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Fall Festival, car show at CrossRoads

CrossRoads Baptist Church , in Social Circle, is holding its 10th Annual Community Fall Festival tonight from 6-8 p.m.

October 31, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSS graduation rates top rest of Ga.

Graduation rates, released Thursday, show the Newton County School System is four percentage points higher than the rest of the state's average.

October 30, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Brief standoff ends with kidnapping suspect in custody

A standoff with a kidnapping suspect barricaded in a Conyers motel ended peacefully after the suspect gave himself up Wednesday around 5 p.m.

October 29, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County Jail Log

Stephanie Marie Abercrombie, 36, Covington, Oct 16, Parole Violation

October 29, 2014 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log


High Museum director to step down

The High Museum of Art announced Wednesday that Michael E. Shapiro, the Museum's Nancy and Holcombe T. Green, Jr. Director since 2000, will leave the position next year, after 15 years as director.

October 29, 2014 | Staff Report | STATE


Local teen competes for Miss Georgia

Shaunice Baker, 15, of Covington will compete for the title of Miss Georgia USA 2015 on Nov. 20-2 at the Henry County Performing Arts Theatre in McDonough.

October 29, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Statewide trafficking prosecutor named

Attorney General Sam Olens announced today that he has appointed a new prosecutor, Camila Wright, who will be dedicated to the prosecution of human trafficking. As a prosecutor for the Attorney General's Office, she will have the authority to prosecute human trafficking throughout the entire state and will assist jurisdictions as they work these complex cases. In addition to handling prosecutions, Ms. Wright will conduct trainings around the state for law enforcement and oversee the Attorney General's policy agenda on human trafficking.

October 29, 2014 | Staff Report | STATE


Newton County drug court graduates

Newton County's Adult Felony Drug Court held its graduation ceremony Friday at 2 p.m. in the jury assembly room of the Newton County Judicial Center.

October 28, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Infinity Solutions acquires CompuNet

Infinity Network Solutions, Inc., a leading Information Technology services company for small to mid-sized businesses and public sector agencies, announced today the acquisition of CompuNet, Inc., a full service Networking and Internet solutions provider located in Macon, Georgia.

October 27, 2014 | Staff Report | Business


United Bank names advisory directors

United Bank President Thomas Kephart announced the addition of two local business leaders to its Covington Advisory Board. Anne Laster and Steven Kapp joined the board in their first meeting earlier in October.

October 27, 2014 | Staff Report | Business


Family court graduates three

Three citizens graduated from Parent Accountability court recently.

October 27, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Our thoughts: Dirty Politics

Throughout the generations, whenever there has been an election, there has been some form of dirty politics used to sway the voters mind.

October 25, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Letter: A misstep on Bear Creek could mean higher taxes and utility costs

Dear editor

October 25, 2014 | Staff Report | Letters


Letter: A misstep on Bear Creek could mean higher taxes and utility costs

Dear editor

October 25, 2014 | Staff Report | Letters


Holiday light contest coming

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

October 25, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Adelaide Gaither Banks

December 28, 2007 | Staff Reports | Archives


Zelma Mann Cowan

Mrs. Zelma Mann Cowan, 87, of Oxford, died Dec. 22. She was the widow of Edward F. Cowan. Mrs. Cowan was a lifelong resident of Newton County, was raised in the Starrsville community and attended the one-room schoolhouse at Starrsville. She was a member of Mt. Tabor United Methodist Church. In early years, she did volunteer work through the American Cancer Society and was a 4-H Club volunteer and was very active in the Flint Hill Home Demonstration Club. She and her husband worked side by side on their cattle and hay farm in Oxford. She was preceded in death ...

December 28, 2007 | Staff Reports | Archives


Sara Mathdile Cannon Dobbs

Mrs. Sara Mathdile Cannon Dobbs, 90, of Covington, passed away Dec. 23 at Healthfield Hospice. The daughter of the late Annie M. and William A. Cannon, she was born in Washington County. She was preceded in death by husband Chester Lee Dobbs in 1969 and son Charles Raymond Dobbs in 2000. Known as grandma and Aunt Mathdile, she enjoyed cooking and needlework.

