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Good decisions made for 2050

We believe Tuesday's Board of Commissioners meeting was the most critical in recent memory, and we applaud the commissioners for their efforts.

August 21, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Alcovy High to host college fair

High school students in the Newton County School System are invited to attend a PROBE College Fair at Alcovy High School Wednesday, September 10 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the school commons area.

August 21, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Letter to Editor

Dear editor,

August 21, 2014 | Staff Report | Letters


Mrs. Marlene “Polly” Hicks Carswell

Marlene "Polly" Hicks Carswell, age 79, of Lilburn, passed away Wednesday August 20, 2014. Born in Stone Mountain on October 29, 1934 she was a graduate of Stone Mountain High School. She retired from Lilburn Middle School as the lunchroom manager in December 1994. She obtained a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Certificate from the University of Georgia and was a member of Mountain Park Baptist Church in Lilburn since 1962.

August 21, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


3 blood drives remain through August

The Red Cross is continuing to ask for blood, with three more blood drives in Newton County through the end of August.

August 21, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Williams proves nothing is impossible

Tichelle Florence is a walking, talking miracle - emphasis on walking.

August 19, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


CAEC donates backpacks to Middle Ridge

The stuffed backpacks keep rolling in, with or without accessorized wheels.

August 19, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Douglas: abandon 2050 Plan

At Tuesday's Board of Commissioners work session, commissioner John Douglas called for the abandonment of the 2050 Plan.

August 19, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Hospital evacuated due to faulty AC unit

A faulty air handling unit filled with smoke and caused the evacuation of Newton Medical Center's emergency room Sunday evening.

August 17, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Mr. Walter Richard (Rick) Almand

Born on June 26, 1951, Walter Richard (Rick) Almand passed away August 15, 2014. He is survived by his wife Miriam Hamby Almand; children Bryan Owenby and Rachel Almand Wimbush; grandchildren Leanne Brown, Bryanna Owenby, Ashley McKibben, Keeley Owenby, Jordan McKibben, Erica Owenby and Alexis Almand and great-grand daughter rAaliyah Lumpkin. A memorial service will be held on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014 at Faith Baptist Church in Monroe at 7 p.m.

August 16, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Hugh Newsome

Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home

August 16, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Terry McWaters

Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home

August 16, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Darnell (Debo) Gillam

Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home

August 16, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


A muddy good time

Local runners, mudders and thrill-seekers from around the Peach State braved the summer heat in the dirtiest of ways Saturday, August 16 at the 2014 Rugged Maniac 5K Obstacle Race made its way to the Georgia International Horse Park

August 16, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Piedmont Academy welcomes new students

The 2014-2015 school year opened at Piedmont Academy Monday, August 11, and 39 new students walked the halls for the first time, bringing the school's total enrollment to 295. There are 108 students in grades K4 through fifth, 69 students in middle school and 118 students in high school.

August 16, 2014 | Staff Report | Education


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Covington approves strategic plan

In a special called meeting Monday evening, a quorum of the Covington City Council unanimously approved a series of strategic objectives that they will give priority to.

April 16, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


The cookie crumbles

Anyone old enough to remember Herman Talmadge and Lester Maddox and who attended any college in Georgia probably recollects taking a course called Western Civilization. Most likely a goodly part of the assigned reading had something to do with Edward Gibbon's "Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire." If you came from a small town, as did I, you may remember being a little intimidated by a textbook that looked as thick and weighed as much as that staple of every college kid's dorm room in those pre-computer dark ages: Webster's Unabridged Dictionary.

April 13, 2008 | Nat Harwell | Archives


Keep it in the car

On a gorgeous weekend morning, I should be pruning my hedges and attending to my rose bushes - but instead I have to clean up the many items people throw into my yard as they speed past my home.

April 13, 2008 | Jennifer Long | Archives


Events for all ages planned for National Library Week

Today marks the beginning of the National Library Week and the Newton County Library plans a week full of activities. After a successful week last year, this year's efforts promise to deliver.

April 13, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives


Rembrandt of recycling

 When you approach Gwendolyn Maggitt's front door, you can't help but notice two potted autumn joy sedum's framing the bottom step. Perfect for the current conditions in Georgia, the hearty plants require very little water and enjoy basking in full sun.

April 13, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives


Maybe simplifying is the real way to make progress

 I received a typical message from my friend Cheryl at 8:07 one morning.

April 13, 2008 | Kari Apted | Archives


Oxford dances

 The first performance of Oxford College Dance Company's annual spring recital was equal parts a rejoicing of the human form and all the movement it is capable of and a student pep rally.

April 13, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Local organic food topic for voters' meeting

A local farmer and beekeeper will speak about the benefits of organic locally-grown foods at the Rockdale-Newton League of Women Voters' Tuesday meeting.

April 13, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Man arrested with marijuana, Ecstacy

 Two men found with marijuana, ecstasy and neatly sorted cash were arrested March 6, despite attempting to claim the clothes that contained the drugs were not theirs, according to a Newton County Sheriff's Office report.

April 13, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


Climate change: how big a problem?

Editor's Note: This is the first in a three-part series exploring climate change, its effects and its possible solutions. Wednesday's edition of the News will feature part two of the series exploring solutions to the problem.

April 13, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


Newton produces more than its share of pollutants

Editor's Note: This is the first in a three-part series exploring climate change, its effects and its possible solutions. Wednesday's edition of the News will feature part two of the series exploring solutions to the problem.

April 13, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Idabelle Blanton King

Idabelle Blanton King, 82, a lifelong resident of West Newton County, died April 11. Mrs. King was a stay-at-home mom, resigning her job at the birth of her first child.

April 13, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Ralph Lee Giles Jr.

Ralph Lee Giles Jr., 63, of Covington, died April 12 at Newton Medical Center. Mr. Giles was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and son. He enjoyed fishing and loved animals. Mr. Giles was a member of Grant Park Masonic Lodge #604. He was preceded in death by his mother, Martha Tedder.

April 13, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Tennis: GPC at Oxford College

OXFORD - If you're looking to compare SAT scores between the two local colleges, there isn't much of a contest.

April 13, 2008 | Brian Harper | Archives


Tennis: GPC at Oxford College

OXFORD - If you're looking to compare SAT scores between the two local colleges, there isn't much of a contest.

April 13, 2008 | Brian Harper | Archives


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