Newton County's erosion and sediment control program has been found to be consistent with the state's minimum requirements, according to a report presented to the Newton County Board of Commissioners at their Tuesday meeting.
Trevarius Dexter White, 17, was sentenced to life plus five years in Newton County Superior Court Tuesday for his role as the shooter in the murder of Kawasikis Ricks, 29, during a 2007 botched armed robbery.
Dewey "Frank" Stone, 96, died Aug. 22. Born in Walton County to the late William Seymour and Della Rogers Stone, he was a retired water technician. Mr. Stone enjoyed gardening and fishing and was a dedicated father and loving grandfather who loved being with his family. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lillie Louise Mobley Stone.
Lois Athera Keller, 79, of Covington died Aug. 21 at the Rockdale Medical Center. Daughter of the late Loyce and Johnnie Hay Wise, she was a life-long member of Porterdale Baptist Church. An avid coffee and Coke drinker, she loved Southern gospel music and church hymns. Mrs. Keller will be remembered as a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was preceded in death by her husband, Simon Howard Keller.
Charles Kinnett, 65, of Snellville passed away Aug. 22. Born in Covington on Nov. 26, 1942, to the late Mr. Emory L. Kinnett of Covington, Mr. Kinnett retired from AT&T after 25 years of service and later worked for both Walmart and Publix. He was a member of Snellville Christian Church. His passion for life and wonderful sense of humor will live on in the hearts of his family and friends forever. To have known him was to have loved him.
Charlie Standard, 88, of Covington died Aug. 22. Daughter of the late George and Hattie Dial, she was a member of Sewell United Methodist Church and enjoyed sewing, cooking and working in her flower garden. Mrs. Standard will be remembered as a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
This week we have written about how state budget cuts would affect local agencies in Newton County. Gov. Sonny Perdue has asked all state agencies to shave 6 percent out of their FY 2009 budgets. This could result in a number of unnecessary and detrimental consequences for our public safety and health departments, local governments and judicial systems and our schools.
The Rev. William Davenport, pastor of the Corinth Missionary Baptist Church in Social Circle, extends an invitation to the community to join them Aug. 26 as part of the live audience for the International Praise the Lord service at the Trinity Broadcasting Network studio in Atlanta. Doors open at 4 p.m. and guests are asked to arrive before taping begins at 7 p.m. The service will be viewed by millions of people at home and in eight countries worldwide.