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Election

An important primary election is coming up on May 20.

April 16, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Traffic slow at I-20 west near Salem Rd.

Update, 10 a.m.: The Georgia Department of Transporation's traffic website says no lanes are blocked as of 9:54 a.m., but the website still shows the area in red, meaning speeds are less than 30 m.p.h.

April 16, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Porterdale FD's Spring Fling

Spring is known as a time for cleaning and renewal.

April 15, 2014 | Staff Report | Porterdale


Annual Fairy House Festival to return

Covington's Chimney Park will once again host the Fairy House Festival on Saturday, May 3, from 2-5 p.m.

April 15, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Bizzy Bee Exterminators acquires ace exterminating company

A Newton County family-owned business has now expanded its reach to include Gwinnett County after merging with another family-owned business.

April 15, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Mrs. Deborah Corley

Deborah Corley Taylor, of Covington, passed away April 14, 2014, at the age of 56. She enjoyed attending her sons' sporting events and reading, but most of all she loved spending time with her adored grandchildren. She was a devoted employee of Gene Hyde Trucking for many years.

April 15, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Legals for 4/16/2014

April 15, 2014 | Staff Report | LEGALS


Legals for 4/13/2014

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Legals for 4/11/2014

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Legals for 4/9/2014

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Legals for 4/6/2014

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Legals for 4/6/2014

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Legals for 4/4/2014

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Legals for 4/2/2014

April 15, 2014 | Staff Report | LEGALS


Mrs. Charlyne Varner

Charlyne Aaron Varner, age 87, died April 13, 2014 at Abbey Hospice in Social Circle, Georgia. She was predeceased by her husband Roy Varner and by her parents Rabun and Ellie May Aaron. She was married to Roy for 66 years. She played the role of devoted helpmate to him as he served 16 years as chairman of Newton County Board of Commissioners. Her personality was to avoid the limelight so politics were a challenge for her. Nevertheless, she took care of all the details which led to Roy's success. She was devoted to her family. She made sacrifices ...

April 14, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


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Newton County murderer denied parole

ATLANTA - The State Board of Pardons and Paroles recently denied parole for Raymond Lamar Graham, 43. In 1994, Graham was convicted of murdering Bertha Ware, 78. He received a life sentence. This was the second time the Parole Board denied Graham parole, who was last reviewed in 2000.

February 22, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives


Thirty years of service

Celebrating 30 years of service, the Rev. Hezekiah Benton Jr. is the 12th pastor of the Bethlehem Baptist Church. Established in 1849, the church building is known as the oldest edifice in the Newton County African-American Community and is located in the heart of the historical district in the city of Covington. Under Benton's leadership, the church has expanded its call to serve the community. A banner in the sanctuary states their motto and emphasis, "A Praying Praising People Serving a Powerful God."

February 22, 2008 | Colleen Capes-Jackson | Archives


For the love of the dogs

Tom and Nate - my two younger boys - went over to Mrs. Ruth's yesterday to wash her four dogs. She has beagles, the kind of dog that just won the Westminster Dog Show. The boys enjoyed the work. When I picked them up, they wouldn't leave until they had petted all the dogs again. They must get this from their mother.

February 22, 2008 | John Donaldson | Archives


The changing belief system of the church

A recent Barna poll explored the shifting views that those Americans who still remain in the church have toward the church. While this poll explored the alternatives to the conventional church, other research shows a far more alarming trend. I am not so much concerned over the changing structure of the visible church as much as I am concerned over the changing belief system of the church.

February 22, 2008 | John Pearrell | Archives


A Drink for the thirsty

Have you ever had that thirst that just wouldn't be quenched? Water wasn't working. Gatorade wouldn't do it. You just stayed thirsty? Maybe you have. Now... have you ever felt that spiritually - where you just felt incomplete, like something was missing and you couldn't quite put your finger on it? If you've ever thought about the meaning of life for very long, I'm sure you've felt that thirst. Augustine, a leader in the early church, once prayed, "Our hearts are restless, O Lord, until they find rest in you." Have you felt that ...

February 22, 2008 | Pastor Jonathan E. Scharf | Archives


Will the majority last?

The 2008 session of the Georgia General Assembly is a little more than half over. Our elected representatives have managed to accomplish a few things like passage of the statewide water plan, which passed both the House and Senate and has been signed into law by the Governor. The Senate passed a ban on those annoying robo-calls from political candidates. And in an effort to appear tough on crime, the legislature is tackling some of the constitutional issues with the sex offender bill after the Georgia Supreme Court threw out the law last year over property rights concerns. The new ...

February 22, 2008 | Jason Pye | Archives


A time of need

I have my doubts as to whether I'll ever have a big bank account.

February 22, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Archives


Thank you Covington PD

Dear Editor: I just want to write to say thank you to our Covington Police Department. I know they don't get the praise they deserve. One particular officer is Mike Taylor. He has been vigilant in overseeing a location in which the people are gone. It makes me feel safer to know that with an officer like Mike Taylor around I'm OK. He not only flashes his light but gets out and checks the entire location which I know the owner will appreciate on his return. Thank you again for our protection. This letter is also being sent ...

February 22, 2008 | Leigh Jay | Archives


Alcovy Judicial Circuit facing possible split

Officials close to the debate as to whether to split the Alcovy Judicial Circuit or to add a fifth judge say a decision one way or the other is close at hand.

February 22, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Transformations on 278

Formerly home to a liquor store and title pawn shop, The Exchange on U.S. Highway 278 is in the process of a transformation into an upscale shopping center which will house among other businesses an Italian restaurant.

February 22, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Transformations on 278

Formerly home to a liquor store and title pawn shop, The Exchange on U.S. Highway 278 is in the process of a transformation into an upscale shopping center which will house among other businesses an Italian restaurant.

February 22, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Teen pleads guilty in girlfriend's death

The Social Circle teen charged with accidentally killing his 16-year-old girlfriend when the front loader he was operating fell and crushed her pleaded guilty on Tuesday.

February 22, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


Three injured in auto accident

 A two-car collision on Dixie Road and County Road 213 on Monday afternoon left one vehicle overturned, three people with minor injuries and one person requiring an airlift transport for medical treatment.

February 22, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


County hires firm to renovate, restore R.L. Cousins gym

The Newton County Board of Commissioners approved an architectural agreement with Richard Wittschiebe Hand for the rehabilitation and renovation of the old R.L. Cousins High School gymnasium at their Tuesday night meeting.

February 22, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Teacher accused of assault resigns

A Middle Ridge Elementary school teacher arrested for allegedly assaulting a student has tendered his resignation, according to the Newton County School System.

February 22, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


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