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Frank L. Harrison

Frank L. Harrison, of the Eudora Community, passed away Feb. 23, 2017, at the age of 86. Mr. Harrison was a veteran of the United ...

February 24, 2017 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Newton County Jail Log: Feb. 22

Yancey Keon Axon, 21, Dodge State Prison, Feb. 21, back for court

February 23, 2017 | Staff Report | Crime


Eastside baseball wins third straight, Newton coach grabs 50th win

Eastside used the power of the bat once again to notch its third straight win as it defeated Hart County 13-9 on Wednesday night.

February 23, 2017 | Staff Report | SPORTS


Juliana Crenshaw Burt

Juliana Crenshaw Burt, 88, died on Friday, Sept. 2, 2016 in the Azalea House, a loving assisted living home in Tucker, Georgia. She was born ...

February 23, 2017 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Detour coming March 7 for new bridge over Yellow River

Replacing the Yellow River bridge on State Route (SR) 36 requires a one-year detour beginning Tuesday, March 7. Traffic will use SR 162 and SR ...

February 22, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Local leadership, support for trees recognized

Oxford was among 19 Georgia cities recognized Feb. 14 for its commitment to caring for and managing its public trees. Oxford was honored during the ...

February 22, 2017 | Staff Report | Agriculture


Hang tags available only at fire services starting in March

Vehicle hang tags for the Newton County Trash Collection Convenience Centers will be available for purchase only at the Newton County Fire Services Headquarters, effective ...

February 22, 2017 | Staff Report | County


Covington resident claims $9.6 million Jumbo Bucks Lotto prize

Michael Camp, of Covington, recently came forward as the winner of the $9.6 million jackpot prize from the Feb. 6 Jumbo Bucks Lotto drawing.

February 22, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Eastside's bats push Eagles past Newton

Seeking a bounce back from a tough 13-2 loss on Feb. 17 to Walnut Grove, the Eastside Eagles baseball team hosted Newton at Eagle Field ...

February 21, 2017 | Staff Report | Eastside


Freeway patrol service begins in east central Georgia

Motorists in east central Georgia today began experiencing the benefits of a new statewide Coordinated Highway Assistance & Maintenance Program (CHAMP). This operation is the nation ...

February 21, 2017 | Staff Report | STATE


Doing away with distracted driving

The evidence is clear: Distracted driving can be just as dangerous as driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Removing one's eyes from ...

February 21, 2017 | Staff Report | LIVING


Tire maintenance a key component of spring check-up

When warm weather arrives, many people enjoy a collective sigh of relief. Just as people welcome the end of the cold, snow and ice, cars ...

February 21, 2017 | Staff Report | LIVING


Young Millennials top list of worst behaved drivers

A new report from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that 88 percent of young millennials engaged in at least one risky behavior behind ...

February 21, 2017 | Staff Report | LIVING


Letter: Can We Trust the Board of Commissioners with a New SPLOST?

To the editor:

February 19, 2017 | Staff Report | Letters


Sand mandala on display at Oxford College

Seven monk artists from the Drepung Loseling Monastery in Atlanta will construct a sand mandala painting in the Oxford College Library over the course of ...

February 19, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


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Newton High School received AP teacher training grant

Students at Newton High School will have more Advanced Placement (AP) classes to choose from next school year. NHS administrators recently learned that the school was selected as a recipient of a 2009 AP Teacher Training Grant in the amount of $1,500 from the Georgia Department of Education. The funds are earmarked for AP training for teachers.

March 19, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


Howard Benjamin Force Sr.

Mr. Howard Benjamin Force Sr., 74, of McDonough, passed away March 17 at Emory University Hospital. The son of the late Georgia Faye Fortner and Torrence Washington Force, he was born in Sebring, Fla. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. Mr. Force served his country in the U.S. Navy and then graduated from the University of Georgia with a BAA. He was a member of the Atlanta Primitive Baptist Church where he served as treasurer and deacon. He retired from the federal government as an IRS agent after 38 years of service. He was an avid golfer ...

March 19, 2009 | Mcdonough | OBITUARIES


Two Newton County School System seniors named National Achievement Scholarship Program finalists

Newton County School System is pleased to announce that two NCSS seniors, Leah Wynn of Eastside High School and Andrew Kabue of Newton High School, have been named finalists in the National Achievement Scholarship Program (NASP).

