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Letter: A Muslim in Newton County

My family moved to Newton County in 1994. In the ensuing 22 years, I have been blessed to live that time in my county, as ...

August 27, 2016 | Staff Report | Letters


Jack Lazenby

Jack Lazenby, 75, of Covington, passed away August 26, 2016. Lazenby attended Harvest Baptist Church. He retired from Air Conditioning Specialists after 37 years of ...

August 27, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


George Robert Burpee

George Robert Burpee, 84, went home to his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Saturday, August 27, 2016. Visitation will be Monday, August 29, 2016 ...

August 27, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Jessie Coe

Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home

August 26, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Certification awarded to Social Circle’s fire chief

On Saturday, Aug. 13 Chief Ken Zaydel and Deputy Chief James Robinson of the Social Circle Fire Department joined 21 fellow chiefs in receiving the ...

August 26, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Jean Stinchcomb Kerbow

Jean Stinchcomb Kerbow, aged 67, died peacefully in Tampa, Florida at Kindred Hospital after a hard fought battle with heart disease. Jean was born on ...

August 25, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


David Michael Wilson

David Michael "Mike" Wilson, age 64, of Covington, passed away at his home on August 17, 2016, with his wife, Bonnie, by his side. He ...

August 25, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Ruth Hewell Shaffer

Sossoman Funeral Home

August 25, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


US 278 resurfacing resumes Sunday

The $1.27 million resurfacing of US 278/State Route (SR) 12 from Access Road to Mill Street resumes Sunday at 5 p.m. Planned ...

August 24, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Our Thoughts: Respect

A mosque and cemetery have been announced for Newton County, igniting a firestorm in our community this week.

August 21, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


The Esoteric South: Talkin’ Southern

Living, working and growing up in the South, I love the sights of our region. The magnolias are distinctive and the weather is always warm ...

August 21, 2016 | Staff Report | LIVING


Man robs Chevron gas station in Covington

An armed robbery occurred at the Almon Road Chevron Saturday morning, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

August 20, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


How it happened – Newton County

Editor's note: The following is a statement from Lloyd Kerr, Newton County Manager.

August 19, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


How it happened – Phil Johnson, seller’s agent

Editor's note: The following is a statement from Philip Johnson, agent to Neely Farms Family.

August 19, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County Jail Log: August 17

Felicia Monique Adamson, 39, Covington, August 14, aggravated assault

August 18, 2016 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log


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Melba Ruth Evans Harcrow

Mrs. Melba Ruth Evans Harcrow, 79, of Covington died Jan. 4 at Heritage of Brookstone in Kennesaw. Mrs. Harcrow was born to the late J.C. and Edna Brown Evans and was a lifelong resident of Covington. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church and enjoyed singing in the church choir. She was predeceased by her husband, Mr. Hugh Lee Harcrow in 1998, and is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and Phil Mooney of Kennasaw; her sisters, Jerry Pruett of Conyers and Joyce Wortham of Douglasville; brothers, Terry Evans of Madison and Tim Evans of Sterling, Alaska ...

January 05, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Sara Ruth Townley

Sara Ruth Townley, 87, of Covington died Jan. 4. Mrs. Townley was a charter member of Walnut Grove Baptist Church and served as the church pianist for 27 years. She was the daughter of the late Clyde and Edna Reagan Head and the widow of John Roger Townley. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother.

Surviving are her sons, Sidney Denny of Conyers, Damon Townley of Covington; daughters, Ramona Prince of Byron and Toreitha Carter of Rutledge; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

January 05, 2009 | Social Circle | OBITUARIES


Mrs. Marchiena Bettie Dingler

Mrs. Marchiena Bettie (Boyce) Dingler, 76, of Covington died Jan. 4. She was born in Fulton County on Oct. 29, 1932 to the late Harvey David Boyce and Agnes Viola (Grant) Boyce. She moved to Newton County in 1975.

January 05, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Law firm: Carter's AG, Bell, dies in Atlanta at 90

ATLANTA - Griffin B. Bell, the shrewd Southern lawyer who grew up with Jimmy Carter and became U.S. attorney general after Carter was elected president, died at an Atlanta hospital Monday. He was 90.

Bell died at 9:40 a.m., said Les Zucke, a spokesman for Atlanta law firm King & Spalding where Bell worked as a senior counsel. Piedmont Hospital spokeswoman Diana Lewis said he died of kidney failure.

