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Annie Grace Saffo

Funeral services for Ms. Annie Grace Saffo of 6239 Green Acres Dr. Covington, will be held Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016 at 11 a.m. at ...

September 29, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Our Thoughts: Tags sold, direction needed

Car tags for use of the county's trash collection convenience centers began being purchased by Newton County residents recently.

September 28, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Shakila Henderson-Baker elected to GSBA Board of Director

Shakila Henderson-Baker, District 3 representative for the Newton County Board of Education (BOE), was recently elected by the Georgia School Boards Association's (GSBA) Board ...

September 28, 2016 | Staff Report | Education


Mrs. Nellie Lou Marks Manuel-Jackson

Nellie Lou Marks Manuel-Jackson was born in Covington on January 22, 1946, to the late Homer Marks, Sr. and Willie M. Marks.

September 28, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Ms. Carol ‘Stucci’ Brown

A time to be born

September 28, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


NCSS SAT scores increase across the board

Newton County School System's (NCSS) overall scores on the SAT increased across the board in 2016. The district posted an 11-point increase in both ...

September 27, 2016 | Staff Report | Education


Roy Faulkner

Roy A. Faulkner, 84, of Snellville, passed away on Friday, September 23, 2016. Visitation will be on Friday, September 30, 2016, from 5 p.m ...

September 27, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Viva Ruth Clark

Viva Ruth Clark was carried home September 25, 2016. She is survived by her children, Justin Folds and Audrey Kimelman, her grandchildren, Gabriella and Isabella ...

September 26, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Annie Margaret Wyatt Kinard

Mrs. Annie Margaret Kinard, age 86, of Mansfield passed away Friday, Sept. 23, 2016 at her residence.

September 26, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Catherine Mills Horton

Catherine Mills Horton of Covington passed away Sept. 23, 2016, at the age of 86.

September 26, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Teacher of the Year finalists announced

Tamahia Benton, of Liberty Middle School, Cecily Bullock, of Alcovy High School and Jason Smith, of Newton High School, were named the finalists for Newton ...

September 24, 2016 | Staff Report | Education


Precious Waters named Newton Homecoming Queen

Precious Waters was named the 2016 Newton High School Homecoming Queen Friday night at Sharp Stadium.

September 24, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Reba Mae Gibson

Reba Mae Gibson, 72, of Gainesville, formerly of Oxford, passed away September 10, 2016. She was born in Union Point to the late Herschel and ...

September 22, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Laurie Pless

Laurie Pless, 59, died of natural causes on September 16, 2016, her birthday.

September 22, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Newton County Jail Log: Sept. 21

Diallo Wayne Abraham, 22, Covington, Sept. 14, court sentenced serving 8 days

September 21, 2016 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log


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Billy Rooks Stokes

Mr. Billy Rooks Stokes, 77, of Covington, died Dec. 8. The son of the late Rebie Stokes and Gennie Mae Bowden Stokes, he was born in 1931 in Newton County. He served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. Mr. Stokes retired from Auto Soler where he worked as a machinist. He enjoyed working on his cattle farm and serving as an active member of the Disaster Relief Team through the Georgia Baptist Association. He was especially honored to work with the disaster relief team when they traveled to New York to serve during the attack on Sept ...

December 20, 2008 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Willie C. “Doug” Victor

Mr. Willie C. "Doug" Victor died Dec. 4 in Rockdale County. The son of Mrs. Mary Frances Johnson Victor and the late Booker T. Victor, he was born in 1938 in Newton County. One of 14 children, Mr. Victor was preceded in death by brother Jay Victor. Mr. Victor was raised and educated in Newton County and joined St. Paul AME Church as an early age. He worked for Cross Construction for over 30 years. A hard worker, he enjoyed his job as a brick mason. During his spare time, Mr. Victor enjoyed playing cards, cooking, cleaning, working in the ...

December 20, 2008 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Above and beyond

Dear Editor: Covington and Newton County lost one of our Native sons on Nov. 22. Mr. Aubrey Whelchel died in a fire at his home on College Street.

Mr. Aubrey will be long remembered not only for his life, but in passing he has left us all with a marvelous collection of gifts to many different organizations - the Humane Society, the Salvation Army, UGA Scholarship Programs, Oxford College and a gift of land for the development of a large Regional Cultural Center, complete with an amphitheater, a civic center, a small performing arts center and a museum, a corporate retreat ...

December 20, 2008 | Samuel M. Hay III Covington | Letters


Restaurant scores 12/8

n GG's Pizza and Wings: 9148 U.S. Highway 278, Nov. 17. 100.

December 20, 2008 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Rella Mae Allen

December 19, 2008 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Newton juniors score better on writing test than state average

The Newton County School System is pleased to announce that the district's 11th grade first time test takers ncreased the pass percentage over last year's totals on the Georgia High School Writing Test

December 19, 2008 | Staff Report | Education


Military jet crashes in San Diego neighborhood

SAN DIEGO - An F-18 military jet approaching a Marine base crashed near a busy highway in a densely populated San Diego neighborhood Monday, sparking at least one house fire.

December 19, 2008 | By Elliot Spagat Associated Press Writer | AP Top Stories


A broken system

Dear Editor: The system is broken. Why do I say that? Using statistical tools, we know that less than 5 percent (or .3 percent, or in the case of 6 Sigma, .3 per million) failures means that the error is random. However, greater than 5 percent means that the system is failing. So when 2 out of our 3 high schools in Newton County fail AYP, we conclude that it means there is a system failure. When 41 percent of schools fail to achieve Annual Yearly Progress (AYP), we conclude that is a system failure. What do you do about ...

December 17, 2008 | Chris Roesel Covington | Letters


Our thoughts...For the love of the library

 Newton Countians are blessed to have a library as vital and modern as ours is.

December 17, 2008 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our thoughts...Society off course

 In this yuletide season when we should be merry, we have instead had three distressing stories to report this past week.

December 17, 2008 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Friends of the Library sponsor gift tree fundraiser

The Friends of the Newton County Library are sponsoring a Gift Tree just inside the lobby at the Newton County Library. The tree is decorated with colorful paper ornaments each listing a type of book or audio visual item with the amount it takes to purchase the item.

December 17, 2008 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Alcohol reportedly involved in crash

A head-on collision at the intersection of Salem Road and Kirkland Road sent two drivers to Grady Hospital on Dec. 3, in an accident where alcohol was allegedly involved, according to the Georgia State Patrol.

December 17, 2008 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County Jail Log - 12/07

n Terrence Therron Stodghill, B, 32, 7134 Pineview Dr., Covington, Nov. 21. Court sentenced to work release.

December 17, 2008 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log


Obituary: James Leonard Chapman

James Leonard Chapman, 89, of Covington, died Dec. 4, 2008. He was born June 27, 1919 to the late Henry and Pearl Thomason Chapman in Newton County. Mr. Chapman was a lifelong resident of Covington and a member of Trinity United Methodist Church. He loved fishing, gardening, woodcrafts and enjoyed building cabinets, cradles and toys for children.

December 17, 2008 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Oxendine’s ready to take the wheel

If there's one lesson that John Oxendine should have learned by now, it's that cars and politics don't mix.

December 17, 2008 | Tom Crawford columnist | OPINION


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