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Five Things we learned from Drew at Newton

There is only one thing to say after the Newton Rams took on the Charles Drew Titans Thursday night at Sharp Stadium: Football is back!

August 18, 2017 | Tyler Williams | Newton

PREP FOOTBALL: Newton Rams stave off pesky Drew Titans for season opening win

COVINGTON, Ga. - It wasn't always pretty, but the Newton Rams came away from its season and home opener, satisfied with a 39-24 victory Thursday ...

August 17, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Newton

UPDATE: Suspect identified in Spring Road incident

UPDATE (Aug. 17, 5 p.m.): The Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) has identified one of the people involved in a Wednesday morning altercation ...

August 17, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Crime

Former deputy sentenced to serve 25 years

COVINGTON, Ga. – A former sheriff's deputy convicted of child molestation in Newton County Superior Court last week was sentenced to spend at least the ...

August 17, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Crime

Commissioners push for security enhancements under bridge

OXFORD, Ga. – Newton County Board of Commissioners Chairman Marcello Banes, along with District 3 Commissioner Nancy Schulz and District 5 Commissioner Ronnie Cowan met with ...

August 17, 2017 | Darryl Welch | County

Newton County Jail Log: Aug. 16

Gerica Bernard Anderson, Jr., 22, Covington, Aug. 10, financial transaction card fraud, financial transaction card theft, identity theft fraud when using/possessing identifying information concerning ...

August 17, 2017 | Staff Report | Crime

GAME DAY: Drew Titans at Newton Rams previews and predictions

For the first time in five years, Homer Sharp Stadium will see football action on consecutive nights - three straight, to be exact.

August 17, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Newton

CPD offers international training in the Republic of Georgia

REPUBLIC OF GEORGIA, COVINGTON, Ga. - Members of the Covington Police Department (CPD) utilized their vacation days to travel abroad. The international trip was more than ...

August 17, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Crime

Charlie Sweat

Mr. Charlie Sweat, age 76, of Covington passed away Aug. 15, 2017. He was born May 18, 1941 in Nashville, Georgia to O.T. and ...

August 16, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries

Charles Ramey

Charles Ramey, of Covington, passed away Aug. 15, 2017, at 72 years of age. Mr. Ramey moved to Covington in 1982. He was Equipment Maintenance ...

August 16, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries

Banes: This is not going to be Virginia

COVINGTON, Ga. – The controversy about what to do with Confederate monuments affecting the rest of the South came to Newton County Tuesday night during the ...

August 16, 2017 | Darryl Welch | County

Georgia Sports Writers preseason football poll released

The Georgia Sports Writers Association has released its Preseason 2017 High School football polls for each of the seven Georgia High School Association classifications.

August 16, 2017 | Staff Report | Sports

Lady Rams give new coach Erin Steele first softball win at Alcovy

COVINGTON, Ga. -- After a slow first inning, the visiting Newton Lady Rams softball team were warmed up enough to shut Alcovy out 9-0 in a ...

August 16, 2017 | Taylor Robins | Sports

Eastside softball opens up region play with Luella shutout

COVINGTON, Ga. - In a showing of pure domination, the Eastside Eagles softball team controlled every aspect of their region opener against Luella leading to an ...

August 16, 2017 | Tyler Williams | Eastside

New dog park unveiled at Chimney Park

COVINGTON, Ga. – Chimney Park now offers a place for four-legged friends to run and play with the addition of Sandy's Dog Park.

August 16, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Living

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STOVALL: May the power of sports teach us to deal with our differences

Sunday Sound Off

June 18, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Sports

Lady Eagles basketball seeing signs of growth this summer

By Cameron Freeman

June 18, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Eastside

Pace: Contemplating Father’s Day

I've been a father for almost five years, and it's been one of the hardest experiences of my life and yet also the most joyous. There are those of you out there, I know, who can relate to such an experience whether you're a father or not.

June 18, 2017 | Lyn Pace | Religion

Have You Ever Thought… Why Do We Have Father’s Day

As families gather to celebrate Father's Day today, let me share a very vital reminder that I got from a decision that another father made a few weeks ago. It was a decision about what really matters in life. He answered the question of what really is important.

