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Mari Johnson

Mrs. Mari Etta Johnson, age 78, a longtime resident of Covington passed away Tuesday, July 18, 2017. She was born in North Carolina on July ...

July 19, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries


Interested in working for wildlife? Volunteer opportunities with Wildlife Resources Division

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. - Are you looking for ways to work with or for wildlife? Become a volunteer with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources' Wildlife ...

July 18, 2017 | Staff Report | Agriculture


Department of Revenue and Department of Driver Services award DRIVES Project

GEORGIA - The Georgia Department of Revenue (DOR) and the Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS) have awarded the Driver Record and Integrated ...

July 18, 2017 | Staff Report | State


Georgia Piedmont Technical College students awarded medals

Georgia Piedmont Technical College students were big winners during the 53rd Annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference held recently in Louisville, Kentucky. More ...

July 16, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


Peachtree Academy runners used Peachtree Road Race to stay in shape

ATLANTA - Three members of Covington's Peachtree Academy cross country and track team found a popular way to stay in running shape for the soon ...

July 15, 2017 | Staff Report | Peachtree Academy


Former FBI Agent Enters Guilty Plea in Federal Court in Georgia

COLUMBIA, S.C. ---- United States Attorney Beth Drake stated today that Kenneth W. Hillman, III, age 47, formerly of Dalton, Georgia, has entered a guilty ...

July 14, 2017 | Staff Report | State


Salem Campmeeting to host 5k race Saturday at historic Salem Campground

COVINGTON, Ga. - Runners and walkers will have the opportunity to travel through 189 years of history as Salem Campmeeting hosts the Salem Sweet Spirit 5K ...

July 13, 2017 | Staff Report | Religion


Two murder suspects, drugs, stolen gun located at Conyers motel

CONYERS, Ga. - Suspicious activity observed by a Conyers Police Officer led to the arrest of two wanted murder suspects as well as a narcotics seizure ...

July 12, 2017 | Staff Report | Crime


Female Bank Robber hits again

ATLANTA - David J. LeValley, special agent in charge, FBI Atlanta Field Office, continues to request the public's assistance in its efforts to identify and ...

July 12, 2017 | Staff Report | State


Sharon Alberta Baker

On July 15, 1948, Mr. & Mrs. Norris (Daisy) Browning was blessed with a beautiful baby girl, they named her Sharon Alberta Browning.

July 12, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries


Sarah Alice Terrell Appling

Sarah Alice Terrell was born on March 8, 1954, in Covington, to the late Mr. John Bass Terrell, Sr. and Mrs. Johnnie Mae Terrell.

July 12, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries


Marion “Net” Antoinette Baker

Marion Antoinette Baker was born on July 25, 1940, to the late James Oliver and Marion Zackary in Covington.

July 12, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries


James Lewis Wilson

On August 30, 1942, the late Mr. & Mrs. Louie (Claudia Lee) Wilson had a son they named James Lewis Wilson. For many years he worked ...

July 12, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries


Bobbi Jean Melton

Bobbi Jean Melton, 72 of Mansfield, died July 8, 2017. Mrs. Melton was the wife of Charles Melton. She was born May 23, 1945 in ...

July 12, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries


NCSO receives Triple Crown Award

COVINGTON, Ga. - The Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) traveled to the National Sheriff's Association conference in Reno, Nevada and received the National Sheriff ...

July 12, 2017 | Staff Report | Crime


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Two career fairs at DeKalb Tech

DeKalb Technical College will hold two career fairs in March. On Tuesday, March 24, the first Career Fair will be held at DeKalb Tech's Clarkston Campus in the Conference Center, located at 495 N. Indian Creek Drive in Clarkston. On Thursday, March 26, the second Career Fair will be held in the Auditorium of Building A at the Covington Campus, located at 16200 Alcovy Road NE, Covington. Both Career Fairs will be held from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

March 20, 2009 | Staff Report | Business


Henry Usher Almand

Henry Usher Almand, 61, of Madison died March 13. Mr. Almand was the son of Henry and Aslee Armour Almand. He was born in 1947 in Morgan County. He married Shirley Long in 1964. They made their home in Madison. Mr. Almand owned and operated Henry's Fast Lube in Covington. He enjoyed drag racing and building muscle cars.

