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Dorothy "Dot" Hooten

Mrs. Dorothy "Dot" McIntosh Hooten, age 86, a lifelong resident of Covington passed away July 2, 2015. She was born February 15, 1929 in Jersey, Georgia to William and Mary Higginbotham McIntosh. Mrs. Hooten was a member of the North Covington United Methodist Church, joining in 1954. She worked for Bibb Manufacturing for 45 years and enjoyed working in her garden and with her flowers around her home. She was the youngest of 9 children and was preceded in death by her parents and her siblings. Mrs. Hooten is survived by her husband of 65 years, Mr. Ed Hooten, along ...

July 03, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

It’s official: Baxalta launches

Baxalta Incorporated launched Wednesday as a global biopharmaceutical company dedicated to delivering transformative therapies to patients with orphan diseases and underserved conditions.

July 02, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Kenneth McDaniel

Kenneth McDaniel, of Covington, passed away July 1, 2015 at the age of 80. He enjoyed gardening, collecting antique cars and trucks, playing poker, and making wine. Ken also loved to play golf, and will be remembered for his practical jokes. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ellis "Pa Mac" and Bertha "Ma Mac" McDaniel; 4 sisters and 5 brothers.

July 02, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

Newton County Jail Log: July 1

Rod Clark Coleman, 22, Covington, June 26, burglary – 1st degree, criminal trespass

July 01, 2015 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log

Sheriff's Office issues fireworks caution

COVINGTON- The Newton County Sheriff's Office would like you to have a happy-and safe-Fourth of July.

July 01, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Fireworks, hotel fee, gas tax changes hit July 1 with new laws

July 1 typically brings a bevy of new laws into effect that were approved by the General Assembly earlier in the year. This year, Georgians can expect to see a new $5 fee tacked on to hotel/motel stays, slight changes to their gas taxes, and will now be able to buy aerial fireworks that were formerly illegal.

July 01, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Landfill Meeting Tonight

The Newton County Board of Commissioners will meet tonight, Wednesday, July 1, at 7:00 p.m. to discuss and likely vote on the Green Hill P3 proposal to lease and operate the county landfill.

July 01, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Davis named Rotary Club president

COVINGTON- The Covington Rotary Club closed out its 76th year Tuesday, handing out awards from 2014-15 and inducting its next president.

June 30, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Georgia State Patrol steps up enforcement this weekend

The July Fourth weekend is not only a chance for many people to celebrate, it is also the busiest travel period of the year. The holiday weekend is recognized as beginning Thursday at 6 p.m. and running through Sunday, July 5 at midnight, according to the Georgia Department of Public Safety.

June 30, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

AKA Chi Tau Omega chapter awards $20,000 in scholarships

COVINGTON- The Chi Tau Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated of Covington, Ga., serving Newton and Rockdale counties, awarded $20, 000 in scholarships on June 21, 2015 at Antioch AME Church in Conyers to high school students heading to various colleges and universities including HBCUs in the state of Georgia and nationwide.

June 30, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Dr. Kenneth L. Jacques

Dr. Kenneth L. Jacques of Oxford, passed away June 29, 2015, at the age of 73. He devoted his life to the ministry of his Lord. Dr. Jacques served as the pastor of Harmony Baptist Church, in Covington, for 27 years, but most recently was a member of Canaan Baptist Church. He led church services once a week, for the residents of Riverside Health Care, Merryvale Assisted Living and The Benton House. He enjoyed spending time in his flower garden, but more than anything, he cherished the time he spent with his family. Preceding him in death were his parents ...

June 29, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

Dr. Melvin Louis Conrad

Dr. Melvin Louis Conrad, 88, passed away on June 26, 2015, in Wichita, Kansas. He was preceded in death by his wife Eula Conrad (Palmer Stone Elementary School Teacher). He is survived by children Albert Conrad (Michael) of Wichita, Kansas, Celia Theiler of Charlotte, North Carolina, and Daniel Conrad (Lauree) of Cary, North Carolina.

June 29, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

Road construction restricted this weekend

The Georgia Department of Transportation is suspending construction-related lane closures on interstates and major state system highways for the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

June 29, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Our thoughts: Pension plan

The Covington City Council made a smart move last week when it voted to back off a hastily conceived plan to change city policy on pensions as they relate to retirees who come back to work for the Covington government.

