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Our Thoughts: Tags sold, direction needed

Car tags for use of the county's trash collection convenience centers began being purchased by Newton County residents recently.

September 28, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Shakila Henderson-Baker elected to GSBA Board of Director

Shakila Henderson-Baker, District 3 representative for the Newton County Board of Education (BOE), was recently elected by the Georgia School Boards Association's (GSBA) Board ...

September 28, 2016 | Staff Report | Education


Mrs. Nellie Lou Marks Manuel-Jackson

Nellie Lou Marks Manuel-Jackson was born in Covington on January 22, 1946, to the late Homer Marks, Sr. and Willie M. Marks.

September 28, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Ms. Carol ‘Stucci’ Brown

A time to be born

September 28, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


NCSS SAT scores increase across the board

Newton County School System's (NCSS) overall scores on the SAT increased across the board in 2016. The district posted an 11-point increase in both ...

September 27, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Roy Faulkner

Roy A. Faulkner, 84, of Snellville, passed away on Friday, September 23, 2016. Visitation will be on Friday, September 30, 2016, from 5 p.m ...

September 27, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Viva Ruth Clark

Viva Ruth Clark was carried home September 25, 2016. She is survived by her children, Justin Folds and Audrey Kimelman, her grandchildren, Gabriella and Isabella ...

September 26, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Annie Margaret Wyatt Kinard

Mrs. Annie Margaret Kinard, age 86, of Mansfield passed away Friday, Sept. 23, 2016 at her residence.

September 26, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Catherine Mills Horton

Catherine Mills Horton of Covington passed away Sept. 23, 2016, at the age of 86.

September 26, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Teacher of the Year finalists announced

Tamahia Benton, of Liberty Middle School, Cecily Bullock, of Alcovy High School and Jason Smith, of Newton High School, were named the finalists for Newton ...

September 24, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Precious Waters named Newton Homecoming Queen

Precious Waters was named the 2016 Newton High School Homecoming Queen Friday night at Sharp Stadium.

September 24, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Reba Mae Gibson

Reba Mae Gibson, 72, of Gainesville, formerly of Oxford, passed away September 10, 2016. She was born in Union Point to the late Herschel and ...

September 22, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Laurie Pless

Laurie Pless, 59, died of natural causes on September 16, 2016, her birthday.

September 22, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Newton County Jail Log: Sept. 21

Diallo Wayne Abraham, 22, Covington, Sept. 14, court sentenced serving 8 days

September 21, 2016 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log


Samuel Grady Johnson, Sr.

Samuel Grady Johnson, Sr., 84, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, September 18, 2016, in Covington.

September 21, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


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Unintended consequences run again

There is a longstanding tradition in Georgia that the political party controlling state government will try to give itself an advantage over the opposition by fiddling with the election laws.

November 29, 2008 | Tom Crawford Columnist | OPINION


Time for a change

Dear Editor: Statewide, 82 percent of schools passed Annual Yearly Progress in 2006-2007, an indicator from No Child Left Behind. In Newton last year, 59 percent passed. One of our three high schools passed: 33 percent. It appears that our students are not achieving adequately, according to these indicators.

November 29, 2008 | Chris Roesel Covington | Letters


Healing Home Depot

 If more people would go to Home Depot, it would relieve the strain on the doctors and reduce our medical cost. The other day I was at Home Depot, and as I walked through the parking lot, a pickup pulled into a handicap space. A middle age man got out; he looked like a construction worker. He limping badly on his right leg; so badly I thought he should have a cane or crutches. Construction work is dangerous. About 10 minutes later I saw him in the store loading lumber on a cart, and he was completely healed; he didn ...

November 29, 2008 | Frank Harrison Covington | Letters


Our thoughts...Holiday cheer

This past year has been a year that most of us would like to forget.

November 29, 2008 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Holtzclaw's tutelage should help Lady Tigers improve

The Alcovy Tigers basketball program looks to add to its recent success as both squads head into their third season.

November 29, 2008 | Brain Harper | Alcovy


Newton County Jail Log - 11/8/08 - 11/8/08

o Jeremy Stephen Bryant, 20, W, 4105 Ga. Highway 142, Newborn, Nov. 8. Furnishing to, purchase, or possession of alcohol by minor.

November 29, 2008 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log


Tour de Georgia cancels 2009 race; lacks sponsor

ATLANTA -- The Tour de Georgia canceled its 2009 race because of financial struggles, yet plans to return in 2010.

The seven-day race billed as North America's premier professional cycling event could not find a title sponsor the last two years.

November 28, 2008 | Charles Odum AP Sports Writer | Social Circle


Engineer throws hat in Porterdale Post 5 council race

The Committee to Elect Lowell Chambers has announced that Lowell Chambers will run for the Porterdale City Council Post 5 seat vacated by Kay Piper. Chambers and his family have lived in Porterdale since 2000 and have owned property in the city since 1993.

Chambers has a Master of City Planning from Georgia Tech, a Bachelor of Agricultural Engineering from the University of Georgia, a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Georgia, and an Associate of Fine Arts degree from Young Harris College. He is a Georgia Registered Professional Engineer and a certified teacher.

November 28, 2008 | Staff Report | Porterdale


Citigroup to cut another 53,000 jobs

NEW YORK -- Citigroup Inc. is cutting approximately 53,000 more jobs in the coming quarters as the banking giant struggles to steady itself after suffering massive losses from deteriorating debt.

The plans, posted on the company's Web site, are being discussed by CEO Vikram Pandit at the company's town hall meeting in New York Monday with employees.

November 28, 2008 | Madlen Read AP Business Writer | LOCAL


GDOT seeks input on road project

An open house to discuss a Georgia Department of Transportation proposed project on Ga. Highway 212 in Newton County will be held on Nov. 20 at Oak Hill Elementary School. The public is encouraged to drop by anytime between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. No formal presentation will be given.

November 26, 2008 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Queens for a day

Ageless beauty: The 2008 Ms. Senior Newton County Pageant was held on Saturday, Oct. 11, at the Olive Swan Porter Auditorium of Newton High School. The audience was entertained and amazed by the talents of the contestants. Participants from left to right: Ms. Agnes Frederick, Mrs. Rockie Butts (Second Runner Up), Ms. Mary Ellen Horne (2008 Ms. Senior Newton County), Mrs. Doris Campbell (Third Runner Up) and Mrs. Jeanette Fraser.

November 26, 2008 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Barbara Morgan Walsh

Barbara Morgan Walsh, of Macon, formally of Covington, passed away Nov. 13 after a brief illness, surrounded by her family. The daughter of the late Willie Lester and Selma Holmes Morgan, she was born in 1933 in Greene County. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Covington where she served on numerous committees. A graduate of Brenau College in Gainesville, Mrs. Walsh was a lifelong educator and taught school in Gainesville; Allegheny County, Va.; and Newton County where she was elected to the Newton County Board of Education for two terms and served as chairman during her last ...

November 26, 2008 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


The Potting Shed

The Potting Shed – a unique local nursery that sells custom-designed mixed planters – has changed locations, moving to the heart of historic Covington on Floyd Street.

November 26, 2008 | Staff Report | Business


Our thoughts...Dysfunctional government

Dysfunctional government

November 26, 2008 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Newton County Jail Log 10/2 - 11/7

o Anthony Daniel Reed, 53, 95 Wynfield Trace, Covington, Oct. 2. Possession of arms by convicted felon.

November 26, 2008 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log


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