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McDonalds paid for with counterfeit bill

A customer paid for their McDonald's with a fake $10 bill Monday.

October 21, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Mr. Robert C. Cason

Mr. Robert C. Cason, 79, a lifelong resident of Oxford passed away Tuesday, October 21, 2014. He was born in Oxford, Georgia to the late Charles Arthur and Sadie Ruth Bostwick Cason on October 31, 1934. Mr. Cason served his country in the United States Army. He worked for and retired from John S. Frey Company, retiring in the early 1980's. After retiring, Mr. Cason worked with his longtime friend, Wendell Parker, remodeling and restoring homes. He was a devoted and hardworking member of Gum Creek Presbyterian Church, where he was a member his entire life. Mr. Cason loved ...

October 21, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Phylliss Jocquelyn Patty

Phylliss Jocquelyn Patty, 81, went into the arms of her Savior on Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014.

October 21, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Acuity Brands expands, adding 700 jobs in Rockdale, DeKalb

Georgia-based Acuity Brands will expand its operation, creating 700 jobs and investing more than $16 million into Rockdale and DeKalb counties over the next five years, announced Governor Nathan Deal's office Monday morning.

October 20, 2014 | Staff Report | Business


Claire Rowan is Eastminster's Queen

Claire Rowan was named Eastminster School's Homecoming Queen, during the school's soccer match Friday.

October 20, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Law enforcement job fair Oct. 20 at GPTC Newton campus

Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) hosts a Law Enforcement Recruiting Day and Job/Career Fair, Monday, Oct. 20, 9 a.m. to noon, at the GPTC Covington Campus at 8100 Bob Williams Parkway, Covington, Ga. 30014 in the Exhibit Hall.

October 19, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Spider-Man and Captain America at Mall st Stonecrest

Marvel superheroes Spider-Man and Captain America will appear on Saturday, October 25 at noon at the Mall at Stonecrest. Fans of The Avengers are invited to meet Spider-Man and Captain America up close and personal during this exclusive Atlanta appearance.

October 19, 2014 | Staff Report | LIFE


Cohen: A president lacking menace

Tell me something: What do you think would happen if the United States concludes that Iran has been cheating and delaying and is about to pop a fully functional nuclear weapons program? Would President Obama respond by joining Israel to bomb the Iranian nuclear facilities to smithereens - or would he stall and equivocate? My bet is the latter and so, just to double down, is what I bet the Iranians are betting. They have taken the measure of Obama. He lacks menace.

October 18, 2014 | Staff Report | Columnists


Full shopping plaza sets tone for county

As Newton County continues to grow commercially, a key component of growth will be the use of its already built shopping plaza and commercial buildings.

October 18, 2014 | Staff Report | Business


Reconciliation to prepare for Communion or Confirmation

Participating in Penance, also known as Reconciliation, is a significant part of the growing process for Christians across the globe.

October 18, 2014 | Staff Report | RELIGION


Stephens: Miracles still happen, at times in new ways

Decades had come and gone, and for Russ McElveen it seemed that there were important people in his family he would never see again. Then came the miracles of the past year or so that brought a son and two sisters back into his life. After 60 years he made contact with two of his sisters and after 45 years he was reconnect with a son. Have you ever thought that someone was gone from your life forever.

October 18, 2014 | E. Wiley Stephens | Columnists


Paying for long-term care expenses

I've got a subject that can have you reaching for the aspirin and antacid quickly. As if we don't have enough concerns already, now we can worry about this risk and it can be very costly if not addressed. Of the five Covington Lassiter parents who have passed on, all of them incurred long-term care related expenses toward the end of their lives.

October 18, 2014 | Mike Lassiter | Business


Stay safe this Halloween

Halloween is less than two weeks away, and children are getting their costumes together in preparation for trick-or-treat.

October 18, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton to host CHEER FEST 2014

At the end of every football season the Newton County Recreation Department's cheerleading program hosts a cheerleading competition and this year it will be on Saturday, November 1 beginning at 10 a.m.

October 18, 2014 | Staff Report | Recreation


Party with a purpose

Normally gambling can lead to late nights and empty wallets - with dark-circled eyes staring at a dealer's hands, or a depressing bank statement at 4 a.m. outside an ATM.

October 18, 2014 | Randy Schafer | LOCAL


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Triple threat

By Miles Steele

May 21, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Explosive exercise

The humid peace of a Tuesday morning was broken by a chest-thumping boom as an explosive device shredded the interior of a Covington apartment, spraying glass and metal across a parking lot and setting off a string of anxious car alarms.

May 21, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


District 5 BOC candidates discuss issues

The race for the Republican nomination for Newton County District 5 commissioner features two candidates with a wide age difference but similar platforms.

May 21, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Draft alcohol ordinance amended

The second draft of the city of Covington's new alcohol ordinance includes language requiring only managerial employees and bartenders to obtain permits from the police department.

May 21, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Dozens tested for possible TB contact

Public health officials and staff at the Newton County Detention Center are tracking and testing at least 140 people who may have been regularly exposed to a Newton County man diagnosed with contagious tuberculosis and have confirmed at least three cases of TB transmission.

May 21, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


Meet Alcovy High School's top 2008 seniors

Alcovy High School wraps up its second year in existence this week and its graduating seniors will take the stage during Saturday's commencement ceremony. Plenty of students had memorable careers and scholastic performances. But two students, valedictorian Joseph Guthrie and salutatorian Morgan Edwards stand above the rest.

May 21, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives


NCSS says farewell to loyal employees

Over the past 38 years, Newton County's population has more than doubled - the school system has added 13 new schools and the United States has fought in three major wars. Through it all, something special happened at Fairview Elementary School.  

May 21, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


USSSA baseball reclassifies Newton Knights

The Newton Knights, an 11 and under travel baseball team from Covington, was recently reclassified from AA to AAA by the United States Specialty Sports Association.

May 18, 2008 | Alan Howard | Archives


Sometimes, it's a mad, mad, mad, mad sports world

There's never a dull moment in the wide world of sports. Of course, this gives me the opportunity to digress, and at times vent, about what's happening outside our beloved community.

May 18, 2008 | Jason Murdock | Archives


Eastside High football still raising the bar

The Eastside High football squad held its annual spring scrimmage game Friday evening on the Eastside practice field with a shivering throng of enthusiastic well-wishers in attendance hoping to catch an early glimpse of the 2008 Eagles.

May 18, 2008 | Eric R. Wallace | Archives


2008 All-County Baseball Team

It's hard to match a season like the one Newton High's Kinley Bryant just finished, on and off the field.

May 18, 2008 | Jason Murdock | Archives


Mom-and-pop stores on the decline

In recent years mom-and-pop businesses, long a staple of Newton County's retail sector, have gradually declined in numbers, giving way to big-box stores and national chains.

May 18, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Project ReNeWal talks to DA

Representatives from Newton County and a domestic violence victim's assistance program met last week for the first time since the program threatened to file litigation against the county for a portion of funds collected for victim assistance.

May 18, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


Our thoughts...

When you see the word BRAG it might make you think of the military as in Fort Bragg, which is located in North Carolina.

May 18, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives


Politicial season heating up

As we move into this year's Newton County election, it is important for the voters of this county to begin thinking about the biggest issues that face our county and the candidates that are best equipped to take on those issues.

May 18, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


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