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Betty Purcell

Betty Purcell of Covington, passed away Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at the age of 91. Born and raised in Augusta, GA, Betty was employed with IBM at the Pentagon before she married. She was active in Covington First United Methodist Church, Newton Medical Center Auxiliary and enjoyed her bridge clubs. She loved traveling with her husband, was very social and liked to entertain. While in assisted living Mrs. Purcell delighted in dancing. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. James William Purcell; sisters, Margaret Brandt, Louise Comstock; brothers, Frank Blitchington, Bill Blitchington, Jack Blitchington; as well as her ...

May 28, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

David J. Hood

David Hood, age 60, of Covington passed away May 24, 2015. He was born in Covington on November 7, 1954 one of the first ten babies born at Newton General Hospital. Graduated from Newton County High School and went Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College graduating with a degree in horticulture and while attending college worked at Callaway Gardens. David was the grounds superintendent for several golf course throughout his career including Hidden Hills and Cross Creek golf courses.

May 27, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

Robert ‘Bobby’ Patrick

Robert "Bobby" Patrick of Oxford, passed away May 26, 2015, at the age of 82. He was a 1952 graduate of Newton High School; and proud veteran of the United States Air Force, having served in both Germany and France, during his active duty from 1953 – 1957. Mr. Patrick was employed by Henson Furniture, until the business closed, and then went on to work for Hercules, for 24 years, prior to his retirement. He served as a deacon for several churches, and was Chairman of the deacon boards at First Baptist of Covington, Mt. Zion Baptist and Calvary Baptist. In ...

May 27, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

Fatality in I-20 crash identified

52-year-old Joel William Simpson, a Newton County resident, has been confirmed dead after he drove his vehicle against traffice on I-20 Tuesday night, crashing into another vehicle around the 89 mile mark between Almon and Salem roads.

May 27, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Covington- Two dead in apparent murder suicide

The Covington Police Department responded to a shooting Thursday, discovering a man and woman shot when arriving on scene.

May 22, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

New section of Social Circle Bypass to open

The new section of the Social Circle Bypass from State road 11 to East Hightower Trail will open Tuesday, June 2, according to Superintendent of traffic, safety and utilities J. Robert Manning of ER Snell Contractor.

May 22, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Harry Owens likely interim county manager

Newton County revealed the name of the candidate under consideration for the position of interim county manager Friday following the departure of former County Manager Tom Garrett last week.

May 22, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

William Henry Calhoon

William Henry Calhoon, Sr. (Bill) of Porterdale passed away May 13, 2015 in Covington at the age of 77. A memorial service will be held at The Baptist Tabernacle, 10119 Access Road, Covington, Georgia 30014, on Sunday, May 31, 2015, at 4 pm. Memorial donations, instead of flowers, may be made to The Baptist Tabernacle for the Children's Ministry and Reformers Unanimous Ministry.

May 21, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Throughout the last seven days there was plenty to celebrate, with a big week of appreciation coming on the heels of Mother's Day.

May 17, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Stacey Cotton appointed to medical marijuana study group

Covington Police Chief Stacey Cotton has been named one of 11 members named to Gov. Nathan Deal's new panel charged with making recommendations about what type of medical marijuana use Georgia should allow.

May 17, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Thank you partners

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May 16, 2015 | Staff Report | Letters

Certified Quality Breast Center at Newton Medical Center

Newton Medical Center's Women's Diagnostic Center has recently been recognized as a Certified Quality Breast Center in the National Quality Measures for Breast Centers Program™. This distinguished honor represents a commitment by this breast center to provide the highest level of quality breast health care to patients in the community.

May 16, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Preparing for graduation

The Newton County School System's high schools will be celebrating graduation Friday and Saturday.

May 16, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Newton County Jail Log

Charles Eugene Aikens, 42, Covington, May 12, Theft by Deception

May 16, 2015 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log

Mrs. Doris Cope Cavanaugh

Doris Cope Cavanaugh, 88, daughter of the late Frank and Ann Cope, passed away peacefully on May 6, 2015 after a long battle with Dementia, at the home of her daughter, Cathy Twigg, in Martinsburg, W.Va.

May 16, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

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Presence of death is real

We are continuing our look at Psalm 23. In this article we come to verse 4, "Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me."

