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Good decisions made for 2050

We believe Tuesday's Board of Commissioners meeting was the most critical in recent memory, and we applaud the commissioners for their efforts.

August 21, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Alcovy High to host college fair

High school students in the Newton County School System are invited to attend a PROBE College Fair at Alcovy High School Wednesday, September 10 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the school commons area.

August 21, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Letter to Editor

Dear editor,

August 21, 2014 | Staff Report | Letters


Mrs. Marlene “Polly” Hicks Carswell

Marlene "Polly" Hicks Carswell, age 79, of Lilburn, passed away Wednesday August 20, 2014. Born in Stone Mountain on October 29, 1934 she was a graduate of Stone Mountain High School. She retired from Lilburn Middle School as the lunchroom manager in December 1994. She obtained a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Certificate from the University of Georgia and was a member of Mountain Park Baptist Church in Lilburn since 1962.

August 21, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


3 blood drives remain through August

The Red Cross is continuing to ask for blood, with three more blood drives in Newton County through the end of August.

August 21, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Williams proves nothing is impossible

Tichelle Florence is a walking, talking miracle - emphasis on walking.

August 19, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


CAEC donates backpacks to Middle Ridge

The stuffed backpacks keep rolling in, with or without accessorized wheels.

August 19, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Douglas: abandon 2050 Plan

At Tuesday's Board of Commissioners work session, commissioner John Douglas called for the abandonment of the 2050 Plan.

August 19, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Hospital evacuated due to faulty AC unit

A faulty air handling unit filled with smoke and caused the evacuation of Newton Medical Center's emergency room Sunday evening.

August 17, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Mr. Walter Richard (Rick) Almand

Born on June 26, 1951, Walter Richard (Rick) Almand passed away August 15, 2014. He is survived by his wife Miriam Hamby Almand; children Bryan Owenby and Rachel Almand Wimbush; grandchildren Leanne Brown, Bryanna Owenby, Ashley McKibben, Keeley Owenby, Jordan McKibben, Erica Owenby and Alexis Almand and great-grand daughter rAaliyah Lumpkin. A memorial service will be held on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014 at Faith Baptist Church in Monroe at 7 p.m.

August 16, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Hugh Newsome

Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home

August 16, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Terry McWaters

Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home

August 16, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Darnell (Debo) Gillam

Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home

August 16, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


A muddy good time

Local runners, mudders and thrill-seekers from around the Peach State braved the summer heat in the dirtiest of ways Saturday, August 16 at the 2014 Rugged Maniac 5K Obstacle Race made its way to the Georgia International Horse Park

August 16, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Piedmont Academy welcomes new students

The 2014-2015 school year opened at Piedmont Academy Monday, August 11, and 39 new students walked the halls for the first time, bringing the school's total enrollment to 295. There are 108 students in grades K4 through fifth, 69 students in middle school and 118 students in high school.

August 16, 2014 | Staff Report | Education


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Mrs. Jeanette Barnes Jackson

Jeanette Barnes Jackson, age 92, passed away Wednesday, June 11, 2014 under hospice care in Fayettevill, Georgia. She was born February 6, 1922 to the late Levie E. Barnes and Ruby Thompson Barnes.

June 12, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Frances Rowland

Frances Rowland of Covington passed away June 9, 2014 at the age of 84. For 38 years, Mrs. Rowland dedicated herself as a school teacher in Newton, Rockdale and Cobb counties, taking short breaks only to raise her six boys. Her teaching career included reading, science, biology and girl's PE. She was a faithful member of the First Baptist Church, in Covington, where she taught Sunday School for several years and was a member of the Gleaners Sunday School class for 54 years. Mrs. Rowland liked spending time outdoors, camping and was an avid sports enthusiast. She enjoyed golf ...

June 12, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Breast Party Ever

The Women's Diagnostic Center of Newton Medical Center is hosting the Breast Party Ever on Saturday, June 14 from 2 - 4 p.m. The community is invited to avoid the "Booby Trap" by attending a fun-filled afternoon of learning about breast cancer awareness and prevention from breast patient navigator Wendy Hankins, RN, CBPN-IC.

June 10, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Mr. Billy Joe Queen, Sr.

Billy Joe Queen, Sr., age 71, of Covington, passed away June 8, 2014. While he was physically able, Mr. Queen enjoyed going to church. He loved being outdoors, gardening and doing yardwork. He will be remembered as a loving and caring husband, father and grandfather. Queen was preceded in death by his parents, Walter Howard and Lula (Henry) Queen.

June 10, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Rev. Franklin D. Kitchens

Rev. Franklin D. Kitchens, 80, of Conyers, went to be with the Lord, June 9, 2014. Rev. Kitchens pastored Harmony Baptist Church in Covington and West End Baptist Church in Social Circle. In addition, he also served as an interim pastor for Salem Baptist Church, in Conyers and Mt. Zion Baptist Church, in Oxford. He was a member of Newton Baptist Church, and loved his church families as much as his own family. He enjoyed wood crafts, cooking, gardening and Southern gospel singings. Kitchens was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and brother. He cherished spending time with his ...

June 10, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Exercise benefits the brain, too

Regular exercise can benefit the body in many ways, helping men and women maintain healthier weights and lower their risks for developing potentially deadly diseases. Though many people are quick to associate exercise with its physical benefits, those hours spent on the treadmill also can boost brain power.

June 10, 2014 | Staff Report | Health


These snacks pack an energetic punch

Many adults find themselves feeling drowsy in the hours after they eat lunch. A heavy lunch, a staid office atmosphere or a combination of the two can make professionals feel sleepy as the workday winds down.

June 10, 2014 | Staff Report | Health


Our thoughts on a shift for volunteers

Volunteerism is ingrained in our county's foundation and has been the backbone of so many of our greatest successes on a nationwide and local level.

June 10, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Mr. Jerome Carr

Mr. Jerome Carr was born November 16, 1957 in Social Circle to the late Mr. & Mrs. Herman (Leila Mae) Carr, Jr.

June 10, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Hugh Troy Butler, Sr.

Caldwell & Cowan

June 07, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


GPTC Foundation hosts annual Family Fun and Food Fest

Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC), through its Foundation, will host its annual Family Fun and Food Fest, Saturday, June 7, 2014, from 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. The Family Fun and Food Fest will be held at the Newton Campus D Building and Conference Center. Now in its third year, the festival serves as a fundraiser for the GPTC Foundation. Admission to the event, including all activities, is free.

June 07, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


News staff members win GPA awards

The News is proud to announce several staff members were given 2013 news coverage and design awards by the Georgia Press Association, including the pioneer winner for a new category, which were presented at the GPA Convention on June 6, 2014.

June 07, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


A positive should precede a negative

As a society, now more than ever, it seems, we dwell on the negative.

June 07, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Legals for 6/08/2014

June 06, 2014 | Staff Report | LEGALS


Legals for 6/06/2014

June 06, 2014 | Staff Report | LEGALS


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