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Fall Festival, car show at CrossRoads

CrossRoads Baptist Church , in Social Circle, is holding its 10th Annual Community Fall Festival tonight from 6-8 p.m.

October 31, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSS graduation rates top rest of Ga.

Graduation rates, released Thursday, show the Newton County School System is four percentage points higher than the rest of the state's average.

October 30, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Brief standoff ends with kidnapping suspect in custody

A standoff with a kidnapping suspect barricaded in a Conyers motel ended peacefully after the suspect gave himself up Wednesday around 5 p.m.

October 29, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County Jail Log

Stephanie Marie Abercrombie, 36, Covington, Oct 16, Parole Violation

October 29, 2014 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log


High Museum director to step down

The High Museum of Art announced Wednesday that Michael E. Shapiro, the Museum's Nancy and Holcombe T. Green, Jr. Director since 2000, will leave the position next year, after 15 years as director.

October 29, 2014 | Staff Report | STATE


Local teen competes for Miss Georgia

Shaunice Baker, 15, of Covington will compete for the title of Miss Georgia USA 2015 on Nov. 20-2 at the Henry County Performing Arts Theatre in McDonough.

October 29, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Statewide trafficking prosecutor named

Attorney General Sam Olens announced today that he has appointed a new prosecutor, Camila Wright, who will be dedicated to the prosecution of human trafficking. As a prosecutor for the Attorney General's Office, she will have the authority to prosecute human trafficking throughout the entire state and will assist jurisdictions as they work these complex cases. In addition to handling prosecutions, Ms. Wright will conduct trainings around the state for law enforcement and oversee the Attorney General's policy agenda on human trafficking.

October 29, 2014 | Staff Report | STATE


Newton County drug court graduates

Newton County's Adult Felony Drug Court held its graduation ceremony Friday at 2 p.m. in the jury assembly room of the Newton County Judicial Center.

October 28, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Infinity Solutions acquires CompuNet

Infinity Network Solutions, Inc., a leading Information Technology services company for small to mid-sized businesses and public sector agencies, announced today the acquisition of CompuNet, Inc., a full service Networking and Internet solutions provider located in Macon, Georgia.

October 27, 2014 | Staff Report | Business


United Bank names advisory directors

United Bank President Thomas Kephart announced the addition of two local business leaders to its Covington Advisory Board. Anne Laster and Steven Kapp joined the board in their first meeting earlier in October.

October 27, 2014 | Staff Report | Business


Family court graduates three

Three citizens graduated from Parent Accountability court recently.

October 27, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Our thoughts: Dirty Politics

Throughout the generations, whenever there has been an election, there has been some form of dirty politics used to sway the voters mind.

October 25, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Letter: A misstep on Bear Creek could mean higher taxes and utility costs

Dear editor

October 25, 2014 | Staff Report | Letters


Letter: A misstep on Bear Creek could mean higher taxes and utility costs

Dear editor

October 25, 2014 | Staff Report | Letters


Holiday light contest coming

The Covington News, Square Perk and Mainstreet Covington are teaming up to shine a little light on the 2014 Holiday season.

October 25, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Workshop slated to give Newton's history a voice

 Before the existence of books and scholars, history was once passed down through stories told by one generation to the next.

May 14, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


Happy J's offers delicious, inexpensive hot dogs

After five years in the business, Happy J's has emerged as one of the premier places in Newton County to grab a tasty dog or a plate of onion rings.

May 14, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


A lifetime of learning

There is something to be said about working in one career, let alone at the same place for 34 years. In an age where business executives change jobs every few years and job descriptions change more frequently than the cast of "Saturday Night Live," that's just what Huanne Brown has done.

May 14, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives


Frank Allen

Frank Allen, 65, of Covington, died May 11. The son of the late L.D. and Jessie Hodges Allen, he was a dedicated and active member of Harvest Baptist Church. He loved his family and gospel music.

May 14, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


John T. (Johnny) Eskew Jr.

