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McDonalds paid for with counterfeit bill

A customer paid for their McDonald's with a fake $10 bill Monday.

October 21, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Mr. Robert C. Cason

Mr. Robert C. Cason, 79, a lifelong resident of Oxford passed away Tuesday, October 21, 2014. He was born in Oxford, Georgia to the late Charles Arthur and Sadie Ruth Bostwick Cason on October 31, 1934. Mr. Cason served his country in the United States Army. He worked for and retired from John S. Frey Company, retiring in the early 1980's. After retiring, Mr. Cason worked with his longtime friend, Wendell Parker, remodeling and restoring homes. He was a devoted and hardworking member of Gum Creek Presbyterian Church, where he was a member his entire life. Mr. Cason loved ...

October 21, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS

Mr. Phylliss Jocquelyn Patty

Phylliss Jocquelyn Patty, 81, went into the arms of her Savior on Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014.

October 21, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS

Acuity Brands expands, adding 700 jobs in Rockdale, DeKalb

Georgia-based Acuity Brands will expand its operation, creating 700 jobs and investing more than $16 million into Rockdale and DeKalb counties over the next five years, announced Governor Nathan Deal's office Monday morning.

October 20, 2014 | Staff Report | Business

Claire Rowan is Eastminster's Queen

Claire Rowan was named Eastminster School's Homecoming Queen, during the school's soccer match Friday.

October 20, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Law enforcement job fair Oct. 20 at GPTC Newton campus

Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) hosts a Law Enforcement Recruiting Day and Job/Career Fair, Monday, Oct. 20, 9 a.m. to noon, at the GPTC Covington Campus at 8100 Bob Williams Parkway, Covington, Ga. 30014 in the Exhibit Hall.

October 19, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Spider-Man and Captain America at Mall st Stonecrest

Marvel superheroes Spider-Man and Captain America will appear on Saturday, October 25 at noon at the Mall at Stonecrest. Fans of The Avengers are invited to meet Spider-Man and Captain America up close and personal during this exclusive Atlanta appearance.

October 19, 2014 | Staff Report | LIFE

Cohen: A president lacking menace

Tell me something: What do you think would happen if the United States concludes that Iran has been cheating and delaying and is about to pop a fully functional nuclear weapons program? Would President Obama respond by joining Israel to bomb the Iranian nuclear facilities to smithereens - or would he stall and equivocate? My bet is the latter and so, just to double down, is what I bet the Iranians are betting. They have taken the measure of Obama. He lacks menace.

October 18, 2014 | Staff Report | Columnists

Full shopping plaza sets tone for county

As Newton County continues to grow commercially, a key component of growth will be the use of its already built shopping plaza and commercial buildings.

October 18, 2014 | Staff Report | Business

Reconciliation to prepare for Communion or Confirmation

Participating in Penance, also known as Reconciliation, is a significant part of the growing process for Christians across the globe.

October 18, 2014 | Staff Report | RELIGION

Stephens: Miracles still happen, at times in new ways

Decades had come and gone, and for Russ McElveen it seemed that there were important people in his family he would never see again. Then came the miracles of the past year or so that brought a son and two sisters back into his life. After 60 years he made contact with two of his sisters and after 45 years he was reconnect with a son. Have you ever thought that someone was gone from your life forever.

October 18, 2014 | E. Wiley Stephens | Columnists

Paying for long-term care expenses

I've got a subject that can have you reaching for the aspirin and antacid quickly. As if we don't have enough concerns already, now we can worry about this risk and it can be very costly if not addressed. Of the five Covington Lassiter parents who have passed on, all of them incurred long-term care related expenses toward the end of their lives.

October 18, 2014 | Mike Lassiter | Business

Stay safe this Halloween

Halloween is less than two weeks away, and children are getting their costumes together in preparation for trick-or-treat.

October 18, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Newton to host CHEER FEST 2014

At the end of every football season the Newton County Recreation Department's cheerleading program hosts a cheerleading competition and this year it will be on Saturday, November 1 beginning at 10 a.m.

