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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


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Fights result in weekend stabbings

 In two separate incidents over the weekend, three Covington residents were arrested after family arguments escalated to stabbings.

January 20, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Chamber hosts annual meeting

In the spirit of the evening's theme of "the Value of Volunteerism" Beaver Manufacturing founders Ed and Nonie Needham were honored with the R.O. Arnold Award at the Covington/Newton County Chamber of Commerce's Annual Meeting Tuesday night.

January 20, 2009 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


Two honored with 'I Have a Dream' Award

Making a dream reality: The 2009 MLK Jr. award winners were presented their awards Sunday afternoon at Porter Memorial Hall at Newton High School. Doug Bolton of Hands on Newton, left, and the Rev. Willie J. Smith of the Newton County Ministers' Union both received the I Have A Dream Award, created in 1987. Billy 'BC' Crowell was the first winner of the newly created MLK Trailblazer Award for his years of service to the community. All honorees are selected by a nominating committee. The awards were presented as part of celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.'s 80th birthday ...

January 20, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Kennedy, Byrd taken from inaugural luncheon

WASHINGTON - Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., battling a brain tumor, became ill at a post-inauguration luncheon for President Barack Obama on Tuesday and was taken by ambulance to a hospital.

January 20, 2009 | The Associated Press | LOCAL


Obama now president

WASHINGTON - Stepping into history, Barack Hussein Obama grasped the reins of power as America's first black president on Tuesday, saying the nation must choose "hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord" to overcome the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.

In frigid temperatures, an exuberant crowd of more than a million packed the National Mall and parade route to celebrate Obama's inauguration in a high-noon ceremony. They filled the National Mall, stretching from the inaugural platform at the U.S. Capitol to the Lincoln Memorial in the distance.

January 20, 2009 | By Terence Hunt The Associated Press | LOCAL


CORRECTION: Sears manager steals to pay lawyer

The article "Sears manager steals to pay lawyer," printed in the Sunday, Jan. 18, 2009 edition of The Covington News, incorrectly identified the arrested manager of the store. The arrested on-site manager was, in fact, Scott Henderson. The Covington News strives to have its news reports be fair and accurate. It is our policy to promptly correct all factual mistakes. If you find an error, please report it to us by calling (770) 787-6397.

January 19, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Marching to save babies

At a kickoff event for the 2009 March of Dimes fundraising campaign at Rockdale Medical Center Friday morning, attendees were reminded what they were fighting for when new mother Mandy Young recounted what it was like when she had to be rushed in for an emergency Cesarean section.

January 17, 2009 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


A chance to heal

The loss of a loved one is undoubtedly one of the hardest things to deal with. Sights, sounds and even smells will bring back memories of that person and, in the beginning, can overwhelm the person or people left behind to cope with the loss.

January 17, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Sears manager steals to pay lawyer

Officers with the Covington Police Department arrested the on-site manager at Sears on Jan. 13 for processing more than $2,000 in fraudulent transactions to pay his lawyer to handle his bankruptcy case.

January 17, 2009 | Tisa Smart Washington | LOCAL


FFA camp director honored

Gov. Sonny Perdue briefly dropped by the Georgia FFA-FCCLA Center in Newton County Friday afternoon to take part in a dedication ceremony for a new cabin named in honor of the camp's former longtime director, Melvin Johnson.

January 17, 2009 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


Floral wonders

Floral design artist Al Dellinger keeps a pair of garden clippers in his car at all times. He's not afraid to pull off of the busiest streets to pluck a colorful bittersweet vine or a cheerful cluster of nandina berries.

January 17, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Arson suspected in Wed. mobile home fire

Investigators suspect a fire that consumed a single family mobile home in the northern tip of the county Wednesday morning was intentionally set, according to the Newton County Fire Department.

When firefighters arrived at 547 Ellington Road around 7:30 a.m. Wednesday after receiving a call from a passer-by, the structure was already fully engulfed in flames, said NCFD Deputy Chief Tim Smith.

January 16, 2009 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Fri. high 34, slight chance of snow Sat. night

Today: Sunny, with a high near 34. North wind between 5 and 10 mph.

Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 15. West wind around 5 mph becoming calm.

January 16, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Family fight case referred to state Attorney General's office

 Newton County District Attorney Ken Wynne recused himself Wednesday from a family fight case involving several members of juvenile court Judge Sheri Capes Roberts' family.

January 15, 2009 | Tisa Smart Washington | LOCAL


Locals head to Washington for inauguration

As the nation gears up for the inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama, a handful of Newton County residents will be able to experience the event first hand. They are among the fortunate few to have tickets to the historic occasion of the swearing in of the country's first black president.

January 15, 2009 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


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