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Man gives $800, promised $30,000

A Covington man was convinced to give someone $800 to get $30,000 to deposit in his bank account after meeting him in the parking lot of the Food Depot Wednesday.

October 23, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Change the World Day this Saturday

Citizens of Newton County are racing against hunger in working to change the world.

October 22, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

R.L. Cousins class of 64 celebrates

The R.L. Cousins Class of 1964 celebrated its 50th class reunion at Pilgreen's Steakhouse on Lake Dow Road in McDonough Sept. 20.

October 22, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Peachtree Academy's Homecoming court

Peachtree Academy announced its Homecoming court ahead of Friday night's Homecoing game.

October 22, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Mr. Robert C. Cason

Mr. Robert C. Cason, 79, a lifelong resident of Oxford passed away Tuesday, October 21, 2014. He was born in Oxford, Georgia to the late Charles Arthur and Sadie Ruth Bostwick Cason on October 31, 1934. Mr. Cason served his country in the United States Army. He worked for and retired from John S. Frey Company, retiring in the early 1980's. After retiring, Mr. Cason worked with his longtime friend, Wendell Parker, remodeling and restoring homes. He was a devoted and hardworking member of Gum Creek Presbyterian Church, where he was a member his entire life. Mr. Cason loved ...

October 21, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS

Mr. Phylliss Jocquelyn Patty

Phylliss Jocquelyn Patty, 81, went into the arms of her Savior on Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014.

October 21, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS

Acuity Brands expands, adding 700 jobs in Rockdale, DeKalb

Georgia-based Acuity Brands will expand its operation, creating 700 jobs and investing more than $16 million into Rockdale and DeKalb counties over the next five years, announced Governor Nathan Deal's office Monday morning.

October 20, 2014 | Staff Report | Business

Claire Rowan is Eastminster's Queen

Claire Rowan was named Eastminster School's Homecoming Queen, during the school's soccer match Friday.

October 20, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Law enforcement job fair Oct. 20 at GPTC Newton campus

Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) hosts a Law Enforcement Recruiting Day and Job/Career Fair, Monday, Oct. 20, 9 a.m. to noon, at the GPTC Covington Campus at 8100 Bob Williams Parkway, Covington, Ga. 30014 in the Exhibit Hall.

October 19, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Spider-Man and Captain America at Mall st Stonecrest

Marvel superheroes Spider-Man and Captain America will appear on Saturday, October 25 at noon at the Mall at Stonecrest. Fans of The Avengers are invited to meet Spider-Man and Captain America up close and personal during this exclusive Atlanta appearance.

October 19, 2014 | Staff Report | LIFE

Cohen: A president lacking menace

Tell me something: What do you think would happen if the United States concludes that Iran has been cheating and delaying and is about to pop a fully functional nuclear weapons program? Would President Obama respond by joining Israel to bomb the Iranian nuclear facilities to smithereens - or would he stall and equivocate? My bet is the latter and so, just to double down, is what I bet the Iranians are betting. They have taken the measure of Obama. He lacks menace.

October 18, 2014 | Staff Report | Columnists

Full shopping plaza sets tone for county

As Newton County continues to grow commercially, a key component of growth will be the use of its already built shopping plaza and commercial buildings.

October 18, 2014 | Staff Report | Business

Reconciliation to prepare for Communion or Confirmation

Participating in Penance, also known as Reconciliation, is a significant part of the growing process for Christians across the globe.

October 18, 2014 | Staff Report | RELIGION

Stephens: Miracles still happen, at times in new ways

Decades had come and gone, and for Russ McElveen it seemed that there were important people in his family he would never see again. Then came the miracles of the past year or so that brought a son and two sisters back into his life. After 60 years he made contact with two of his sisters and after 45 years he was reconnect with a son. Have you ever thought that someone was gone from your life forever.

October 18, 2014 | E. Wiley Stephens | Columnists

Paying for long-term care expenses

I've got a subject that can have you reaching for the aspirin and antacid quickly. As if we don't have enough concerns already, now we can worry about this risk and it can be very costly if not addressed. Of the five Covington Lassiter parents who have passed on, all of them incurred long-term care related expenses toward the end of their lives.

