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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

UPDATE:

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


Logan Elane Davis

Logan Elane Davis, 18, of Newborn passed away June 18, 2016. She was preceded in death by her grandmother, Judy (Cofield) Breedlove.

June 21, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Registration for Newton County Art Association dance and music programs is open

Register before July 1 for one or more of five music and dance programs offered for the 2016 through 2017 year and the Newton County ...

June 21, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Youth charged with murder of Covington man found on Lower River Road

The Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) charged a 16-year-old Covington youth with murder of Enrique Ramirez Trejo of Covington.

June 20, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Greg Hickman

Raymond Gregory "Greg" Hickman, 66 of Monroe, died on June 18, 2016. Greg was born in Tifton on June 30, 1949, to the late Marguerite ...

June 20, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


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What about the children?

My son is very sick - he has TBI, CP and SBS. He needs therapy badly and our government has denied him. They say as long as he is chronic, not acute, he does not qualify. If my son doesn't get the therapy he needs his muscles will become basically mush, he will never get better.

November 19, 2008 | Staff Report | Letters


Local ministries out of funds

The News recently ran a story about local ministries being out of funding to provide those in need with shelter, food and utility bill assistance. Several businesses and community organizations have started collecting donations and canned goods for these ministries.

To make a donation send a check to the following local ministries.

November 18, 2008 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Our thoughts...The buck stops here

 The election is over and the American people have spoken. Barack Obama is our new president-elect.

November 17, 2008 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Come to Christ’s wedding banquet

Weddings are a big deal - ask any bride the week of her big day. Or, maybe you shouldn't. She probably has enough on her mind. I think that makes my point. Weddings are a big deal. So it makes sense that Jesus, in our sermon text, uses the picture of a wedding to show that what God has provided for us is a big deal.

November 17, 2008 | the Rev. Jonathan E. Scharf Abiding Grace Lutheran Church | Pulpit Notes


Profound gratitude

Dear Editor: On behalf of all the senior citizens of Newton County I would like to say thanks to the voters who made it possible for the $10,000 increase in seniors' homestead exemption which will take effect on Jan. 1, 2009. I would also like to thank our county commissioners for permitting this to come to a vote. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

November 17, 2008 | Frank Davis Newton County Seniors for Tax Relief, Inc. | Letters


A no-show for Georgia

I have tried every way possible short of stalking Toney Collins outside his home in order to get in touch with him. I had a project in one of my college courses that required me to make a profile for both candidates in the 95th district. I began trying to reach Collins in early August and have never heard back from him.

I don't claim to know a lot about politics in the 95th district, but what I can't help but wonder a thing or two about this man.

November 17, 2008 | Salina Cranor Lawrenceville | Letters


William J. Macken

William J. Macken (Mr. Bill), 65, of Porterdale, lost his battle with cancer Nov. 1. Born in Akron, Ohio, Mr. Macken was a retired stained glass artist.

Surviving are life partner David Boughton of Akron, Ohio; brothers Joseph Macken of Phoenix, Ariz., John Macken of Akron; sister Ita Macken of Akron; many nieces and nephews.

November 17, 2008 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Ralph Thomas

Ralph Thomas, 83, of Covington, died at St. Mary's Hospital. The son of the late Henry C. and Lilly Mae Jones Thomas, he was born in Jasper County and was a member of Bethany Presbyterian Church. Mr. Thomas was retired from civil service at Ft. Gillem. Mr. Thomas enjoyed mechanics and dearly loved his family.

Surviving are wife Betty Ann Thomas of Covington; sisters Ellene Rosser of Covington, Margret Shaw of Decatur, Rose Fuller of Conyers, Bonnie English of Griffin, Gladis Woodham of Dallas, Evelyn Zimmerman of Restin, Va.; brother James Thomas of Cumming; numerous nieces and nephews.

November 17, 2008 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Mr. John Ivson Wheeler

Mr. John Ivson Wheeler, 79, a lifelong resident of Covington, died Nov. 5. The son of the late Ira Lee and Ruthie Viola (Daniel) Wheeler, he was born in 1929. Mr. Wheeler proudly served our country in the United States Army, Air Force and Navy. He retired from the U.S. Navy and served in the Korean War. He also retired from Mobile Oil Company and worked for AT&T. He was preceded in death by parents and wife Janet E. Yancey Wheeler. Surviving are son and daughter-in-law Kenneth and Lisa Wheeler of Covington; son John A. Wheeler of Toccoa ...

November 17, 2008 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Satellite Junction

Local DirecTV retailer Satellite Junction has been in business for two years, and recently opened their fourth store, a location in Covington, last year

As a retailer, they do installation and sales for DirecTV as well as fulfillment work for other larger DirecTV retailers.

November 17, 2008 | Staff Report | Business


Our thoughts...Bringing you the news

 Several readers have called to complain about the lack of a photograph of Barack Obama on our front page Wednesday. We reserved a small space at the top right corner of the front page to put in a brief about who the next president would be. Our press deadline was 11:30 p.m.

November 17, 2008 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Tickle me voters

Now that the fall elections are over, the time has come to separate real citizens from "tickle me voters." The "tickle me voter" can't wait for "their" candidate to take office so they can remind them of campaign promises - campaign promises that almost always involve some benefit for that voter or a member of which they are a group. And what of other groups and interests? Have you ever heard the phrase "root hog or die?"

November 17, 2008 | Patrick Durusau News columnist | OPINION


State upset with Fulton County election officials

ATLANTA - Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel plans to report Fulton County officials to the state election board for sending workers home with thousands of ballots still uncounted.

Handel says the Fulton County tallying of more than 30,000 absentee ballots could have been finished had workers not left early Wednesday morning to rest. Fulton County election officials say the workers were exhausted and needed a break from the counting.

November 17, 2008 | The Associated Press | Election 2008


Citizenship and the Christian

As Christians, we have a great responsibility, especially at a time of elections. The greatest privilege in the world is to be a Christian American. As such, we should pray earnestly, live morally, and vote responsibly. Never before has more been at stake in an election.

November 17, 2008 | the Rev. Wayne Rutherford LifePointe Church of the Naza | Pulpit Notes


Teacher profile: Debora Ondracek

 Debora Ondracek's fifth grade classroom at Porterdale Elementary School is attractively overflowing with paper maché volcanoes, rocks, test tubes and aquariums.

November 16, 2008 | Staff Report | Education


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