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Police on lookout for Walgreens theif

Covington police have issued a be on the look out for a white male who robbed the Walgreens at 3188 Hwy. 278 Thursday.

April 24, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Willie Mae Barr Greenwood

Willie Mae Barr Greenwood 91, of Mansfield passed away April 22, 2015 at The Retreat in Monticello. She was born in Monticello, Ga to the late Johnnie and Mammie E. Barr. Willie Mae was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years Adolph Greenwood, and several brothers and sisters.

April 24, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Chamber golf tournament

The Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce held its annual golf tournament Thursday with a beautiful day of golf at Ashton Hills Golf Course.

April 23, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Airport Road remains closed

The rainy and windy conditions from this past weekend are still causing problems for Newton County residents.

April 22, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Haler leaving Porterdale for Conyers

Porterdale Main Street Director Terri Haler will be leaving her post to be the new tourism director for the city of Conyers.

April 22, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Mr. Michael Eugene Luna

Mr. Michael Eugene Luna, 49 of Social Circle, went to be with his heavenly Father April 17, 2015 at Newton Medical Center. Michael was born in Birmingham, Alabama on November 22, 1965. He is preceded in death by his grandparent's Posey Luna and C.L. and Julie Mullenix and brother Timothy Luna.

April 22, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


$9.5 million coming to FFA/FCCLA Center

The Georgia FFA/FCCLA Center in Newton County will receive an infusion of funds, with $9.5 million in additional grand funds in the fiscal year 2016 state budget to construct new buildings.

April 21, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County Jail Log; Apr. 15

Quintarus Antonio Aikens, Covington, Apr 11, Probation Violation

April 20, 2015 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log


Tornado watch issued until 8 p.m.

A tornado watch is in effect for Newton, Rockdale and surrounding counties until 8 p.m. Monday.

April 20, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Hazel Haggard Cordell

Hazel Haggard Cordell, of Covington, passed away April 19, 2015, at the age of 89. Born to Charles and Willie Mae (Parks) Haggard, Hazel attended school in Porterdale. She lived next door to the school and could run home at recess time to get fresh baked sweet potatoes, one for the teacher and one for herself. This was a happy time for her. An employee of Scientific Atlanta, she wired the first printed circuit board ever to be wired in Atlanta. She was preceded in death by her children, John Robert Russell and Jackquelyn Ann Russell.

April 20, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Tornado watch ends for Rockdale, Newton

UPDATE: The tornado watch for 13 Georgia counties, including Rockdale and Newton counties, ended at 3 p.m. A tornado watch is in effect for Aiken County in the Augusta area until 4:15 p.m. According to the National Weather Service in Peachtree City, Doppler radar picked up indications of a possible tornado near Jackson, 11 miles southeast of Augusta at 3:53 p.m.

April 19, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Hazardous weather outlook remains in effect

The tornado watch for Newton, Rockdale and surrounding counties has been lifted, but a hazardous weather outlook still remains for Sunday and Sunday evening.

April 19, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Running in the rain

The wet weather didn't dampen spirits for an early morning run to benefit the Covington YMCA Saturday. Racers participated in a 10K, 5K, 1-mile fun run and Trix Tot Trot during the 14th Annual Cheerios Challenge. The event is held annually for people in the community to get out and come together, and be active during the spring time, and it also helps raise funds for YMCA's Why It Matters annual fundraising camping. The campaign is used to help families participate in Y programs that otherwise might not be able to afford it.

April 19, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Heart of a Champion

A full throated roar of victory and more than a few tears erupted as adaptive athlete Michael Mills successfully pulled a 4,000 pound Honda Pilot SUV across more than 330 feet in a wheelchair for a Guinness world record attempt on Saturday. The event, a fundraiser for the Bert's Big Adventure charity for children with terminal illnesses, was held at the Etowah Crossfit's Festivus Games in Woodstock, Ga. Mills team of family, friends, fellow adaptive athletes and supporters, identified as Team "Dirtbags," also carried the flag for non-profits such as More Heart than Scars, for adaptive athletes ...

April 18, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


CMS community based class wins 1st place

The Cousins Middle School Community Based Instruction Class received first place national and state Youth Recognition Awards at both the annual Keep America Beautiful (KAB) National Awards Dinner in Washington, D.C. and the annual Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation (KGBF) State Awards Luncheon in Atlanta. The class was nominated by Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful (KCNB) for its outstanding recycling efforts in our community.

April 18, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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USSSA baseball reclassifies Newton Knights

The Newton Knights, an 11 and under travel baseball team from Covington, was recently reclassified from AA to AAA by the United States Specialty Sports Association.

May 18, 2008 | Alan Howard | Archives


Sometimes, it's a mad, mad, mad, mad sports world

There's never a dull moment in the wide world of sports. Of course, this gives me the opportunity to digress, and at times vent, about what's happening outside our beloved community.

May 18, 2008 | Jason Murdock | Archives


Eastside High football still raising the bar

The Eastside High football squad held its annual spring scrimmage game Friday evening on the Eastside practice field with a shivering throng of enthusiastic well-wishers in attendance hoping to catch an early glimpse of the 2008 Eagles.

May 18, 2008 | Eric R. Wallace | Archives


2008 All-County Baseball Team

It's hard to match a season like the one Newton High's Kinley Bryant just finished, on and off the field.

May 18, 2008 | Jason Murdock | Archives


Mom-and-pop stores on the decline

In recent years mom-and-pop businesses, long a staple of Newton County's retail sector, have gradually declined in numbers, giving way to big-box stores and national chains.

May 18, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Project ReNeWal talks to DA

Representatives from Newton County and a domestic violence victim's assistance program met last week for the first time since the program threatened to file litigation against the county for a portion of funds collected for victim assistance.

May 18, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


Our thoughts...

When you see the word BRAG it might make you think of the military as in Fort Bragg, which is located in North Carolina.

May 18, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives


Politicial season heating up

As we move into this year's Newton County election, it is important for the voters of this county to begin thinking about the biggest issues that face our county and the candidates that are best equipped to take on those issues.

May 18, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


A question of moral turpitude

Not long ago I read, with some degree of astonishment, that an ex-convict had qualified to run for an elected office right here in our county. Having learned at least a little something in my 57 years as an American citizen, and as a Georgian, I was amazed for two reasons.

May 18, 2008 | Nat Harwell | Archives


Meet Eastside High School's top 2008 seniors

Newton County high school commencement ceremonies are less than a week away. For two extraordinary Eastside High School students, the journey is just beginning.

May 18, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives


Letters to the editor

May 18, 2008 | Horace D. Gresham | Archives


Unattended children

A mother was arrested for leaving four young children locked in a car for more than half an hour Thursday morning, according to a Covington Police Department report.

May 18, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


N.J. man denied bond in murder trial

A New Jersey man charged with murdering a Newton County resident in the county's fifth homicide was denied bond in Newton County Superior Court Thursday.

May 18, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


The great outdoors

The Georgia Department of National Resources along with the National Wild Turkey Federation held the 12th annual Outdoor Festival and J.A.K.E.S. Day Saturday at the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center in Mansfield.

May 18, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives


Woman with town ties becomes a dean at Harvard

One woman with close family ties to Newton County is proof that no matter an individual's humble beginnings, with enough hard work and determination, it's possible to achieve great things.

May 18, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


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