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The bell tolls

The courthouse in this town has just tolled the hour of three.

October 25, 2016 | Andy Irwin | Columnists

Entries sought for 2017 high school art contest

The Newton County Farm Bureau is asking students in 9th through 12th grades to enter the 2017 Georgia Farm Bureau High School Art Contest. The ...

October 25, 2016 | Staff Report | Agriculture

Georgia Farm Bureau Foundation for agriculture offers $60,500 in scholarships

The Georgia Farm Bureau (GFB) Foundation for Agriculture is offering up to $60,500 in scholarships to Georgia students pursuing a degree related to agriculture ...

October 25, 2016 | Staff Report | Agriculture

Deacon Marshall Norman Jr.

Marshall Norman, Jr., known to many as "Buddy", was born on April 8, 1928, in Bibb County to the late Mr. and Mrs. Marshall (Ella ...

October 25, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

Understanding a breast cancer diagnosis

Family Features

October 25, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Women with breast cancer may find comfort in support groups

No woman should have to face breast cancer alone. There are a number of resources available that can provide support, such as family members, friends ...

October 25, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

New Butterfly Garden is lovely

Dear Editor:

October 25, 2016 | Staff Report | Letters


Dear Editor,

October 25, 2016 | Staff Report | Letters

Board of Commissioners abandoned us

It appears The Newton County Board of Commissioners have "abandoned" the trash system and the "convenience center facilities, leaving Newton County residents with nowhere to ...

October 25, 2016 | Staff Report | Letters

Have you ever thought …

In the past few months our nation has struggled with issues between those who protect and serve us in law enforcement and those segments of ...

October 23, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING

Our Thoughts: A win for residents

Five mayors and several county managers gathered around a table Tuesday and asked for one item.

October 23, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Behind the ballot - Amendment 4

In previewing this year's election, here's a look at the proposed amendments to the Georgia Constitution.

October 22, 2016 | Election 2016 coverage | LOCAL

Robert Walker Sammons

Robert Walker Sammons, 65, of Almon Road, died Thursday, October 20, 2016, at his residence. The family will greet friends one hour prior to a ...

October 21, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

Modine Wheeler

Modine Wheeler Moore, 91, of Conyers, passed away October 15, 2016. Mrs. Moore was born in Conyers to the late Walter and Ruth Parker Wheeler ...

October 21, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

Newton County Jail Log: Oct. 19

Jerrod Lanier Aikens, 31, Oxford, Oct. 14, battery, kidnapping, probation violation

October 20, 2016 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log

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Bank of North Georgia not robbed

Newton County SWAT members held a training exercise at the Bank of North Georgia in Newton Plaza Tuesday morning.

SWAT members and bank employees simulated a bank robbery to practice in the event of a real robbery situation.

December 27, 2008 | Staff Report | Covington

More than money

Dear Editor: I was greatly saddened to read Samuel Hay's letter to the editor, which dealt with the house fire and the demise of Mr. Aubrey Whelchel. Mr. Whelchel taught math and science at Newton County High School while I was a student there in the late 1950s.

Mr. Whelchel was one of the many fine teachers that Newton County was blessed to have during that time and who affected so many lives. I remember Mr. Whelchel and how he insisted on performing and doing what he was paid to do. He had his own style of maintaining discipline ...

December 27, 2008 | Felton Hudson Stone Mountain | Letters

Santa's helpers

Saturday we had the opportunity to show some real Christmas Spirit. We gathered, bright and early, along with the other elves from the Covington Rotary and the Rotary Interact Club from Eastside High school bright and early, and helped Santa load up close to 900 bags of goodies for boys and girls of Newton County.

Santa is fortunate to have such a group as the Covington Rotary to organize and raise money from folks in our community in order to provide this service to families who are having a tough time this Christmas season.

December 27, 2008 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Leadership blessings

As this year comes to a close, we are fortunate to have had good management of our county. We have been blessed with leadership over the year that has managed to ensure that, with all the fiscal uncertainties swirling around us here in Georgia, Newton County stands tall and secure.

We are losing some very good leaders on Jan. 1, leaders in county government in our court system, our law enforcement, education and even our coroner's office.

