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Stone Mountain Pecan product recalled

Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black is alerting Georgians to the recall of certain pecan products for potential health risk. The products were distributed only in the State of Georgia, directly to consumers at the retail level from the Stone Mountain Pecan Company, located in Monroe.

January 30, 2015 | Staff Report | STATE


Smoke may be seen in Newton today

Smoke may be present in Newton County today as a prescribed fire is being conducted in Jasper and Jones counties.

January 29, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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January 29, 2015 | Staff Report | Covington


NCSS Spelling Bee returns

The 2015 System Spelling Bee has returned, and The Newton County School System will host the annual event. Each of the system's elementary and middle schools will compete this year at Newton High School on Feb. 6 at 10:30 a.m. Students in grades four through eight are eligible to participate, with each school sending their own spelling bee champion and runner up to compete in the tournament.

January 28, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton represented in merger committee

One of the first steps in consolidating Georgia State University and Georgia Perimeter College is a implementation committee, helping to find ways to make the two institutions blend together.

January 28, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Porterdale recognized for Main Street

Porterdale has seen a lot of growth over the last year, and continues to head in an upward climb commercially with the addition of a new restaurant and other businesses on the horizon.

January 28, 2015 | Staff Report | Porterdale


Pacho's, Wing Cafe's scores improve

After two failing scores, Pacho's Mexican Grill received a 79 on its inspection report done Monday, Jan. 26.

January 27, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


CFD accepting Explorer applicants

The Covington Fire Department is offering anyone interested in learning about firefighting techniques and technology the opportunity to join the Explorer Program.

January 27, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Theme School accepting applications

The Newton County Theme School at Ficquett will accept applications for the 2015-16 school year beginning Monday, Feb. 2.

January 26, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Science Fair winners

Newton County School System's middle and high schools' first place winners will move on to challenge students from Fayette, Henry, Griffin-Spalding, Butts, Pike, Lamar and Thomaston Upson county schools in the Regional Science Fair at Griffin RESA on Feb. 3.

January 26, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton Firefighter falls on busy weekend

Newton County Fire Services had a busy weekend with a total of 66 calls in a 48-hour period.

January 26, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Mrs. Ethel Jolley

Ethel Jolley, 96, of Covington, passed away January 23, 2015. She was born October 17, 1918, in Roscoe, PA, to the late John and Elizabeth Furlong. Ethel met and married Alton Jolley while they both were serving in the Navy at the Naval Air Station, in Chamblee. Together they moved to Newton County in 1951, where they began their career in the dairy business. She was very active in the community and was one of the founding members of the West Newton Home Demonstration Club. She was the oldest member of Prospect United Methodist Church, where she once served as ...

January 26, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Matthew Larsen

Matthew Larsen of Covington, Ga, passed away January 22, 2015, at the age of 45. Matt enjoyed riding his Harley, fishing and being outside. He was very interested in the history of our military and watching military related TV shows. Matt had a passion for playing his guitar and listening to music. He adored spending time with his family and friends. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Clifford and Evelyn Larsen, Verna and Lawney Hansen; grandfather, George Sabol.

January 26, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Peggy M. Davis

Peggy M. Davis of Covington passed away January 22, 2015, at the age of 84. A woman of strong Christian faith, Mrs. Davis was an active member of the First Baptist Church in Covington, where she faithfully attended the Murphy's Gang Sunday School class. She was a loving and devoted wife, always very supportive of her husband's ministry wherever he was led to serve. She devoted her time serving others, and was beloved by many people in the Covington area. Mrs. Davis was a master flower gardener, and enjoyed traveling, bird watching and square dancing. She was a ...

January 26, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


If it's broke, you should fix it

This week the Newton County Water Authority said it wants to sit down with the county and work on a solution to a problem before taking on a new venture. We believe this meeting should happen.

January 25, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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Happy Thanksgiving

No, this is not a misprint. I know that it's June and a bazillion degrees outside. When our refrigerator died last week, I felt lost. I never knew how much I could miss ice cubes.

June 20, 2008 | Lisa Hetzel | Archives


BOC approves bonds for library construction

The Newton County Library Board is currently in the process of selecting an architect for the new library, which will be located on Ga. Highway 212, next to Oak Hill Elementary School.

June 20, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


BOE agrees to SRO services

The Board of Education approved a contract with Newton County to obtain officers from the Newton County Sheriff's Office to serve as school resource officers beginning in 2008-2009.

June 20, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives


Newton teen convicted in 2007 murder

After four hours of deliberation Wednesday evening, a jury unanimously declared a Newton County teen guilty of murder for the 2007 shooting death of Kawasikis Ricks during a botched armed robbery.

June 20, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


A great-grand pair looks ahead

Emily Grace came sweeping into our house in her little pink basket Sunday to inspect her great-grandparents for the first time. She must have given Reny and me high marks. She giggled and smiled during most of the visit. She only made a face and cried when bottle time ticked around.

June 20, 2008 | Bill Shipp | Archives


Bugged by global warming

Bugs. They want us to eat bugs.

June 20, 2008 | Tom Purcell | Archives


Aging is relative

Each week, I write this column by Thursday around noon. Newspapers have deadlines and I just can't send this out on the information superhighway at the last minute.

June 20, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Archives


Local businesses need opportunity

We were concerned with a decision made by the Covington City Council and Mayor Kim Carter, who voted to break a tie vote, to award the renovation of the mayor's office to a firm located out of our local community during a past council meeting.

June 20, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Nuclear electricity a good move

Cleaner and more efficient energy options are a top priority for many all over the world. With a great deal of attention presently being given to climate change and global warming, any move to eliminate or reduce humans' carbon footprint should be commended and emulated.

June 20, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Rutledge woman arrested on forgery charge

A Rutledge resident was arrested June 18, after allegedly trying to cash a forged check for $9,776.15.

June 20, 2008 | Brian Harper | Archives


Searching for spiritual growth

 The Hebron World Church, a multicultural fellowship committed to the spiritual growth of the whole family, offers areas of service in 15 different ministries from administrative to outreach. Their focus is teaching how to live a victorious life through the reviving, restoring and redeeming blood of Jesus Christ.

June 20, 2008 | Colleen Capes Jackson | Archives


Deeper look at Psalm

It dawned upon me that in an article a couple of weeks ago, we looked at the Twenty Third Psalm and I indicated that we'd be looking at it in more detail. The next week my article was on something else entirely. So let's come back to this wonderful Psalm of comfort and trust. In it David compares God's care for his children as a shepherd's care for his sheep. That's a good comparison. There are many similarities between the fallen human nature and sheep. So, let's talk about sheep.

June 20, 2008 | John Pearrell | Archives


BOC approves $55.1 million FY'09 budget

The Newton County Board of Commissioners approved the county's $55.1 million Fiscal Year 2009 budget at its Tuesday night meeting. The board also voted to keep the same millage rate for county operations as last year - 9.73.

June 20, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


BOE changes district honor grad policy

The Board of Education finally approved a revised section in the Program Planning Guide for 2008-2009, concerning the designation of honor graduates.

June 20, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives


Sheriff's candidates have another chance to speak

More than 100 people turned out Wednesday evening to hear the sheriff's candidates speak at the second forum of the week, which was taped at the Turner Lake complex for broadcast on a local cable channel.

June 20, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives


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