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Coyote jumps into kitchen chasing cat

A Newton County Sheriff's deputy responded Sunday to a call about an animal problem at a residence on Highway 212.

April 27, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Hometown Hero

For the last six years we have had the honor to recognize people in our community who through their actions and deeds have gone the extra mile to help their neighbors or their family.

April 26, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

We need help on McGibboney Road

Dear editor,

April 26, 2015 | Staff Report | Letters

Rams clinch No. 3 seed

There isn't a better way to finish off the baseball season and prepare for the playoffs than a series against your rival. The third and fourth seed from Region 2-AAAAAA, Newton and Rockdale, started a three-game series on Tuesday, and finished up on Thursday. Though Newton lost the series after losses in the first two games, the Rams took the final regular season game of the season and sealed the three-seed with a 4-0 win over Rockdale, Thursday evening.

April 26, 2015 | Javon Dickerson | Newton

Nearly $900,000 owed in county taxes

As the county approaches the budgetary event horizon, the Board of Commissioners will face tough decisions as department heads compete for resources and county employees grow increasingly impatient for raises.

April 26, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Thank you

Dear editor,

April 26, 2015 | Staff Report | Letters

Covington Regional Ballet Artistic Director Selected as Governor’s Honors Program Teacher

Covington Regional Ballet is proud to announce that Peter Swan has been offered a teaching position in the Governor's Honors Program.

April 25, 2015 | Staff Report | LIVING

Man arrested for missing jury duty

Brandon Lee Cooper failed to appear for jury duty and a hearing to explain why last week, and thus was sentenced to two days in jail.

April 25, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Man arrested for drug store robberies

Christopher Westmoreland was arrested in connection with several robberies in Newton, Rockdale and DeKalb counties.

April 24, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Willie Mae Barr Greenwood

Willie Mae Barr Greenwood 91, of Mansfield passed away April 22, 2015 at The Retreat in Monticello. She was born in Monticello, Ga to the late Johnnie and Mammie E. Barr. Willie Mae was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years Adolph Greenwood, and several brothers and sisters.

April 24, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

Chamber golf tournament

The Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce held its annual golf tournament Thursday with a beautiful day of golf at Ashton Hills Golf Course.

April 23, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Airport Road remains closed

The rainy and windy conditions from this past weekend are still causing problems for Newton County residents.

April 22, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Haler leaving Porterdale for Conyers

Porterdale Main Street Director Terri Haler will be leaving her post to be the new tourism director for the city of Conyers.

April 22, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Mr. Michael Eugene Luna

Mr. Michael Eugene Luna, 49 of Social Circle, went to be with his heavenly Father April 17, 2015 at Newton Medical Center. Michael was born in Birmingham, Alabama on November 22, 1965. He is preceded in death by his grandparent's Posey Luna and C.L. and Julie Mullenix and brother Timothy Luna.

April 22, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

$9.5 million coming to FFA/FCCLA Center

The Georgia FFA/FCCLA Center in Newton County will receive an infusion of funds, with $9.5 million in additional grand funds in the fiscal year 2016 state budget to construct new buildings.

April 21, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

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Man convicted of aggravated battery in domestic violence case

A man accused of assaulting his wife's ex-husband in the head with a golf club in front of her children was found guilty by a jury in Newton County Superior Court Friday and sentenced to 40 years.

June 15, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives

Robert "Geta" Burt

Robert "Geta' Burt, 47, of Oxford, died peacefully at his home June 11. Mr. Burt was a graduate of Monroe Area High School and enjoyed playing golf and softball, vegetable and flower gardening, camping, cooking and going to the mountains. He loved spending time with his family and friends and was a dedicated worker. Mr. Burt is preceded in death by daughter Cassie Jo Burt.

June 15, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Missing pieces

If you have driven by Alcovy High School lately you've seen the front drive and area near the tennis courts dug up while heavy equipment litters the area. Some of you may be wondering why a 2-year-old school is seemingly under construction again. The answer is quite simple. The county didn't have the funds to complete what architects planned years ago.

June 15, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives

Birdies for baseball

By Jason Coffin

June 15, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Two face charges in 2007 shooting

The trial for the remaining defendants charged with the 2007 fatal shooting of Kawasikis Shawnte Ricks begins this week in Newton County Superior Court.

June 15, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives

Mrs. Georgeanne Butts

Mrs. Georgeanne Butts

June 15, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Gibbs, camp draws top achievers

When it comes to giving back to the community, Karen Gibbs is a good start.

June 15, 2008 | Jason Murdock | Archives

Lone democrat runs for tax commissioner

 Nicholas Day, the only Democrat running for tax commissioner, is campaigning on a platform of one thing only - to secure a homestead tax exemption for all seniors, regardless of income.

June 15, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

David Winton Jernigan

Mr. David Winton Jernigan, 57, of Covington, died June 11. the son of the late John Lee and Sara Muggridge Jernigan, he was born in 1951 in Athens. Mr. Jernigan was the owner of Nu-Da Sales and a faithful member of Shiloh United Methodist Church. He was president of United Methodist Men's Club at Shiloh and a member of the Covington Elks Lodge. He was an NASCAR race fan and enjoyed fishing trips with family and friends.

June 15, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


 One might think that Father's Day is just another celebration, but for a day usually overshadowed by Mother's Day, one father stands out.

June 15, 2008 | Brian Harper | Archives

Samuel Gregory McLurkin

Mr. Samuel Gregory McLurkin died June 7. He was born in 1957. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. June 14 at Rust chapel United Methodist Church, Oxford, with the Rev. Quincy Felder and the Rev. Michael Lee officiating. Interment followed at Oxford Historical Cemetery.

June 15, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

BOC candidates tackle issues at forum

At a crowded political forum Tuesday night, candidates for the Board of Commissioners District 1 and 3 seats debated the freezing of tax assessments, the merits of the Bear Creek Reservoir and the expansion of the county's landfill.

June 15, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

Republican Stance

 In the race for the Republican nomination for county chairman, incumbent Chairman Aaron Varner's two challengers both say they would do a better job bringing commercial and industrial growth to the county.

June 14, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

Parents need to take charge

During a monthly Newton County Board of Education meeting a few weeks back, I sat and listened to the mother of an Eastside High student complain to the board about the school's policy regarding absences and tardiness. Her complaint stemmed from a suspension her daughter received due to excessive tardiness. Now before I get into this, let me quickly shed some light on the situation.

June 13, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives

Looking after an ailing heart

Two score and eight years ago, a fine doctor and my namesake, Thomas Harris, debuted me at the Georgia Baptist Hospital.

June 13, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Archives

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