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Renaissance Festival celebrates 30 years

The 30th Annual Georgia Renaissance Festival runs throughout eight weekends from April 18-June 7.

March 05, 2015 | Staff Report | DIGITAL NEWSPAPER


Great American Cleanup March 28

Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful (KCNB) needs volunteers to clean up roadside litter during the Great American Cleanup, the nation's largest annual community improvement program. KCNB's kickoff event will be held at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 28 at Longhorn Steakhouse of Covington, rain or shine.

March 04, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Dr. Brown returning for NCSS Spring summit

Back by popular demand, Newton County School System (NCSS) is pleased to announce that visionary and instructional leader, Dr. Adolph Brown will return to Newton County to headline the school district's Spring Education Summit scheduled for Saturday, March 14 at Newton High School.

March 04, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


County hears landfill deal

The Board of Commissioners heard Tuesday a proposed set of agreements intended to solve the county's waste management problems, as concerned citizens pressed for more options.

March 03, 2015 | Staff Report | BOC


County hears landfill deal

The Board of Commissioners heard Tuesday a proposed set of agreements intended to solve the county's waste management problems, as concerned citizens pressed for more options.

March 03, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Walk to School Day at West Newton

West Newton Elementary School will participate in Georgia Walk to School Day on Wednesday with a 9 a.m. ribbon cutting followed by walk/bike to school encouragement activities.

March 03, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Champion for change

From the base of a rural Georgia court room, Judge Sheri Roberts carries a message across her home state and the nation: we can do a lot better by the young people served by our courts.

March 02, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Proclamation signed for Youth Art Month

Members of the Arts Program at GFWC Service Guild of Covington gathered at Covington City Hall to have Mayor Ronnie Johnston sign a Proclamation partnering the National Council for Art Education and the National Council for the Arts with Covington and Newton County schools, encouraging public support of quality student art programs.

March 02, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Donna Rogers

Donna Rogers, 63, of Covington, passed away on February 28, 2015. Donna was born in Eatonton on January 20, 1952 to the late J. D. and Katherine Rogers.

March 02, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Our thoughts: Proud of our Rams

Courage is inner power to make you fight for your very existence and trying, when you know you may lose. Courage and determination makes a fighter.

March 01, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Cold bats give Newton its third loss

Even with the winter weather we experienced this past week, spring sports are off and running in full affect. The Newton High School baseball team has already got into the middle of their non-region schedule. Due to several rain-outs, Newton had only played two games until Friday evening where they were looking to get a win over the MLK Lions. Going into the game 0-2, Newton needed this win to kick start the season, but couldn't get it done and fell 8-4 to the Lions.

March 01, 2015 | Javon Dickerson | Newton


Celebrating Black History

During its 5th Annual Black History Program Covington held a celebration, themed "A Century of Black Life, Culture & History" in the Newton County Historic Courthouse.

February 28, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man convicted of 2001 Newton County murder scheduled for execution

Brian Keith Terrell, the man convicted of killing 70-year-old John Watson in his Covington home in 1992 is scheduled to be executed March 10 at 7 p.m., Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens announced Friday.

February 27, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Ida Arbeau

Ida M. Arbeau, 83 of Oxford passed away Thursday, February 26, 2015 at Riverside Healthcare. She was born on December 11, 1931 in Clayton. to the late Cecil and Clara Mae Thompson. Ms. Arbeau loved the Lord and was a loving Mother, Grandmother and Great-Grandmother. She sewed for the church, the school system and even made costumes for the show "In the Heat of The Night". Ms. Arbeau also lovingly cared for many children in her home. She was a member and Sunday school teacher at Canaan Baptist Church for over 35 years. Everyone knew her by "Aunt Ida" or ...

February 27, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Pasta Salad Makes Weeknight Dinner Quick and Healthy

(Family Features) Now is the time for diners to transition palates to lighter and healthier meals, especially those packed with fresh, satisfying ingredients.

February 26, 2015 | Staff Report | LIVING


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County fire dept. experiences year of positive growth

Though Newton County Fire Service responded to 200 more calls in 2007 than it did in 2006, the majority of the department's calls were for emergency medical services.

March 07, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Choosing your religion

 Darryl Moore's spiritual search began over 30 years ago while growing up in Connecticut.

March 07, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


Welcome to the world of firearms

If you've never held a gun in your life, you may be the perfect candidate for the Covington Police Department's upcoming firearms class, according to instructor Sgt. Arvo Bowen.