June 28, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Ruling brings same-sex marriage to Newton

The "thunderbolt" struck the nation around 11 a.m. Friday morning. For some Newton County residents the storm had been brewing for two decades, and for a local couple the ringing began at 3 p.m. – ringing of wedding bells.

June 28, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

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Back to school time

The collective sigh you have heard around our community this past week can only mean one thing, school is back in session in Newton County and Social Circle.

August 01, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Sponsor help appreciated

Dear Editor: The donation of 450 box fans from nine area Wal-Mart stores, recently, is the largest single business contribution in the history of FaithWorks. We are greatly indebted to Wal-Mart Market Manager Tony Stewart, as well as to Judy Sutton at The Church at Covington, who negotiated this generous gift. Hundreds in our community will get relief from summer's heat as well as high utility rates. We are very grateful for this level of support for our ministry's efforts to help the needy in this county and welcome Wal-Mart as partners in the challenge.

August 01, 2008 | Bob Furnad | Archives

Local artists take home awards for work

Members of the Southern Heartland Art Guild recently showcased their art at the Monroe Art Guild's annual Members Juried Art Exhibition. In the end, three Southern Heartland members took home awards.

August 01, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives

Architectural firm chosen for library

The Newton County Library Board recently announced their selection of an architectural firm to design the county's second library, which will begin construction early next year.

August 01, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

Land owners apply for annexation

A new group of Newton County landowners has applied to be annexed into Social Circle, though their combined acreage is considerably less than the 1,150 acres the city sought to annex from the county two years ago.

August 01, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

NAACP hosts celebration

Today school is back in session throughout Newton County, and another year of high hopes is under way. This morning, approximately 19,000 students made their way to one of the district's 21 schools.

August 01, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives

Meth arrest made in local motel room

Police arrested and charged a 24-year-old woman with allegedly distributing methamphetamines after discovering bags of suspected methamphetamines, marijuana and digital measuring tools in her Covington motel room on July 19.

August 01, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives

Golden boys

 Covington Y swimmers had an impressive showing at the recent state GRPA Swimming Championship in Augusta, winning nine of the 11 medals won by the Rockdale County team.

July 30, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives

Eagles regrouping to defend title

The Eastside wrestling team enjoyed a great deal of success in the 2007-2008 season.

July 30, 2008 | Elizabeth Christian | Archives

Oaks Course set for 14th Oaks Open

 The Oaks Course is no stranger to tradition, and this coming weekend another Oaks tradition will resume with the 14th playing of the Oaks Open, Aug. 2 and 3. The annual tournament is an individual stroke play event that has become an event many local players mark on their calendars as soon as the date is announced.

July 30, 2008 | Jason Coffin | Archives

The show is over ­­- say goodbye

Someone, anyone, please wake me from this wretched nightmare. The 2008 baseball season has turned into more than a nightmare for the Atlanta Braves. I can't think of a season involving any other team that has mirrored the path that this journey has taken for the Atlanta Braves. It's almost surreal. This kind of season can't be real, can it?

July 30, 2008 | Ben Gunby | Archives

Victim a 'loving, giving person'

A Social Circle teacher and mother of three fatally shot by her brother Friday was remembered by co-workers and parents she worked with as a loving, giving person who touched many lives in her few years in Georgia.

July 30, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives

It's time to raise driving age to 18

In the early hours on July 13 in DeKalb County, a 14-year-old girl took the keys to a Cadillac Deville and with five children went on a fatal joy-ride. The underage girl lost control of the vehicle and slammed into a telephone pole. One passenger, a 14-year-old boy, died on the scene.

July 30, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives

Moore's Ford coverage needed

Dear Editor: Thank you for your article. I really appreciate you taking this on. I wanted to respond to the person who was interviewed and felt that the reenactment should not be done.

July 30, 2008 | Katrina English | Archives

Reader responds to Sunday column

Dear Editor: Now we know where Mr. Nat Harwell stands on presidential races. Now I will howl as he said about Mr. Obama. What about all that amazing foreign policy experience our present president had when elected. He hadn't seen the ball since the kickoff and still hasn't.

July 30, 2008 | Ernie Carlson | Archives

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