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July 21, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Our thoughts on community hospital

One of the cornerstones of pride in the Newton County community is that we have our own hospital; and throughout its existence the taxpayers have supported its development.

July 19, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Challenges facing farmers today and tomorrow

Though farming was once big business in the United States, by 2012 less than 1 percent of Americans were professional farmers. Many challenges face today's farmers, many of which are largely unknown to the general public.

July 19, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Mae Hardman

Mae Hardman, of Rabun Gap, formerly of Porterdale, Georgia, passed away July 15, 2014. Mae was born November 26, 1925, to Carrie Mae (Lunsford) and William Grady Hardman. She had lived in Rabun County since 1971, where she taught at Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School until her retirement. Prior to teaching, Mae was a social worker for Bibb Manufacturing Company for 27 years. She was very active in both of her communities, which she dearly loved. Mae served in many civic organizations and held positions over the years in both the Porterdale Presbyterian Church and the Rabun Gap Presbyterian Church. Mae dedicated ...

July 18, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. A.L. Crane

A.L. Crane of Covington, passed away July 16, 2014 at Newton Medical Center. He was 78 years of age at the time of his death. A.L. loved people and never met a stranger. He was always willing to go the extra mile to help anyone who needed him. He will be remembered as a man who loved his family. A.L. was preceded in death by his son, Wade Crane; parents, Alvin M. and Gladys (Segars) Crane; and his former spouse, Joann Covington.

July 17, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Mark Jeffries

Mark Jeffries, age 41 of Covington, passed away July 15, 2014. Mark was a true Believer who loved the Lord Jesus with all of his heart. He was an accomplished bass fisherman and loved to hunt. He had a great sense of humor, and was a talented cook, guitarist and singer. Mark enjoyed spoiling his nieces and nephews, and he cherished his time with Mary McCullough, the person closest to his heart. He was loved and will be missed by his family and friends. Mark was preceded in death by his father, William Dee "Junior" Jeffries.

July 17, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Martha Ann Mahan

Martha Ann Mahan of Social Circle passed away July 16, 2014, at the age of 81. A very dedicated member of the First United Methodist Church of Covington and the Christian Fellowship Sunday School Class, she was also a member and past president of the Callie Cohen Circle of the United Methodist Women. Mrs. Mahan enjoyed traveling and will be remembered for her wonderful cooking.

July 17, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Jayne Satterfield

Jayne Satterfield, 78 of Covington, passed away Wednesday, July 16 at Abbey Hospice. Jayne was born on February 23, 1936 to Charner and Frieda (Seddon) Peacock in Atlanta. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. Mrs. Satterfield was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Orlin R. Satterfield in 2013 and her parents.

July 17, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Doris T. Mitchell Bowie

Doris T. Mitchell Bowie of Covington, passed away July 16, 2014, at the age of 93. Mrs. Bowie was a lifelong resident of Newton County, and faithful member of Voice of Pentecost, in Covington. Additionally, she was a former member of United Pentecostal Church, where she served as youth director, the ladies auxiliary leader and Sunday School Teacher. Mrs. Bowie was a published song writer and poet, and proud member of the National Poetry Society of Who's Who. She enjoyed camping, fishing and spending time with those she loved. Mrs. Bowie was preceded in death by her first husband ...

July 17, 2014 | Staff Report | STATE


Newton Newsflash: More construction this weekend

If you're out and about this weekend, avoid sections of I-20 in Newton County as construction continues. Lane closures and long delays can be expected in the following areas and times:

July 17, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Mrs. Nettie Mae Digby

Mrs. Nettie Mae Digby, age 84 of Covington, passed away Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at Abbey Hospice in Social Circle. She was born February 7, 1930 in Porterdale to Archie and Minnie Ivey McCullough who have preceded her in death. Mrs. Digby worked at home until her children were grown and then she worked for C.R. Bard for two years and Stanley Tool for 14 years. She was Methodist by faith and a member of Gaither's United Methodist Church. Mrs. Digby loved her family very much; she was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend.

July 17, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Jesse L. Burgess

Jesse L. Burgess of Covington passed away July 15, 2014, at the age of 75. Mr. Burgess was a member of the First Baptist Church, in Covington. He was a retired member of the Local No. 72 Plumbers & Pipefitters Union, after 57 years of dedicated service, all while serving as owner and operator of Alcovy Day Lily Farm for 20 years. Additionally, he was involved in the Greater Atlanta Hemerocallis Society and the Rockdale County Genealogical Society. Mr. Burgess was ordained as a Deacon in 1963, and heserved in this position at many churches. A loving and dedicated husband, father ...

