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Davis named Rotary Club president

The Covington Rotary Club closed out its 76th year Tuesday, handing out awards from 2014-15 and inducting its next president.

June 30, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Georgia State Patrol steps up enforcement this weekend

The July Fourth weekend is not only a chance for many people to celebrate, it is also the busiest travel period of the year. The holiday weekend is recognized as beginning Thursday at 6 p.m. and running through Sunday, July 5 at midnight, according to the Georgia Department of Public Safety.

June 30, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

AKA Chi Tau Omega chapter awards $20,000 in scholarships

COVINGTON- The Chi Tau Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated of Covington, Ga., serving Newton and Rockdale counties, awarded $20, 000 in scholarships on June 21, 2015 at Antioch AME Church in Conyers to high school students heading to various colleges and universities including HBCUs in the state of Georgia and nationwide.

June 30, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Dr. Kenneth L. Jacques

Dr. Kenneth L. Jacques of Oxford, passed away June 29, 2015, at the age of 73. He devoted his life to the ministry of his Lord. Dr. Jacques served as the pastor of Harmony Baptist Church, in Covington, for 27 years, but most recently was a member of Canaan Baptist Church. He led church services once a week, for the residents of Riverside Health Care, Merryvale Assisted Living and The Benton House. He enjoyed spending time in his flower garden, but more than anything, he cherished the time he spent with his family. Preceding him in death were his parents ...

June 29, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

Dr. Melvin Louis Conrad

Dr. Melvin Louis Conrad, 88, passed away on June 26, 2015, in Wichita, Kansas. He was preceded in death by his wife Eula Conrad (Palmer Stone Elementary School Teacher). He is survived by children Albert Conrad (Michael) of Wichita, Kansas, Celia Theiler of Charlotte, North Carolina, and Daniel Conrad (Lauree) of Cary, North Carolina.

June 29, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

Road construction restricted this weekend

The Georgia Department of Transportation is suspending construction-related lane closures on interstates and major state system highways for the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

June 29, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Our thoughts: Pension plan

The Covington City Council made a smart move last week when it voted to back off a hastily conceived plan to change city policy on pensions as they relate to retirees who come back to work for the Covington government.

June 28, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Ruling brings same-sex marriage to Newton

The "thunderbolt" struck the nation around 11 a.m. Friday morning. For some Newton County residents the storm had been brewing for two decades, and for a local couple the ringing began at 3 p.m. – ringing of wedding bells.

June 28, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Carlton Trail sidewalk project now complete

A sidewalk stretching more than half a mile and connecting citizens living in the northwest quadrant of Covington with the rest of the city is now complete. The project ran from Geiger Street to Moore Street in Oxford.

June 27, 2015 | Staff Report | Covington

Conyers teen arrested in shooting death of Newton teen

Newton County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested multiple suspects Friday in connection with the June 22 fatal shooting of 19-year-old Malik Muschett, including Conyers resident Antoine Smith, charged with malice murder and felony murder.

June 27, 2015 | Staff Report | Covington

Donald ‘Don’ Russell Griffin

Donald Russell Griffin "Don", age 82, of Oxford, passed away Thursday, June 25, 2015. He was born November 11 1932, in Covington County, Alabama to the late Grover Cleveland and Lera Lorene Powell Griffin, the ninth of 11 children.

June 27, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

Elzie ‘Ed’ Dees

Elzie (Ed) Dees, of Oxford, passed away June 25, 2015, at the age of 85. Ed was born in Douglas. He served in the United States Air Force from 1951-1955 and was a veteran of the Korean War. He retired from Ryder Truck Lines with 44 years of service. Ed and Maxine thoroughly enjoyed spending time and being involved with their church group. Ed was also a proud and dedicated member of the Masonic Lodge for the past 51 years. He was presently a member with Pace Masonic Lodge No. 558.

June 27, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

Cheryl Lynn Harris Monis

Cheryl Lynn Harris Monis, 56 of Loganville, passed away Thursday, June 25, 2015 at home. She was born in Wilkes-Barre, PA. to the late Bill Harris and Loretta Jamison Harris. Mrs. Monis has lived in the Loganville, GA. area for over 22 years. In addition to her father, she is preceded in death by her brother Mike Harris.

June 27, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

Newton County Jail Log: June 24

Chadwick Lamont Barksdale, 42, Covington, June 23, bail jumping, back for court

June 26, 2015 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log

Covington gets closer to new hotel

COVINGTON- City of Covington and Royal Hotel Investment Officials broke ground on the city's newest hotel project, a Holiday Inn Express & Suites Friday.

