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US 278 resurfacing resumes Sunday

The $1.27 million resurfacing of US 278/State Route (SR) 12 from Access Road to Mill Street resumes Sunday at 5 p.m. Planned ...

August 24, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Our Thoughts: Respect

A mosque and cemetery have been announced for Newton County, igniting a firestorm in our community this week.

August 21, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


The Esoteric South: Talkin’ Southern

Living, working and growing up in the South, I love the sights of our region. The magnolias are distinctive and the weather is always warm ...

August 21, 2016 | Staff Report | LIVING


Man robs Chevron gas station in Covington

An armed robbery occurred at the Almon Road Chevron Saturday morning, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

August 20, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


How it happened – Newton County

Editor's note: The following is a statement from Lloyd Kerr, Newton County Manager.

August 19, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


How it happened – Phil Johnson, seller’s agent

Editor's note: The following is a statement from Philip Johnson, agent to Neely Farms Family.

August 19, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County Jail Log: August 17

Felicia Monique Adamson, 39, Covington, August 14, aggravated assault

August 18, 2016 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log


Teddy Piper

Teddy Piper, 61, of Douglasville, passed away on Thursday, August 18, 2016. He was born in Covington on September 12, 1954. Teddy was employed with ...

August 18, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Mr. Norman Bennett

Norman Bennett, 89, of Covington, passed away August 15, 2016.. He was born to the late Willis and Jewell Bennett in Conyers. Bennett owned and ...

August 17, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Letter: Hwy. 162 property contract

Dear Editor,

August 17, 2016 | Staff Report | Letters


Ben Masdon

Ben Masdon of Covingto, 82, passed away August 13, 2016. "Ben the Barber on the Square", as he was affectionately known, was a master barber ...

August 15, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Mrs. Louise Kelley Boss

Louise Kelley Boss, 89, of Covington, passed away August 13, 2016. She was born June 5, 1927, in Molena to the late Floyd and Gaudie ...

August 15, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Our Thoughts: A new season

This summer has been a difficult one for Newton County. Crime has increased, temperatures have been high and taxes were raised.

August 14, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Letter: Partners in Education

Dear Editor,

August 14, 2016 | Staff Report | Letters


Road work on Covington Bypass Thursday

Construction is scheduled to build road shoulders on the Covington Bypass, between Porterdale and Flat Shoals Road, on Thursday, Aug. 11.

August 10, 2016 | Staff Report | Covington


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Our thoughts...Irresponsible, inexcusable

This past week we ran a story about a woman who shot in her yard a dog that she allegedly felt was a threat to her.

January 03, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts...Protection from predators

 Sen. John Douglas, true to his word, has introduced pre-legislation that would make it illegal for a registered sex offender to run for office on local school boards.

January 03, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


A big thanks

Dear Editor: The Covington Lions Club and Main Street Covington would like to say thanks to all of the people who took part in the 2008 Christmas Parade held on Dec. 6. This year's parade was a success because of the efforts of many folks like you. As the Lions and you have found, it takes time to plan and prepare entries in the parade. Whether it be a walking group, a simple decorated truck or an ornate award-winning float, it does take the efforts of a lot of people. A big thanks goes out to the city of ...

January 03, 2009 | Ed Minge Covington Lions Club Parade Chairman | Letters


Bring one for the chipper

Tree for a tree: Covington resident Eric Spell, left, accepts two free tree seedlings from Home Depot Sales Associate Tamla Nevraumont as he takes part in the Bring one for the Chipper event Saturday. Community members who recycled their Christmas trees at the Home Depot, Oxford's Maintenance Facility or at any Neighboorhood Recycling Center on Saturday received a nursery seedling as a thank-you gift. The event was sponsored by Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful who distrubuted Green Ash, Dogwood, Swamp Chestnut Oak and Catalpa seedlings during the event Saturday.

January 03, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Eat your vegetables

here's a song that says Christmas is "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year." You might agree with that, but I don't. Christmas is indeed fabulous, but I think the most wonderful time comes after the holiday festivities are over. I can hang up my Martha Stewart apron and send her packing 'til Easter, while I simply rest with nothing pressing on my calendar.

January 03, 2009 | Kari Apted Columnist | News Columnists


Israeli ground forces enter Gaza in escalation

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Israeli tanks and infantry entered Gaza after nightfall Saturday, launching a ground offensive that the military said would be a "lengthy operation" in a widening war on Gaza's Hamas rulers.

January 03, 2009 | By IBRAHIM BARZAK and JASON KEYSER Associated Press | LOCAL


Buy local...Hammer’s Getaway

 Hammer's Getaway has been said to be the best nightlife establishment in Jackson. The half restaurant and half dance club is home to the largest dance floor in the area.

January 03, 2009 | Staff Report | Business


Multi-state Mega Millions winner picks correct numbers

ATLANTA - A single winner has taken the $46 million jackpot from the latest drawing of the multistate Mega Millions lottery.

January 03, 2009 | Associated Press | AP Top Stories


State's population increase may add up to a seat in Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) - Southern and western states are poised to snatch more congressional seats from the rest of the country as Americans pursue open spaces and warmer climates.

January 03, 2009 | STEPHEN OHLEMACHER The Associated Press | AP Top Stories


Restaurant scores Dec. 23

o Mickey Dees: 6147 U.S. Highway 278, Dec. 9. 96. chemicals stored in food prep area (corrected).

January 03, 2009 | Staff Report | Restaurant scores


No Compassion

Dear Editor: Certainly no compassion here. If left up to the citizens there would be no condemnation of the Denby home until all the permits were issued to build the project. And after 10-plus years the "urgency" of this condemnation is about as lame an excuse as any kindergarten kid could come up with.

  The county brought me into court on Christmas Eve once in an attempt to spoil my holidays, and if I remember correctly, the county court house was closed. I didn't mind. I expected it. It was an issue of Hay vs. Newton.

January 03, 2009 | Staff Report | OPINION


Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

DEAR EDITOR: I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says, 'If you see it in THE SUN it's so.' Please tell me the truth; is there a Santa Claus?

January 03, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Accident victim remembered

They say you should live your life so there's standing room only at your funeral, and that was certainly the case for one Covington man.

More than 600 people turned out for Milford Dale Hefton's visitation on Friday evening, and between 200 to 300 people showed up for his funeral the following day.

January 03, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Dish It!

Is it winter already? The winds are a bit chilly and everyone is bundled up. Of course it is, because I have already made a batch of my yummy chili. I spend hours making sure that the seasonings are blending in just right. In fact, I will sit around for hours until my house smells like chili and I have had several tastings to know that it is done. That is how easy my chili is. If you like chili and are lazy like me, then this is a great recipe for you. Add your own special flavorings like peppers ...

January 03, 2009 | Christina Benton Columnist | ENTERTAINMENT


Dare to be Different

Approximately 110 students from East Newton Elementary School graduated from the anti-drug and anti-violence DARE program Dec. 19. Pictured are Newton County Sheriff's Deputy Nikki Benton, left, Outstanding Self-Esteem Award winner Noah Quick, the official DARE mascot Daren and Outstanding DARE Student Award winner Reilly Walker. The DARE program equips children with the tools necessary to resist pressures to use drugs and to stay away from violence. The program is taught in all 13 elementary schools in Newton County by a joint effort between the Covington Police Department and the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

January 03, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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