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Letter: Can We Trust the Board of Commissioners with a New SPLOST?

To the editor:

February 19, 2017 | Staff Report | Letters


Sand mandala on display at Oxford College

Seven monk artists from the Drepung Loseling Monastery in Atlanta will construct a sand mandala painting in the Oxford College Library over the course of ...

February 19, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


Newton County reservoir full

Following a fall of light rain and a summer of hotter-than-average conditions, Lake Varner is full (701 feet above sea level) as of Thursday, Feb ...

February 18, 2017 | Staff Report | County


Colleen Suzanne Burton

Colleen Suzanne Burton lost her life suddenly on Feb. 9, 2017 in Covington. She was predeceased by her husband Patrick Burton and beloved maternal grandparents ...

February 17, 2017 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


NCSO Explorers take home 2nd

The Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) Explorers received second place at the Boy Scouts of America "Winterfest" competition held in Gatlinburg, Tennessee Feb. 11.

February 17, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL


A.D. Walker

A.D. Walker, of Covington, passed away Feb. 15, 2017, at the age of 83. Mr. Walker went on active duty for the Army in ...

February 17, 2017 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


NCSS, Kiwanis Club of Covington announce 2017 STAR Students, STAR Teachers

Staff Reports

February 16, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


Historic Partnership Announced between Georgia Piedmont Technical College, Clark Atlanta University

Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) and Clark Atlanta University (CAU) have agreed to launch a historic partnership to expand postsecondary educational opportunities, strengthen academic rigor ...

February 16, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


Additional advisers help keep students on track

Students at Georgia State University's Perimeter College are receiving added attention, thanks to the hiring of 30 new academic advisers.

February 16, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


Newton County celebrates 2017 National FFA Week, Feb. 12-18

Each of the FFA Chapters in Newton County will celebrate National FFA Week, Feb. 18-25. This year's theme is Transform Purpose to Action, and ...

February 16, 2017 | Staff Report | Agriculture


NCSO recognizes promotions

The Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) recently promoted two employees; Deputy Jacob Rice and Deputy Steve Walden were both promoted to the rank of ...

February 16, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County Jail Log: Feb. 15

Michael Bernard Allen, 50, Ellenwood, Feb. 13, child support default, contempt of court, probation violation

February 16, 2017 | Staff Report | Crime


UPDATE: Victims identified in Feb. 9 possible murder-suicide

UPDATE Feb. 15, 1 p.m.: Newton County Coroner Tommy Davis has released the identities of the victims from the possible murder-suicide Feb. 9.

February 15, 2017 | Staff Report | Crime


Law Enforcement Academy tries to bridge communication gap

The Law Enforcement Academy (LEA) of Georgia Piedmont Technical College(GPTC) hosted its second week-long session designed to train working police officers in the art ...

February 15, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


Geraldine Mills

Geraldine Mills, of Covington, passed away Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017 at the age of 77 in the presence of her loved ones. Mrs. Mills was ...

February 15, 2017 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


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Lions Magical Radio Hour

Social Circle Lion's Club will hold its annual musical gala at the Social Circle Theater Saturday, Feb. 28, 4 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., as part of its 60th anniversary celebrations. This year's show, like last, will be a Radio Show format, with music provided from the early to mid 1900s and local actors and singers who perform at the theater throughout the year. Entertainment will include a magician at 4 p.m. and then proceed with the Radio Show at 5 p.m. Raffles will be mixed into the show. The show will include movie and ...

February 26, 2009 | Sue W. Lee Special to The News | Social Circle


William Travis Aiken

Mr. William Travis Aiken, 76, of Athens and formerly of Lyons, died Feb. 23. The son of the late Dr. William White Aiken and Allie Louise Travis, he was born in DeKalb County. He was a lifelong resident of Lyons and was very proud of his civic services for the city. He was mayor of Lyons for 10 years and a member of the Lyons Jaycees, the Lyons Lions Club and the First Methodist Church of Lyons and was on the board of directors for peoples Bank of Lyons for over 30 years. He was a graduate of Emory University ...

