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Elizabeth Gail Baker

In Loving Memory of Elizabeth Gail Baker: April 11, 1954 - June 13, 2017. Funeral Service Monday, June 19, 2017, at 11 a.m. at Sims ...

June 28, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries


Delia Sweat Fleming

Delia Sweat Fleming, of Covington, passed away June 26, 2017, at 67 years of age. Born to Forrest and Kathryn (Hilderbrand) Sweat, who have preceded ...

June 27, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries


Kroger raises funds by ‘Rounding Up’ to support the USO

Kroger is joining forces with the United Service Organization (USO) from June 25 – July 8 to "Round Up" support for American troops and their families ...

June 27, 2017 | Staff Report | Business


Covington Kroger store launches ClickList online ordering for customers

The Kroger located at 5341 Highway 20 South in Covington, has launched ClickList – a service that offers customers the ease of placing orders online and ...

June 27, 2017 | Staff Report | Business


Season planning underway for waterfowl hunters: dates and season regulations approved

Hunters can begin making waterfowl season plans now that the 2017-2018 migratory bird season hunting dates and regulations were approved by the Board of Natural ...

June 27, 2017 | Staff Report | Agriculture


Currently flightless geese can cause feather and feces frustration for land owners

The Canada goose is an adaptable bird that can live in a variety of habitats, with many of those locations in close proximity to people ...

June 27, 2017 | Staff Report | Agriculture


Mr. T. J. Oglesby

Mr. T.J. Oglesby, age 85, a lifelong resident of Newton County passed away Sunday, June 25, 2017. He was born in Porterdale to Charlie ...

June 26, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries


Yarbrough: Recent high-profile events are proof you can’t fix stupid

So, what possessed comedian Kathy Griffin to post a picture of herself holding the decapitated and bloody head of the President of the United States?

June 25, 2017 | Staff Report | Columnists


Students attend summer leadership camp

COVINGTON, Ga – This summer eight students from the Piedmont Academy FFA chapter attended Summer Leadership Camp (SLC) at the Georgia FFA-FCCLA Center in Covington, on ...

June 25, 2017 | Staff Report | Agriculture


New ignition interlock device limited permit available July 1

Persons who have been charged with driving under the influence (DUI) in Georgia and whose Georgia driver's license is subject to an administrative license ...

June 25, 2017 | Staff Report | State


Rotary Club of Covington shines light for campers

The Rotary Club of Covington Georgia lends a helping hand with Camp Sunshine. Camp Sunshine is for children with cancer at Camp Twin Lakes in ...

June 25, 2017 | Staff Report | Living


9 ways to mosquito-proof your yard this summer

A winter that wasn't as cold as it should have been combined with a warm, wet spring has created a "perfect storm" this summer ...

June 25, 2017 | Staff Report | Agriculture


Letter: Dear Covington: Here’s a little advice

I've lived in this city for almost 10 years now, and I'm still captivated by my decision to move from sunny southern California ...

June 25, 2017 | Staff Report | Letters


Our Thoughts: The difference between ‘The Media’ and your community newspaper

Within the past couple of years, news outlets have been given a bad rap. We've been lumped into this big, bad category of "The ...

June 25, 2017 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Boutique fitness booming in Covington

COVINGTON, Ga. - Moxie Fitness, Covington's newest fitness club has brought boutique fitness to Newton County.

June 24, 2017 | Staff Report | Business


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Johnny R. Bates

Johnny R. Bates, of Covington, passed away Thursday, April 27, 2017, at the age of 68. Mr. Bates was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting, fishing and spending time with his family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Bill (LE) and Elise (Bishop) Bates.

April 28, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries


North Georgia burn ban to boost air quality

COVINGTON, Ga. - A ban on outdoor burning begins May 1 in 54 Georgia counties, primarily in the northern half of the state.

April 28, 2017 | Staff Report | State


Eastside boys soccer wins thriller in state playoffs

FORSYTH, Ga. - It's on to round two for Eastside boys soccer.

April 27, 2017 | Staff Report | Eastside


Patsy Stapp Parker

Mrs. Patsy Stapp Parker, 72, of Tega Cay, South Carolina, died Thursday, April 20, 2017, at Piedmont Medical Center in Rock Hill, South Carolina.

