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GPTC announces Advanced Manufacturing Lab roll-out

COVINGTON, Ga. - Monday, before a packed room of invited guests, Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) officially announced the roll-out of its new Advanced Manufacturing Lab.

June 23, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


Newton County Jail Log: June 21

Marie Hinson Allen, 57, Social Circle, June 19, possession and use of drug-related objects, possession of a schedule II controlled substance, possession of methamphetamine, possession ...

June 23, 2017 | Staff Report | Crime


L.C. Farrow

L.C. Farrow, of Mansfield, passed away June 20, 2017, at the age of 87. From 1948 – 1952, Mr. Farrow proudly served his country in ...

June 21, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries


City of Covington to utilize new “Covington Utilities” logo

COVINGTON, Ga. – Designed to complement the recently implemented City of Covington logo, the city's utility department will begin utilizing its own insignia immediately.

June 21, 2017 | Staff Report | Covington


Christopher Ray ‘Bubba’ Tomlin

Mr. Christopher Ray "Bubba" Tomlin, age 58 of Williamson, passed away Monday, June 19, 2017 at Wellstar Spalding Regional Hospital.

June 20, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries


Sarah Adams

Sarah Adams, of Covington, went to be with her Savior on June 18, 2017, at 81 years of age. Born May 29, 1936, to Stewart ...

June 20, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries


Four NCSS schools named 2017 National Beta Schools of Merit

COVINGTON, Ga. - The National Beta Club has announced that four Newton County School System (NCSS) schools have achieved 2017 National Beta School of Merit status ...

June 20, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


SMP Corp. wins first round of Atlanta Metro Export Challenge

COVINGTON, Ga. - Congratulations to SMP Corporation as a first round winner of the annual Atlanta Metro Export Challenge, a grant program targeting companies with innovative ...

June 20, 2017 | Staff Report | Business


NCSO school officers complete training

COVINGTON, Ga. - During the week of June 5 through June 9 the Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO)School Resource Officers (SRO) successfully completed a ...

June 20, 2017 | Staff Report | Crime


Billy David “Brutha Love” Parks, Sr.

Billy David "Brutha Love" Parks, Sr., age 58, passed away June 18, 2017. Memorial Service 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at the Chapel ...

June 19, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries


Martha Parr Arnold

Martha Parr Arnold, of Covington, passed away June 16, 2017, at 68 years of age. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Covington ...

June 19, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries


Newton County Royal All-Stars 8u team headed to USSSA World Series

The undefeated Newton County Royal All-Stars 8u baseball team won the Georgia State Championship this past weekend at City Pond Park in Covington this past ...

June 19, 2017 | Staff Report | Sports


Our Thoughts: Happy Father’s Day, dad

Father's Day was introduced as an official U.S. holiday in 1972. While there is a special day marked on the calendar each year ...

June 18, 2017 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


PHOTO GALLERY: Arts group hosts dance camp

With classes in ballet, jazz, musical theater and more – The Arts Association in Newton County's Summer Dance Camp is the one-stop-shop for all things ...

June 18, 2017 | Staff Report | Living


PHOTO GALLERY: Southern Heartland hosts first summer arts camp

The Southern Heartland Art Guild hosts its first session of Summer Art Camp this summer. Two more sessions are scheduled for June 19-22 and July ...

June 18, 2017 | Staff Report | Living


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On volunteerism

The last two administrations under Bill Clinton and George W. Bush both recognized the need for volunteerism; they both created new volunteerism bureaucracies.

We have civic groups in this country like the Kiwanis, Rotary and Lions that have been the backbone of civic volunteerism in this country and around the world for at least 100 years.

March 27, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Pure baloney, smoke in mirrors

The president made it clear in his speech Tuesday night that it was his intention in his proposed budget to end the tax breaks given to businesses and people who earn more than $250,000 a year for the contributions they make to charity.

The president, for some reason, thinks that the government can take that tax money and provide for the needs of groups like the YMCA, Boys and Girls Clubs or community food banks better. That thinking by the president is pure baloney.

March 27, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


A bad move

The Democrats in congress, including the president, have been pushing with all of their might to pass the Employee Free Choice Act, which would amend the National Labor Act of 1935 - a law that helped establish the labor movement in this country.

Democrats are pushing this legislation because they owe their elections to the giant labor unions of this country.

March 27, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Robert J. Breza

Robert J. Breza of Conyers, died March 23, 2009, at the age of 81. Born to the late John Joseph and Rose Mary Salamon Breza, in New Brunswick, NJ, he attended Rahway High, in Rahway, NJ. Upon graduation, he attended Columbia University where he received a BS in Chemistry and a BS in Engineering. He worked for General Foods for 33 years in various locations including Dover, DE, and Hoboken, NJ. He began playing the violin at the age of 3, and was an accomplished violinist playing in various community orchestras, including the Summit Symphony, Hilton Head Orchestra, and the ...

