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Mr. Ronald Dean Linder

Mr. Ronald Dean Linder

August 27, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Louise Thomason

Louise Thomason of Covington, passed away Aug. 24, 2014, at the age of 84. Ms. Thomason was an active member of New Life Praise Center, in Covington, and was a dedicated employee of Lithonia Lighting for 38 years. Following her work at Lithonia Lighting, she dedicated herself to caring for handicapped children. Ms. Thomason was a giving lady, and constantly gave of her time to help those less fortunate. She was loved and will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Preceding her in death was her brother, Thomas McCord.

August 26, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Proposed park a great idea for Covington

Covington has a problem. And a cure.

August 26, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Mr. J.C. “Shep” Shepard Jr.

J.C. "Shep" Shepard Jr., 89, of Social Circle, passed to be with his beloved wife of 50 years Elizabeth "Liz" Clay Shepard on August 25, 2014. Born December 20, 1924, he was the son of the late James Curtis Shepard and Jessie V. Shepard Studdard. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Bill Shepard.

August 26, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Rita Ward White

Mrs. Rita Ward White, age 90, of Oxford, passed away Monday, Aug. 25, at her home. Mrs. White was born Oct. 18, 1923, in Statesboro, Georgia, and was the eldest daughter of Robert Lee and Florence Hendrix Ward. She grew up in a farming family in Bulloch County, Georgia, and was a graduate of Nevils High School. In 1943, she married her husband of 56 years, Darvin White. When Mr. White began working for Independent Life and Accident Insurance Company, they moved to Newton County and settled in Oxford, Georgia. While her children were very young, Mrs. White was a ...

August 26, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


New CTAE coordinator hired for NCSS

Tim Schmitt has been hired as the Newton County School System's new Career, Technical and Agricultural Education Coordinator.

August 26, 2014 | Staff Report | Education


Mrs. Bonnie M. Tingler

Mrs. Bonnie M. Tingler, of Covington, passed away Friday, August 22, 2014, at the age of 87. She was born in Ronceverte, West Virginia to the late Russell and Emma M. Morgan. Mrs. Tingler was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Covington and was an avid BINGO player at the Covington ELKS Club and Conyers American Legion. She was preceded in death by her husband, Arnold Tingler.

August 26, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Conyers women arrested for drug smuggling into Augusta prison

Two Rockdale County citizens are in custody and facing felony charges after being linked to a drug-related investigation that involved narcotics being transported into a state prison.

August 25, 2014 | Martin Rand, III | LOCAL


Letter to Editor

The Center for Community Preservation and Planning, commonly referred to as the Center, is a non-governmental organization which came into being shortly after the turn of the century. It was originally funded by a local private non-profit foundation, which also owned a large tract of land in what is generally referred to as the Brick Store Community at Ga. 11 and Hwy. 278.

August 23, 2014 | Staff Report | Letters


Milwood concert raises $2K in scholarships

Two Porterdale students attending the Newton County Career Academy will each receive $1,000 for their education beyond high school, thanks to the joint efforts of CARE, Shane Millwood, Josh Millwood, Li'l Bit Country Band, and the Lundsford Family.

August 23, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Harris wants all Georgians to thrive

Patsy Harris of Morgan County has her campaign for Georgia House District 112 in full swing, now that her opponent in the November general election has been chosen by the Republican Party run-off.

August 23, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


'Hero' chief proves CPR works

Newton County Fire Chief Kevin O'Brien, like all firefighters, justly advocates for public CPR training.

August 23, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Ga. Farm Bureau accepting entries for hay contest & hay directory

Georgia Farm Bureau (GFB) members who grow Bermuda grass hay are encouraged to enter the GFB 2014 Quality Hay Contest. Hay entered in the contest will be tested at the University of Georgia Testing Lab using the Relative Forage Quality (RFQ) Test, which predicts fiber digestibility and likely animal intake of hay.

August 23, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Good decisions made for 2050

We believe Tuesday's Board of Commissioners meeting was the most critical in recent memory, and we applaud the commissioners for their efforts.

August 21, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Alcovy High to host college fair

High school students in the Newton County School System are invited to attend a PROBE College Fair at Alcovy High School Wednesday, September 10 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the school commons area.

