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Herbert Emil Hess

Herbert Emil Hess, 75, of Jersey, formerly of Kedulen, Germany, passed away November 17, 2014. Mr. Hess was preceded in death by his parents, Albert J. and Lina (Haase) Hess, and brother, Walter A. Hess.

November 20, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


County approves Old Atlanta Hwy cell tower

The Newton County Board of Commissioners voted 4-1 in favor of a new, 150-foot cell tower at 10816 Old Atlanta Highway Tuesday evening.

November 19, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Dahlia Jo Minton

Little Miss Dahlia Jo Minton, age 5, of Jackson, passed away Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at her residence surrounded by her loving family. She was born on Wednesday, January 7, 2009 in Riverdale. Dahlia attended Rock Springs Church and Jackson Presbyterian Church. A sweet, joyful child, she loved to make friends, sing, dance, and laugh.

November 19, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


William Bruce Henderson

William Bruce Henderson passed away Monday, November 17, 2014. Bill was born in Athens, Alabama to the late Merle and James Henderson. He is preceded in death by six siblings.

November 18, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Engagement: Kimberly Blair Malcom

Mr. and Mrs. Kent Haralson of Oxford and Mr. and Mrs. Scott Malcom of Shadydale announce the engagement of Kimberly Blair Malcom to James Timothy Walden Jr.

November 17, 2014 | Staff Report | Engagements


The race is on

Like summer is a time for action blockbusters, winter is for prestige films-the films that will make you think, probably cry and win a ton of awards. This is also the time for film studios to push out their prestige films before the Dec. 31 deadline for awards like the Oscars and the Golden Globes.

November 17, 2014 | Staff Report | LIFE


Mary Catchings Crudup

Mary Catchings Crudup, 82, of Covington, died Sunday, November 16, 2014, at Gwinnett Medical Center. She was born September 16, 1932, in New Orleans, Louisiana, the youngest child of Elise Browne Catchings and Thomas Franklin Catchings. She was preceded in death by her brother, Robert Franklin Catchings, and sister, Elise Catchings Rouprich, and is survived by her husband, Edward A. Crudup, Jr., of Covington and two daughters, Anne Bristowe Crudup, of Covington, and Emily Crudup Cameron (Allen), of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and grandchildren, Seth McDougald Cameron and Harold Phillips Cameron.

November 17, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Historic courthouse featured in new book

The courthouses of Georgia's 159 counties hold the keys to the history of individual families and entire communities alike. From their primary role as the temples of justice for our court system to their better known function as the official repository of public records for significant life events, these buildings anchor many of Georgia's town squares.

November 15, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Our thoughts: Bear Creek

Some good decisions by Newton County in the past have led to a current situation where we have a reliable water supply. The supply is such that if the theoretical doors of the county were to be shut right now, we probably would have plenty of water for the use of our children and grandchildren.

November 15, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


2 Eagles to play in Thanksgiving Parade

Two Eastside High School students will be representing the Eagles live on national television this Thanksgiving.

November 13, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Tyler Seagraves

Tyler Seagraves, of Covington, passed away November 12, 2014, at the age of 88. Seagraves served his country in the United States Navy. He loved his family and enjoyed being outside, going hunting, fishing and working in his garden. When not traveling for work, he loved spending time with his family. Seagraves was preceded in death by his grandson, Cory Seagraves; parents, Hoyt and Annie Mae Seagraves; and his brother, L.B. Seagraves.

November 13, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Michael ‘Mike’ Simcoe

Mr. Michael "Mike" Simcoe, age 52 of Oxford, passed away Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at Grady Hospital.

November 13, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Fred Jackson "Jack" Harwell

Mr. Fred Jackson "Jack" Harwell, age 71, a lifelong resident of Covington passed away Thursday, November 6, 2014. He was born May 31, 1943 in Covington to J. Charles and Otera Jackson Harwell. Jack graduated from Newton County High School in 1961 and Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science in 1975. Mr. Harwell worked in the family business, J.C. Harwell and Son Funeral Home, as a licensed funeral director and embalmer for 28 years and then for Ginn Motor Company for 25 years. He was the president of the Newton County Jaycees, serving the year the Jaycees building was constructed ...

November 12, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


GPC shows enrollment increase

Georgia Perimeter College's fall 2014 student enrollment showed a 1.2 percent increase over fall 2013, with 21,371 students signing up for classes. The increase reverses a two-year trend that also has been experienced by other institutions of higher education.

