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Hampton Inn Covington awarded 2016 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award

The Hampton Inn Covington has received a 2016 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award. Now in its sixth year, the achievement celebrates hospitality businesses that have ...

June 26, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County Senior Services receives new shuttle bus

Newton County Senior Services is the proud recipient of a new shuttle bus that will soon hit the road to transport senior residents to and ...

June 26, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Three Newton County deputies graduate from Georgia Public Safety Training Center

The 286th Graduation Class of the Georgia Public Safety Training Center-Athens Academy held their graduation on June 10 at the Winder Community Center.

June 26, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Our Thoughts: When is enough, enough?

This week two Newton County young people lost their lives and another took a life, leaving a cloud of sadness over an otherwise sunny time.

June 26, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


James ‘Sam’ Allgood

James "Sam" Allgood, Sr., 71, of Sparta. passed away June 23, 2016. An Oxford native, Allgood and his wife, Frances moved to Sparta in 2006 ...

June 24, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


The Newton County Farm Bureau celebrated National Dairy Month in June.

The dairy industry is a crucial part of Georgia's agriculture industry. The state of Georgia is home to approximately 83,000 head of dairy ...

June 24, 2016 | Staff Report | LIVING


Theme school council gives $600 to homeless shelter

Members of the Newton County Theme School (NCTS) Student Council recently presented a check for $600 to the Garden of Gethsemane Homeless Shelter. The Theme ...

June 24, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton BOE adopts resolution opposing governor’s opportunity school district

By unanimous vote, the Newton County Board of Education (BOE) adopted a resolution opposing Governor Nathan Deal's proposed "Opportunity School District" (OSD) at their ...

June 24, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Former Newton County employee charged with theft by receiving

UPDATE:

June 24, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Update: Dillon Wilks Bragg

Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home

June 24, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


BOE to hold public hearings on FY2017 budget

The Newton County Board of Education (BOE) tentatively adopted a maintenance and operation budget for fiscal year 2016-17. The total millage rate of 20 mills ...

June 23, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County Jail Log: June 22

Paula Michelle Allamon, 45, McDonough, June 19, theft by shoplifting – misdemeanor

June 23, 2016 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log


CPD searching for man who robbed Covington bank

The Covington Police Department is in search of a man who robbed the Bank of North Georgia at 4128 Hwy 278 NE Wednesday afternoon, according ...

June 22, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Emily LaRue Hopkins

Emily LaRue Hopkins, 70, passed away on June 16, 2016. She is preceded in death by her husband, Donald P. Hopkins, Sr.; her son, Thomas ...

June 22, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Video: BOC discusses Nelson Heights

The Newton County Board of Commissioners approved a motion to clarify the wording of administrative services regarding the Nelson Heights Community Center's administrative services ...

June 22, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Failed justice

Dear Editor: Recently I was involved in a court trial because my car was stolen. My experience with the court system on this case was extremely unpleasant. The verdict I assume you can already figure out, but it's what happened in this case to cause this verdict that is so overwhelming. A key witness testified to one thing under oath a month earlier. After that, he was threatened by the defendants "acquaintances." After the threats came trial. Well, lo and behold, the key witness's testimony changes, ultimately resulting in an unwanted verdict. The kicker behind this entire story ...

December 31, 2008 | Jacob Williams Oxford | Letters


Our thoughts...A gift from God

 In our Christmas Eve edition, we will be reprinting the most famous Christmas editorial of all time -- "Yes, Virginia There is a Santa Claus."

December 31, 2008 | TPC | Our Thoughts


Ramsey's Produce

Ramsey Produce is one of Covington's locally owned produce stands. Owned and operated by Jim Ramsey, the produce stand holds 40 plus basic items.

"We get 95 percent of our produce from the farmers market in Forest Park. The other comes from local farmers in the area," said Jim Ramsey. With fruits ranging from Washington apples and navel oranges to mangos and pomegranates, Ramsey's has something to satisfy a variety of produce and fresh food cravings. "We have all the citrus fruits you want," said Ramsey. "Our citrus fruits are the most popular, but come spring time it ...

