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Newton County Jail Log: Feb. 22

Yancey Keon Axon, 21, Dodge State Prison, Feb. 21, back for court

February 23, 2017 | Staff Report | Crime


Eastside baseball wins third straight, Newton coach grabs 50th win

Eastside used the power of the bat once again to notch its third straight win as it defeated Hart County 13-9 on Wednesday night.

February 23, 2017 | Staff Report | SPORTS


Juliana Crenshaw Burt

Juliana Crenshaw Burt, 88, died on Friday, Sept. 2, 2016 in the Azalea House, a loving assisted living home in Tucker, Georgia. She was born ...

February 23, 2017 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Detour coming March 7 for new bridge over Yellow River

Replacing the Yellow River bridge on State Route (SR) 36 requires a one-year detour beginning Tuesday, March 7. Traffic will use SR 162 and SR ...

February 22, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Local leadership, support for trees recognized

Oxford was among 19 Georgia cities recognized Feb. 14 for its commitment to caring for and managing its public trees. Oxford was honored during the ...

February 22, 2017 | Staff Report | Agriculture


Hang tags available only at fire services starting in March

Vehicle hang tags for the Newton County Trash Collection Convenience Centers will be available for purchase only at the Newton County Fire Services Headquarters, effective ...

February 22, 2017 | Staff Report | County


Covington resident claims $9.6 million Jumbo Bucks Lotto prize

Michael Camp, of Covington, recently came forward as the winner of the $9.6 million jackpot prize from the Feb. 6 Jumbo Bucks Lotto drawing.

February 22, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Eastside's bats push Eagles past Newton

Seeking a bounce back from a tough 13-2 loss on Feb. 17 to Walnut Grove, the Eastside Eagles baseball team hosted Newton at Eagle Field ...

February 21, 2017 | Staff Report | Eastside


Freeway patrol service begins in east central Georgia

Motorists in east central Georgia today began experiencing the benefits of a new statewide Coordinated Highway Assistance & Maintenance Program (CHAMP). This operation is the nation ...

February 21, 2017 | Staff Report | STATE


Doing away with distracted driving

The evidence is clear: Distracted driving can be just as dangerous as driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Removing one's eyes from ...

February 21, 2017 | Staff Report | LIVING


Tire maintenance a key component of spring check-up

When warm weather arrives, many people enjoy a collective sigh of relief. Just as people welcome the end of the cold, snow and ice, cars ...

February 21, 2017 | Staff Report | LIVING


Young Millennials top list of worst behaved drivers

A new report from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that 88 percent of young millennials engaged in at least one risky behavior behind ...

February 21, 2017 | Staff Report | LIVING


Letter: Can We Trust the Board of Commissioners with a New SPLOST?

To the editor:

February 19, 2017 | Staff Report | Letters


Sand mandala on display at Oxford College

Seven monk artists from the Drepung Loseling Monastery in Atlanta will construct a sand mandala painting in the Oxford College Library over the course of ...

February 19, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


Newton County reservoir full

Following a fall of light rain and a summer of hotter-than-average conditions, Lake Varner is full (701 feet above sea level) as of Thursday, Feb ...

February 18, 2017 | Staff Report | County


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Our thoughts...Pull together

 The front page of our paper Friday screamed out bad news - unemployment in Newton County has reached 10.4 percent. This puts our county at No. 1 in unemployment in the extended metro area. The state of Georgia is currently reporting an average unemployment rate of 7.8 percent.

January 31, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


At DOT, change is on the way

Political science professors for years have been teaching their students that Georgia's affairs are managed by the traditional three branches of government: the executive, the legislative, and the judicial.

January 31, 2009 | Tom Crawford Columnist | OPINION


Social Circle Theater wins honors at 2009 Junior Theater Festival

Social Circle Theater students and instructors came home from the 2009 Junior Theater Festival with priceless memories, new skills and accolades, including Outstanding Individual Female and Best Director.

January 31, 2009 | Sue Lee | Social Circle


George Harold Cown Jr.

George (Stump) Cown, age 70 of Loganville passed away Jan. 30, 2009. Mr. Cown was a longtime member of Chestnut Grove Baptist Church and was a member of Grayson United Methodist Church. Mr. Cown graduated from Grayson High in 1956, served in the U.S. Navy for two years and retired from AT&T and C.R. Bard Medical in Covington. After retirement, he became known in the Grayson Community as "Santa" to many children.

