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Our Thoughts: The heart of our community

Sadness swept through Newton County this week with the deaths of three of its citizens under the age of 25.

February 07, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Watch: Jet Rawls wins Spelling Bee

Watch our video of INdian Creek Middle School student Jet Rawls winning the Newton County School System's Spelling Bee Friday.

February 05, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


David Anthony Murphy

David Anthony Murphy, 51 of Conyers, passed away Saturday, January 30, 2016. He was born in Florence, Alabama to the late William John and Joyce ...

February 05, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITS


Damon Card

Damon Card, 22 of Savannah and Jackson, passed away on Friday, January 29, 2016, in Savannah. He was born in Decatur to Daniel and Pamela ...

February 05, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITS


Shirley S. Cody

Shirley S. Cody, 84, of Conyers passed away February 3, 2016. She was born in Newton County, August 2, 1931, to the late Ed and ...

February 05, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITS


Brenda M. Mason

Brenda M. Mason, 74, of Covington, passed away Thursday, February 4, 2016.

February 05, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITS


Kathleen Ann Holmes Collins

Kathleen Ann Holmes Collins, of Loganville, passed away February 1, 2016, at the age of 66. Daughter of Rosemary Hargrove of Oxford, she was preceded ...

February 02, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITS


Helen King

Helen King, of Porterdale, passed away February 1, 2016, at the age of 94. Mrs. King was a wonderful cook and enjoyed preparing southern food ...

February 02, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Helen Churchill

Helen Churchill age 68, of Mansfield passed away February 1, 2016. She was born January 5, 1948 in Porterdale to the late Adel Jasper and ...

February 01, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Mavis Boyd Walker

Mrs. Mavis Boyd Walker, age 73, passed away Saturday, January 30, 2016. She was born in Vina, Alabama on March 4, 1942 to the late ...

February 01, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITS


Our Thoughts: An impressive start

The scene seems familiar to so many. People approach the table in suits and in skirts with heels and hose. They then sit down, make ...

January 31, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Letter: Form of government legislation

Dear fellow Newton neighbors,

January 30, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Letter: GOP mass precinct meetings

Dear Editor,

January 30, 2016 | Staff Report | Letters


Edna Dunevant Wilson

Edna Dunevant Wilson of Covington passed away January 28, 2016, at the age of 95. Mrs. Wilson was a member of Porterdale Baptist Church where ...

January 29, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITS


Newton County Jail Log: Jan. 28

Jacob Garland Abernathy, 18, Covington, January 21, back for court

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


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James Joseph Hayes Jr.

James Joseph Hayes Jr., 42, of Covington, died Aug. 4 at Newton Medical Center. He enjoyed fishing, watching horror movies, loved music and ice cream and collected eagles. He was preceded in death by his father James Joseph Hayes Sr.

August 15, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Albert Shannon

Albert Shannon, 65, of Covington, died Aug. 13 at Rockdale Medical Center. The son of the late Herschel and Julia Powers Shannon, he lived in Newton County most of his life and recently opened Shannon Trucking Company. Mr. Shannon enjoyed working on jigsaw puzzles and going to the Music Barn and loved being with his family. A member of Living Waters Baptist Church, he attended Central Community Church. Mr. Shannon was preceded in death by his son-in-law Brent Bates.

August 15, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Beyond the sanctuary

 Oxford Baptist Church continues to serve the community as a warm, spirit-filled and focused ministry. The mission statement is three-fold: obeying God, building relationships through him that last an eternity and caring for all people.

August 15, 2008 | Colleen Capes Jackson | Archives


God's fairness

 In my last few articles I have been addressing the issue of the Christian witness. If what the Bible reveals is true, then the absolute worst thing a believer can do is succumb to the lie that religion is a private issue not to be discussed in proper company. If the Bible is true, then not to witness is, in my opinion, tantamount to criminal neglect. If it is true, there is a life after death; if it is true that we will spend that life in one of two places (heaven or hell) and if it is true that ...

August 15, 2008 | John Pearrell | Archives


Windowsill prayers

 "But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your father, who is unseen. Then your father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you," (Matt 6:6 NIV).

August 15, 2008 | Lisa Hetzel | Archives


Discovery through words

 After years of hard work teaching area adults fundamental reading skills, Newton County READS is within grasping distance of a long-standing goal - to see the county officially recognized as a Certified Literate Community.

August 15, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Town aims to condemn adjacent lot

Unable to purchase a piece of property adjacent to the Newborn Town Hall, the Newborn City Council has empowered the city attorney to proceed with condemnation of the property in order for the town to acquire it for the expansion of a public parking lot.

August 15, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Francis sentenced to life

Thomas Francis received a total sentence of life plus seven years today in Newton County Superior Court for the 2006 murder of his wife Denise Michele "Shelly" Francis.

August 14, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


Riding on success

Despite oppressive August heat, more than 1,100 cyclist joined the ranks of the Covington Century Bike Ride on Aug. 2.

August 14, 2008 | Robby Byrd | Archives


Our thoughts: Protect responsible home buyers

 Last Sunday we ran a front page story on foreclosures. If you drive through many of the newer communities in Newton County and Social Circle, you can see evidence of those foreclosures plainly in the unkempt yards and in some cases broken windows caused by vandals.

August 13, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Computers writing letters

 There ought to be a law against computers writing letters to people.

August 13, 2008 | Lewis Grizzard | Archives


No lobbyist? Grab your wallet

It's time to keep one eye on your bank account and another on our friends at the state Capitol.

August 13, 2008 | Bill Shipp | Archives


Justice served

Dear Editor:

August 13, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Thanks for the hospitality

Dear Editor:

August 13, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Frances Smith Bentley

Mrs. Frances Smith Bentley died Aug. 6. The daughter of the late Mr. Willie Nye Smith and Mrs. Nora Lillian Tuggle Smith, she was born in 1927 in Covington. She graduated from Washington Street School and taught public school for several years. Mrs. Bentley was an avid believer in education and encouraged everyone she met to stay in school. She was a fantastic homemaker and stay-at-home mother for many years. She was very resourceful and enjoyed sewing for her family. Mrs. Bentley reentered the workforce when her children were older, first at Bibb Manufacturing and later at Hercules Inc. She ...

August 13, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


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