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In 1970, we had a riot; Ferguson looks like war

The news from Ferguson, Missouri, has brought back unpleasant memories from the long-ago riots in Asbury Park, New Jersey. It was the summer of 1970, and I was a young teenager close enough to the action to be appropriately frightened.

August 28, 2014 | Staff Report | Columnists


Lunchtime concerts set for Thursdays

A series of concerts, all featuring different styles of music, are set for noon each Thursday in September. All will be held on the Square in Covington, and all are free to the public.

August 28, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Football in the SEC not a casual affair for fans

We made it, folks.

August 28, 2014 | Ben Prevost | Sports Columnists


GPTC hosts healthy choices fair

Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) recently hosted a series of events targeting health and wellness on its DeKalb and Newton campuses. As a part of its "Be ACTive" initiative to encourage faculty, staff and students to engage in healthy choices that will nourish the mind, body and spirit, GPTC held a "Healthy Choices Fair" in the Conference Center on the college's DeKalb Campus.

August 28, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Pilot Club hosts partner in education

The Pilot Club of Covington welcomed its partner in education for 2014-15 to its monthly meeting in August.

August 28, 2014 | Staff Report | LIFE


Rotary Club gives $500 to end Polio

The Rotary Club of Covington hosted District Governor William E. Strickland III at its weekly meeting Tuesday.

August 28, 2014 | Staff Report | LIFE


Thank you John Middleton

Thank you John Middleton for your 14 years of service as Newton County's Manager.

August 28, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


The Value of Work and Labor Day

My first paying job was cleaning the bathrooms at the First Baptist Church of Carrollton, Georgia, where I was a member. I was 14, the minimum age for "children" to work. This was neither glamorous nor exciting work, but useful and needed work. On Sundays I often over heard the "little old ladies" of the church commenting on the cleanliness of the bathroom. I remember my subsequent feeling of pride. While not a glamorous work, my actions were helpful and appreciated by those who used the facilities. For providing this useful service I earned minimum wage in 1981, ($3.35 ...

August 28, 2014 | Staff Report | Columnists


Mr. Ronald Dean Linder

Mr. Ronald Dean Linder

August 27, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Louise Thomason

Louise Thomason of Covington, passed away Aug. 24, 2014, at the age of 84. Ms. Thomason was an active member of New Life Praise Center, in Covington, and was a dedicated employee of Lithonia Lighting for 38 years. Following her work at Lithonia Lighting, she dedicated herself to caring for handicapped children. Ms. Thomason was a giving lady, and constantly gave of her time to help those less fortunate. She was loved and will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Preceding her in death was her brother, Thomas McCord.

August 26, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Proposed park a great idea for Covington

Covington has a problem. And a cure.

August 26, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Mr. J.C. “Shep” Shepard Jr.

J.C. "Shep" Shepard Jr., 89, of Social Circle, passed to be with his beloved wife of 50 years Elizabeth "Liz" Clay Shepard on August 25, 2014. Born December 20, 1924, he was the son of the late James Curtis Shepard and Jessie V. Shepard Studdard. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Bill Shepard.

August 26, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Rita Ward White

Mrs. Rita Ward White, age 90, of Oxford, passed away Monday, Aug. 25, at her home. Mrs. White was born Oct. 18, 1923, in Statesboro, Georgia, and was the eldest daughter of Robert Lee and Florence Hendrix Ward. She grew up in a farming family in Bulloch County, Georgia, and was a graduate of Nevils High School. In 1943, she married her husband of 56 years, Darvin White. When Mr. White began working for Independent Life and Accident Insurance Company, they moved to Newton County and settled in Oxford, Georgia. While her children were very young, Mrs. White was a ...

August 26, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


New CTAE coordinator hired for NCSS

Tim Schmitt has been hired as the Newton County School System's new Career, Technical and Agricultural Education Coordinator.

