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Changing the CULTURE

On Friday night, the Alcovy Tigers basketball team welcomed South Gwinnett to town. Going into the game, Alcovy was looking to get its first win of the season. Despite Alcovy playing with outstanding effort, once against they came up short, losing 64-54.

December 20, 2014 | Javon Dickerson | Alcovy

Cooking with Melanie: Eggnog and eggnog poundcake


December 19, 2014 | Staff Report | LIVING

A before-New-Years Netflix resolution

2015 is coming. With that will come a bunch of New Years resolutions – from people that will never fulfill them – like, "I'm going to lose weight" or "I'm gonna start going to church" and of course "I'm going to stay single" as if it takes a new year to start the process, but I digress. What you should really focus on is all of the really good movies that are leaving Netflix after December.

December 19, 2014 | Staff Report | LIVING

Covington student makes Academic Achievement list at GSSU

Karen Morris, a resident of Covington, made the Fall 2014 Academic Achievement List at Georgia Southwestern State University and was among 468 students recognized for scholastic achievement.

December 19, 2014 | Staff Report | Education

How to find the right school fundraiser for you

The school year is in full swing, and parents of school-aged kids have no doubt been involved in at least one fundraiser already. Fundraisers help schools raise money for supplies or special activities that may not have been included in the budgets established by the local school district.

December 19, 2014 | Staff Report | Education

West Newton Elementary School removed from state focus school list

The Georgia Department of Education announced on Dec. 18 that West Newton Elementary School has been removed from the list of State Focus Schools after successfully decreasing the number of students not proficient by 18 percent. Overall, 38 schools were named from either the Priority or Focus Schools lists.

December 19, 2014 | Staff Report | Education

Rainbow to distribute 40,000 lbs of food

Update 12/18/2014: Due to inclement weather, the event will be postponed to next Saturday, Dec. 27 at the same time.

December 16, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Annie Laura Conner Darby Chesnut

Annie Laura Conner Darby Chesnut was born Jan. 18, 1918 in Morgan County to Emory E. and Beverly L. Blasingame Conner. She was first married to Olin Lemuel Darby who died in 1945 leaving her with a 5-year-old son and expecting a second son in October. She remained a widow and sole support of her children until 1950 when she married Charles Stewart (Chink) Chesnut. They moved to Chesnut Farm on Chesnut Road where their son Charles was born. She resided there until Chink died and her health declined.

December 16, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS

First F-150 in Georgia goes to Covington resident

The first 2015 Ford F-150 sold in Georgia will be driven in Covington, as Newton County resident Mike Poole made the purchase at Covington Ford.

December 16, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Alcovy UMC hosts Giving Tree

Alcovy United Methodist Church is working with the Salvation Army's Toy Drive for the third year, and helped supply toys to those who might otherwise not have anything for Christmas.

December 16, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Lady Tigers advance to 1-1 in region play

The Lady Tigers of Alcovy got their first win in region 2-AAAAAA this season on Friday evening. It wasn't an easy one by any means, as the Lady Wildcats of Lovejoy gave them all they could handle. But, Alcovy fought it out, and displayed some toughness with a 51-46 win over Lovejoy.

December 13, 2014 | Javon Dickerson | Alcovy

History for Henderson

J.C. Henderson officially became the longest-serving commissioner in Newton County history.

December 13, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Newton County Jail Log

Christopher Rogeli Medrano, 23, Covington, Nov 19, Violate Family Violence Order

December 13, 2014 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log

Our thoughts: The spirit

It's hard to believe that we have less than two weeks left until Christmas day … after all we been reminded that it was coming since August at many places.

December 13, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Engagement: Kali Bell and Christopher Powell

Ms. Jurlean Bell of Covington is proud to announce the upcoming marriage of her daughter Kali Bell, to Christopher Powell, son of Ms. Norma Lewis of Stone Mountain. The wedding will take place Saturday, March 28, 2015 at The Church at Covington in Oxford.

