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Betty Purcell

Betty Purcell of Covington, passed away Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at the age of 91. Born and raised in Augusta, GA, Betty was employed with IBM at the Pentagon before she married. She was active in Covington First United Methodist Church, Newton Medical Center Auxiliary and enjoyed her bridge clubs. She loved traveling with her husband, was very social and liked to entertain. While in assisted living Mrs. Purcell delighted in dancing. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. James William Purcell; sisters, Margaret Brandt, Louise Comstock; brothers, Frank Blitchington, Bill Blitchington, Jack Blitchington; as well as her ...

May 28, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


David J. Hood

David Hood, age 60, of Covington passed away May 24, 2015. He was born in Covington on November 7, 1954 one of the first ten babies born at Newton General Hospital. Graduated from Newton County High School and went Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College graduating with a degree in horticulture and while attending college worked at Callaway Gardens. David was the grounds superintendent for several golf course throughout his career including Hidden Hills and Cross Creek golf courses.

May 27, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Robert ‘Bobby’ Patrick

Robert "Bobby" Patrick of Oxford, passed away May 26, 2015, at the age of 82. He was a 1952 graduate of Newton High School; and proud veteran of the United States Air Force, having served in both Germany and France, during his active duty from 1953 – 1957. Mr. Patrick was employed by Henson Furniture, until the business closed, and then went on to work for Hercules, for 24 years, prior to his retirement. He served as a deacon for several churches, and was Chairman of the deacon boards at First Baptist of Covington, Mt. Zion Baptist and Calvary Baptist. In ...

May 27, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Fatality in I-20 crash identified

52-year-old Joel William Simpson, a Newton County resident, has been confirmed dead after he drove his vehicle against traffice on I-20 Tuesday night, crashing into another vehicle around the 89 mile mark between Almon and Salem roads.

May 27, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington- Two dead in apparent murder suicide

The Covington Police Department responded to a shooting Thursday, discovering a man and woman shot when arriving on scene.

May 22, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


New section of Social Circle Bypass to open

The new section of the Social Circle Bypass from State road 11 to East Hightower Trail will open Tuesday, June 2, according to Superintendent of traffic, safety and utilities J. Robert Manning of ER Snell Contractor.

May 22, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Harry Owens likely interim county manager

Newton County revealed the name of the candidate under consideration for the position of interim county manager Friday following the departure of former County Manager Tom Garrett last week.

May 22, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


William Henry Calhoon

William Henry Calhoon, Sr. (Bill) of Porterdale passed away May 13, 2015 in Covington at the age of 77. A memorial service will be held at The Baptist Tabernacle, 10119 Access Road, Covington, Georgia 30014, on Sunday, May 31, 2015, at 4 pm. Memorial donations, instead of flowers, may be made to The Baptist Tabernacle for the Children's Ministry and Reformers Unanimous Ministry.

May 21, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Appreciation

Throughout the last seven days there was plenty to celebrate, with a big week of appreciation coming on the heels of Mother's Day.

May 17, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Stacey Cotton appointed to medical marijuana study group

Covington Police Chief Stacey Cotton has been named one of 11 members named to Gov. Nathan Deal's new panel charged with making recommendations about what type of medical marijuana use Georgia should allow.

May 17, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Thank you partners

Dear Editor,

May 16, 2015 | Staff Report | Letters


Certified Quality Breast Center at Newton Medical Center

Newton Medical Center's Women's Diagnostic Center has recently been recognized as a Certified Quality Breast Center in the National Quality Measures for Breast Centers Program™. This distinguished honor represents a commitment by this breast center to provide the highest level of quality breast health care to patients in the community.

May 16, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Preparing for graduation

The Newton County School System's high schools will be celebrating graduation Friday and Saturday.

May 16, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County Jail Log

Charles Eugene Aikens, 42, Covington, May 12, Theft by Deception

May 16, 2015 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log


Mrs. Doris Cope Cavanaugh

Doris Cope Cavanaugh, 88, daughter of the late Frank and Ann Cope, passed away peacefully on May 6, 2015 after a long battle with Dementia, at the home of her daughter, Cathy Twigg, in Martinsburg, W.Va.

