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Our Thoughts: Respect

A mosque and cemetery have been announced for Newton County, igniting a firestorm in our community this week.

August 21, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


The Esoteric South: Talkin’ Southern

Living, working and growing up in the South, I love the sights of our region. The magnolias are distinctive and the weather is always warm ...

August 21, 2016 | Staff Report | LIVING


Man robs Chevron gas station in Covington

An armed robbery occurred at the Almon Road Chevron Saturday morning, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

August 20, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


How it happened – Newton County

Editor's note: The following is a statement from Lloyd Kerr, Newton County Manager.

August 19, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


How it happened – Phil Johnson, seller’s agent

Editor's note: The following is a statement from Philip Johnson, agent to Neely Farms Family.

August 19, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County Jail Log: August 17

Felicia Monique Adamson, 39, Covington, August 14, aggravated assault

August 18, 2016 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log


Teddy Piper

Teddy Piper, 61, of Douglasville, passed away on Thursday, August 18, 2016. He was born in Covington on September 12, 1954. Teddy was employed with ...

August 18, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Mr. Norman Bennett

Norman Bennett, 89, of Covington, passed away August 15, 2016.. He was born to the late Willis and Jewell Bennett in Conyers. Bennett owned and ...

August 17, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Letter: Hwy. 162 property contract

Dear Editor,

August 17, 2016 | Staff Report | Letters


Ben Masdon

Ben Masdon of Covingto, 82, passed away August 13, 2016. "Ben the Barber on the Square", as he was affectionately known, was a master barber ...

August 15, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Mrs. Louise Kelley Boss

Louise Kelley Boss, 89, of Covington, passed away August 13, 2016. She was born June 5, 1927, in Molena to the late Floyd and Gaudie ...

August 15, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Our Thoughts: A new season

This summer has been a difficult one for Newton County. Crime has increased, temperatures have been high and taxes were raised.

August 14, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Letter: Partners in Education

Dear Editor,

August 14, 2016 | Staff Report | Letters


Road work on Covington Bypass Thursday

Construction is scheduled to build road shoulders on the Covington Bypass, between Porterdale and Flat Shoals Road, on Thursday, Aug. 11.

August 10, 2016 | Staff Report | Covington


Newton County Jail Log: August 10

James Robert Aldridge, 54, Garden City, August 9, back for court

August 10, 2016 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log


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City of Covington to host free legion field grand opening event

Drive Time and the Newton County Community Band will perform at the official grand opening of Legion Field, hosted by the city of Covington.

June 07, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Eugene ‘Gene’ Lee McCord

Eugene "Gene" Lee McCord, 76, formerly of Covington, passed away Saturday, May 28, 2016. He was born in Newton County, graduated from Newton County High School and received an engineering degree from Georgia Institute of Technology. Gene, a lover of politics, worked and served in many different areas during his lifetime. He served in the U.S. Air Force. Shortly after, he consulted in areas of public works, rural affairs, low head hydroelectric redevelopment as a White House Advisor and was appointed as Floor Leader for President Jimmy Carter during the 1980 Democratic National Convention. During his time in Washington ...

June 06, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Sibyl Bowman Thompson

Sibyl Bowman Thompson, 87 of Oxford, passed away June 5, 2016. Thompson was a longtime member of Salem United Methodist Church where she faithfully attended the Otis Nixon Sunday School Class. Most recently, however, she attended First Baptist Church, in Covington, and the Gleaners Sunday School Class. Her favorite pastime was traveling. Thompson was a friend to many in both the Salem community and Newton County. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who will be dearly missed by her family and friends. She was preceded in death by her devoted husband, Harold Thompson; parents, Robert Lee and ...

June 06, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Newton County Jail Log: June 1

George Earl Anderson, 40, Atlanta, May 31, weekenders

June 02, 2016 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log


NCSO investigating end-of-year party shooting

A Covington man was shot in the hip on May 28 following an end-of-the-year party on Stone Road, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO).

June 02, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Gail Parker

Gail Parker, age 62, of Covington, passed away May 31, 2016. A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, June 11, 2016, at Lovejoy United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Lovejoy United Methodist Church.

June 01, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Jazz concert benefits Washington Street Community Center

Richard Shaw and his band Creation will appear at Local Grown Jazz by the River, a fund raiser for the Washington Street Community Center in Covington.

May 31, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Porterdale police and alumni host block parties this summer

The Porterdale Police Department and Porterdale Citizen's Police Academy Alumni will hold block parties throughout the village on Saturdays through July 23.

May 31, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


UPDATE: GDOT work scheduled this summer

The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) announced its schedule for construction this summer and beyond. While there are four projects on the GDOT list, only two will begin this summer at a date and time to be announced.

May 31, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Motorcyclist dies in single-vehicle crash

A College Park police officer was killed in a single vehicle crash Memorial Day on Interstate 20, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO).

May 31, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Our Thoughts: Celebrate, travel, barbecue … remember

This week has been a busy one for Newton County.

May 29, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Photos: Alcovy High School 2016 graduation

Alcovy High School finished up Newton County School System's commencement ceremonies Saturday with the Class of 2016 graduation.

May 28, 2016 | Staff Report | Education


Photos: Eastside High School 2016 graduation

The Eastside High School senior class is now Eastside High School alumni after Friday evening's graduation.

May 28, 2016 | Staff Report | Education


Emory Allen “AJ” Johnson

Allen "AJ" Johnson, 58, passed away peaceably on Thursday, May 26, 2016. Allen was the youngest son of Kenneth D. and Joyce (Bowen) Johnson Sr. of Covington. At an early age, he attended and joined the First United Methodist Church of Covington. He grew up and lived his early adult life in Covington. After graduating Newton County Comprehensive High School in 1976, he later earned a degree form Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC). Allen was a born mechanic and loved working with his hands. This led him into several employment paths, always showing his gift of resourcefulness and problem solving ...

May 28, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Newton County Jail Log: May 25

Belinda Denise Alexander, 37, Conyers, May 18, weekenders

May 27, 2016 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log


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