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In 1970, we had a riot; Ferguson looks like war

The news from Ferguson, Missouri, has brought back unpleasant memories from the long-ago riots in Asbury Park, New Jersey. It was the summer of 1970, and I was a young teenager close enough to the action to be appropriately frightened.

August 28, 2014 | Staff Report | Columnists


Lunchtime concerts set for Thursdays

A series of concerts, all featuring different styles of music, are set for noon each Thursday in September. All will be held on the Square in Covington, and all are free to the public.

August 28, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Football in the SEC not a casual affair for fans

We made it, folks.

August 28, 2014 | Ben Prevost | Sports Columnists


GPTC hosts healthy choices fair

Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) recently hosted a series of events targeting health and wellness on its DeKalb and Newton campuses. As a part of its "Be ACTive" initiative to encourage faculty, staff and students to engage in healthy choices that will nourish the mind, body and spirit, GPTC held a "Healthy Choices Fair" in the Conference Center on the college's DeKalb Campus.

August 28, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Pilot Club hosts partner in education

The Pilot Club of Covington welcomed its partner in education for 2014-15 to its monthly meeting in August.

August 28, 2014 | Staff Report | LIFE


Rotary Club gives $500 to end Polio

The Rotary Club of Covington hosted District Governor William E. Strickland III at its weekly meeting Tuesday.

August 28, 2014 | Staff Report | LIFE


Thank you John Middleton

Thank you John Middleton for your 14 years of service as Newton County's Manager.

August 28, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


The Value of Work and Labor Day

My first paying job was cleaning the bathrooms at the First Baptist Church of Carrollton, Georgia, where I was a member. I was 14, the minimum age for "children" to work. This was neither glamorous nor exciting work, but useful and needed work. On Sundays I often over heard the "little old ladies" of the church commenting on the cleanliness of the bathroom. I remember my subsequent feeling of pride. While not a glamorous work, my actions were helpful and appreciated by those who used the facilities. For providing this useful service I earned minimum wage in 1981, ($3.35 ...

August 28, 2014 | Staff Report | Columnists


Mr. Ronald Dean Linder

Mr. Ronald Dean Linder

August 27, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Louise Thomason

Louise Thomason of Covington, passed away Aug. 24, 2014, at the age of 84. Ms. Thomason was an active member of New Life Praise Center, in Covington, and was a dedicated employee of Lithonia Lighting for 38 years. Following her work at Lithonia Lighting, she dedicated herself to caring for handicapped children. Ms. Thomason was a giving lady, and constantly gave of her time to help those less fortunate. She was loved and will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Preceding her in death was her brother, Thomas McCord.

August 26, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Proposed park a great idea for Covington

Covington has a problem. And a cure.

August 26, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Mr. J.C. “Shep” Shepard Jr.

J.C. "Shep" Shepard Jr., 89, of Social Circle, passed to be with his beloved wife of 50 years Elizabeth "Liz" Clay Shepard on August 25, 2014. Born December 20, 1924, he was the son of the late James Curtis Shepard and Jessie V. Shepard Studdard. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Bill Shepard.

August 26, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Rita Ward White

Mrs. Rita Ward White, age 90, of Oxford, passed away Monday, Aug. 25, at her home. Mrs. White was born Oct. 18, 1923, in Statesboro, Georgia, and was the eldest daughter of Robert Lee and Florence Hendrix Ward. She grew up in a farming family in Bulloch County, Georgia, and was a graduate of Nevils High School. In 1943, she married her husband of 56 years, Darvin White. When Mr. White began working for Independent Life and Accident Insurance Company, they moved to Newton County and settled in Oxford, Georgia. While her children were very young, Mrs. White was a ...

August 26, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


New CTAE coordinator hired for NCSS

Tim Schmitt has been hired as the Newton County School System's new Career, Technical and Agricultural Education Coordinator.

August 26, 2014 | Staff Report | Education


Mrs. Bonnie M. Tingler

Mrs. Bonnie M. Tingler, of Covington, passed away Friday, August 22, 2014, at the age of 87. She was born in Ronceverte, West Virginia to the late Russell and Emma M. Morgan. Mrs. Tingler was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Covington and was an avid BINGO player at the Covington ELKS Club and Conyers American Legion. She was preceded in death by her husband, Arnold Tingler.

August 26, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


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Porterdale Council working together, with community

 The Porterdale City Council met for an unscheduled called work session Tuesday to discuss recent issues that have put a strain on council members.

April 20, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Catalytic converter thefts on the rise

 Thefts of catalytic converters have been on the rise in recent months, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office reports, driven in part by the rising price of the precious metals found inside.

April 20, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


Methane levels still concern residents

 After three public hearings and two Newton County Board of Commissioner meetings, residents of Lower River Road continue to raise concerns about the proposed expansion of the county landfill.

April 20, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Officer shocks self during arrest

 A traffic stop turned into a physical brawl with both defendant and officers being struck by a Taser, according to a Covington Police Department report.

April 20, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


Baseball: Habersham Central at Eastside

COVINGTON - On Wednesday it was a gorgeous day for baseball at Eagle Field.

April 19, 2008 | Eric R. Wallace | Archives


Georgia State to kick off football for 2010 season

ATLANTA - Georgia State President Carl Patton announced Thursday afternoon that the university will begin football.

April 19, 2008 | Associated Press | Archives


Newton High MCJROTC drill team ends season

The Newton High MCJROTC program has been fielding a drill team since it started in 1996, but the 2008 season was the most successful so far.

April 19, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives


A Christian voice striving to inspire

 The first-ever gospel expo, sponsored by Tracey Nelloms, owner of Acé Tra & Company, will wrap up a series of community events during the holiday weekend on July 6 from noon to 8 p.m. at the Banquet Under the Stars, 672 Moore's Street.

April 18, 2008 | Colleen Capes Jackson | Archives


Lessons from the East

 This Sunday is April 20 on our calendar, but on the Jewish calendar it is also the 14th day of the month of Nisan - in other words, the Feast of Passover.

April 18, 2008 | John Donaldson | Archives


Choose friends wisely

 Do you want real happiness? Not the momentary fleeting pleasure that so many mistake for happiness, but real, deep seated happiness that can't be touched?

April 18, 2008 | John Pearrell | Archives


E.J. Carter

E.J. Carter, 81, of Social Circle, died April 15. The son of the late Eldon Carter and Viola Hall Carter, he was born in Marion County, Ala., in 1927. He was preceded in death by brothers Houston Carter and Wylie Harmon.

April 18, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives


Betty Price

Betty Price, 76, of Monroe, died April 15. The daughter of the late Gladys Carter and Grady Carter, she was born in 1932 in Henry County. She was preceded in death by grandson Paul Autry.

April 18, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives


Change is everywhere

Changing American culture is not an easy task - normally we only change out of pure necessity. If history has taught us anything, it is that we are not creatures of change.

April 18, 2008 | Robby Byrd | Archives


Gaithers in town

Bill Gaither is one of the nice guys in the music business.

April 18, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Archives


Issues with climate column

Dear Editor: Reporter, or should I say editorialist, Rachel Oswald has clearly imbibed heavily from Al Gore's Koolaid cup by perpetuating the global warming hoax on the well-meaning public. I dare say there is no conclusive proof, nor is there a vast scientific consensus that global warming, if it is happening at all, is man-made or the cause of the perceived increases in weather related natural disasters.

April 18, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives


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