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Dr. Courtney Manning

Dr. Courtney Manning, age 45, of Covington, passed away June 30, 2014. He was born March 30, 1969 in May Pen, Clarendon, Jamaica to Victor Manning (deceased) and Aneita Cameron. At the age of five, he moved with his family to St. Catherine where they lived at his grandmother's house. While living there, he attended basic school in Reynolds and primary school at Point Hill. At the age of 10, he passed the Common Entrance exam to attend high school, and at the age of 18, he entered the Jamaican Constabulary Force. During this age, he also attended the ...

July 29, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Abraham Thomas “Abe” Hopkins

Abe Hopkins, age 6, of Covington passed away Monday, July 28, 2014. He was born February 14, 2008 in Covington to Mike and Kelli Kirkley Hopkins. Abe was a remarkable young man whose smile and laughter were contagious. Born on Valentine's Day he was full of love, affectionately described as a "mommie's boy" he loved watching Hallmark movies and being with his loving mother, father, sisters, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. Abe shined for Jesus every day and touched more people than could ever be known. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents J.T. and ...

July 29, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Josie Faye (Embry) McLaney

Josie Faye (Embry) McLaney, affectionately known as "Jo," passed away July 28, 2014, at the age of 81. She was born in Rockmart, Georgia, to the late Noel and Rena (Davis) Embry. Jo was a graduate of Cedartown High School, in Cedartown, Georgia. In 1951, she married Milton (Coach Mac) McLaney, and together they moved to Monticello, where he started his coaching career and she found her interest in floral arrangements. They moved to Newton County in 1956, where she became active and served as president of the Covington Garden Club. Jo worked part-time for several years for Abre Sherwood ...

July 29, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Keep skin healthy by knowing sunscreen facts

The best way to care for skin is to be smart about sun exposure. Too much unprotected exposure to the sun can cause a host of problems, from premature wrinkling to skin cancer.

July 29, 2014 | Staff Report | Health


Our thoughts: NYT’s pro-marijuana stance is disappointing

The New York Times editorial board this past Sunday called for the federal government to legalize marijuana in the United States.

July 29, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


GPTC unveils new media program and facilities

Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC), along with event co-host, Georgia Chamber of Commerce, unveiled to an audience of industry executives, public officials and potential students, GPTC's new Design and Media Production Technology (DMPT) and Recording Arts Technology (RART) programs and facility. The ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house, held at the DeKalb campus, provided guests the opportunity to meet students and learn first-hand of the cutting edge academic programs as they toured the Mac Lab and the television and production studio.

July 29, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Make your walk a workout

WALKING. We do it all the time. Most of us take walking for granted and don't think about it.

July 29, 2014 | Staff Report | Health


Abraham Thomas "Abe" Hopkins

Abe Hopkins, age 6, of Covington passed away Monday, July 28, 2014. He was born February 14, 2008 in Covington to Mike and Kelli Kirkley Hopkins. Abe was a remarkable young man whose smile and laughter were contagious. Born on Valentine's Day he was full of love, affectionately described as a "mommie's boy" he loved watching Hallmark movies and being with his loving mother, father, sisters, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. Abe shined for Jesus every day and touched more people than could ever be known. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents J.T. and ...

July 29, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


NMC hosts uniform, scrubs sale

Newton Medical Center Auxiliary is hosting a Uniforms & Scrubs Sale Monday, Aug. 4 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Tuesday, Aug. 5 from 7 a.m. to noon.

July 28, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County high school football coaches speak at Lions Club

At Ashford Springs Park, late Thursday evening, the Covington Lion's Club hosted Newton County's high school head football coaches. At the dinner, the coaches mingled with members of the community, and discussed different things with each other, such as the new IMPACT program. Newton head coach Terrance Banks, Eastside head coach Rick Hurst and Alcovy coach Kirk Hoffman spoke on the upcoming season, the ugliness of recruiting, how the game has changed and fielded questions about their players from fans.

July 26, 2014 | Staff Report | SPORTS


It’s SSEMC meeting time

About 1,357 Snapping Shoals EMC members turned out for the 76th annual shareholders' meeting at the Georgia International Horse Park Thursday, July 24.

