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Our Thoughts: The heart of our community

Sadness swept through Newton County this week with the deaths of three of its citizens under the age of 25.

February 07, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Watch: Jet Rawls wins Spelling Bee

Watch our video of INdian Creek Middle School student Jet Rawls winning the Newton County School System's Spelling Bee Friday.

February 05, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


David Anthony Murphy

David Anthony Murphy, 51 of Conyers, passed away Saturday, January 30, 2016. He was born in Florence, Alabama to the late William John and Joyce ...

February 05, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITS


Damon Card

Damon Card, 22 of Savannah and Jackson, passed away on Friday, January 29, 2016, in Savannah. He was born in Decatur to Daniel and Pamela ...

February 05, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITS


Shirley S. Cody

Shirley S. Cody, 84, of Conyers passed away February 3, 2016. She was born in Newton County, August 2, 1931, to the late Ed and ...

February 05, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITS


Brenda M. Mason

Brenda M. Mason, 74, of Covington, passed away Thursday, February 4, 2016.

February 05, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITS


Kathleen Ann Holmes Collins

Kathleen Ann Holmes Collins, of Loganville, passed away February 1, 2016, at the age of 66. Daughter of Rosemary Hargrove of Oxford, she was preceded ...

February 02, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITS


Helen King

Helen King, of Porterdale, passed away February 1, 2016, at the age of 94. Mrs. King was a wonderful cook and enjoyed preparing southern food ...

February 02, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Helen Churchill

Helen Churchill age 68, of Mansfield passed away February 1, 2016. She was born January 5, 1948 in Porterdale to the late Adel Jasper and ...

February 01, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Mavis Boyd Walker

Mrs. Mavis Boyd Walker, age 73, passed away Saturday, January 30, 2016. She was born in Vina, Alabama on March 4, 1942 to the late ...

February 01, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITS


Our Thoughts: An impressive start

The scene seems familiar to so many. People approach the table in suits and in skirts with heels and hose. They then sit down, make ...

January 31, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Letter: Form of government legislation

Dear fellow Newton neighbors,

January 30, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Letter: GOP mass precinct meetings

Dear Editor,

January 30, 2016 | Staff Report | Letters


Edna Dunevant Wilson

Edna Dunevant Wilson of Covington passed away January 28, 2016, at the age of 95. Mrs. Wilson was a member of Porterdale Baptist Church where ...

January 29, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITS


Newton County Jail Log: Jan. 28

Jacob Garland Abernathy, 18, Covington, January 21, back for court

January 28, 2016 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log


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What about the children?

My son is very sick - he has TBI, CP and SBS. He needs therapy badly and our government has denied him. They say as long as he is chronic, not acute, he does not qualify. If my son doesn't get the therapy he needs his muscles will become basically mush, he will never get better.

November 19, 2008 | Staff Report | Letters


Local ministries out of funds

The News recently ran a story about local ministries being out of funding to provide those in need with shelter, food and utility bill assistance. Several businesses and community organizations have started collecting donations and canned goods for these ministries.

To make a donation send a check to the following local ministries.

November 18, 2008 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Our thoughts...The buck stops here

 The election is over and the American people have spoken. Barack Obama is our new president-elect.

November 17, 2008 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Come to Christ’s wedding banquet

Weddings are a big deal - ask any bride the week of her big day. Or, maybe you shouldn't. She probably has enough on her mind. I think that makes my point. Weddings are a big deal. So it makes sense that Jesus, in our sermon text, uses the picture of a wedding to show that what God has provided for us is a big deal.

November 17, 2008 | the Rev. Jonathan E. Scharf Abiding Grace Lutheran Church | Pulpit Notes


Profound gratitude

Dear Editor: On behalf of all the senior citizens of Newton County I would like to say thanks to the voters who made it possible for the $10,000 increase in seniors' homestead exemption which will take effect on Jan. 1, 2009. I would also like to thank our county commissioners for permitting this to come to a vote. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

November 17, 2008 | Frank Davis Newton County Seniors for Tax Relief, Inc. | Letters


A no-show for Georgia

I have tried every way possible short of stalking Toney Collins outside his home in order to get in touch with him. I had a project in one of my college courses that required me to make a profile for both candidates in the 95th district. I began trying to reach Collins in early August and have never heard back from him.