John T. (Johnny) Eskew Jr., 63, of Covington, a loving father and grandfather, died May 12. An outdoor sportsman, he enjoyed freshwater fishing and was an avid NASCAR fan.

May 14, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Willie Bobby Hill

Mr. Willie Bobby Hill died May 3 in Walton County. The son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Gus William (Irene Robinson) Hill, he was born in Walton County in 1928. He attended Social Circle Training School and joined Cargle Chapel AME Church, in Social Circle, at an early age. Mr. Hill was an active and faithful member, serving as custodian, steward and member of the church choir. Mr. Hill was a hard worker and worked at NEPCO Processing Co., Bibb Manufacturing and Ronthor Manufacturing, from which he retired. Mr. Hill was friendly, loving and easy-going. He made many friends ...

May 14, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


James Otis Ingram

Mr. James Otis Ingram died April 30. The son of the late Ms. Addie Harris and Mr. John Ingram, he was born in 1937. He was employed by Bibb Manufacturing Company until the 1990s. He was preceded in death by wife Ms. Sarah M. Dyer Ingram.

May 14, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Suzy Passarella

Suzy Passarella, 69, of Covington, died May 11. Mrs. Passarella was a beloved mother, daughter, partner and wife. She was an avid Braves fan since they were in Boston. Mrs. Passarella loved antiques and was a self-employed antique salesperson. She was loved by numerous friends and business acquaintances. Mrs. Passarella was preceded in death by parents Harry Edward and Gertrude Gan Wolfe and husband Joseph J. Passarella.

May 14, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Susie Gibbs Pitts

Mrs. Susie Gibbs Pitts "Dessie" died May 4 in Rockdale County. The daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Otis (Ollie Bell Harris) Gibbs Sr., she was born in 1946 in Newton County. Mrs. Pitts was raised and educated in Newton County, graduating from high school in 1966. She worked as a lab technician for 15 years at NEPCO and later worked at Covington Manor and Riverside Nursing Home. An excellent seamstress, Mrs. Pitts enjoyed sewing, restoring old furnishing and growing flowers. Mrs. Pitts had a sweet, quiet spirit and a wonderful sense of humor. She will be remembered for ...

May 14, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Deacon J.L. Sanders

Deacon J.L. Sanders died May 4 in Covington. The son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Allen (Luedella Palmer) Sanders, he was born in 1926 in Marion County. At an early age Mr. Sanders joined First Baptist Church of Junction City. He became an active member serving as deacon. He was raised and educated in Marion County. Although he never learned to read, he was a "written epistle of men" and could quote the Bible. He was an entrepreneur and you could never fool him about money. He enlisted in the United States Navy and was honorably discharged in ...

May 14, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Robert James (Rob) White

Mr. Robert James (Rob) White died May 4. The son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Tommy (Edna Mae Browning) White, he was born in 1951 in Covington. He joined Bethel Grove Baptist Church at an early age and began his education in the Newton County School system. Mr. White was a free spirit and fun loving person who cared deeply for his family and friends. He was loved by all who knew him, especially his nieces. He was preceded in death by parents, sister Ms. Lisa White and brother Mr. Phillip White.

May 14, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Democrats dislike current policies

The two candidates for the Democratic nomination for District 1 commissioner, the Rev. Willie Smith and Mark Patrick, have very different backgrounds, but they do share a dislike for certain county policies.

May 14, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Leaf Stone residents robbed Sat.

Armed robbers ambushed a group of Newton County residents late Saturday night, threatening them at gunpoint before making off with purses and computer equipment, according to a Newton County Sheriff's Office report.

May 14, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


Sustainable fuel

About three years ago, Monroe resident Rick Huszagh became frustrated with the amount of money he was pouring in to buying diesel for his farm equipment and the lack of control he had over the prices that he paid for fuel. As a hay farmer, he spent a lot of time on tractors, which burned a lot of diesel.

May 14, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


Gresham hearing set for today

The Newton County Board of Elections met Monday to discuss the candidacy of Horace Don Gresham, who is running for the District 2 Board of Education seat.

May 14, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives


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