August 26, 2014 | Staff Report | Education


Mrs. Bonnie M. Tingler

Mrs. Bonnie M. Tingler, of Covington, passed away Friday, August 22, 2014, at the age of 87. She was born in Ronceverte, West Virginia to the late Russell and Emma M. Morgan. Mrs. Tingler was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Covington and was an avid BINGO player at the Covington ELKS Club and Conyers American Legion. She was preceded in death by her husband, Arnold Tingler.

August 26, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


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Jaguars split with Cleveland State

By Rocky Merritt

March 12, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Eastside wrestling announces summer league

The Eastside High wrestling program has announced the 2008 summer league, which will be at 5:30 p.m. on Thursdays beginning May 29 at Eastside High School. (The dates range from May 29, June 5, 12, 19, 26 and July 10, 17, 31.)

March 12, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives


Falcons had their shot, now Favre is long gone

It goes without saying that the world, me included, will miss Brett Favre.

March 12, 2008 | Eric McDonald | Archives


2007-08 All-County Wrestling Team

It is never an offseason for Eastside High wrestler Joel Stafford.

March 09, 2008 | Eric McDonald | Archives


Newton High tennis sweeps Lithonia

The Newton High boys and girls varsity tennis teams swept Lithonia on Thursday at home.

March 09, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives


Cox stays coy about future with the Braves

By Paul Newberry

March 09, 2008 | Associated Press | Archives


Edwards looking forward to race after week of distractions

By Mike Harris

March 09, 2008 | Associated Press | Archives


Earl May

He retired in 1989 after a successful, 45 year career in the food industry. One of his great loves was playing Santa Claus for 13 years at M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, where he brought much joy to children and adults alike. Mr. May became a resident of Covington in 1995 and in 1996, he and his wife joined the Solid Rock Baptist Church family, where he was very active in the church food bank program for a number of years.

March 09, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives


Gordon C. Smith Jr.

Gordon C. Smith Jr., 64, of Oxford, died march 6. the son of the late Gordon C. Sr., and Virginia L. Lynch Smith, he was retired from the plumbing business. Mr. Smith was a member of Macedonia Baptist Church, Pace Masonic Lodge 558 and Yaarab Shriner's Club. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, riding motorcycles and traveling to the mountains and to Florida. Mr. Smith will be remembered as a devoted husband, father, grandfather and brother.

March 09, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives


Sonya Stephenson Tuck

Sonya Stephenson Tuck of Oxford died March 8 at Newton Medical Center at the age of 45. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Social Circle, loved playing softball, cooking, bird watching, taking care of her house plants and her dog, Max. Sonya loved her fellow residents at Merryvale Assisted Living where she enjoyed being a member of the Merryvale Red Hat Society and playing Bingo. She will be remembered as a devoted wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend to many. Sonya is preceded in death by her father, Jack Lewis Stephenson Sr.; sister Tanya Stephenson Connaughton; father-in-law ...

March 09, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives


Not always what it seems

He seemed to be just another odd, eccentric old man, really. Almost every Friday, as sunset neared, the codger wearing an old, sun-bleached military cap would walk out on a long pier at Key Biscayne, Florida, carrying a full bucket of shrimp. As the sun began to settle, the man known to locals as "Old Ed" would be joined by dozens of seagulls. "Old Ed" tossed shrimp to the birds, softly speaking over and again the words, "thank you."

March 09, 2008 | Nat Harwell | Archives


Healthy, happy hearts

For five years Oak Hill Elementary School has been the top fundraising school in the county and for the American Heart Association's Hoops for Heart and Jump Rope for Heart campaigns.

March 09, 2008 | Jennifer Long | Archives


Struggle against metal theft wrought with frustration

In trying to find a way to stop the scourge of metal theft, there is plenty of frustration to go around.

March 09, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


Reservoir plans stir controversy

A public information meeting Thursday night on the county's plans to construct the Bear Creek Reservoir degenerated into personal attacks on the county attorney from audience members with a personal stake in the project.

March 09, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Social Circle offers joint land planning

At a closed meeting in October, the Social Circle City Council offered joint land use planning in any future annexations if Newton County would agree to drop its lawsuit against the city.

March 09, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


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