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Changing the CULTURE

On Friday night, the Alcovy Tigers basketball team welcomed South Gwinnett to town. Going into the game, Alcovy was looking to get its first win of the season. Despite Alcovy playing with outstanding effort, once against they came up short, losing 64-54.

December 20, 2014 | Javon Dickerson | Alcovy

Cooking with Melanie: Eggnog and eggnog poundcake


December 19, 2014 | Staff Report | LIVING

A before-New-Years Netflix resolution

2015 is coming. With that will come a bunch of New Years resolutions – from people that will never fulfill them – like, "I'm going to lose weight" or "I'm gonna start going to church" and of course "I'm going to stay single" as if it takes a new year to start the process, but I digress. What you should really focus on is all of the really good movies that are leaving Netflix after December.

December 19, 2014 | Staff Report | LIVING

Covington student makes Academic Achievement list at GSSU

Karen Morris, a resident of Covington, made the Fall 2014 Academic Achievement List at Georgia Southwestern State University and was among 468 students recognized for scholastic achievement.

December 19, 2014 | Staff Report | Education

How to find the right school fundraiser for you

The school year is in full swing, and parents of school-aged kids have no doubt been involved in at least one fundraiser already. Fundraisers help schools raise money for supplies or special activities that may not have been included in the budgets established by the local school district.

December 19, 2014 | Staff Report | Education

West Newton Elementary School removed from state focus school list

The Georgia Department of Education announced on Dec. 18 that West Newton Elementary School has been removed from the list of State Focus Schools after successfully decreasing the number of students not proficient by 18 percent. Overall, 38 schools were named from either the Priority or Focus Schools lists.

December 19, 2014 | Staff Report | Education

Rainbow to distribute 40,000 lbs of food

Update 12/18/2014: Due to inclement weather, the event will be postponed to next Saturday, Dec. 27 at the same time.

December 16, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Annie Laura Conner Darby Chesnut

Annie Laura Conner Darby Chesnut was born Jan. 18, 1918 in Morgan County to Emory E. and Beverly L. Blasingame Conner. She was first married to Olin Lemuel Darby who died in 1945 leaving her with a 5-year-old son and expecting a second son in October. She remained a widow and sole support of her children until 1950 when she married Charles Stewart (Chink) Chesnut. They moved to Chesnut Farm on Chesnut Road where their son Charles was born. She resided there until Chink died and her health declined.

December 16, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS

First F-150 in Georgia goes to Covington resident

The first 2015 Ford F-150 sold in Georgia will be driven in Covington, as Newton County resident Mike Poole made the purchase at Covington Ford.

December 16, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Alcovy UMC hosts Giving Tree

Alcovy United Methodist Church is working with the Salvation Army's Toy Drive for the third year, and helped supply toys to those who might otherwise not have anything for Christmas.

December 16, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Lady Tigers advance to 1-1 in region play

The Lady Tigers of Alcovy got their first win in region 2-AAAAAA this season on Friday evening. It wasn't an easy one by any means, as the Lady Wildcats of Lovejoy gave them all they could handle. But, Alcovy fought it out, and displayed some toughness with a 51-46 win over Lovejoy.

December 13, 2014 | Javon Dickerson | Alcovy

History for Henderson

J.C. Henderson officially became the longest-serving commissioner in Newton County history.

December 13, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Newton County Jail Log

Christopher Rogeli Medrano, 23, Covington, Nov 19, Violate Family Violence Order

December 13, 2014 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log

Our thoughts: The spirit

It's hard to believe that we have less than two weeks left until Christmas day … after all we been reminded that it was coming since August at many places.

December 13, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Engagement: Kali Bell and Christopher Powell

Ms. Jurlean Bell of Covington is proud to announce the upcoming marriage of her daughter Kali Bell, to Christopher Powell, son of Ms. Norma Lewis of Stone Mountain. The wedding will take place Saturday, March 28, 2015 at The Church at Covington in Oxford.

