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Rainbow to distribute 40,000 lbs of food

The Rainbow Covenant Ministries, of Newton County, will be distributing 40,000 pounds of food from the Atlanta Food Bank Saturday, Dec. 20.

December 16, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Annie Laura Conner Darby Chesnut

Annie Laura Conner Darby Chesnut was born Jan. 18, 1918 in Morgan County to Emory E. and Beverly L. Blasingame Conner. She was first married to Olin Lemuel Darby who died in 1945 leaving her with a 5-year-old son and expecting a second son in October. She remained a widow and sole support of her children until 1950 when she married Charles Stewart (Chink) Chesnut. They moved to Chesnut Farm on Chesnut Road where their son Charles was born. She resided there until Chink died and her health declined.

December 16, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


First F-150 in Georgia goes to Covington resident

The first 2015 Ford F-150 sold in Georgia will be driven in Covington, as Newton County resident Mike Poole made the purchase at Covington Ford.

December 16, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Alcovy UMC hosts Giving Tree

Alcovy United Methodist Church is working with the Salvation Army's Toy Drive for the third year, and helped supply toys to those who might otherwise not have anything for Christmas.

December 16, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Lady Tigers advance to 1-1 in region play

The Lady Tigers of Alcovy got their first win in region 2-AAAAAA this season on Friday evening. It wasn't an easy one by any means, as the Lady Wildcats of Lovejoy gave them all they could handle. But, Alcovy fought it out, and displayed some toughness with a 51-46 win over Lovejoy.

December 13, 2014 | Javon Dickerson | Alcovy


History for Henderson

J.C. Henderson officially became the longest-serving commissioner in Newton County history.

December 13, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County Jail Log

Christopher Rogeli Medrano, 23, Covington, Nov 19, Violate Family Violence Order

December 13, 2014 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log


Our thoughts: The spirit

It's hard to believe that we have less than two weeks left until Christmas day … after all we been reminded that it was coming since August at many places.

December 13, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Engagement: Kali Bell and Christopher Powell

Ms. Jurlean Bell of Covington is proud to announce the upcoming marriage of her daughter Kali Bell, to Christopher Powell, son of Ms. Norma Lewis of Stone Mountain. The wedding will take place Saturday, March 28, 2015 at The Church at Covington in Oxford.

December 13, 2014 | Staff Report | Engagements


Hollis Franklin Blackshear

On August 21, 1934 the late Mr. & Mrs. Johnnie (Luvenia) Blackshear, Sr. were blessed with the birth of a handsome son whom they named Hollis Franklin Blackshear. Born in

December 13, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mike Fondren

Mike Fondren, age 59, of Covington passed away December 11, 2014. He was born in Honolulu, Hawaii on May 21, 1955 to the late James Dolphus and Audrey Gardner Fondren. Mike was the owner of 3rd Base Sports Bar and Grill on Salem Road. He was enjoyed fishing and camping and loved spending time with his grandchildren and family and his 3rd Base family. Mike retired from Steven's Graphics. He was preceded in death by his son Keith Fondren in 2011.

December 12, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Leisa Romero

Ms. Leisa Romero, age 45, of Jasper passed away at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital on Tuesday, December 9, 2014.

December 11, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Oak Hill closed Friday due to Gastroenteritis

Oak Hill Elementary School Closed Tomorrow Due to Outbreak of Gastroenteritis.

December 11, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Rita Unger

Rita Unger of Covington, passed away December 10, 2014, at the age of 82. She and her loving husband, Eric, were adventurous German immigrants who migrated to the United States to raise a family. The family lived for a short time in Ohio and Kentucky before settling in the Covington, Georgia area. She worked at Hercules in Covington for 25 years. She will be remembered by her family as a very loving mother and grandmother (Oma), who enjoyed traveling the United States and Europe. She was also an animal lover, who enjoyed her dogs, Teddy, Amber and Suzie. She was ...

December 11, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Larry Morton

Mr. Larry Morton, 79, of Oxford, passed away Thursday, December 11, 2014. He was born May 2, 1935 in Atlanta, Georgia to the late Daniel Jefferson and Martha Brookshrie Morton. Mr. Morton worked for Gordy Tile Company for 25 years. He enjoyed riding horses and coon hunting for many years.

December 11, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


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Suspicious fires point toward arson

 Investigators are calling two structure fires that blazed in Oxford and Porterdale early Friday morning "suspicious in nature," according to the Newton County Fire Department.

June 01, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


Plans for the new library advancing

Plans for the county's second library are speeding along with the conclusion in May of a preliminary round of presentations by prospective architectural firms.

June 01, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Mass-transit a hot topic at transporation meeting

Mass-transit was the keyword of the day at a recent progress meeting for the county's Comprehensive Transportation Plan.

June 01, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Man sings himself out of depression

Look out Miley Cyrus - the Silver Fox Crooner is making his way up a Myspace music chart raising awareness for mastocytosis and Ehlers Danlos Syndrome.

June 01, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives


Charting a new course

 Newton County will usher in two new schools this fall. Many residents may know about South Salem Elementary, which is set to open in July. Maybe less known, the Challenge Charter Academy opens for business in August at the former campus of R.L. Cousins High School.

June 01, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives


Pint-sized bikers

Newton County is preparing for plenty of two-wheel action this week as the Bicycle Ride Across Georgia kicks off on June 8 in Oxford at Oxford College.

June 01, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives


Georgia effect at convention

Last weekend I had the privilege to attend the Libertarian National Convention in Denver both as a delegate and credentialed member of the press. This is where the Libertarian Party elects new party officers, modifies its platform and selects its nominee for president and vice president.

May 30, 2008 | Jason Pye | Archives


Opinion with fact is more prudent

While I fully believe that all individuals are entitled to their own opinions, when you are given a newspaper column with which to disseminate those opinions to the reading public, I feel you owe it to your readers to do a little research beforehand to make sure that you aren't writing something that is a complete falsehood.

May 30, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Our thoughts...

We live in a society where every word you speak is open to personal and public scrutiny.

May 30, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives


First Baptist chooses young leader from Alabama

 The good news of the Rev. Jason Dees' arrival as pastor of First Baptist Church in Covington already has drawn crowds to their 8:30 and 11 a.m. worship services.

May 30, 2008 | Colleen Capes Jackson | Archives


Preach what we practice?

 "So you must obey them (the teachers of the law and the Pharisees) and do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach" (Matt 23: 3).

May 30, 2008 | Lisa Hetzel | Archives


Driving through orange barrels

 The scenery on my daily route to work is colored with an endless sea of orange barrels.

May 30, 2008 | Colleen Jackson | Archives


Newton Mentor Inc. set to hit NCSS

 A new nonprofit organization hopes to make a difference in the lives of Newton County students when Newton Mentoring Inc. makes its way into the schools this fall.

May 30, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives


William A. "Bill" Moore

Mr. William A. "Bill" Moore, 90, of Covington, formerly of Conyers, died May 25. The son of the late John Hamilton and Bell Hambrick Moore, he was born in 1917 in DeKalb County. Mr. Moore served in the United States Navy during World War II, he was a member of Zion Baptist Church, he loved to read and was an avid gardener, formerly owning Moore's Greenhouses in Conyers.

May 30, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Casey at the bat

It's official: Alcovy High's Casey Bates was named the varsity baseball coach Thursday, replacing Joe Mobley of two years.

May 30, 2008 | Jason Murdock | Archives


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