August 21, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Bulldogs top Eastside, 9-3

COVINGTON - After what has been a rough week in baseball for the Eastside High squad, things didn't fare any better on Friday night in region play.

March 16, 2008 | Brian Harper | Archives


Newton baseball falls to Oconee County, 9-6

By Rocky Merritt 

March 16, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Alcovy upsets Eagles on the diamond, 8-5

COVINGTON - After Mother Nature postponed the first meeting between the Alcovy and Eastside High baseball clubs, she would have nothing to do with Tuesday's thrilling extra inning battle between the two rival schools.

March 16, 2008 | Brian Harper | Archives


Schulz announces bid for BOC District 3 seat

The Oaks golf course co-owner Nancy Schulz announced Thursday she will seek the Democratic Party nomination for District 3 Commissioner.

March 14, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Second Home Depot plans on hold

Plans to construct the county's second Home Depot store are on hold, and there is a large possibility that the proposed store, to be located at the intersection of Ga. Highway 212 and Brown Bridge Road will not be built at all.

March 14, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


BOE reviews mid-term adjustments

Members of the Newton County Board of Education during Tuesday's meeting examined the system's FY 2008 preliminary mid-term budget adjustment.

March 14, 2008 | Jennifer Long | Archives


Nominees sought for award

The Community Foundation for Newton County is now excepting nominations for its new annual "Pat" Patrick Big Heart Award, which recognizes exemplary volunteerism in an individual.

March 14, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Ann Fisher

Ann Fisher, 63, of Lancaster, Pa., died at her residence March 11 following a lengthy illness. The daughter of the late Bill Martin and Kathleen Dobbs Martin of Covington, she was born in Porterdale. A homemaker, Mrs. Fisher was a member of Leola United Methodist Church, Leola, Pa. She was preceded in death by her father.

March 14, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Charles Hodges has lived the life of both a servant and a leader in the church for the past 38 years. Born in Tinnelle, he credits his grandfather who was a lay minister in the Wesleyan Church, for being influential in his spiritual growth.

March 14, 2008 | Colleen Capes Jackson | Archives


Troy Robinson

Mr. Troy Robinson died March 4 at Heartland Hospice, Conyers. The son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Josiah (Cornelia Boykin) Robinson, he was the youngest of 17 children and was born in 1918 in Jasper County. Mr. Robinson was preceded in death by all his siblings and was two days shy of his 90th birthday when he departed this life. He received his education in the public schools of Jasper County and joined Mt. Zion AME Church, Shady Dale, at an early age. In his later years he joined St. John CME Church in Monticello, becoming an active member ...

March 14, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Elizabeth "Leah" Stephens

Ms. Elizabeth "Leah" Stephens died March 6. The daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Henry (Marie Jordan) Stephens, she was born in Jasper County in 1947. Ms. Stephens was one of 12 children and was raised in Newton County. During her childhood she joined Murray C.M.E. Church and later joined Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church. After receiving her certification as a Certified Nurses Assistant, she worked at Starcrest Nursing Facility, Lithonia. She enjoyed fishing and playing card games and bingo. An excellent homemaker, Ms. Stephens was the proud mother of two sons. She was kind with an ...

March 14, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Weighing in on Sunday alcohol sales

Should alcohol be sold on Sundays? This question has been on the radio, on TV, and in conversations around town. Let's think about it.

March 14, 2008 | John Donaldson | Archives


Jamie "Rita" Williams

Jamie "Rita" Williams, 44, daughter of Laura Johnson and the late James Johnson of Covington, died March 9 in New Jersey. She worked at Schaevitz Engineering firm in Pennsauken, N.J., for several years and at Commerce Bank as a data entry clerk until his health began to fail.

March 14, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Scripture reveals Gods truth to us

As I prepare this article, it's Monday. The sun is shining, the temperature is hovering around 63 degrees; all in all it is a beautiful day.

March 14, 2008 | John Pearrell | Archives


Covington teenager seriously injured in Monday wreck

A Covington girl was life-flighted with serious injuries after a pickup truck ploughed into her passenger car at the intersection of Dixie Road and Elks Club Road on Monday, according to Newton County Sheriff's Office report.

March 14, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


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