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July 21, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Our thoughts on community hospital

One of the cornerstones of pride in the Newton County community is that we have our own hospital; and throughout its existence the taxpayers have supported its development.

July 19, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Challenges facing farmers today and tomorrow

Though farming was once big business in the United States, by 2012 less than 1 percent of Americans were professional farmers. Many challenges face today's farmers, many of which are largely unknown to the general public.

July 19, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Mae Hardman

Mae Hardman, of Rabun Gap, formerly of Porterdale, Georgia, passed away July 15, 2014. Mae was born November 26, 1925, to Carrie Mae (Lunsford) and William Grady Hardman. She had lived in Rabun County since 1971, where she taught at Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School until her retirement. Prior to teaching, Mae was a social worker for Bibb Manufacturing Company for 27 years. She was very active in both of her communities, which she dearly loved. Mae served in many civic organizations and held positions over the years in both the Porterdale Presbyterian Church and the Rabun Gap Presbyterian Church. Mae dedicated ...

July 18, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. A.L. Crane

A.L. Crane of Covington, passed away July 16, 2014 at Newton Medical Center. He was 78 years of age at the time of his death. A.L. loved people and never met a stranger. He was always willing to go the extra mile to help anyone who needed him. He will be remembered as a man who loved his family. A.L. was preceded in death by his son, Wade Crane; parents, Alvin M. and Gladys (Segars) Crane; and his former spouse, Joann Covington.

July 17, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Mark Jeffries

Mark Jeffries, age 41 of Covington, passed away July 15, 2014. Mark was a true Believer who loved the Lord Jesus with all of his heart. He was an accomplished bass fisherman and loved to hunt. He had a great sense of humor, and was a talented cook, guitarist and singer. Mark enjoyed spoiling his nieces and nephews, and he cherished his time with Mary McCullough, the person closest to his heart. He was loved and will be missed by his family and friends. Mark was preceded in death by his father, William Dee "Junior" Jeffries.

July 17, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Martha Ann Mahan

Martha Ann Mahan of Social Circle passed away July 16, 2014, at the age of 81. A very dedicated member of the First United Methodist Church of Covington and the Christian Fellowship Sunday School Class, she was also a member and past president of the Callie Cohen Circle of the United Methodist Women. Mrs. Mahan enjoyed traveling and will be remembered for her wonderful cooking.

July 17, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Jayne Satterfield

Jayne Satterfield, 78 of Covington, passed away Wednesday, July 16 at Abbey Hospice. Jayne was born on February 23, 1936 to Charner and Frieda (Seddon) Peacock in Atlanta. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. Mrs. Satterfield was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Orlin R. Satterfield in 2013 and her parents.

July 17, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Doris T. Mitchell Bowie

Doris T. Mitchell Bowie of Covington, passed away July 16, 2014, at the age of 93. Mrs. Bowie was a lifelong resident of Newton County, and faithful member of Voice of Pentecost, in Covington. Additionally, she was a former member of United Pentecostal Church, where she served as youth director, the ladies auxiliary leader and Sunday School Teacher. Mrs. Bowie was a published song writer and poet, and proud member of the National Poetry Society of Who's Who. She enjoyed camping, fishing and spending time with those she loved. Mrs. Bowie was preceded in death by her first husband ...

July 17, 2014 | Staff Report | STATE


Newton Newsflash: More construction this weekend

If you're out and about this weekend, avoid sections of I-20 in Newton County as construction continues. Lane closures and long delays can be expected in the following areas and times:

July 17, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Mrs. Nettie Mae Digby

Mrs. Nettie Mae Digby, age 84 of Covington, passed away Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at Abbey Hospice in Social Circle. She was born February 7, 1930 in Porterdale to Archie and Minnie Ivey McCullough who have preceded her in death. Mrs. Digby worked at home until her children were grown and then she worked for C.R. Bard for two years and Stanley Tool for 14 years. She was Methodist by faith and a member of Gaither's United Methodist Church. Mrs. Digby loved her family very much; she was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend.

July 17, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Jesse L. Burgess

Jesse L. Burgess of Covington passed away July 15, 2014, at the age of 75. Mr. Burgess was a member of the First Baptist Church, in Covington. He was a retired member of the Local No. 72 Plumbers & Pipefitters Union, after 57 years of dedicated service, all while serving as owner and operator of Alcovy Day Lily Farm for 20 years. Additionally, he was involved in the Greater Atlanta Hemerocallis Society and the Rockdale County Genealogical Society. Mr. Burgess was ordained as a Deacon in 1963, and heserved in this position at many churches. A loving and dedicated husband, father ...

