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Mrs. Louise Thomason

Louise Thomason of Covington, passed away Aug. 24, 2014, at the age of 84. Ms. Thomason was an active member of New Life Praise Center, in Covington, and was a dedicated employee of Lithonia Lighting for 38 years. Following her work at Lithonia Lighting, she dedicated herself to caring for handicapped children. Ms. Thomason was a giving lady, and constantly gave of her time to help those less fortunate. She was loved and will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Preceding her in death was her brother, Thomas McCord.

August 26, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Proposed park a great idea for Covington

Covington has a problem. And a cure.

August 26, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Mr. J.C. “Shep” Shepard Jr.

J.C. "Shep" Shepard Jr., 89, of Social Circle, passed to be with his beloved wife of 50 years Elizabeth "Liz" Clay Shepard on August 25, 2014. Born December 20, 1924, he was the son of the late James Curtis Shepard and Jessie V. Shepard Studdard. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Bill Shepard.

August 26, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Rita Ward White

Mrs. Rita Ward White, age 90, of Oxford, passed away Monday, Aug. 25, at her home. Mrs. White was born Oct. 18, 1923, in Statesboro, Georgia, and was the eldest daughter of Robert Lee and Florence Hendrix Ward. She grew up in a farming family in Bulloch County, Georgia, and was a graduate of Nevils High School. In 1943, she married her husband of 56 years, Darvin White. When Mr. White began working for Independent Life and Accident Insurance Company, they moved to Newton County and settled in Oxford, Georgia. While her children were very young, Mrs. White was a ...

August 26, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


New CTAE coordinator hired for NCSS

Tim Schmitt has been hired as the Newton County School System's new Career, Technical and Agricultural Education Coordinator.

August 26, 2014 | Staff Report | Education


Mrs. Bonnie M. Tingler

Mrs. Bonnie M. Tingler, of Covington, passed away Friday, August 22, 2014, at the age of 87. She was born in Ronceverte, West Virginia to the late Russell and Emma M. Morgan. Mrs. Tingler was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Covington and was an avid BINGO player at the Covington ELKS Club and Conyers American Legion. She was preceded in death by her husband, Arnold Tingler.

August 26, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Conyers women arrested for drug smuggling into Augusta prison

Two Rockdale County citizens are in custody and facing felony charges after being linked to a drug-related investigation that involved narcotics being transported into a state prison.

August 25, 2014 | Martin Rand, III | LOCAL


Letter to Editor

The Center for Community Preservation and Planning, commonly referred to as the Center, is a non-governmental organization which came into being shortly after the turn of the century. It was originally funded by a local private non-profit foundation, which also owned a large tract of land in what is generally referred to as the Brick Store Community at Ga. 11 and Hwy. 278.

August 23, 2014 | Staff Report | Letters


Milwood concert raises $2K in scholarships

Two Porterdale students attending the Newton County Career Academy will each receive $1,000 for their education beyond high school, thanks to the joint efforts of CARE, Shane Millwood, Josh Millwood, Li'l Bit Country Band, and the Lundsford Family.

August 23, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Harris wants all Georgians to thrive

Patsy Harris of Morgan County has her campaign for Georgia House District 112 in full swing, now that her opponent in the November general election has been chosen by the Republican Party run-off.

August 23, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


'Hero' chief proves CPR works

Newton County Fire Chief Kevin O'Brien, like all firefighters, justly advocates for public CPR training.

August 23, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Ga. Farm Bureau accepting entries for hay contest & hay directory

Georgia Farm Bureau (GFB) members who grow Bermuda grass hay are encouraged to enter the GFB 2014 Quality Hay Contest. Hay entered in the contest will be tested at the University of Georgia Testing Lab using the Relative Forage Quality (RFQ) Test, which predicts fiber digestibility and likely animal intake of hay.

August 23, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Good decisions made for 2050

We believe Tuesday's Board of Commissioners meeting was the most critical in recent memory, and we applaud the commissioners for their efforts.

August 21, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Alcovy High to host college fair

High school students in the Newton County School System are invited to attend a PROBE College Fair at Alcovy High School Wednesday, September 10 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the school commons area.

