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Betty Purcell

Betty Purcell of Covington, passed away Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at the age of 91. Born and raised in Augusta, GA, Betty was employed with IBM at the Pentagon before she married. She was active in Covington First United Methodist Church, Newton Medical Center Auxiliary and enjoyed her bridge clubs. She loved traveling with her husband, was very social and liked to entertain. While in assisted living Mrs. Purcell delighted in dancing. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. James William Purcell; sisters, Margaret Brandt, Louise Comstock; brothers, Frank Blitchington, Bill Blitchington, Jack Blitchington; as well as her ...

May 28, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

David J. Hood

David Hood, age 60, of Covington passed away May 24, 2015. He was born in Covington on November 7, 1954 one of the first ten babies born at Newton General Hospital. Graduated from Newton County High School and went Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College graduating with a degree in horticulture and while attending college worked at Callaway Gardens. David was the grounds superintendent for several golf course throughout his career including Hidden Hills and Cross Creek golf courses.

May 27, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

Robert ‘Bobby’ Patrick

Robert "Bobby" Patrick of Oxford, passed away May 26, 2015, at the age of 82. He was a 1952 graduate of Newton High School; and proud veteran of the United States Air Force, having served in both Germany and France, during his active duty from 1953 – 1957. Mr. Patrick was employed by Henson Furniture, until the business closed, and then went on to work for Hercules, for 24 years, prior to his retirement. He served as a deacon for several churches, and was Chairman of the deacon boards at First Baptist of Covington, Mt. Zion Baptist and Calvary Baptist. In ...

May 27, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

Newton-Fatality in I-20 crash identified

52-year-old Joel William Simpson, a Newton County resident, has been confirmed dead after he drove his vehicle against traffice on I-20 Tuesday night, crashing into another vehicle around the 89 mile mark between Almon and Salem roads.

May 27, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Covington- Two dead in apparent murder suicide

The Covington Police Department responded to a shooting Thursday, discovering a man and woman shot when arriving on scene.

May 22, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Social Circle-New section of Social Circle Bypass to open

The new section of the Social Circle Bypass from State road 11 to East Hightower Trail will open Tuesday, June 2, according to Superintendent of traffic, safety and utilities J. Robert Manning of ER Snell Contractor.

May 22, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Harry Owens likely interim county manager

Newton County revealed the name of the candidate under consideration for the position of interim county manager Friday following the departure of former County Manager Tom Garrett last week.

May 22, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

William Henry Calhoon

William Henry Calhoon, Sr. (Bill) of Porterdale passed away May 13, 2015 in Covington at the age of 77. A memorial service will be held at The Baptist Tabernacle, 10119 Access Road, Covington, Georgia 30014, on Sunday, May 31, 2015, at 4 pm. Memorial donations, instead of flowers, may be made to The Baptist Tabernacle for the Children's Ministry and Reformers Unanimous Ministry.

May 21, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Throughout the last seven days there was plenty to celebrate, with a big week of appreciation coming on the heels of Mother's Day.

May 17, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Stacey Cotton appointed to medical marijuana study group

Covington Police Chief Stacey Cotton has been named one of 11 members named to Gov. Nathan Deal's new panel charged with making recommendations about what type of medical marijuana use Georgia should allow.

May 17, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Thank you partners

Dear Editor,

May 16, 2015 | Staff Report | Letters

Certified Quality Breast Center at Newton Medical Center

Newton Medical Center's Women's Diagnostic Center has recently been recognized as a Certified Quality Breast Center in the National Quality Measures for Breast Centers Program™. This distinguished honor represents a commitment by this breast center to provide the highest level of quality breast health care to patients in the community.

May 16, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Preparing for graduation

The Newton County School System's high schools will be celebrating graduation Friday and Saturday.

May 16, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Newton County Jail Log

Charles Eugene Aikens, 42, Covington, May 12, Theft by Deception

May 16, 2015 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log

Mrs. Doris Cope Cavanaugh

Doris Cope Cavanaugh, 88, daughter of the late Frank and Ann Cope, passed away peacefully on May 6, 2015 after a long battle with Dementia, at the home of her daughter, Cathy Twigg, in Martinsburg, W.Va.

