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Severe storms rip through South Georgia

As you may have seen and heard in the news, an enormous storm system made its way through the Southeast over the weekend claiming the ...

January 23, 2017 | Staff Report | STATE


Charles (Ricky) Aycox

Charles (Ricky) Aycox, of Covington, passed away Jan. 20, 2017, at the age of 68. Mr. Aycox was a hard-working family man. He adored his ...

January 23, 2017 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Rose Marie Watson

Rose Marie Watson, of Chattanooga, passed away Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, at the age of 89. Mrs. Watson, trained as a registered nurse, was a ...

January 23, 2017 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Red Cross urges public to review tornado safety tips

Gathered from Red Cross
Across the southeast, there were more than 200 reports of severe weather and several dozen reports of tornadoes so far this ...

January 22, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Teen earns Eagle Scout badge

Craig Everett Edwards, son of Deborah and Ray Edwards of Covington, has achieved Boy Scouting's highest rank, that of Eagle Scout.

January 22, 2017 | Staff Report | LIVING


Davis, Morrow wedding

Mark and Alison Davis, of Covington, are pleased to announce the marriage of their daughter, Ashley Lauren Davis, to Michael Eugene Morrow, son of Wayne ...

January 21, 2017 | Staff Report | LIVING


Cowan, Davis wedding

Michelle Cowan and the late Joseph Cowan are pleased to announce the marriage of their daughter Anna Jolyn Cowan to M. Chase Davis, son of ...

January 21, 2017 | Staff Report | LIVING


Carr, Kemp warn Georgians about football ticket scams

Attorney General Chris Carr and Secretary of State Brian Kemp today warned Falcons fans about football ticket scams in preparation for Sunday's NFC Championship ...

January 21, 2017 | Staff Report | STATE


Georgia's Sonny Perdue nominated to lead agriculture department

Georgia's Sonny Perdue has been chosen by President-Elect Donald Trump to lead the Department of Agriculture. Perdue, who served two terms as the state ...

January 21, 2017 | Staff Report | STATE


Newton County Jail Log: Jan. 17

Sophia Markita Bailey, 31,Covington,Jan. 13,simple battery

January 20, 2017 | Staff Report | Crime


Shirley P. Sheridan

Shirley P. Sheridan, of Newborn, passed away Jan. 13, 2017, at the age of 94. In addition to the Pine Grove Ladies Club, Mrs. Sheridan ...

January 20, 2017 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Quintin J. Longs

Quintin J. Longs, 59 of South Bend passed away Monday Jan. 16, 2017 at home. A visitation will be held Friday, Jan. 27 at Family ...

January 20, 2017 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


GBI announces distribution of demonstration dolls

On Thursday, Jan. 19, at 1 p.m., the Georgia Bureau of Investigation's (GBI) Child Fatality Review Unit hosted an event to announce the ...

January 20, 2017 | Staff Report | STATE


Leila I. (Thomas) Wilhelm

Leila I. (Thomas) Wilhelm, 73, of Cross Hill, South Carolina, formerly of Covington; passed away Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017 at Self Regional Medical Center in ...

January 19, 2017 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Senators Isakson, Perdue announce 2 Georgia students selected for U.S. Senate Youth Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and David Perdue (R-GA) today announced that two Georgia high school students have been selected as ...

January 17, 2017 | Staff Report | STATE


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C. Annette Bone, J.D.

C. Annette Bone, J.D., of Brunswick died March 8. Ms. Bone earned her Bachelor of Science from Georgia State College for Women in Milledgeville, her Master's from Georgia State University in Atlanta and her Juris Doctorate from Atlanta Law School. She was an entrepreneur and instructor in tax services and real estate and was employed by Jackson Hewitt of Brunswick as tax instructor and office manager for several years. She was preceded in death by her father, James Edward Bone, brothers Howell R. Bone and Harry James Bone, sister-in law Becky Bone and brother in law Michael Knight.

March 10, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Obama overturns Bush policy on stem cells

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama on Monday cleared the way for a significant increase in federal dollars for embryonic stem cell research and promised no scientific data will be "distorted or concealed to serve a political agenda."

Obama signed the executive order on the divisive stem cell issue and a memo addressing what he called scientific integrity before an East Room audience packed with scientists. He laced his remarks with several jabs at the way science was handled by former President George W. Bush.

March 09, 2009 | By Phillip Elliott Associated Press Writer | AP Top Stories


Ferguson-Mowery

 The Reverend and Mrs. Keith Ferguson of Ellijay, formerly of Covington, announce the engagement of their daughter Hannah Elizabeth Ferguson to Matthew Dale Mowery of Louisville, Ky., son of Holly Mowery and Dale Mowery of Louisville.

