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Two dead in apparent murder suicide

The Covington Police Department responded to a shooting Thursday, discovering a man and woman shot when arriving on scene.

May 22, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

New section of Social Circle Bypass to open

The new section of the Social Circle Bypass from State road 11 to East Hightower Trail will open Tuesday, June 2, according to Superintendent of traffic, safety and utilities J. Robert Manning of ER Snell Contractor.

May 22, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Harry Owens likely interim county manager

Newton County revealed the name of the candidate under consideration for the position of interim county manager Friday following the departure of former County Manager Tom Garrett last week.

May 22, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

William Henry Calhoon

William Henry Calhoon, Sr. (Bill) of Porterdale passed away May 13, 2015 in Covington at the age of 77. A memorial service will be held at The Baptist Tabernacle, 10119 Access Road, Covington, Georgia 30014, on Sunday, May 31, 2015, at 4 pm. Memorial donations, instead of flowers, may be made to The Baptist Tabernacle for the Children's Ministry and Reformers Unanimous Ministry.

May 21, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Throughout the last seven days there was plenty to celebrate, with a big week of appreciation coming on the heels of Mother's Day.

May 17, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Stacey Cotton appointed to medical marijuana study group

Covington Police Chief Stacey Cotton has been named one of 11 members named to Gov. Nathan Deal's new panel charged with making recommendations about what type of medical marijuana use Georgia should allow.

May 17, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Thank you partners

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May 16, 2015 | Staff Report | Letters

Certified Quality Breast Center at Newton Medical Center

Newton Medical Center's Women's Diagnostic Center has recently been recognized as a Certified Quality Breast Center in the National Quality Measures for Breast Centers Program™. This distinguished honor represents a commitment by this breast center to provide the highest level of quality breast health care to patients in the community.

May 16, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Preparing for graduation

The Newton County School System's high schools will be celebrating graduation Friday and Saturday.

May 16, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Newton County Jail Log

Charles Eugene Aikens, 42, Covington, May 12, Theft by Deception

May 16, 2015 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log

Mrs. Doris Cope Cavanaugh

Doris Cope Cavanaugh, 88, daughter of the late Frank and Ann Cope, passed away peacefully on May 6, 2015 after a long battle with Dementia, at the home of her daughter, Cathy Twigg, in Martinsburg, W.Va.

May 16, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Marilyn Jester, of Covington, announces the engagement of her daughter LaTara Shamika Jester, also the daughter of the late Ronnie Scofield, to John Dee Taylor III of Covington.

May 16, 2015 | Staff Report | Engagements

Robert Denio Wade

Robert Denio Wade, 74 of Social Circle, passed away Thursday, May 14, 2015 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Atlanta. Mr. Wade was born in Memphis, Tennessee. to the late William and Geraldine Wade. Robert was a native of Memphis who moved to Conyers and then to Social Circle where he lived for 27 years. He was of the Catholic faith, had been a member of the Covington Lions Club and Elks Club, loved bass fishing and was very close to his grandson Greyson. In addition to his parents, Mr. Wade is preceded in death by his wife Linda Wade ...

May 14, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

Thomas H. Maloy

SFC Thomas H. Maloy of Walnut Grove, passed away May 5, 2015, at the age of 68. He was a 1965 graduate of Loganville High School. Shortly after graduation, SFC Maloy was drafted into the U.S. Army, and continued his service to his country until his retirement, in 1994, after 27 years of service. During his military career, he served in the 82nd Airborne, and was a drill sergeant and ANOC and BNOC instructor at the Noncommissioned Officer Academy, one of the largest training departments at Fort Gordon. Thomas loved his boys and granddaughters immensely, and he was very ...

May 11, 2015 | Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home | OBITS

Better late than never

For any high school athlete, signing that national letter of intent to their respected college or university may be the best moment of their high school tenure. Usually that special moment comes somewhere during that athlete's senior year, but in some cases it can come after that. Well, how about nearly a year after graduation? Newton's 2014 forward Mercedes Booker finally got that moment as she will be taking her talents to Southern Crescent Technical College.

