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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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Dozens obtain liquor pouring permits in July

Since the Covington City Council approved a new alcohol ordinance in June requiring restaurant/bar managers and bartenders to submit to background checks in order to serve alcohol, approximately 80 individuals have received their permits.

August 03, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Trial begins this week for man accused of murdering his wife on Halloween

Jury selection for the trial of Thomas Marlin Francis Sr., for the 2006 alleged murder of his wife in their Social Circle home begins Monday in Newton County Superior Court.

August 03, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


Teens arrested for stealing jewelry

Three Covington teenagers were arrested in connection with a string of Porterdale burglaries after being caught with stolen women's jewelry, rubber gloves and a loaded gun, according to a Porterdale Police Department report.

August 03, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


Lightning burns local homes

Lightning struck at least three houses in Newton County near Ga. Highway 81 sparking two fires within an hour of each other, keeping firefighters hopping Thursday afternoon, according to the Newton County Fire Department.

August 03, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


Social Circle approves new zoning ordinance

Social Circle's city council voted Tuesday to adopt a new version of the town's planning and zoning ordinance, which City Attorney Joe Reitman said will help ensure property values along commercial corridors are maintained and that the design of new developments are "harmonious" with the appearance of existing historical architecture.

August 03, 2008 | Jennifer Long | Archives


Kiwanis Club to be honored by PAGE

The Kiwanis Club of Covington, chartered in 1927, first held meetings in the old courthouse with 58 original members. Over that time, officers have come and gone and the surrounding community has grown exponentially.

August 03, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives


FBI makes drug arrest on Kirkland Road

Federal Bureau of Investigation agents arrested a man from a Kirkland Road residence for drug charges out of Michigan and Kentucky with the assistance of Newton County Sheriff's Office deputies Tuesday morning.

August 01, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


Inauguration a sight to behold

Cathy Cox wanted to be governor, but ended up as president.

August 01, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Archives


Newton County All Stars ready for World Series

Play ball!

August 01, 2008 | Jason Murdock | Archives


Top Achievers proves to be yet another success

By Johnnie Hardy

August 01, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Piedmont Area junior tennis takes second at state championships

The Piedmont Area Tennis Association (PATA) 14 and under beginner squad placed second Sunday during the state tournament in Macon.

August 01, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives


Between the lines

Elizabeth Sherrill's most recent book, "All The Way to Heaven," is a gripping account of her journey from atheism to a new found relationship with God in her 30s. Using honesty, humor and insight, Sherrill allows the readers to draw parallels to their own lives, to find themselves, feel her struggles and rejoice in the hope that God gives in difficult situations.

August 01, 2008 | Colleen Capes Jackson | Archives


Fishing for men's souls

On Aug. 30, the second annual Celebrate Freedom Festival will be held at the Georgia International Horse Park. Last year this event brought some 42,000 people to the park to enjoy the exciting variety of activities including live music, stunt BMX and skateboarders, a children's area and powerful messages of hope.

August 01, 2008 | John Pearrell | Archives


Christmas in July

I know, it's hotter than 95 degrees outside and I'm humming a Christmas tune. Really, just the first part of the refrain keeps playing in my head.

August 01, 2008 | Lisa Hetzel | Archives


William M. Atha

The Rev. William M. Atha died July 29. The son of the late Rev. Claude Ernest and Janie Beatrice Yancey Atha, he was born in 1925 in Winder. Raised during the Depression, the Rev. Atha served in the Merchant Marines as a petty officer from 1943 to 1945 and traveled around the world while serving his country during World War II. He returned home and married Sara Marcelle Dial of Oxford in 1947, and they had two children. The Rev. Atha's life changed when he accepted Jesus into his life. He became an ordained minister in 1952 and led ...

August 01, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


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