I don't claim to know a lot about politics in the 95th district, but what I can't help but wonder a thing or two about this man.

November 17, 2008 | Salina Cranor Lawrenceville | Letters


William J. Macken

William J. Macken (Mr. Bill), 65, of Porterdale, lost his battle with cancer Nov. 1. Born in Akron, Ohio, Mr. Macken was a retired stained glass artist.

Surviving are life partner David Boughton of Akron, Ohio; brothers Joseph Macken of Phoenix, Ariz., John Macken of Akron; sister Ita Macken of Akron; many nieces and nephews.

November 17, 2008 | Staff Report | OBITS


Ralph Thomas

Ralph Thomas, 83, of Covington, died at St. Mary's Hospital. The son of the late Henry C. and Lilly Mae Jones Thomas, he was born in Jasper County and was a member of Bethany Presbyterian Church. Mr. Thomas was retired from civil service at Ft. Gillem. Mr. Thomas enjoyed mechanics and dearly loved his family.

Surviving are wife Betty Ann Thomas of Covington; sisters Ellene Rosser of Covington, Margret Shaw of Decatur, Rose Fuller of Conyers, Bonnie English of Griffin, Gladis Woodham of Dallas, Evelyn Zimmerman of Restin, Va.; brother James Thomas of Cumming; numerous nieces and nephews.

November 17, 2008 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. John Ivson Wheeler

Mr. John Ivson Wheeler, 79, a lifelong resident of Covington, died Nov. 5. The son of the late Ira Lee and Ruthie Viola (Daniel) Wheeler, he was born in 1929. Mr. Wheeler proudly served our country in the United States Army, Air Force and Navy. He retired from the U.S. Navy and served in the Korean War. He also retired from Mobile Oil Company and worked for AT&T. He was preceded in death by parents and wife Janet E. Yancey Wheeler. Surviving are son and daughter-in-law Kenneth and Lisa Wheeler of Covington; son John A. Wheeler of Toccoa ...

November 17, 2008 | Staff Report | OBITS


Satellite Junction

Local DirecTV retailer Satellite Junction has been in business for two years, and recently opened their fourth store, a location in Covington, last year

As a retailer, they do installation and sales for DirecTV as well as fulfillment work for other larger DirecTV retailers.

November 17, 2008 | Staff Report | Business


Our thoughts...Bringing you the news

 Several readers have called to complain about the lack of a photograph of Barack Obama on our front page Wednesday. We reserved a small space at the top right corner of the front page to put in a brief about who the next president would be. Our press deadline was 11:30 p.m.

November 17, 2008 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Tickle me voters

Now that the fall elections are over, the time has come to separate real citizens from "tickle me voters." The "tickle me voter" can't wait for "their" candidate to take office so they can remind them of campaign promises - campaign promises that almost always involve some benefit for that voter or a member of which they are a group. And what of other groups and interests? Have you ever heard the phrase "root hog or die?"

November 17, 2008 | Patrick Durusau News columnist | OPINION


State upset with Fulton County election officials

ATLANTA - Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel plans to report Fulton County officials to the state election board for sending workers home with thousands of ballots still uncounted.

Handel says the Fulton County tallying of more than 30,000 absentee ballots could have been finished had workers not left early Wednesday morning to rest. Fulton County election officials say the workers were exhausted and needed a break from the counting.

November 17, 2008 | The Associated Press | Election 2008


Citizenship and the Christian

As Christians, we have a great responsibility, especially at a time of elections. The greatest privilege in the world is to be a Christian American. As such, we should pray earnestly, live morally, and vote responsibly. Never before has more been at stake in an election.

November 17, 2008 | the Rev. Wayne Rutherford LifePointe Church of the Naza | Pulpit Notes


Teacher profile: Debora Ondracek

 Debora Ondracek's fifth grade classroom at Porterdale Elementary School is attractively overflowing with paper maché volcanoes, rocks, test tubes and aquariums.

November 16, 2008 | Staff Report | Education


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