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Hampton Inn Covington awarded 2016 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award

The Hampton Inn Covington has received a 2016 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award. Now in its sixth year, the achievement celebrates hospitality businesses that have ...

June 26, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Newton County Senior Services receives new shuttle bus

Newton County Senior Services is the proud recipient of a new shuttle bus that will soon hit the road to transport senior residents to and ...

June 26, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Three Newton County deputies graduate from Georgia Public Safety Training Center

The 286th Graduation Class of the Georgia Public Safety Training Center-Athens Academy held their graduation on June 10 at the Winder Community Center.

June 26, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Our Thoughts: When is enough, enough?

This week two Newton County young people lost their lives and another took a life, leaving a cloud of sadness over an otherwise sunny time.

June 26, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

James ‘Sam’ Allgood

James "Sam" Allgood, Sr., 71, of Sparta. passed away June 23, 2016. An Oxford native, Allgood and his wife, Frances moved to Sparta in 2006 ...

June 24, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

The Newton County Farm Bureau celebrated National Dairy Month in June.

The dairy industry is a crucial part of Georgia's agriculture industry. The state of Georgia is home to approximately 83,000 head of dairy ...

June 24, 2016 | Staff Report | LIVING

Theme school council gives $600 to homeless shelter

Members of the Newton County Theme School (NCTS) Student Council recently presented a check for $600 to the Garden of Gethsemane Homeless Shelter. The Theme ...

June 24, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Newton BOE adopts resolution opposing governor’s opportunity school district

By unanimous vote, the Newton County Board of Education (BOE) adopted a resolution opposing Governor Nathan Deal's proposed "Opportunity School District" (OSD) at their ...

June 24, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Former Newton County employee charged with theft by receiving


June 24, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Update: Dillon Wilks Bragg

Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home

June 24, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

BOE to hold public hearings on FY2017 budget

The Newton County Board of Education (BOE) tentatively adopted a maintenance and operation budget for fiscal year 2016-17. The total millage rate of 20 mills ...

June 23, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Newton County Jail Log: June 22

Paula Michelle Allamon, 45, McDonough, June 19, theft by shoplifting – misdemeanor

June 23, 2016 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log

CPD searching for man who robbed Covington bank

The Covington Police Department is in search of a man who robbed the Bank of North Georgia at 4128 Hwy 278 NE Wednesday afternoon, according ...

June 22, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Emily LaRue Hopkins

Emily LaRue Hopkins, 70, passed away on June 16, 2016. She is preceded in death by her husband, Donald P. Hopkins, Sr.; her son, Thomas ...

June 22, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

Video: BOC discusses Nelson Heights

The Newton County Board of Commissioners approved a motion to clarify the wording of administrative services regarding the Nelson Heights Community Center's administrative services ...

June 22, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

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Floyd Allen

Mr. Floyd Allen, 76, of Covington, died Nov. 9. Mr. Allen was a member of First United Methodist Church of Covington. He loved to hunt and play golf. Mr. Allen worked for Pennington Seed Company for over 30 years. The son of the late Melvin Allen Sr. and Allie Mills Allen, he was born in 1932 in Newton County.

Surviving are daughter Vicki Allen of Covington; sisters Dorothy Moseley, Elaine Rosser, Effie Taylor; several nieces and nephews.

November 22, 2008 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

Bobby Joe Couch

Bobby Joe Couch, 7, of Covington, died Nov. 7. the son of Joseph and Julie (Rye) Couch, he was born in 2001 in Cochise County, Arizona. Bobby loved playing football with his brother and going to school at Ficquett Elementary School. He was preceded in death by great-grandfather Bobby Crowe of Covington.

Surviving are parents Joseph and Julie Couch of Covington; brother james Couch of Covington; maternal grandparents Michelle and Tom Moorehead of McNeal, Ariz., Solomon and Eva Rye of Douglas, Ariz.; paternal grandparents Howell and Norma Couch of Covington, Ricky Jackson of Porterdale; great-grandparents Don and Rose Haynie of ...

