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Eli Murphy

Eli Murphy of Mansfield passed away July 19, 2016, at the age of 30. Eli enjoyed working on his farm, fishing and deer hunting. In ...

July 22, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

Photos from Snapping Shoals EMC Annual Roundup

The Snapping Shoals EMC Annual Roundup was held at the International Horse Park on July 21, 2016. Despite the heat, this annual event was well ...

July 21, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Former Oxford student sentenced to five years on probation

Emily Sakamoto, 21, was sentenced to five years on probation with the first two years on house arrest by Judge Samuel Ozburn, according to Assistant ...

July 18, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Faith in turbulent times

One of the largest aspects of faith and religion is not our assurance of salvation or whether we will experience paradise in the afterlife, but ...

July 17, 2016 | Chip Owens | RELIGION

Our Thoughts: A helping hand

The start of school is right around the corner and children will be returning to a setting of education and friendship.

July 17, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Five-year-old sells Lemonade to donate to Pregnancy Resource Center

At just five years old, Sadie Ozburn wanted to help. She also wanted to have a little fun, and combined both on Monday, July 4.

July 16, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

NCSS Receives a 4-Star Financial Efficiency Rating

Newton County School System (NCSS) received a 4-Star Financial Efficiency Rating from the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE). This is the first year the state ...

July 16, 2016 | Staff Report | Education

Newton County Jail Log: July 13

Raymond Dean Adkins, 49, Oxford, July 8, child support default

July 14, 2016 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log

Mrs. Sybil Tomlin Davis

Sybil Tomlin Davis, 78, of Griffin, passed away Tuesday, July 12, 2016, at Brightmoor Nursing Center in Griffin. She was born on July 18, 1937 ...

July 12, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

NCSO thanks citizens for support

In wake of the recent tragedies of the past week, the Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) has received an outpouring of support from local ...

July 12, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Mrs. Rosie Lee Strange

Mrs. Rosie Lee Strange, age 94, of Covington passed away July 10. 2016. She was born June 2, 1922 in Jersey, Georgia to her parents ...

July 11, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

Our Thoughts: Healing together

This week's editorial was one of the most difficult we have written.

July 10, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Letters from Camp: The Georgia FFA-FCCLA Center

The month of July marks a change of pace for the staff at the Georgia FFA-FCCLA Center. After the bittersweet conclusion of Summer Leadership Camp ...

July 09, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Dear Editor,

July 09, 2016 | Staff Report | Letters

Anna ‘Ruth’ Harp Crowe

Anna "Ruth" Harp Crowe, 77, of Monroe, died on July 7, 2016. She was born in Cookeville, Tennessee on July 5, 1939, to the late ...

July 09, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

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Faye Carter

Faye Carter, 59, of Covington, died Jan. 6. The daughter of the late Emmett and Beatrice McGiboney Carter, she was born in Fulton County. Ms. Carter was a longtime resident of Covington and attended The Church at Covington, She was a 1967 graduate of Newton High School and attended and graduated from Young Harris College and the University of Georgia. She taught at Sharp School and was a computer technician for Hewlett Packard Company.

January 08, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

Our thoughts...Thoughts and things

 The city of Porterdale is to be commended for creating an ordinance on dealing with pets. To read the whole ordinance, please go to

 This ordinance is designed to protect pets and the residents of Porterdale. Unfortunately, ordinances such as this are already obeyed by responsible pet owners.

January 08, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

National Achievement Program semifinalists

Leaha A. Wynn of Eastside High School and Andrew K. Kabue and Toni-Jhay N. Tucker of Newton High School have been named as semifinalists in the 2009 National Achievement Program.

January 08, 2009 | Staff Report | Education

Athens Christian Honor Roll

The following students from Newton County were named to the Athens Christian School first quarter honor roll.

January 08, 2009 | Staff Report | Education

Lisa Irene Mallory

Lisa Irene Mallory, 37, of Roswell, died Jan. 7. She was born in 1971 in DeKalb County and grew up and lived in Covington for many years before moving to Roswell. While living in Covington, Mrs. Mallory attended Newton high School and Julia A. Porter United Methodist Church, Porterdale. She was a member of the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation. Mrs. Mallory was preceded in death by her husband Mr. Johnny Mallory.

Surviving are children Robbie and Christy Mallory, both of Roswell; mother and stepfather Ruth Frix and John Mervis of Roswell; father and stepmother Jimmy and Jean Jordan of ...

January 08, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

Faye Carter

Faye Carter

January 08, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

Retailers report dismal December sales

NEW YORK - Retailers reported dismal sales figures for December on Thursday as even Wal-Mart Stores Inc., one of the bright spots in the industry, finally buckled under the pressures of the deteriorating economy.

January 08, 2009 | By Anne D'Innocenzio Associated Press Writer | AP Top Stories

Pet of the week Jan. 7

The Newton County Animal Shelter's pet of the week is a black, gray and merle-colored Dachshund, 10-12-months-old.

January 07, 2009 | Staff Report | Pets of the Week

Nell Batson

January 07, 2009 | Staff Report | LIVING

Bertha Roquemore

January 07, 2009 | Staff Report | LIVING

Wind advisory in effect

A wind advisory is in effect from 1 p.m. this afternoon to 7 p.m. EST this evening for north and central Georgia.

January 07, 2009 | Associated Press | AP Top Stories

Sarah Elizabeth Day Sears

January 07, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

Goody's liquidation means some stores closing

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Discount clothing chain Goody's Family Clothing will soon begin liquidating its stores, including seven across West Virginia.

The Tennessee-based company, which emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection less than four months ago, will begin liquidation sales Friday. Goody's becomes one of the first retailers in 2009 to fall victim to the worsening economy.

January 07, 2009 | The Associated Press | LOCAL

Bringing gospel flavor to Andrew Lloyd Webber

There's a reason to rejoice at the Alliance Theatre this January as the Tim Rice/Andrew Lloyd Webber blockbuster rock opera hits the stage starting Jan. 21 in an exhilarating new gospel production: "Jesus Christ Superstar GOSPEL." Audiences will experience the hit musical as never before in an inspirational, hand-clapping event that puts the power of praise back into the gospels.

January 07, 2009 | Staff Report | Arts Events

James Hampton “Chip” Drake Jr.

James Hampton "Chip" Drake Jr., 60, of Moultrie, died Sunday, Jan. 4, at South Miami Hospital, Miami, Fla.

Born in 1948 in Colquitt County, he was the son of the late James Hampton Drake and Avis Hinley Drake. He was a 1968 graduate of Moultrie High School and attended Marsh Business College in Atlanta. Mr. Drake served in the U.S. Army Reserve and was the owner of Drake Property Management. He was a member of the Kiwanis Club and the St. Marks Social Club. Mr. Drake was a direct descendant of the Salzburger family, pioneer settlers of Chatham and ...

January 06, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

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