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Newton County Jail Log: Dec. 7

Michael Ryan Allen, 20, Porterdale, Dec. 5, back for court

December 08, 2016 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log


19-year old arrested for murder Tuesday

Elijah William Ramoutar, 19, has been arrested by the Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) for the murder of Alyssa Ann Wright, 19, Tuesday evening.

December 08, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Thomas McElreath

Thomas McElreath, 80, of Rutledge, passed away Tuesday, December 6, 2016. McElreath enjoyed collecting antiques and loved going to the mountains. He was married for ...

December 07, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Mrs. Lee Shirley

Mrs. Lee Shirley, 91, of Covington, passed away December 5, 2016. She was born June 18, 1925, to the late Luther and Mae Carney. Shirley ...

December 07, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Our Thoughts: Audit, citizenry can be a tool for change

For those who even just pay casual attention to their local government, this week brought some big news to Newton County.

December 04, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


The Pride of Eastside performs in Hollywood Christmas Parade

The Pride of Eastside Marching Band joined the likes of Larry King, Olivia Newton-John and Bill Engvall this past weekend, during the 85th Annual Hollywood ...

December 02, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County Jail Log: Dec. 1

Chester Thomas Akins Jr., Covington, Nov. 28, hold for other agency (Banks County), hold for other agency (Cherokee County), theft by receiving stolen property

December 01, 2016 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log


Judge Wynne to hear Georgia Supreme Court case

Superior Court Judge W. Kendall Wynne, Jr.of the Alcovy Judicial Circuit has been designated to serve in place of Justice Carol Hunstein in the ...

December 01, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Turning Back the Pages - November 23- November 27

This week The Covington News is only turning back our pages to five years ago to see how far we have, or have not come ...

November 30, 2016 | Staff Report | Turning Back the Pages


Southern Folk Advent Service scheduled

The Sonny Houston Bluegrass Band will provide bluegrass-Gospel music and preacher-scholar Jason Byassee will speak at Meridian Herald's 24nd annual Southern Folk Advent Service ...

November 29, 2016 | Staff Report | LIVING


Johnny Hammond “Santa Johnny”

Johnny Hammond, of Mansfield, affectionately known as "Santa Johnny," passed away November 27, 2016, at 74 years of age. After retiring from AT&T, he ...

November 29, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


James ‘Bill’ Clay

Loving father and grandfather, James "Bill" Clay, 73, of Covington, passed away November 26, 2016. Clay was born in Decatur to the late James and ...

November 28, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Charles H “C.H.” Berry Jr.

Charles H. "C.H." Berry, Jr. of Covington, age 92, passed away November 26, 2016, at his home in Almon surrounded by his family. Mr ...

November 26, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Piedmont Academy FFA team places in area Farm Business Management career development event

The Piedmont Academy FFA Farm Business Management Team recently placed third in the Area 3 FFA Farm Business Management Career Development Event held on Nov ...

November 26, 2016 | Staff Report | Agriculture


Elizabeth Florine “Sister” Womack

Elizabeth Florine "Sister" Womack, age 74, passed away Friday, November 25, 2016. She was born in Covington to the late Tommy Lee and Florine Fuller ...

November 26, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


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Marketing expert to run for District 95

After years of working in the corporate sector, Erick Hunt has decided to try and apply the lessons he learned in fiscal responsibility to the state capitol with a run for the District 95 seat.

June 25, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Newton County man robbed at gunpoint

Deputies are looking for three men who attempted to rob a Newton County man of drugs or cash at gunpoint and shot at a fleeing car before escaping themselves, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

June 25, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


Chairman candidate cited by county code enforcement

Hubert White, a Democratic candidate for county chairman, has been cited by Newton County Code Enforcement for garbage debris. However, most of the trash has already been cleaned up, according to officials.

June 25, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


From Conyers to Italy, Schmetzer eyeing karate world championship

William "Andrew" Schmetzer has qualified to represent the United States of America at the WAKO Junior World Championships Sept. 21-29 in Naples, Italy, where there will be more than 50 countries participating.

June 25, 2008 | Elizabeth Christian | Archives


ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Smoke cause for alarm at NMC

Smoke from a construction-related source was reported at Newton Medical Center on Tuesday.

June 24, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives


AP classes make schools stronger

A quest for knowledge and a better understanding of the world as it is through history, science, literature, math and language is the basis of education.

June 22, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Will rebranding work?

Rebranding is the latest buzzword in political campaigns. Everywhere you look, some politician or politician's spouse is gearing up to play the rebranding game. They try to change who they are and reinvent what they've said. They're hoping voters have forgotten the old brand and will only remember the new trademark on Election Day.

June 22, 2008 | Bill Shipp | Archives


Turning the page

Every once in a while circumstances come along in everyone's life, which necessitates the turning of some sort of page. Here in America we make it a big deal when folks turn 30 or 40, for example. Graduation from high school, getting married and having that first baby are other examples, as well as hitting the century mark for the rarified few who manage to live that long.

June 22, 2008 | Nat Harwell | Archives


Donna A. Anderson

Donna A. Anderson, R.N., 70, of Oxford, died June 19 at Heartland Hospice. The daughter of the late Bill and Ida Lambert Trump, she was born in West Virginia. She was a Registered Nurse and administrator and retired from DeKalb General Hospital following 10 years of service. Mrs. Anderson was a member of Belmont Baptist Church and enjoyed exercising and helping people and dearly loved her family. She is preceded in death by step great-grandson Jackson.

June 22, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Robert L. "Jack" Smith

Mr. Robert L. "Jack" Smith, of Monroe, formerly of Monticello, died Friday, June 20. He was born Sep. 18, 1932 to the late George E. and Zettie Burrows Smith in Benham, Ky. Mr. Smith was a Mason and a Shriner, formerly belonging to E.A. Minor Lodge and was a member of the Golden Fleece Lodge in Covington.

June 22, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Five on trial in mortgage fraud ring

Five people arrested in 2006, as part of a mortgage fraud ring, are scheduled to go to trial this week in Newton County Superior Court for charges of racketeering and mortgage fraud.

June 22, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


Gwinnett Co. businessman seeks post

With State Rep. Robert Mumford's (R-Conyers) decision not to seek re-election to District 95, progressive liberal George Wilson is hoping that 2008 will be his year.

June 22, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Fueling Cuts

The skyrocketing cost of fuel, combined with flat-lining sales tax revenues and property assessments throughout the county and municipalities, is forcing everyone to look at doing things a little differently in an effort to save money and gas.

June 22, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


Absentee voting begins for July primaries

Though voting for the general primary won't take place for another couple of weeks, absentee voting is well underway with a number of ballots already mailed.

June 22, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Covington's Dr. Doolittle

Some people are just meant to do certain things in life. While it takes some people several years to finally figure out what they want to do with their careers, Jennifer Harper is one of the few who never had a doubt.

June 22, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives


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