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Two dead in apparent murder suicide

The Covington Police Department responded to a shooting Thursday, discovering a man and woman shot when arriving on scene.

May 22, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

New section of Social Circle Bypass to open

The new section of the Social Circle Bypass from State road 11 to East Hightower Trail will open Tuesday, June 2, according to Superintendent of traffic, safety and utilities J. Robert Manning of ER Snell Contractor.

May 22, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Harry Owens likely interim county manager

Newton County revealed the name of the candidate under consideration for the position of interim county manager Friday following the departure of former County Manager Tom Garrett last week.

May 22, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

William Henry Calhoon

William Henry Calhoon, Sr. (Bill) of Porterdale passed away May 13, 2015 in Covington at the age of 77. A memorial service will be held at The Baptist Tabernacle, 10119 Access Road, Covington, Georgia 30014, on Sunday, May 31, 2015, at 4 pm. Memorial donations, instead of flowers, may be made to The Baptist Tabernacle for the Children's Ministry and Reformers Unanimous Ministry.

May 21, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Throughout the last seven days there was plenty to celebrate, with a big week of appreciation coming on the heels of Mother's Day.

May 17, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Stacey Cotton appointed to medical marijuana study group

Covington Police Chief Stacey Cotton has been named one of 11 members named to Gov. Nathan Deal's new panel charged with making recommendations about what type of medical marijuana use Georgia should allow.

May 17, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Thank you partners

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May 16, 2015 | Staff Report | Letters

Certified Quality Breast Center at Newton Medical Center

Newton Medical Center's Women's Diagnostic Center has recently been recognized as a Certified Quality Breast Center in the National Quality Measures for Breast Centers Program™. This distinguished honor represents a commitment by this breast center to provide the highest level of quality breast health care to patients in the community.

May 16, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Preparing for graduation

The Newton County School System's high schools will be celebrating graduation Friday and Saturday.

May 16, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Newton County Jail Log

Charles Eugene Aikens, 42, Covington, May 12, Theft by Deception

May 16, 2015 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log

Mrs. Doris Cope Cavanaugh

Doris Cope Cavanaugh, 88, daughter of the late Frank and Ann Cope, passed away peacefully on May 6, 2015 after a long battle with Dementia, at the home of her daughter, Cathy Twigg, in Martinsburg, W.Va.

May 16, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Marilyn Jester, of Covington, announces the engagement of her daughter LaTara Shamika Jester, also the daughter of the late Ronnie Scofield, to John Dee Taylor III of Covington.

May 16, 2015 | Staff Report | Engagements

Robert Denio Wade

Robert Denio Wade, 74 of Social Circle, passed away Thursday, May 14, 2015 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Atlanta. Mr. Wade was born in Memphis, Tennessee. to the late William and Geraldine Wade. Robert was a native of Memphis who moved to Conyers and then to Social Circle where he lived for 27 years. He was of the Catholic faith, had been a member of the Covington Lions Club and Elks Club, loved bass fishing and was very close to his grandson Greyson. In addition to his parents, Mr. Wade is preceded in death by his wife Linda Wade ...

May 14, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

Thomas H. Maloy

SFC Thomas H. Maloy of Walnut Grove, passed away May 5, 2015, at the age of 68. He was a 1965 graduate of Loganville High School. Shortly after graduation, SFC Maloy was drafted into the U.S. Army, and continued his service to his country until his retirement, in 1994, after 27 years of service. During his military career, he served in the 82nd Airborne, and was a drill sergeant and ANOC and BNOC instructor at the Noncommissioned Officer Academy, one of the largest training departments at Fort Gordon. Thomas loved his boys and granddaughters immensely, and he was very ...

May 11, 2015 | Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home | OBITS

Better late than never

For any high school athlete, signing that national letter of intent to their respected college or university may be the best moment of their high school tenure. Usually that special moment comes somewhere during that athlete's senior year, but in some cases it can come after that. Well, how about nearly a year after graduation? Newton's 2014 forward Mercedes Booker finally got that moment as she will be taking her talents to Southern Crescent Technical College.

May 10, 2015 | Javon Dickerson | Newton

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Good as new

The gazebo in Porterdale near the intersection of Ga. Highway 81 and Crowell Road is getting a facelift and will be reopened soon.

July 20, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives

Moore's Ford lynching reenactment set for Friday

This Friday, concerned citizens and civil rights activists will mark the 62nd anniversary of the last mass lynching in America with prayers and a reenactment of the murders of four black sharecroppers in nearby Monroe.

July 20, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

Another fire breaks out at NMC

A fire broke out Friday in the third floor construction area of Newton Medical Center for the second time in two months, according to the Covington Fire Department.

July 20, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives

BOC approves commercial rezonings

Though there are no tenants lined up, the Newton County Board of Commissioners went ahead and approved the re-zonings of two commercial developments located in the western end of the county, at their Tuesday meeting.

July 20, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

High-speed interstate chase ends in crash

Two Atlanta teens led police on a four-county, high-speed chase ending in a highway crash after they hijacked a car at gunpoint from a Newton County church parking lot Thursday.

July 20, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives

Back-to-school bash set for Sat.

The dog days of summer are winding down and the children of Newton County return to school in less than two weeks.

July 20, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives

Guarding General Patton

For some people to truly appreciate the freedom this country offers, they have to experience the turmoil our soldiers went through to earn it.

July 20, 2008 | Brian Harper | Archives

Dude looks like a lady

July 20, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

High speed chase ends in crash

Two Atlanta teens led police on a four-county, high-speed chase ending in a highway crash after they hijacked a car at gunpoint from a Newton County church parking lot Thursday.

July 18, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives

Man arrested for domestic disturbance, then for drugs in the same afternoon

On July 14, a Covington native was arrested twice in the same afternoon.

July 18, 2008 | Brian Harper | Archives

Campaign contemplations

-For the winners of Tuesday's primary voting who have several more months of campaigning ahead of them, things are rosy. But for those that didn't make the cut, the outlook is somber as they consider what might have been.

July 18, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

Runoff set for GOP sheriff hopefuls

 Voters will have another crack at picking a Republican candidate for sheriff in the upcoming August 5 runoff between the top two contenders - Covington Police Chief Stacey Cotton and Newton County Sheriff's Office Lt. Bill Watterson.

July 18, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives

County does not request state ease current watering restrictions

While a number of north Georgia counties have successfully petitioned the state for a relaxation of their water restrictions, Newton County has no plans to do so at this point.

July 18, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

Well connected

In a couple weeks, Newton County's public safety communications will join the digital age as the long-awaited, multi-million dollar radio conversion project comes to fruition July 29.

July 18, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives

Big toy fascination, fantasy

I'm not quite ready to go and change jobs, but I had a glimpse this week of a potential career that I might have pursued.

July 18, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Archives

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