October 18, 2014 | Staff Report | Recreation

Party with a purpose

Normally gambling can lead to late nights and empty wallets - with dark-circled eyes staring at a dealer's hands, or a depressing bank statement at 4 a.m. outside an ATM.

October 18, 2014 | Randy Schafer | LOCAL

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By Jenna Fryer

April 06, 2008 | Associated Press | Archives

Activist gather for anniversary of MLK's assassination

 On Friday thousands across the U.S. took time out of their day to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He was remembered in many different ways: with peace marches, moments of silence and renewed calls for an investigation into the still unsolved Moore's Ford lynching.

April 06, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

Looking for answers

 When Newton County's fifth homicide for 2008 was reported last Sunday, some residents were left wondering if this represented an increasing and unsettling trend of homicide in Newton County.

April 06, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives

Helping Hands

You've heard the adage big things come in small packages. It's also been said the good of the many outweighs the good of the few. If you ask the Casale family, you'll probably get a thumbs up on both accounts.

April 06, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives

Hotel, civic center building plans set to move into next phase

 With schematic designs for the hotel/civic center complete, developers of the project are ready to begin evaluating bid proposals from construction companies.

April 06, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

Mansfield students top area schools in jump rope fundraiser

If you happen to see Cathy Massey walking around town with a big smile on her face, take a second to congratulate her.

April 06, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives

Living to serve Newton County

 James Hamm prides himself on being able to take one look at a person and being able to tell how they'll want their food.

April 06, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Fiery wreck blocks 1-20 causing GPC closure

 A truck carrying rags soaked in paint thinner spontaneously combusted on U.S. Interstate 20 early Friday morning, blocking an off-ramp and causing school authorities to close the Georgia Perimeter College Newton campus for the day.

April 06, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives

Alcovy High School student Travonda Nolley has been selected by the National Young Leaders Conference to attend the presidential inauguration and Inaugural Conference in Washington, D.C., next January.

April 06, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives

Family fun for all

 On a rainy Saturday afternoon, the atrium of Georgia Perimeter College's Newton campus building was filled with the happy cacophony of children laughing, drums banging, music playing and the occasional burst balloon during the first Walk for Autism to raise money for autism advocacy, treatment and research.

April 06, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives

Chrissy Nicole Howard

Miss Chrissy Nicole Howard, 16, a lifelong resident of Covington, died April 3. She was a member of Water Oak Baptist Church and an 11th grade student at Social Circle High School. She enjoyed going to drag races, fishing, talking to her friends, taking pictures, hunting and spending time with her family.

April 06, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Libertarians' viable candidate

In Georgia we will have the opportunity to pick one of three candidates to be our next president. Sen. John McCain has the Republican nomination wrapped up. Senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama continue to fight for the Democratic nomination. The third candidate that will appear on the ballot will be the nominee of the Libertarian Party.

April 04, 2008 | Jason Pye | Archives


The new governor of New York, David Paterson, decided after taking office that he would go ahead and confess all of his sins. It was a pretty good list. Before it was over, he had fessed up to everything except burying Jimmy Hoffa and kidnapping the Lindbergh baby.

April 04, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Archives

Crime in Newton County

Dear Editor: For the fifth time this year, the peaceful tranquility of our beautiful county has been broken again by another act of murder. I am personally saddened at the loss of yet another community member. My wife and I have been living in Newton County for almost 10 years. We moved here because we felt that it was a safe place to live and raise our daughter. We are now questioning our decision. My wife, who is originally from England, has always had an uneasy feeling about living in the United States because of the perceived crime rate. For ...

April 04, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives

Co-pastors preach total trust in God

The motto of the Anointed Body of Christ Church located at 34 Hemlock Street in Porterdale is "Building families of faith with a commitment to love, follow and model Christ daily."

April 04, 2008 | Colleen Capes Jackson | Archives

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