July 17, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Our thoughts on voting

We realize that voting Tuesday, four full days away, is the farthest thing from your mind right now. But you need to make it first in your mind.

July 17, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Mrs. Nettie Mae Digby

Mrs. Nettie Mae Digby, age 84, of Covington passed away Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at Abbey Hospice in Social Circle. She was born February 7, 1930 in Porterdale to Archie and Minnie Ivey McCullough who have preceded her in death. Mrs. Digby worked at home until her children were grown and then she worked for C.R. Bard for 2 years and Stanley Tool for 14 years. She was Methodist by faith and a member of Gaither's United Methodist Church. Mrs. Digby loved her family very much; she was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend.

July 16, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


How to sneak fruits and vegetables into any recipe

Fruits and vegetables are the building blocks of a healthy diet. But many people do not eat the recommended number of servings of produce.That's especially true among growing children, who can benefit greatly from the vitamins and nutrients fruits and vegetables provide.

July 15, 2014 | Staff Report | Health


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Rotary Club onion sale to benefit stocking fund

The weather has been nice and hopefully April showers have made way for May flowers.

May 03, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Rachel Garner Thomas

Rachel Garner Thomas of Covington, formerly of East Point, passed away April 30, 2014 at the age of 92. She was a long-time member of First Baptist Church in East Point. She had a very sweet spirit and will be remembered as a great caretaker of her family. Mrs. Thomas was preceded in death by her husband, C.E. Thomas; parents, James T. and Popie (Cook) Garner; and son-in-law, Robert Astin.

May 01, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Special men

This week we had the pleasure of awarding our annual Hometown Hero award with our partner General Mills.

May 01, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Lady Mustangs cage Alcovy

The Alcovy Lady Tigers varsity soccer team put up a good fight in their Class AAAAAA state playoff opener, but the Kennesaw Mountain Lady Mustangs were just too much for the Lady Tigers as they defeated Alcovy 8-0 Wednesday at Kennesaw Mountain.

May 01, 2014 | Phil Manson | Alcovy


Update on power outages

Covington - Covington Utility Director Tim Morris said around 11:30 a.m. that outages continue to pop up around Covington's service area, with two of the more persistant areas being the Alcovy Road and Alcovy Trestle Road area and the Odum Street area.

April 30, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Science CRCT moved to Friday

Newton County Schools are not doing CRCT science testing today, because some students were late to school because of road conditions and power outages related to the high winds, said public relations director Sherri Davis-Viniard.

April 30, 2014 | Staff Report | Education


Some paper deliveries delayed until 11 am

Some newspaper deliveries have been delayed because of roads blocked by debris.

April 30, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


List of blocked roads

Below is a list of roads blocked by fallen trees or other debris according to county Fire Chief Kevin O'Brien and Covington Fire Marshal Tony Smith.

April 30, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Mr. Wesley Pullin

Wesley Pullin of Covington, passed away April 27, 2014, at the age of 82. Mr. Pullin enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening and spending time with his family. He was loved, and will be missed by his family and friends. He was preceded in death by his son, Jerry Mathis; and his parents, David Gibb and Mattie Mae (Kirk) Pullin.

April 29, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. John Kitchens

Mr. John A. (Johnny) Kitchens, 74, of Covington passed away on Saturday April 26, 2014 at DeKalb Medical Center. He was born in Covington to the late Omra and Lois Gordon Kitchens.

April 29, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Young Americans presents Peter Pan

Head to the second star from the right this weekend.

April 29, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Sheppard earns Utility POY accolades

ATLANTA, Ga. - The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference today announced its 2014 SIAC Softball All-Conference Teams, as voted by the SIAC Softball Coaches Association.

April 29, 2014 | Staff Report | SPORTS


Hazardous weather in store for Newton

Update, Tuesday morning: Newton County is one of dozens of Georgia counties under a "Hazardous Weather Outlook" that warns residents to be prepared for:

April 28, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


A stormy week

Thunderstorms are expected in the area throughout the week, possibly bringing damaging winds, hail and chance of tornadoes, according to the National Weather Service.

April 28, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Y volunteers make a difference

The Covington Family YMCA had a record setting 1,365 participants in its Covington Cheerios Challenge event on Saturday, April 19. This event would not be possible without many people volunteering behind the scenes.

April 26, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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