March 20, 2009 | Madison | Obituaries


Ina Doris Grantham Smith

March 20, 2009 | Staff Report | Obituaries


Newton County School System students win numerous awards at Regional Science Fair

Newton County School System students represented the school district extremely well at the recent Griffin RESA Regional Science Fair held on Feb. 27, with 23 coming home with either first, second or third place awards. The Newton County students competed against students from Fayette, Henry, Griffin-Spalding, Butts, Pike, Lamar and Thomaston Upson county schools. All first place winners and alternates will proceed to the state competition, which will be held at the University of Georgia on April 1-4.

March 20, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


Newton County Jail Log 3/20

o Timothy Bernard Manning, 39, 9251 Settlers Grove Road, Covington, Feb. 28. Probation violation.

March 20, 2009 | Staff Report | Crime


Don't be afraid of peanuts

Dear Editor: The recent salmonella outbreak that has been traced back to peanut butter made by the Peanut Corporation of America has left many consumers questioning the safety of peanut products. The deaths and illnesses caused by this outbreak are disturbing and regrettable. The reported sanitation conditions at the processing facility that led to the outbreak should not be tolerated. I'm a farmer, but I'm also a consumer. My family and I eat peanut butter and peanut products, just like you.

The peanut butter affected by the recall was sold in bulk by PCA to other food manufacturers ...

March 20, 2009 | C. Brent Galloway President, Newton County Farm Bureau | Letters


Low turnout, good results

Even though it was extremely sad to see such a low turnout in the Social Circle special election Tuesday - only 12 percent of the town's registered voters turned out on a very nice day - we are pleased the liquor by the drink initiative passed.

We believe that it was such a low a turnout because decent people, who don't drink and feel it is morally wrong to do so, decided not to vote at all. We can respect that. If that is the case, then that is not the type of community loyalty we would expect from the ...

March 20, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Congratulations Mr. Chambers

We are pleased to see that the city council of Porterdale is now back up to its full voting strength.

The voters elected Lowell Chambers to fill the vacated spot previously held by Kay Piper.

March 20, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Working together

The first Remembering Lewis Grizzard weekend must be considered a success, especially for an inaugural event.

The Rotary clubs of Covington and Social Circle raised close to $6,000 for their worthwhile community projects.

March 20, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Crescendo of legislating

Last week saw our first crescendo of legislating, as we passed the crossover mark of the session. We worked through 112 bills and resolutions. For the next few weeks, we'll be reviewing bills sent over from the Senate as we approach the end of the session.

A number of the measures we considered are worth mention. HB 23 would prohibit provisional driver's license holders under 18 from using cell phones and similar electronic communications devices. Young drivers generally don't have sufficiently solid driving skills to handle a car at the same time as talking on a phone ...

March 20, 2009 | By Doug Holt State Representative | Opinion


Newton High School received AP teacher training grant

Students at Newton High School will have more Advanced Placement (AP) classes to choose from next school year. NHS administrators recently learned that the school was selected as a recipient of a 2009 AP Teacher Training Grant in the amount of $1,500 from the Georgia Department of Education. The funds are earmarked for AP training for teachers.

March 19, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


Howard Benjamin Force Sr.

Mr. Howard Benjamin Force Sr., 74, of McDonough, passed away March 17 at Emory University Hospital. The son of the late Georgia Faye Fortner and Torrence Washington Force, he was born in Sebring, Fla. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. Mr. Force served his country in the U.S. Navy and then graduated from the University of Georgia with a BAA. He was a member of the Atlanta Primitive Baptist Church where he served as treasurer and deacon. He retired from the federal government as an IRS agent after 38 years of service. He was an avid golfer ...

March 19, 2009 | Mcdonough | Obituaries


Two Newton County School System seniors named National Achievement Scholarship Program finalists

Newton County School System is pleased to announce that two NCSS seniors, Leah Wynn of Eastside High School and Andrew Kabue of Newton High School, have been named finalists in the National Achievement Scholarship Program (NASP).

March 19, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


Newton County School Board approves Dennis Carpenter as Deputy Superintendent for Operations

The Newton County School System is pleased to announce that Dennis Carpenter has been named Deputy Superintendent for Operations for the school district. The Newton County School Board approved by unanimous vote, the recommendation by school superintendent Dr. Steve Whatley, at the March 17 monthly meeting. Carpenter currently serves as the school district's associate superintendent for human resources.

March 18, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


True Colors

The True Colors Youth Art Exhibit opened at the Newton County Library's Covington Branch Monday evening with a well-attended reception. The free, annual exhibit, which runs until mid-April, is organized by the Arts Association in Newton County and celebrates the artistic talents of local students.

March 18, 2009 | Staff Report | Arts Events


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