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Newton County Jail Log: April 26

Amaurius Nykwon Avery, 17, Covington, April 20, theft by shoplifting

April 29, 2017 | Staff Report | Crime


Johnny R. Bates

Johnny R. Bates, of Covington, passed away Thursday, April 27, 2017, at the age of 68. Mr. Bates was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting ...

April 28, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries


North Georgia burn ban to boost air quality

COVINGTON, Ga. - A ban on outdoor burning begins May 1 in 54 Georgia counties, primarily in the northern half of the state.

April 28, 2017 | Staff Report | State


Eastside boys soccer wins thriller in state playoffs

FORSYTH, Ga. - It's on to round two for Eastside boys soccer.

April 27, 2017 | Staff Report | Eastside


Patsy Stapp Parker

Mrs. Patsy Stapp Parker, 72, of Tega Cay, South Carolina, died Thursday, April 20, 2017, at Piedmont Medical Center in Rock Hill, South Carolina.

April 27, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries


Search is on for Banks County Deputy Shooter

COMMERCE, Ga. – The suspect in the shooting of a Banks County Deputy Sheriff may now be in the Atlanta area.

April 27, 2017 | Staff Report | State


Joe Baccus

Joe Baccus, age 74 of Social Circle, formerly of Monroe, suddenly passed away on Tuesday, April 25, 2017.

April 27, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries


Eastside boys golf team punches ticket to state tournament

Eastside's boys golf team ensured Monday night that they'll keep the clubs out through the end of may.

April 26, 2017 | Staff Report | Eastside


Piedmont Academy girls tennis falls short in state tournament

Piedmont Academy girls tennis players Grayson Bradley and Gracie Hunt competed at the AA state tournament last Monday, at the John Drew Tennis Center located ...

April 25, 2017 | Staff Report | Sports


Webpage offers tips on dealing with nuisance wildlife

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. – Even though most wildlife has an inherent fear of people with no interest in coming close to us, animals such as deer ...

April 25, 2017 | Staff Report | Agriculture


Eastside baseball coach Bruce Evans wants 'maturity' from team ahead of playoffs

Last Thursday evening the Eastside baseball team finished the regular season in style after traveling to Salem High and defeating the Seminoles in a doubleheader ...

April 25, 2017 | Staff Report | Eastside


Driver Services Commissioner welcomes new board member

ATLANTA – Commissioner Spencer R. Moore, Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS), is pleased to announce the appointment of the newest Board Member by Governor Nathan ...

April 25, 2017 | Staff Report | State


Immunization is a shared responsibility

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. – Immunization is a shared responsibility. Vaccines are among the most successful and cost-effective public health tools available for preventing disease and death. Vaccines ...

April 24, 2017 | Staff Report | Health


Peachtree Academy spring sports excelling down season's stretch

Peachtree Academy is having a successful spring on the court, field and track. During the last weekend, the Panthers placed two baseball and three softball ...

April 23, 2017 | Staff Report | Peachtree Academy


Don’t miss this free, fun outdoors event: 21st Annual J.A.K.E.S. Day at Charlie Elliott

MANSFIELD, Ga. – Come get "wild" at a free outdoor fun day celebrating the 21st annual J.A.K.E.S. DAY at the Charlie Elliott ...

April 23, 2017 | Staff Report | Agriculture


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Our Thoughts... Community spirit

The spirit of the people who settled in this area and over the years contributed to the growth of Newton County never ceases to amaze us.

March 06, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Newton County Jail Log - February

o Clyde Pittman, 36, Atlanta, Feb. 19. Probation violation.

March 06, 2009 | Staff Report | Crime


Social Circle Arrest Log - February

o Barry Wayne Hall, 47, 2965 Main St., Mansfield, Feb. 24. Possession and manufacture of controlled substance, possession of marijuana less then one ounce, possession of drug related objects.

March 06, 2009 | Staff Report | Social Circle


Journey away from home begins in the mind

In our last column, we began exploring the parable of the Prodigal Son. Last week we left the prodigal son as he headed away into a far country with his cash and dreams. No more rules, no more regulations, he was going to live the good life, and like many today he was too short-sighted to consider the ultimate cost.

