Martha Reynolds Cole, 78, of St. Petersburg, Florida, passed away after a long fight with Alzheimer's disease Monday, January 18, 2016. Born and raised in Covington to Everett and Lavada Reynolds, Martha graduated from Newton County High School. She later met her first husband Robert Charles Bayliss and put down roots in St. Petersburg, Florida. Martha was a devoted mother and loved her four boys - the "Bayliss Boys" - Rob (Jan), Matt (Christine), Joe (Johanna) and Mitch. She was also crazy about her grandkids, Ethan, Joe Jr., Grace and Gage.
William James ("Bill") Fisher, Jr of Covington passed away January 17, 2016. Bill was born April 9, 1935, in Brunswick Georgia to the late William James, Sr. and Bertha Manning Fisher. Bill grew up in historic Darien, Ga. where he graduated from high school and excelled in both academics and athletics. Bill graduated Georgia Tech in 1956 with a bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering.
Newton County has long been home to colleges such as Oxford College of Emory University and Georgia Piedmont Technical College, but now it can boast an asset we feel is as valuable as some of the big industries that often makes the front page of this publication - Georgia State University.
Virginia Hooten Lott, of Covington, passed away January 10, 2016, at the age of 91 following a brief illness. The daughter of the late Enoch D. and Lillian Trainer Hooten, Virginia was born in Porterdale on October 25, 1924. A lifelong resident of Newton County, she was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, William Fred Lott, Sr. The Lott's children include William Fred Lott, Jr. and his wife Lynda Hedgpeth Lott of Cumming, Greensboro resident Susan Lott Beaumont and the late Walter A. "Beau" Beaumont, and Nancy Lott Dawkins and her husband Michael Luther Dawkins also ...
Members of the community gathered together to support our county's elected officials prior to the beginning of Monday's state legislative session, hearing the theme of leadership during an annual legislative prayer breakfast Friday.
Thanks to more than 250 motorcycle riders and donors and the Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) more than 1,000 children received gifts from the NCSO, Salvation Army and Solid Rock Baptist Church this Christmas.
Brad and Courtney Almond announce the birth of their daughter, Riley Alyssa, born November 30, 2015 at St. Mary's Hospital in Athens. Grandparents are Harry Edge, Ed and Helen Carter and Terry and Sherry Almond. Great-grandparents are Nathan and Sybil Montgomery.