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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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Good Shepherd Episcopal Church hosts Farmer’s market

In need of some home-grown goodness? Good Shepherd Episcopal Church will play host to the Clark Street Farmers Market from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays through Oct. 26 at the church, 4140 Clark St. Shown here Bowl and Whisk baker Sharon Allen Lord makes a sale to Bill Sims. Contact market manager Ann Ezell at (770) 786-1406.

May 24, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton homeless shelter in need of food

The Garden of Gethsemane Homeless Shelter is in a bind. Due to an increase of need the shelter is out of food.

May 24, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Ga. Music Hall of Fame to close

MACON, Ga. - Officials say the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in downtown Macon is scheduled to close June 12 after the hall of fame's authority voted 4-3 Tuesday to close the museum next month.

May 24, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Former Gov. Barnes treated for prostate cancer

ATLANTA - Former Gov. Roy Barnes says he's been treated for prostate cancer but is hopeful he has "whipped" the disease.

May 24, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Contest on to design Ga. car tags

ATLANTA - The governor is inviting the public to leave their mark on car bumpers across the state in the search for Georgia's new license plate.

May 24, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Hot weekend for air conditioner thefts

The Newton County Sheriff's Office filed police reports regarding air conditioner thefts from vacant homes in Lakeside Crossing early Saturday.

May 23, 2011 | AJ Archer | LOCAL


Vandals active over weekend

Vandals wielding cans of spray paint were busy over the weekend, defacing cars, homes, lawn decorations and neighborhood and county signs, according to police.

May 23, 2011 | AJ Archer | LOCAL


Record timber loss in Georgia

A state agency said timber owners across Georgia are suffering record losses after nature delivered a nasty one-two punch this spring.

May 23, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Macon man drowns trying to rescue kids

MACON, Ga. - Authorities say a 24-year-old man drowned in Lake Tobesofkee outside of Macon while trying to save three children.

May 23, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Court Sentencings - May 22

Robert D. Perry, burglary, 10 years probation, 5 years confinement, $1,000. Possession of cocaine, 20 years probation concurrent, $1,000. Possession of tools for the commission of a crime, 5 years confinement, concurrent. Stay away order.

May 22, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton property values decline again

Property tax assessments were sent out May 10, and the results in Newton County were similar to the past two years as 85 to 90 percent of all parcels declined in value.

May 22, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


NAACP hosts health forum

On April 30, the Newton County NAACP hosted a community-wide health forum to raise awareness of Snapping Shoals EMC's plan to build two new coal-fired power plants. Presenters explained that pre-development costs have already totaled over $8 million - about $100 per customer - and that burning coal emits toxic air pollutio, which can cause asthma attacks and heart disease, and mercury, which can cause the permanent loss of intelligence in young children. Attendees were encouraged to use the energy savings programs Snapping Shoals offers on its website, ssemc.com, in order to reduce the need for new generations, and to ...

May 21, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


One Tank Trips: The Renaissance Festival

A short drive South down Interstate 85 can become a time machine to take you back to the age of knights in armor, chivalry and swordplay. The annual Georgia Renaissance Festival has returned to Fairburn.

May 21, 2011 | Lee Sandow | LOCAL


The News wins AP Story of the Year

The Augusta Chronicle, The Times of Gainesville, The Daily Citizen of Dalton and The Covington News have received story of the year honors in the 2010 Georgia Associated Press Association awards.

May 21, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Water authority raising rates

The Newton County Water and Sewerage Authority is raising water and sewer rates July 1 in response to increased costs, including a higher purchase price from Newton County.

May 20, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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