March 08, 2009 | Staff Report | Engagements


Charles H. Morris III

 Louisa Jordan Morris and Charles Hill Morris Jr. of Covington announce the birth of their son "Charles" Hill Morris III Feb. 12 at Piedmont Hospital, Atlanta. He weighed 8 pounds and 7 ounces and was 21.5 inches long.

March 08, 2009 | Staff Report | Births


Our Thoughts... Enough is enough

Speaking of our representatives not paying taxes, Senator Robert Brown, a Democrat representing Macon, wondered whether he was on the list of senators not paying his back taxes. He claimed to the Atlanta-Journal Constitution that he has filed an extension for his 2006-2007 taxes.

March 08, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts... Courage and cowardice

This week the Newton County Commissioners voted not to help fund the annual Fourth of July fireworks display. It's hard to say no to anything patriotic, but with the current budget constraints that the county is facing, it was the right and courageous thing to do. The vote was 3-2 not to share the costs of the event with the city of Covington this year.

March 08, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


It was a bad week for Georgians

There are times when it just doesn't pay to get out of bed in the morning. Last week was such a time for Georgia's citizens and the people they elect to make their political decisions.

March 08, 2009 | By Tom Crawford | OPINION


Garden girl

Top honors: Katherine Haase, student at Social Circle Christian School, recently won the Youth Award at the Garden Club of Georgia State Flower Show held last month in Thomasville. Katherine's entry was one of several from Social Circle, where Gateways Garden Club Sponsors both a junior and youth club. She is the daughter of Tim and Tamara Haase of Mansfield.

March 07, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Angel Food founders reach settlement, avoid hearing

MONROE, Ga. (AP) - The leaders of a multimillion dollar food charity under FBI investigation for possible financial misdeeds have reached an agreement to keep them from being barred from their Monroe headquarters.

Attorneys in a lawsuit involving Angel Food Ministries reached an agreement Friday after a Walton County court hearing.

March 07, 2009 | Staff Report | Social Circle


FBI raid on Angel Food raises questions

ATLANTA (AP) - For more than a decade, Angel Food Ministries seemed like a godsend for families who purchased its low-cost food boxes and the churches that shared millions in revenue for distributing the goods.

It became an economic juggernaut in the faith community, employing hundreds, feeding thousands a month and pouring $19 million into its network of more than 5,000 host churches in 35 states.

March 06, 2009 | Dionne Walker Associated Press Writer | Social Circle


Komatsu to close Covington forklift facility

The Komatsu America Corporation announced plans to close three of its facilities, including the Komatsu Forklift U.S.A. facility in Covington, as part of a reorganization effort.

March 06, 2009 | Staff Report | Business


Troy Ellington

Troy Ellington, 86, of Oxford, died March 5 at Heartland Hospice. The son of the late Grover and Julia Ree Thompson Ellington, he was a very hard working cattle farmer and also enjoyed gardening, hunting and fishing. Mr. Ellington will be remembered as a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend to many. He was preceded in death by his wife Grace Fincher Ellington.

March 06, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Jobless rate bolts to 8.1 percent, 651K jobs lost

WASHINGTON - The nation's unemployment rate bolted to 8.1 percent in February, the highest since late 1983, as cost-cutting employers slashed 651,000 jobs amid a deepening recession.

Both figures were worse than analysts expected and the Labor Department's report shows America's workers being clobbered by a wave of layoffs unlikely to ease in the coming months.

March 06, 2009 | By Jeannine Aversa AP Economics Writer | AP Top Stories


Lamar B. Hays

Mr. Lamar B. Hays, a lifelong resident of Mansfield, died March 4 at Abbey Hospice. The son of the late Lee and Sarah Byrd Hays, he was born in 1936 in Newton County. Mr. Hays was the owner of Hays Tractor of Mansfield and enjoyed fishing and gardening. He served in the Air National Guard, was a member of Woodmen of thw World, was the former chief of the Mansfield Volunteer Fire Department and served many years as city councilman of Mansfield.

March 06, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Verizon gives grant to Project ReNeWal in honor of grand opening of new store

Verizon Wireless is breaking new ground in Georgia's wireless retail experience with the Grand Opening of its Covington Communications Store. Built in the company's Evolutionary Store design, the new retail location offers customers a high-tech and hands-on experience with wireless voice, data, music and video services. The new store, located at 10337 Industrial Blvd NE, is open for business and will hold its official grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony March 5, at 10 a.m. Commemorating the store opening representatives from the Covington/Newton County Chamber of Commerce will share in the celebration.

In honor of the grand ...

March 06, 2009 | Staff Report | Business


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