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Stone Mountain Pecan product recalled

Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black is alerting Georgians to the recall of certain pecan products for potential health risk. The products were distributed only in the State of Georgia, directly to consumers at the retail level from the Stone Mountain Pecan Company, located in Monroe.

January 30, 2015 | Staff Report | STATE

Smoke may be seen in Newton today

Smoke may be present in Newton County today as a prescribed fire is being conducted in Jasper and Jones counties.

January 29, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

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January 29, 2015 | Staff Report | Covington

NCSS Spelling Bee returns

The 2015 System Spelling Bee has returned, and The Newton County School System will host the annual event. Each of the system's elementary and middle schools will compete this year at Newton High School on Feb. 6 at 10:30 a.m. Students in grades four through eight are eligible to participate, with each school sending their own spelling bee champion and runner up to compete in the tournament.

January 28, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Newton represented in merger committee

One of the first steps in consolidating Georgia State University and Georgia Perimeter College is a implementation committee, helping to find ways to make the two institutions blend together.

January 28, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Porterdale recognized for Main Street

Porterdale has seen a lot of growth over the last year, and continues to head in an upward climb commercially with the addition of a new restaurant and other businesses on the horizon.

January 28, 2015 | Staff Report | Porterdale

Pacho's, Wing Cafe's scores improve

After two failing scores, Pacho's Mexican Grill received a 79 on its inspection report done Monday, Jan. 26.

January 27, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

CFD accepting Explorer applicants

The Covington Fire Department is offering anyone interested in learning about firefighting techniques and technology the opportunity to join the Explorer Program.

January 27, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Theme School accepting applications

The Newton County Theme School at Ficquett will accept applications for the 2015-16 school year beginning Monday, Feb. 2.

January 26, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Science Fair winners

Newton County School System's middle and high schools' first place winners will move on to challenge students from Fayette, Henry, Griffin-Spalding, Butts, Pike, Lamar and Thomaston Upson county schools in the Regional Science Fair at Griffin RESA on Feb. 3.

January 26, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Newton Firefighter falls on busy weekend

Newton County Fire Services had a busy weekend with a total of 66 calls in a 48-hour period.

January 26, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Mrs. Ethel Jolley

Ethel Jolley, 96, of Covington, passed away January 23, 2015. She was born October 17, 1918, in Roscoe, PA, to the late John and Elizabeth Furlong. Ethel met and married Alton Jolley while they both were serving in the Navy at the Naval Air Station, in Chamblee. Together they moved to Newton County in 1951, where they began their career in the dairy business. She was very active in the community and was one of the founding members of the West Newton Home Demonstration Club. She was the oldest member of Prospect United Methodist Church, where she once served as ...

January 26, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

Mr. Matthew Larsen

Matthew Larsen of Covington, Ga, passed away January 22, 2015, at the age of 45. Matt enjoyed riding his Harley, fishing and being outside. He was very interested in the history of our military and watching military related TV shows. Matt had a passion for playing his guitar and listening to music. He adored spending time with his family and friends. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Clifford and Evelyn Larsen, Verna and Lawney Hansen; grandfather, George Sabol.

January 26, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

Mrs. Peggy M. Davis

Peggy M. Davis of Covington passed away January 22, 2015, at the age of 84. A woman of strong Christian faith, Mrs. Davis was an active member of the First Baptist Church in Covington, where she faithfully attended the Murphy's Gang Sunday School class. She was a loving and devoted wife, always very supportive of her husband's ministry wherever he was led to serve. She devoted her time serving others, and was beloved by many people in the Covington area. Mrs. Davis was a master flower gardener, and enjoyed traveling, bird watching and square dancing. She was a ...

January 26, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

If it's broke, you should fix it

This week the Newton County Water Authority said it wants to sit down with the county and work on a solution to a problem before taking on a new venture. We believe this meeting should happen.

