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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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Call us, because we love you

I've been doing what I do for a long time. The stories I've written cover everything from movie stars to folks living on the street.

January 11, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Archives


Board set to adopt 'green cleaning' program

The Newton County Board of Education is set to approve a contract with Associated Paper, Inc. of Conyers for custodial supplies as well as the implementation of a "green cleaning" program for the district's schools.

January 11, 2008 | Jennifer Long | Archives


Eastside hoopsters split with Heritage

In what proved to be yet another exciting night of prep basketball, the Eastside varsity boys and girls basketball teams split a pair against Heritage on Tuesday at home in region action.

January 11, 2008 | Brian Harper | Archives


Newton boys earn biggest win yet over Redan, 64-58

The Newton boys basketball team is built on fundamentals and discipline.

January 11, 2008 | Bill Dolan | Archives


Claws of pride

Besides win, both the Alcovy boys and girls varsity basketball squads will try to forget about the events that transpired against Cedar Shoals on Tuesday and focus on the task at hand tonight: Salem.

January 11, 2008 | Jason Murdock | Archives


Delivering in the nick of time

Entering last Friday, the Lady Rams were dead last in Region 2-AAAA, sitting at 0-3. Time was running out to make a serious run for the postseason.

January 11, 2008 | Jason Murdock | Archives


Name that school

Newton County's 13th elementary school and fifth middle school being constructed just south of McGiboney Road on Salem Road will soon have names.

January 11, 2008 | Jennifer Long | Archives


Marshall hits top issues at town hall meet

Immigration and healthcare were the top issues on the minds of attendees at a crowded town hall meeting hosted by Congressman Jim Marshall (D-District 8) Wednesday afternoon.

January 11, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Foster care central issue at local summit

State officials visited Newton County Thursday to discuss challenges relating to juvenile welfare on the local level at the Justice for Children Summit "Challenge for Change."

January 11, 2008 | Tyler Smith | Archives


Four candidates emerge in Porterdale City Council race

With registration to run for the vacated Porterdale City Council Post 3 seat closed, four candidates have registered.

January 11, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


County working to reign in water use

Newton County's water utilities are slowly but surely coming into compliance with Gov. Sonny Perdue's 10 percent water reduction mandate. In December the water utilities increased reduction to 7.5 percent compared to water consumption last winter.

January 11, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Buffet fit for a king

 The latest Chinese restaurant to open in Covington features among other things a large chandelier, a hibachi cook and a wide range of Sushi offerings.

January 09, 2008 | Tyler Smith | Archives


Charles Wesley Lynch

ynch died Dec. 29 at Heartland Hospice. The son of the late Mr. Dutch Lynch and Mrs. Willie Pearl Johnson, he was born in Newton County in 1941. He was later reared by Mr. and Mrs. Arthur (Pinkie) Shy. He joined Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church at an early age and was a member of the Male Chorus. Mr. Lynch was known for his tenor voice with the Faithful Gospel Singers. He was educated in the Newton County schools. He was employed by Georgia Highway Express and later Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company from which he retired in 2002.

January 09, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives


Gladys Mann McIntosh

Mrs. Gladys Mann McIntosh, 92, of Mansfield, passed away Jan. 6. A life-long resident of Newton County, Mrs. McIntosh moved to the Mansfield area in 1940. She and her husband, Robert Samuel McIntosh, who died in 1991, were married for 56 years. She enjoyed working in her yard, sewing, and playing the piano. She was a member of the Methodist Church.

January 09, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives


Pamela Webb Wright

Mrs. Pamela Webb "Pam" Wright died Dec. 29. The daughter of Mrs. Helen S. Webb and Mr. Arthur Lee Webb Sr., she was born in Covington in 1963. She attended Social Circle city schools. Mrs. Wright joined Corinth Missionary Baptist Church at an early age and served on the Pastor's Aide and Sunday School auxiliaries.

January 09, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives


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