February 26, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


House set OK's Georgia Power plan to raise power bills

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Power customers could pay an average of $1.30 more per month on their electricity bills beginning in 2011 under a bill approved by the Legislature on Thursday.

February 26, 2009 | SHANNON McCAFFREY Associated Press Writer | LOCAL


SFC (Retired) Thomas E. Watts

SFC (Retired) Thomas E. Watts, of Covington, died February 25, 2009, at Gwinnett Medical Center, at the age of 67. Son of the late Jessie Watts, he was a native of Sumter County, Georgia and graduated from Union High School in Leslie, GA. Mr. Watts served in the U. S. Army for 25 years, with two tours of duty in Vietnam and in Germany and received the Purple Heart and Bronze Star while serving in Vietnam. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting and fishing. Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Leah (DeDe) and Richard Carnes of Covington, Sue and ...

February 26, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Betty R. Isom

Betty R. Isom, of Covington, died February 25, 2009, at the age of 83. Born in Toledo, Ohio, January 4, 1926, she was the daughter of the late Norman and Anna Bushroe Chinneck. Mrs. Isom moved from her birthplace to Dearborn, MI at age 11, graduated from Fordson High School in 1943, and afterward became employed by Ford Motor Company, where she served as Executive Secretary to Lewis D. Crusoe, Vice President of the Ford Division. After transferring from Michigan to Georgia in 1978, she entered part time employment with C & S Bank and in 1987 retired from Bank of ...

February 25, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Letter to county employees

Dear Editor: I attended the commission meeting last week and listened to the "I feel your pain" speeches as they discussed furloughs, layoffs and cutting your salary. They promised to leave no stone unturned as they look for other ways to cut the budget. But there is one stone they refuse to turn over and that is the Denby property condemnation.

 The reservoir will not be built for many years and the expenditure of $500,000 could easily be postponed until another year. This means 15 employees would not have to take a 10 percent pay cut.

February 25, 2009 | Staff Report | Letters


Morgan’s off the mark

Dear Editor: There have been several news reports both on television and in the print media where Kathy Morgan is quoted as saying the land must all be acquired prior to getting permits for the proposed Bear Creek Reservoir.

February 25, 2009 | Staff Report | Letters


Our Thoughts... Scam

In Sunday's paper there was a story about a Midwest company sending letters into our area, telling folks that they can get certified deeds to their property for only $59.60.

February 25, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts... Proud of our judges

We are fortunate here in Newton County to have talented, caring and family-oriented people as our legal caretakers.

February 25, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Historic times

I couldn't think of a better time than during Black History Month to reflect on the past education of students at R.L. Cousins elementary and high schools and one of those students, Albert Elder, and his wife and daughter. The three of them showed us outstanding hospitality and love Jan. 18-21 in their home in Washington, D.C.

February 25, 2009 | By Louise Adams | News Columnists


Buy Local... Newton Package Shop

For more than two decades Newton Package Shop has been serving the citizens of Newton County with a knowledgeable and friendly staff and a large selection of wines, beers and liquors.

February 25, 2009 | Staff Report | Business


Newton County Jail Log 2/25/09

Rodney Tearle Glenn, 17, 230 Pebble Brooke Pass, Covington, Feb. 5. Duty of driver to stop at or report, following too closely, instruction permits.

February 25, 2009 | Staff Report | Crime


Social Circle Arrest Log 2/25/09

Danielle Marie Ezell, 19, 642 Johnson Road, Oxford, Feb. 17. Three counts financial transaction card fraud.

February 25, 2009 | Staff Report | Social Circle


Satsuki Garden Club donation

A friend of the trees: Satsuki Garden Club Treasurer Virginia Ann Hoffman, left, presents a $100 check to Loy Summers, chairman of the Covington Tree Board, in celebration of Arbor Day.

February 24, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Georgia Rides to the Capitol

Elected officials from Newton and Rockdale Counties will again join the Covington Conyers Cycling Club (C4) and Conte's Bicycles and Fitness Equipment of Conyers for the fourth annual Georgia Rides to the Capitol event on Tuesday, March 3.

February 24, 2009 | Staff Report | Outdoors Events


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