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Tax increase proves need for better county government

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July 05, 2015 | Staff Report | Letters


Pratt's 100th birthday

Francis Malone Pratt celebrated her 100th birthday June 28.

July 03, 2015 | Staff Report | Birthdays


Tour of Homes coming this December

For the 18th time, the Satsuki Garden Club will present its Christmas Tour of Homes this December.

July 03, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Dorothy "Dot" Hooten

Mrs. Dorothy "Dot" McIntosh Hooten, age 86, a lifelong resident of Covington passed away July 2, 2015. She was born February 15, 1929 in Jersey, Georgia to William and Mary Higginbotham McIntosh. Mrs. Hooten was a member of the North Covington United Methodist Church, joining in 1954. She worked for Bibb Manufacturing for 45 years and enjoyed working in her garden and with her flowers around her home. She was the youngest of 9 children and was preceded in death by her parents and her siblings. Mrs. Hooten is survived by her husband of 65 years, Mr. Ed Hooten, along ...

July 03, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


It’s official: Baxalta launches

Baxalta Incorporated launched Wednesday as a global biopharmaceutical company dedicated to delivering transformative therapies to patients with orphan diseases and underserved conditions.

July 02, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Kenneth McDaniel

Kenneth McDaniel, of Covington, passed away July 1, 2015 at the age of 80. He enjoyed gardening, collecting antique cars and trucks, playing poker, and making wine. Ken also loved to play golf, and will be remembered for his practical jokes. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ellis "Pa Mac" and Bertha "Ma Mac" McDaniel; 4 sisters and 5 brothers.

July 02, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Newton County Jail Log: July 1

Rod Clark Coleman, 22, Covington, June 26, burglary – 1st degree, criminal trespass

July 01, 2015 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log


Sheriff's Office issues fireworks caution

COVINGTON- The Newton County Sheriff's Office would like you to have a happy-and safe-Fourth of July.

July 01, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Fireworks, hotel fee, gas tax changes hit July 1 with new laws

July 1 typically brings a bevy of new laws into effect that were approved by the General Assembly earlier in the year. This year, Georgians can expect to see a new $5 fee tacked on to hotel/motel stays, slight changes to their gas taxes, and will now be able to buy aerial fireworks that were formerly illegal.

July 01, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Landfill Meeting Tonight

The Newton County Board of Commissioners will meet tonight, Wednesday, July 1, at 7:00 p.m. to discuss and likely vote on the Green Hill P3 proposal to lease and operate the county landfill.

July 01, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Davis named Rotary Club president

COVINGTON- The Covington Rotary Club closed out its 76th year Tuesday, handing out awards from 2014-15 and inducting its next president.

June 30, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Georgia State Patrol steps up enforcement this weekend

The July Fourth weekend is not only a chance for many people to celebrate, it is also the busiest travel period of the year. The holiday weekend is recognized as beginning Thursday at 6 p.m. and running through Sunday, July 5 at midnight, according to the Georgia Department of Public Safety.

June 30, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


AKA Chi Tau Omega chapter awards $20,000 in scholarships

COVINGTON- The Chi Tau Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated of Covington, Ga., serving Newton and Rockdale counties, awarded $20, 000 in scholarships on June 21, 2015 at Antioch AME Church in Conyers to high school students heading to various colleges and universities including HBCUs in the state of Georgia and nationwide.

June 30, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Dr. Kenneth L. Jacques

Dr. Kenneth L. Jacques of Oxford, passed away June 29, 2015, at the age of 73. He devoted his life to the ministry of his Lord. Dr. Jacques served as the pastor of Harmony Baptist Church, in Covington, for 27 years, but most recently was a member of Canaan Baptist Church. He led church services once a week, for the residents of Riverside Health Care, Merryvale Assisted Living and The Benton House. He enjoyed spending time in his flower garden, but more than anything, he cherished the time he spent with his family. Preceding him in death were his parents ...

