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Proposed park a great idea for Covington

Covington has a problem. And a cure.

August 26, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Mr. J.C. “Shep” Shepard Jr.

J.C. "Shep" Shepard Jr., 89, of Social Circle, passed to be with his beloved wife of 50 years Elizabeth "Liz" Clay Shepard on August 25, 2014. Born December 20, 1924, he was the son of the late James Curtis Shepard and Jessie V. Shepard Studdard. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Bill Shepard.

August 26, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Louise Thomason

Louise Thomason of Covington, passed away Aug. 24, 2014, at the age of 84. Ms. Thomason was an active member of New Life Praise Center, in Covington, and was a dedicated employee of Lithonia Lighting for 38 years. Following her work at Lithonia Lighting, she dedicated herself to caring for handicapped children. Ms. Thomason was a giving lady, and constantly gave of her time to help those less fortunate. She was loved and will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Preceding her in death was her brother, Thomas McCord.

August 26, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Rita Ward White

Mrs. Rita Ward White, age 90, of Oxford, passed away Monday, Aug. 25, at her home. Mrs. White was born Oct. 18, 1923, in Statesboro, Georgia, and was the eldest daughter of Robert Lee and Florence Hendrix Ward. She grew up in a farming family in Bulloch County, Georgia, and was a graduate of Nevils High School. In 1943, she married her husband of 56 years, Darvin White. When Mr. White began working for Independent Life and Accident Insurance Company, they moved to Newton County and settled in Oxford, Georgia. While her children were very young, Mrs. White was a ...

August 26, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


New CTAE coordinator hired for NCSS

Tim Schmitt has been hired as the Newton County School System's new Career, Technical and Agricultural Education Coordinator.

August 26, 2014 | Staff Report | Education


Mrs. Bonnie M. Tingler

Mrs. Bonnie M. Tingler, of Covington, passed away Friday, August 22, 2014, at the age of 87. She was born in Ronceverte, West Virginia to the late Russell and Emma M. Morgan. Mrs. Tingler was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Covington and was an avid BINGO player at the Covington ELKS Club and Conyers American Legion. She was preceded in death by her husband, Arnold Tingler.

August 26, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Conyers women arrested for drug smuggling into Augusta prison

Two Rockdale County citizens are in custody and facing felony charges after being linked to a drug-related investigation that involved narcotics being transported into a state prison.

August 25, 2014 | Martin Rand, III | LOCAL


Milwood concert raises $2K in scholarships

Two Porterdale students attending the Newton County Career Academy will each receive $1,000 for their education beyond high school, thanks to the joint efforts of CARE, Shane Millwood, Josh Millwood, Li'l Bit Country Band, and the Lundsford Family.

August 23, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


'Hero' chief proves CPR works

Newton County Fire Chief Kevin O'Brien, like all firefighters, justly advocates for public CPR training.

August 23, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Letter to Editor

The Center for Community Preservation and Planning, commonly referred to as the Center, is a non-governmental organization which came into being shortly after the turn of the century. It was originally funded by a local private non-profit foundation, which also owned a large tract of land in what is generally referred to as the Brick Store Community at Ga. 11 and Hwy. 278.

August 23, 2014 | Staff Report | Letters


Ga. Farm Bureau accepting entries for hay contest & hay directory

Georgia Farm Bureau (GFB) members who grow Bermuda grass hay are encouraged to enter the GFB 2014 Quality Hay Contest. Hay entered in the contest will be tested at the University of Georgia Testing Lab using the Relative Forage Quality (RFQ) Test, which predicts fiber digestibility and likely animal intake of hay.

August 23, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Harris wants all Georgians to thrive

Patsy Harris of Morgan County has her campaign for Georgia House District 112 in full swing, now that her opponent in the November general election has been chosen by the Republican Party run-off.