March 06, 2009 | By John Pearrell | Religion


February Students of the Month

COUSINS MIDDLE SCHOOL

March 05, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


Mortgage woes break records again in 4Q

NEW YORK (AP) - A stunning 48 percent of the nation's homeowners who have a subprime, adjustable-rate mortgage are behind on their payments or in foreclosure, and that's not the worst of it, new data Thursday showed.

The reckless lending practices in states like Florida, California and Nevada that were the epicenter of the housing crisis are no longer driving up the nation's delinquency rate. Instead, the foreclosure crisis now is being fueled by a spike in defaults in states like Louisiana, New York, Georgia and Texas, where the economies are rapidly deteriorating and thousands are losing their ...

March 05, 2009 | Staff Report | AP Top Stories


Patricia Garmon

March 05, 2009 | Staff Report | Obituaries


Senate targets tax delinquents

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Senate leaders are pushing a change that would allow the chamber to sanction or oust legislators who haven't paid their taxes.

It comes as a Department of Revenue report revealed that 22 lawmakers are delinquent on their tax bills, some owing taxes that date as far back as 2002. That's roughly 10 percent of Georgia's 236 state lawmakers.

March 04, 2009 | The Associated Press | Local


Jim Fuller’s U.M.A.S. Karate

Jim Fuller believes the key to teaching karate is to teach kids to become strong, confident individuals. Fuller's U.M.A.S. Karate schools have continued to grow since he began teaching karate in 1990. He now has one location in Covington and two in Conyers.

Fuller explains that his schools have a unique approach to martial arts that centers on helping kids grow.

March 04, 2009 | Staff Report | Business


Pet of the Week March 4

Ole blue: The Newton County Animal Shelter's pet of the week is an Aussie mix, 1-year-old, white with merle, neutered. Also available for adoption are a 5-year-old Dachshund, brown and blonde; an adult Jack Russell, tan and white, male; an adult Shihtzu, white; an adult black poodle; two chow mix dogs; a 6-month-old beagle; a border collie mix named Big Boss; a boxer mix, 6-months-old, brown; a Chihuahua/Jack Russell mix; a brindle boxer; a brindle mixed breed; an Aussie/blue heeler mix; and a hound mix, adult, black and tan. The shelter also has cats and kittens for ...

March 04, 2009 | Staff Report | Pets of the Week


A necessary reminder

 Dear Editor: Your Sunday editorial decrying "flag-draped coffins" stirred conflicting emotions in my soul. First, you confused the issue by comparing reactions to the Iraq War with those of Vietnam. Have you actually heard any reasonable commentator who "vilified" the brave soldiers who have served in Iraq? The only rightful villains in this story are those who sold us the lie about "weapons of mass destruction" and the non-existent connection between Saddam Hussein and the 9/11/01 attacks.

March 04, 2009 | Staff Report | Letters


Newton County Jail Log 3/4/09

Monica Ewing Lemoine, 45, 40 Hickey Dr., Oxford, Feb. 12. Failure to dim bright lights, DUI/alcohol.

March 04, 2009 | Staff Report | Crime


Survival of the fittest

 When we are invited to speak at different community forums, one of the questions always asked is "will our paper survive?"

March 04, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Agreeing with Mr. Harwell

Dear Editor: I can only guess that reader Ron Slade's smoking letter to the editor was in response to Nat Harwell's article on the number of months remaining for President Obama's (hopefully one term) in office. Containing his anger as he composed his missive must have left Mr. Slade with his wits caught down and sudden memory loss with what the object of his frustration (President Bush) had to deal with during his two terms in office.

 Could it be possible that his assessment of Bush failed to recollect that we were attacked by terrorists who would ...

March 04, 2009 | Staff Report | Letters


Reforming GDOT, honoring war heroes

Last week Senate Republicans took the lead in moving major pieces of legislation to reform Georgia's Transportation system and clean up Methamphetamine labs. The Senate also paused to honor a Georgia war hero. Recent reports say that Georgia is now ranked twelfth in the nation in terms of transportation congestion. Georgians spend more time in cars than they do with their families. In rural areas, the development and maintenance of roads is a major issue that impacts local economies.

Senate leaders took a major step forward in transforming the way transportation projects and funding are handled by introducing the ...

March 03, 2009 | By John Douglas State Senator | News Columnists


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