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Coyote jumps into kitchen chasing cat

A Newton County Sheriff's deputy responded Sunday to a call about an animal problem at a residence on Highway 212.

April 27, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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


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William Pancratins Ray II

William Pancratins Ray II, 71, died on Jan. 25 after a battle with cancer. He was born in New Haven, Ky. and moved to Conyers in 1944, when his father, James Leslie Ray, came here to supervise the construction of The Monastery of the Holy Ghost. Mr. Ray attended Conyers High School and graduated in 1954.

January 27, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives


New clues emerge in double murder

The Newton County Sheriff's Office continues to investigate the double murder of a young couple as new information concerning the case continues to emerge.

January 27, 2008 | Tyler Smith | Archives


Unpaid debts raise doubts about Maddox

While Porterdale's elections superintendent has confirmed city council candidate Wayne Maddox's eligibility to run for office, questions remain on whether Maddox would be able to take the city's Oath of Office if elected.

January 27, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Varner aims to keep county chairman title

Seeking a third term as county chairman, Aaron Varner cited the success of the county's new impact fee ordinance and the county's relatively well-off water supply as reasons voters should re-elect him.

January 27, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Local senior bound for West Point

A couple of weeks ago, Alcovy High School senior Jeffrey Hexom went to his mailbox and found a letter from the United States Military Academy at West Point inside.

January 27, 2008 | Jennifer Long | Archives


Hoops: Union Grove at Newton

The Newton High boys waltzed to their fifth consecutive win with a convincing 58-39 victory over Union Grove on Friday night at home.

January 27, 2008 | Bill Dolan | Archives


Hoops: Eastside at Heritage

CONYERS - Based solely on effort, the Eastside High boys basketball team stood toe-to-toe Friday night with Heritage.

January 27, 2008 | Bud L. Ellis | Archives


Size means nothing to the Newton High boys

Oh, if only they had some size.

January 27, 2008 | Bud L. Ellis | Archives


Oxford remembers MLK

January 25, 2008 | Jennifer Long | Archives


Every Life For Christ

Psalm 34 says, "Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart." There are plenty more passages like that one. But here's the thing. Has it ever felt like you aren't getting the desires of your heart?

January 25, 2008 | Pastor Jonathan Scharf | Archives


Rethinking liquor laws

The city of Covington has responded to complaints from members of the community that its existing alcohol ordinance is too cumbersome and confusing by beginning the process of re-writing the entire ordinance.

January 25, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


J. Tyrone (Ty) Gibson

J. Tyrone (Ty) Gibson, Ph.D., one of Auburn's leading business leaders, passed away on January 22 after a brief illness. He was born on 1943 in Albany and was raised on a peanut farm in Vada. As a teenager, he worked as a laborer on farms in the Hopeful and Dellwood communities cropping tobacco, hoeing peanuts, "sacking" peanuts, picking cotton and raising hogs, working from sunup to sundown in June, about 14 hours, to earn $5 a day.

January 25, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives


Local couple found dead in home

Twenty-two days into 2008 and the Newton County Sheriff's Office is already investigating their third homicide after a couple was reportedly found murdered Tuesday night.

January 25, 2008 | Tyler Smith | Archives


Ferlandria "Shay" Harris

Miss Ferlandria "Shay" Harris died Jan. 10 at Children's Hospital of Atlanta at Egleston. The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry (Angelique) Wade, she was born in 1991 in Rockdale County.

January 25, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives


Arthur Vason Sr.

Mr. Arthur Vason Sr. "Pap" died Jan. 14 at Newton Medical Center. The son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Shedrick (Emma Banks) Vason, he was born in 1928 in Jasper County, the youngest of six children. He was preceded in death by brothers Charlie L. Vason and Albert Vason; sisters Irene Vason, Delthia Deer and Ellen Heard; daughter Kathy Maude Woods; and granddaughter Letice Vason. Mr. Vason was raised and educated in Newton County and joined Pleasant View Baptist Church at an early age and becoming an active and devoted and member. His commitment and love for his church ...

January 25, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


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