August 23, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Mrs. Marlene “Polly” Hicks Carswell

Marlene "Polly" Hicks Carswell, age 79, of Lilburn, passed away Wednesday August 20, 2014. Born in Stone Mountain on October 29, 1934 she was a graduate of Stone Mountain High School. She retired from Lilburn Middle School as the lunchroom manager in December 1994. She obtained a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Certificate from the University of Georgia and was a member of Mountain Park Baptist Church in Lilburn since 1962.

August 21, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Letter to Editor

Dear editor,

August 21, 2014 | Staff Report | Letters


Good decisions made for 2050

We believe Tuesday's Board of Commissioners meeting was the most critical in recent memory, and we applaud the commissioners for their efforts.

August 21, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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Seminoles scalp Eagles, 12-2

By Eric R. Wallace

April 02, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Lady Eagles fly by Newton in soccer, 10-0

COVINGTON - On Monday night the Eastside High girls soccer team gathered to play one last home game against the crosstown rival Newton Lady Rams.

April 02, 2008 | Brian Harper | Archives


Breaking news: Man suspected murdered

A Newton County man was discovered dead in his home late Sunday evening, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

March 31, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


Resurrecting history

Dressed in homespun woolen uniforms 20 men sauntered downfield to challenge members of Sherman's Union Army, intent on taking the field in their quest to reach the Gaithers plantation house.

March 30, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Reality show extremes help husbands appreciate wives

March 30, 2008 | Kari Apted | Archives


Everything, and the kitchen sink

Rickey Hutchins, 46, and Tonya Bundrant, 45, both of Snellville, were arrested March 25 after Newton County Sherriff's Deputies discovered them taking household fixtures and copper wire out of a vacant house on Ga. Highway 11, according to an NCSO incident report.

March 30, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


Randi Bridges

Ms. Randi Bridges, 44, of Oxford, died peacefully at her home March 28. She was born in Fulton County and attended Mount Paran Church of God, Atlanta. She enjoyed boating and power walking and loved spending time with her friends, family and, especially, her animals.

March 30, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Bonnie Elizabeth Knight Cobb

 Bonnie Elizabeth Knight Cobb, 58, died March 24. The daughter of the late James and Betty Knight, she was born in Newton County and enjoyed singing and acting.

March 30, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Betty Mathis

Mrs. Betty Mathis, 72, died at her home March 28. She moved to Monroe two years ago after living in Conyers many years. Mrs. Mathis was a member of the First Baptist Church of Social Circle and was a former longtime member of Zion Baptist Church in Covington. She was a member of the Southern Baptist Convention's Disaster Relief Team, a Red Cross volunteer and an avid gardener. She was previously employed by Bio Lab in Conyers as a shipping manager.

March 30, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Omra L. Kitchens

Mr. Omra L. Kitchens, 90, of Covington, died March 28. Mr. Kitchens, son of the late Andrew and Minnie Parker Kitchens, was born July 1, 1917 in Newton County. He was of the Baptist faith and was a lifelong resident in Newton County.

March 30, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Tommie Lou Lewis

Mrs. Tommie Lou Lewis, 81, of Conyers and formerly Atlanta, died March 28. The daughter of the late Merce Marrow and Martha Lucille Nalley Smith, she was born August 23, 1926 in Carroll County. Mrs. Lewis worked for Arrow Shirt Company for many years, was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Atlanta and was a devoted Braves fan.

March 30, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Louise Shupe

Mrs. Louise Shupe, 97, of Conyers, died March 29. She was a member of Salem United Methodist Church and the Otis Nixon Sunday school class. Mrs. Shupe retired from the U.S. Government Quartermasters after 30 years of employment. She loved to travel and made many picture albums. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence O. Shupe, parents, Thomas Conner and Vashti Mehetttibell Parker and sister, Vashti Skinner.

March 30, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Rams punish Stephenson for first region victory, 11-1

By Eric R. Wallace

March 30, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Heritage cruises by Eastside, 11-1

CONYERS - The Eastside High baseball team was expecting big things Friday evening at Danny Blue Field, such as an upset over number one seeded Heritage.

March 30, 2008 | Brian Harper | Archives


By Michael Smith-Foot

March 30, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


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