April 27, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries


UPDATE: Additional arrests made in Banks County deputy shooting incident

Commerce/Atlanta, Ga. – Two additional arrests were made as a result of the investigation into the shooting of a Banks County Deputy. Dustin Terrell Heuatt, age 29, was charged with numerous felony charges to include aggravated assault on a peace officer, aggravated assault, and armed robbery. James Hall Askew, age 26, was charged with aiding and abetting.

April 27, 2017 | Staff Report | State


Joe Baccus

Joe Baccus, age 74 of Social Circle, formerly of Monroe, suddenly passed away on Tuesday, April 25, 2017.

April 27, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries


Eastside boys golf team punches ticket to state tournament

Eastside's boys golf team ensured Monday night that they'll keep the clubs out through the end of may.

April 26, 2017 | Staff Report | Eastside


Piedmont Academy girls tennis falls short in state tournament

Piedmont Academy girls tennis players Grayson Bradley and Gracie Hunt competed at the AA state tournament last Monday, at the John Drew Tennis Center located in Macon. Bradley and Hunt faced the No. 1 seed from Grace Christian in Bainbridge in a best two-of-three series. They lost 6-0 and 6-3, but said they were excited to make it as far as they did and feel as if the experience will help them achieve a deeper state run next year.

April 25, 2017 | Staff Report | Sports


Webpage offers tips on dealing with nuisance wildlife

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. – Even though most wildlife has an inherent fear of people with no interest in coming close to us, animals such as deer, coyotes, bears, raccoons, foxes and skunks often get labeled as a nuisance due to their sometimes intrusive and destructive habits in suburban settings, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources' Wildlife Resources Division. Why? It is because of easy access to "food."

April 25, 2017 | Staff Report | Agriculture


Eastside baseball coach Bruce Evans wants 'maturity' from team ahead of playoffs

Last Thursday evening the Eastside baseball team finished the regular season in style after traveling to Salem High and defeating the Seminoles in a doubleheader, 7-0 and 15-0.

April 25, 2017 | Staff Report | Eastside


Driver Services Commissioner welcomes new board member

ATLANTA – Commissioner Spencer R. Moore, Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS), is pleased to announce the appointment of the newest Board Member by Governor Nathan Deal. Gwinnett County resident Jennifer Britt Fleck (Britt) will assume her new role at the Agency's May Board Meeting. The DDS Board is the general policy-making body for DDS, approving all rules and regulations endorsed by the Commissioner.

April 25, 2017 | Staff Report | State


Immunization is a shared responsibility

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. – Immunization is a shared responsibility. Vaccines are among the most successful and cost-effective public health tools available for preventing disease and death. Vaccines not only help protect our children but can also help protect entire communities by preventing and reducing the spread of infectious diseases. National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) is April 22 – April 29, 2017, and the Gwinnett, Newton, & Rockdale County Health Departments (GNR Health Departments) urges Georgians to speak with a health care provider or doctor to make sure their infants are up-to-date on vaccinations.

April 24, 2017 | Staff Report | Health


Peachtree Academy spring sports excelling down season's stretch

Peachtree Academy is having a successful spring on the court, field and track. During the last weekend, the Panthers placed two baseball and three softball players in the annual Georgia Independent Christian Athletic Association (GICAA) All star games. Hosted by Peachtree Academy, selected by the GICAA, the Georgia State Newton Campus field came alive with players and families from all over Georgia. With Georgia State serving as the Peachtree AcademyPanthers' home fields, this was quite an honor for the school to host the event.

April 23, 2017 | Staff Report | Peachtree Academy


GSU celebrates Earth Day

Georgia State University's Newton Campus celebrated Earth Day April 20 by bringing in vendors and exhibitors from all over Newton County, including a beekeeper, representatives from Snapping Shoals EMC local artists, Burge Organic Farm, Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful, and others. The program was coordinated by Dr. Sallie Paschal, the Newton Campus faculty advisor for the campus Earth Club.

April 23, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


Don’t miss this free, fun outdoors event: 21st Annual J.A.K.E.S. Day at Charlie Elliott

MANSFIELD, Ga. – Come get "wild" at a free outdoor fun day celebrating the 21st annual J.A.K.E.S. DAY at the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center near Mansfield, scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sat., May 20.

April 23, 2017 | Staff Report | Agriculture


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