June 18, 2017 | Wiley Stephens | Living

Local resident receives musical honor

Covington resident James (Tim) Walden Sr. will be inducted into the Independent Country Music Hall fo Fame Sept. 17 during the Josie Music Awards in Nashville, Tennessee. He will be one of three inducted this year.

June 18, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Living

Piedmont Newton’s Jim Weadick : A career of care

COVINGTON, Ga. - When Piedmont Newton Hospital's Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Jim Weadick retires June 30, he will end a career in healthcare that started in Vietnam in 1968.

June 18, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Health

In his own words: Councilman Kenneth Morgan

COVINGTON, Ga. - A Covington resident since he was just six-years-old, West Ward Councilman Kenneth Morgan has become a fixture around the City of Covington and is using his newest platform as City of Covington Councilman to make changes he has long sought.

June 18, 2017 | Staff Report | Covington

Irwin: The Ditch Digger

When I was a child my grandmother, Sallie Mae Cook, employed all those "stitch-in-time-saves-nine" sayings. A kind but serious sort, Grandmama harbored low expectations for her wiggly, silly grandson. The first time she ever asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I thought of my role model at the time, Maynard G. Krebs. I answered, "I wanna be a beatnik." From that moment on, throughout my childhood, one of her sayings was:

June 18, 2017 | Andy Irwin | Columnists

Brian ‘Buck’ Rogers Installed as 55th President of State Bar of Georgia

Brian D. "Buck" Rogers of Covington, a partner with Fried Rogers Goldberg LLC in Atlanta, was installed as the 55th president of the 49,000-member State Bar of Georgia on June 10 during the organization's Annual Meeting. Presiding Judge Stephen Louis A. Dillard of the Court of Appeals of Georgia administered the oath of office.

June 18, 2017 | Staff Report | Business

AKA Chi Tau Omega Chapter awards scholarships

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Chi Tau Omega Chapter, which serves Newton and Rockdale County recently awarded scholarships to deserving high school seniors.

June 18, 2017 | Staff Report | Education

PHOTO GALLERY: Southern Heartland hosts first summer arts camp

The Southern Heartland Art Guild hosts its first session of Summer Art Camp this summer. Two more sessions are scheduled for June 19-22 and July 10-13. The camp runs from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily and is $150 per session. (Submitted Photos | The Covington News)

June 18, 2017 | Staff Report | Living

PHOTO GALLERY: Arts group hosts dance camp

With classes in ballet, jazz, musical theater and more – The Arts Association in Newton County's Summer Dance Camp is the one-stop-shop for all things dance packed into one week. At the Covington Regional Ballet School, campers from 8 to 18 danced their hearts out from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. all week. (Submitted Photos | The Covington News)

June 18, 2017 | Staff Report | Living

CAPTURED: Escaped Georgia inmates captured in Tennessee after 3-day manhunt

Two escaped inmates sought in the killings of two guards on a Georgia prison bus were captured Thursday after they were held at gunpoint by a rural Tennessee homeowner whose vehicle they were trying to steal, authorities said.

June 18, 2017 | Erik Schelzig, Kate Bumback Associated Press | State

Special counsel, independent investigation?

While the news media and pundits are covering the investigation and potential link between the Russian government and Trump's campaign, their ongoing fascination with who said what, how and to whom can obscure understanding of the larger issues. This might confuse many who don't have the time to follow this on a full-time basis. So here is a recap of what has happened so far.

June 18, 2017 | Jackie Gringrich Cushman | Columnists

Harrop: Trump rates close to zero on 'war' against opioids

Police near Daytona Beach, Florida, recently came upon an SUV with the motor running and three little kids in the back. The parents were dead in front from a fentanyl overdose. The city of East Liverpool, Ohio, posted a shocking photograph of another dead overdosed couple, heads back and mouths open from a heroin overdose, a 4-year-old strapped in back. As its Facebook page explained, "It is time that the non-drug using public sees what we are now dealing with on a daily basis."

June 18, 2017 | Froma Harrop | Columnists

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