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Landfill Meeting Tonight

The Newton County Board of Commissioners will meet tonight, Wednesday, July 1, at 7:00 p.m. to discuss and likely vote on the Green Hill P3 proposal to lease and operate the county landfill.

July 01, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Davis named Rotary Club president

COVINGTON- The Covington Rotary Club closed out its 76th year Tuesday, handing out awards from 2014-15 and inducting its next president.

June 30, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Georgia State Patrol steps up enforcement this weekend

The July Fourth weekend is not only a chance for many people to celebrate, it is also the busiest travel period of the year. The holiday weekend is recognized as beginning Thursday at 6 p.m. and running through Sunday, July 5 at midnight, according to the Georgia Department of Public Safety.

June 30, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

AKA Chi Tau Omega chapter awards $20,000 in scholarships

COVINGTON- The Chi Tau Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated of Covington, Ga., serving Newton and Rockdale counties, awarded $20, 000 in scholarships on June 21, 2015 at Antioch AME Church in Conyers to high school students heading to various colleges and universities including HBCUs in the state of Georgia and nationwide.

June 30, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Dr. Kenneth L. Jacques

Dr. Kenneth L. Jacques of Oxford, passed away June 29, 2015, at the age of 73. He devoted his life to the ministry of his Lord. Dr. Jacques served as the pastor of Harmony Baptist Church, in Covington, for 27 years, but most recently was a member of Canaan Baptist Church. He led church services once a week, for the residents of Riverside Health Care, Merryvale Assisted Living and The Benton House. He enjoyed spending time in his flower garden, but more than anything, he cherished the time he spent with his family. Preceding him in death were his parents ...

June 29, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

Dr. Melvin Louis Conrad

Dr. Melvin Louis Conrad, 88, passed away on June 26, 2015, in Wichita, Kansas. He was preceded in death by his wife Eula Conrad (Palmer Stone Elementary School Teacher). He is survived by children Albert Conrad (Michael) of Wichita, Kansas, Celia Theiler of Charlotte, North Carolina, and Daniel Conrad (Lauree) of Cary, North Carolina.

June 29, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

Road construction restricted this weekend

The Georgia Department of Transportation is suspending construction-related lane closures on interstates and major state system highways for the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

June 29, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Our thoughts: Pension plan

The Covington City Council made a smart move last week when it voted to back off a hastily conceived plan to change city policy on pensions as they relate to retirees who come back to work for the Covington government.

June 28, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Ruling brings same-sex marriage to Newton

The "thunderbolt" struck the nation around 11 a.m. Friday morning. For some Newton County residents the storm had been brewing for two decades, and for a local couple the ringing began at 3 p.m. – ringing of wedding bells.

June 28, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Carlton Trail sidewalk project now complete

A sidewalk stretching more than half a mile and connecting citizens living in the northwest quadrant of Covington with the rest of the city is now complete. The project ran from Geiger Street to Moore Street in Oxford.

June 27, 2015 | Staff Report | Covington

Conyers teen arrested in shooting death of Newton teen

Newton County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested multiple suspects Friday in connection with the June 22 fatal shooting of 19-year-old Malik Muschett, including Conyers resident Antoine Smith, charged with malice murder and felony murder.

June 27, 2015 | Staff Report | Covington

Donald ‘Don’ Russell Griffin

Donald Russell Griffin "Don", age 82, of Oxford, passed away Thursday, June 25, 2015. He was born November 11 1932, in Covington County, Alabama to the late Grover Cleveland and Lera Lorene Powell Griffin, the ninth of 11 children.

June 27, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

Elzie ‘Ed’ Dees

Elzie (Ed) Dees, of Oxford, passed away June 25, 2015, at the age of 85. Ed was born in Douglas. He served in the United States Air Force from 1951-1955 and was a veteran of the Korean War. He retired from Ryder Truck Lines with 44 years of service. Ed and Maxine thoroughly enjoyed spending time and being involved with their church group. Ed was also a proud and dedicated member of the Masonic Lodge for the past 51 years. He was presently a member with Pace Masonic Lodge No. 558.

June 27, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

Cheryl Lynn Harris Monis

Cheryl Lynn Harris Monis, 56 of Loganville, passed away Thursday, June 25, 2015 at home. She was born in Wilkes-Barre, PA. to the late Bill Harris and Loretta Jamison Harris. Mrs. Monis has lived in the Loganville, GA. area for over 22 years. In addition to her father, she is preceded in death by her brother Mike Harris.

June 27, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

Newton County Jail Log: June 24

Chadwick Lamont Barksdale, 42, Covington, June 23, bail jumping, back for court

June 26, 2015 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log

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Meet the Pat Patrick Big Heart Award winner

Lee Aldridge, known around Newton County for her tireless devotion to a number of worthy causes, was the first volunteer to be honored with the annual "Pat Patrick Big Heart Award" on Tuesday.

May 16, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

Oxford reviewing proposals for new city hall, police station

The Oxford Planning Commission, working under a crunched schedule, began reviewing the proposals submitted for the new Oxford City Hall/police station at their May 13 meeting in hopes of presenting a short list to the City Council by within the next week.

May 16, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives

BOE reviewing possibility of career academy

Newton County may soon get a career academy, at least that's what Kathy Garber is hoping for after she presented the Board of Education a general outline of what a career academy is.

May 16, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives

Gresham withdraws from BOE race

The saga revolving around Horace Don Gresham's political career is over, for the time being at least.

May 16, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives

Gunshots ring out at house party

Party crashers left a Newton County neighborhood riddled with bullet holes after getting into an alleged argument over a girl, but no one was injured, according to a Newton County Sheriff's Office report.

May 16, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives

Higher fuel costs could affect school field trips

Fuel prices continue to rise, causing county fuel costs to soar. According to the administrative services report, Newton County spent $194,462 in April on fuel for the systems buses. Buses traveled a combined 564,642 miles in the month while averaging 10.3 miles per gallon.

May 16, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Anyone out there?

Looking up into all the stars in a dark sky will make you ponder that age-old question, "Are we alone in the universe?"

May 16, 2008 | Jim Honeycutt | Archives

Burglaries occur on Washington Street

A Covington man was arrested Tuesday for a burglary among a string of weekend incidents along Washington Street, according to the Covington Police Department.

May 16, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives

ONLINE EXCLUSIVE Gresham withdraws

Horace Don Gresham, a candidate for the District 2 Board of Education seat, has withdrawn from the race.

May 14, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives

Change is a good thing - I promise

The ancient philosopher Heraclitus once said, "Nothing endures but change."

May 14, 2008 | Robby Byrd | Archives

Newton Rec Baseball: Braves scalp Reds, 10-4

COVINGTON - It was a beautiful day at City Pond Park for Little Leaguers to show off their talents on the diamond Saturday.

May 14, 2008 | Eric R. Wallace | Archives

Georgia: Xanadu for the peanut zealot

If heaven ain't a lot like Georgia, I bet George Washington Carver is really sulking right now.

May 14, 2008 | Len Robbins | Archives

Force of nature

By Jerry Towns

May 14, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Residents feeling economic woes

The downturn in the local economy is beginning more and more to surface in the lives of our neighbors in Newton County. With no relief in sight, what is being done or can be done for those in our community feeling the greatest effects?

May 14, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Yankees squash Braves, 14-4

COVINGTON - The Dixie Boys Yankees performed as they usually do Saturday, keeping their record spotless in a 14-4 run-rule victory over the Braves at City Pond Park.

May 14, 2008 | Eric R. Wallace | Archives

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