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Advance in-person voting starts today for March 21 special elections

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp reminds Georgia voters that the polls open today for advance in-person voting leading up to the March 21 special ...

February 27, 2017 | Staff Report | STATE


Newton girls, Alcovy boys kick off track season at East Metro Relays

The track and field season got began in earnest for most schools in the state, including two of Newton County's teams.

February 27, 2017 | Staff Report | SPORTS


Eastside's Matt Malcolm is 2017 Newton County Wrestler of the Year

When looking for top high school wrestlers in the state of Georgia for the 2016-17 season, a Newton County resident wouldn't have to venture ...

February 27, 2017 | Staff Report | SPORTS


Letter: Why I support SPLOST

To the editor:

February 27, 2017 | Staff Report | Letters


Frank L. Harrison

Frank L. Harrison, of the Eudora Community, passed away Feb. 23, 2017, at the age of 86. Mr. Harrison was a veteran of the United ...

February 24, 2017 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Newton County Jail Log: Feb. 22

Yancey Keon Axon, 21, Dodge State Prison, Feb. 21, back for court

February 23, 2017 | Staff Report | Crime


Eastside baseball wins third straight, Newton coach grabs 50th win

Eastside used the power of the bat once again to notch its third straight win as it defeated Hart County 13-9 on Wednesday night.

February 23, 2017 | Staff Report | SPORTS


Juliana Crenshaw Burt

Juliana Crenshaw Burt, 88, died on Friday, Sept. 2, 2016 in the Azalea House, a loving assisted living home in Tucker, Georgia. She was born ...

February 23, 2017 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Detour coming March 7 for new bridge over Yellow River

Replacing the Yellow River bridge on State Route (SR) 36 requires a one-year detour beginning Tuesday, March 7. Traffic will use SR 162 and SR ...

February 22, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Local leadership, support for trees recognized

Oxford was among 19 Georgia cities recognized Feb. 14 for its commitment to caring for and managing its public trees. Oxford was honored during the ...

February 22, 2017 | Staff Report | Agriculture


Hang tags available only at fire services starting in March

Vehicle hang tags for the Newton County Trash Collection Convenience Centers will be available for purchase only at the Newton County Fire Services Headquarters, effective ...

February 22, 2017 | Staff Report | County


Covington resident claims $9.6 million Jumbo Bucks Lotto prize

Michael Camp, of Covington, recently came forward as the winner of the $9.6 million jackpot prize from the Feb. 6 Jumbo Bucks Lotto drawing.

February 22, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Eastside's bats push Eagles past Newton

Seeking a bounce back from a tough 13-2 loss on Feb. 17 to Walnut Grove, the Eastside Eagles baseball team hosted Newton at Eagle Field ...

February 21, 2017 | Staff Report | Eastside


Freeway patrol service begins in east central Georgia

Motorists in east central Georgia today began experiencing the benefits of a new statewide Coordinated Highway Assistance & Maintenance Program (CHAMP). This operation is the nation ...

February 21, 2017 | Staff Report | STATE


Doing away with distracted driving

The evidence is clear: Distracted driving can be just as dangerous as driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Removing one's eyes from ...

February 21, 2017 | Staff Report | LIVING


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Local students graduate during Brenau commencement

Brenau University graduated more than 450 undergraduate and graduate students during its winter commencement ceremonies Saturday, Dec. 17, in Pearce Auditorium on the historic Gainesville campus.

December 19, 2016 | Staff Report | Education


William ‘Bill’ Sullivan

Mr. William (Bill) Sullivan, 91, of Covington, passed away December 18, 2016. A WWII veteran of the United States Navy, Mr. Sullivan served as Radarman, Third Class, from 1943 – 1945. During his military career, he served on the USS Sheridan, the USS Wren, and the USS Custer. Sullivan was a lifelong resident of Covington, and a member of Julia A. Porter United Methodist Church in Porterdale. He loved the beach, especially taking long walks on Ormand Beach in Florida. In addition to being an avid Braves fan, Sullivan enjoyed reading the newspaper, in its entirety, every day. A devoted husband ...

