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Crash on I-20 eastbound near exit 80

An accident on Interstate 20 eastbound near Exit 80 in Rockdale County Sunday afternoon left a car on the median and traffic backed up. First ...

August 02, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington fire fighter leaving for higher calling

If you were to ask a room of firefighters why they chose their dangerous profession, the majority would give you the same answer: They were ...

August 02, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Sharon Degonia: Give John Douglas a second chance

Dear editor,

August 02, 2015 | Staff Report | Letters


Our Thoughts: Back to school

Newton County students had already made their way back to school before the calendar even turned to August. For those students it is a time ...

August 02, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Q&A with Superintendent Samantha Fuhrey

What are you looking forward to most for the 2015-16 school year?

August 02, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Larry McSwain: Slow population growth argues against Bear Creek Reservoir

Dear editor,

August 01, 2015 | Staff Report | Letters


Newton wins first Dixie Boys World Series game

The Newton County 14-and-under All Stars won its first game in the Dixie Boys World Series Saturday.

August 01, 2015 | Staff Report | SPORTS


Pilot Club donates to food bank

Pilot Club of Covington recently made a donation to the Community Food Bank Pantry serving citizens of Newton County, presenting Rev. Billy Wade with a ...

August 01, 2015 | Staff Report | LIVING


FFA-FCCLA Center hosts 3rd Annual Udder Mud Run

The Georgia FFA-FCCLA Center will host the Udder Mud Run on Saturday.

August 01, 2015 | Staff Report | LIVING


William ‘Bill’ Sims

William "Bill" Sims of Oxford, passed away July 31, 2015, at the age of 74. Bill retired from US Airways, formerly Piedmont Airlines, and was ...

August 01, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


CPD accepting applications for Citizens Academy

The Covington Police Department is now accepting applications for enrollment into their Citizens Academy for fall of 2015.

July 31, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Elayne Lowery Hutchens

Elayne Lowery Hutchens, aged 72, who resided in Covington went home to be with the Lord on Friday, July 31, 2015. She was born in ...

July 31, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Georgia's tax-free weekend begins today

Georgia's tax-free weekend on school-supply items begins today, running through Sunday.

July 31, 2015 | Staff Report | STATE


Mrs. Mary Harcrow Allen Hamlin

Mrs. Mary Harcrow Allen Hamlin, age 89, of Monroe passed away July 29, 2015. She was born September 2, 1925 in the Rocky Plains community ...

July 31, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


First Day of School

The First Day of School started Friday.

July 31, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Newton County Lugnuts continue to dominate

Make no mistake - this summer the Newton County Lugnuts (15 and under) have been red hot.

July 13, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives


Development firm could build a Family Dollar in Porterdale

Porterdale residents will soon get a new place to shop for bargain-priced items after the city council approved the preliminary plans for a Family Dollar on Crowell Road.

July 13, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives


Deputy receives pay cut for crash

A deputy who lost control of his patrol vehicle and crashed into a home on Salem Road May 25 was found to have violated Newton County Sheriff's Office procedures, according to documents obtained by a Freedom of Information Act request.

July 13, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


Tar spills from truck near Ga. Highway 81

A tanker full of liquid tar leaked nearly 800 gallons of the gooey stuff near Ga. Highway 81 Thursday before a deputy spotted the spill, according to a Newton County Sheriff's Office report.

July 13, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


Marie "Ree" Smith

Ms. Marie "Ree" Smith died July 8. The daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Carl (Josie) Smith, she was born in 1943. She was educated in the Jasper County School System. The first member of the Smith family to be awarded a college degree, Ms. Smith earend a Bachelor of Arts in business administration from Albany State College. After graduation, she taught business educations classes in Cairo and in the Jasper County School System, Beloved by her students, Ms. Smith was a dedicated teacher, striving each day to reach her goal of individual pupil achievement. She was preceded in ...

July 13, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Artis Mae Nolley Thomas

Sister Artis Mae Nolley Thomas died July 3. The daughter of the late Deacon Irvin Nolley and Mrs. Clara Mae Benton Nolley, she was born in Jasper County in 1921. She was educated in the Newton County School system. Mrs. Nolley joined Sims Chapel Baptist Church and served as the church secretary for 34 years. She was a member of the Mother Board and served for several years as president of Sims Chapel Missionary and secretary of the Nolley Family Reunion Club. She was Past Worthy Matron of Golden Line No. 204 OES. Mrs. Thomas was a member of many ...

July 13, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Freda Catherine Snellgrove

Freda Catherine Snellgrove, 87, of Conyers died July 11 at Riverside Health Care. Born on Jan. 14, 1921 in Birmingham, Ala., she was the daughter of the late Ornan J. Stokes and Catherine Mize Stokes. She was a resident of Conyers for 41 years and was the owner of Snellgrove Auto Electric. She was a member of Conyers Church of God where she was involved in the youth programs. Mrs. Snellgrove loved her nine children and spending time with them and she also loved to read, watch Braves games and Nascar. She was preceded in death by her husband Brady ...

July 13, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Janet Elizabeth Yancey Wheeler

Mrs. Janet Elizabeth Yancey Wheeler, 72, a lifelong resident of Newton County, died July 10. The daughter of the late Bryant and Lola Yancey she was born May 14, 1936 in Covington. She was retired from the Newton County Sheriff's office where she worked in security. Mrs. Wheeler was a member of County Line Baptist Church.

July 13, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


More than 1,700 participate in early primary voting

With the close of early voting on Friday, one of the busiest, most competitive local primary seasons in years draws to an end - though for some races, the campaigning will likely continue for several more weeks as runoffs are anticipated.

July 13, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Republican Party primary candidates

The following is a list of candidates that will appear on the ballot for the upcoming Republican Party primary on Tuesday. This is a precinct-by-precinct breakdown of the candidates.

July 12, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Democratic Party primary races by precinct

July 12, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Campaign contributions released

Candidates for sheriff filed campaign contribution disclosures by the Tuesday grace period deadline, revealing how much they've received and spent over the last three months as the race has heated up.

July 12, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


Water supplies in county important

When I was a boy, farms covered much of Newton County where share croppers had lived in my granddaddy's day. When I left Newton County in 1969 for my all-expenses-paid trip to Vietnam, there were about 20,000 people in the whole of the county, and about half of them lived in the city of Covington.

July 11, 2008 | Aaron Varner | Archives


A house laid to rest

The old girl died in a fire in February. We finally buried her this week. She was laid to rest in a landfill.

July 11, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Archives


Our thoughts...

If you ever have the opportunity to travel or live in the western part of the country, you will notice that most cities have a strong planning and zoning guide that is used as the city's population grows and expands. That plan is followed without exception and insures an orderly and controlled growth.

July 11, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


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