June 26, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

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Willie Ralph Glover

Mr. Willie Ralph Glover died July 24. The son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Norman (Stella Manuel) Glover Sr., he was born in 1942 in Newton County. Mr. Glover, called Ralph, was the fifth of seven children. He was raised and educated in Newton County. Always a hard worker, he was employed by the Rutledge Construction Company in Decatur for 32 years. An excellent mechanic, Ralph loved working on cars and repairing lawn mowers. Mr. Glover was the proud father of two daughters and proud grandfather of three, all of whom he adored. Mr. Benton was a friendly, out-going ...

August 01, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Broxton L. Henderson

Mr. Broxton Lee Henderson died July 28. The son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Spencer (Salema Jones) Henderson, he was born in 1936. Mr. Henderson attended Washington Street School. He enlisted in the United States Air Force serving his country for four years. He then relocated to Chicago where he worked at Hendrickson Spring Company, retiring after 33 years of service. After his retirement, he returned to Covington. Mr. Henderson has a pleasing personality and enjoyed making others laugh. He enjoyed collecting old coins, model cars and gardening.

August 01, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Dorothy Lee Nolley Lowe

Mrs. Dorothy Lee Nolley Lowe died July 27 in Rockdale County. The daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Governor Lee (Addie Ruth Weaver) Nolley, she was born in 1939 in Newton County. She joined Sims Chapel Baptist Church at an early age and served on the Usher Board. Mrs. Lowe graduated from R.L. Cousins High School in 1958. While in high school, she married Mr. Howard Lowe who preceded her in death. She was the proud mother of three daughters and one son. Mrs. Lowe was employed by Bibb Manufacturing where she retired after many years of dedicated ...

August 01, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Conquering fears through 4-H

Stone Mountain's newest attraction, Sky Hike, sends 300 people an hour into the skies as they traverse rope and bridge elements.

August 01, 2008 | Terri Kimble | Archives

Runoff election needs voters

Tuesday there will be a runoff election for the Newton County Sheriff Republican nomination and the Democratic nominees for the Newton County Commission chairman and the commission seat for District 3.

August 01, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Back to school time

The collective sigh you have heard around our community this past week can only mean one thing, school is back in session in Newton County and Social Circle.

August 01, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Sponsor help appreciated

Dear Editor: The donation of 450 box fans from nine area Wal-Mart stores, recently, is the largest single business contribution in the history of FaithWorks. We are greatly indebted to Wal-Mart Market Manager Tony Stewart, as well as to Judy Sutton at The Church at Covington, who negotiated this generous gift. Hundreds in our community will get relief from summer's heat as well as high utility rates. We are very grateful for this level of support for our ministry's efforts to help the needy in this county and welcome Wal-Mart as partners in the challenge.

August 01, 2008 | Bob Furnad | Archives

Local artists take home awards for work

Members of the Southern Heartland Art Guild recently showcased their art at the Monroe Art Guild's annual Members Juried Art Exhibition. In the end, three Southern Heartland members took home awards.

August 01, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives

Architectural firm chosen for library

The Newton County Library Board recently announced their selection of an architectural firm to design the county's second library, which will begin construction early next year.

August 01, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

Land owners apply for annexation

A new group of Newton County landowners has applied to be annexed into Social Circle, though their combined acreage is considerably less than the 1,150 acres the city sought to annex from the county two years ago.

August 01, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

NAACP hosts celebration

Today school is back in session throughout Newton County, and another year of high hopes is under way. This morning, approximately 19,000 students made their way to one of the district's 21 schools.

August 01, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives

Meth arrest made in local motel room

Police arrested and charged a 24-year-old woman with allegedly distributing methamphetamines after discovering bags of suspected methamphetamines, marijuana and digital measuring tools in her Covington motel room on July 19.

August 01, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives

Golden boys

 Covington Y swimmers had an impressive showing at the recent state GRPA Swimming Championship in Augusta, winning nine of the 11 medals won by the Rockdale County team.

July 30, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives

Eagles regrouping to defend title

The Eastside wrestling team enjoyed a great deal of success in the 2007-2008 season.

July 30, 2008 | Elizabeth Christian | Archives

Oaks Course set for 14th Oaks Open

 The Oaks Course is no stranger to tradition, and this coming weekend another Oaks tradition will resume with the 14th playing of the Oaks Open, Aug. 2 and 3. The annual tournament is an individual stroke play event that has become an event many local players mark on their calendars as soon as the date is announced.

July 30, 2008 | Jason Coffin | Archives

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