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Stolen truck chase ends in crash at used car lot

A stolen truck chase that started in DeKalb County ended with a crash in Rockdale at a used car lot Sunday morning.

November 24, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL



November 23, 2014 | Staff Report | Covington

Redskins on warpath for State Title

The Social Circle High School Varsity Wrestling team coached by Randy Prater is on the warpath for a state title this year. The Redskins have five returning state placers on the team from last year's lineup. Senior Aaron Forrester (3X state placer) finishing third last year at 152, Junior Reid Harris (2X state placer) finished second at 120, Junior David Engstrom placed third at 145, Sophomore Stevie Howard third at 113, and Sophomore Cade Lackey returning State Champion at 132. You would think that Social Circle would be down this year after graduating 10 seniors last year (which included ...

November 22, 2014 | Staff Report | Social Circle

Cooking with Melanie: Sweet Potato cobbler

"My Daddy loved his Grandmother's sweet potato cobbler. He mentioned many times how he would love to have one like she made. So my sister Emily and I set out to make it for him! After researching recipes, calculating ingredients, and many trials we finally came up with a recipe for Sweet Potato Cobbler. My Daddy was so excited and he loves our cobbler. Even though I never met my Great- Grandmother Smith, it is really cool to bring back and share her memories with my Daddy.

November 22, 2014 | Staff Report | Cooking with Melanie

Light up the holidays

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

November 22, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Santa comes to The News

Santa's elves are busy stocking his sleigh for his global flight, but Jolly Old St. Nicholas himself will take some time at The Covington News before Christmas Eve.

November 22, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

The real cost of Thanksgiving

MACON, Ga. – The national average cost of a traditional Thanksgiving dinner for 10 increased less than 1 percent this year from last, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation's (AFBF) 29th Annual Thanksgiving Dinner Price Survey. The informal survey, conducted from Oct. 31 to Nov. 12 by 179 volunteer shoppers from 35 states, shows the national retail cost of menu items for a classic Thanksgiving dinner is $49.41, a 37-cent price increase from last year's average of $49.04. That makes the cost per person $4.94, less than the cost of most fast-food meals.

November 22, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Our thoughts: Congratulations Rams

We are taking the advice of Newton football announcer Bill Dolan when he says "Ram fans get on your feet," and we urge the rest of Newton County to do the same.

November 22, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Ferguson verdict

Dear editor,

November 22, 2014 | Staff Report | Letters

Obama's immigration case

Dear Newton citizens,

November 22, 2014 | Staff Report | Letters

Citizens comments

Those who follow and attend BOC meetings deplore the vote of Nov. 18th to move citizen comments to the end of each meeting. That means the commissioners won't hear from the public until after votes are taken on agenda items. This clearly says the majority of the BOC doesn't care what citizens have to say or think. But wait until the next election. Listen now or listen then.

November 22, 2014 | Staff Report | Letters

Satsuki Garden Club

The members of the Satsuki Garden Club were busy during their November meeting at the Newton County Library. Alisha Reynolds from A Bouquet by Betty gave the program on Autumn Arrangements, and pine gardens. After the program, member design flower arrangements for The Benton house that we do every November.

November 22, 2014 | Staff Report | LIVING

Herbert Emil Hess

Herbert Emil Hess, 75, of Jersey, formerly of Kedulen, Germany, passed away November 17, 2014. Mr. Hess was preceded in death by his parents, Albert J. and Lina (Haase) Hess, and brother, Walter A. Hess.

November 20, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS

County approves Old Atlanta Hwy cell tower

The Newton County Board of Commissioners voted 4-1 in favor of a new, 150-foot cell tower at 10816 Old Atlanta Highway Tuesday evening.

November 19, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Dahlia Jo Minton

Little Miss Dahlia Jo Minton, age 5, of Jackson, passed away Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at her residence surrounded by her loving family. She was born on Wednesday, January 7, 2009 in Riverdale. Dahlia attended Rock Springs Church and Jackson Presbyterian Church. A sweet, joyful child, she loved to make friends, sing, dance, and laugh.

November 19, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS

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NCSO inmate arrested after brief escape

Newton County Sheriff's Deputies arrested an escaped inmate from the Newton County Detention Center in Jasper County Friday morning, shortly after she got away from investigators, according to the NCSO.