May 16, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


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Former coach found dead in Blairsville

The Newton County coaching fraternity and Union County community received sad news Thursday as former Newton County High School teacher and Lady Ram basketball coach Mike West was found dead at the age of 42.

June 29, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives


Every dance a prayer

Blue skies and balmy temperatures welcomed the 200-plus dancers and attendees of the fourth annual Eastern Native American Charity Powwow at Whippoorwill Hollow Organic Farm.

June 29, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Bennie Pickett

Bennie Puckett, 70, of Locust Grove, died June 25 at Henry Medical Center. The son of the late Benjamin F. and Minnie Bell Smith Puckett, he was born in Thomaston. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1954 to 1958 and later retired from ABF Freight Systems in 2001. Mr. Puckett was a member of The Potters House in Covington, serving God faithfully as a true man of God. He enjoyed working on small engines and working in the yard, loved the Georgia Bulldogs and was a history buff, especially interested in war eras.

June 29, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Drug house on Lower River Road busted

Special Investigations Unit agents struck a known drug haven Thursday, which was also the site of an unsolved 2003 homicide, arresting five men and the home owner in connection with selling cocaine and Ecstasy, according to the unit leader.

June 29, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


Feeding the multitude

For more than 24 years, the Bethlehem Baptist Church doors have been open in the summers, welcoming all children ages 4 to 12.

June 29, 2008 | Brian Harper | Archives


Bessie Sue (Ray) Wesson

Mrs. Bessie Sue (Ray) Wesson, 95, of Covington died June 27. Formerly of Macon, Mrs. Wesson moved to the Covington area in 1994. Her hobbies included gardening, quilting and cooking. Mrs. Wesson was a member of the First Congregational Holiness Church, Macon. The daughter of the late Otis Hamilton Ray and Sara Annie (Dobbs) Ray, she was born in Rockdale County in 1913. She was preceded in death by parents, husband Mr. Marion "Bill" Wesson and brothers Howard Ray from Macon and William Ray from Porterdale.

June 29, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Evelyn Sudduth Wiley

Mrs. Evelyn Sudduth Wiley, 84, of Covington, widow of C.T. Wiley Sr., to whom she was married for 58 years, died June 26 at Embracing Hospice in Cumming. Mrs. Wiley retired from CDC in 1995 after more than 30 years of service. She enjoyed traveling and spending time in the mountains and was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

June 29, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Irene Agnes Almand

Irene Agnes Almand, 75, of Covington died June 26. A loving grandmother, she enjoyed cooking and crocheting and was an avid reader. She was predeceased by her parents, George and Lucile Mays Bynerd and her husband, William Joseph Almand.

June 29, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Emily Stearns

Emily Stearns, 62, of Covington, died peacefully at her home June 26. The daughter of the late Marcus H. and Mary Hodges, Poppell, she was born in England. She worked as an LPN at Covington Manor Nursing Home for 18 years and worked for Riverside Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and Star Crest Nursing Home in Conyers. Mrs. Stearns was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Perry. She enjoyed reading and traveling. She is preceded in death by daughter Millie Carrier.

June 29, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Social Circle administrative offices moving this fall

By the end of 2008, Social Circle's administrative offices will move into an antebellum home in the heart of the city on North Cherokee Road.

June 29, 2008 | J.T. Long | Archives


Sophisticated burglars break into cars parked in driveways

Newton County was hit by a string of car break-ins early Wednesday morning marked by an unusual level of sophistication, according to victims' accounts.

June 29, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


Raft kids

 The power of many outweighs the strength of the few. For proof, look no further than the teenagers at Project Adventure.

June 29, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives


Every dance a prayer

 Blue skies and balmy temperatures welcomed the 200-plus dancers and attendees of the fourth annual Eastern Native American Charity Powwow at Whippoorwill Hollow Organic Farm.

June 29, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


SIU busts Lower River Road drug haven

Special Investigations Unit agents struck a known drug haven that was also the site of an unsolved 2003 homicide Thursday night, arresting five men and the home owner in connection with selling cocaine and ecstasy, according to the unit leader.

June 28, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


Impact fee collection at all-time low

With the housing market in a slump, impact fee collections have fallen to an all-time low for the county.

June 27, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


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