Covington's best burger

#1 - Hester's Restaurant and Pool Room

May 22, 2014 | Samantha Reardon | LOCAL


To answer or not to answer

I rarely, if ever, answer my home phone. That is not to say it doesn't ring. It rings a lot. However, I no longer have that Pavolvian response to respond immediately to its siren call. A response those of us of a certain age remember. And a response that many far younger than I am feel when their cell phones ring or beep indicating that a text message has arrive.

May 22, 2014 | Paula Travis | LOCAL


Man flees police with gun near school

A man running from a police chase didn't make it far before tossing a gun near Middle Ridge Elementary School on Friday, May 16.

May 22, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Former area teacher of year arrested

Georgia's 2014 Biotechnology Teacher of the Year, according to Georgia Bio, was arrested for cruelty to children May 12.

May 22, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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House passes SB 213 - Flint River amendments

Last week, by a vote of 164-3, the House overwhelmingly passed SB 213, or the Flint River Drought Protection Act. The bill was amended in the House of Agriculture and Consumer Affairs Committee on Monday to strengthen the original intent of the legislation.

March 22, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Spring Fling to be held at Gaither’s Planation

A new event is starting up at Gaither's Planation in a few weeks, and the organizer hopes it will become an annual rite of Spring.

March 22, 2014 | Xavier McKnight | LOCAL


Covington Fire Department to launch explorer program

The Covington Fire Department is expanding its community outreach with an Explorer Program, open to young men and women 15-20 interested in the Fire/Medical fields as a career.

March 22, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man shot after alleged robbery

After receiving a burglary call on Hwy. 162 South, Newton County Sheriff's deputies reported a man had been shot in the back.

March 22, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Lawmakers finalize $20.8 billion budget

The House and Senate agreed to the conference committee's report on HB 744 – the FY 2015 budget on Tuesday. Of particular interest, funding was restored to Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission as well as leaving GSWCC as a stand-alone agency. GSWCC Executive Director Brent Dykes said, "The Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission appreciates GA Farm Bureau's strong support of conservation during the 2014 Legislative Session. GFB has been a great partner. The state's 40 conservation districts remain committed to protecting and improving our natural resources". This was a GFB priority issue and one in which ...

March 22, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington YMCA prepares for Covington Cheerios challenge

The Covington YMCA is preparing for the 13th Annual Covington Cheerios Challenge on Saturday, April 19, which will include a 10K/ 5K Road Race, 1-mile Fun Run/Walk and new this year, a Tot Trot for children 5 and under.

March 22, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


21 youths honored at 4-H district project achievement

For 4-H members in the seventh through 12th grades, project work begins on Jan. 1 of the previous year.

March 22, 2014 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


Watching 'Clueless in Covington'

My husband, Mike and I went to the DAP Theatre's performance of Lamar Townley's "Clueless in Covington" February 15th and were pleasantly surprised by the caliber of performance in Covington! This troupe was amazing. Casting was hysterical, especially if you personally know the people. We happen to know "Ms. Harlot"! (not pictured) The other actors portrayed in this spoof are: Professor Greengenes, Mrs. Pricilla Cock, Rev. Black, Captain Cat Chupp, Professor Pemberton Pinkney, Ms. White and Mr. White. The production is based on the popular game of CLUE. This murder-mystery engages the audience to participate by voting "Whodunit ...

March 21, 2014 | Christy A. Lassiter | LOCAL


Y prepares for Cheerios Challenge

The Covington YMCA is preparing for the 13th Annual Covington Cheerios Challenge on Saturday, April 19th, which will include a 10K/ 5K Road Race, 1-mile Fun Run/Walk and new this year, a Tot Trot for children 5 and under.

March 21, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


2 Newton men caught in prostitution sting

Four more "johns" were busted in an undercover prostitution sting operation by Conyers Police Tuesday.

March 20, 2014 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Keep your hands out of your pants

After assisting with a locked vehicle Tuesday, Covington Police officers noticed the car parked next to their vehicle showed a no insurance/registration suspended alert on their license plate reader.

March 20, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Thomas' Buffet begs for 2nd chance

Some of Thomas' Country Buffet servers have been working at the repurposed train depot for several years and they think of their customers as family, but the business is on the verge of closing down in the aftermath of a failed health inspection.

March 20, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


More than $2,700 raised

Newton County firefighters came together as a family last Saturday, spending a day fishing to raise money for the son of their fallen brother.

March 20, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Future of Salem Rd businesses

Despite impassioned pleas by a prospective business owner, the Newton County Board of Commissioners refused to grant an exemption to the strict Salem Overlay zoning standards the board placed on the Salem Road corridor and surrounding area in early 2013.

March 20, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Lake Lanier Islands hiring 500

The Georgia Department of Labor's (GDOL) Gainesville Career Center will continue a series of month-long recruitments on Saturdays March 22 and March 29 to help Lake Lanier Islands Resort fill about 500 seasonal jobs.

March 20, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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