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Crash on I-20 eastbound near exit 80

An accident on Interstate 20 eastbound near Exit 80 in Rockdale County Sunday afternoon left a car on the median and traffic backed up. First ...

August 02, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington fire fighter leaving for higher calling

If you were to ask a room of firefighters why they chose their dangerous profession, the majority would give you the same answer: They were ...

August 02, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Sharon Degonia: Give John Douglas a second chance

Dear editor,

August 02, 2015 | Staff Report | Letters


Our Thoughts: Back to school

Newton County students had already made their way back to school before the calendar even turned to August. For those students it is a time ...

August 02, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Q&A with Superintendent Samantha Fuhrey

What are you looking forward to most for the 2015-16 school year?

August 02, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Larry McSwain: Slow population growth argues against Bear Creek Reservoir

Dear editor,

August 01, 2015 | Staff Report | Letters


Newton wins first Dixie Boys World Series game

The Newton County 14-and-under All Stars won its first game in the Dixie Boys World Series Saturday.

August 01, 2015 | Staff Report | SPORTS


Pilot Club donates to food bank

Pilot Club of Covington recently made a donation to the Community Food Bank Pantry serving citizens of Newton County, presenting Rev. Billy Wade with a ...

August 01, 2015 | Staff Report | LIVING


FFA-FCCLA Center hosts 3rd Annual Udder Mud Run

The Georgia FFA-FCCLA Center will host the Udder Mud Run on Saturday.

August 01, 2015 | Staff Report | LIVING


William ‘Bill’ Sims

William "Bill" Sims of Oxford, passed away July 31, 2015, at the age of 74. Bill retired from US Airways, formerly Piedmont Airlines, and was ...

August 01, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


CPD accepting applications for Citizens Academy

The Covington Police Department is now accepting applications for enrollment into their Citizens Academy for fall of 2015.

July 31, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Elayne Lowery Hutchens

Elayne Lowery Hutchens, aged 72, who resided in Covington went home to be with the Lord on Friday, July 31, 2015. She was born in ...

July 31, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Georgia's tax-free weekend begins today

Georgia's tax-free weekend on school-supply items begins today, running through Sunday.

July 31, 2015 | Staff Report | STATE


Mrs. Mary Harcrow Allen Hamlin

Mrs. Mary Harcrow Allen Hamlin, age 89, of Monroe passed away July 29, 2015. She was born September 2, 1925 in the Rocky Plains community ...

July 31, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


First Day of School

The First Day of School started Friday.

July 31, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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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


Trial begins for October '06 murder

The murder trial of Thomas Francis, for the alleged 2006 shooting of his wife Denise Michele "Shelly" Francis, began Tuesday as jurors heard a chilling call for help to 911 and graphic medical and forensic testimony from experts.

August 06, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


Florida home runs take out Alabama

The All Stars from the Sunshine State kept their composure to come from behind to beat Alabama 7-3 in the fourth day of the Dixie Boys World Series tournament at City Pond Park on Tuesday.

August 06, 2008 | Eric R. Wallace | Archives


S.C. wins battle of Carolinas

South Carolina's All Stars wasted no time jumping on North Carolina Tuesday. With both teams facing elimination, the Sumter, S.C. All Stars defeated their foe 11-1 in five innings.

August 06, 2008 | Robby Byrd | Archives


Newton All Stars fall to Virginia in extra innings

Newton County exited the 2008 Dixie Boys World Series on Sunday after an extra-innings loss to Virginia.

August 06, 2008 | Brian Harper | Archives


Home run derby

In Tuesday night's quarterfinal game, both undefeated Louisiana and Georgia met to settle the score with Georgia coming out to on top 16-3.

August 06, 2008 | Brian Harper | Archives


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