July 17, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Our thoughts on voting

We realize that voting Tuesday, four full days away, is the farthest thing from your mind right now. But you need to make it first in your mind.

July 17, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Mrs. Nettie Mae Digby

Mrs. Nettie Mae Digby, age 84, of Covington passed away Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at Abbey Hospice in Social Circle. She was born February 7, 1930 in Porterdale to Archie and Minnie Ivey McCullough who have preceded her in death. Mrs. Digby worked at home until her children were grown and then she worked for C.R. Bard for 2 years and Stanley Tool for 14 years. She was Methodist by faith and a member of Gaither's United Methodist Church. Mrs. Digby loved her family very much; she was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend.

July 16, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


How to sneak fruits and vegetables into any recipe

Fruits and vegetables are the building blocks of a healthy diet. But many people do not eat the recommended number of servings of produce.That's especially true among growing children, who can benefit greatly from the vitamins and nutrients fruits and vegetables provide.

July 15, 2014 | Staff Report | Health


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Thomas Howard Parham III

Mr. Thomas Howard "Tommy" Parham III, 60, of Oxford died Thursday, Feb. 28. Mr. Parham was born August 14, 1947 in Bibb County to the late Thomas Howard Parham, Jr., and Dorothy Rebecca LaFavre Parham. He was a longtime resident of Newton County, attended Red Oak United Methodist Church, served in the U.S. Army during Vietnam and was a Boy Scout leader.

March 02, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Vandy McGiboney

Mr. Vandy McGiboney of Covington died Feb. 29 at Newton Medical Center at the age of 57. Son of the late Horace and Vera Franklin McGiboney, he was a carpenter in the construction business. Mr. McGiboney loved going to the Waffle House, riding a Harley motorcycle and fishing. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend.

March 02, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Recreating black history

Several Newton County Schools closed Black History Month with presentations and events Friday.

March 02, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Alcovy Baseball: Fast learners

The Alcovy varsity baseball team, though young, will rely on a vast amount of returning sophomores this season.

March 02, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives


Oxford finally gets new maintenance facility

Most people know Feb. 29 as the day that comes once every four years in leap year, but in Oxford, the day now carries added significance.

March 02, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


Leaps and Gaps

Leap years are special, aren't they? It has to be for those one in fifteen hundred or so folks who were born on February 29. How cool is that? Getting one year older every four years constitutes quite a gap, created by just one leap, eh?

March 02, 2008 | Nat Harwell | Archives


On the roads with Jesus

The roads of Newton County got a little bit cleaner Saturday morning as 1,400 people from 15 different churches turned out to pick up trash for the third annual "On the Roads with Jesus" project.

March 02, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Crime Briefs

March 02, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Thompson-Long

Ken and Brenda Thompson of Decatur, Ala., announce the engagement of their daughter Jennifer Elizabeth of Covington to John Gabriel Long of Covington, son of Larry and Sue Long of Columbus, Miss.

March 02, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Comfort for the troubled soul

"Even though troubles came down on me hard, your commands always gave me delight. The way you tell me to live is always right; help me understand it so I can live to the fullest " (Psalm 119:143-144 MSG).

February 29, 2008 | John Pearrell | Archives


Wake up!

Have you ever watched kids play that swimming pool game "Marco Polo" where one has to close their eyes and try to catch the others just by their sense of hearing? On our youth trip last week, I was reminded how frustrating that game can be, especially when the person who is "it" doesn't peek. I can only imagine the frustration of truly being blind. The few minutes in the game is plenty frustration and reaching out into the darkness for me.

February 29, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


The Good Shepherd

In these weeks leading up to Good Friday and Easter, it will do us all well to take a fresh look at who Jesus really is.

February 29, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Travis Mooney

Travis Mooney, 16, of Covington, passed away Feb. 26, after fighting a courageous battle against acute myelogeneous leukemia.

February 29, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives


Hollis Pitts Jr.

Hollis Pitts Jr. died Feb. 15. The son of Mrs. Emmis Pitts and the late Mr. Hollis Pitts, he was born in 1947 in Newton County. He accepted Christ at an early age, joining Pleasant View Baptist Church. He was educated in the Newton County School System where he developed a love for business.

February 29, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives


Dedication held for Depot

Several Porterdale City Council members and town residents braved the cold wind to attend the dedication and ribbon cutting of the renovated Porterdale Train Depot Thursday morning.

February 29, 2008 | Jennifer Long | Archives


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