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Teacher of the Year finalists announced

Tamahia Benton, of Liberty Middle School, Cecily Bullock, of Alcovy High School and Jason Smith, of Newton High School, were named the finalists for Newton ...

September 24, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Precious Waters named Newton Homecoming Queen

Precious Waters was named the 2016 Newton High School Homecoming Queen Friday night at Sharp Stadium.

September 24, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Reba Mae Gibson

Reba Mae Gibson, 72, of Gainesville, formerly of Oxford, passed away September 10, 2016. She was born in Union Point to the late Herschel and ...

September 22, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Laurie Pless

Laurie Pless, 59, died of natural causes on September 16, 2016, her birthday.

September 22, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Newton County Jail Log: Sept. 21

Diallo Wayne Abraham, 22, Covington, Sept. 14, court sentenced serving 8 days

September 21, 2016 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log


Samuel Grady Johnson, Sr.

Samuel Grady Johnson, Sr., 84, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, September 18, 2016, in Covington.

September 21, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Thomas ‘Tommy’ Jackson Hutchens

Thomas (Tommy) Jackson Hutchens, 73, of Covington, passed quietly Saturday, September 17, 2016. He was born in Newnan on March 28, 1943, to Thomas and ...

September 21, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


The three victims in Monday's fatal accident identified

Two of the three victims in Monday's fatal accident involving a Newton County School System (NCSS) school bus were under the age of 10.

September 20, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Teachers of the year announced by NCSS

The Newton County School System (NCSS) announced its teachers of the year for each of its schools Tuesday.

September 20, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


New pillars installed at Chimney Park

Members of the Satzuki Garden Club and Friends of Newton Parks Board of Directors gathered at Chimney Park Monday, Sept. 12 to dedicate a new ...

September 20, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Pipeline expected to reopen soon

A week after the pipeline leak in Alabama resulted in a gas shortage across the southeastern United States, Colonial Pipeline has announced that construction, fabrication ...

September 20, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Gov. Nathan Deal signs order to ban gas price gouging

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal issued an executive order Monday prohibiting the hiking of gas prices as a response to the current gas shortage affecting southeastern ...

September 19, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Piedmont Academy homecoming court named

The 2016 homecoming festivities for Piedmont Academy concluded Sept. 9 with the crowning of Ashley Johnston as Miss Cougar and Bailyn Whitaker as Miss Homecoming ...

September 18, 2016 | Staff Report | LIVING


Dan Forster honored with National Seth Gordon Award

Dan Forster, recently retired Director of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources' Wildlife Resources Division (WRD), was recognized with the Seth Gordon Award, the highest ...

September 18, 2016 | Staff Report | LIVING


Our Thoughts: Safe and sound

The promise of autumn coming this week seems to be bringing a certain sense of relief that our hottest days will soon be behind us ...

September 18, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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Clara "Joyce" Fincher Sellars

Clara "Joyce" Fincher Sellars, 74, a native of Newton County and graduating member of the class of 1952, passed away peacefully June 28. She is survived by her children, grandchildren, great-grandchild, nieces, nephews, sister, cousins and close friends. At her request there will be no services.

July 04, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Missing teen returns home safe

A 14-year-old Covington girl reported missing for five days was found by a deputy Wednesday evening after reports of her disappearance hit the media.

July 04, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


Samuel W. Veal

Samuel Wilkerson Veal, 64, of Hoyt, Kan., died June 2 after a courageous battle with cancer. The son of Billie and LaFaton Wilkerson Veal, he was born in 1943 in Porterdale. He graduated from Henry County High School, McDonough. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1961 to 1969, including several tours in Vietnam. Prior to the Air Force, he farmed in McDonough and worked at Oxford Manufacturing Co. in Covington. After the Air Force, he made his home in Kansas where he married Kay Henderson. They later divorced, and he married Marsha Kern Kelley in 1986. Mr ...

July 04, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Marian Wooster

Mrs. Karl (Marian) Wooster, 89, of Covington, entered the present of the Lord July 2. The daughter of the late Fritz L. and Ethel L. South Tallent, she was a pastor's wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and was a faithful member of The Assemblies of God. Mrs. Wooster enjoyed reading, playing the organ and singing and was a prayer warrior who taught Sunday school for many years. She is preceded in death by her loving husband of 65 years the Rev. Karl O. Wooster.

July 04, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Hair salon and flower shop burned

A fire broke out in a Covington hair salon Monday night, heavily damaging the store and a neighboring flower shop, according to the Covington Fire Department.

July 04, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


Man arrested at the Depot after threat

On July 1, an Oxford resident was arrested after an altercation between him and a women turned into violent threats, according to the Covington Police Department incident report.

July 04, 2008 | Brian Harper | Archives


BOC approves increasing cost per meal for inmates

 In yet another sign of the times, the Newton County Board of Commissioners increased the amount it pays for meals for inmates and employees at the county detention center due to rising food costs.

July 04, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


New at Newton

The main office at Newton High School is dark and vacant these days. The floors are bare and void of furniture. Gone is the large reception desk, coffee table and chairs that adorn the waiting area.

July 04, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives


Missing teen returns home safe

A 14-year-old Covington girl reported missing for five days was found by a deputy Wednesday evening after reports of her disappearance hit the media.

July 03, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


Red, white and musical

Every year the Fourth of July is a day to celebrate our country's independence. Throughout Newton County, officials have two days packed with activities for the entire family.

July 03, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: 14-year-old reported missing

Covington police are asking for the public's help in finding a 14-year-old Newton County girl, missing now for more than five days.

July 02, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


Third time's a charm

On June 29, Covington resident Gino Shepherd was arrested after allegedly calling 911 and pleading to be arrested, according to a Covington Police Department report.

July 02, 2008 | Brian Harper | Archives


Sheryl Lynn Cunningham

Sheryl Lynn Cunningham, 50, of Covington, died June 28 at Rockdale Medical Center. The daughter of the late Archie Lee and Mary Dolores Jones Cunningham, she was born in DeKalb County. Ms. Cunningham was a loving sister and aunt, had numerous friends through the World Wide Web and enjoyed photography. She had a wonderful sense of humor, was the life of the party and never met a stranger.

July 02, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Rufus Lee Grant

Mr. Rufus Lee Grant died June 23. The son of the late Mrs. Fozzie Jackson Smith and Mr. Alonzo Grant, he was born in 1921 in Jasper County. He joined Greenwood Baptist Church, Shady Dale, at an early age. He was a faithful member and had a strong religious upbringing. He served on the Deacon Board faithfully until his health failed. A World War II veteran, he served in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1946. He retired from Hanover Wire and Cloth in 1986. He was preceded in death by wife Sarah Elizabeth Hardeman and siblings J.C ...

July 02, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Sarah Elizabeth Hardeman Grant

Mrs. Sarah Elizabeth Hardeman Grant died June 15. The daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Johnny (Ollie Thompson) Hardeman, she was born in 1933 in Covington. Growing up in Newton County, she attended public schools and joined Early Hope Baptist Church at an early age. She later moved her membership to Rock Springs Baptist Church in Henry County, where she served faithfully on the mother Board. She was married to Mr. Rufus Lee Grant who died June 23. Mrs. Grant was preceded in death by siblings Margaret Moody, Buck Vine and Robert, Marvin and Curtis Hardeman.

July 02, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


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