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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

Tommie Rand

Tommie Rand, 83 of Covington passed away Wednesday, August 12, 2015 at his home. He was born in Enfield, North Carolina to the late Willie ...

August 21, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

Eric Daryl Johnson

Eric Daryl Johnson, age 44 of Covington, Georgia passed away August 19, 2015. He was born in Atlanta, Georgia to Shirley Bramlett Johnson and the ...

August 20, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

Exit 90 on- and off-ramps to be closed

The on- and off-ramp at Exit 90 on Interstate-20, along with the westbound inside and middle lanes from mile 90-91, will be closed from 9 ...

August 20, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

14-year-old charged for school threats

A 14-year-old Newton County student has been charged with terroristic threat via computer and false public alarm in connection with social media threats made against ...

August 20, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Man found dead in his truck following altercation in Rockdale County

CONYERS - A man was found dead in his truck Monday night after an alleged verbal altercation, according to the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office (RCSO).

August 18, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Help sought in kidnapping case, reward offered

Crime Stoppers Atlanta is offering a reward of up to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest and indictment in a case of aggravated ...

August 18, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

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City of Oxford accepts GFC forestry grant

Oxford's Parks, Trees and Recreation Board received a recent boost with a 2008 Urban and Community Forestry grant from the Georgia Forestry Commission toward a $17,000 project for community workshops and Board development.

August 13, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives

Teens suspected of break-ins

Three teens suspected of being involved in at least four separate vehicle break-ins were apprehended at Newton Medical Center after one was found with a chisel in his pocket, according to a Covington Police Department report.

August 13, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives

A whole lot of revving going on...

 Newton County, it's time to roll out those vintage hot rods and dust off those blue suede shoes. The King of Rock and Roll himself, or at least his local incarnations, will be in town Saturday night for a benefit concert along with a Classic Car Cruise-in to raise funds for a kidney-transplant hopeful.

August 13, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives

'Traveling Pants' take off again

 While not quite as good as the first film, "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2" still has its merits, especially if you enjoy high-drama, pregnancy scares and nude male models.

August 13, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

Pizza Plus

Boasting the claim of the best pie crust in town, Billy Oakes and his brother, Ray, have opened the newest pizza parlor in town - Pizza Plus.

August 13, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Ms. Ella Avery and Mr. Lamar Baynes announce the engagement of their daughter Kenyatta Morrison of Newton County to Marcus Wingfield, son of John and Melanie Biggs and Frank Wingfield.

August 10, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Mr. and Mrs. Kent Haralson of Oxford and Mr. and Mrs. Scott Malcom of Shady Dale announce the engagement of their daughter Kelli Danielle Malcom of Oxford to George Russell Rebholz, son of Mr. and Mrs. William "Red" Rebholz of Griffin.

August 10, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Haileigh Brooke Alt

Candace Alt of Jasper County announces the birth of her daughter Haileigh Brooke Alt July 15 at Rockdale Medical Center. She weighed 7 pounds and 13 ounces and was 19.5 inches long.

August 10, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Baylee Elizabeth Farrow

Brittany Evans and Ken Farrow of Covington announce the birth of their daughter Baylee Elizabeth Farrow at Rockdale Medical Center June 20. She weighed 8 pounds and 13 ounces and was 20 inches long.

August 10, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

David Samuel Peters May

Rachel and Nicholas Peters of Social Circle announce the birth of their son David Samuel Peters May 15 at Newton Medical Center. He weighed 7 pounds and 1 ounce and was 19 inches long.

August 10, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Dedicated to excellence

 World-renowned author, Elizabeth Sherrill taught a writers workshop at the Newton Center of DeKalb Technical College on Saturday. Writers from Florida, Oklahoma and Georgia gathered to welcome her at a reception on Friday hosted by the East Metro Atlanta Christian Writers.

August 10, 2008 | Colleen Capes Jackson | Archives

Our thoughts...

A free press for years has been one of the cornerstones of the American way of life.

August 10, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

A-bombs, Olympics, space

The first week in August always, always brings with it a time to remember the fifth of the month, in 1945, when America introduced Japan to atomic energy. There's a Peace Memorial located in that nation's city of Hiroshima, below the spot which was designated as Ground Zero, as the "Little Boy" bomb was actually detonated overhead. Last week thousands gathered there for silent prayer, and to hear the Mayor of Hiroshima once more dutifully call for the abolition of nuclear weapons.

August 10, 2008 | Nat Harwell | Archives

Is Martin tough enough for Saxby?

Tuesday, Georgia Democrats did what many thought not possible. They rejected the Senate candidacy of controversial DeKalb County CEO Vernon Jones, and chose instead to nominate Jim Martin to take on Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss this fall. Martin, a Vietnam veteran and former state Department of Human Resources commissioner under Gov. Sonny Perdue and former Gov. Roy Barnes, also represented part of Atlanta in the General Assembly for 18 years.

August 10, 2008 | Bill Dolan | Archives

Heavy loaders beware

Oxford might soon be able to ticket those carrying a little extra weight - more than 10,000 pounds, that is.

August 10, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives

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