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It’s official: Baxalta launches

Baxalta Incorporated launched Wednesday as a global biopharmaceutical company dedicated to delivering transformative therapies to patients with orphan diseases and underserved conditions.

July 02, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Kenneth McDaniel

Kenneth McDaniel, of Covington, passed away July 1, 2015 at the age of 80. He enjoyed gardening, collecting antique cars and trucks, playing poker, and making wine. Ken also loved to play golf, and will be remembered for his practical jokes. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ellis "Pa Mac" and Bertha "Ma Mac" McDaniel; 4 sisters and 5 brothers.

July 02, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Newton County Jail Log: July 1

Rod Clark Coleman, 22, Covington, June 26, burglary – 1st degree, criminal trespass

July 01, 2015 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log


Sheriff's Office issues fireworks caution

COVINGTON- The Newton County Sheriff's Office would like you to have a happy-and safe-Fourth of July.

July 01, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Fireworks, hotel fee, gas tax changes hit July 1 with new laws

July 1 typically brings a bevy of new laws into effect that were approved by the General Assembly earlier in the year. This year, Georgians can expect to see a new $5 fee tacked on to hotel/motel stays, slight changes to their gas taxes, and will now be able to buy aerial fireworks that were formerly illegal.

July 01, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Landfill Meeting Tonight

The Newton County Board of Commissioners will meet tonight, Wednesday, July 1, at 7:00 p.m. to discuss and likely vote on the Green Hill P3 proposal to lease and operate the county landfill.

July 01, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Davis named Rotary Club president

COVINGTON- The Covington Rotary Club closed out its 76th year Tuesday, handing out awards from 2014-15 and inducting its next president.

June 30, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Georgia State Patrol steps up enforcement this weekend

The July Fourth weekend is not only a chance for many people to celebrate, it is also the busiest travel period of the year. The holiday weekend is recognized as beginning Thursday at 6 p.m. and running through Sunday, July 5 at midnight, according to the Georgia Department of Public Safety.

June 30, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


AKA Chi Tau Omega chapter awards $20,000 in scholarships

COVINGTON- The Chi Tau Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated of Covington, Ga., serving Newton and Rockdale counties, awarded $20, 000 in scholarships on June 21, 2015 at Antioch AME Church in Conyers to high school students heading to various colleges and universities including HBCUs in the state of Georgia and nationwide.

June 30, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Dr. Kenneth L. Jacques

Dr. Kenneth L. Jacques of Oxford, passed away June 29, 2015, at the age of 73. He devoted his life to the ministry of his Lord. Dr. Jacques served as the pastor of Harmony Baptist Church, in Covington, for 27 years, but most recently was a member of Canaan Baptist Church. He led church services once a week, for the residents of Riverside Health Care, Merryvale Assisted Living and The Benton House. He enjoyed spending time in his flower garden, but more than anything, he cherished the time he spent with his family. Preceding him in death were his parents ...

June 29, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Dr. Melvin Louis Conrad

Dr. Melvin Louis Conrad, 88, passed away on June 26, 2015, in Wichita, Kansas. He was preceded in death by his wife Eula Conrad (Palmer Stone Elementary School Teacher). He is survived by children Albert Conrad (Michael) of Wichita, Kansas, Celia Theiler of Charlotte, North Carolina, and Daniel Conrad (Lauree) of Cary, North Carolina.

June 29, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Road construction restricted this weekend

The Georgia Department of Transportation is suspending construction-related lane closures on interstates and major state system highways for the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

June 29, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Our thoughts: Pension plan

The Covington City Council made a smart move last week when it voted to back off a hastily conceived plan to change city policy on pensions as they relate to retirees who come back to work for the Covington government.

June 28, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Ruling brings same-sex marriage to Newton

The "thunderbolt" struck the nation around 11 a.m. Friday morning. For some Newton County residents the storm had been brewing for two decades, and for a local couple the ringing began at 3 p.m. – ringing of wedding bells.

June 28, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Carlton Trail sidewalk project now complete

A sidewalk stretching more than half a mile and connecting citizens living in the northwest quadrant of Covington with the rest of the city is now complete. The project ran from Geiger Street to Moore Street in Oxford.

