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Eastside's Matt Malcolm is 2017 Newton County Wrestler of the Year

When looking for top high school wrestlers in the state of Georgia for the 2016-17 season, a Newton County resident wouldn't have to venture ...

February 27, 2017 | Staff Report | SPORTS


Letter: Why I support SPLOST

To the editor:

February 27, 2017 | Staff Report | Letters


Frank L. Harrison

Frank L. Harrison, of the Eudora Community, passed away Feb. 23, 2017, at the age of 86. Mr. Harrison was a veteran of the United ...

February 24, 2017 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Newton County Jail Log: Feb. 22

Yancey Keon Axon, 21, Dodge State Prison, Feb. 21, back for court

February 23, 2017 | Staff Report | Crime


Eastside baseball wins third straight, Newton coach grabs 50th win

Eastside used the power of the bat once again to notch its third straight win as it defeated Hart County 13-9 on Wednesday night.

February 23, 2017 | Staff Report | SPORTS


Juliana Crenshaw Burt

Juliana Crenshaw Burt, 88, died on Friday, Sept. 2, 2016 in the Azalea House, a loving assisted living home in Tucker, Georgia. She was born ...

February 23, 2017 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Detour coming March 7 for new bridge over Yellow River

Replacing the Yellow River bridge on State Route (SR) 36 requires a one-year detour beginning Tuesday, March 7. Traffic will use SR 162 and SR ...

February 22, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Local leadership, support for trees recognized

Oxford was among 19 Georgia cities recognized Feb. 14 for its commitment to caring for and managing its public trees. Oxford was honored during the ...

February 22, 2017 | Staff Report | Agriculture


Hang tags available only at fire services starting in March

Vehicle hang tags for the Newton County Trash Collection Convenience Centers will be available for purchase only at the Newton County Fire Services Headquarters, effective ...

February 22, 2017 | Staff Report | County


Covington resident claims $9.6 million Jumbo Bucks Lotto prize

Michael Camp, of Covington, recently came forward as the winner of the $9.6 million jackpot prize from the Feb. 6 Jumbo Bucks Lotto drawing.

February 22, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Eastside's bats push Eagles past Newton

Seeking a bounce back from a tough 13-2 loss on Feb. 17 to Walnut Grove, the Eastside Eagles baseball team hosted Newton at Eagle Field ...

February 21, 2017 | Staff Report | Eastside


Freeway patrol service begins in east central Georgia

Motorists in east central Georgia today began experiencing the benefits of a new statewide Coordinated Highway Assistance & Maintenance Program (CHAMP). This operation is the nation ...

February 21, 2017 | Staff Report | STATE


Doing away with distracted driving

The evidence is clear: Distracted driving can be just as dangerous as driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Removing one's eyes from ...

February 21, 2017 | Staff Report | LIVING


Tire maintenance a key component of spring check-up

When warm weather arrives, many people enjoy a collective sigh of relief. Just as people welcome the end of the cold, snow and ice, cars ...

February 21, 2017 | Staff Report | LIVING


Young Millennials top list of worst behaved drivers

A new report from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that 88 percent of young millennials engaged in at least one risky behavior behind ...

February 21, 2017 | Staff Report | LIVING


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Sophomore Spirit Excellence in Leadership Forum

Food for mind and body: (Picture) Diane Loeble, Lee Aldridge, Betty McFadden and Unice Stevens prepare to serve lunch to the students participating in the SSELF program. (Picture) The students hold a mock trial with the help of Newton County personnel.

The Sophomore Spirit Excellence in Leadership Forum was held March 3 at the Covington First United Methodist Church. Forty-Eight students from six area high schools participated in the annual Service Guild sponsored event. Panelists included Bill Loeble of Beaver Manufacturing, James Johnson of DeKalb Technical College, former Covington City Manager Frank Turner Sr. and Louly Hay-Kapp of the Covington ...

March 12, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


SNCDAR Essay Contest Winner

The winner is: Grace Callaway, a fifth grade student at Ficquett Elementary, was named the Sergeant Newton Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution winner for their annual American History Essay Contest. This year's topic was "The Ideals of the Gettysburg Address." Winning essays from each elementary school were judged to select the chapter winner, who will move on to the state competition. Grace was presented with a medal, certificate and prize money award at the recent Georgia Day Luncheon held in cooperation with the Georgia Walton SAR. Grace is the daughter of William and Claudia Callaway.

March 12, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Cousins Middle School band students earn state recognition

Several members of the Cousins Middle School Band recently earned state recognition during their Honor Band and All State Band auditions.