May 25, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives

Venerable veteran

During the summer of 1945, U.S. forces occupied Guam and used the small island as a jumping point to carry out bombing missions against the Japanese during World War II.

May 25, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives

A day to remember our heroes

We celebrate many holidays in our country. That in itself is a testimony to our respect for everything that is good about having the privilege to be a citizen of it.

May 25, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Memorial Day

Memorial Day 2008: if you hold the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness to be important, you may join me in the belief that Memorial Day is the most important holiday our nation celebrates. That's because Memorial Day constitutes a special time when all Americans, regardless of race or creed, political party or religious affiliation, can reflect upon the sacrifices made by so many on our behalf. Memorial Day is that day of days when every American simply must stop before beginning any planned holiday festivities and contemplate the dear price paid by so many others ...

May 25, 2008 | Nat Harwell | Archives

Summer is officially here

 The familiar clanging echoes through the humid air and my red-cheeked children run with their friends, dollars in hand, to buy a frozen treat to cool them down. School is out, tomorrow is Memorial Day, and the ice cream man is another reminder that summer has officially begun.

May 25, 2008 | Kari Apted | Archives

Reminiscing the highly-coveted Indianapolis 500

Before I begin, I hope everyone is having a great Memorial Day weekend no matter what your plans are. For me, I look forward to watching the 92nd running of one of the greatest spectacles in motor racing - the Indianapolis 500.

May 25, 2008 | Eric McDonald | Archives

Classic cold dip

 Mrs. Mary Parker Ramsey (1917-2004), always had the perfect outfit and the perfect dish to bring to her social events.

May 25, 2008 | Christina Benton | Archives

Roper, Mobley resign as head baseball coach

As the saying goes, "when it rains it pours."

May 25, 2008 | Jason Murdock | Archives

Yankees bum rush Diamondbacks, 19-0

COVINGTON - Not even scattered showers could spare the second-place Diamondbacks on Friday evening, as the severe punishment the Yankees handed out ruined any chances of that in Dixie Boys Little League play at City Pond.

May 25, 2008 | Eric R. Wallace | Archives

Hair salon owner arrested for defrauding her clients

The owner of a Covington hair salon was arrested for defrauding clients of tax return refunds after six victims filed reports against her, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

May 25, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives

Frances Jones Carter

Frances Jones Carter, 81, of Oxford, died May 22. The daughter of the late Harvey Key and Pauline Lynch Jones, she was born in Walton County. She had been a resident of Covington and Oxford since 1969 and retired from Bell South with 25 years of service. Mrs. Carter was a member of the Telephone Pioneers and enjoyed being outdoors, working in her yard and gardening. She is preceded in death by husband Roy Winston Carter and sister Mary Elise Jackson.

May 25, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Karen Leslie Church Ford

Mrs. Karen Leslie Church Ford, 64, of Covington, died May 22. the daughter of the late George and Sarah Nancy Church, she was born in Worcester, Mass. Mrs. Ford moved her from Maryland 29 years ago. She worked at the Cracker Barrel restaurant as manager/server. Mrs. Ford loved gardening and reading. She was a beloved mother and grandmother. Mrs. Ford was preceded in death by parents and husband Mr. James A. Ford.

May 25, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Hassie Faye Malcom

Hassie Faye Malcom, 58, died May 22 at Southern Regional Medical Center. Daughter of the late Lincoln Ellington, she was a life-long resident of Newton County and had been employed at Southern Bell and Rockdale Hospital as a switchboard operator and a receptionist. She was a member of Salem United Methodist Church and her hobby was her grandchildren, who were the love of her life. Mrs. Malcom was preceded in death by her brother, Dean Ellington.

May 25, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Mixed blessings

This weekend will be bittersweet. While many will celebrate their children's graduations, the beginning of summer and Memorial Day, others will be soaked in grief as they continue to mourn.

May 23, 2008 | Lisa Hetzel | Archives

Pursuit of pleasure

 If there is anything that characterizes the spirit of this age, it would be the pursuit of pleasure.

May 23, 2008 | John Pearrell | Archives

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