June 29, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Dr. Melvin Louis Conrad

Dr. Melvin Louis Conrad, 88, passed away on June 26, 2015, in Wichita, Kansas. He was preceded in death by his wife Eula Conrad (Palmer Stone Elementary School Teacher). He is survived by children Albert Conrad (Michael) of Wichita, Kansas, Celia Theiler of Charlotte, North Carolina, and Daniel Conrad (Lauree) of Cary, North Carolina.

June 29, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


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City sees increase in net assets

The city of Covington has been issued an unqualified 'clean' opinion for its 2007 audit. The city ended the fiscal year in December with a fund balance $24.4 million.

August 08, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Downtown revitalization

Working with a constrained space, architects of the hotel/civic center project have developed a glass atrium feature which will connect the hotel to the civic/conference center and is envisioned as a multi-use space.

August 08, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Long-time CPD veteran dies Aug. 6

 Flags flew at half-mast outside of the Covington Police Department station yesterday, marking the loss of one of Covington's finest.

August 08, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


DIXIE BOYS UPDATE: Three teams headed to final day

Before a crowd of stunned team Georgia fans and elated Florida fans, after a 14-6 Sunshine state victory, Florida coach Mike Sollazzo and South Carolina coach Bill DeLavan drew two pieces of paper out of a Dixie Boys World Series baseball cap.

August 07, 2008 | Robby Byrd | Archives


Betty Goldman

Betty Goldman, 73, of Covington died Aug. 4. Daughter of the late Joseph and Nettie Wilson Sonnier, she enjoyed writing poetry and loved her family. Betty has a grandson, Jimmy "Bubba" Crowe, waiting in heaven.

August 07, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


A breath of fresh air at... O-Zone

 If you're looking for some good, down home music and don't feel like trekking downtown and pay the high price of admission to the Fox Theater or Phillips Arena, O-Zone Bar & Grill in Covington has you covered.

August 07, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives


Danny Hodges

Danny Hodges, 56, of Covington died Aug. 3 at Heartland Hospice. Mr. Hodges was a member of County Line Baptist Church. He loved his family and working on cars. He was preceded in death by his father, Howard Hodges.

August 07, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Ronald (Ronnie) Mayson Sears

Ronald (Ronnie) Mayson Sears, 58, of Covington died Aug. 3 at Piedmont Hospital. Mr. Sears was a life-long resident of Newton County and was preceded in death by parents, Dewey Mason and Erma Mae Kitchens Sears. He had been employed as transportation supervisor for 18 years by the state of Georgia, where he covered Newton, Rockdale and Gwinnett counties. He had been a member of Gaithers United Methodist Church 27 years, where he served as usher for church services and also served as building superintendent. Mr. Sears was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He enjoyed deer hunting and camping ...

August 07, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Runoff results

Banker Kathy Morgan defeated builder Hubert White in the county's primary runoff Tuesday for the Democratic nomination for county chairman, 55.8 percent to 44.2 percent.

August 06, 2008 | Rachel Oswald and Michelle Kim | Archives


More than making copies

After 12 years in the printing business, working at Summit Printing Company of Oxford, Audra Eubanks decided the time had come to do something different.

August 06, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Parent involvement needed for AYP

Sunday's front page story dealing with AYP in the Newton County School District outlined schools in the district that have not met the minimum requirements set forth by the state.

August 06, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Dixie Boys cause for excitement

This has been an exciting sports week for Newton County. Thousands of visitors have flocked to the area to enjoy our hospitality, our shopping and most of all the Dixie Boys World Series.

August 06, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Sad tradition returns

Of all the political phenomena in Georgia over the last several years, perhaps nothing has been more surprising than the return of our politicians' open disregard for public education and our electorate's acceptance of their attitude and actions.

August 06, 2008 | Bill Ship | Archives


Land with historic building donated to the city of Porterd

The Porterdale city council voted unanimously to enter into a new lease agreement with Lassiter Properties Inc. on the land encompassing the old jail on Ga. Highway 81.

August 06, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives


Bonds to fund new civic center

Local elected officials unanimously approved a joint resolution Tuesday to support a measure taking out up to $23 million in bonds to fund the public portion of the county's hotel/civic center project.

August 06, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


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