March 12, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


Jeanette Adams Zeigler

Mrs. Jeanette Adams Zeigler age 91, a lifelong resident of Newton County, died Thursday, March 12, 2009. She was born on July 17, 1917 to the late Hugh C. and Mary Mitchell Adams. Mrs. Zeigler was a member of Newborn United Methodist Church and was a retired teacher from the Newton County school system. She was a literacy advocate and started the library in Newborn. She also started the Historic Preservation Society for the Child's building.

March 12, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Obama to sign spending bill, push for new rules

WASHINGTON (AP) - Acknowledging it's an "imperfect" bill, President Barack Obama said Wednesday he will accept a $410 billion spending package that includes billions in earmarks like those he promised to curb in last year's campaign. But he insisted the bill must signal an "end to the old way of doing business."

The massive measure funding federal agencies through the fall contains nearly 8,000 pet projects, known as earmarks and denounced by critics as pork.

March 11, 2009 | Staff Report | AP Top Stories


Newton Medical NICU 'graduates' first baby

Nolan Dean was in a hurry to celebrate "Fat Tuesday" with his family according to his mother, Stephanie Dean. "He had five more weeks to go before his due date, but he obviously could not wait," she said.

Born five-weeks prematurely on Feb. 24 at Newton Medical Center's BirthCare Center, Nolan Dean had the distinction of being the very first patient to "graduate" from the brand new Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the BirthCare Center.

March 11, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County Schools to host teacher job fair

The Newton County School System will hold a secondary teacher job fair from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on March 14 at Eastside High School. Principals and representatives from each of the school system's middle and high schools will be on hand to interview prospective employees and answer any questions applicants might have.

March 11, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


Making the front page

Dear Editor: Concerning your front page story "BOC will not help fund July fireworks, the people of Newton County don't have to worry about missing out on Fourth of July fireworks. For many years, our neighborhood puts on a better firework's display than the county pays for on the square.

There are three businesses operating in my neighborhood. There are no signs to let you know they are businesses (the first two houses) and then you go another couple of thousand feet up the road and there is the other business.

March 11, 2009 | Don Gresham Covington | Letters


Misbehaving politicians

Dear Editor: I don't know about the rest of you, but I am beyond tired and disgusted with politics-as-usual within our state and country. We are constantly - forcibly - reminded that to not follow the rules and laws of the land will earn us a place in state or federal custody; however, our lawmakers - both state and federal - our judges, and even our president are setting the stage for a division among citizens: the ruling class, and the ruled.

These are our elected officials; they are supposed to represent us, not rule us. They should not be allowed to trample ...

March 11, 2009 | Lisa Francis Covington | Letters


A sad chapter

We feel the Newton County Library and the W. H. Stanton Memorial Library in Social Circle are the best-run libraries in the state.

For the majority of us, the first official card we ever received was our library card.

March 11, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Remembering Lewis

For the last few months we have been promoting the first Remembering Lewis Grizzard Weekend, which will be held this weekend March 14 and 15.

We have been pleased to do this and we are proud of the efforts of our partners The Covington Rotary, The Social Circle Rotary, The Rockdale Citizen and radio station Q92.3 FM.

March 11, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Fiscal responsibility, roads, safety for all

As Crossover Day approaches on March 12, the last day bills can pass between the House and Senate, both chambers have worked quickly to pass important pieces of legislation. This week the Senate focused on fiscal responsibility, transforming transportation funding and protecting the safety of Georgians.

The Senate fulfilled the legal requirement to balance the 2009 budget. Due to the severe recession we are experiencing, the fiscally conservative budget was cut nearly $2 billion to accommodate state law. It was not an easy task considering the multiple revenue reductions, but with collaboration from the House we were able to produce ...

March 11, 2009 | By John Douglas State Senator | News Columnists


Almost at crossover day, another transportation bill

More significant budget news arrived last week. No sooner had we started work on the FY 2010 budget, than Gov. Perdue was forced to reduce the revenue estimate by another $1.6 billion. However, that will be softened by receipt of perhaps $1.1 billion in federal stimulus money. Even so, that's at least several percent more the legislature will have to slice out of existing spending programs in order to make our books balance. Any doubt of this being the worst downturn in Georgia since the Great Depression has been erased.

I've spoken with folks who were ...

March 11, 2009 | By Doug Holt State Representative | News Columnists


Dean Skinner

Dean Skinner, 48, of Jackson, formerly of Conyers, passed away March 7. Mr. Skinner was a truck driver with city Relocators/Red Ball Express, Morrow.

March 10, 2009 | Loganville | OBITUARIES


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


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