July 04, 2008 | John Pearrell | Archives

Dominoes anyone?

I came across an old box of dominoes. Before I knew it, I found myself lining up the tiles like tiny soldiers. The line marched right to the edge of the table before curling around until the last tile faced me. I leaned over to inspect my handiwork. Too close and the pieces would tumble. Too far apart and it would suddenly end. Numerous adjustments led to a sense of satisfaction. Finally, I let my finger tap the first tile. A steady beat of clicks accompanied the toppling path through its course. The rhythm slowed slightly at curves and corners ...

July 04, 2008 | Lisa Hetzel | Archives

Family of believers

The Central Community Church will celebrate its fourth anniversary on July 27. The church's humble beginning started with a hollow shell of a building with no air conditioning and a group of approximately 25 parishioners who had the courage to roll up their sleeves and build a church.

July 04, 2008 | Colleen Capes Jackson | Archives

Porterdale discusses possible new city hall

The Porterdale City Council met Tuesday evening to discuss several points of business including the possibility of purchasing the portable building previously used by MacIntosh Bank in Covington to serve as a possible government building.

July 04, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives

Fields of gold

In addition to the many Fourth of July events taking place in the county this weekend, local residents also have the option to drive to Rutledge for the annual Sunflower Farm Festival, which features food, music, vendors and of course those tall yellow flowers.

July 04, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

Armed robbery occurs in Settler's Grove area

Two visitors from South Carolina were allegedly robbed at gunpoint in the Settler's Grove area Sunday, according to a Newton County Sheriff's Office report.

July 04, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Schools to have full-time deputies

As the result of rising demands for a greater law enforcement presence at local schools, the Newton County Sheriff's Office has hammered out an agreement with the board of education to provide schools with 17 full-time deputies.

July 04, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

Henry Lee Printup

Deacon Henry Lee Printup died June 29. The son of the late Mr. and Mrs. William (Leola) Printup, he was born in 1925 in Newton County. He joined Pleasantview Baptist Church and served on the Deacon Board and was a member of the Senior Choir until his health failed.

July 04, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Clara "Joyce" Fincher Sellars

Clara "Joyce" Fincher Sellars, 74, a native of Newton County and graduating member of the class of 1952, passed away peacefully June 28. She is survived by her children, grandchildren, great-grandchild, nieces, nephews, sister, cousins and close friends. At her request there will be no services.

July 04, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Missing teen returns home safe

A 14-year-old Covington girl reported missing for five days was found by a deputy Wednesday evening after reports of her disappearance hit the media.

July 04, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives

Samuel W. Veal

Samuel Wilkerson Veal, 64, of Hoyt, Kan., died June 2 after a courageous battle with cancer. The son of Billie and LaFaton Wilkerson Veal, he was born in 1943 in Porterdale. He graduated from Henry County High School, McDonough. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1961 to 1969, including several tours in Vietnam. Prior to the Air Force, he farmed in McDonough and worked at Oxford Manufacturing Co. in Covington. After the Air Force, he made his home in Kansas where he married Kay Henderson. They later divorced, and he married Marsha Kern Kelley in 1986. Mr ...

July 04, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Marian Wooster

Mrs. Karl (Marian) Wooster, 89, of Covington, entered the present of the Lord July 2. The daughter of the late Fritz L. and Ethel L. South Tallent, she was a pastor's wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and was a faithful member of The Assemblies of God. Mrs. Wooster enjoyed reading, playing the organ and singing and was a prayer warrior who taught Sunday school for many years. She is preceded in death by her loving husband of 65 years the Rev. Karl O. Wooster.

July 04, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Hair salon and flower shop burned

A fire broke out in a Covington hair salon Monday night, heavily damaging the store and a neighboring flower shop, according to the Covington Fire Department.

July 04, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives

Man arrested at the Depot after threat

On July 1, an Oxford resident was arrested after an altercation between him and a women turned into violent threats, according to the Covington Police Department incident report.

July 04, 2008 | Brian Harper | Archives

BOC approves increasing cost per meal for inmates

 In yet another sign of the times, the Newton County Board of Commissioners increased the amount it pays for meals for inmates and employees at the county detention center due to rising food costs.

July 04, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

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