January 31, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Eyesore of the week

Quite a sight: This edition's "Eyesore of the Week" is an abandoned structure located on U.S. Highway 278 just west of the intersection with Emory Street.

If you know a property you would like to submit as the "Eyesore of the Week," send us a picture or address to news@covnews.com or 1166 Usher St, Covington, GA 30014. Please do not submit residential properties that are occupied.

January 31, 2009 | Staff Report | Eyesore of the Week


James Perry Atkinson

Mr. James Perry Atkinson, 65, of Madison, died Jan. 12 at his home. The son of the late Herman and Louise Jones Atkinson, he was born in Morgan County in 1943. Mr. Atkinson served in the United States Navy and later worked in sales of construction supplies. Mr. Atkinson was currently employed by Hallman Wood Products in Eatonton. Mr. Atkinson enjoyed fishing and wood working and restoring antique tractors.

January 30, 2009 | Madison | OBITUARIES


Newton County Jail Log 1/30/09

Travis Ryan Mason, 33, 1755 Hidden Shoals Dr., Covington, Jan. 14. Hold for probation warrant, failure to register as sex offender.

January 30, 2009 | Staff Report | Crime


Social Circle Arrest Log 1/30/09

Antonio Martinez, 22, 164 Ronther Dr., Social Circle, Jan. 24. No driver's license.

January 29, 2009 | Staff Report | Social Circle


Our thoughts...Good work NCSO

 Last Friday a burglary crime spree occurred locally that you usually only see in the movies. The folks who live in the River Walk Farms subdivision, a quiet Newton County community of rolling meadows and beautiful homes, had settled in for what they thought would be a peaceful weekend.

January 29, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Real change

Recently Matthew Parris wrote in the "London Times," "Missionaries, not aid money are the solution to Africa's biggest problem - the crushing passivity of the people's mindset." He says he has "become convinced of the enormous contribution that Christian evangelism makes in Africa." Wherever missionaries lived, he wrote, "something changed in the faces of the people we passed and spoke to. They see themselves as individuals who stand in direct relationship to God - not as subservient subordinates who must kowtow to tyrants." He concludes, "In Africa Christianity changes people's hearts. It brings spiritual transformation. The rebirth is real ...

January 29, 2009 | John Pearrell | Religion


It’s time to grow up

 Dear editor: As a nation, we are watching our elected representatives and media shred the U.S. Constitution on a daily basis, and we deserve it.

 You always get the government you ask for. Our great nation's populace has turned into a collection of "Sheeple." We follow any elected official blindly without realizing that he or she is more responsible for the current financial and political calamities that we now face.

January 29, 2009 | Andrew B. Senn Covington | Letters


Broken trust

 Dear Editor: There's a kind of stench hanging over our country. It is the stink of corruption on a grand scale with a large admixture of incompetence thrown in. It's not new; we've always had our Bernie Cornfields, the 'pump and dump' thugs of New York boiler room infamy, the Jack Abramoffs, Duke Cunninghams, Rod Blagojevichs, Bernie Madoffs, Hughey Longs, etc. These crumb bums now permeate American business and government at all levels. That's the new part; they're everywhere.

  Beyond that - and this has gone largely without comment- - corporate boards of directors seemingly no longer ...

January 29, 2009 | Ron Slade Sr. Covington | Letters


Our thoughts...Liquor for Social Circle

The city of Social Circle is an example of what old-time Georgia living was and is about.

 It has one stop light, and if you blink twice you might miss it. If you visit, you best follow the speed limit restrictions.

January 29, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Perdue: GBI to look at peanut butter plant

ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue has asked the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to look into the south Georgia peanut butter plant at the heart of the salmonella outbreak.

The governor has instructed the GBI to see whether the state has jurisdiction under Georgia law to investigate violations at the Georgia plant. Lawmakers have called on federal authorities to launch a criminal investigation.

January 29, 2009 | AP | AP Top Stories


Illinois governor thrown out of office

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (blah-GOY'-uh-vich) has been convicted at his impeachment trial and thrown out of office.

His removal comes nearly two months after his arrest on charges of trying to sell Barack Obama's vacant Senate seat. He becomes the first U.S. governor in more than 20 years to be removed by impeachment.

January 29, 2009 | Staff Report | AP Top Stories


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