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Woman arrested for meth at local hotel

A woman was arrested at Homewood Suites in Covington for possession of methamphetamine, according to the Covington Police Department (CPD).

August 29, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Woman has gun pointed at her by driver

A woman reported that a driver pointed a gun at her while she was stopped in her car, according to the Newton County Sheriff's ...

August 29, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Hood-Robertson

Wade and Kerry Hood of Loganville, Georgia are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Ashley Hood to Taylor Robertson, son of Rodney and ...

August 29, 2016 | Staff Report | Engagements


Social Circle police investigate local shooting

A man was shot inside of Sycamore Grill in Social Circle early Sunday morning, according to the Social Circle Police Department.

August 28, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Our Thoughts: Embrace all of Democracy

Winston Churchill once said "Democracy is the worst form of government, except all the others."

August 28, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Have you ever thought …

How critical access to transportation can be?

August 28, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Letter: A Muslim in Newton County

My family moved to Newton County in 1994. In the ensuing 22 years, I have been blessed to live that time in my county, as ...

August 27, 2016 | Staff Report | Letters


Jack Lazenby

Jack Lazenby, 75, of Covington, passed away August 26, 2016. Lazenby attended Harvest Baptist Church. He retired from Air Conditioning Specialists after 37 years of ...

August 27, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


George Robert Burpee

George Robert Burpee, 84, went home to his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Saturday, August 27, 2016. Visitation will be Monday, August 29, 2016 ...

August 27, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Jessie Coe

Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home

August 26, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Certification awarded to Social Circle’s fire chief

On Saturday, Aug. 13 Chief Ken Zaydel and Deputy Chief James Robinson of the Social Circle Fire Department joined 21 fellow chiefs in receiving the ...

August 26, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Jean Stinchcomb Kerbow

Jean Stinchcomb Kerbow, aged 67, died peacefully in Tampa, Florida at Kindred Hospital after a hard fought battle with heart disease. Jean was born on ...

August 25, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


David Michael Wilson

David Michael "Mike" Wilson, age 64, of Covington, passed away at his home on August 17, 2016, with his wife, Bonnie, by his side. He ...

August 25, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Ruth Hewell Shaffer

Sossoman Funeral Home

August 25, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


US 278 resurfacing resumes Sunday

The $1.27 million resurfacing of US 278/State Route (SR) 12 from Access Road to Mill Street resumes Sunday at 5 p.m. Planned ...

August 24, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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A broken system

Dear Editor: The system is broken. Why do I say that? Using statistical tools, we know that less than 5 percent (or .3 percent, or in the case of 6 Sigma, .3 per million) failures means that the error is random. However, greater than 5 percent means that the system is failing. So when 2 out of our 3 high schools in Newton County fail AYP, we conclude that it means there is a system failure. When 41 percent of schools fail to achieve Annual Yearly Progress (AYP), we conclude that is a system failure. What do you do about ...

December 17, 2008 | Chris Roesel Covington | Letters


Our thoughts...For the love of the library

 Newton Countians are blessed to have a library as vital and modern as ours is.

December 17, 2008 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts...Society off course

 In this yuletide season when we should be merry, we have instead had three distressing stories to report this past week.

December 17, 2008 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Friends of the Library sponsor gift tree fundraiser

The Friends of the Newton County Library are sponsoring a Gift Tree just inside the lobby at the Newton County Library. The tree is decorated with colorful paper ornaments each listing a type of book or audio visual item with the amount it takes to purchase the item.

December 17, 2008 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Alcohol reportedly involved in crash

A head-on collision at the intersection of Salem Road and Kirkland Road sent two drivers to Grady Hospital on Dec. 3, in an accident where alcohol was allegedly involved, according to the Georgia State Patrol.

December 17, 2008 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County Jail Log - 12/07

n Terrence Therron Stodghill, B, 32, 7134 Pineview Dr., Covington, Nov. 21. Court sentenced to work release.

December 17, 2008 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log


Obituary: James Leonard Chapman

James Leonard Chapman, 89, of Covington, died Dec. 4, 2008. He was born June 27, 1919 to the late Henry and Pearl Thomason Chapman in Newton County. Mr. Chapman was a lifelong resident of Covington and a member of Trinity United Methodist Church. He loved fishing, gardening, woodcrafts and enjoyed building cabinets, cradles and toys for children.

December 17, 2008 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Oxendine’s ready to take the wheel

If there's one lesson that John Oxendine should have learned by now, it's that cars and politics don't mix.

December 17, 2008 | Tom Crawford columnist | OPINION


United Bank

 Customers looking for a hometown bank with a hometown feel find what they need at United Bank in Covington.

December 17, 2008 | Staff Report | Business


Homegrown

It's 4:30 p.m. on a Friday afternoon and local grower Max Lund is getting ready for one of his favorite times of the week - produce pickup time at Conyers Locally Grown.

December 16, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


O.J. Simpson sentenced to 15 years

LAS VEGAS - A broken O.J. Simpson was sentenced Friday to at least 15 years in prison for a hotel armed robbery after a judge rejected his apology and said, "It was much more than stupidity."

The 61-year-old football Hall of Famer stood shackled and stone-faced when Judge Jackie Glass quickly rattled off his punishment soon after he made a rambling, five-minute plea for leniency, choking back tears as he told her: "I didn't want to steal anything from anyone. ... I'm sorry, sorry."

December 16, 2008 | By Ken Ritter Associated Press Writer | LOCAL


Four tickets to Christmas

 Step into the. Rev. Greg Steele's church office and you'll find stacks of parasols, pitch forks and Viking hats. He is getting ready for the second annual Covington Christmas musical, "Four Tickets to Christmas," presented by the First Baptist Church Music and Drama Ministries at the Eastside High School auditorium on Dec. 6 at 2 p.m., Dec. 7 at 6 p.m. and Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. The admission is free, but the doors open one hour prior to show times and the 500 seat capacity theater is expected to fill quickly.

December 15, 2008 | Colleen Capes Jackson | RELIGION


High on the Rock

In the first part of Psalm 27, we talked about the one wish David had - to dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of his life. Today, I want to look at what comes next. I want to look at the result of that time in God's house, that regular and cherished time with our God.

 Right after David said he longed for nothing more than being in God's house, he says this: "For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of ...

December 15, 2008 | Pastor Jonathan E. Scharf Abiding Grace Lutheran Church | Pulpit Notes


Banning free enterprise

Last week the Newton County Board of Commissioners voted to bar new home-based day care centers.

December 15, 2008 | Patrick Durusau Columnist | OPINION


Christmas in the Village set for Friday evening

Festivities for Porterdale's Christmas in the Village will begin at 6 p.m. Friday.

The highlight of the evening will be the arrival of Santa in a sleigh pulled by real reindeer. Children can have their photo made with Santa near the historic depot.

December 15, 2008 | Staff Report | Porterdale


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