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Woman arrested for meth at local hotel

A woman was arrested at Homewood Suites in Covington for possession of methamphetamine, according to the Covington Police Department (CPD).

August 29, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Woman has gun pointed at her by driver

A woman reported that a driver pointed a gun at her while she was stopped in her car, according to the Newton County Sheriff's ...

August 29, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Wade and Kerry Hood of Loganville, Georgia are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Ashley Hood to Taylor Robertson, son of Rodney and ...

August 29, 2016 | Staff Report | Engagements

Social Circle police investigate local shooting

A man was shot inside of Sycamore Grill in Social Circle early Sunday morning, according to the Social Circle Police Department.

August 28, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Our Thoughts: Embrace all of Democracy

Winston Churchill once said "Democracy is the worst form of government, except all the others."

August 28, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Have you ever thought …

How critical access to transportation can be?

August 28, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING

Letter: A Muslim in Newton County

My family moved to Newton County in 1994. In the ensuing 22 years, I have been blessed to live that time in my county, as ...

August 27, 2016 | Staff Report | Letters

Jack Lazenby

Jack Lazenby, 75, of Covington, passed away August 26, 2016. Lazenby attended Harvest Baptist Church. He retired from Air Conditioning Specialists after 37 years of ...

August 27, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

George Robert Burpee

George Robert Burpee, 84, went home to his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Saturday, August 27, 2016. Visitation will be Monday, August 29, 2016 ...

August 27, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

Jessie Coe

Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home

August 26, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

Certification awarded to Social Circle’s fire chief

On Saturday, Aug. 13 Chief Ken Zaydel and Deputy Chief James Robinson of the Social Circle Fire Department joined 21 fellow chiefs in receiving the ...

August 26, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Jean Stinchcomb Kerbow

Jean Stinchcomb Kerbow, aged 67, died peacefully in Tampa, Florida at Kindred Hospital after a hard fought battle with heart disease. Jean was born on ...

August 25, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

David Michael Wilson

David Michael "Mike" Wilson, age 64, of Covington, passed away at his home on August 17, 2016, with his wife, Bonnie, by his side. He ...

August 25, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

Ruth Hewell Shaffer

Sossoman Funeral Home

August 25, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

US 278 resurfacing resumes Sunday

The $1.27 million resurfacing of US 278/State Route (SR) 12 from Access Road to Mill Street resumes Sunday at 5 p.m. Planned ...

August 24, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

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New public safety laws

More than 400 bills passed during the 2008 General Assembly session went into effect July 1. Among the legislation were new laws regulating everything from buying wine from wineries off the internet to changes in where sex offenders can live and work to being able to carry concealed guns into restaurants and public transportation. Here is a brief review of a few of the new laws affecting public safety.

July 02, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives

Rams moving ahead as season approaches

The Newton High football program is already hard at work trying to return to a respectable place in the annals of Newton County athletic tradition.

June 30, 2008 | Eric R. Wallace | Archives

Loganville Greenjackets win state title

MONROE - The Loganville Greenjackets won the USSSA baseball boys 9 and under AA state championship June 22 at Criswell Park.

June 30, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives

Georgia Wrath, Newton Knights place in AAA state tournament

Two Covington USSSA travel baseball teams - the Georgia Wrath and the Newton Knights - each placed in state tournament action last weekend.

June 30, 2008 | Alan Howard | Archives

Taming the Tigers

"Keep it up ladies!"

June 30, 2008 | Jason Murdock | Archives

Driving differently

With gasoline close to $4 a gallon, many commuters are now more open to exploring alternative modes of transportation, which raises the question 'Is Newton County finally ready for public transportation?'

June 29, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

Former coach found dead in Blairsville

The Newton County coaching fraternity and Union County community received sad news Thursday as former Newton County High School teacher and Lady Ram basketball coach Mike West was found dead at the age of 42.

June 29, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives

Every dance a prayer

Blue skies and balmy temperatures welcomed the 200-plus dancers and attendees of the fourth annual Eastern Native American Charity Powwow at Whippoorwill Hollow Organic Farm.

June 29, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Bennie Pickett

Bennie Puckett, 70, of Locust Grove, died June 25 at Henry Medical Center. The son of the late Benjamin F. and Minnie Bell Smith Puckett, he was born in Thomaston. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1954 to 1958 and later retired from ABF Freight Systems in 2001. Mr. Puckett was a member of The Potters House in Covington, serving God faithfully as a true man of God. He enjoyed working on small engines and working in the yard, loved the Georgia Bulldogs and was a history buff, especially interested in war eras.

June 29, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Drug house on Lower River Road busted

Special Investigations Unit agents struck a known drug haven Thursday, which was also the site of an unsolved 2003 homicide, arresting five men and the home owner in connection with selling cocaine and Ecstasy, according to the unit leader.

June 29, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives

Feeding the multitude

For more than 24 years, the Bethlehem Baptist Church doors have been open in the summers, welcoming all children ages 4 to 12.

June 29, 2008 | Brian Harper | Archives

Bessie Sue (Ray) Wesson

Mrs. Bessie Sue (Ray) Wesson, 95, of Covington died June 27. Formerly of Macon, Mrs. Wesson moved to the Covington area in 1994. Her hobbies included gardening, quilting and cooking. Mrs. Wesson was a member of the First Congregational Holiness Church, Macon. The daughter of the late Otis Hamilton Ray and Sara Annie (Dobbs) Ray, she was born in Rockdale County in 1913. She was preceded in death by parents, husband Mr. Marion "Bill" Wesson and brothers Howard Ray from Macon and William Ray from Porterdale.

June 29, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Evelyn Sudduth Wiley

Mrs. Evelyn Sudduth Wiley, 84, of Covington, widow of C.T. Wiley Sr., to whom she was married for 58 years, died June 26 at Embracing Hospice in Cumming. Mrs. Wiley retired from CDC in 1995 after more than 30 years of service. She enjoyed traveling and spending time in the mountains and was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

June 29, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Irene Agnes Almand

Irene Agnes Almand, 75, of Covington died June 26. A loving grandmother, she enjoyed cooking and crocheting and was an avid reader. She was predeceased by her parents, George and Lucile Mays Bynerd and her husband, William Joseph Almand.

June 29, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Emily Stearns

Emily Stearns, 62, of Covington, died peacefully at her home June 26. The daughter of the late Marcus H. and Mary Hodges, Poppell, she was born in England. She worked as an LPN at Covington Manor Nursing Home for 18 years and worked for Riverside Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and Star Crest Nursing Home in Conyers. Mrs. Stearns was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Perry. She enjoyed reading and traveling. She is preceded in death by daughter Millie Carrier.

June 29, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

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