December 28, 2007 | Staff Reports | Archives


William Nathan Driver

Mr. William Nathan Driver, 48, of Conyers, died Dec. 24. The son of Mr. Hubert Driver and Mrs. Irene Gunn Driver, he was born in 1959 in Newton County. He worked for Pratt Displays as a press helper. He was preceded in death by father Mr. Hubert Driver and brothers Leon and George Driver.

December 28, 2007 | Staff Reports | Archives


Randy Fincher

Randy Fincher, 58, of Oxford, died Dec. 23. The son of the late Morris B. Fincher, he was a native of Newton County. He was a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather and enjoyed spending time with friends, hunting, fishing and the Georgia Bulldogs.

December 28, 2007 | Staff Reports | Archives


Lillie Alberta Ashby Hale

Mrs. Lillie Alberta Ashby Hale died Dec. 24. The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.C. (Lillie) Ashby, she was born in 1944 in Newton County. Mrs. Hale, known as "Rabbit' to her brother Leon, was a graduate of Rockdale County School. She married Mr. Harry Lee Hale in 1990. Mrs. Hale was a member of Victory Tabernacle Church for more than 25 years and retired from the city of Conyers when she married.

December 28, 2007 | Staff Reports | Archives


Charlotte L. Hicks

Charlotte L. Hicks, 60, of Conyers, died Dec. 25 at Rockdale Medical Center. The daughter of the late Cordelia Brooks Adkins, she was a member of New Life Baptist Church. Mrs. Hicks enjoyed crafts, yard work - especially flower gardening, hunting and fishing. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. Mrs. Hicks was preceded in death by sisters Cathy Hoop and Betty Sue Grant.

December 28, 2007 | Staff Reports | Archives


Harley Wayne Skidmore

Harley Wayne Skidmore, 63, of Monticello, died Dec. 25. The son of the late Noah and Julie Bishop Skidmore, he was born in Harlan County, Ky. He was a self-employed sheet rock contractor. Mr. Skidmore loved playing the guitar and spending time with his children and grandchildren.

December 28, 2007 | Staff Reports | Archives


Lillie (Louise) Stone

Lillie (Louise) Stone, 84, of Covington, died Dec. 24. The daughter of the late Troy and Carrie Lloyd Mobley, she was born in Newton County. She was retired from Piedmont Molding and was a loving and devoted wife, mother and beloved grandmother.

December 28, 2007 | Staff Reports | Archives


Joyce Marion Waldrup

Mrs. Joyce Marion Waldrup, 72, a livelong resident of Conyers, died Dec. 22. The daughter of the late Ernest Lott and Auzzie Grantham Lott, she was born in 1935. She was a former member of Milstead Holiness Church. Mrs. Waldrup enjoyed crocheting and spending time with her grandchildren.

December 28, 2007 | Staff Reports | Archives


Dry winter and spring ahead, despite recent downpour

David Stooksbury, Georgia's official state climatologist, has predicted a dry winter and spring for 2008. As that is the time of year when soil moisture, groundwater and streams are recharged before the hot summer months, this will more than likely mean a continuation of the drought.

December 28, 2007 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Crime down over holiday

The Christmas holiday was rather calm for local law enforcement with only a few relatively minor incidents occurring.

December 28, 2007 | Tyler Smith | Archives


Local fire departments to build training facility

The fire departments of Newton County and the city of Covington are collaborating together on a project to construct a joint Fire Training Facility which, once constructed, should result in improved insurance ratings for both departments.

December 28, 2007 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Juvenile injured in video store scuffle Wednesday

Two juvenile boys and an adult man were involved in a brawl outside Blockbuster on Turner Lake Road Wednesday afternoon.

December 28, 2007 | Tyler Smith | Archives


Friends of Newton Parks now official

Members of Friends of Newton Parks received a welcome holiday gift this December as their application for 501(c)3 non-profit status was accepted by the office of the Georgia Secretary of State.

December 28, 2007 | Jennifer Long | Archives


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