December 13, 2014 | Staff Report | Engagements

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County lawsuit still considered active

Until such time as the Newton County Board of Commissioners receives official word from the county attorney's office, the county's lawsuit against the city of Social Circle is still considered to be active.

March 28, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

Responding to religious skepticism

 Suppose on Monday you went happily to work, still humming "Christ the Lord is Risen Today, alleluia!" And a coworker hears you and says, "What are you so happy about? The resurrection of Jesus is malarkey. It is just a story invented to sell Bibles."

March 28, 2008 | John Donaldson | Archives

Making a full circle

Brenda Wharton, sixth grade math teacher at Veterans Memorial Middle School, started her career in education as an assistant teacher in an advanced high school math classroom.

March 26, 2008 | Jennifer Long | Archives

4,000 to remember

The war in Iraq reached a major and disturbing milestone on Sunday with the death of the 4,000th coalition soldier.

March 26, 2008 | Robby Byrd | Archives

Sounds fishy to me

In the news recently is a story about how the state Department of Natural Resources decided to "outsource" the state's hunting and fishing licensing and boating registration.

March 26, 2008 | Len Robbins | Archives

Blossoming downtown

The Potting Shed - a unique local nursery that sells custom-designed mixed planters - has changed locations, moving to the heart of historic Covington on Floyd Street.

March 26, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

Cecil G. Brown Sr.

Mr. Cecil G. Brown Sr., 75, of Covington, died March 21. The son of the late John Martin Sr. and Maggie Fambrough Brown, he was born in Walton County and had been a resident of Covington for over 50 years. He graduated from Morgan County High School, attended the University of Georgia and was a musician recording in Nashville, Tenn., and Atlanta. Mr. Brown owned and operated Green Hill Nursery from 1967 to 2002 and was former president of Georgia Nurserymen Association. A very active member of Covington First United Church, he was a member of the Chancel Choir and ...

March 26, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Jeff Caldwell

Jeff Caldwell, 28, of Covington, died March 20. He had been a resident of Covington for 24 years and was a self-employed electrician for 10 years. Mr. Caldwell was a member of Passion Community Church where he enjoyed playing softball on the church team and operated the sound board for worship services. He loved music, singing and animals.

March 26, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Montine Ellington

Mrs. Montine K. Ellington, 88, of Oxford, died March 22 at Abbey Hospice, Social Circle. The daughter of the late Robert and Eula Steele Kitchens, she was born in Newton County and was the widow of Jesse Harold Ellington. Mrs. Ellington was a member of Covington First Baptist Church. She enjoyed cooking, gardening and baking tea cakes and was an avid Braves baseball fan.

March 26, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Kevin Lee Poe

Mr. Kevin Lee Poe, 36, of Conyers, died at his home March 24. The son of James and Kay Poe, he was born in 1971 in Sumter County, S.C. He was self-employed in the construction industry. Mr. Poe was a loving son, father and brother. He attended First Baptist Church in Conyers.

March 26, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Jeanne Lillian Sikes

Jeanne Lillian Sikes, 67, of Social Circle, formerly of London, England, died March 24 at Abbey Hospice. Mrs. Sikes is preceded in death by husband Howard Sikes and brother Derek Eagleton.

March 26, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Luther "Butch" Stephenson

Mr. Luther "Butch" Stephenson, 47, of Porterdale, died March 21. The son of Robert Leslie English and Betty Brewer English, he was born in Fulton County in 1961. Mr. Stephenson moved to the area four years ago from Atlanta. He was a self-employed handy man and loved fishing and swimming. He attended church at Family Worship Center, Covington.

March 26, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Black Easter march commemorated

The third annual commemoration of the 1970 Black Easter civil rights march on the Covington square was filled with speeches reminding attendees that the fight for racial equality is not over.

March 26, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

Spring weekend

Cherry Blossom Festival

March 26, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives

Charges against local minister dropped in court

Charges against the Rev. Clara Lett stemming from a fight with a resident at the Rainbow Community Center homeless shelter earlier this year were dismissed last Wednesday in Newton County Magistrate Court.

March 26, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives

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