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Pratt's 100th birthday

Francis Malone Pratt celebrated her 100th birthday June 28.

July 03, 2015 | Staff Report | Birthdays

Tour of Homes coming this December

For the 18th time, the Satsuki Garden Club will present its Christmas Tour of Homes this December.

July 03, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

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

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3 write-in candidates emerge

Frustrated with what they see as a "corrupt" political establishment, three neighborhood activists have announced their candidacy as Independent candidates for tax commissioner, chairman and state senate.

July 18, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Families must submit school choice forms today

The deadline to submit Public School Choice applications is today for parents seeking to move their children out of Porterdale and Middle Ridge elementary and Clements Middle schools for the 2008-09 school year.

July 18, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives

Ruby Todd Collier

Ruby Todd Collier fulfilled God's plan for her journey through this life July 15. She has joined the faithful gathered by the river that flows by his throne. Mrs. Collier was born in 1914 in Meriweather County. She was preceded in death by beloved husband Gomer W. Collier. She leaves a legacy of life lived without regret. As formidable as Georgia clay, Ruby loved her God, her family and her friends. Never afraid to speak her mind, she often advised on the essence of life. From faithful worship and honest work to unfettered advice ranging from practicing forgiveness to ...

July 18, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Ernest Reba Ozburn

Mr. Ernest Reba Ozburn, 77, of Porterdale, died July 5. The son of the late Thomas and Lottie Aaron Hamby Ozburn, he was born in 1931 in Newborn County. Mr. Ozburn was a lifelong resident of Newton County and member of Julia A. Porter United Methodist Church, Porterdale. He worked for Guardian Automotive and Covington Molding and worked as a milkman delivering milk throughout Newton County.

July 16, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Born right

All of us native Southerners knew it was coming. And now, it is here. The Sunday paper carried a large article about Northern migration to the capital city of the South.

July 16, 2008 | Lewis Grizzard | Archives

Robert Randall Chancey Sr.

Robert Randall Chancey Sr., 65, Social Circle, died July 1 at his home with family and friends by his side. Mr. Chancey suffered a grueling nine-year battle with leukemia. He was born in Loganville in 1942 and lived in the Youth community until he married in 1961 and moved to Social Circle. Mr. Chancey loved the land and at an early age helped his family with work on the farm. After leaving Loganville High School, he went to work at Chamberlain in Monroe and later at Fulton Bag and Paper in Decatur, where he soon realized indoor work was not ...

July 16, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Ruby Lee Freeman Epps

Mrs. Ruby Lee Freeman Epps died July 7. The daughter of Mrs. Lizzie Freeman and the late Mr. James W. Freeman, she was born in 1946 in Newton County. She was preceded in death by sister Lizzie Mae Freeman. Mrs. Epps graduated from R.L. Cousins High School in 1963 and was employed with Bell South, retiring after 30 years of service. She accepted Christ at an early age, joining Macedonia Baptist Church and later moving to New Hope Baptist Church. Mrs. Epps will be sadly missed.

July 16, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Good ole Elizabeth City

Writing about my first house recently got me thinking of my days in Elizabeth City.

July 16, 2008 | Pat Cavanaugh | Archives

James Taylor Godwin

July 16, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Our thoughts...

Today marks the end of the campaigns for the several political hopefuls. Today also marks the beginning of the campaigns for the general election in November.

July 16, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Daisy L. Shiver

July 16, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Stuart Rounds Taber

Stuart (Stu) Rounds Taber died peacefully July 16 at his home on the creek in Monroe, following a courageous two-and-one-half year battle with cancer. He was born in Pawtucket, R.I. A 1958 graduate of South Broward High School in Hollywood, Fla., he was a talented football and baseball player and pitcher. He played summer league baseball in New England during his high school years. At Florida State University, he played football and was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, graduating in 1962. He was a member and former elder in the Presbyterian Church.

July 16, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Gail Lorraine Williams

Ms. Gail Lorraine Williams was called to her heavenly home July 13. The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard (Annie) Williams, she was born in 1954 in Social Circle. Ms. Williams was a free-spirited child who joined Graves Chapel AME Church at an early age. She graduated from R.L. Cousins High School and attended Kentucky State University, Frankfurt, Ky. where she majored in business management. She was a dedicated member of the concert and marching band where she played clarinet. Returning to Georgia, she held various business management positions at Spelman College, The Martin Luther King Center for Nonviolent ...

July 16, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Freda Catherine Snellgrove

Freda Catherine Snellgrove, 87, of Conyers died July 11 at Riverside Health Care. Born on Jan. 14, 1921 in Birmingham, Ala., she was the daughter of the late Ornan J. Stokes and Catherine Mize Stokes. She was a resident of Conyers for 41 years and was the owner of Snellgrove Auto Electric. She was a member of Conyers Church of God where she was involved in the youth programs. Mrs. Snellgrove loved her nine children and spending time with them and she also loved to read, watch Braves games and NASCAR. She was preceded in death by her husband Brady ...

July 16, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Lake-side food and fun

 While residents living on Jackson Lake have been familiar with the Bear Creek Marina for many years now, owners Shane and Sheryl Spencer are ready to reintroduce their newly renovated marina to the whole county.

July 16, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

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