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July 21, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Our thoughts on community hospital

One of the cornerstones of pride in the Newton County community is that we have our own hospital; and throughout its existence the taxpayers have supported its development.

July 19, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Challenges facing farmers today and tomorrow

Though farming was once big business in the United States, by 2012 less than 1 percent of Americans were professional farmers. Many challenges face today's farmers, many of which are largely unknown to the general public.

July 19, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Mae Hardman

Mae Hardman, of Rabun Gap, formerly of Porterdale, Georgia, passed away July 15, 2014. Mae was born November 26, 1925, to Carrie Mae (Lunsford) and William Grady Hardman. She had lived in Rabun County since 1971, where she taught at Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School until her retirement. Prior to teaching, Mae was a social worker for Bibb Manufacturing Company for 27 years. She was very active in both of her communities, which she dearly loved. Mae served in many civic organizations and held positions over the years in both the Porterdale Presbyterian Church and the Rabun Gap Presbyterian Church. Mae dedicated ...

July 18, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. A.L. Crane

A.L. Crane of Covington, passed away July 16, 2014 at Newton Medical Center. He was 78 years of age at the time of his death. A.L. loved people and never met a stranger. He was always willing to go the extra mile to help anyone who needed him. He will be remembered as a man who loved his family. A.L. was preceded in death by his son, Wade Crane; parents, Alvin M. and Gladys (Segars) Crane; and his former spouse, Joann Covington.

July 17, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Mark Jeffries

Mark Jeffries, age 41 of Covington, passed away July 15, 2014. Mark was a true Believer who loved the Lord Jesus with all of his heart. He was an accomplished bass fisherman and loved to hunt. He had a great sense of humor, and was a talented cook, guitarist and singer. Mark enjoyed spoiling his nieces and nephews, and he cherished his time with Mary McCullough, the person closest to his heart. He was loved and will be missed by his family and friends. Mark was preceded in death by his father, William Dee "Junior" Jeffries.

July 17, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Martha Ann Mahan

Martha Ann Mahan of Social Circle passed away July 16, 2014, at the age of 81. A very dedicated member of the First United Methodist Church of Covington and the Christian Fellowship Sunday School Class, she was also a member and past president of the Callie Cohen Circle of the United Methodist Women. Mrs. Mahan enjoyed traveling and will be remembered for her wonderful cooking.

July 17, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Jayne Satterfield

Jayne Satterfield, 78 of Covington, passed away Wednesday, July 16 at Abbey Hospice. Jayne was born on February 23, 1936 to Charner and Frieda (Seddon) Peacock in Atlanta. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. Mrs. Satterfield was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Orlin R. Satterfield in 2013 and her parents.

July 17, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Doris T. Mitchell Bowie

Doris T. Mitchell Bowie of Covington, passed away July 16, 2014, at the age of 93. Mrs. Bowie was a lifelong resident of Newton County, and faithful member of Voice of Pentecost, in Covington. Additionally, she was a former member of United Pentecostal Church, where she served as youth director, the ladies auxiliary leader and Sunday School Teacher. Mrs. Bowie was a published song writer and poet, and proud member of the National Poetry Society of Who's Who. She enjoyed camping, fishing and spending time with those she loved. Mrs. Bowie was preceded in death by her first husband ...

July 17, 2014 | Staff Report | STATE


Newton Newsflash: More construction this weekend

If you're out and about this weekend, avoid sections of I-20 in Newton County as construction continues. Lane closures and long delays can be expected in the following areas and times:

July 17, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Mrs. Nettie Mae Digby

Mrs. Nettie Mae Digby, age 84 of Covington, passed away Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at Abbey Hospice in Social Circle. She was born February 7, 1930 in Porterdale to Archie and Minnie Ivey McCullough who have preceded her in death. Mrs. Digby worked at home until her children were grown and then she worked for C.R. Bard for two years and Stanley Tool for 14 years. She was Methodist by faith and a member of Gaither's United Methodist Church. Mrs. Digby loved her family very much; she was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend.