December 27, 2008 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Magazine thief

Dear Editor: I'd like to address this to the person who stole two magazines from the Newton Library. To the person who stole the new copies of Essence and the National Review: your theft of the current issues of these magazines, although not a great monetary loss, are a significant loss to our community. These issues both commemorated the historic election of Barack Obama. Now that they have been taken from the library, many people will be unable to enjoy the articles and pictures that mean so much to our country.

It makes me wonder who you are. I ...

December 27, 2008 | Wendy Harrington Covington | Letters

Buy local...Freshway Market

Concerned about where your food comes from? Interested in supporting the locally grown movement?

If you don't have the time to drive to the farmer's market in Atlanta every week to stock up on fresh produce, then you might want to check out Freshway Market of Social Circle as an alternative.

December 27, 2008 | Staff Report | Business

Consider financial gifts to family

At this time of year, you may be thinking about finding the "perfect" gifts for various family members. You can find any number of thoughtful presents, but if you'd like to give something that can have an impact long after the holiday season is over, consider making a financial gift.

You could, of course, just write a check. But you may be able to do more for your intended recipients by finding a more creative gift. Here are a few possibilities:

December 27, 2008 | By Joe Stier Financial Columnist | News Columnists

“A Christmas Carol” live at the Alliance

Scrooge is back in the Alliance's annual holiday gift to Atlanta. Now in its 19th year, A Christmas Carol has become a holiday tradition for generations of families throughout the Southeast. Atlanta's own Rosemary Newcott, the Sally G. Tomlinson Artistic Director of Theatre for Youth, again directs this lavish musical complete with holiday music and jaw-dropping special effects. Chris Kayser returns for a 16th season in his portrayal of Scrooge, setting a not-to-be-missed standard of excellence.

December 27, 2008 | Staff Report | Family Events

C.R. Bard donates $4,000 to DeKalb Technical College

C.R. Bard Inc. donated a $4,000 grant to DeKalb Technical college Business Office Technology program at the Covington Campus for curriculum upgrades.

Liz Allgood, a 1998 graduate of the Business Office Technology diploma program at DeKalb Tech, knew that her employer C. R. Bard Inc. through their foundation supported higher education and highly skilled employees.

December 27, 2008 | Staff Report | Business

Gertrude Wood

Gertrude Wood, 84, of Covington, died Dec. 14. A native of Jackson County, Mrs. Wood was a homemaker and a member of Zion Baptist Church. She is survived by sister Mary Sue Ryer of Conyers and brother James Gordon of Commerce, and several nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. today, Dec. 17, at Green Meadow Memorial Gardens with Rev. Danny Evans officiating. No visitation is scheduled.

December 27, 2008 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

Jeanne M. Smith

Jeanne M. Smith, 84, of Covington passed away on Dec. 13 of complications from heart surgery. The youngest child and only daughter of Mae and Ward Robertson, she was born in 1924 in Batavia, Ill. Mrs. Smith had three brothers Gerald, Wallace and Richard. She was preceded in death by her husband, Hampton Smith (1920 - 1969) and her daughter Melinda Eudy (1952 - 1994).

She attended the University of Illinois and received her bachelor's and master's degrees in English. She married Hampton Smith in 1951 in Illinois. They lived in many parts of the country as Hampton pursued a ...

December 27, 2008 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

The gift of time

We are living in a time when we all have doubts and fears - about our jobs, our world, our future. We are living in a recession. We are struggling. We are worried. But, the Spirit of Christmas is alive and well, and it's up to all of us to find ways to nurture that spirit and enjoy the season without getting caught up in a spending frenzy. Christmas has always been about giving and generosity, but our culture of materialism and consumerism can cause stress and anxiety, as well as empty wallets. By getting creative with our giving, we ...

December 27, 2008 | Dr. Bettye Ray Guest Columnist | News Columnists

Leon Lowry

December 27, 2008 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

Caroline Kennedy to seek Clinton's Senate seat

ALBANY, N.Y. - A person close to the discussions says Caroline Kennedy will seek the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Hillary Clinton.

Kennedy has told Democratic Gov. David Paterson she wants the job should Clinton be confirmed as secretary of state for President-elect Barack Obama.

December 26, 2008 | By Michael Gormley The Associated Press | AP Top Stories

Our thoughts...Shame, shame

This certainly will be a bittersweet Christmas for former Alcovy High School teacher and coach Derrick Roberts as well as paraprofessional Nanette Surber.

December 24, 2008 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

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