March 07, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


Croquet showdown

The Heartland Woman's Club will host its 17th annual Cherry Blossom Charity Croquet Tournament from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 29 at the Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers.

March 05, 2008 | Jennifer Long | Archives


SHAPE Act not the answer

Our nation, and particularly our region, is home to some of the fattest people in the world. The problem is as much social as anything, especially in the south where deep fried, rich foods are as much a part of our culture as our accents. We have children at home playing video games and watching television for four or more hours a day, and schools have been limited more and more by stricter testing standards so physical education has been limited or, in some cases, all together suspended.

March 05, 2008 | Robby Byrd | Archives


Where do I turn?

Dear Editor: Many times we sit and watch our news programs or read in our daily newspaper and see stories of people going on killing rampages or even turning the gun on themselves. Today, I really feel and understand that if not for the grace of God it would have been me.

March 05, 2008 | Carletta Holland | Archives


Not even semi-good

After watching Will Ferrell ("Old School") bring his Funny or Die Comedy Tour to a packed Smith Center in North Carolina last week, I, alongside Tar Heels men's basketball coach Roy Williams and national player of the year candidate Tyler Hansbrough, was convinced that "Semi-Pro" would be more than just a semi-hit.

March 05, 2008 | Jason Murdock | Archives


"Daddy, I'm scared."

It's an oft-heard refrain come bedtime at the Robbins' abode, along with "Daddy, I'm thirsty," "Daddy, I'm hungry," "Daddy, I'm going to throw up," "Daddy, I've got to go to the bathroom," "Daddy, tell me a story," and "Daddy, I can't go to sleep at 6 o'clock."

March 05, 2008 | Len Robbins | Archives


James M. Barnett

James M. Barnett Sr., 81, of Conyers, died March 3 at Rockdale Medical Center. Born in Spalding County, Mr. Barnett retired from Ford Motor Company. He faithfully attended Conyers Apostolic Church and enjoyed working in his gardens and working on old cars and tractors. He was blessed with many children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Mr. Barnett is preceded in death by son James M. Barnett Jr. and grandson Miles Barnett.

March 05, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Sidney E. Carter

If the Grand Ole Opry were to be in Porterdale, Sidney E. Carter would have been in heaven a long time ago. Born at 33 Hazel St. in 1927, he departed this life and joined the rest of his immediate family on March 3. He was a man who loved Porterdale, and in his early years he was a delivery boy for Jack Elliott Grocery. Mr. Carter was a Porterdale Icon and was employed by Bibb Manufacturing Company for 36 years. After employment at Covington Manufacturing Company, he worked for Kroger at Newton Plaza for over 15 years. Mr. Carter ...

March 05, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Mildred W. Holmes

Mildred W. Holmes, 76, of Social Circle, died March 4 at Abbey Hospice. The daughter of the late William Franklin and Annie Barron Walker, she was born in Walton County and was a life-long resident of Social Circle and a member of First Baptist Church of Social Circle. Mrs. Holmes enjoyed yard work, house work and watching Atlanta Braves baseball. Most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her family. She is preceded in death by son David Eugene Holmes and brothers Henry Walker, J.W. Walker and Bobby Walker.

March 05, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Judy Karen Blair Lawrence

Judy Karen Blair Lawrence, 58, of Conyers, died Feb. 21. She moved to the area 15 years ago from Jasper, Ala. The daughter of Edgar Blair and Lillie Noe Blair, she was born in 1950 in Williamson, W. Va. She had worked for Geiger International as safety leader for 5 years.

March 05, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Mr. Harris Loyd

Mr. Harris Loyd, 66, of Jasper, died Feb. 25 at Piedmont Hospital, Atlanta.

March 05, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Dr. Terrell Benson Tanner

Dr. Terrell Benson Tanner of Ellijay died March 3 at home after suffering a heart attack. He was born 1932 in Clermont. He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred Homer Tanner and Alice Haynes Tanner, and his first wife Jane Davidson Tanner. Dr. Tanner grew up in Commerce and graduated from Oxford College, Emory University and Emory University School of Medicine in 1959.

March 05, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Kathleen Tarver "Kitty' Varn

Kathleen Tarver "Kitty" Varn, 77, died March 2. The daughter of Catharine Mangham Tarver and Charles Edward Tarver of Cordele, she was born in 1930 and lived most of her life in Cordele and Albany. She taught high school English and was a school counselor for the Dougherty County School System.

March 05, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


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