August 21, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Letter to Editor

Dear editor,

August 21, 2014 | Staff Report | Letters


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Several arrested for the beating, robbery of a teen

Seven teens were arrested and charged for acting as a gang in connection with the assault and robbery of a Covington juvenile, according to the Covington Police Department.

March 30, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


Oxford woman bids big in Burbank

 Kathy Stone couldn't believe it when she saw her name card flashed in front of the studio.

March 30, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Future of Newton County History Center becomes clearer

Once architectural drawings for the Newton County History Center are received, the county plans to begin accepting bid proposals with construction slated to begin this June.

March 30, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Soccer: Eastside, Alcovy split

COVINGTON - The Alcovy High boys soccer team captured more than a 1-0 win Friday night over cross-county rival Eastside.

March 30, 2008 | Robby Byrd | Archives


Resurrecting history

Dressed in homespun woolen uniforms 20 men sauntered downfield to challenge members of Sherman's Union Army, intent on taking the field in their quest to reach the Gaithers plantation house.

March 30, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Newton, Alcovy split on the tennis court

COVINGTON - Crosstown rivals Newton and Alcovy High met Wednesday on the green top to settle the score once and for all.

March 28, 2008 | Brian Harper | Archives


Game of the Week

Tonight the Alcovy High boys and girls varsity soccer teams will hope to do something they've yet to accomplish in Region 8-AAAA South action - beat crosstown rival Eastside.

March 28, 2008 | Jason Murdock | Archives


DeAngelo Hall joins long list of potentially good stars

Lately I've been hearing people around Atlanta remark "good riddance" and other negative comments over the departure of former Falcons cornerback DeAngelo Hall, who has recently signed a multi-million dollar deal with the Oakland Raiders.

March 28, 2008 | Eric McDonald | Archives


Bears claw Jaguars, 8-5

By Rocky Merritt

March 28, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Newton Recreation ready for softball

The 2008 Youth Girls Softball program, run by the Newton County Recreation Commission, will begin the season with Opening Day ceremonies Saturday at the Turner Lake Complex.

March 28, 2008 | Alan Howard | Archives


Johnny Lee Brown Sr.

Mr. Johnny Lee "Sugar Bear" Brown Sr. died March 14. The son of the late Mr. Jack H. Brown and Annie Lou Floyd Brown, he was born in 1950 in Newton County. He joined Peek's Chapel Baptist Church at an early age. He married Mrs. Nannette Brown Stanford. Later in life, he rededicated his life to Christ and worked faithfully toward his life long goal of serving on the Deacon Board until his health began to fail.

March 28, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Vivian Gaither Mitchell

Mrs Vivian "Bea" Gaither Mitchell died March 20. The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bud (Betty) Gaither, she was born in 1955. Mrs. Mitchell graduated from Newton County High School and joined Poplar Hill A.M.E. Church at an early age. For several years she worked at Food Depot in Covington. Mrs. Mitchell was warm, humorous and a loving spirited person with an infectious smile that will be missed by all who knew and loved her. She was preceded in death by husband Mr. Roy Waymond Mitchell.

March 28, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Ruby Elizabeth Smith

Mrs. Ruby Elizabeth Smith died March 20. The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James (Martha) Jackson, she was born in Walton County in 1942. She attended school and joined Fellowship Baptist Church at an early age. Mrs. Smith worked at Monroe Mill and in housekeeping and as a cook at many restaurants. Her second family was the Edmondsons of Pot Luck Café where she worked for over 20 years. She was also known as the neighborhood mom. Her loving smile and personality will be deeply missed.

March 28, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Marijuana mailers' bond set

 The Covington trio arrested and charged in connection with a multi-state marijuana trafficking ring that used a mailing business as a front had bonds set up to a quarter million dollars last Tuesday in Henry County Superior Court.

March 28, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


Marijuana mailers' bond set

 The Covington trio arrested and charged in connection with a multi-state marijuana trafficking ring that used a mailing business as a front had bonds set up to a quarter million dollars last Tuesday in Henry County Superior Court.

March 28, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


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