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Gun Ban In Churches Upheld

Gun Ban In Churches Upheld

ATLANTA — (CovNews) A federal judge upheld Georgia law banning guns in churches and other places of worship by dismissing a lawsuit Monday that claims the ban violates constitutional rights to freedom of religion and bearing arms.

The lawsuit had been filed by a gun rights organization — GeorgiaCarry.org — and the Rev. Jonathan Wilkins of the Baptist Tabernacle of Thomaston.

Plaintiffs had argued that they should be allowed to have firearms in places of worship "for the protection of their families and themselves" without fear of arrest on a misdemeanor charge. Wilkins said he wanted to have a gun for protection while working in the church office.

U.S. District Judge Ashley Royal wrote that Georgia law does not violate those constitutional rights.

Kerosene sold at Covington Quick Spot Possibly Contaminated

Kerosene sold at Covington Quick Spot Possibly Contaminated

Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black is warning consumers who purchased kerosene on or after October 21 from the Quick Spot at 10260 Hwy. 36, Covington, not to use the product in their kerosene heaters or lamps.

The kerosene is possibly contaminated with gasoline and has the potential to cause an explosion or fire if used in home heaters or lamps. Inspectors from the Georgia Department of Agriculture’s Fuel & Measures Division discovered the contaminated product on a routine inspection of the store.

A “stop-sale” order has been placed on the kerosene pump at the Quick Spot.  The pump will remain closed until the tank and lines have been cleaned and a new shipment has been tested and approved by the Georgia Department of Agriculture.

Consumers who purchased kerosene from the Quick Spot between Oct. 21 and Jan. 24 should return it for reimbursement.


Covington To Get New Fire Chief , Early Summer

Covington To Get New Fire Chief , Early Summer

COVINGTON -- (covnews.com) Covington will hire a new fire chief to replace Chief Don Floyd whose last day will be June 15.

The position is being advertised in The News and is posted on the city's website and will pay between $62,296 and $83,491, depending on an applicant's experience.

The city is looking for applicants with a bachelor's degree in public management, business administration, fire science technology or fire safety engineering or who have a related degree and have taken college level courses in fire administration. Applicants should also have 10 years of high level command experience, three years of which must have been equivalent to fire captain or higher rank, including at least one year performing administrative type work.

Newton County Deputy arrested at New Year’s party

Newton County Deputy arrested at New Year’s party

COVINGTON — (Newton Citizen) A Newton County Sheriff’s Office deputy posted $500 bond Monday following his arrest on two misdemeanor charges that resulted from an altercation at a New Year’s Eve party.

According to NCSO spokesman Lt. Mark Mitchell, Michael Paul Lewis, 29, faces charges of simple battery and violation of the Family Violence Act after deputies were called to a fight at 55 Fleeta Drive in Covington at about 1:45 a.m. Jan. 1.

“When deputies arrived they discovered that the offender in the incident was going to be Newton County Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Lewis,” Mitchell said. “At the time, statements were collected and there was enough evidence to go forward with charges of simple battery and Family Violence Act.”

Mitchell said the victim in the case was a family member of Lewis’, but he declined to give further details about the family member or the nature of the fight.

“Come as a Child” at Cannan Baptist Church

 “Come as a Child” at Cannan Baptist Church

Cannan Baptist Church in Covington is hosting their annual Christmas musical, “Come as a Child” on December 12th at 6:00 p.m. in the main sanctuary. The musical will take place during their regularly scheduled late service.

Admission to this event is free but the church is already distributed about 1500 tickets. During the musical, free nursery will be provided. The church will go caroling directly after the musical.

This event is involves children from all over Covington, so it promises to draw a large crowd. To reserve your ticket call the church office at (770) 786-8885. The church is located at 5581 Salem Road in Covington.

A Charlie Brown Christmas at Covington FUMC, December 4th

Come out and enjoy classic Christmas movie, The Christmas Story told by Charlie Brown in the Charlie Brown Christmas Movie.

On Saturday, Dec. 4 at 6pm join the people from Covington First United Methodist Church on the front lawn of their Sanctuary Annex to watch the movie.

After the movie, Hot Chocolate and treats will be served and participants can take a candle lit walk to the front lawn of FUMC to the Live Nativity. Bring your blankets and bundle up. The church will have kerosene space heaters if needed. Come and enjoy this evening with your community.

Admission to this event is free. Covington First United Methodist Church is located at 1113 Conyers Street in Covington.

Live Nativity at Covington First United Methodist Church, November 18th

On Thursday, November 18th, from 6:30 until 8:00 p.m., the Covington First United Methodist Church (FUMC) will present a Live Nativity on the front lawn of the church.

Covington FUMC will be partnering their Live Nativity with activities hosted by the city of Covington on the Downtown Square, which are the Lighting of the Historic Courthouse and Candlelight Shopping. These annual activities will kick off the holiday season.

The church invites people to walk down to the church and enjoy the Nativity and Christmas music presented with the Nativity.