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Two dead in apparent murder suicide

The Covington Police Department responded to a shooting Thursday, discovering a man and woman shot when arriving on scene.

May 22, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

New section of Social Circle Bypass to open

The new section of the Social Circle Bypass from State road 11 to East Hightower Trail will open Tuesday, June 2, according to Superintendent of traffic, safety and utilities J. Robert Manning of ER Snell Contractor.

May 22, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Harry Owens likely interim county manager

Newton County revealed the name of the candidate under consideration for the position of interim county manager Friday following the departure of former County Manager Tom Garrett last week.

May 22, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

William Henry Calhoon

William Henry Calhoon, Sr. (Bill) of Porterdale passed away May 13, 2015 in Covington at the age of 77. A memorial service will be held at The Baptist Tabernacle, 10119 Access Road, Covington, Georgia 30014, on Sunday, May 31, 2015, at 4 pm. Memorial donations, instead of flowers, may be made to The Baptist Tabernacle for the Children's Ministry and Reformers Unanimous Ministry.

May 21, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Throughout the last seven days there was plenty to celebrate, with a big week of appreciation coming on the heels of Mother's Day.

May 17, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Stacey Cotton appointed to medical marijuana study group

Covington Police Chief Stacey Cotton has been named one of 11 members named to Gov. Nathan Deal's new panel charged with making recommendations about what type of medical marijuana use Georgia should allow.

May 17, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Thank you partners

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May 16, 2015 | Staff Report | Letters

Certified Quality Breast Center at Newton Medical Center

Newton Medical Center's Women's Diagnostic Center has recently been recognized as a Certified Quality Breast Center in the National Quality Measures for Breast Centers Program™. This distinguished honor represents a commitment by this breast center to provide the highest level of quality breast health care to patients in the community.

May 16, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Preparing for graduation

The Newton County School System's high schools will be celebrating graduation Friday and Saturday.

May 16, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Newton County Jail Log

Charles Eugene Aikens, 42, Covington, May 12, Theft by Deception

May 16, 2015 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log

Mrs. Doris Cope Cavanaugh

Doris Cope Cavanaugh, 88, daughter of the late Frank and Ann Cope, passed away peacefully on May 6, 2015 after a long battle with Dementia, at the home of her daughter, Cathy Twigg, in Martinsburg, W.Va.

May 16, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Marilyn Jester, of Covington, announces the engagement of her daughter LaTara Shamika Jester, also the daughter of the late Ronnie Scofield, to John Dee Taylor III of Covington.

May 16, 2015 | Staff Report | Engagements

Robert Denio Wade

Robert Denio Wade, 74 of Social Circle, passed away Thursday, May 14, 2015 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Atlanta. Mr. Wade was born in Memphis, Tennessee. to the late William and Geraldine Wade. Robert was a native of Memphis who moved to Conyers and then to Social Circle where he lived for 27 years. He was of the Catholic faith, had been a member of the Covington Lions Club and Elks Club, loved bass fishing and was very close to his grandson Greyson. In addition to his parents, Mr. Wade is preceded in death by his wife Linda Wade ...

May 14, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

Thomas H. Maloy

SFC Thomas H. Maloy of Walnut Grove, passed away May 5, 2015, at the age of 68. He was a 1965 graduate of Loganville High School. Shortly after graduation, SFC Maloy was drafted into the U.S. Army, and continued his service to his country until his retirement, in 1994, after 27 years of service. During his military career, he served in the 82nd Airborne, and was a drill sergeant and ANOC and BNOC instructor at the Noncommissioned Officer Academy, one of the largest training departments at Fort Gordon. Thomas loved his boys and granddaughters immensely, and he was very ...

May 11, 2015 | Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home | OBITS

Better late than never

For any high school athlete, signing that national letter of intent to their respected college or university may be the best moment of their high school tenure. Usually that special moment comes somewhere during that athlete's senior year, but in some cases it can come after that. Well, how about nearly a year after graduation? Newton's 2014 forward Mercedes Booker finally got that moment as she will be taking her talents to Southern Crescent Technical College.

May 10, 2015 | Javon Dickerson | Newton

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Hazzard County Cruise-In rolls into Covington on Wednesday

Downtown Covington will soon transform into Hazzard County - or at least for three days. From 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on June 25, 26 and 29, Covington will sponsor the Hazzard County Cruise-In.

June 22, 2008 | Brian Harper | Archives

Online exclusive: George Wilson on the issues


June 22, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Happy Thanksgiving

No, this is not a misprint. I know that it's June and a bazillion degrees outside. When our refrigerator died last week, I felt lost. I never knew how much I could miss ice cubes.

June 20, 2008 | Lisa Hetzel | Archives

BOC approves bonds for library construction

The Newton County Library Board is currently in the process of selecting an architect for the new library, which will be located on Ga. Highway 212, next to Oak Hill Elementary School.

June 20, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

BOE agrees to SRO services

The Board of Education approved a contract with Newton County to obtain officers from the Newton County Sheriff's Office to serve as school resource officers beginning in 2008-2009.

June 20, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives

Newton teen convicted in 2007 murder

After four hours of deliberation Wednesday evening, a jury unanimously declared a Newton County teen guilty of murder for the 2007 shooting death of Kawasikis Ricks during a botched armed robbery.

June 20, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives

A great-grand pair looks ahead

Emily Grace came sweeping into our house in her little pink basket Sunday to inspect her great-grandparents for the first time. She must have given Reny and me high marks. She giggled and smiled during most of the visit. She only made a face and cried when bottle time ticked around.

June 20, 2008 | Bill Shipp | Archives

Bugged by global warming

Bugs. They want us to eat bugs.

June 20, 2008 | Tom Purcell | Archives

Aging is relative

Each week, I write this column by Thursday around noon. Newspapers have deadlines and I just can't send this out on the information superhighway at the last minute.

June 20, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Archives

Local businesses need opportunity

We were concerned with a decision made by the Covington City Council and Mayor Kim Carter, who voted to break a tie vote, to award the renovation of the mayor's office to a firm located out of our local community during a past council meeting.

June 20, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Nuclear electricity a good move

Cleaner and more efficient energy options are a top priority for many all over the world. With a great deal of attention presently being given to climate change and global warming, any move to eliminate or reduce humans' carbon footprint should be commended and emulated.

June 20, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Rutledge woman arrested on forgery charge

A Rutledge resident was arrested June 18, after allegedly trying to cash a forged check for $9,776.15.

June 20, 2008 | Brian Harper | Archives

Searching for spiritual growth

 The Hebron World Church, a multicultural fellowship committed to the spiritual growth of the whole family, offers areas of service in 15 different ministries from administrative to outreach. Their focus is teaching how to live a victorious life through the reviving, restoring and redeeming blood of Jesus Christ.

June 20, 2008 | Colleen Capes Jackson | Archives

Deeper look at Psalm

It dawned upon me that in an article a couple of weeks ago, we looked at the Twenty Third Psalm and I indicated that we'd be looking at it in more detail. The next week my article was on something else entirely. So let's come back to this wonderful Psalm of comfort and trust. In it David compares God's care for his children as a shepherd's care for his sheep. That's a good comparison. There are many similarities between the fallen human nature and sheep. So, let's talk about sheep.

June 20, 2008 | John Pearrell | Archives

BOC approves $55.1 million FY'09 budget

The Newton County Board of Commissioners approved the county's $55.1 million Fiscal Year 2009 budget at its Tuesday night meeting. The board also voted to keep the same millage rate for county operations as last year - 9.73.

June 20, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

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