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Margie Bryans White

Funeral services for Margie Bryans White, 86, will be held at 1 p.m. Wed., July 27, 2016 in the Chan Stanley Memorial Chapel of ...

July 25, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Board of Education approves contract extension for Superintendent Fuhrey

The Newton County Board of Education extended Superintendent Samantha Fuhrey's contract for an additional year. By unanimous vote, school board members approved her contract ...

July 25, 2016 | Staff Report | Education


NCSO identifies, arrests murder suspect

The Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) Criminal Investigation Division (CID) has arrested a suspect in the murder in Julien R. Wyant, according to a ...

July 25, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Rebecca “Becky” Marks Byrum

Becky Byrum's greatest dream came true on July 22, 2016 as she went to Heaven to worship at the Throne of Our Lord. Her ...

July 25, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Eli Murphy

Eli Murphy of Mansfield passed away July 19, 2016, at the age of 30. Eli enjoyed working on his farm, fishing and deer hunting. In ...

July 22, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Photos from Snapping Shoals EMC Annual Roundup

The Snapping Shoals EMC Annual Roundup was held at the International Horse Park on July 21, 2016. Despite the heat, this annual event was well ...

July 21, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Former Oxford student sentenced to five years on probation

Emily Sakamoto, 21, was sentenced to five years on probation with the first two years on house arrest by Judge Samuel Ozburn, according to Assistant ...

July 18, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Faith in turbulent times

One of the largest aspects of faith and religion is not our assurance of salvation or whether we will experience paradise in the afterlife, but ...

July 17, 2016 | Chip Owens | RELIGION


Our Thoughts: A helping hand

The start of school is right around the corner and children will be returning to a setting of education and friendship.

July 17, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Five-year-old sells Lemonade to donate to Pregnancy Resource Center

At just five years old, Sadie Ozburn wanted to help. She also wanted to have a little fun, and combined both on Monday, July 4.

July 16, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSS Receives a 4-Star Financial Efficiency Rating

Newton County School System (NCSS) received a 4-Star Financial Efficiency Rating from the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE). This is the first year the state ...

July 16, 2016 | Staff Report | Education


Newton County Jail Log: July 13

Raymond Dean Adkins, 49, Oxford, July 8, child support default

July 14, 2016 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log


Mrs. Sybil Tomlin Davis

Sybil Tomlin Davis, 78, of Griffin, passed away Tuesday, July 12, 2016, at Brightmoor Nursing Center in Griffin. She was born on July 18, 1937 ...

July 12, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


NCSO thanks citizens for support

In wake of the recent tragedies of the past week, the Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) has received an outpouring of support from local ...

July 12, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Mrs. Rosie Lee Strange

Mrs. Rosie Lee Strange, age 94, of Covington passed away July 10. 2016. She was born June 2, 1922 in Jersey, Georgia to her parents ...

July 11, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


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Buy Local... Ginn Motor Company

In business since 1922, Ginn Motor Company is Newton County's oldest car-dealership.

December 07, 2008 | Staff Report | Business


At least 82 killed as gunmen rampage in India city

MUMBAI, India -- Teams of gunmen stormed luxury hotels, a popular restaurant, hospitals and a crowded train station in coordinated attacks across India's financial capital Wednesday night, killing at least 82 people and taking Westerners hostage, police said. A group of suspected Muslim militants claimed responsibility.

Parts of the city remained under siege as dawn approached Thursday, with police and gunmen exchanging occasional gunfire at two hotels and an unknown number of people still held hostage, said A.N. Roy, a top police official. Soldiers also took up positions across the city.

December 07, 2008 | By RAMOLA TALWAR BADAM Associated Press Writer | AP Top Stories


Letter to the editor... Oxford apathy

Dear Editor: Covering the South as a newspaper reporter for eight years and more, I never saw a city or town without a readily identifiable police station. Yet, that will be so of Oxford if its police force is scattered among other city functions on two floors in a new city hall.

December 07, 2008 | Staff Report | Letters


Our Thoughts... A top-notch teen

There is always a need for blood donors during the holiday season, and that need always increases.

December 07, 2008 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Protect you and yours

Last weekend, a tragic fire at a home on College Avenue in Covington cost Aubrey Whelchel his life.

December 07, 2008 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


How we fit into the world

Imagine college students and elementary school students learning together about the way a constructed wetland purifies the waste water from a green building.

December 07, 2008 | By Stephen Bowen | OPINION


But before the grace of God

My mother had a saying that most of you will recognize, "...there but for the grace of God go I." I heard it most often after we had encountered someone with an "afflicted" child or that was suffering from some sort of physical disability.

December 07, 2008 | By Patrick Durusau | OPINION


The power of stories

The power of stories to transcend time, culture and language is unequaled. Think of the Iliad, written over 3,000 years ago by Homer. Current movie versions have Brad Pitt as Achilles and Diane Kruger as Helen of Troy. You can download the movie to your iPod and watch it during your lunch break at work.

December 07, 2008 | By Kirven Weekley | Our Thoughts


Through the fire

April 9, 1987, is a day that the Rev. Jerry Jones and his family will never forget.

December 07, 2008 | By Colleen Capes Jackson | RELIGION


Thankful through thick and thin

You know it's the holidays when the Publix commercials start playing - over and over and over.

December 07, 2008 | By Terri Kimble | Our Thoughts


Robert P. Burgess

Mr. Robert P. Burgess, 73, of Mineral Bluff, formerly of Covington, died Nov. 21. The son of the late Thomas and Katherine Bass Burgess, he was born in Rocky Mount, N.C. in 1934. He attended the University of North Carolina and was a graduate of the University of Georgia Law School. After practicing law for 10 years, Mr. Burgess moved his career into the convenience store business. He most recently owned the Youth Community Store before retiring to the mountain home he built in Mineral Bluff.

December 06, 2008 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Helena Walker Cooper

Mrs. Helena Walker Cooper, 85, of Sparta, Tenn., died Nov. 23 at Erianger Hospital, Chattanooga, Tenn. The daughter of the late Wesley M. and Ova Greer Walker, Mrs. Cooper was born in Sparta in 1922. Mrs. Cooper was preceded in death by her husband Mr. Stone Cooper and brother Ralph Walker.

December 06, 2008 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


An "Ole' Tyme" Newborn Christmas

After the Thanksgiving goodies are gobbled down and the shopping is done, come relax and celebrate Christmas with Newborn's second annual Ole' Tyme Christmas Tree Lighting on Saturday, Nov. 29, from 3 pm. To 6 p.m at the Old School House and Town Hall on Ga. Highway 142 in Newborn.

December 06, 2008 | Staff Report | LOCAL


We gather together

First Thanksgiving: Brandy Davis tends the replica of the first Thanksgiving supper, created by Joseph Hurt, by the gift shop at the Blue Willow Inn in Social Circle. Hurt is the creator of the Joseph Hurt Creationist and Natural History Museum at the newly opened Blue Willow Village.

December 06, 2008 | Staff Report | Social Circle


Vampire love comes to life

"Twilight," the best selling young adult novel, made its big screen debut this weekend. The movie was highly anticipated not only by teenage girls but also adult women. The movie is hard to categorize, but it's something of a cross between romance, sci-fi, and action.

December 06, 2008 | Amanda Briggs Film Critic | Movie Reviews


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