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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


Conyers women arrested for drug smuggling into Augusta prison

Two Rockdale County citizens are in custody and facing felony charges after being linked to a drug-related investigation that involved narcotics being transported into a state prison.

August 25, 2014 | Martin Rand, III | LOCAL


Letter to Editor

The Center for Community Preservation and Planning, commonly referred to as the Center, is a non-governmental organization which came into being shortly after the turn of the century. It was originally funded by a local private non-profit foundation, which also owned a large tract of land in what is generally referred to as the Brick Store Community at Ga. 11 and Hwy. 278.

August 23, 2014 | Staff Report | Letters


Milwood concert raises $2K in scholarships

Two Porterdale students attending the Newton County Career Academy will each receive $1,000 for their education beyond high school, thanks to the joint efforts of CARE, Shane Millwood, Josh Millwood, Li'l Bit Country Band, and the Lundsford Family.

August 23, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Harris wants all Georgians to thrive

Patsy Harris of Morgan County has her campaign for Georgia House District 112 in full swing, now that her opponent in the November general election has been chosen by the Republican Party run-off.

August 23, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


'Hero' chief proves CPR works

Newton County Fire Chief Kevin O'Brien, like all firefighters, justly advocates for public CPR training.

August 23, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Ga. Farm Bureau accepting entries for hay contest & hay directory

Georgia Farm Bureau (GFB) members who grow Bermuda grass hay are encouraged to enter the GFB 2014 Quality Hay Contest. Hay entered in the contest will be tested at the University of Georgia Testing Lab using the Relative Forage Quality (RFQ) Test, which predicts fiber digestibility and likely animal intake of hay.

August 23, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Good decisions made for 2050

We believe Tuesday's Board of Commissioners meeting was the most critical in recent memory, and we applaud the commissioners for their efforts.

August 21, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Alcovy High to host college fair

High school students in the Newton County School System are invited to attend a PROBE College Fair at Alcovy High School Wednesday, September 10 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the school commons area.

August 21, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Biscuit time

Commuters driving through Jersey on their way to Social Circle and Covington will have a reason to stop for a bit once The Biscuit Factory begins serving breakfast sandwiches.

February 27, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Stanley Walker Harris

Stanley Walker Harris, 61, lifelong resident of Newton County and president of Walker Harris Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep since 1969, died Feb. 23. He was a 1965 graduate of Newton County High School, where he was a member of the basketball team which won the State Championship and was selected as an All-State Basketball Player. Mr. Harris also played basketball at Middle Georgia College for two years before graduating in 1967. He was a 1969 graduate of the University of Georgia. Mr. Harris was a member and former president of the Covington Rotary Club, a past member of the Board of Trustees of ...

February 27, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Tony McClure

Donald Anthony "Tony" McClure, 66, of Paducah, Ky., died Feb. 23 at Cox Dunbar Family Car Home. Mr. McClure was a native of Covington and a graduate of the University of Georgia. He was a member of Lone Oak First Baptist Church. Mr. McClure was a Duke of Paducah, a Kentucky colonel and a professor at Paducah Community College from 1974 to 2000. While at Paducah Community College, he served as athletic director, girls and boys basketball coach and was named Men's Basketball Coach of the Year in the Seventh Region in 1986. He was preceded in death by ...

February 27, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Robert McCormick Smith Sr.

Mr. Robert McCormick Smith Sr. of Covington died Feb. 22 at Rockdale Medical Center. The son of the late Winton Bradley Smith and Minnie Godard Smith, he was born in 1938 in Fulton County. Mr. Smith was a longtime resident of Conyers and a self-employed truck driver, a job he enjoyed. He was a member of Salem United Methodist Church and was a Mason and Shriner. He was preceded in death by parents and son Robert McCormick Smith Jr.

February 27, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Waymon Lee Stapp Sr.

Waymon Lee Stapp Sr., 57, of Covington, died Feb. 24. A lifelong resident of Newton County, he was a self-employed carpenter for over 40 years and a man who enjoyed life's simple pleasures. Mr. Stapp enjoyed fishing, watching wrestling, yard

February 27, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Local business leader Harris dead at age 61

Remembered for his leadership and keen sense of sportsmanship, Stanley Walker Harris, former president of Walker Harris Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep, died Saturday at the age of 61 after a battle with cancer.

February 27, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Dynamite discovered in with scrap metal

A local scrap metal yard got more bang for their buck than they expected on Monday.

February 27, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


A true Cinderella story

Cinderella was the belle of the ball with a little help from a few dedicated volunteers.

February 27, 2008 | Jennifer Long | Archives


Girl whips out butcher knife in middle school fight

Three middle-school-aged Covington girls were charged in a fight where one girl wielded a butcher knife, according to a report from the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

February 27, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


No split for Alcovy Judicial Circuit

It now appears likely that rather than split the Alcovy Judicial Circuit, Gov. Sonny Perdue will approve a fifth judge for the circuit instead.

February 27, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Newton Knights win first tournament

MCDONOUGH - The Newton Knights, a newly organized 11 and under travel baseball team, were crowned champions Sunday during the first annual USSSA "Let's Get It Started"11 U AA boy's baseball tournament at Heritage Park.

February 27, 2008 | Alan Howard | Archives


Edwards wins duel in Auto Club 500

By Mike Harris

February 27, 2008 | Associated Press | Archives


Wrestling: Eastside captures state title

DULUTH - After a disappointing finish at the Class AAAA State Duel Tournament last month in Macon and finishing as state tradition runners-up the year before, Eastside finally captured Newton County's first-ever traditional state wrestling title.

February 27, 2008 | Eric McDonald | Archives


Doin' the mess around

The music of Ray Charles, a favorite son of Georgia, reached a younger generation with the 2004 film release of "Ray" starring Jaime Foxx.

February 24, 2008 | Jennifer Long | Archives


Beautiful feet

A celebration of culture and heritage was the goal of the first-ever Newton African-American History Festival held on Saturday.

February 24, 2008 | Robby Byrd | Archives


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