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Hometown Hero

For the last six years we have had the honor to recognize people in our community who through their actions and deeds have gone the extra mile to help their neighbors or their family.

April 26, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

We need help on McGibboney Road

Dear editor,

April 26, 2015 | Staff Report | Letters

Rams clinch No. 3 seed

There isn't a better way to finish off the baseball season and prepare for the playoffs than a series against your rival. The third and fourth seed from Region 2-AAAAAA, Newton and Rockdale, started a three-game series on Tuesday, and finished up on Thursday. Though Newton lost the series after losses in the first two games, the Rams took the final regular season game of the season and sealed the three-seed with a 4-0 win over Rockdale, Thursday evening.

April 26, 2015 | Javon Dickerson | Newton

Nearly $900,000 owed in county taxes

As the county approaches the budgetary event horizon, the Board of Commissioners will face tough decisions as department heads compete for resources and county employees grow increasingly impatient for raises.

April 26, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Thank you

Dear editor,

April 26, 2015 | Staff Report | Letters

Covington Regional Ballet Artistic Director Selected as Governor’s Honors Program Teacher

Covington Regional Ballet is proud to announce that Peter Swan has been offered a teaching position in the Governor's Honors Program.

April 25, 2015 | Staff Report | LIVING

Man arrested for missing jury duty

Brandon Lee Cooper failed to appear for jury duty and a hearing to explain why last week, and thus was sentenced to two days in jail.

April 25, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Man arrested for drug store robberies

Christopher Westmoreland was arrested in connection with several robberies in Newton, Rockdale and DeKalb counties.

April 24, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Willie Mae Barr Greenwood

Willie Mae Barr Greenwood 91, of Mansfield passed away April 22, 2015 at The Retreat in Monticello. She was born in Monticello, Ga to the late Johnnie and Mammie E. Barr. Willie Mae was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years Adolph Greenwood, and several brothers and sisters.

April 24, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

Chamber golf tournament

The Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce held its annual golf tournament Thursday with a beautiful day of golf at Ashton Hills Golf Course.

April 23, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Airport Road remains closed

The rainy and windy conditions from this past weekend are still causing problems for Newton County residents.

April 22, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Haler leaving Porterdale for Conyers

Porterdale Main Street Director Terri Haler will be leaving her post to be the new tourism director for the city of Conyers.

April 22, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Mr. Michael Eugene Luna

Mr. Michael Eugene Luna, 49 of Social Circle, went to be with his heavenly Father April 17, 2015 at Newton Medical Center. Michael was born in Birmingham, Alabama on November 22, 1965. He is preceded in death by his grandparent's Posey Luna and C.L. and Julie Mullenix and brother Timothy Luna.

April 22, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

$9.5 million coming to FFA/FCCLA Center

The Georgia FFA/FCCLA Center in Newton County will receive an infusion of funds, with $9.5 million in additional grand funds in the fiscal year 2016 state budget to construct new buildings.

April 21, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Newton County Jail Log; Apr. 15

Quintarus Antonio Aikens, Covington, Apr 11, Probation Violation

April 20, 2015 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log

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A magical romp

Though not as memorable or as magical as other children's book-to-film adaptations, "The Spiderwick Chronicles" is a well-crafted and well-acted family movie worth seeing.

February 20, 2008 | Robby Byrd | Archives

Trivializing life is costly

I've often wondered what goes through the mind of someone who is about to commit murder.

February 20, 2008 | Robby Byrd | Archives

Concerned about growth in county

Dear Editor: Several years ago my daughter moved with her husband and two children to Newton County. I came down to visit her, and when it came time to return to my home, I could not bear to leave. Like so many who sojourn to this place of stately homes, rolling fields and gracious people I have come under its spell.

February 20, 2008 | Stella Johnson | Archives

Oxford's Hixon named NJCAA Co-Player of the Week

Chad Hixon (Berkmar High School; Snellville) of Oxford College of Emory University was named Co-Player of the Week for the NJCAA Men's Division III for the week ending Feb. 10.

