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Newton County Jail Log: July 1

Rod Clark Coleman, 22, Covington, June 26, burglary – 1st degree, criminal trespass

July 01, 2015 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log


Sheriff's Office issues fireworks caution

The Newton County Sheriff's Office would like you to have a happy-and safe-Fourth of July.

July 01, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Fireworks, hotel fee, gas tax changes hit July 1 with new laws

July 1 typically brings a bevy of new laws into effect that were approved by the General Assembly earlier in the year. This year, Georgians can expect to see a new $5 fee tacked on to hotel/motel stays, slight changes to their gas taxes, and will now be able to buy aerial fireworks that were formerly illegal.

July 01, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Landfill Meeting Tonight

The Newton County Board of Commissioners will meet tonight, Wednesday, July 1, at 7:00 p.m. to discuss and likely vote on the Green Hill P3 proposal to lease and operate the county landfill.

July 01, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Davis named Rotary Club president

COVINGTON- The Covington Rotary Club closed out its 76th year Tuesday, handing out awards from 2014-15 and inducting its next president.

June 30, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Georgia State Patrol steps up enforcement this weekend

The July Fourth weekend is not only a chance for many people to celebrate, it is also the busiest travel period of the year. The holiday weekend is recognized as beginning Thursday at 6 p.m. and running through Sunday, July 5 at midnight, according to the Georgia Department of Public Safety.

June 30, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


AKA Chi Tau Omega chapter awards $20,000 in scholarships

COVINGTON- The Chi Tau Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated of Covington, Ga., serving Newton and Rockdale counties, awarded $20, 000 in scholarships on June 21, 2015 at Antioch AME Church in Conyers to high school students heading to various colleges and universities including HBCUs in the state of Georgia and nationwide.

June 30, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Dr. Kenneth L. Jacques

Dr. Kenneth L. Jacques of Oxford, passed away June 29, 2015, at the age of 73. He devoted his life to the ministry of his Lord. Dr. Jacques served as the pastor of Harmony Baptist Church, in Covington, for 27 years, but most recently was a member of Canaan Baptist Church. He led church services once a week, for the residents of Riverside Health Care, Merryvale Assisted Living and The Benton House. He enjoyed spending time in his flower garden, but more than anything, he cherished the time he spent with his family. Preceding him in death were his parents ...

June 29, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Dr. Melvin Louis Conrad

Dr. Melvin Louis Conrad, 88, passed away on June 26, 2015, in Wichita, Kansas. He was preceded in death by his wife Eula Conrad (Palmer Stone Elementary School Teacher). He is survived by children Albert Conrad (Michael) of Wichita, Kansas, Celia Theiler of Charlotte, North Carolina, and Daniel Conrad (Lauree) of Cary, North Carolina.

June 29, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Road construction restricted this weekend

The Georgia Department of Transportation is suspending construction-related lane closures on interstates and major state system highways for the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

June 29, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Our thoughts: Pension plan

The Covington City Council made a smart move last week when it voted to back off a hastily conceived plan to change city policy on pensions as they relate to retirees who come back to work for the Covington government.

June 28, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Ruling brings same-sex marriage to Newton

The "thunderbolt" struck the nation around 11 a.m. Friday morning. For some Newton County residents the storm had been brewing for two decades, and for a local couple the ringing began at 3 p.m. – ringing of wedding bells.

June 28, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Carlton Trail sidewalk project now complete

A sidewalk stretching more than half a mile and connecting citizens living in the northwest quadrant of Covington with the rest of the city is now complete. The project ran from Geiger Street to Moore Street in Oxford.

June 27, 2015 | Staff Report | Covington


Conyers teen arrested in shooting death of Newton teen

Newton County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested multiple suspects Friday in connection with the June 22 fatal shooting of 19-year-old Malik Muschett, including Conyers resident Antoine Smith, charged with malice murder and felony murder.

June 27, 2015 | Staff Report | Covington


Donald ‘Don’ Russell Griffin

Donald Russell Griffin "Don", age 82, of Oxford, passed away Thursday, June 25, 2015. He was born November 11 1932, in Covington County, Alabama to the late Grover Cleveland and Lera Lorene Powell Griffin, the ninth of 11 children.

