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David J. Hood

David Hood, age 60, of Covington passed away May 24, 2015. He was born in Covington on November 7, 1954 one of the first ten babies born at Newton General Hospital. Graduated from Newton County High School and went Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College graduating with a degree in horticulture and while attending college worked at Callaway Gardens. David was the grounds superintendent for several golf course throughout his career including Hidden Hills and Cross Creek golf courses.

May 27, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

Robert ‘Bobby’ Patrick

Robert "Bobby" Patrick of Oxford, passed away May 26, 2015, at the age of 82. He was a 1952 graduate of Newton High School; and proud veteran of the United States Air Force, having served in both Germany and France, during his active duty from 1953 – 1957. Mr. Patrick was employed by Henson Furniture, until the business closed, and then went on to work for Hercules, for 24 years, prior to his retirement. He served as a deacon for several churches, and was Chairman of the deacon boards at First Baptist of Covington, Mt. Zion Baptist and Calvary Baptist. In ...

May 27, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

Newton-One fatality in I-20 crash

One individual is confirmed dead and another injured after a vehicle travelling westbound on I-20 East crashed into another vehicle Tuesday night around the 89 mile mark between Almon and Salem roads.

May 27, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Covington- Two dead in apparent murder suicide

The Covington Police Department responded to a shooting Thursday, discovering a man and woman shot when arriving on scene.

May 22, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

New section of Social Circle Bypass to open

The new section of the Social Circle Bypass from State road 11 to East Hightower Trail will open Tuesday, June 2, according to Superintendent of traffic, safety and utilities J. Robert Manning of ER Snell Contractor.

May 22, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Harry Owens likely interim county manager

Newton County revealed the name of the candidate under consideration for the position of interim county manager Friday following the departure of former County Manager Tom Garrett last week.

May 22, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

William Henry Calhoon

William Henry Calhoon, Sr. (Bill) of Porterdale passed away May 13, 2015 in Covington at the age of 77. A memorial service will be held at The Baptist Tabernacle, 10119 Access Road, Covington, Georgia 30014, on Sunday, May 31, 2015, at 4 pm. Memorial donations, instead of flowers, may be made to The Baptist Tabernacle for the Children's Ministry and Reformers Unanimous Ministry.

May 21, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Throughout the last seven days there was plenty to celebrate, with a big week of appreciation coming on the heels of Mother's Day.

May 17, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Stacey Cotton appointed to medical marijuana study group

Covington Police Chief Stacey Cotton has been named one of 11 members named to Gov. Nathan Deal's new panel charged with making recommendations about what type of medical marijuana use Georgia should allow.

May 17, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Thank you partners

Dear Editor,

May 16, 2015 | Staff Report | Letters

Certified Quality Breast Center at Newton Medical Center

Newton Medical Center's Women's Diagnostic Center has recently been recognized as a Certified Quality Breast Center in the National Quality Measures for Breast Centers Program™. This distinguished honor represents a commitment by this breast center to provide the highest level of quality breast health care to patients in the community.

May 16, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Preparing for graduation

The Newton County School System's high schools will be celebrating graduation Friday and Saturday.

May 16, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Newton County Jail Log

Charles Eugene Aikens, 42, Covington, May 12, Theft by Deception

May 16, 2015 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log

Mrs. Doris Cope Cavanaugh

Doris Cope Cavanaugh, 88, daughter of the late Frank and Ann Cope, passed away peacefully on May 6, 2015 after a long battle with Dementia, at the home of her daughter, Cathy Twigg, in Martinsburg, W.Va.

May 16, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Marilyn Jester, of Covington, announces the engagement of her daughter LaTara Shamika Jester, also the daughter of the late Ronnie Scofield, to John Dee Taylor III of Covington.

May 16, 2015 | Staff Report | Engagements

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Man beaten unconscious with baseball bat

A man was reportedly beaten unconscious with a baseball bat Tuesday at the Magnolia Heights apartments.

February 08, 2008 | Tyler Smith | Archives

Will senior tax exemption hurt schools?

Tuesday night an overwhelming 87 percent of Newton County's voters chose to give senior citizens an increased double homestead exemption on their school property taxes.

February 08, 2008 | Jennifer Long | Archives

A neighborhood divided

What was once a tranquil neighborhood has become embroiled in a controversy over the recent establishment of a group home in the subdivision.

February 08, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

Laster not running for re-election

District 5 Commissioner Monty Laster has announced he will not run for re-election this year.

February 08, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

BOC tax referendum slated for election

Senior citizens in Newton County could be on the receiving end of additional homestead tax exemptions.

February 08, 2008 | Robby Byrd | Archives

Faux city employee invades area homes

In two mysterious cases of home invasion, a man reportedly forced his way into two homes Tuesday while posing as a city worker.

February 08, 2008 | Tyler Smith | Archives

Charter school company eyes county

Since the beginning of the last decade, school choice has been a much discussed topic in education.

February 08, 2008 | Jennifer Long | Archives

Hoops: Salem at Eastside

COVINGTON - On Tuesday evening, the Eastside varsity basketball games were more than just a pair of contests for some players, particularly the upper classmen.

February 08, 2008 | Brian Harper | Archives

Bringing high expectations

Worrel Clahar, who has been playing basketball since before he can remember, finishes with big numbers in every game, putting Alcovy in a position to win each week.

February 08, 2008 | Brian Harper | Archives

Hoops: Stephenson at Newton Preview

Despite a few setbacks due to injury and illness, it should nevertheless be a good matchup when the Rams take on Stephenson this evening on Senior Night at Newton High.

February 08, 2008 | Jason Murdock | Archives

Ritchey signs with University of West Georgia

Let's face it - offensive linemen don't get nearly enough credit they deserve.

February 08, 2008 | Jason Murdock | Archives

Black Watch Wrestling finishes fourth during Ola Mustang Open

MCDONOUGH - The Black Watch Wrestling team from Covington placed fourth at the Ola High School Mustang Open in Henry County on Saturday.

February 08, 2008 | Alan Howard | Archives

UGA guard is charged with underage alcohol possession

ATHENS - Georgia guard Billy Humphrey was suspended for three games Thursday after being arrested for underage drinking, his second brush with the law in less than three months.

February 08, 2008 | Associated Press | Archives

Two circuses in town this week

Right now, Georgia is engaged in a schoolyard fight with Florida and Alabama over water.

February 08, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Archives

Senior tax referendum

Dear Editor: On behalf of Newton County seniors, I would like to thank the members of our School Board and Dr. Whatley who enabled the voters of Newton county to express themselves. I would like to thank these voters, many of whom were young people, for their support. It is gratifying to know that our citizens care about their grandparents and parents and understand that they will be retired someday and can receive the benefits of this bill. Thank you very much.

February 08, 2008 | Frank J. Davis | Archives

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