March 26, 2009 | Staff Report | Obituaries


Social Security beneficiaries to receive $250 recovery payments in May

Vice President Joe Biden and Michael J. Astrue, Commissioner of Social Security, announced Thursday that the federal government will send out $250 economic recovery payments to people who receive Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits beginning in early May 2009 and continuing throughout the month. No action is required to get the payment, which will be sent separately from the person's regular monthly payment.

"The Social Security Administration and Commissioner Astrue have been working closely with other federal agencies to get these payments out the door in record time and into the hands of folks who need ...

March 26, 2009 | Report from the Social Security Administration | AP Politics


Helene Augusta Ussery

Mrs. Helene Augusta Ussery, 85, of Covington, passed away March 24 at her residence. The daughter of the late Albert Ludwig Bathe and Eva Viktoria Bathe, she was born in 1923 in Germany. She was a member of the Word of Life Tabernacle. She lived in Griffin for 40 years before moving to Covington in October of 2008. She was preceded in death by her husband Wilburn Jerome Ussery.

March 26, 2009 | Griffin | Obituaries


Robert J. Breza

Robert J. Breza, 81, of Conyers, died March 23. the son of the late John Joseph and Rose Mary Salamon Breza, he was born in New runswick, N.J. He attended Rahway High in Rahway, N.J. and Columbia University, receiving a BS in chemistry and a BS in Engineering. He worked for General Foods for 33 years in various locations, including Dover, Del, and Hoboken, N.J. He began playing violin at the age of 3 and was an accomplished violinist, playing in various community orchestras, including summit Symphony, Hilton head Orchestra and the Conyers-Covington orchestra. Mr. Breza enjoyed ...

March 26, 2009 | Staff Report | Obituaries


Newton County under flood watch

The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for Newton and surrounding counties through Saturday night. Numerous thunderstorms are expected from a cold front that will push its way through the Southeast Friday and Saturday.

Here's a look at our local weekend forecast...

March 26, 2009 | Staff Report | Local


House votes 'no' on expanding homestead exemption

ATLANTA (AP) - House Democrats have again helped defeat a measure that would have doubled a tax break for homeowners amid concerns that it would force local governments to cut services or hike property taxes amid the economic downturn.

The bill would allow voters to decide in 2010 whether to boost the state homestead exemption from $2,000 to $4,000.

March 25, 2009 | By Greg Bluestein Associated Press Writer | AP Top Stories


Newton County School System announces changes in grade level designations at theme schools

The Newton County School Board has approved Newton County School Superintendent Dr. Steve Whatley's recommendation to designate the parent involvement theme school located at Fairview Elementary as a primary school for kindergarten through grade three. The parent involvement theme school at Clements Middle will be designated an intermediate school for grades four through eight. The Fairview and Clements theme schools had originally been slated for kindergarten through fifth grade and sixth grade through eighth grade, respectively.

March 25, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


Thirsty yards quenched

Area homeowners received some good news this past week as they learned that the watering restrictions for Level IV drought areas have loosened a bit. Residents are now allowed to use drip irrigations systems and soaker hoses to water their shrubs, trees and flower beds for up to one hour, three days a week.

It will be nice to see the profusion of colors that should soon be popping back up in folks' yards.

March 25, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Cheer and support

This Friday, at 2 p.m. many community groups will come together for a farewell ceremony for the troops of Company B of the 1/121st Infantry of the Georgia National Guard's 48th Brigade. 

The men and woman of the brigade, after a training stop in Mississippi, will be deploying to Afghanistan in May.

March 25, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Tax cuts, now where are the jobs?

Georgia's lawmakers have always been willing to approve tax breaks for the state's business leaders and special interests, but they have really stepped on the gas since Republicans took control of the House and Senate four years ago.

In that first year of Republican control, legislators passed a huge break for corporations: a bill that would give them tax reductions totaling nearly $1 billion over a 10-year period.

March 25, 2009 | By Tom Crawford Columnist | Opinion


Buy local...Hays Tractor

Hays Tractor has been in the family for 58 years and during that time the company has strived to provide the best customer service possible.

"A lot of customers say we treat them like friends and family," General Manager Shelia Hays Massey said. "They come to buy the tractor, but also gain the relationship with the family here."

March 25, 2009 | Staff Report | Business


Fall 2008 Honor Roll

Mansfield Elementary School announces its honor roll for fall semester.

March 24, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


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