June 27, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


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Melinda Ford

Melinda Ford of Covington died April 8, 205 of cancer.

April 10, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


City of Covington gets its shovels ready

Construction for new businesses in Covington will now be welcomed with a traditional groundbreaking ceremony from the City of Covington, with the first scheduled for Monday.

April 10, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Sara B. Stubbs

Ms. Sara B. Stubbs passed away on April 9, 2015. She was born in Newton County on June 16, 1927. She was a lifelong resident of Covington.

April 10, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Dawgs are running wild in Augusta. Again.

A year after University of Georgia alumni Bubba Watson slipped on the green jacket for the second time in three years, it's another UGA alum, Russell Henley, who is near the top of the Masters leaderboard after Thursday's opening round.

April 09, 2015 | Vince Johnson | MASTERS 2015


Jimmy Kirk

Jimmy Wayne Kirk, age 70, of Social Circle, died on March 23, 2015. He was born in Walton County on February 17, 1945 to the late Mary Lizzie Drake Kirk and the late Johnny E. Kirk. Surviving are: wife, Susan Kirk of Social Circle; daughters and sons-in-law, Rhonda and Tim Bell of

April 08, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Masters Preview with Vince Johnson

April 08, 2015 | Staff Report | MASTERS 2015


Lions Club hosts 43rd BBQ Chicken sale

For the 43rd year the Covington Lions Club will host its Annual Chicken BBQ, Wednesday, April 15 from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. at its Academy Springs Park Club house on Conyers Street.

April 07, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Live: Newton Board of Commissioners meeting

April 07, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Augusta National: 3 Things You Need to Know for the 2015 Masters

Whip up your famous pimento cheese, plant eye-poppingly colorful azaleas and trim your yard to precisely 3/8 of an inch. Pump in 98 of the world's best golfers and thousands of guests dressed in their finest springtime getup, and you'll be at Augusta National for the 2015 Masters.

April 07, 2015 | Vince Johnson | MASTERS 2015


Form of Government meeting: April 13

The Form of Government Citizen Committee will meet publicly Monday, April 13, at 5:30 p.m. at the Turner Lake Recreation Complex/Crowell Boardroom, 6185 Turner Lake Road, Covington.

April 07, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Minor police-involved accident on 278

A Covington Police officer was involved in a minor accident read the Raceway gas station on 278 Tuesday morning, with no injuries reported. State police were called in, as per protocol, to conduct an independent investigation.

April 07, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


John Howard Johnson

John Howard Johnson, of Covington, passed away April 5, 2015, at the age of 73. After working for the State of Georgia as an accountant, Mr. Johnson started his own business providing tax preparation and financial services across Metropolitan Atlanta for 17 years until his retirement. He was a private pilot and enjoyed fishing, playing golf and watching NASCAR. An upstanding citizen in the community, he was a member of the Gideons in Newton County, serving as treasurer for many years, and was a charter member of East Newton Baptist Church. In addition, he proudly served his country in the ...

April 06, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Hwy. 278 Improvement Association delayed

The Hwy. 278 Improvement Association took a big step forward when it was approved as a community improvement district by the Georgia General Assembly in March.

April 06, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Mr. Mitchell Wright

Mitchell Reed Wright died Tuesday, March 31 at age 91, after a year's stay at Benton House in Covington. He passed away peacefully in his sleep. Mr. Wright was the son of the late Dr. William Cosby Wright and Sarah Louise Camp Wright, both long-time residents of Covington. He is survived by cousins, Charles Maxwell of Anthem, AZ, Margie Maxwell Swift of Selma, AL, and Diane Maxwell Richardson of Birmingham, AL. During World War II, Mitchell participated in the D-Day Invasion. After the war he lived in Paris, France for most of his adult life, where he was a ...

April 05, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Ag Career & College Expo highlights job opportunities in agriculture

More than 300 agriculture students from high schools in Newton, Henry, Jasper and Butts counties had the chance to learn about potential careers in agriculture during the 3rd Annual Ag Career & College Expo held March 17 at the FFA Camp in Covington. The event, organized by the Newton County Farm Bureau, gave students the chance to meet with representatives of 12 colleges and representatives of 16 agribusinesses in Newton and surrounding counties.

April 05, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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