In 1897, a young girl named Virginia O'Hanlon got into an argument with her classmate over whether Santa Claus was real. Her classmates teased her and called her names because she believed in him.
The Jewish celebration of Hanukah is often associated with the Christian holiday of Christmas, but that association has little to do with the significance of each holiday and more to do with the timing. Each is celebrated at the end of the year when the holiday season has hit full swing. But much like the story of Christmas, the story of Hanukah is a rich one.
On Friday night, the Alcovy Tigers basketball team welcomed South Gwinnett to town. Going into the game, Alcovy was looking to get its first win of the season. Despite Alcovy playing with outstanding effort, once against they came up short, losing 64-54.
2015 is coming. With that will come a bunch of New Years resolutions – from people that will never fulfill them – like, "I'm going to lose weight" or "I'm gonna start going to church" and of course "I'm going to stay single" as if it takes a new year to start the process, but I digress. What you should really focus on is all of the really good movies that are leaving Netflix after December.
Karen Morris, a resident of Covington, made the Fall 2014 Academic Achievement List at Georgia Southwestern State University and was among 468 students recognized for scholastic achievement.
The school year is in full swing, and parents of school-aged kids have no doubt been involved in at least one fundraiser already. Fundraisers help schools raise money for supplies or special activities that may not have been included in the budgets established by the local school district.
The Georgia Department of Education announced on Dec. 18 that West Newton Elementary School has been removed from the list of State Focus Schools after successfully decreasing the number of students not proficient by 18 percent. Overall, 38 schools were named from either the Priority or Focus Schools lists.
Update 12/18/2014: Due to inclement weather, the event will be postponed to next Saturday, Dec. 27 at the same time.
Annie Laura Conner Darby Chesnut was born Jan. 18, 1918 in Morgan County to Emory E. and Beverly L. Blasingame Conner. She was first married to Olin Lemuel Darby who died in 1945 leaving her with a 5-year-old son and expecting a second son in October. She remained a widow and sole support of her children until 1950 when she married Charles Stewart (Chink) Chesnut. They moved to Chesnut Farm on Chesnut Road where their son Charles was born. She resided there until Chink died and her health declined.
The first 2015 Ford F-150 sold in Georgia will be driven in Covington, as Newton County resident Mike Poole made the purchase at Covington Ford.
Alcovy United Methodist Church is working with the Salvation Army's Toy Drive for the third year, and helped supply toys to those who might otherwise not have anything for Christmas.
The Lady Tigers of Alcovy got their first win in region 2-AAAAAA this season on Friday evening. It wasn't an easy one by any means, as the Lady Wildcats of Lovejoy gave them all they could handle. But, Alcovy fought it out, and displayed some toughness with a 51-46 win over Lovejoy.
J.C. Henderson officially became the longest-serving commissioner in Newton County history.
Christopher Rogeli Medrano, 23, Covington, Nov 19, Violate Family Violence Order
Before the existence of books and scholars, history was once passed down through stories told by one generation to the next.
After five years in the business, Happy J's has emerged as one of the premier places in Newton County to grab a tasty dog or a plate of onion rings.
There is something to be said about working in one career, let alone at the same place for 34 years. In an age where business executives change jobs every few years and job descriptions change more frequently than the cast of "Saturday Night Live," that's just what Huanne Brown has done.
Frank Allen, 65, of Covington, died May 11. The son of the late L.D. and Jessie Hodges Allen, he was a dedicated and active member of Harvest Baptist Church. He loved his family and gospel music.
John T. (Johnny) Eskew Jr., 63, of Covington, a loving father and grandfather, died May 12. An outdoor sportsman, he enjoyed freshwater fishing and was an avid NASCAR fan.
Mr. Willie Bobby Hill died May 3 in Walton County. The son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Gus William (Irene Robinson) Hill, he was born in Walton County in 1928. He attended Social Circle Training School and joined Cargle Chapel AME Church, in Social Circle, at an early age. Mr. Hill was an active and faithful member, serving as custodian, steward and member of the church choir. Mr. Hill was a hard worker and worked at NEPCO Processing Co., Bibb Manufacturing and Ronthor Manufacturing, from which he retired. Mr. Hill was friendly, loving and easy-going. He made many friends ...
Mr. James Otis Ingram died April 30. The son of the late Ms. Addie Harris and Mr. John Ingram, he was born in 1937. He was employed by Bibb Manufacturing Company until the 1990s. He was preceded in death by wife Ms. Sarah M. Dyer Ingram.
Suzy Passarella, 69, of Covington, died May 11. Mrs. Passarella was a beloved mother, daughter, partner and wife. She was an avid Braves fan since they were in Boston. Mrs. Passarella loved antiques and was a self-employed antique salesperson. She was loved by numerous friends and business acquaintances. Mrs. Passarella was preceded in death by parents Harry Edward and Gertrude Gan Wolfe and husband Joseph J. Passarella.
Mrs. Susie Gibbs Pitts "Dessie" died May 4 in Rockdale County. The daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Otis (Ollie Bell Harris) Gibbs Sr., she was born in 1946 in Newton County. Mrs. Pitts was raised and educated in Newton County, graduating from high school in 1966. She worked as a lab technician for 15 years at NEPCO and later worked at Covington Manor and Riverside Nursing Home. An excellent seamstress, Mrs. Pitts enjoyed sewing, restoring old furnishing and growing flowers. Mrs. Pitts had a sweet, quiet spirit and a wonderful sense of humor. She will be remembered for ...
Deacon J.L. Sanders died May 4 in Covington. The son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Allen (Luedella Palmer) Sanders, he was born in 1926 in Marion County. At an early age Mr. Sanders joined First Baptist Church of Junction City. He became an active member serving as deacon. He was raised and educated in Marion County. Although he never learned to read, he was a "written epistle of men" and could quote the Bible. He was an entrepreneur and you could never fool him about money. He enlisted in the United States Navy and was honorably discharged in ...
Mr. Robert James (Rob) White died May 4. The son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Tommy (Edna Mae Browning) White, he was born in 1951 in Covington. He joined Bethel Grove Baptist Church at an early age and began his education in the Newton County School system. Mr. White was a free spirit and fun loving person who cared deeply for his family and friends. He was loved by all who knew him, especially his nieces. He was preceded in death by parents, sister Ms. Lisa White and brother Mr. Phillip White.
The two candidates for the Democratic nomination for District 1 commissioner, the Rev. Willie Smith and Mark Patrick, have very different backgrounds, but they do share a dislike for certain county policies.
Armed robbers ambushed a group of Newton County residents late Saturday night, threatening them at gunpoint before making off with purses and computer equipment, according to a Newton County Sheriff's Office report.
About three years ago, Monroe resident Rick Huszagh became frustrated with the amount of money he was pouring in to buying diesel for his farm equipment and the lack of control he had over the prices that he paid for fuel. As a hay farmer, he spent a lot of time on tractors, which burned a lot of diesel.
The Newton County Board of Elections met Monday to discuss the candidacy of Horace Don Gresham, who is running for the District 2 Board of Education seat.