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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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3 chords and a cause

Southern Heartland Gallery on the Square has extended the Silent Auction on its Art Guitar until Dec. 22. The guitar previews three other guitars to be auctioned at the Art Guild Fundraiser, Monte Carlo for the Arts, on Feb. 6. The guitar was painted by SHA Gallery Artist Linda Pflug.

December 18, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


InVest in the NCSO

The parents of recently injured Deputy Wesley Atha have organized a fundraising campaign to purchase these vests for every county deputy. Their fundraising goal is $113,000. Each vest costs between $500-$700, depending on the size. Each Friday The Covington News will publish a list of individuals, businesses and civic groups who have donated to the cause that week as well as the total amount raised. Donations are tax deductible. Checks should be made payable to Newton Co. Sheriff's Office and earmarked for safety vests and equipment. Please mail donations to NCSO c/o April Jones, 15151 Alcovy ...

December 18, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Faithful friend

For 15 years the Newton County Animal Shelter was served by a dedicated volunteer. He passed away in September and Wednesday shelter employees and volunteers recognized his loyalty by hanging a plaque honoring him in the shelter lobby.

December 18, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Crowe found guilty by judge

Christina Renee Crowe was found guilty in the death of 7-year-old Bobby Joe Couch Thursday afternoon and sentenced by Newton County Superior Court Judge Horace J. Johnson Jr. to serve at least 10 years of a 25-year prison term.

December 17, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


County approves spending more on Chamber

The Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce can now begin seriously interviewing candidates to become the next president after the Board of Commissioners approved an 18-month contract to more than double spending.

Asked about the next steps, Chamber Search Committee Chairman Jerry Mays responded by email:

December 17, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Local legislators discuss key issues

Deeper budget cuts, transportation funding and water disputes will dominate the spring Georgia legislative session according to Sen. John Douglas (R-Social Circle) and Rep. Doug Holt (R-Social Circle).

December 16, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Cop in the Toy Shop

Toy patrol: Covington Police Department Cap. Craig Treadwell takes a local child shopping as part of the Shop with a Cop program, where law enforcement officials partner with the Department of Family and Children's Services to provide Christmas toys for several economically disadvantaged children in Newton County. Other CPD officers and GBI Agents helped children load their carts with holiday cheer.

December 16, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man shot in head by step-son

A man was shot in the head early Saturday morning after reportedly attacking his juvenile step-son.

December 16, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newton County juvenile court receives grant from Promoting Safe and Stable Families program

Newton County Juvenile Court received a grant award in the amount of $36,562.50 from the Department of Human Services Promoting Safe and Stable Families Program. The court will use these funds to launch its first program targeted specifically to girls. Girl STEPS, Sisters Teaching Empowering Parenting Sisters, will help adolescent girls redirect disruptive behavior and improve family relationships. The Juvenile Court in Newton County was one of only six Georgia agencies to receive funding for new programs through the Promoting Safe and Stable Families program this year.

December 16, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Student charged with battery, teacher injured

A Newton High School student was arrested and charged with battery on a school teacher Friday afternoon.

December 16, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newton County Jail Log - Dec. 16

o Kenneth Patrick Simpson, 24, 12480 Ga. Highway 36, Covington, Nov. 19. Probation violation.

December 16, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Red Cross looking for blood donors to give this holiday season to offset shortage

The holidays are a time to spend with loved ones, and a time to reflect.

People donate blood because they care. People donate blood because they want to help save lives. But most importantly, people donate blood because they can. Thousands of people donate blood in our area each year, and their generous gift has helped save countless lives. With every donation, there's always a reason behind it. So this winter, the American Red Cross is asking blood and platelet donors, "Why Do You Give?"

December 15, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Holiday safety tip of the week - Dec. 13

The holidays are a time when thieves and con artists are frequently on the prowl. Here are some tips from the Newton County Sheriff's Office to help keep your home, your car, your possessions and your family safe.

December 13, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Following up on foreclosures

Three months after Ronda Wilkerson's home was foreclosed, she finally found a place she could once again call her own.

December 13, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Four AHS students injured in wreck earlier this week

Four Alcovy High School students were injured when the truck they were in crashed into a tree and caught on fire as the students headed home from school Wednesday afternoon.

December 13, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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