January 25, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

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Luella at Newton

Despite falling to M.L. King the night before, the Newton boys basketball squad avenged its loss with a convincing 72-56 victory at home Saturday in region action.

January 09, 2008 | Jason Murdock | Archives

Local man reportedly carjacked near home

A man was reportedly carjacked at his residence on Meadowridge Drive Wednesday evening while warming up his car.

January 06, 2008 | Tyler Smith | Archives

Back to the Capitol

Transportation funding, water management and tax reform are the headline issues of this year's state legislative session, which begins Jan. 14.

January 06, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Mr. and Mrs. Miles M. cope of Oxford announce the engagement of their daughter Jennifer Lynne Cope of Athens to Matthew Rex Chastain of Athens, son of Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Fish of Monticello and Mr. and Mrs. Terry Chastain of Lilburn.

January 06, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Cameron Thomas Anglin

Mr. and Mrs. Chris Anglin of Oxford announce the birth of their son Cameron Thomas on Dec. 13 at Newton Medical Center. He weighed 8 pounds 14 ounces and was 20.5 inches long.

January 06, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Draft of TDR program near completion

After nearly a year of study, a draft ordinance for the adoption of a Transfer of Development Rights program is close to being completed.

January 06, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

Tackling the issues

Though Carolyn Taylor resides outside of Newton County, her impact on the local community has been evident for years.

January 06, 2008 | Tyler Smith | Archives

Breaking bats to break a record

In his classical essay, "Here Is New York," E.B. White, the great American stylist and humorist of the 1940s, paints in vivid imagery the finest narrative of New York ever to be written. White speaks of three New Yorks.

January 06, 2008 | Clifford Brewton | Archives

Clear and a million

Well, doggone it, I wanted to start out with the phrase, "one of my good friends." And I will - in just a minute - but first I must digress to talk about that special bond of friendship which is most difficult to express in words, but which those of us who have been fortunate enough to experience will understand immediately regardless of how poorly I try to describe it.

January 06, 2008 | Nat Harwell | Archives

STDs an epidemic among teenagers

When the subject of teens and sex comes up, the first thing to come to mind is usually unwanted pregnancy. However, today the issue is in fact much more complex. With the unprecedented surge in sexually transmitted diseases, sex among teens carries with it a much wider range of potentially life-altering consequences than pregnancy. Recent statistics indicate that 3-4 million teens annually become infected with some form of STD.

January 06, 2008 | Peggy Nolen | Archives

Patriots QB Tom Brady rides records to MVP award

By Barry Wilner

January 06, 2008 | Associated Press | Archives

Get to know winter wildlife

Those interested in nature, even when temperatures hover around freezing outside, will be delighted with the winter events planned at Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center.

January 06, 2008 | Jennifer Long | Archives

Adelaide Gaither Banks

Mrs. Adelaide Gaither Banks, 60, died Dec. 23 after a lengthy illness. She was born June 22, 1937 to the late Mr. and Mrs. Henry (Minnie) Gaither in Newton County. She was a graduate of Washington Street High School as salutatorian of her class. She went on to attend Grady Memorial Hospital School of Nursing, where she received her LPN. Mrs. Banks worked at Newton General, Hercules and later retired from Emory University at Oxford. She was a life-long resident of Newton County and worked her until her health began to fail. She was devoted to her family and friends ...

January 06, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Newton at M.L. King

LITHONIA - On Friday, the Newton boys and girls varsity basketball clubs each looked for their first victory of the New Year against host M.L. King.

January 06, 2008 | Bill Dolan | Archives

Nena Louise Baswell

Nena Louise Baswell of Covington, 83, died Jan. 4 at Abbey Hospice. She was born in Etowah County, Ala. to the late Zell and Irene Coates Thornton. Mrs. Baswell was an active member of First Baptist Church of Covington, enjoyed gardening and loved to travel. She was preceded in death by her great-granddaughter, Mary Beth Malcolm.

January 06, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

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