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Our Thoughts: Newton's citizens committees

Being an elected official is a thankless job. We are promised the moon every election season, and rarely ever see its full glow throughout the ...

August 30, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Covington Police Dept. announces “Filming the Fuzz” contest, prizes

The annual Fuzz Run is rapidly approaching on Sept. 12 and the Covington Police Department is offering runners and spectators a unique way to get ...

August 29, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Jersey Day kicks off Sept. 5

Football season is here, and the only thing better than showing support by wearing your favorite team's jersey is to do it for a ...

August 29, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County Jail Log: August 26

Jacob Garland Abernathy, 18, Covington, August 25, Court sentenced

August 29, 2015 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log


Mayor Johnston to run for re-election

Covington, Ga. mayor Ronnie Johnston announced today he will officially seek election for a second term in office.

August 29, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington man killed in motorcycle crash with SUV

CONYERS - A Covington man was killed in a crash with a SUV on Flat Shoals Road Tuesday morning.

August 28, 2015 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


James ‘Jimmy’ Womack

James "Jimmy" Douglas Womack, 68 of Porterdale, passed away peacefully at his home, Wednesday, August 26, 2015. He was born in Porterdale to the late ...

August 28, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Tandy Hall

Tandy Annette Haney Hall, 55, of Rutledge, Georgia passed away August 22, 2015. Annette was born in Atlanta to T.A. and Eleanor Haney. Annette ...

August 28, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mary Mull

Mrs. Mary Mull, age 86, of Covington passed away August 25, 2015. She was born in Tellico Plains, Tennessee on May 25, 1929 to the ...

August 26, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Sarah Day

Mrs. Sarah Day, age 85, of Covington passed away Monday, August 24, 2015. She was born January 3, 1930 in Lawrenceville, Georgia to the late ...

August 25, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


School threat 'pre-recorded bomb threat'

A Newton County Sheriff's Office investigation has discovered that the bomb threat called into Porterdale Elementary School on Aug. 14 was a pre-recorded threat.

August 25, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


$2,560 donated by Jersey Mike’s to the Covington YMCA

During the grand opening week of the Jersey Mike's Subs shop on Industrial Blvd. patrons who brought in a YMCA donation coupon received a ...

August 24, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Accountability, transparency and leadership

Newton County officials, do you remember the citizens' outrage at a raise in taxes due to an increase in the county's budget?

August 23, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Mary Margret (Peggy) Lamberson

Mary Margret (Peggy) Lamberson, age 59 of Oxford, Ga., daughter of Willard and Martha Lamberson, both deceased, died peacefully in her sleep on Tuesday, August ...

August 22, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


On the clock with Bridgestone Golf

The Covington Newton Chamber went On the Clock this month with Bridgestone Golf. Everyone knows Bridgestone for their rubber products, however their production of golf ...

August 21, 2015 | Staff Report | Business


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Walter C. (Cannon Ball) Bennett Sr.

Walter C. (Cannon Ball) Bennett Sr., 75, of Covington, died at his home Aug. 11. The son of the late Willis B. and Jewell E. Bennett, he was of the Baptist faith and worked for Bibb Manufacturing for over 30 years. Mr. Bennett enjoyed going fishing, raising rabbits and chickens and working in his garden. He dearly loved his family and will be missed by all.

August 15, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Jack Thomas Boozer

Mr. Jack Thomas Boozer, 71, Conyers, died Aug. 13. The son of the late John Marshall Boozer and Ruby Vanhorn Boozer, he was born in DeKalb County in 1936. He graduated from Avondale High School and proudly served our country in the United States Army and while in the service played football and baseball. He was retired from the U.S. Postal Service where he worked as a mail carrier. Mr. Boozer was a member of Conyers First Baptist Church. He was a member of the pilots' association and enjoyed flying airplanes. He also loved to play golf, landscaping and ...

August 15, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


James Joseph Hayes Jr.

James Joseph Hayes Jr., 42, of Covington, died Aug. 4 at Newton Medical Center. He enjoyed fishing, watching horror movies, loved music and ice cream and collected eagles. He was preceded in death by his father James Joseph Hayes Sr.

August 15, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Albert Shannon

Albert Shannon, 65, of Covington, died Aug. 13 at Rockdale Medical Center. The son of the late Herschel and Julia Powers Shannon, he lived in Newton County most of his life and recently opened Shannon Trucking Company. Mr. Shannon enjoyed working on jigsaw puzzles and going to the Music Barn and loved being with his family. A member of Living Waters Baptist Church, he attended Central Community Church. Mr. Shannon was preceded in death by his son-in-law Brent Bates.

August 15, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Beyond the sanctuary

 Oxford Baptist Church continues to serve the community as a warm, spirit-filled and focused ministry. The mission statement is three-fold: obeying God, building relationships through him that last an eternity and caring for all people.

August 15, 2008 | Colleen Capes Jackson | Archives


God's fairness

 In my last few articles I have been addressing the issue of the Christian witness. If what the Bible reveals is true, then the absolute worst thing a believer can do is succumb to the lie that religion is a private issue not to be discussed in proper company. If the Bible is true, then not to witness is, in my opinion, tantamount to criminal neglect. If it is true, there is a life after death; if it is true that we will spend that life in one of two places (heaven or hell) and if it is true that ...

August 15, 2008 | John Pearrell | Archives


Windowsill prayers

 "But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your father, who is unseen. Then your father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you," (Matt 6:6 NIV).

August 15, 2008 | Lisa Hetzel | Archives


Discovery through words

 After years of hard work teaching area adults fundamental reading skills, Newton County READS is within grasping distance of a long-standing goal - to see the county officially recognized as a Certified Literate Community.

August 15, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Town aims to condemn adjacent lot

Unable to purchase a piece of property adjacent to the Newborn Town Hall, the Newborn City Council has empowered the city attorney to proceed with condemnation of the property in order for the town to acquire it for the expansion of a public parking lot.

August 15, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Francis sentenced to life

Thomas Francis received a total sentence of life plus seven years today in Newton County Superior Court for the 2006 murder of his wife Denise Michele "Shelly" Francis.

August 14, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


Riding on success

Despite oppressive August heat, more than 1,100 cyclist joined the ranks of the Covington Century Bike Ride on Aug. 2.

August 14, 2008 | Robby Byrd | Archives


Our thoughts: Protect responsible home buyers

 Last Sunday we ran a front page story on foreclosures. If you drive through many of the newer communities in Newton County and Social Circle, you can see evidence of those foreclosures plainly in the unkempt yards and in some cases broken windows caused by vandals.

August 13, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Computers writing letters

 There ought to be a law against computers writing letters to people.

August 13, 2008 | Lewis Grizzard | Archives


No lobbyist? Grab your wallet

It's time to keep one eye on your bank account and another on our friends at the state Capitol.

August 13, 2008 | Bill Shipp | Archives


Justice served

Dear Editor:

August 13, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


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