May 10, 2015 | Javon Dickerson | Newton

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Land owners apply for annexation

A new group of Newton County landowners has applied to be annexed into Social Circle, though their combined acreage is considerably less than the 1,150 acres the city sought to annex from the county two years ago.

August 01, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

NAACP hosts celebration

Today school is back in session throughout Newton County, and another year of high hopes is under way. This morning, approximately 19,000 students made their way to one of the district's 21 schools.

August 01, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives

Meth arrest made in local motel room

Police arrested and charged a 24-year-old woman with allegedly distributing methamphetamines after discovering bags of suspected methamphetamines, marijuana and digital measuring tools in her Covington motel room on July 19.

August 01, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives

Golden boys

 Covington Y swimmers had an impressive showing at the recent state GRPA Swimming Championship in Augusta, winning nine of the 11 medals won by the Rockdale County team.

July 30, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives

Eagles regrouping to defend title

The Eastside wrestling team enjoyed a great deal of success in the 2007-2008 season.

July 30, 2008 | Elizabeth Christian | Archives

Oaks Course set for 14th Oaks Open

 The Oaks Course is no stranger to tradition, and this coming weekend another Oaks tradition will resume with the 14th playing of the Oaks Open, Aug. 2 and 3. The annual tournament is an individual stroke play event that has become an event many local players mark on their calendars as soon as the date is announced.

July 30, 2008 | Jason Coffin | Archives

The show is over ­­- say goodbye

Someone, anyone, please wake me from this wretched nightmare. The 2008 baseball season has turned into more than a nightmare for the Atlanta Braves. I can't think of a season involving any other team that has mirrored the path that this journey has taken for the Atlanta Braves. It's almost surreal. This kind of season can't be real, can it?

July 30, 2008 | Ben Gunby | Archives

Victim a 'loving, giving person'

A Social Circle teacher and mother of three fatally shot by her brother Friday was remembered by co-workers and parents she worked with as a loving, giving person who touched many lives in her few years in Georgia.

July 30, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives

It's time to raise driving age to 18

In the early hours on July 13 in DeKalb County, a 14-year-old girl took the keys to a Cadillac Deville and with five children went on a fatal joy-ride. The underage girl lost control of the vehicle and slammed into a telephone pole. One passenger, a 14-year-old boy, died on the scene.

July 30, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives

Moore's Ford coverage needed

Dear Editor: Thank you for your article. I really appreciate you taking this on. I wanted to respond to the person who was interviewed and felt that the reenactment should not be done.

July 30, 2008 | Katrina English | Archives

Reader responds to Sunday column

Dear Editor: Now we know where Mr. Nat Harwell stands on presidential races. Now I will howl as he said about Mr. Obama. What about all that amazing foreign policy experience our present president had when elected. He hadn't seen the ball since the kickoff and still hasn't.

July 30, 2008 | Ernie Carlson | Archives

Dixie Boys coming to town

Friday Newton County will be hosting the Dixie Boys World Series. This will be the third time since 1993 the tournament has been played here.

July 30, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Dixie League opening ceremonies scheduled

The public is invited to attend the opening ceremonies of the Dixie Boys Baseball World Series on the Covington square this Friday night. The ceremonies will include a live band, light shows and a presentation of the teams.

July 30, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

Clara Anita Maynard

Mrs. Clara Anita Maynard, 93, of Covington, died July 25. The daughter of the late John and Annie Mae (Hammonds) Mitchell, she was born in 1915 in Fulton County. Mrs. Maynard moved to the Covington area 37 years ago from Atlanta. She was a member of Mayson Methodist Church, Atlanta, and was a member of the Eastern Star, Center Hill Chapter and Leland Chapter. Mrs. Maynard was preceded in death by her parents, husband Mr. James L. Maynard, daughter Marianne Lingold, and daughter-in-law Barbara Maynard.

July 30, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Linda H. Sewell

Linda H. Sewell, 56, of Oxford, died July 26 at Newton Medical Center. Born in Aschaffenburg, Germany, Mrs. Sewell was of the Catholic faith, loved traveling to the beach and rescuing stray animals and enjoyed flowers. She will be fondly remembered as the sweetest and nicest person in the world. Mrs. Sewell was preceded in death by stepson Channing Sewell.

July 30, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

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