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Our debt to those who came before us

Have you ever thought how much tradition plays in one's faith? Sir Isaac Newton once said following a short period of time when he made some amazing discoveries, "If I see further than others it is because I stand on the shoulders of the giants that came before me." As the Sims Chapel Baptist Church celebrates today its One Hundred and Twenty Ninth Anniversary it adds to the day recognition of the one known at the "Mother of the Church" Mrs. Emma Allen. Truly she is a matriarch of that congregation on whose shoulders that congregation stands.

October 25, 2014 | Wiley Stephens | LOCAL


Holiday light contest coming

The Covington News, Square Perk and Mainstreet Covington are teaming up to shine a little light on the 2014 Holiday season.

October 25, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


BOC postpones cell tower vote

Lanier Sims served as Vice Chairman of the Board of Commissioners as Keith Ellis was absent from the public meeting Tuesday, leaving a four-commissioner board with the possibility for a 2-2 tie.

October 24, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Special needs workshop upcoming

Parents and guardians of students with special needs have a special workshop upcoming specifically geared towards assisting the child with his/her education.

October 24, 2014 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


Porterdale church catches fire

The Anointed Body of Christ Church in Porterdale suffered hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage Thursday night, when a fire blazed through the building.

October 24, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


McGiboney, Alcovy Trestle made safer

Aaron Wadley, who has been on the job as Newton County's transportation director since September, briefed the Newton County Board of Commissioners Tuesday on several projects going on throughout the county.

October 23, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


I-20 pedestrian bridge project under budget

The Covington City Council learned it would be saving money on the pedestrian bridge over I-20 on SR 81 during Monday's council meeting.

October 23, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


I-20 construction work continues

This weekend is full of fall festivals to travel to, but also construction on highways around Metro Atlanta and Georgia.

October 23, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Man gives $800, promised $30,000

A Covington man was convinced to give someone $800 to get $30,000 to deposit in his bank account after meeting him in the parking lot of the Food Depot Wednesday.

October 23, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Change the World Day this Saturday

Citizens of Newton County are racing against hunger in working to change the world.

October 22, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


R.L. Cousins class of 64 celebrates

The R.L. Cousins Class of 1964 celebrated its 50th class reunion at Pilgreen's Steakhouse on Lake Dow Road in McDonough Sept. 20.

October 22, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


RCSO requests $2M more for personnel

The Rockdale County Sheriff's Office officially made its 2015 budget request, including a request for nearly all of the county's capital budget, to the Rockdale County Board of Commissioners during the board's Tuesday morning work session.

October 22, 2014 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


Peachtree Academy's Homecoming court

Peachtree Academy announced its Homecoming court ahead of Friday night's Homecoing game.

October 22, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Bear Creek session moved to Nov. 5

The Newton County Board of Commissioners public meeting originally scheduled for Nov. 4, election night, has been rescheduled for Monday Nov. 3.

October 21, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Rocky Plains PTO disbanded

The Rocky Plains Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization board has been disbanded after alleged misuse of funds by PTO board members.

October 21, 2014 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


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Newton woman charged with murder in overdose death of friend

Jennifer Lynn Phelps, 39, was arrested and charged with the murder of 31-year-old Kristen Deanna Williams on Nov. 20.

November 25, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Twilight star to appear at Mall at Stonecrest

In celebration of the hit book series and enormously successful movie, "Twilight," the Mall at Stonecrest will present an exclusive appearance by Peter Facinelli who portrays Dr. Carlisle Cullen on Saturday, Dec. 12, beginning at noon. An autograph fee of $25 will be charged to all fans in line. Photos will be included while supplies last. A VIP photo opportunity with Peter Facinelli is available for $40. A portion of all proceeds will benefit Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation. For additional event information, including rules and regulations, please visit www.mallatstonecrest.com.

November 25, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Christmas Tree Association awarded grant

Making way for a new tree crop: The Georgia Christmas Tree Association was recently awarded a $30,000 grant from the Georgia Department of Agriculture. The grant money was allocated to the state as part of the 2008 U.S. Farm Bill. The purpose of the grant is to promote specialty crops in Georgia. Chuck Berry, president-elect of the GCTA and owner of Berry's Tree Farm in Covington, applied for and accepted the grant on behalf of the GCTA. The monies will be used to promote further "choose and cut" Christmas tree farms in Georgia. Four billboards have been ...

November 25, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Fairview community still divided on issues

The 14th meeting about the Neighborhood Stabilization Program ended the way it started - with a divided community.

November 25, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Mammography Recommendations Unchanged

Newton Medical Center is among many other leading authorities that disagree with the recent declaration from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force regarding mammography guidelines.

November 25, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


CFD celebrates 100 years of faithful service

Despite the cold, rainy weather Sunday, dozens attended the 100 year anniversary celebration for the Covington Fire Department at Station No. 1 on Pace Street.

November 25, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Oxendine urges caution with turkey fryers

Insurance Commissioner John W. Oxendine urged Georgians to use caution when cooking the holiday bird with the increasingly popular turkey fryer.

November 25, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man caught selling fake laptops

Officers were called to the Raceway gas station after reports came in that a man was attempting to sell stolen laptops to the customers in the parking lot.

November 25, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


The county jewels of District 1

Covington News reporter Gabriel Khouli toured the five county districts with county commissioners as his guide to learn more about the people and places of Newton County. First up, the county's largest and most rural district.

November 25, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Giving thanks

Holiday tradition: The Blue Willow Inn in Social Circle takes you back to 1621 in their annual Thanksgiving Exhibit. The early Pilgrims and the Wampanoag Tribe came together to create the first successful harvest for the pilgrims, and both walks of life came together to share the rewards. The Blue Willow Inn partnered with Joseph Hurt Studios to make the free exhibit possible. It runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. until Nov. 29.

November 25, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NAACP Youth win awards at state conference

Top recruiters:

November 22, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Former Newton man inducted into State Bar

On Oct. 30, Bryan Thomas Johnson received official notice he passed the Georgia State Bar exam. On Nov. 2, Johnson was sworn in as a member of the State Bar of Georgia by his father, Presiding Judge Edward H. Johnson, Court of Appeals of Georgia, sitting by designation as a Judge of the Superior Court of Clayton County. Johnson was also sworn in as an Assistant District Attorney for the Clayton Judicial Circuit by District Attorney Tracy Graham Lawson.

November 22, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Operation Sandbox: The most important mission of the year

Operation Sandbox was organized in 2004 to send holiday care packages to soldiers who could not be home for the holidays. A chapter is active in Newton County, and with the holidays approaching fast, now is the time to make your donation. Anyone wishing to donate can call (770) 784-9155 for more information, or visit the Operation Sandbox Web site at www.operationsandboxga.com.

November 22, 2009 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Livingston students vow to make their school bully-free

Students at Livingston Elementary School made a conscious decision to rid themselves and their school of "trashy behavior." The students wrote down a bad behavior and threw it in the garbage on their way out of an assembly that brought an end to a week of learning about preventing bullying at their school.

November 22, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Crowe given two weeks to enter plea

Judge Horace Johnson Jr. granted attorneys for Christina Crowe just two more weeks to inform the court if Crowe wanted to move forward with a stipulated bench trial or a plea of guilty on charges that she drove while intoxicated and in so doing, caused the death of 7-year-old Bobby Joe Couch.

November 22, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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