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Betty Purcell

Betty Purcell of Covington, passed away Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at the age of 91. Born and raised in Augusta, GA, Betty was employed with IBM at the Pentagon before she married. She was active in Covington First United Methodist Church, Newton Medical Center Auxiliary and enjoyed her bridge clubs. She loved traveling with her husband, was very social and liked to entertain. While in assisted living Mrs. Purcell delighted in dancing. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. James William Purcell; sisters, Margaret Brandt, Louise Comstock; brothers, Frank Blitchington, Bill Blitchington, Jack Blitchington; as well as her ...

May 28, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

David J. Hood

David Hood, age 60, of Covington passed away May 24, 2015. He was born in Covington on November 7, 1954 one of the first ten babies born at Newton General Hospital. Graduated from Newton County High School and went Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College graduating with a degree in horticulture and while attending college worked at Callaway Gardens. David was the grounds superintendent for several golf course throughout his career including Hidden Hills and Cross Creek golf courses.

May 27, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

Robert ‘Bobby’ Patrick

Robert "Bobby" Patrick of Oxford, passed away May 26, 2015, at the age of 82. He was a 1952 graduate of Newton High School; and proud veteran of the United States Air Force, having served in both Germany and France, during his active duty from 1953 – 1957. Mr. Patrick was employed by Henson Furniture, until the business closed, and then went on to work for Hercules, for 24 years, prior to his retirement. He served as a deacon for several churches, and was Chairman of the deacon boards at First Baptist of Covington, Mt. Zion Baptist and Calvary Baptist. In ...

May 27, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

Newton-Fatality in I-20 crash identified

52-year-old Joel William Simpson, a Newton County resident, has been confirmed dead after he drove his vehicle against traffice on I-20 Tuesday night, crashing into another vehicle around the 89 mile mark between Almon and Salem roads.

May 27, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Covington- Two dead in apparent murder suicide

The Covington Police Department responded to a shooting Thursday, discovering a man and woman shot when arriving on scene.

May 22, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Social Circle-New section of Social Circle Bypass to open

The new section of the Social Circle Bypass from State road 11 to East Hightower Trail will open Tuesday, June 2, according to Superintendent of traffic, safety and utilities J. Robert Manning of ER Snell Contractor.

May 22, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Harry Owens likely interim county manager

Newton County revealed the name of the candidate under consideration for the position of interim county manager Friday following the departure of former County Manager Tom Garrett last week.

May 22, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

William Henry Calhoon

William Henry Calhoon, Sr. (Bill) of Porterdale passed away May 13, 2015 in Covington at the age of 77. A memorial service will be held at The Baptist Tabernacle, 10119 Access Road, Covington, Georgia 30014, on Sunday, May 31, 2015, at 4 pm. Memorial donations, instead of flowers, may be made to The Baptist Tabernacle for the Children's Ministry and Reformers Unanimous Ministry.

May 21, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Throughout the last seven days there was plenty to celebrate, with a big week of appreciation coming on the heels of Mother's Day.

May 17, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Stacey Cotton appointed to medical marijuana study group

Covington Police Chief Stacey Cotton has been named one of 11 members named to Gov. Nathan Deal's new panel charged with making recommendations about what type of medical marijuana use Georgia should allow.

May 17, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Thank you partners

Dear Editor,

May 16, 2015 | Staff Report | Letters

Certified Quality Breast Center at Newton Medical Center

Newton Medical Center's Women's Diagnostic Center has recently been recognized as a Certified Quality Breast Center in the National Quality Measures for Breast Centers Program™. This distinguished honor represents a commitment by this breast center to provide the highest level of quality breast health care to patients in the community.

May 16, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Preparing for graduation

The Newton County School System's high schools will be celebrating graduation Friday and Saturday.

May 16, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Newton County Jail Log

Charles Eugene Aikens, 42, Covington, May 12, Theft by Deception

May 16, 2015 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log

Mrs. Doris Cope Cavanaugh

Doris Cope Cavanaugh, 88, daughter of the late Frank and Ann Cope, passed away peacefully on May 6, 2015 after a long battle with Dementia, at the home of her daughter, Cathy Twigg, in Martinsburg, W.Va.

May 16, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

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Covington firefighter shot by Atlanta teen

A Covington Fire Department firefighter was shot but escaped serious injury while chasing down a car stolen by three Atlanta teens Saturday, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

July 29, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives

A knight's tale

The Newton Knights, a Covington-based travel baseball team, is holding open tryouts for the 2008 fall squad from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Shiloh Methodist Church field.

July 28, 2008 | Alan Howard | Archives

Newton County braces for Dixie World Series

Tommy Hailey has plenty to be excited about.

July 28, 2008 | Jason Murdock | Archives

Gearing for another season of Friday night lights

Is there really a worse time of year for a sports fan than the end of July?

July 28, 2008 | Ben Gumby | Archives

Hadley E. Dyer

Mr. and Mrs. Brian (Kim Hibbard) Dyer of Gray announce the birth of their daughter Hadley Elizabeth on June 29. She weighed 7 pounds and 7 ounces and was 19 inches long

July 27, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Social Circle mother of 3 killed Friday

A Social Circle mother of three was reportedly killed by her younger brother Friday night in what authorities are calling a "domestic dispute between family members."

July 27, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

Homeowners decry White's developments

Though Hubert White has campaigned under the promise that as county chairman he would "preserve rural values... while promoting quality growth and planned development," some of the residents of the subdivisions he has built have a different understanding of the candidate.

July 27, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

Bell Reynolds

Bell Reynolds, 85, of Conyers died July 25. The daughter of the late B.E. and Leila Tarpley Payne, she was born in Barrow County. She was a very devoted member of Voice of Pentecost Church. Mrs. Reynolds loved music, enjoyed cooking and baking, and was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother.

July 27, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Oxford's water mystery

There's a mystery afoot in Oxford.

July 27, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives

Agencies train for collapse

An unknown explosion rips out the side of a two-story apartment building, collapsing the floors. Many residents are injured; some are missing, possibly trapped inside. Local first responders recover the people they can reach, but the rubble is rickety and the clock ticking. They decide to call in state resources, and a short time later, a small army of specially trained search and rescue teams, K-9 teams and other squads roll in and begin the search for the living and the dead.

July 27, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives

Block Party

Residents from around Newton County converged upon the square in downtown Covington Saturday for the annual Back 2 School Block Party.

July 27, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives


Miss April Lucille Meeler of Madison and Philip Joshua Lowe of Covington were married July 12 at Cornerstone Christian Center, Madison.

July 27, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

James Brooking

Mr. James Brooking, formerly of Covington, celebrated his 90th birthday with his family at his home in Loganville. Mr. Brooking was born in Eatonton July 22, 1918. His parents, Jim and Nettie Brooking moved to Covington in 1920.

July 27, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Sha'lyric Q. Reid

Shawathia Pope and Kenquavis Reid of Covington announce the birth of their daughter Sha'Lyric Quashaunna Reid at Rockdale Medical Center June 6. She weighed 1 pound and 5 ounces and was 10.5 inches long.

July 27, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Bennett Cade Brooks

Bennett Cade Brooks, son of Clint and Kelli Brooks of Conyers, celebrated his first birthday June 19. He is the grandson of Kenneth and Donna Knight of Covington and Jerry and Marguerite Brooks of Conyers.

July 27, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

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