March 19, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


Newton County School Board approves Dennis Carpenter as Deputy Superintendent for Operations

The Newton County School System is pleased to announce that Dennis Carpenter has been named Deputy Superintendent for Operations for the school district. The Newton County School Board approved by unanimous vote, the recommendation by school superintendent Dr. Steve Whatley, at the March 17 monthly meeting. Carpenter currently serves as the school district's associate superintendent for human resources.

March 18, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


True Colors

The True Colors Youth Art Exhibit opened at the Newton County Library's Covington Branch Monday evening with a well-attended reception. The free, annual exhibit, which runs until mid-April, is organized by the Arts Association in Newton County and celebrates the artistic talents of local students.

March 18, 2009 | Staff Report | Arts Events


Buy local...Bangkok Grill

Bangkok Grill is bringing Thai cuisine to Covington and owner Jee Poonpoke is trying to bring hope to those suffering from the economy.

Poonpoke opened Bangkok Grill two weeks ago on U.S. Highway 278 next to Advance Auto Parts, but not long before that she had nothing. She previously owned the "Red Tomato" in Conyers, but the economic meltdown cost her everything.

March 18, 2009 | Staff Report | Business


Crossover day passes

The legislature reached a significant landmark in the 2009 session on March 12, which was the 30th legislative day. That means that it was the turning point for all Senate legislation to be passed and transferred to the House in order to continue through the legislative process. Likewise, members of the House of Representatives worked diligently to send their legislation to the Senate for a chance at final passage. Several important pieces of legislation were voted on this week, but perhaps most significant was the FY 2009 supplemental budget.

Thanks to a cooperative spirit between both the Senate and House ...

March 18, 2009 | By Sen. John Douglas Columnist | OPINION


More scams surface

Last week the Covington Police Department warned residents of a new scam in town.

Unscrupulous folks are preying on people who are desperately searching for jobs. They are also blasting out ads to unsuspecting readers for mail sites offering mystery shopper jobs.

March 18, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Not so fast

It's now more than apparent that the headlong rush by the Obama administration to push our country into socialism is in full swing and apparently unstoppable. The spending bills that have been approved and are in the works are just about ready to break the backs of the hard-working Americans and their families, who have struggled to keep this country afloat during the current economic crisis.

There is a point though where one can take presumed power and go too far with it. The Obama administration is at the threshold of that point as it recently revealed a plan ...

March 18, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


A waste of money and a danger to our citizens

Dear Editor: For those of you who don't know it, the county is spending $1 million to buy railroad track property in the county. This is only the beginning. To pave this 40-mile stretch of "Walking Trails" will cost approximately $20 million.

And heaven only knows how much of our tax dollars to maintain this project over the years.

March 18, 2009 | Staff Report | Letters


Swing into spring with croquet

The Heartland Woman's Club of Covington will host its 18th Annual Croquet Tournament Saturday, April 4, at Legion Field, on Mill Street in Covington, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

March 18, 2009 | Staff Report | Outdoors Events


Celebrating the life and works of Lewis Grizzard

In spite of miserable weather this past weekend, organizers of the first Remembering Lewis Grizzard festival were pleased with the turnout and support.

March 18, 2009 | Staff Report | Social Circle


Pet of the Week

Golden girl: The Newton County Animal Shelter's pet of the week is a beautiful blonde cocker, 2-years-old. Also available for adoption are two Manchester mix puppies, 7-weeks-old, various colors; a 3-month-old heeler mix, black and white; a 9-week-old Lab, black; two poodle/shihtzu, 2-years-old, one gray, one white (Gray has been neutered); five 2-month-old Lab mix puppies, black or black and brown; four pointer mix puppies, 7-weeks-old; one 9-week-old mixed breed puppy, black and white; a beagle/shepherd mix, tan and white with red collar; a 6-month-old Lab mix; a boxer mix named Halo; a 2-year-old terrier mix; eight ...

March 17, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Chambers wins Porterdale council seat, Social Circle liquor by the drink ammendment passed

Porterdale City Council Post 5

March 17, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Congress looking at huge taxes on AIG bonuses

WASHINGTON (AP) - Congressional Democrats vowed Tuesday to all but strip AIG executives of their $165 million in bonuses as expressions of outrage swelled in Congress over eye-catching extra income for employees of a firm that has received billions in taxpayer bailout funds.

March 17, 2009 | By Laurie Kellman Associated Press Writer | AP Top Stories


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