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Letter: Can We Trust the Board of Commissioners with a New SPLOST?

To the editor:

February 19, 2017 | Staff Report | Letters


Sand mandala on display at Oxford College

Seven monk artists from the Drepung Loseling Monastery in Atlanta will construct a sand mandala painting in the Oxford College Library over the course of ...

February 19, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


Newton County reservoir full

Following a fall of light rain and a summer of hotter-than-average conditions, Lake Varner is full (701 feet above sea level) as of Thursday, Feb ...

February 18, 2017 | Staff Report | County


Colleen Suzanne Burton

Colleen Suzanne Burton lost her life suddenly on Feb. 9, 2017 in Covington. She was predeceased by her husband Patrick Burton and beloved maternal grandparents ...

February 17, 2017 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


NCSO Explorers take home 2nd

The Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) Explorers received second place at the Boy Scouts of America "Winterfest" competition held in Gatlinburg, Tennessee Feb. 11.

February 17, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL


A.D. Walker

A.D. Walker, of Covington, passed away Feb. 15, 2017, at the age of 83. Mr. Walker went on active duty for the Army in ...

February 17, 2017 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


NCSS, Kiwanis Club of Covington announce 2017 STAR Students, STAR Teachers

Staff Reports

February 16, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


Historic Partnership Announced between Georgia Piedmont Technical College, Clark Atlanta University

Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) and Clark Atlanta University (CAU) have agreed to launch a historic partnership to expand postsecondary educational opportunities, strengthen academic rigor ...

February 16, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


Additional advisers help keep students on track

Students at Georgia State University's Perimeter College are receiving added attention, thanks to the hiring of 30 new academic advisers.

February 16, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


Newton County celebrates 2017 National FFA Week, Feb. 12-18

Each of the FFA Chapters in Newton County will celebrate National FFA Week, Feb. 18-25. This year's theme is Transform Purpose to Action, and ...

February 16, 2017 | Staff Report | Agriculture


NCSO recognizes promotions

The Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) recently promoted two employees; Deputy Jacob Rice and Deputy Steve Walden were both promoted to the rank of ...

February 16, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County Jail Log: Feb. 15

Michael Bernard Allen, 50, Ellenwood, Feb. 13, child support default, contempt of court, probation violation

February 16, 2017 | Staff Report | Crime


UPDATE: Victims identified in Feb. 9 possible murder-suicide

UPDATE Feb. 15, 1 p.m.: Newton County Coroner Tommy Davis has released the identities of the victims from the possible murder-suicide Feb. 9.

February 15, 2017 | Staff Report | Crime


Law Enforcement Academy tries to bridge communication gap

The Law Enforcement Academy (LEA) of Georgia Piedmont Technical College(GPTC) hosted its second week-long session designed to train working police officers in the art ...

February 15, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


Geraldine Mills

Geraldine Mills, of Covington, passed away Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017 at the age of 77 in the presence of her loved ones. Mrs. Mills was ...

February 15, 2017 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


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SACS review team names NCSS a quality school system

After a weeklong review of the entire Newton County School System, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI) named the district a "quality" school system Wednesday.

August 29, 2008 | Jennifer Long | Archives


Rep. Marshall to visit site of Chimney Park to discuss No Child Left Inside

Congressman Jim Marshall will be visiting Newton County next Tuesday to talk about No Child Left Inside, proposed legislation that if passed, may provide funding for more environmental education and projects such as Chimney Park.

August 29, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Gaithers' movie delayed due to possible actors' strike

Plans to film a movie at Gaithers Plantation have been put on hold until the spring due to fears of a possible actors' strike, according to the film's director.

August 29, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Kayaker rescued from Yellow River

 Newton County and Porterdale Fire units rescued a kayaker Tuesday evening after stronger than normal waters ripped away his boat, leaving him stranded on a rock in the Yellow River.

August 29, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


Flying high again

Eastside football coach Rick Hurst's game plan coming into the season was simple, spread the ball around and play solid defense. That's just what the Eagles did as they shutout Harris County 28-0 to kickoff the football season Thursday at Sharp Stadium.

August 29, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives


Johnny's Pizza supports local teams

Michael and Suzanne McLean, owners of the new Johnny's Pizza restaurant on Ga. Highway 36 are into more than just providing Newton County with a great new place to dine.

August 29, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives


Eastside wins tri-match, Alcovy picks up first win

Cross-town rivals Newton and Eastside got together on the volleyball court Tuesday for the first time in 2008 to decide early season bragging rights.

August 28, 2008 | Brian Harper | Archives


Armed robbers' image released

Covington police are offering a reward for any information leading to the arrest of three young men who allegedly robbed a Covington loan business at gunpoint Monday afternoon.

August 27, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


Her garden grows

When Belinda Duckett's daughter was born with congenial myopathy, a rare degenerative muscle disorder, doctors told her she would likely suffer throughout a short life.

August 27, 2008 | Jennifer Long | Archives


Training people for the open road

For those interested in or considering pursuing a career in trucking, a school for them has just opened in Covington.

August 27, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Copper metal thefts plague county

Copper thieves have been ravaging the county of late, striking at homes, businesses and public utilities alike.

August 27, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


Perennial pleasures: cake, biscuits and tomatoes

I hope Sewell United Methodist Church decides to make a cookbook. I will be the first to buy a copy, but until then I am hoping for a church picnic. Enjoy two more wonderful recipes from mystery cooks who belong to Sewell United Methodist Church.

August 27, 2008 | Christina Benton | Archives


Rosie Bailey

Mrs. Rosie Bailey, 93, a lifelong resident of Newton County, died Aug. 24. The daughter of the late John and Alice Rogers Daniel, she was born in 1914. Mrs. Bailey retired from Bibb Manufacturing Co. and worked for the city of Porterdale as the city clerk. She was a member of Gateway Community Church and attended Porterdale Presbyterian Church and was a past Worthy Matron of the Order of Eastern Star. Mrs. Bailey enjoyed baking cakes at Christmas and sharing them with family and friends. She was preceded in death by husband Leroy Bailey.

August 27, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Geneva Kitchens Hamlin

Geneva Kitchens Hamlin, 74, of Stark Community of Butts County, died Aug. 24 at Sacred Journey Hospice, McDonough. The daughter of the late Marvin and Addonna Coady Kitchens, she was born in Newton County in 1934. She was preceded in death in 2006 by her husband of 49 years Robert Barron Hamlin. Mrs. Hamlin had been a nurse at the Children's Hospital, Greenville, S.C., the Scottish Rite Hospital in Decatur and the Griffin GA Hospital. She was a member of Macedonia Baptist Church.

August 27, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Harry Welborn Pitts

Mr. Harry Welborn Pitts died Aug. 19 in Newton County. The son of Mrs. Emmis Henderson Pitts and the late Mr. Hollis Pitts Sr., he was born in 1950 in Newton County. He was preceded in death by sister May Blanche Pitts and brother Hollis Pitts Jr. He was educated in the Newton County School System. Mr. Pitts was taught masonary skills by his uncle Willie Henderson. A hard worker, he worked for his uncle for many years. Mr. Pitts was a loving and caring person who loved listening to music and talking with friends and family.

August 27, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


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