June 27, 2015 | Staff Report | Covington


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Ann Fisher

Ann Fisher, 63, of Lancaster, Pa., died at her residence March 11 following a lengthy illness. The daughter of the late Bill Martin and Kathleen Dobbs Martin of Covington, she was born in Porterdale. A homemaker, Mrs. Fisher was a member of Leola United Methodist Church, Leola, Pa. She was preceded in death by her father.

March 14, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Charles Hodges has lived the life of both a servant and a leader in the church for the past 38 years. Born in Tinnelle, he credits his grandfather who was a lay minister in the Wesleyan Church, for being influential in his spiritual growth.

March 14, 2008 | Colleen Capes Jackson | Archives


Troy Robinson

Mr. Troy Robinson died March 4 at Heartland Hospice, Conyers. The son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Josiah (Cornelia Boykin) Robinson, he was the youngest of 17 children and was born in 1918 in Jasper County. Mr. Robinson was preceded in death by all his siblings and was two days shy of his 90th birthday when he departed this life. He received his education in the public schools of Jasper County and joined Mt. Zion AME Church, Shady Dale, at an early age. In his later years he joined St. John CME Church in Monticello, becoming an active member ...

March 14, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Elizabeth "Leah" Stephens

Ms. Elizabeth "Leah" Stephens died March 6. The daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Henry (Marie Jordan) Stephens, she was born in Jasper County in 1947. Ms. Stephens was one of 12 children and was raised in Newton County. During her childhood she joined Murray C.M.E. Church and later joined Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church. After receiving her certification as a Certified Nurses Assistant, she worked at Starcrest Nursing Facility, Lithonia. She enjoyed fishing and playing card games and bingo. An excellent homemaker, Ms. Stephens was the proud mother of two sons. She was kind with an ...

March 14, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Weighing in on Sunday alcohol sales

Should alcohol be sold on Sundays? This question has been on the radio, on TV, and in conversations around town. Let's think about it.

March 14, 2008 | John Donaldson | Archives


Jamie "Rita" Williams

Jamie "Rita" Williams, 44, daughter of Laura Johnson and the late James Johnson of Covington, died March 9 in New Jersey. She worked at Schaevitz Engineering firm in Pennsauken, N.J., for several years and at Commerce Bank as a data entry clerk until his health began to fail.

March 14, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Scripture reveals Gods truth to us

As I prepare this article, it's Monday. The sun is shining, the temperature is hovering around 63 degrees; all in all it is a beautiful day.

March 14, 2008 | John Pearrell | Archives


Covington teenager seriously injured in Monday wreck

A Covington girl was life-flighted with serious injuries after a pickup truck ploughed into her passenger car at the intersection of Dixie Road and Elks Club Road on Monday, according to Newton County Sheriff's Office report.

March 14, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


Eastside High boys golf tops Heritage, 155-204

On Tuesday, the Eastside High boys golf team ran its record to 6-1 overall after defeating Heritage, 155-204, at Indian Creek Golf Club.

March 14, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives


Newton cuts down Eagles, 22-5

COVINGTON - On Wednesday night, crosstown foes Newton and Eastside High laced up their cleats for yet another highly contested matchup, their first of the year.

March 14, 2008 | Brian Harper | Archives


Art appreciation

The Newton County Library, the Arts Association in Newton County and Newton County Schools collaborated to organize the True Colours Art Exhibit.

March 14, 2008 | Jennifer Long | Archives


Billy Crystal strikes out in new career

By Ben Walker

March 14, 2008 | Associated Press | Archives


Amendment gets day in court

On Tuesday, the United States Supreme Court will begin hearing oral arguments in District of Columbia v. Heller (known as Parker v. District of Columbia in the lower court), the most important case concerning the Second Amendment to come before the court in nearly 70 years.

March 14, 2008 | Jason Pye | Archives


Life sentences issued in local murder case

Xavier "Pretty Boy" Dyer, 20, and Christopher "Big Boy" Rozier, 20, convicted for the shooting death of Tony Richardson, 55, whom they allegedly suspected of snitching to police, were sentenced Thursday to life in prison plus 25 years in Newton County Superior Court.

March 14, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


No sympathy

I don't feel sorry for Eliot Spitzer. The soon-to-be former governor of New York made his own bed and now he can lie in it.

March 14, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Archives


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