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Learning some tips from Hollywood

Local officials traveled to Los Angeles, Calif., to learn about the film industry out west in preparation for Three Ring Studios breaking ground locally.

May 28, 2017 | Staff Report | Local


Our Thoughts: Graduates share a learning experience

We have thousands of high school seniors graduating from local high schools this weekend – public schools, private schools, homeschools, etc. This is a time of ...

May 28, 2017 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Kayla's Korner: Keeping an eye on Covington

Welcome, this is the segment where I will be sharing with you all my fun experiences here in Newton County and giving you the scoop ...

May 28, 2017 | Kayla Leasure | Living


Newton County Jail Log: May 24

Gayla Dalyn Atkins, 47, Oxford, May 22, theft by receiving stolen property

May 27, 2017 | Staff Report | Crime


MMCC announces upcoming concerts for the 15th annual Madison Chamber Music Festival

MADISON, Ga. - The 15th annual Madison Chamber Music Festival would like to present its upcoming concerts this June with nationally-esteemed performers in a variety of ...

May 25, 2017 | Staff Report | Living


Tommy Coker

Tommy Coker, age 76, of Social Circle, died on May 21, 2017. He was born in Monroe, GA on April 13, 1941 to the late ...

May 24, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries


Piedmont Academy students present ‘The Shaggy Raggy’

MONTICELLO, Ga. - Piedmont Academy's K-3 class has been very busy. Teacher, Mrs. Mary Ramsdell and the students have been working together to design and ...

May 24, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


Piedmont Academy celebrates graduating kindergartners

MONTICELLO, Ga. - Piedmont Academy held its Kindergarten commencement ceremony at the Cougar Gymnasium May 16.

May 24, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


GBI Child Fatality Review Unit releases suicide data

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation's Child Fatality Review Unit is releasing 2017 data on youth suicides. So far in 2017, 18 children have reportedly ...

May 23, 2017 | Staff Report | State


Fall 2017 White House Internship Program application open

The Fall 2017 White House Internship Program application is now open.

May 23, 2017 | Staff Report | State


Smith Receives Municipal Revenue Administration Certificate

COVINGTON, Ga. - Covington Finance Director Randy Smith received a Municipal Revenue Administration Certificate from the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA). The certificate was presented to Smith ...

May 23, 2017 | Staff Report | Covington


Samuel Burney Hay, Jr.

Samuel Burney Hay, Jr. was born in Opelika, Alabama in 1932, the third child and only son of Frances Dearing Hay of Covington, and the ...

May 22, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries


Truman Ray Boyd

Truman Ray Boyd, aged 71, of Fayetteville, passed away May 19, 2017 from Parkinson's.

May 22, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries


Oxford men's tennis wins third straight national title

PLANO, TX – In the 2017 NJCAA Division III Men's Championship, Oxford Emory (GA) tallied 27.5 points to win its third national championship in ...

May 21, 2017 | Staff Report | Oxford College


Letters: The old 'double standard' is alive and well

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May 21, 2017 | Staff Report | Letters


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Eastside track team looking for more success after state title season

By Taylor Robins

March 13, 2017 | Staff Report | Eastside


Eastside soccer takes rivalry doubleheader against Newton

By Taylor Robins

March 12, 2017 | By Taylor Robins | Sports


Veterans Training and Transition program now free to all active duty service members in Georgia

The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) recently announced plans to fund an online entry-level course for all active duty service members in Georgia.

March 12, 2017 | Staff Report | State


Our Thoughts: A newspaper’s role

There is a saying – "Journalism doesn't tell you what to think, it tells you what to think about." In today's day and age of "fake news," that saying it more important than ever.

March 12, 2017 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Charles (Ron) Dial

Charles (Ron) Dial, of Covington, passed away March 9, 2017, at the age of 63. Ron was a proud veteran of the United States Navy and retired as Chief Petty Officer after 26 years of dedicated service. Following his prestigious military career, Ron served the City of Covington for 25 years, as a firefighter, before retiring as Battalion Chief. He was a faithful member of New Life Praise Center and active member of American Legion Post #32. Ron was a hardworking man, a loving husband, adoring father, step-father and grandfather, and will be greatly missed by all who knew him ...