December 31, 2008 | Staff Report | Business


H. Donald Wilbanks, Sr.

H. Donald Wilbanks, Sr., resident of Newton County for over 65 years, passed away December 18, 2008, at the age of 73. An employee with Hercules for 16 years, he was an active member and former deacon of Porterdale Baptist Church. Mr. Wilbanks served 21 years in the United States Coast Guard on active and reserve duty. In addition to being an avid Atlanta Braves fan, he enjoyed wood-working hobbies. Mr. Wilbanks was preceded in death by his parents, Herman and Irene Brock Wilbanks.

December 31, 2008 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


7 workers released in Atlanta bridge collapse

ATLANTA - Federal investigators were working through the weekend to start determining what caused a pedestrian bridge being built high above an Atlanta park to collapse, killing one man and leaving 11 other workers hospitalized, seven in intensive care.

December 31, 2008 | By KATE BRUMBACK Associated Press Writer | LOCAL


Newton County Jail Log 12/21/08

Dwayne Miller, 28, Decatur, Dec. 10. Battery, terroristic threats and acts.

December 31, 2008 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log


Where is our leadership?

At a time when Georgia is facing the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression and has to deal with a budget deficit of $2 billion or more, what has been the response of our political leadership?

December 31, 2008 | Tom Crawford columnist | OPINION


Defiant Ill. governor names Obama replacement

CHICAGO - A defiant Gov. Rod Blagojevich on Tuesday named a black political trailblazer to Barack Obama's Senate seat, a surprise move that put the governor's opponents in the uncomfortable position of trying to block his choice from becoming the Senate's only black member.

Blagojevich's appointment of former state Attorney General Roland Burris injected race into the drama surrounding the embattled governor, who repeatedly sought to distance his selection from charges that he tried to sell the seat to the highest bidder.

December 30, 2008 | By Deanna Bellandi Associated Press Writer | LOCAL


Crystal Harwell

Crystal Harwell of Decatur died Dec. 28 at her residence. The daughter of the late Cornelius Griffin Harwell and Verna Pennington Harwell, she was born in Morgan County. She was the granddaughter of the late Dr. Littleton P. Harwell who was one of the earlier settlers of Morgan County. Miss Harwell was a graduate of Piedmont College, attended the University of Colorado and was a retired school teacher from the Atlanta Public School system. She also was a member of the Atlanta First United Methodist Church. Miss Harwell was preceded in death by brothers Eugene Harwell and C. G. Harwell.

December 30, 2008 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Johnnie Andrew Dobbs Sr.

Mr. Johnnie Andrew Dobbs Sr., 89, of Covington, died Dec. 29. The son of the late Clint B. Dobbs Sr. and Vera (Nelms) Dobbs, he was born in Byron in 1919. Mr. Dobbs was a member of New Hope Methodist Church, Atlanta. He was retired from the federal government where he worked as a warehouse manager.

Surviving are wife Regina Dobbs of Covington; sons Johnnie Dobbs Jr. of Stockbridge, Joel Bryan of McDonough; brother C.B. Dobbs Jr.; grandchildren Patrick Dobbs, Michael Dobbs and Randall Ryan; several nieces and a nephew; numerous other family members and friends.

December 30, 2008 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Elinor Johnson Chandler

Mrs. Elinor Johnson Chandler, 68, of Social Circle, died Dec. 29 at Newton Medical Center.

Born in Newton County, Mrs. Chandler was the daughter of the late Marvin and Sara Shepherd Johnson. She was preceded in death by her husband Jack Haskell Chandler Sr. A resident of Social Circle, Elinor retired from Newton County after 20 years of service as director of Human Resources. She was an active member of First Presbyterian Church of Covington and Covington Pilot Club. She enjoyed taking care of her five grandchildren and spending time with her friends.

December 30, 2008 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Don't drink and drive

Tonight is generally considered a night of fun and revelry as people gather to celebrate the end of one year and the start of another. It's a night that sane people sometimes do unsafe things.

It's also a night when people sometimes have a few more toasts of the toddy than they usually do.

December 30, 2008 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Blank pages

"We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day." - Edith Lovejoy Pier

Tomorrow is the beginning of a new year, nature doesn't recognize it, and the world still goes spinning merrily along.

December 30, 2008 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Newton County Jail Log 12/31

o Anissa Harot Meachum, 38, Sandy Springs, Dec. 22. Deposit account fraud.

December 30, 2008 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log


Irene G. Holland

December 30, 2008 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


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