July 17, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Jesse L. Burgess

Jesse L. Burgess of Covington passed away July 15, 2014, at the age of 75. Mr. Burgess was a member of the First Baptist Church, in Covington. He was a retired member of the Local No. 72 Plumbers & Pipefitters Union, after 57 years of dedicated service, all while serving as owner and operator of Alcovy Day Lily Farm for 20 years. Additionally, he was involved in the Greater Atlanta Hemerocallis Society and the Rockdale County Genealogical Society. Mr. Burgess was ordained as a Deacon in 1963, and heserved in this position at many churches. A loving and dedicated husband, father ...

July 17, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Our thoughts on voting

We realize that voting Tuesday, four full days away, is the farthest thing from your mind right now. But you need to make it first in your mind.

July 17, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Mrs. Nettie Mae Digby

Mrs. Nettie Mae Digby, age 84, of Covington passed away Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at Abbey Hospice in Social Circle. She was born February 7, 1930 in Porterdale to Archie and Minnie Ivey McCullough who have preceded her in death. Mrs. Digby worked at home until her children were grown and then she worked for C.R. Bard for 2 years and Stanley Tool for 14 years. She was Methodist by faith and a member of Gaither's United Methodist Church. Mrs. Digby loved her family very much; she was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend.

July 16, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


How to sneak fruits and vegetables into any recipe

Fruits and vegetables are the building blocks of a healthy diet. But many people do not eat the recommended number of servings of produce.That's especially true among growing children, who can benefit greatly from the vitamins and nutrients fruits and vegetables provide.

July 15, 2014 | Staff Report | Health


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Arrest made in latest murder

 A New Jersey resident was arrested Thursday for the recent murder of a Newton County man, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office and Georgia Bureau of Investigations.

April 04, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


Social Circle annexation lawsuit officially concluded

 The dispute between Newton County and Social Circle over the city's annexation of 1,150 acres is now officially over with the Wednesday signing of a consent order by the county, city and landowners to end the lawsuit.

April 04, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Alcovy High special ed teacher charged with cruelty to children

 The Alcovy High School special education teacher and paraprofessional charged last week with cruelty to children were arrested for allegedly putting soap in the mouth of a severely handicapped student and sticking packing tape over the mouth of the same student, according to warrants filed by the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

April 04, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


Landfill expansion worries some

 Despite the county's efforts to calm the fears of residents of Lower River Road that the landfill does not pose a health threat, some people still have concerns.

April 04, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


From court to the classroom

Carrie Tinsley, fifth grade teacher at Middle Ridge Elementary School, is only a second year teacher, but she has lots of experience with young people.

April 02, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Remember the fallen when on Victory Drive

Night fell too soon upon the marble-like monument as I stood facing the nose of a huge granite marker in the center of the median.

April 02, 2008 | Clifford Brewton | Archives


Nothing wrong with 'Boo'

It was sometime in the early 90s, Sanford Stadium in Athens, the Tennessee Volunteers beating the snot out of our beloved Dawgs - again.

April 02, 2008 | Len Robbins | Archives


Old school values

My old Catholic elementary school has been struggling, and that's not good for anybody.

April 02, 2008 | Tom Purcell | Archives


All dogs go to heaven

For the pet-owner dealing with the loss of a beloved pet, Wheeler-Harwell Funeral Home and Crematory has you in mind when it opens up its pet crematorium later this summer.

April 02, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Newton County records fifth murder of year

 A Newton County man was found murdered in his home Sunday evening, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office, in the County's fifth homicide of the year.

April 02, 2008 | Mandi Singer | Archives


Chicken by Lions

 The Covington Lions Club will hold its 36th annual Chicken Barbecue from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 9 at the Academy Springs Park Pavilion on Conyers Street.

April 02, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Challenger emerges in 2008 tax chief race

Doris Strickland, executive director of the Covington Newton County United Way, will challenge incumbent Barbara Dingler for the position of tax commissioner in the Republican primary this July.

April 02, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Two men rob Covington Chinese restaurant on U.S. Highway 278

 Two men robbed and held up a Covington Chinese restaurant late Friday evening, according to the Covington Police Department.

April 02, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


Human toll

Unlike previous Iraq War movies, "Stop-Loss" has a real chance of appealing to a wide audience due to its close focus on the human fallout of the war instead of the political aspects surrounding it.

April 02, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


lights, camera...Covington

Tyler Perry will be filming scenes for his newest movie in Covington this Thursday and Friday.

April 02, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


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