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Eli Murphy

Eli Murphy of Mansfield passed away July 19, 2016, at the age of 30. Eli enjoyed working on his farm, fishing and deer hunting. In ...

July 22, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

Photos from Snapping Shoals EMC Annual Roundup

The Snapping Shoals EMC Annual Roundup was held at the International Horse Park on July 21, 2016. Despite the heat, this annual event was well ...

July 21, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Former Oxford student sentenced to five years on probation

Emily Sakamoto, 21, was sentenced to five years on probation with the first two years on house arrest by Judge Samuel Ozburn, according to Assistant ...

July 18, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Faith in turbulent times

One of the largest aspects of faith and religion is not our assurance of salvation or whether we will experience paradise in the afterlife, but ...

July 17, 2016 | Chip Owens | RELIGION

Our Thoughts: A helping hand

The start of school is right around the corner and children will be returning to a setting of education and friendship.

July 17, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Five-year-old sells Lemonade to donate to Pregnancy Resource Center

At just five years old, Sadie Ozburn wanted to help. She also wanted to have a little fun, and combined both on Monday, July 4.

July 16, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

NCSS Receives a 4-Star Financial Efficiency Rating

Newton County School System (NCSS) received a 4-Star Financial Efficiency Rating from the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE). This is the first year the state ...

July 16, 2016 | Staff Report | Education

Newton County Jail Log: July 13

Raymond Dean Adkins, 49, Oxford, July 8, child support default

July 14, 2016 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log

Mrs. Sybil Tomlin Davis

Sybil Tomlin Davis, 78, of Griffin, passed away Tuesday, July 12, 2016, at Brightmoor Nursing Center in Griffin. She was born on July 18, 1937 ...

July 12, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

NCSO thanks citizens for support

In wake of the recent tragedies of the past week, the Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) has received an outpouring of support from local ...

July 12, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Mrs. Rosie Lee Strange

Mrs. Rosie Lee Strange, age 94, of Covington passed away July 10. 2016. She was born June 2, 1922 in Jersey, Georgia to her parents ...

July 11, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

Our Thoughts: Healing together

This week's editorial was one of the most difficult we have written.

July 10, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Letters from Camp: The Georgia FFA-FCCLA Center

The month of July marks a change of pace for the staff at the Georgia FFA-FCCLA Center. After the bittersweet conclusion of Summer Leadership Camp ...

July 09, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Dear Editor,

July 09, 2016 | Staff Report | Letters

Anna ‘Ruth’ Harp Crowe

Anna "Ruth" Harp Crowe, 77, of Monroe, died on July 7, 2016. She was born in Cookeville, Tennessee on July 5, 1939, to the late ...

July 09, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

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City to clear utilities for Ga. 142 widening

In order for a state road-widening project to move forward, the Covington City Council approved the removal of utilities in the path of the widening at a cost of $2.8 million at their Monday meeting.

August 20, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

Local campaign steering committee announced

The Newton County campaign steering committee for John McCain's bid to be the 44th U.S. president has been announced. At its head are many familiar names in local Republican circles.

August 20, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

Sweet and sugar-free

 After years of caring for family members who are diabetic and on dialysis, Newton County resident Norma Johnson realized all of her accumulated knowledge on appropriate healthy foods, snack items and beauty products could be put to further use. So she started Suitable's Sugarfree and More - a gift basket business specifically for people with diabetes and renal disorders.

August 20, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

Thunderous laughter

From the fake trailers and advertisements preceding the opening credits to the last hilarious scenes of a booty-dancing Tom Cruise, "Tropic Thunder" is spot on with its portrayal of the absurdity that is the big Hollywood machine.

August 20, 2008 | Tyler Smith | Archives

Luikin's star shines oh so brightly

After watching three nights of gymnastics at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, I couldn't help but feel like every other casual fan watching. No, I wasn't trying to freeze my DVR and study the facial features of the female Chinese gymnasts to determine if a couple of girls had yet to grow all of their adult teeth. Instead, I wondered if anyone had anything for the Chinese team.

August 17, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives

Play ball

The Newton Lady Rams opened their softball season Friday evening with an 8-4 victory over Salem at the Griffin Diamond Classic tournament in Griffin.

August 17, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives

Alcovy drops first two in Griffin

The Alcovy Lady Tigers had a tough start to the 2008 softball season as they dropped their first two games at the Griffin Diamond Classic tournament in Griffin on Friday.

August 17, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives

Rep. Holt calls for legislators to take course on state zoning laws

At the request of State Rep. Doug Holt, superior court judges in Georgia will be taking part in a continuing education course on state zoning laws.

August 17, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

Frank Davis

Mr. Frank Davis, 79, of Covington died Aug. 16. Son of the late Corry S. and Addie Bell Gaston Davis, he was born Feb. 10, 1929 in Newton County. Mr. Davis was raised in Jasper County, where he worked most of his life as a farmer; he loved to hunt and fish and especially enjoyed rabbit hunting. He was a lifelong member of Shiloh Baptist Church and is survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Frances and Melvin Stines of Jennings, Fla; brother and sister-in-law, Arthur and Shirley Davis of Covington; sister-in-laws, Joanne Davis Kurz of Monticello and Faye Davis of ...

August 17, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Melba C. Polk

Ms. Melba C. Polk, 88, of Covington died Aug. 16 at Park Place Nursing Home in Monroe. Daughter of the late Raymond L. and Vallie Standard Chambers, she was born in Butts County. Mrs. Polk was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She worked for more than 20 years at the Covington Wal-Mart as a greeter. She loved cooking for her family at gatherings. She loved growing tomatoes and giving them away to her family and friends, and she loved watching the Home Shopping Network. She could always find a deal. She also loved Elvis and his music and died ...

August 17, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Man tries to swallow pot when stopped

A Virginia man nearly collided head-on with a Porterdale police officer and then reportedly swallowed a large amount of marijuana before being arrested, according to a Porterdale Police Department report.

August 17, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


 Lynn Martin "Marty" Holder of Conyers announces the engagement of his daughter Rebecca Shai Holder of Social Circle to James Wayne Skelton of Monticello.

August 17, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


 Tim and Debbie Mallery of Covington announce the engagement of their daughter Jessica Mallery to Andrew Shalasky, son of Zina Shaylitsa of Covington.

August 17, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

No medals given and the parental Olympics

 My husband and I are both sleepyheads this week, thanks to staying up late every night glued to the Olympics. We're not major sports fans, so I'm not sure where this newfangled fascination comes from. I suppose it's simply the enjoyment of watching the best-of-the-best compete and conquer.

August 17, 2008 | Kari Apted | Archives

Our thoughts: Practicality over glitz

Friday's edition of The News featured a Personal Mobility Unit on the front page. The mayor and city of Covington police chief reviewed this Segway-like unit and asked questions of a representative of the company that manufactures them to discern whether this would be a valuable resource for officers to have at their disposal.

August 17, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

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