November 11, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


GPC named 'Best for Vets'

Georgia Perimeter College was named among a "Best for Vets College" by Military Times. GPC was among 140 colleges nationwide achieving this distinction.

November 11, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Sherry Faye Benefield

Sherry Faye Benefield of Carnesville died May 5 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. The daughter of the late Martin McSherdon and Nelda Jean Olgles McSherdon, she was born in Tillsburg, Ala. She was married to Michael Ray Benefield, who died for injuries in the same accident.

May 07, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Changes on tap

After an hour of discussion Monday night, the Covington City Council decided to table the first reading of the city's new alcohol ordinance until a number of issues with the first draft are worked out.

May 07, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Marvin L. Knight

Marvin L. (T-Model) Knight, 69, died peacefully at his home May 3. the son of the late David F. and Helen D. Piper Knight, he was a member of Central Community Church and enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening, playing horseshoes and traveling. Most of all Mr. Knight loved spending time with his family.

May 07, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Changes on tap

 Members of the Porterdale City Council and those in attendance on Monday waited patiently for 59 minutes to hear the final reading of the newly adopted liquor ordinance.

May 07, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives


Marvin Riley

Mr. Marvin Riley, 96, of Atlanta and originally of Covington, died April 24. The son of Grand and Sara Riley of Emory Street, Mr. Riley was born in Covington and graduated from Clark University. He became the director of the Harlem Boys Club in New York City and was the director of Camp Wallkill in upstate New York.

May 07, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Rodney J. Theriot

Rodeny J. Theriot, 57, of Covington, died May 3 at Heartland Hospice. Born in Louisiana, Mr. Theriot was a fantastic Cajun cook and enjoyed woodworking. He was a kind and patient man and a loving and devoted husband, father, step-father, brother, grandfather and son. Mr. Theriot was preceded in death by father Preston Joseph Theriot, son Ryan Theriot and grandson Alex.

May 07, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Lee earns GSU Female Newcomer of the Year

Despite graduating with honors from Eastside High School as a standout softball player one year ago, Catherine Lee is continuing to make her presence felt in Newton County, this time at Georgia State University.

May 04, 2008 | Jason Murdock | Archives


Eastside wins track region championship

The Eastside High boys track team ran away with the Region 8-AAAA championship Monday at Loganville High School, scoring 96 points over the two-day span while placing first in four events.

May 04, 2008 | Jason Murdock | Archives


Charles Alan Maxwell

Charles Alan Maxwell, 49, of Covington, died april 30. The son of the late Charles F. Maxwell, he had been a resident of Covington for 10 years and was the owner of Alcovy Trucks and SUVs. Mr. Maxwell enjoyed salt water fishing, classic automobiles and riding motorcycles and was a member of Pace Masonic Lodge No. 558.

May 04, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Representative shares his stance on key issues

Traveling throughout Georgia's Congressional eighth district, Rick Goddard, Republican candidate for the seat, spent some time in Newton County last Tuesday as part of a publicity tour to meet prospective voters.

May 04, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Known drug dealers targeted for arrest

 The Covington-Newton County Special Investigations Unit dealt area drug dealers a significant blow as they rounded up at least 39 people with a total of 55 counts in connection with selling cocaine as part of a wide-ranging, four-month investigation involving secret videotaping and undercover work.

May 04, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


BOE candidate once charged with sodomy

Newton County resident Don Gresham, who qualified to run for the District 2 seat on the Board of Education Tuesday, is a convicted sex offender, having been prosecuted for sodomy in DeKalb County in 1988.

May 04, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives


Sew delightful

 Mitzi Sparks, a seamstress by trade, is living proof people still adhere to skills that transcended our society so many years ago.

May 04, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives


Candidates crowd Newton primary

 With candidate qualifying for the general primary elections officially closed Friday afternoon, an astonishing 36 candidates have registered to run for 11 county positions.

May 04, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


A perfect day in Newton County

Last Tuesday was the most perfect day God ever created. Oh, there have been other days that have come close to perfect, to be sure. But if you were alive on planet Earth and were close to 33N, 84W you know that last Tuesday was the culmination of all the work, toil, blood, sweat and tears that God Almighty has ever put into crafting a perfect day.

May 04, 2008 | Nat Harwell | Archives


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