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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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Good fathers, unfortunately, are not a dime-a-dozen

 A good man is hard to find; a good father, even harder. By circumstance or by choice, the United States now leads the world in the number of households headed by a single mother. Consequently, many people seem to view fathers as a nice thing to have, but not a necessary ingredient in raising a child. It is almost expected that a certain percentage of men will walk away from their families or take lightly this business of raising children.

June 15, 2008 | Kari Apted | Archives

Man convicted of aggravated battery in domestic violence case

A man accused of assaulting his wife's ex-husband in the head with a golf club in front of her children was found guilty by a jury in Newton County Superior Court Friday and sentenced to 40 years.

June 15, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives

Robert "Geta" Burt

Robert "Geta' Burt, 47, of Oxford, died peacefully at his home June 11. Mr. Burt was a graduate of Monroe Area High School and enjoyed playing golf and softball, vegetable and flower gardening, camping, cooking and going to the mountains. He loved spending time with his family and friends and was a dedicated worker. Mr. Burt is preceded in death by daughter Cassie Jo Burt.

June 15, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Missing pieces

If you have driven by Alcovy High School lately you've seen the front drive and area near the tennis courts dug up while heavy equipment litters the area. Some of you may be wondering why a 2-year-old school is seemingly under construction again. The answer is quite simple. The county didn't have the funds to complete what architects planned years ago.

June 15, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives

Birdies for baseball

By Jason Coffin

June 15, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Two face charges in 2007 shooting

The trial for the remaining defendants charged with the 2007 fatal shooting of Kawasikis Shawnte Ricks begins this week in Newton County Superior Court.

June 15, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives

Mrs. Georgeanne Butts

Mrs. Georgeanne Butts

June 15, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Gibbs, camp draws top achievers

When it comes to giving back to the community, Karen Gibbs is a good start.

June 15, 2008 | Jason Murdock | Archives

Lone democrat runs for tax commissioner

 Nicholas Day, the only Democrat running for tax commissioner, is campaigning on a platform of one thing only - to secure a homestead tax exemption for all seniors, regardless of income.

June 15, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

David Winton Jernigan

Mr. David Winton Jernigan, 57, of Covington, died June 11. the son of the late John Lee and Sara Muggridge Jernigan, he was born in 1951 in Athens. Mr. Jernigan was the owner of Nu-Da Sales and a faithful member of Shiloh United Methodist Church. He was president of United Methodist Men's Club at Shiloh and a member of the Covington Elks Lodge. He was an NASCAR race fan and enjoyed fishing trips with family and friends.

June 15, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


 One might think that Father's Day is just another celebration, but for a day usually overshadowed by Mother's Day, one father stands out.

June 15, 2008 | Brian Harper | Archives

Samuel Gregory McLurkin

Mr. Samuel Gregory McLurkin died June 7. He was born in 1957. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. June 14 at Rust chapel United Methodist Church, Oxford, with the Rev. Quincy Felder and the Rev. Michael Lee officiating. Interment followed at Oxford Historical Cemetery.

June 15, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

BOC candidates tackle issues at forum

At a crowded political forum Tuesday night, candidates for the Board of Commissioners District 1 and 3 seats debated the freezing of tax assessments, the merits of the Bear Creek Reservoir and the expansion of the county's landfill.

June 15, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

Republican Stance

 In the race for the Republican nomination for county chairman, incumbent Chairman Aaron Varner's two challengers both say they would do a better job bringing commercial and industrial growth to the county.

June 14, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

Parents need to take charge

During a monthly Newton County Board of Education meeting a few weeks back, I sat and listened to the mother of an Eastside High student complain to the board about the school's policy regarding absences and tardiness. Her complaint stemmed from a suspension her daughter received due to excessive tardiness. Now before I get into this, let me quickly shed some light on the situation.

June 13, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives

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