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Covington Police Dept. announces “Filming the Fuzz” contest, prizes

The annual Fuzz Run is rapidly approaching on Sept. 12 and the Covington Police Department is offering runners and spectators a unique way to get ...

August 29, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Jersey Day kicks off Sept. 5

Football season is here, and the only thing better than showing support by wearing your favorite team's jersey is to do it for a ...

August 29, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County Jail Log: August 26

Jacob Garland Abernathy, 18, Covington, August 25, Court sentenced

August 29, 2015 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log


Mayor Johnston to run for re-election

Covington, Ga. mayor Ronnie Johnston announced today he will officially seek election for a second term in office.

August 29, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington man killed in motorcycle crash with SUV

CONYERS - A Covington man was killed in a crash with a SUV on Flat Shoals Road Tuesday morning.

August 28, 2015 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


James ‘Jimmy’ Womack

James "Jimmy" Douglas Womack, 68 of Porterdale, passed away peacefully at his home, Wednesday, August 26, 2015. He was born in Porterdale to the late ...

August 28, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Tandy Hall

Tandy Annette Haney Hall, 55, of Rutledge, Georgia passed away August 22, 2015. Annette was born in Atlanta to T.A. and Eleanor Haney. Annette ...

August 28, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mary Mull

Mrs. Mary Mull, age 86, of Covington passed away August 25, 2015. She was born in Tellico Plains, Tennessee on May 25, 1929 to the ...

August 26, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Sarah Day

Mrs. Sarah Day, age 85, of Covington passed away Monday, August 24, 2015. She was born January 3, 1930 in Lawrenceville, Georgia to the late ...

August 25, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


School threat 'pre-recorded bomb threat'

A Newton County Sheriff's Office investigation has discovered that the bomb threat called into Porterdale Elementary School on Aug. 14 was a pre-recorded threat.

August 25, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


$2,560 donated by Jersey Mike’s to the Covington YMCA

During the grand opening week of the Jersey Mike's Subs shop on Industrial Blvd. patrons who brought in a YMCA donation coupon received a ...

August 24, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Accountability, transparency and leadership

Newton County officials, do you remember the citizens' outrage at a raise in taxes due to an increase in the county's budget?

August 23, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Mary Margret (Peggy) Lamberson

Mary Margret (Peggy) Lamberson, age 59 of Oxford, Ga., daughter of Willard and Martha Lamberson, both deceased, died peacefully in her sleep on Tuesday, August ...

August 22, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


On the clock with Bridgestone Golf

The Covington Newton Chamber went On the Clock this month with Bridgestone Golf. Everyone knows Bridgestone for their rubber products, however their production of golf ...

August 21, 2015 | Staff Report | Business


Tommie Rand

Tommie Rand, 83 of Covington passed away Wednesday, August 12, 2015 at his home. He was born in Enfield, North Carolina to the late Willie ...

August 21, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


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Not of little faith

Dear Editor: In response to Mr. Gladstone's writing that those who propound guns in church are "Ye of little faith," I would like to offer that God also provides us all with a means of self defense.

August 22, 2008 | Chris Smith | Archives


Praise on the airwaves

 The Rev. William Davenport, pastor of the Corinth Missionary Baptist Church in Social Circle, extends an invitation to the community to join them Aug. 26 as part of the live audience for the International Praise the Lord service at the Trinity Broadcasting Network studio in Atlanta. Doors open at 4 p.m. and guests are asked to arrive before taping begins at 7 p.m. The service will be viewed by millions of people at home and in eight countries worldwide.

August 22, 2008 | Colleen Capes Jackson | Archives


Argumentum ad Hominem

A common attack leveled against any Christian witness is the old Argumentum ad Hominem attack. The argument ad Hominem is an attack leveled at the man. In logic the argument is a part of what Dr. Irving Copi of the University of Hawaii classifies as an informal fallacy. In this argument's most common form, rather than trying to disprove the truth of what has been stated, it instead turns its attack upon the person making the claim.

August 22, 2008 | John Pearrell | Archives


Bodybuilding 101

If you took just one look at Olympic events this past week, you probably saw some pretty healthy looking athletes. Most likely, this was the result of many factors: youth, dedication, state of the art training and loads of encouragement.

August 22, 2008 | Lisa Hetzel | Archives


Better tell granny

I savor compliments from my grandchildren. I love it when they run into the kitchen, grab me around my waist and say, "You're the best granny!"

August 22, 2008 | Colleen Capes Jackson | Archives


The Danger of Drifting

While it may be fun to go white-water rafting down rapids, it is no fun to drift into dangerous waters spiritually. Drifting can be dangerous, because it always takes us away from God and never toward him.

August 22, 2008 | Rev. Wayne Rutherford | Archives


The power of a pop-tab

The aluminum tab atop a single can of Coke is worth .035 cents.

August 22, 2008 | Terri Kimble | Archives


Nutcracker auditions scheduled for Saturday

The Covington Regional Ballet will be holding Nutcracker auditions this Saturday. Auditions are open to children 5 years and older. No dance experience is necessary. The Nutcracker will be performed on Dec. 13 and Dec. 14 as part of the Arts Association in Newton County's annual arts series.

August 22, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives


Mattie Belle Collins

Mrs. Mattie Belle Collins died Aug. 16 in Cobb County. The daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Augustus (Josephine Davis) English, she was born in 1920 in Newton County. Mrs. Collins moved to Savannah after the death of her mother. She graduated from Savannah State College and was employed as an elementary school teacher. Because special education was important to her, she earned a master's degree in special education from Atlanta University and taught special education in the Chatham County Public School System. She was a recipient of several awards such as Teacher of the Year. After 28 ...

August 22, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


William Marvin "Bill" Taunton

Mr. William Marvin "Bill" Taunton, 95, of Covington, died Aug. 20. The son of the late Lee Taunton and Mattie (Darden) Taunton, he was born in Wetumpka, Ala., in 1912. Mr. Taunton moved to Covington 50 years ago from South Carolina. He was retired from the Bibb Manufacturing Company and was a member of The Baptist Tabernacle. He was preceded in death by parents, wife Frances Taunton and daughter Billie Smollen.

August 22, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Wal-Mart employee arrested for stealing

A Wal-Mart worker was caught on camera slipping nearly $800 from the register to a man posing as a customer who gave her only $1 bills as payment, according to a Covington Police Department report.

August 22, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


County's drought status slightly downgraded

Despite the continuation of drought conditions, relative to last summer, the county's water resources are not in bad shape, thanks largely in part to the conservation measures that have been in place for the greater part of the last year.

August 22, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Local government squeezed

A state revenue shortfall of between $1 billion and $2 billion has left Gov. Sonny Perdue, state agencies and the legislature scrambling for ways to balance the budget.

August 22, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Wreck ends in injuries, a fatality

 A Newton County mother died Aug. 16 after a four-car accident sent her and at least two others to the hospital last week.

August 22, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


Bear Creek public remark period over

 Seven months after receiving the county's application to build the Bear Creek Reservoir, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is still considering the project's merits as it waits for further information from the county.

August 22, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


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