May 16, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

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Our thoughts...

On this page in today's paper, we are running an Op-Ed piece written by Barak Obama that ran in the New York Times on July 14. We are also running a response to that piece written by John McCain.

July 23, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Good eats for a few bones

High on taste and character and low on price, Mad Dog's BBQ is probably one of the best kept secrets in Conyers.

July 23, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

Diomedisa "Nanay Amie" Sagayno

Mrs. Diomedisa "Nanay Amie" Sagayno, 63, of Covington, died July 18. She was a member of Clarkston International Bible Church, enjoyed watching television and crocheting and loved her family. She was preceded in death by husband Dominador Sayo Sr.

July 23, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Jessie R. Smith

Jessie R. Smith, 62, of Covington, died July 19 at Rockdale Medical Center. The son of the late Rufus and Eva Smith, he was born in Bronx, N.Y., and enjoyed welding, camping and going to the mountains.

July 23, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Odessa Webb White

Mrs. Odessa Webb White died July 17. She was born in 1918 in Jasper County. She was preceded in death by parents Mr. and Mrs. Will (Berda Malone) Roby; husband Mr. Hughey White Jr.; siblings Ola Mae Rhodes (Doll), Willie Mae Franklin, Johnny Roby, William Henry Roby, and Charlie Davis (CD); and children Willie Oscar Webb and Deborah Washington. Mrs. White joined Bethel Grove Baptist Church at an early age. She retired from Covington Moulding after several years of loyal service. Mrs. White was the epitome of a loving, caring and faithful mother. She was always there caring for someone ...

July 23, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Back 2 School Block Party set for Saturday

While the temperature outside may not indicate it, summer is winding down for the children of Newton County. To help get back into the swing of things, downtown Covington will be full of excitement on Saturday as the annual Back 2 School Block Party hits the square beginning at 5:30 p.m.

July 23, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives

Council meeting to begin earlier

The Covington City Council will now hold their meetings an hour earlier at 6:30 p.m. after a majority of council members approved the time change at their meeting on Monday.

July 23, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

Tax-free holiday, teacher gift cards coming soon

Back to school is here for some and around the corner for everyone else. New teachers report to their respective schools today, teachers report on Friday and students return on Aug. 1. But before any instruction and learning can begin, school supply stores and big box retailers will be full of activity.

July 23, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives

A peaceful place

When J.P. Godfrey stands in the section of the Oxford Historical Cemetery where slaves and their descendants were buried, where some might see only the work left to be done, he sees a huge amount of progress.

July 23, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives

Issues raised over flyer

In a complaint filed with the Secretary of State's office Monday, a Newton County resident accused sheriff's candidate Stacey Cotton of improperly using the Newton County Sheriff's Office badge on a campaign flyer - a flyer that brought admonishment from the current sheriff but no formal penalties.

July 23, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives

Major projects on radar for Newton County

Despite the gloomy market, interest in Newton County's development potential remains high with three unnamed projects reportedly very interested in locating new industries in the county.

July 23, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

Newton American All Stars continue torrid streak

Like Batman in the summer blockbuster "The Dark Knight," the 9-10 year-old Newton County Minor League American All Stars have also dominated - on the diamond.

July 20, 2008 | Jason Murdock | Archives

High and holy moment

The 180th year of the Salem Camp Meeting drew to a close Friday with last lingering visits and a floating procession of candle-lit crosses.

July 20, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives

Skyrocketing gas prices a concern for high school football

Due to the ever-increasing price of gas, in conjunction with the reclassification of several Newton County high schools, prep football has taken a hit across the state of Georgia.

July 20, 2008 | Jason Murdock | Archives

Nelson Jenkins-Halstead

Crystal Nelson-Jenkins of Covington and Douglas Halstead of Covington were married May 24 at New Hope community church with the Rev. Leon Bohannon officiating.

July 20, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

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