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Our Thoughts: Did y’all feel that?

Spring is in the air, and we're not just referring to all that pollen. If you do suffer from allergies, particularly oak and hickory ...

May 01, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Letter: In Local Elections Vote for the Person not the Party

The partisan bickering at the national level has become so polarizing that it is hard to avoid a strictly partisan viewpoint in local elections. But ...

May 01, 2016 | Staff Report | Letters

Newton County Jail Log: April 27

Kristopher Ty Armistead, 26, Covington, April 20, Probation violation for fingerprintable offence

April 28, 2016 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log

Piedmont Newton named WBL employer of the year

The Newton County School System Work-Based Learning (WBL) programs at Alcovy, Eastside, and Newton high schools, and Newton College and Career Academy named Piedmont Newton ...

April 28, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Griffin RESA to host certified educator job fair

A certified educator job fair is being hosted by Griffin RESA Saturday, April 30 from 10 am-2 pm. The purpose of the job fair is ...

April 28, 2016 | Staff Report | Education

Walking series ends with spiritual health on the trail

The Everybody Walk Newton campaign, sponsored by Newton Trails, wraps up today with the fourth and final walk of the series. Walkers will meet at ...

April 27, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Professional dance company to be introduced during Alice in Wonderland

The Arts Association of Newton County and Covington Regional Ballet will not only present the ballet, Alice in Wonderland, but will also introduce a new ...

April 26, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Mrs. Frances Martin Woodruff

Mrs. Frances Martin Woodruff, 87 of Griffin, passed away on Thursday, April 21, 2016, at Abby Hospice in Covington after residing at Benton House Senior ...

April 26, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

James E. ‘Big E’ King, Sr.

James E. "Big E" King, Sr., 84 of Mansfield, passed away April 24, 2016.

April 26, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

Our Thoughts: Forum points to importance of election, for all

This election season is a vital one - not only for our country, but for our county.

April 24, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

County Special Olympics set to open May 2

Over 500 athletes will gather Monday, May 2 through Friday, May 6 at the Newton County Special Olympics games at Sharp Stadium field. The week ...

April 23, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Club responds to needs shared by missionaries

The Covington Women's Club recently hosted missionaries from Costa Rica, who spoke about their work in the Central American country.

April 23, 2016 | Staff Report | LIVING

Bristol Jo Huseman

Bristol Jo Huseman was born on April 11, 2016, at 1 p.m., to parents Mark and Christina Huseman.

April 23, 2016 | Staff Report | Births

Rib Shack offers free ribs next Sunday

The first 100 diners at two Covington area Shane's Rib Shacks on Sunday, April 30, will get a free half rack of slow-cooked baby ...

April 23, 2016 | Staff Report | Business

Robert Wesley Whitney, Jr.

Robert Wesley Whitney, Jr., 82, of Oxford, passed away April 20, 2016. Mr. Whitney proudly served his country in the U.S. Air Force and ...

April 21, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

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Patrick's new place

Patrick's, a general store and a Newton County institution in business for 60 years, celebrated the grand opening of its new store this week.

September 10, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

Oxford loses grant, hires new grant writer at council meeting

Oxford will have to wait at least another year to move forward on a state mandate to replace old water lines after being passed over for a state grant, the City Council announced at its Monday night meeting.

September 10, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives

On the run

What a difference a year makes. After dropping a tough loss to Alcovy to open the 2008 season, Newton responded Saturday night as they picked up their first win of the season with a 22-15 victory over McIntosh at Sharp Stadium.

September 10, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives

Alcovy stuns Rockdale in final at-bat

The Alcovy softball team (9-3 overall, 3-0 Region-4-AAAA) displayed a gallant come from behind effort to defeat the Rockdale Lady Bulldogs 6-5 in the first game of a doubleheader at Tiger Field Saturday.

September 10, 2008 | Eric R. Wallace | Archives

Eastside tops at play date

All three Newton County volleyball teams were in action Saturday at Alcovy for a seven-team play date. Eastside fared the best, winning three matches while Alcovy and Newton each picked up wins.

September 10, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives

Maedelle Martin Akin

Mrs. Maedelle Martin Akin of Covington died Sept. 5. The daughter of the late James and Mary Alice Smith, she was born in Fulton County. Mrs. Aiken was an active member of Red Oak United Methodist Church where she was a member of the Lady bugs, Recycled Teenagers and the Pulliam Sunday School Class, where she was a proud member of 20 plus years of perfect attendance. Active in numerous civic clubs and organizations and enjoying her service in them, Mrs. Akin was Past Worthy Matron of Lakewood Chapter of Order of the Eastern Star No. 162 and served as ...

September 10, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Clara Mae Armistead

Mrs. Clara Mae Armistead, 81, a lifelong resident of Newton County, died Sept. 7. The daughter of the late Rufus Malon and Clifford Mae (Swords) Jackson, she was born in 1927. She worked for Covington Mills and later for Lithonia Lighting. Mrs. Armistead was preceded in death by husband Hubert Wayne Armistead Sr.

September 10, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Nellie Sue Townley Butler

Mrs. Nellie Sue Townley butler, 84, of Oxford, died Sept. 8 at New London health Center, Snellville. Mrs. Butler was the founder and executive director of Rockdale House for men and women in Conyers. She was preceded in death by a sister and grandchild.

September 10, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Robert "Bob" Phiel

Mr. Robert "Bob" Phiel, 81, of Newborn, died Sept. 8. The son of the late Arthur Louis and Hazel Marie Prentice Phiel, he was born in 1927 in Elyria, Ohio. He graduated from Palm Beach High School in 1945 and served in the United States Navy during World War II on an aircraft carrier in the Pacific.

September 10, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Les Roe

Les Roe, 72, of Porterdale, died Sept. 5 at Newton Medical Center. The son of the late William Henry and Rosie Johnson Roe, he was born in Kentucky. Mr. Roe was employed by O'Reilly Auto parts. He enjoyed traveling, camping, fishing, wood working and loved all dogs. He was preceded in death by his son Ronald V. Roe.

September 10, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Pinkie Gaither Shy

Mrs. Pinkie Gaither Shy died Sept. 3. the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Johnny (Odessa) Gaither, she was born in the Leguinn Community of Covington in 1914. In 1946 she married Mr. Arthur Shy and they reared five children. She joined Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church at an early age and served on the Mother and Usher boards while healthy. Mother Pinkie, as she was affectionately known, was an entrepreneur and loved all things beautiful - flowers, hats and clothes. She always dressed to the nines and was a diplomat bridging the gap between races and all walks of live. She was ...

September 10, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Grandmother slices grandson

One Newton County grandmother will not be winning awards for grandparent of the year after she was arrested following an altercation that left her 15-year-old grandson slashed twice on the arm, while two other children (ages 2 and 12) watched.

September 10, 2008 | Amber Pittman | Archives

Porterdale employees face hour, salary cuts

In an attempt to offset a shortfall of roughly $200,000, the Porterdale City Council voted to make some drastic reductions in several areas, including two layoffs and a cut in both hours and salaries of their workers.

September 10, 2008 | Amber Pittman | Archives


The governor's call for more statewide budget cuts has the state's public parks system rushing to find areas to scale back, and Hard Labor Creek State Park is among them.

September 10, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

Downtown expansion explored

The Covington City Council will likely extend the city's central business district boundaries as part of a broader plan to encourage more economic development downtown.

September 10, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

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