February 20, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives

Some hide, but Pettitte stands by his apology

There's nothing like a good apology, especially when you know it comes straight from the heart.

February 20, 2008 | Associated Press | Archives

Kidd sent to Mavs in eight-player deal

By David Porter

February 20, 2008 | Associated Press | Archives

Edna S. Bedsole

Edna S. Bedsole, 78, of Union Point, died Feb. 16. The daughter of the late Aubrey James Sr. and Idell Tankersley Sharpton, she was born in Newton County and was of the southern Baptist faith. Ms. Bedsole lived a life os self-sacrifice and servitude. She enjoyed cooking, crocheting and watching the Braves and was a loving and devoted mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister. Ms. Bedsole was preceded in death by son Ray Martin.

February 20, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

The game of learning

Helena Foster began working as Middle Ridge Elementary School's upper elementary academic coach at the beginning of the spring semester last school year.

February 20, 2008 | Jennifer Long | Archives

Don Shaw

Don Shaw, 67, of Covington, died Feb. 17 at Rockdale Medical Center. The son of the late Charlie and Agnes Martin Shaw, he was a member of Julia A. Porter United Methodist Church. Mr. Shaw served in the U.S. Air Force and later retired from CVS Pharmacy after 30 years of service. He was co-owner of A Bouquet by Betty, was a member of the Covington Elks Club and enjoyed traveling and spending time with his family.

February 20, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Jack T. Shumate

Jack T. Shumate, 89, of Covington, went home to be with the Lord on Feb. 18. Surviving are wife of 69 years Florine Shumate of Covington; brother and sister-in-law C.H. and Drew Shumate of McDonough; sons and daughters-in-law Thurman and Harriett Shumate of Ellijay, Tony and Phillis Shumate of Covington, Mike and Linda Shumate of Newborn; daughter and son-in-law Jan and Eric Maxwell of Covington; grandchildren Darlene Burdett, Keith Shumate, Kim Fincher, Kelley Shumate, Mike Thurman, Tabitha Shumate, Pfc. Joshua Shumate, Little Tony Shumate, Meghan Maxwell, Bubba Maxwell, Anna Marie; great-grandchildren Christy Burdett, Chandler Burdett, Kacie Fincher, McKenzie Fincher ...

February 20, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Bennie Smith

Bennie Smith, 81, of Oxford, died Feb. 16 at Newton Medical Center. The son of the late Raymond and Alice Green Smith, he was born in Walton County and was a member and past deacon of Walnut Grove Baptist Church. Mr. Smith served in the U.S. Army in the Philippines and retired from Bibb Manufacturing following many years of service. He enjoyed fishing, gardening and traveling and dearly loved his family. Mr. Smith was preceded in death by first wife and mother of his children Dorothy Smith.

February 20, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Mildred Lowry Smith

Mildred Lowry Smith, 92, of Porterdale, died Feb. 18. The daughter of the late Henry G. and Maude Warren Lowry, Mrs. Smith was a member of Cannan Baptist Church. She enjoyed crossword puzzles, word searches and crocheting and loved traveling to the beach and mountains. Mrs. Smith was preceded in death by husband Willie Smith and daughter Janet Ewing Lane.

February 20, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Betty B. Stanton

Mrs. Betty B. Stanton, 80, a livelong resident of Covington and member of Porterdale Baptist Church, died Feb. 17. The daughter of the late Irvin Blankenship and Sarah Knight Blankenship, she was born in Newton County in 1927. She was preceded in death by parents and husband Rudolph Stanton.

February 20, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

New food service ratings hits local eateries

While some local restaurants have been easily able to meet the new food service regulations, approved by the state at the end of 2007, other restaurants have experienced a marked drop in their health inspection scores

February 20, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

Man dies in house blaze

An elderly Covington man died in a blaze that consumed his historic home early Sunday morning.

February 20, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives

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