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GPC tuition increasing 2.5 percent

Georgia Perimeter College tuition will increase 2.5 percent for the upcoming academic year.

April 16, 2015 | Staff Report | DIGITAL NEWSPAPER


GPC tuition increasing 2.5 percent

Georgia Perimeter College tuition will increase 2.5 percent for the upcoming academic year.

April 14, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Peachtree Academy shows off new labs

Peachtree Academy showed off its newest addition Tuesday, conducting a tour and ribbon cutting of its new science labs at the Covington campus, located at 14101 Hwy. 278.

April 14, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Monticello St to be Veterans Memorial Hwy

A part of Monticello Street will officially be known as Veterans Memorial Highway starting Tuesday.

April 13, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Mary Will Jolly Carmichael

Mrs. Mary Will Jolly Carmichael, age 94, of Rome, died at a local hospital Sunday April 12, 2015.

April 13, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Sara Stubbs

Ms. Sara B. Stubbs passed away on April 9, 2015. She was born in Newton County on June 16, 1927. She was a lifelong resident of Covington.

April 13, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


3rd Annual Spring Fling Saturday

The Porterdale Volunteer Fire Department hosts its 3rd Annual Spring Fling this Saturday at the Porterdale Ball Park.

April 13, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Give the citizens committee a chance

Dear commissioners,

April 12, 2015 | Staff Report | Letters


Our thoughts: Newton can be a model

There is no question that we are suffering from a general lack of quality leadership in Newton County at this time. Can that be turned around? We think so, but it is going to take our current leadership to be willing to communicate and cooperate with other community officials to start the process.

April 12, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Melinda Ford

Melinda Ford of Covington died April 8, 205 of cancer.

April 10, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


City of Covington gets its shovels ready

Construction for new businesses in Covington will now be welcomed with a traditional groundbreaking ceremony from the City of Covington, with the first scheduled for Monday.

April 10, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Sara B. Stubbs

Ms. Sara B. Stubbs passed away on April 9, 2015. She was born in Newton County on June 16, 1927. She was a lifelong resident of Covington.

April 10, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Dawgs are running wild in Augusta. Again.

A year after University of Georgia alumni Bubba Watson slipped on the green jacket for the second time in three years, it's another UGA alum, Russell Henley, who is near the top of the Masters leaderboard after Thursday's opening round.

April 09, 2015 | Vince Johnson | MASTERS 2015


Jimmy Kirk

Jimmy Wayne Kirk, age 70, of Social Circle, died on March 23, 2015. He was born in Walton County on February 17, 1945 to the late Mary Lizzie Drake Kirk and the late Johnny E. Kirk. Surviving are: wife, Susan Kirk of Social Circle; daughters and sons-in-law, Rhonda and Tim Bell of

April 08, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Masters Preview with Vince Johnson

April 08, 2015 | Staff Report | MASTERS 2015


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Please spare me the agony of the NBA finals

I can't take it anymore.

June 18, 2008 | Eric McDonald | Archives


Johnny Gordon (John) Davenport

Mr. Johnny Gordon (John) Davenport, 61, of Covington, died June 15. The son of Mr. Hobert T. L. Davenport and the late Margie Louise Davis Davenport, he was born in Newton County. He graduated from Newton County High School and was a lifelong resident of Newton County. Mr. Davenport was a faithful member of Christ Cornerstone Church where he served as usher. He loved God, his pastor and his church family. He enjoyed the outdoors, working in the yard and building anything.

June 18, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Frances Allen Fannin

Frances Allen Fannin, 76, of McDonough, passed away peacefully June 13 after a long battle with cancer. The daughter of Lollie Avery Allen and Will (W.J.) Allen, she was born in Covington, one of three children. She was preceded in death in 2002 by husband of 46 years Rogers Fannin. Also preceding her in death were brother Willie Clifford Allen in 1992 and seven half-brothers and -sisters Bessie Cawthon, Essie Watts, Nina Moore, Gertrude Rosser, Emmett, Linzy and Herman Allen. Mrs. Fannin retired from Southern Bell (BellSouth) after a 30-year carrer. She reentered the workforce, working for a number ...

June 18, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Louise Wall Steward

Louise Wall Steward, of Covington, died June 14 at Westberry Health Center, Conyers. The daughter of the late Julius Pierce and Ardella Johnston Wall, she was born in 1920. She was the widow of Edgar H. "Bid" Steward. Mrs. Stewart was a long-time member of Zion Baptist Church where she worked as a secretary for many years. She also worked for Bibb Manufacturing in the spool room for several years before she began work at Zion Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by sisters Ruth Plunkett King and Beatrice Wall and Brother Horace P. Wall.

June 18, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Covington approves FY 2009 budget

The Covington City Council approved the city's fiscal year 2008-2009 budget, which projects expenditures at $132.8 million, at their Monday night meeting.

June 18, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Covington again extends drinking hours

At the final reading of the city's new alcohol ordinance Monday night, the Covington City Council voted to extend last call for alcohol to 1:30 a.m.

June 18, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


City to receive a share of Vogtle power

After originally requesting 35 megawatts of Plant Vogtle nuclear power from the Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia, the city of Covington has been granted 26 MW at a cost of $102.4 million.

June 18, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Up from the ashes

On October 20, 2005, the city of Porterdale lost part of its identity when the Porterdale Gym was destroyed by a four-alarm blaze that left the structure in disrepair.

June 18, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives


Day one wraps up in Rick's murder trial

The trial of a Newton County teen for the murder of Kawasikis Ricks began Tuesday with opening statements and testimony from co-defendants in Newton County Superior Court.

June 18, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


Candidates speak about local issues during forum

The candidates running for sheriff felt the heat as Newton County residents grilled them during the Newton County Voter's League forum at the historic courthouse Monday evening.

June 18, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


Candidates speak about local issues during forum

Newton County residents packed into the Historic Courthouse Monday for final candidate's forums sponsored by the Newton County Voter's League.

June 18, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives


Cracker carousel

Over the last several years, we've seen the politics at our state Capitol become more and more like the system that has afflicted Washington, D.C., since the Nixon administration.

June 15, 2008 | Bill Ship | Archives


Father's Day

Isaac Watts, in 1719, penned the words to a well-known hymn, "O God, Our Help in Ages Past." Set to music composed in 1708 by William Croft, one of the verses speaks to the comparatively short appearance of mortals on the eternal stage of time, which marches inexorably onward.

June 15, 2008 | Nat Harwell | Archives


Enviornmental investigators

 Teachers teach. Students learn. But for two weeks at Oxford College, teachers are back in class.

June 15, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives


Good fathers, unfortunately, are not a dime-a-dozen

 A good man is hard to find; a good father, even harder. By circumstance or by choice, the United States now leads the world in the number of households headed by a single mother. Consequently, many people seem to view fathers as a nice thing to have, but not a necessary ingredient in raising a child. It is almost expected that a certain percentage of men will walk away from their families or take lightly this business of raising children.

June 15, 2008 | Kari Apted | Archives


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