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Three NCSS teachers receive grants

The Newton Foundation for Educational Excellence announces the recipients of the Fall 2014 ReImagine Newton Classroom Grants.

November 25, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NHS JROTC accepting Toys for Tots

The Newton High School Marine Corps Junior ROTC program invites the students, clubs and organizations of all Newton County Schools to join it in assisting the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve with their annual Toys for Tots drive.

November 25, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Toy Ride to be held Dec. 13

The Newton County Sheriff's Office 16th annual Toy Ride will take place Saturday, Dec. 13 to help benefit local children for Christmas.

November 25, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Stolen truck chase ends in crash at used car lot

A stolen truck chase that started in DeKalb County ended with a crash in Rockdale at a used car lot Sunday morning.

November 24, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Redskins on warpath for State Title

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 ...

November 22, 2014 | Staff Report | Social Circle


Cooking with Melanie: Sweet Potato cobbler

"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.

November 22, 2014 | Staff Report | Cooking with Melanie


Light up the holidays

The Covington News, Square Perk and Mainstreet Covington are teaming up to shine a little light on the 2014 Holiday season.

November 22, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Santa comes to The News

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.

November 22, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


The real cost of Thanksgiving

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.

November 22, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Our thoughts: Congratulations Rams

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.

November 22, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Ferguson verdict

Dear editor,

November 22, 2014 | Staff Report | Letters


Obama's immigration case

Dear Newton citizens,

November 22, 2014 | Staff Report | Letters


Citizens comments

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.

November 22, 2014 | Staff Report | Letters


Satsuki Garden Club

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.

November 22, 2014 | Staff Report | LIVING


Herbert Emil Hess

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.

November 20, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


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Senior tax referendum

Dear Editor: On behalf of Newton County seniors, I would like to thank the members of our School Board and Dr. Whatley who enabled the voters of Newton county to express themselves. I would like to thank these voters, many of whom were young people, for their support. It is gratifying to know that our citizens care about their grandparents and parents and understand that they will be retired someday and can receive the benefits of this bill. Thank you very much.

February 08, 2008 | Frank J. Davis | Archives


Making a joyful sound

A collection of gospel lyrics written down over the past 20 years and stored in a "maybe one day" folder, became a dream-come-true for gospel songwriter Kay Miller, as she released her new album "By His Spirit" in September of last year.

February 08, 2008 | Coleen Capes-Jackson | Archives


City agrees to amend alcohol ordinances

At a recent work session, the Covington City Council came to an agreement that the city's ordinance should be amended to treat all establishments serving alcohol equally regardless of the type of alcohol they served.

February 06, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Porterdale landslides

In a landslide, Arline Chapman was elected to the Porterdale City Council Tuesday beating out three other candidates.

February 06, 2008 | Tyler Smith | Archives


Bail denied for man accused of killing girlfriend

Suspected murderer Rick Breedlove was denied bond Tuesday morning by Judge John Ott at the Newton County Judicial Center.

February 06, 2008 | Tyler Smith | Archives


Newton County goes with Huckabee and Obama

Newton County Democrats voted overwhelming in favor of Barack Obama Tuesday night in the presidential primary while Mike Huckabee carried the county's Republican vote.

February 06, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Hoops: Newton at Salem

CONYERS - Looking more like the walking wounded of a M*A*S*H unit instead of a basketball team, the Newton boys nonetheless held on for a hard fought 51-49 victory over Salem on Saturday night.

February 06, 2008 | Bill Dolan | Archives


Remembering the past using influences on Newton sports

Over the years, I'll have to admit that I have grown disenchanted by how black Americans celebrate Black History Month.

February 06, 2008 | Eric McDonald | Archives


Indian Creek wrestling wins New Rock League title

The Indian Creek wrestling squad tallied 143 points last weekend to win the 2007-08 New Rock League Individual Championship.

February 06, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives


Jaguars open stadium with three losses

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.

February 06, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives


Living for the moment

Journalists live for high-stress, late-breaking moments.

February 06, 2008 | Robby Byrd | Archives


In defense of the Rev. Clara Lett

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.

February 06, 2008 | Pierce L. Cline | Archives


Bear Creek Reservoir

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 ...

February 06, 2008 | Mary P. Patrick, | Archives


McCormick's the man

 Leonard McCormick, fifth grade teacher at Ficquett Elementary School, has taught his entire 17-year career at the school.

February 06, 2008 | Jennifer Long | Archives


Charles (Buddy) Bruce

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.

February 06, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


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