October 18, 2014 | Mike Lassiter | Business

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Surplus needed in economic crunch

The Newton County Board of Commissioners and other county employees should be commended for their budgetary stewardship during the past year and encouraged to continue the even more difficult task of achieving a fund balance in the current fiscal year. In an economic environment where funds are scarce for many local governments, Newton County has again achieved a fund balance for fiscal year 2007.

May 11, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Porderdale headed in right direction

We salute the city council of Porterdale for their decision in appointing Sandy Fowler to the position of downtown manager. We believe that Fowler will bring the energy and enthusiasm to insure that Porterdale soon becomes a Better hometown Community.

May 11, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

UBOK versus UBOK

Since the dawn of this new century my basic day job has been to serve as a tower area coordinator for a major airline based in Atlanta. Stationed in one of the concourse towers at the world's busiest airport, I attempt to coordinate ground servicing for flights arriving into, and departing from, the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Every last detail for each flight in the zone to which I'm assigned is my responsibility. My customers include the traveling public, albeit indirectly, as I deal behind the scenes with gate agents, ramp agents, crew members and all other agents associated ...

May 11, 2008 | Nat Harwell | Archives

Thanks for information

Dear Editor: Thanks for printing the map of Newton County districts on the front page. I can foresee this being a helpful tool as we citizens in this diverse county struggle to locate ourselves among and within precincts and happenings. Please continue to offer this colorful image often - so that we might get used to the colors and shapes representing our districts.

May 11, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Generation gap

 When Sally Jarrett received the call from her daughter three years ago, she was just settling into what she thought would be the golden years of her retirement.

May 11, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives

The best gift for Mother's Day is simply being near

 My mom said she already got her Mother's Day present. My grandmother agreed. It sure made for an easy time shopping - I just picked up some pretty cards; mailed some things to my in-laws, and my Mother's Day was in the bag.

May 11, 2008 | Kari Apted | Archives

On the block

 Two years ago, Alcovy High School opened its doors and became Newton County's third high school along with Newton and Eastside. Beyond the obvious - construction, hiring teachers and support staff and choosing a mascot - the Board of Education had a big decision to make. What type of schedule would the new school use?

May 11, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives

Woman shares her historical find

 In 1962 a man watched as a demolition crew tore down an old house on Liberty Street in Franklin, Pa. Feeling as though a piece of history might be lost forever, he saved the box full of old banisters on the curb for trash pickup and gave them to his granddaughter.

May 11, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives

Frank Wise

Frank Wise, 98, of Covington died May 9 at Covington Manor Nursing Home. Mr. Wise was retired from Bibb Manufacturing after many years of service. He was a member of Porterdale Baptist Church, where he had served on the deacon board, and he was a member of Pace Masonic Lodge Porterdale #588 where he had served as chaplain for 50 years. Mr. Wise taught Sunday school at Covington Manor Nursing Home and on WGFS radio. He was an avid gardener and loved his family. Mr. Wise is preceded in death by his parents James and Mary Moore Wise; wife, Olenza ...

May 11, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives

District 1 GOPers discuss issues

 In the Republican race for District 1 county commissioner, retired postal worker Ann Wilson will face off against incumbent Mort Ewing, who is seeking a third term.

May 11, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

Firefighter solicits sex from minors

 A volunteer Oxford firefighter was arrested Wednesday for asking to have sex with what he thought were 12 and 13-year-old girls who turned out to be an undercover officer, according to the Monroe Police Department.

May 11, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives

Recession strains social agencies

 Aftershocks from the recent economic downturn - touched off by a rising tide of foreclosures sweeping the nation - are having a ripple effect throughout the county, affecting area food banks and other aid organizations.

May 11, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

Covington considers higher tap fees

 In the wake of higher construction costs, the Covington City Council is considering an increase to the fees charged for the installation of new water and sewer taps.

May 11, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

Jennifer Lynne Mickle to Andrew Elmore

Mr. and Mrs. Edward J. Mickle of Manchester, Tenn., announce the engagement of their daughter Jennifer Lynne Mickle to Andrew Clayborne Elmore of Chattanooga, Tenn.

May 11, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Katie lee Jones to Dr. Jack L. Edward

On April 25, Katie Lee Jones and Dr. Jack L. Edwards, having renewed their high school (Newton County High, Class of 1961) relationship of 47 years ago, were married at the Historic Court House in Covington.

May 11, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

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