December 19, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Ann May

Ann M. May, 87, of Covington, passed away December 17, 2016. May was an honors graduate of Porterdale High School. She went on to attend Tift College in Forsyth. May worked for 10 years with Harper & Row Publishers, school department, in Atlanta. During her tenure with Harper & Rowe, she was responsible for organizing its first office. May also authored the manual for the southeastern personnel of Harper & Rowe, inclusive of the eight states covered by the company. Due to her husband's job relocation, she moved to the Washington, DC, where she worked as an administrative assistant for the trust ...

December 19, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


NCSO now outfitted with body cams

In September 2015, the Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) was one of only three agencies in Georgia to receive a Department of Justice body worn camera grant.

December 16, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County Jail Log: Dec. 14

Emmanuel Nairobi Asu, 45, Conyers, Dec. 13, driving while license suspended or revoked, marijuana-possession less than 1 ounce, no proof of insurance, suspended, revoked or canceled registration

December 15, 2016 | Staff Report | Crime


Bobby Smith, Jr.

Bobby Smith, Jr., 65, of Covington, passed away December 13, 2016. In 1967, at the age of 17, Smith began his working career with Mobil. He went on to work at Valspar, starting as a lab technician and working his way up to plant manager - serving in that capacity for more than 20 years. Smith attended church at the Church of Covington and Christ Cornerstone Church. During his time at the Church of Covington, he sang in the choir, served as a care pastor, and was also an elder for several years. He was a devoted family man and loved ...

December 14, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Laura Bordenkecher

Laura Bordenkecher, 63, of Covington, passed away December 13, 2016. Bordenkecher cherished spending time at home with her family, and her dog, Maris. She was preceded in death by her mother, Martha Denard; father, Robert Lennett.

December 14, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


NCSS Book Bus ready to hit the road

The Newton County School System (NCSS) Book Bus has been restocked and will hit the road Saturday, December 17 to deliver free books for children in the local community to read during the holiday break. The NCSS Book Bus will visit the following locations:

December 14, 2016 | Staff Report | Education


Robert ‘Bob’ Samples

Robert E. "Bob" Samples of Covington, passed away December 12, 2016, at 84-years of age. Mr. Samples served three years in the U.S. Navy as a Corpsman at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Charleston, SC, during the Korean War. He was a graduate of Georgia State University as well as attending banking school as LSU. Samples retired from Rockbridge Memorial Branch of Sun Trust Bank after 38 years of service. A member of First Baptist Church in Covington since 1973, he enjoyed golfing with the Georgia Seniors Golfing Association and was an avid deer hunter for more than ...

December 13, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Our Thoughts: Christmas time in Covington

Our community seems to shine brightest at Christmas.

December 12, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


NCSS provides free My Stop App for parents to track student’s bus location

Parents of Newton County School System (NCSS) students can use their smartphones to track their child's school bus and quickly determine its location and projected arrival time.

December 12, 2016 | Staff Report | Education


Almond Turner among officers honored at CPD banquet

The Covington Police Department (CPD) had plenty to celebrate in 2016 and did so Tuesday recognizing several officers for their efforts in the line of duty since January.

December 12, 2016 | Staff Report | Covington


Georgia sees historic growth of organic farms with ground-breaking partnership

In the winter of 2015, Georgia Organics and the Georgia Dept. of Agriculture launched the 100 Organic Farms Campaign, a state-wide collaboration to grow Georgia's organic industry from 75 certified organic farms to more than 100 certified organic farms by the end of 2016.

December 12, 2016 | Staff Report | Agriculture


Solange Lord performs in Brenau University's 'Concerts Connecting Cultures...Christmas Around the Wo

Solange Lord, from Covington, performed in the Brenau University Vocal Chamber Ensemble and Spectrum Singers concert of "Concerts Connecting Cultures...Christmas Around the World" Nov. 28, in the John S. Burd Center, Hosch Theatre. She sang as part of Vocal Chamber Ensemble and Spectrum Singers.

December 12, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County Jail Log: Dec. 7

Michael Ryan Allen, 20, Porterdale, Dec. 5, back for court

December 08, 2016 | Staff Report | Crime


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