March 10, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries


Frank Milo Thornton

Frank Milo Thornton, of Oxford, passed away Feb. 15, 2017 at the age of 55. He is survived by his wife Ginger Thornton of 33 years. His two son's Frank Thornton Jr., William Roy Thornton, two grandchildren and his brother Michael Roy Thornton and many cousins. He is preceded in death by his grandparents Frank and Josephine Thornton. Memorial service will be held at New Life Praise Center on March 19, 2017 at 4 p.m.

March 10, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries


Newton County Jail Log: March 8

Georgia Ann Avery, 49, Covington, March 4, aggravated assault, cruelty to children, possession of cocaine, probation violation for fingerprintable charge

March 10, 2017 | Staff Report | Crime


Dorothy W. Parker

Dorothy W. Parker, of Covington, passed away March 8, 2017, at the age of 87. Mrs. Parker attended Bessie Tift College, Asbury College and the University of Georgia. She worked for the family business, Claude T. Wiley Co., in Social Circle, for 50 years. Mrs. Parker's love of family was evident to all that knew her. When she wasn't crocheting and sewing for loved ones, she spent summers gardening, canning and freezing vegetables for them.In addition to being an active member, and song leader at Jersey Methodist Church, Mrs. Parker also found time to be a part ...

March 09, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries


State Route 212 at Bethany Road, Butler Bridge Road signal operations beginning soon

The newly installed State Route (SR) 212 at Bethany Road/Butler Bridge Road signalized intersection goes into flash mode Tuesday, March 14 and full stop-and-go Tuesday, March 21.

March 08, 2017 | Staff Report | Local


Special opportunity turkey season for youth and mobility-impaired hunters March 18-19

The statewide turkey hunting season opens on March 25. However, youth and mobility-impaired hunters utilizing private land have a chance to harvest a bird during a special early opportunity turkey season on March 18-19, 2017, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources' Wildlife Resources Division.

March 08, 2017 | Staff Report | Agriculture


Trout stocking will begin earlier in 2017

Take advantage of beautiful spring weather and plan a trout fishing trip to the north Georgia Mountains! How about an early trout stocking to sweeten the deal?

March 08, 2017 | Staff Report | Agriculture


Covington resident finalist in Shane’s Rib Shack contest

Shane's Rib Shack, a true American rib shack, will announce the winners of its customer loyalty promotion, Holiday Wait & Win. Three loyal customers will be awarded the promotion's grand prizes, a 2017 Camaro SS1, $25,000 cash or a $10,000 dream vacation. In addition, five customers will receive a Large Big Green Egg Grill with Shane's Ultimate Grilling Package. The winners will be revealed during a ceremony at the Original Shane's Rib Shack in McDonough on Thursday, March 9. A Covington resident has been tabbed as a finalist.

March 08, 2017 | Staff Report | Living


Cheerios Challenge adds 15k to race

More than 1,200 runners and walkers will lace up their shoes and hit the road at the Covington Family YMCA's 16th annual Cheerios Challenge on Sat., April 15, 2017. This event supports the Y's "Why It Matters" annual fundraising campaign, which makes Y programs such as summer day camp, the after-school program, swim lessons, and youth soccer possible for everyone.

March 08, 2017 | Staff Report | Health


Sen. Al Franken, Rep. Hank Johnson lead fight to end unfair forced arbitration agreements

Lawmakers Convene Event in Effort to Restore Rights of Consumers, Workers, and Small Businesses to Seek Justice through Courts

March 08, 2017 | Staff Report | State


Chili's breaks ground

Chili's celebrated its groundbreaking Tuesday morning in the City of Covington. Located adjacent to Paras Drive in Covington, the restaurant is slated to be open by mid-June, 2017.

March 08, 2017 | Staff Report | Covington


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