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The Social Circle High School Varsity Wrestling team coached by Randy Prater is on the warpath for a state title this year. The Redskins have five returning state placers on the team from last year's lineup. Senior Aaron Forrester (3X state placer) finishing third last year at 152, Junior Reid Harris (2X state placer) finished second at 120, Junior David Engstrom placed third at 145, Sophomore Stevie Howard third at 113, and Sophomore Cade Lackey returning State Champion at 132. You would think that Social Circle would be down this year after graduating 10 seniors last year (which included ...
"My Daddy loved his Grandmother's sweet potato cobbler. He mentioned many times how he would love to have one like she made. So my sister Emily and I set out to make it for him! After researching recipes, calculating ingredients, and many trials we finally came up with a recipe for Sweet Potato Cobbler. My Daddy was so excited and he loves our cobbler. Even though I never met my Great- Grandmother Smith, it is really cool to bring back and share her memories with my Daddy.
The Covington News, Square Perk and Mainstreet Covington are teaming up to shine a little light on the 2014 Holiday season.
Santa's elves are busy stocking his sleigh for his global flight, but Jolly Old St. Nicholas himself will take some time at The Covington News before Christmas Eve.
MACON, Ga. – The national average cost of a traditional Thanksgiving dinner for 10 increased less than 1 percent this year from last, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation's (AFBF) 29th Annual Thanksgiving Dinner Price Survey. The informal survey, conducted from Oct. 31 to Nov. 12 by 179 volunteer shoppers from 35 states, shows the national retail cost of menu items for a classic Thanksgiving dinner is $49.41, a 37-cent price increase from last year's average of $49.04. That makes the cost per person $4.94, less than the cost of most fast-food meals.
We are taking the advice of Newton football announcer Bill Dolan when he says "Ram fans get on your feet," and we urge the rest of Newton County to do the same.
Dear Newton citizens,
Those who follow and attend BOC meetings deplore the vote of Nov. 18th to move citizen comments to the end of each meeting. That means the commissioners won't hear from the public until after votes are taken on agenda items. This clearly says the majority of the BOC doesn't care what citizens have to say or think. But wait until the next election. Listen now or listen then.
The members of the Satsuki Garden Club were busy during their November meeting at the Newton County Library. Alisha Reynolds from A Bouquet by Betty gave the program on Autumn Arrangements, and pine gardens. After the program, member design flower arrangements for The Benton house that we do every November.
Herbert Emil Hess, 75, of Jersey, formerly of Kedulen, Germany, passed away November 17, 2014. Mr. Hess was preceded in death by his parents, Albert J. and Lina (Haase) Hess, and brother, Walter A. Hess.
The Newton County Board of Commissioners voted 4-1 in favor of a new, 150-foot cell tower at 10816 Old Atlanta Highway Tuesday evening.
Little Miss Dahlia Jo Minton, age 5, of Jackson, passed away Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at her residence surrounded by her loving family. She was born on Wednesday, January 7, 2009 in Riverdale. Dahlia attended Rock Springs Church and Jackson Presbyterian Church. A sweet, joyful child, she loved to make friends, sing, dance, and laugh.
William Bruce Henderson passed away Monday, November 17, 2014. Bill was born in Athens, Alabama to the late Merle and James Henderson. He is preceded in death by six siblings.
Over the years, I'll have to admit that I have grown disenchanted by how black Americans celebrate Black History Month.
The Indian Creek wrestling squad tallied 143 points last weekend to win the 2007-08 New Rock League Individual Championship.
COVINGTON - From the Georgia Perimeter College point of view, there were a few missing items from the historic unveiling of its impressive new baseball stadium over the weekend - permanent bleachers, a permanent sound system and a victory on the diamond.
Journalists live for high-stress, late-breaking moments.
Dear Editor: This is a letter to the "New People" of Newton County from those who have lived in and observed our community for decades. This is a letter that must be written about the Rev. Clara Lett and the Rainbow Covenant Ministry.
Dear Editor: In reference to your article on Feb. 3 "Bear Creek Reservoir Back On Track," it would be very interesting to question Scott Cole as to how the deal with Jasper County fell through for "political reasons." Jasper County citizens were not enthusiastic about the "deal" because we, Jasper citizens, were to help pay for 25 percent of a reservoir (Bear Creek) that didn't exist and wasn't permitted, starting in 2004. At that time Jasper was to pay 25 percent of all the cost that Newton County SAID they had incurred, including land acquisition, over the past ...
Leonard McCormick, fifth grade teacher at Ficquett Elementary School, has taught his entire 17-year career at the school.
Charles (Buddy) Bruce, 65, of Covington, died Feb. 4. The son of the late James and Allie Ruth Polk Bruce, he was a life-long resident of Newton County and was of the Baptist faith. Mr. Bruce was employed by Tom Bruce Grading and enjoyed cutting wood and working on lawnmowers, trucks and cars. He enjoyed driving, loved animals and dearly loved his family. Mr. Bruce was preceded in death by sister Nellie Furguson and brothers Virlyn Bruce, Jimmy Bruce and Tim Bruce.
Mr. Buck Vine "Sam' Hardeman died Jan. 31 at DeKalb Medical Center. The son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Johnny (Ollie Thompson) Hardeman, he was born in 1940 in Newton County. He joined Early Hope Baptist Church at an early age, attended public schools and retired from Burch Lowe. He then began his own career in roofing. He and first wife Annette Belcher had 10 children; he and second wife Brenda Harris shared three children. Mr. Hardeman was a devoted father and was known for his humorous acts and story telling. He was preceded in death by siblings Margaret ...
Mr. David Lee Dukes Jordan died Jan. 29. The son of the late Mr. Cleveland Dukes and Mrs. Maravine Fretwell and stepson of Mr. Roland Fretwell, he was born in Newton County.
Mrs. Dorothy "Dot" Ann Newton, 84, of Covington, died Feb. 2. The daughter of the late John William and Lula Mae McNabb Cagle, she was born in 1923 in Atlanta. She was of the Methodist faith and formerly lived in Forest Park before moving to Covington 18 years ago. She was preceded in death by husband Marshall Earl Newton.
Milton Hillard Shirley, 63, of Monticello, died Feb. 5 at his residence. Mr. Shirley was born in Oconee County, S.C., where he lived until the age of 14. After leaving South Carolina, he lived in Florida until moving to Jasper County over 40 years ago. His parents were the late Jesse Shirley and Ruby Burton Shirley. After 34 years, Mr. Shirley retired from the Hercules Plant in Covington. He was preceded in death by three brothers and three sisters.
Mrs. Ida Neal Terrell died Jan. 26. The daughter of the late Mrs. Izola Gaither Williams, she was born in Mansfield. At an early age she joined Jerusalem which is now Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church, Mansfield. She loved going to the Newton County Senior Service, where she had many friends. She enjoyed all kinds of activities and traveling. She was a woman of wisdom and knowledge. Everyone she met loved her. Mrs. Terrell was preceded in death by husband Mr. Gabe (Tot) Terrell; son Mr. Grady Terrell, two sisters and two brothers.
Two armed men reportedly robbed a Waffle House and three people early Wednesday morning.
COVINGTON - As the Newton High boys fight for a playoff spot and the Lady Rams fight for their pride, both would fall short against M.L. King on Friday night.