January 05, 2009 | By Greg Bluestein Associated Press Writer | LOCAL


Homer Hollon Sears, Jr.

January 05, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Holiday thanks

The buildup up for Santa Claus and the commercialism of Christmas is over.

January 05, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Leading by example

Obama's invitation of the Rev. Rick Warren to speak at his inauguration has ignited a fire storm on both sides of the political aisle. For the left wing, eight years of intolerance at the hands of "incurious George" led to an expectation of payback. Toleration of right wing opinions is not part of their agenda.

The right wing, who Warren is seen as representing, is also going up in flames. Their complaint is that Warren should be intolerant of Obama and simply refuse to participate. Both positions are equally wrong and for largely the same reasons.

January 05, 2009 | By Patrick Durusau Columnist | OPINION


Gifts of time and fun

'Twas the day after Christmas, and all through the house, wrapping paper and empty boxes lay strewn all over the floor.

But wait, don't throw out the boxes.

January 05, 2009 | By Terri Kimble Columnist | News Columnists


Buy local...Fat Boys Golf Carts

Fat Boys Golf Carts was established in 2004 after owner Steve Smallwood began selling them in front of his locally owned convenience store.

"I was selling more golf carts than the store could handle," Smallwood said. "I saw that it was working so I decided to move up."

January 05, 2009 | Staff Report | Business


Irene Driver

Mrs. Irene Driver, 91, a lifelong resident of the Conyers and Covington area, died Dec. 23. The daughter of the late Labon Festus Gunn and Annie Lee Ada Preston Gunn, she was born in 1917 in Henry County. She was a member of Hopewell Presbyterian Church after having been of the Baptist faith as a child. Mrs. Driver raised nine children and loved them all. She is preceded in death by parents, husband Mr. Hubert Driver and sons Leon, George, Harold and William Driver.

Surviving are daughters Joyce Kersey of Lithonia, Donnie Blake of Conyers, Luanne Wren of Conyers; daughter ...

January 04, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Glenn T. Pressley

Mr. Glenn T. Pressley, 70, of Covington, died Dec. 23. He was born in Toccoa in 1938 and was a retired truck driver.

Surviving are wife Ellen Pressley of Covington; sons and daughters-in-law Neal and Jean Pressley of Conyers, Greg and Connie Pressley of Covington; grandchildren Chris Pressley, Melissa Parker, Casey Pressley, Scott Pressley; great-grandchildren Annalie Parker, Ashton Baker; sister Myrtle Martin of Seneca, S.C.; brothers Charles Pressley of Jackson, Joe Pressley of Forsyth; several nieces, nephews, other family and close friends.

January 04, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Cocoa products that may contain melamine recalled

ATLANTA - Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Tommy Irvin is warning residents that three G&J cocoa products packaged for Christmas sale are being recalled because they may contain the industrial chemical melamine.

January 04, 2009 | The Associated Press | AP Top Stories


Holiday Gifts

Friendly fashion: Students in Indian Creek Middle School's Couture Club assisted the Bethabara Missionary Baptist Church missions ministry in a community outreach project. They carolled for the residents at Covington Manor and also brought them polar fleece blankets. Pictured are Kiah Brown, left, Tammy Minter, Emilie Liebert, Wendy Rodriguez, Kareana Medouze and Aliyah Davis.

January 04, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Santa comes early

Good boys and girls: George Smith from Eastridge Community Church donned a Santa outfit Sunday and visited the children at the Pine Valley Mission. Approximately 50 children received gifts from their wish lists. Eastridge and Harvest Baptist helped the mission supply the toys. The mission served their Christmas meal to the High Point community on Dec. 14. The mission's focus is on the needs of underprivileged children. School supplies, clothing, shoes and coats are furnished the entire year. The mission is located at 12185 Ga. Highway 36 and has been in operation for 18 years and is facilitated solely ...

January 04, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Social Circle community pillar retires after 30 years

After thirty years of service in the hardware industry, Bill Clegg has decided to call it quits. As the owner and operator of the Ace Hardware in Social Circle, Clegg has decided to hand over the reigns to his son Joel Clegg. "I'm leaving the store in good hands," said Clegg. "Of course I will miss the people. A lot of the customers are like family and friends since I have been here so long."

January 03, 2009 | Brian Harper | Social Circle


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