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Theme School accepting applications

The Newton County Theme School at Ficquett will accept applications for the 2015-16 school year beginning Monday, Feb. 12.

January 26, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Science Fair winners

Newton County School System's middle and high schools' first place winners will move on to challenge students from Fayette, Henry, Griffin-Spalding, Butts, Pike, Lamar and Thomaston Upson county schools in the Regional Science Fair at Griffin RESA on Feb. 3.

January 26, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton Firefighter falls on busy weekend

Newton County Fire Services had a busy weekend with a total of 66 calls in a 48-hour period.

January 26, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Mrs. Ethel Jolley

Ethel Jolley, 96, of Covington, passed away January 23, 2015. She was born October 17, 1918, in Roscoe, PA, to the late John and Elizabeth Furlong. Ethel met and married Alton Jolley while they both were serving in the Navy at the Naval Air Station, in Chamblee. Together they moved to Newton County in 1951, where they began their career in the dairy business. She was very active in the community and was one of the founding members of the West Newton Home Demonstration Club. She was the oldest member of Prospect United Methodist Church, where she once served as ...

January 26, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Matthew Larsen

Matthew Larsen of Covington, Ga, passed away January 22, 2015, at the age of 45. Matt enjoyed riding his Harley, fishing and being outside. He was very interested in the history of our military and watching military related TV shows. Matt had a passion for playing his guitar and listening to music. He adored spending time with his family and friends. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Clifford and Evelyn Larsen, Verna and Lawney Hansen; grandfather, George Sabol.

January 26, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Peggy M. Davis

Peggy M. Davis of Covington passed away January 22, 2015, at the age of 84. A woman of strong Christian faith, Mrs. Davis was an active member of the First Baptist Church in Covington, where she faithfully attended the Murphy's Gang Sunday School class. She was a loving and devoted wife, always very supportive of her husband's ministry wherever he was led to serve. She devoted her time serving others, and was beloved by many people in the Covington area. Mrs. Davis was a master flower gardener, and enjoyed traveling, bird watching and square dancing. She was a ...

January 26, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


If it's broke, you should fix it

This week the Newton County Water Authority said it wants to sit down with the county and work on a solution to a problem before taking on a new venture. We believe this meeting should happen.

January 25, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Employee of the Year

Clairon Metals Corporation is pleased to announce that Erica Arnett has been named Employee of the Year for 2014.

January 25, 2015 | Staff Report | Business


National Weather Service needs volunteers

The National Weather Service is looking for help in building a climate database and predicting floods.

January 21, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Pacho's, Wing Cafe receive failing scores

The follow up inspection on Pacho's Mexican Grill saw its already-failing score lower five points after tallying a 51 on its Jan. 9 inspection.

January 20, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Turner murder conviction upheld

According to pickensprogressonline.com, the Supreme Court of Georgia upheld the murder conviction of Quanitta Yvette Turner, a mother who was charged in the death of her infant daughter, Malay Chandler. Turner was sentenced to life in prison for holding her hand over her the 5-week-old baby girl's nose and mouth and smothering her to death.

January 20, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington offers commercial license opportunities

COVINGTON, Ga. (Jan. 15, 2015) – Larry Baines took advantage of a program now open to all City of Covington employees, and is commercially licensed driver.

January 20, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton Reps.receive committees

The 2015-16 Legislative Term committee assignments were handed out in the Georgia legislature last week, and Newton County's representatives are in key positions.

January 19, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton man, gay porn star, arrested

An Oxford man and male porn star whose company recently offered Justin Bieber $2 million to star in a porn movie with him was arrested in December for allegedly choking and assaulting his girlfriend in Rockdale.

January 19, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Keeping up with your smoke detectors

While having a smoke detector in your house is important, it is also important to keep up with maintenance. Agent Bill Calder of Newton County Farm Bureau and the Georgia Arson Control Board would like to provide the citizens of Newton County with lifesaving smoke detector information and maintenance tips.

January 18, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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BOC candidates criticize county zoning policy

A breakfast to meet the individuals running for the Board of Commissioners Tuesday morning quickly turned into a forum for challenger candidates to criticize the county's planning and zoning procedures.

May 14, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Pair of stabbings reported this week

Heated arguments led to two separate stabbing incidents in Newton County, one involving a love triangle with a former inmate and a corrections officer.

May 14, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Gresham hearing set for Wednesday

Online Exclusive

May 12, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives


ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Mother's Day storms pass through area

Newton County was spared major damage from the Mother's Day weekend storms that ripped through the state, though many residents were left without power for short periods and several trees were reported blocking roads.

May 12, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


Georgia Pride ready to kick off season

Who said there isn't football in Georgia during the summer?

May 11, 2008 | Jason Murdock | Archives


Best wishes to Newton County's seniors

To quote the words of the great poet Robert Frost, "Nothing gold can stay."

May 11, 2008 | Eric McDonald | Archives


Lady Eagles continue to roll on the court at Nationals

TUCSON, Ariz. - In the busiest day of the Women's NJCAA National Tennis Tournament, the Oxford Lady Eagles ended the day among the tournament leaders.

May 11, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives


Surplus needed in economic crunch

The Newton County Board of Commissioners and other county employees should be commended for their budgetary stewardship during the past year and encouraged to continue the even more difficult task of achieving a fund balance in the current fiscal year. In an economic environment where funds are scarce for many local governments, Newton County has again achieved a fund balance for fiscal year 2007.

May 11, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Porderdale headed in right direction

We salute the city council of Porterdale for their decision in appointing Sandy Fowler to the position of downtown manager. We believe that Fowler will bring the energy and enthusiasm to insure that Porterdale soon becomes a Better hometown Community.

May 11, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


UBOK versus UBOK

Since the dawn of this new century my basic day job has been to serve as a tower area coordinator for a major airline based in Atlanta. Stationed in one of the concourse towers at the world's busiest airport, I attempt to coordinate ground servicing for flights arriving into, and departing from, the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Every last detail for each flight in the zone to which I'm assigned is my responsibility. My customers include the traveling public, albeit indirectly, as I deal behind the scenes with gate agents, ramp agents, crew members and all other agents associated ...

May 11, 2008 | Nat Harwell | Archives


Thanks for information

Dear Editor: Thanks for printing the map of Newton County districts on the front page. I can foresee this being a helpful tool as we citizens in this diverse county struggle to locate ourselves among and within precincts and happenings. Please continue to offer this colorful image often - so that we might get used to the colors and shapes representing our districts.

May 11, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Generation gap

 When Sally Jarrett received the call from her daughter three years ago, she was just settling into what she thought would be the golden years of her retirement.

May 11, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


The best gift for Mother's Day is simply being near

 My mom said she already got her Mother's Day present. My grandmother agreed. It sure made for an easy time shopping - I just picked up some pretty cards; mailed some things to my in-laws, and my Mother's Day was in the bag.

May 11, 2008 | Kari Apted | Archives


On the block

 Two years ago, Alcovy High School opened its doors and became Newton County's third high school along with Newton and Eastside. Beyond the obvious - construction, hiring teachers and support staff and choosing a mascot - the Board of Education had a big decision to make. What type of schedule would the new school use?

May 11, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives


Woman shares her historical find

 In 1962 a man watched as a demolition crew tore down an old house on Liberty Street in Franklin, Pa. Feeling as though a piece of history might be lost forever, he saved the box full of old banisters on the curb for trash pickup and gave them to his granddaughter.

May 11, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives


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