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Champion for change

From the base of a rural Georgia court room, Judge Sheri Roberts carries a message across her home state and the nation: we can do a lot better by the young people served by our courts.

March 02, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Proclamation signed for Youth Art Month

Members of the Arts Program at GFWC Service Guild of Covington gathered at Covington City Hall to have Mayor Ronnie Johnston sign a Proclamation partnering the National Council for Art Education and the National Council for the Arts with Covington and Newton County schools, encouraging public support of quality student art programs.

March 02, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Donna Rogers

Donna Rogers, 63, of Covington, passed away on February 28, 2015. Donna was born in Eatonton on January 20, 1952 to the late J. D. and Katherine Rogers.

March 02, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Our thoughts: Proud of our Rams

Courage is inner power to make you fight for your very existence and trying, when you know you may lose. Courage and determination makes a fighter.

March 01, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Cold bats give Newton its third loss

Even with the winter weather we experienced this past week, spring sports are off and running in full affect. The Newton High School baseball team has already got into the middle of their non-region schedule. Due to several rain-outs, Newton had only played two games until Friday evening where they were looking to get a win over the MLK Lions. Going into the game 0-2, Newton needed this win to kick start the season, but couldn't get it done and fell 8-4 to the Lions.

March 01, 2015 | Javon Dickerson | Newton


Celebrating Black History

During its 5th Annual Black History Program Covington held a celebration, themed "A Century of Black Life, Culture & History" in the Newton County Historic Courthouse.

February 28, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man convicted of 2001 Newton County murder scheduled for execution

Brian Keith Terrell, the man convicted of killing 70-year-old John Watson in his Covington home in 1992 is scheduled to be executed March 10 at 7 p.m., Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens announced Friday.

February 27, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Ida Arbeau

Ida M. Arbeau, 83 of Oxford passed away Thursday, February 26, 2015 at Riverside Healthcare. She was born on December 11, 1931 in Clayton. to the late Cecil and Clara Mae Thompson. Ms. Arbeau loved the Lord and was a loving Mother, Grandmother and Great-Grandmother. She sewed for the church, the school system and even made costumes for the show "In the Heat of The Night". Ms. Arbeau also lovingly cared for many children in her home. She was a member and Sunday school teacher at Canaan Baptist Church for over 35 years. Everyone knew her by "Aunt Ida" or ...

February 27, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Pasta Salad Makes Weeknight Dinner Quick and Healthy

(Family Features) Now is the time for diners to transition palates to lighter and healthier meals, especially those packed with fresh, satisfying ingredients.

February 26, 2015 | Staff Report | LIVING


What's in store for the Georgia Milestones

The word "assessment" might make students, parents and even some teachers nervous.

February 26, 2015 | Staff Report | Education


Sara Tucker

Sara Frances "Sally" Tucker, 90, of Athens, formerly of Commerce, passed away peacefully on Monday, February 23, 2015.

February 26, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Newton basketball travels to Wheeler tonight

Newton High School's elite eight matchup against Wheeler in the state basketball playoff tips off tonight at 7 p.m.

February 26, 2015 | Staff Report | Newton


Schools will be open Thursday

Newton County Schools are open Thursday after being closed for predicted inclement weather Wednesday.

February 25, 2015 | Staff Report | Covington


John Middleton

Mr. John Raymond Middleton, 62, of Winston-Salem passed away Monday, February 16, 2015 at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. He was born November 15, 1952 in Fairfax County, Virginia to George and Jimmie Weisner Middleton. John received his undergraduate degree from VCU and his Master's Degree from Wake Forest University. Formerly from Davidson County, he moved to Georgia where he worked with Service Master Corporation for 22 years. He then worked for Newton County from March 2000 as the Finance Director until his retirement in September 2014 as the County Manager. While working for Newton County, John touched ...

February 25, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Newton County Schools closed Wednesday

Newton County Schools will be closed for both students and staff Wednesday due to predicted inclement weather.

February 24, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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County, shelter wrangle over required funding

 Litigation against Newton County from a local domestic violence shelter may be pending on allegations that the county is not paying its share of funding, according to a letter sent out by the shelter's attorney.

April 20, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


Covington's pioneer of style

Bertha Goss is a fixture around Covington.

April 20, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives


The world series

I must admit that for the moment I'm weary of politics, disgusted with corporate greed, disturbed at what seems to be a complete and inborn inability for people to cohabit peacefully and play well with others, and bemused that anyone seriously thinks that having a different name on the desk in the Oval Office will do anything other than change which group of fat cat supporters gets fatter living off their candidate's largesse during the next Presidential term of office.

April 20, 2008 | Nat Harwell | Archives


Porterdale Council working together, with community

 The Porterdale City Council met for an unscheduled called work session Tuesday to discuss recent issues that have put a strain on council members.

April 20, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Catalytic converter thefts on the rise

 Thefts of catalytic converters have been on the rise in recent months, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office reports, driven in part by the rising price of the precious metals found inside.

April 20, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


Methane levels still concern residents

 After three public hearings and two Newton County Board of Commissioner meetings, residents of Lower River Road continue to raise concerns about the proposed expansion of the county landfill.

April 20, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Officer shocks self during arrest

 A traffic stop turned into a physical brawl with both defendant and officers being struck by a Taser, according to a Covington Police Department report.

April 20, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


Pauline McWilliams Cobb

Pauline A. McWilliams Cobb, 86, of Decatur, died peacefully in her sleep April 17. Mrs. Cobb was retired from Atlanta Gas Light. Mrs. Cobb's family takes great pride in being some of the first pioneers to establish DeKalb County where she was a life-long resident. She graduated from Southwest DeKalb High School in 1939 and later attended the Atlanta Business School, taking administrative classes. During World War II, she worked with the Kraft Food Company on Memorial Drive at a time when few women were in the work force. Mrs. Cobb took great pride in the preservation of her ...

April 20, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Linda Hall

Mrs. Linda Hall, 61, long-time resident of Covington, died at her home April 17. The daughter of the late Linville Venters and Helen Pass Venters, she was born in 1946 in Letcher, Ky. Mrs. Hall was a devoted and active member of the Light of Calvary Baptist Church and was the special speaker last year at the women's conference. She was also in charge of the fellowship hall. Mrs. Hall was a strong, loving wife, mother and grandmother. She is preceded in death by her parents, son Christopher Hall and brother Dale Ray Venters.

April 20, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Lois Fincher Edwards

Mrs. Lois Fincher Edwards, 90, of Covington died April 19. Daughter of the late Ambus and Elson Moss Fincher, she was born Dec. 17, 1917 in Newton County. Mrs. Edwards was a lifelong resident of Covington and a member of Red Oak United Methodist Church.

April 20, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Protecting Planet Earth

Photos by Anthony Banks.

April 20, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Store brands, meal-planning key to family grocery budget

 I was intrigued when I first heard about the Food Stamp Challenge.

April 20, 2008 | Kari Apted | Archives


Porterdale residents report water bill errors

 Residents of the Kenzi Place subdivision in Porterdale are concerned about the billing process for their water and sewage services and believe the city is not working with them to resolve their grievances.

April 20, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives


Baseball: Habersham Central at Eastside

COVINGTON - On Wednesday it was a gorgeous day for baseball at Eagle Field.

April 19, 2008 | Eric R. Wallace | Archives


Georgia State to kick off football for 2010 season

ATLANTA - Georgia State President Carl Patton announced Thursday afternoon that the university will begin football.

April 19, 2008 | Associated Press | Archives


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