December 13, 2014 | Staff Report | Engagements

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Pair of stabbings reported this week

Heated arguments led to two separate stabbing incidents in Newton County, one involving a love triangle with a former inmate and a corrections officer.

May 14, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives

ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Gresham hearing set for Wednesday

Online Exclusive

May 12, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives

ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Mother's Day storms pass through area

Newton County was spared major damage from the Mother's Day weekend storms that ripped through the state, though many residents were left without power for short periods and several trees were reported blocking roads.

May 12, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives

Georgia Pride ready to kick off season

Who said there isn't football in Georgia during the summer?

May 11, 2008 | Jason Murdock | Archives

Best wishes to Newton County's seniors

To quote the words of the great poet Robert Frost, "Nothing gold can stay."

May 11, 2008 | Eric McDonald | Archives

Lady Eagles continue to roll on the court at Nationals

TUCSON, Ariz. - In the busiest day of the Women's NJCAA National Tennis Tournament, the Oxford Lady Eagles ended the day among the tournament leaders.

May 11, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives

Surplus needed in economic crunch

The Newton County Board of Commissioners and other county employees should be commended for their budgetary stewardship during the past year and encouraged to continue the even more difficult task of achieving a fund balance in the current fiscal year. In an economic environment where funds are scarce for many local governments, Newton County has again achieved a fund balance for fiscal year 2007.

May 11, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Porderdale headed in right direction

We salute the city council of Porterdale for their decision in appointing Sandy Fowler to the position of downtown manager. We believe that Fowler will bring the energy and enthusiasm to insure that Porterdale soon becomes a Better hometown Community.

May 11, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

UBOK versus UBOK

Since the dawn of this new century my basic day job has been to serve as a tower area coordinator for a major airline based in Atlanta. Stationed in one of the concourse towers at the world's busiest airport, I attempt to coordinate ground servicing for flights arriving into, and departing from, the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Every last detail for each flight in the zone to which I'm assigned is my responsibility. My customers include the traveling public, albeit indirectly, as I deal behind the scenes with gate agents, ramp agents, crew members and all other agents associated ...

May 11, 2008 | Nat Harwell | Archives

Thanks for information

Dear Editor: Thanks for printing the map of Newton County districts on the front page. I can foresee this being a helpful tool as we citizens in this diverse county struggle to locate ourselves among and within precincts and happenings. Please continue to offer this colorful image often - so that we might get used to the colors and shapes representing our districts.

May 11, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Generation gap

 When Sally Jarrett received the call from her daughter three years ago, she was just settling into what she thought would be the golden years of her retirement.

May 11, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives

The best gift for Mother's Day is simply being near

 My mom said she already got her Mother's Day present. My grandmother agreed. It sure made for an easy time shopping - I just picked up some pretty cards; mailed some things to my in-laws, and my Mother's Day was in the bag.

May 11, 2008 | Kari Apted | Archives

On the block

 Two years ago, Alcovy High School opened its doors and became Newton County's third high school along with Newton and Eastside. Beyond the obvious - construction, hiring teachers and support staff and choosing a mascot - the Board of Education had a big decision to make. What type of schedule would the new school use?

May 11, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives

Woman shares her historical find

 In 1962 a man watched as a demolition crew tore down an old house on Liberty Street in Franklin, Pa. Feeling as though a piece of history might be lost forever, he saved the box full of old banisters on the curb for trash pickup and gave them to his granddaughter.

May 11, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives

Frank Wise

Frank Wise, 98, of Covington died May 9 at Covington Manor Nursing Home. Mr. Wise was retired from Bibb Manufacturing after many years of service. He was a member of Porterdale Baptist Church, where he had served on the deacon board, and he was a member of Pace Masonic Lodge Porterdale #588 where he had served as chaplain for 50 years. Mr. Wise taught Sunday school at Covington Manor Nursing Home and on WGFS radio. He was an avid gardener and loved his family. Mr. Wise is preceded in death by his parents James and Mary Moore Wise; wife, Olenza ...

May 11, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives

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