November 22, 2008 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

Robert Edwin “Ed” Hill

Mr. Robert Edwin "Ed" Hill, 86, of Rockmart, died Nov. 6. The son of the late Fletcher Bailey Hill and Bess Cowan Hill, he was born in Newton County in 1922. Mr. Hill was a United States Navy veteran serving in World War II. He was a master election and a member of Second Baptist Church, Rockmart. Mr. Hll was preceded in death by Roy Hill and Thomas Hill.

Surviving are wife Dorothy Campbell Hill or Rockmart; daughters mary Beth Williams of Conyers, Patricia Ann Guerrero of Coweta County; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren.

November 22, 2008 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

Missing the moment

 Dear Editor: I had not had an opportunity to see your paper on Friday before sending you [an] e-mail and I wish to ensure your awareness that it was a pleasure to see something worthy of the office in print about the President-elect. However, the historical nature of the election should not have had to wait from Wednesday until Friday to be noted.

November 22, 2008 | Staff Report | Letters

Our Thoughts... Hello and goodbye

 With very few exceptions we think anyone who chooses to run for public office is a fantastic public servant, who by running for a position in government shows a special concern for their community.

November 22, 2008 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Change isn't easy

On Tuesday, 65.4 million Americans said "Yes, we can" and voted for "Change we can believe in."

November 22, 2008 | By Maurice Carter | OPINION

Trust but verify

I don't have much tolerance for rude behavior myself, so it is humiliating to have to beg your indulgence while I ask this rude question. Why in the world do we Georgians trust that our votes are being counted accurately? Because we are too polite to question authority.

November 22, 2008 | By Chris Jueschke | OPINION

Circuit City files for bankruptcy

NEW YORK -- Circuit City Stores Inc., the nation's second-biggest electronics retailer, filed for bankruptcy protection on Monday but plans to stay open for business as the busy holiday shopping season approaches.

It filed under Chapter 11 of the bankruptcy code, which will allow it to hold off creditors and continue operations while it develops a reorganization plan.

November 21, 2008 | By VINNEE TONG and MICHAEL FELBERBAUM AP Business Writers | Business

Young leaders

NAACP Youth member wins award at convention

November 19, 2008 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Poppy Day proclamation

Where poppies grow: Barbara Hunt (left), Poppy Chairman for American Legion Auxiliary Unit #32, and Debra Hamby (right), President of Unit 32, look on as Covington Mayor Kim Carter signs a proclamation designating Saturday, Nov. 8 as Poppy Day. In anticipation of the upcoming Veterans Day on Nov. 11, the American Legion Auxiliary were at various locations in Covington on Nov. 8 to request donations and ask residents to wear the familiar red, handcrafted poppies honoring America's war casualties.

In 1921, the American Legion Auxiliary adopted the poppy as the organization's memorial flower and pledged its use to ...

November 19, 2008 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Frae "Aunt Frae" Millman

Mrs. Frae "Aunt Frae" Millman, 94, of Covington, formerly of Eatonton and Sandy Springs, died Nov. 6. The

November 19, 2008 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

Our Thoughts... Music to our ears

One of the cornerstones of a free society is a good education system. What makes a good education system is good teachers.

November 19, 2008 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Finally Over

If you're my friend on Facebook, you saw my declaration that this week's column would be about anything but the election. But as I sat down to write, I found that was the only real topic ping-ponging around my mind. Well, that and my need to mop the floor. I couldn't build a column around mopping, so please forgive me for reneging on my promise.

November 19, 2008 | By Kari Apted | News Columnists

Luella shuts Newton out of playoffs

The Newton Rams (3-7, 2-5 Region 2-AAAAA) played Luella High's Lions (7-3, 4-3) Friday at Locust Grove with hopes of making the playoffs. Instead, the Lions won 13-0 and a shot in the playoffs for the first time in school history, while Newton lost its chance at the postseason.

November 19, 2008 | Rachel Kellogg | Newton

Misreporting the news

Your article in Friday's edition ("GOP incumbent faces bus driver...") was most peculiar, from the headline to its lack of information on Mr. Eddie Johnson. I personally do not live in District 2, nor do I know Mr. Johnson, but I recognized a totally inept and biased article. You did publish a small "correction" on page 2 of the Sunday edition with no explanation of how your reporter left out all of Mr. Johnson's background.

November 19, 2008 | Staff Report | Letters

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