July 26, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington teen missing, information sought

Fourteen-year-old Jordan Aaron has been reported missing to the Newton County Sheriff's Department.

July 26, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington woman arrested in prostitution sting

Conyers police are turning their sights to deterring prostitutes, instead of just johns, from coming to Conyers with a recent undercover sting that arrested two women for prostitution and one man for drug possession.

July 26, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Mother Darlene Strong

Mother Darlene Strong was born December 9, 1924 to the parentage of the late Mr. & Mrs. George (Cora) Stephens in Athens, Georgia.

July 26, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Social Circle activities

July 26, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Billy Crystal strikes out in new career

By Ben Walker

March 14, 2008 | Associated Press | Archives


Amendment gets day in court

On Tuesday, the United States Supreme Court will begin hearing oral arguments in District of Columbia v. Heller (known as Parker v. District of Columbia in the lower court), the most important case concerning the Second Amendment to come before the court in nearly 70 years.

March 14, 2008 | Jason Pye | Archives


Life sentences issued in local murder case

Xavier "Pretty Boy" Dyer, 20, and Christopher "Big Boy" Rozier, 20, convicted for the shooting death of Tony Richardson, 55, whom they allegedly suspected of snitching to police, were sentenced Thursday to life in prison plus 25 years in Newton County Superior Court.

March 14, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


No sympathy

I don't feel sorry for Eliot Spitzer. The soon-to-be former governor of New York made his own bed and now he can lie in it.

March 14, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Archives


Kaiser stripped of medical license after second sentencing

Alan B. Kaiser II, a formerly prominent Covington doctor who pleaded guilty in 2004 to manufacturing methamphetamines in a storage shed off of Access Road and then withdrew his guilty plea, was re-sentenced on Wednesday in Newton County Superior Court.

March 14, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


Celebrate Saint Patrick's Day

 If green beer, Irish food and music and revelry are what you're looking for this St. Patrick's Day then go no further than your hometown restaurants, bars and pubs.

March 12, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Hiltonesque

 Despite the best efforts of an award-winning ensemble cast, "The Other Boleyn Girl" is weighed down by a poor script with a myopic focus on the tawdriest aspects of the relationship between Henry VIII and the Boleyn sisters.

March 12, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Basketball rules March

I never knew a tournament bracket could bring me so much joy. How could it really? It's nothing but a bunch of lines on a piece of paper that by the end of the second day of play is littered with more red marks than a high school English paper.

March 12, 2008 | Robby Byrd | Archives


'Pain don't hurt'

These are the five greatest mysteries of this Earth: 1. How Stonehenge was formed; 2. Whatever happened to Amelia Earhart; 3. Women; 4. Why I despise all things mayonnaise (mayonnaise is basically white lard. You would think I would like it since I'm white... and lard); and 5. Why I can't keep my eyes off the 1989 motion picture, "Road House."

March 12, 2008 | Len Robbins | Archives


She's the Mann

 Even though she has taught for only four years, Amber Mann has taken on several duties at Eastside High School other than simply teaching advanced and Quest freshman English.

March 12, 2008 | Jennifer Long | Archives


The lines and the lights

 The year was 1932. Trouble had knocked at America's door. Poverty was rampant, and people were looking for a leader who would offer sustaining hope. Everywhere the cry was heard: "Is there a man who can give us a new and brighter day?"

March 12, 2008 | Clifford Brewton | Archives


Local optometrist covers all the bases

 Located inside Wal-Mart's Vision Center, optometrist Dr. Andrea Washington's general practice has been treating eye patients in the area since July.

March 12, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Pinewood derby day

 Cub Scout Packs 888 and 747 will host the third Yellow River District Pinewood Derby Races from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Lockett Family Life Center at Prospect United Methodist Church on Ga. Highway 212.

March 12, 2008 | Jennifer Long | Archives


Police, recyclers unite against metal theft

The buzzword these days among the law enforcement personnel and scrap metal recycling industry in dealing with metal thefts is "proactivity."

March 12, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


High speed chases end in crashes

 Two high-speed attempts to escape Newton County law enforcement this weekend ended in crashes, resulting in arrests or severe injury.

March 12, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


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