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Teacher of the Year finalists announced

Tamahia Benton, of Liberty Middle School, Cecily Bullock, of Alcovy High School and Jason Smith, of Newton High School, were named the finalists for Newton ...

September 24, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Precious Waters named Newton Homecoming Queen

Precious Waters was named the 2016 Newton High School Homecoming Queen Friday night at Sharp Stadium.

September 24, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Reba Mae Gibson

Reba Mae Gibson, 72, of Gainesville, formerly of Oxford, passed away September 10, 2016. She was born in Union Point to the late Herschel and ...

September 22, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Laurie Pless

Laurie Pless, 59, died of natural causes on September 16, 2016, her birthday.

September 22, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Newton County Jail Log: Sept. 21

Diallo Wayne Abraham, 22, Covington, Sept. 14, court sentenced serving 8 days

September 21, 2016 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log


Samuel Grady Johnson, Sr.

Samuel Grady Johnson, Sr., 84, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, September 18, 2016, in Covington.

September 21, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Thomas ‘Tommy’ Jackson Hutchens

Thomas (Tommy) Jackson Hutchens, 73, of Covington, passed quietly Saturday, September 17, 2016. He was born in Newnan on March 28, 1943, to Thomas and ...

September 21, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


The three victims in Monday's fatal accident identified

Two of the three victims in Monday's fatal accident involving a Newton County School System (NCSS) school bus were under the age of 10.

September 20, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Teachers of the year announced by NCSS

The Newton County School System (NCSS) announced its teachers of the year for each of its schools Tuesday.

September 20, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


New pillars installed at Chimney Park

Members of the Satzuki Garden Club and Friends of Newton Parks Board of Directors gathered at Chimney Park Monday, Sept. 12 to dedicate a new ...

September 20, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Pipeline expected to reopen soon

A week after the pipeline leak in Alabama resulted in a gas shortage across the southeastern United States, Colonial Pipeline has announced that construction, fabrication ...

September 20, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Gov. Nathan Deal signs order to ban gas price gouging

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal issued an executive order Monday prohibiting the hiking of gas prices as a response to the current gas shortage affecting southeastern ...

September 19, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Piedmont Academy homecoming court named

The 2016 homecoming festivities for Piedmont Academy concluded Sept. 9 with the crowning of Ashley Johnston as Miss Cougar and Bailyn Whitaker as Miss Homecoming ...

September 18, 2016 | Staff Report | LIVING


Dan Forster honored with National Seth Gordon Award

Dan Forster, recently retired Director of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources' Wildlife Resources Division (WRD), was recognized with the Seth Gordon Award, the highest ...

September 18, 2016 | Staff Report | LIVING


Our Thoughts: Safe and sound

The promise of autumn coming this week seems to be bringing a certain sense of relief that our hottest days will soon be behind us ...

September 18, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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Safety of the shepherd

 "The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and love will follow me all ...

June 06, 2008 | John Pearrell | Archives


Art camps hit the square

 School's out for the summer and children are full of energy. Summer camps are in full swing and activities around Covington are heating up with the weather.

June 06, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives


Streaker arrested at Sellars Motors

 A Covington native was arrested May 30 and charged with four counts of terroristic threats, according to a Newton County Sheriff's incident report.

June 06, 2008 | Brian Harper | Archives


Sam Cofer

Sam Cofer, 88, of Covington, died June 4 at Rockdale health Care. The son of the late Albert and Lila Moss Cover he was born un Butts County. Mr. Cofer was a member of Porterdale Baptist church and worked for Bibb Manufacturing until 1955 when he became a building contractor. He enjoyed fishing, gardening and going to Bojanles. Mr. Cofer dearly loved his family. He was preceded in death by brothers Robert Cofer, Roy Cofer and James Cofer.

June 06, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


A place to play

June 06, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives


Cornish Creek to undergo expansion

 The Newton County Board of Commissioners has awarded a $12 million bid to Choate Construction Company for the expansion of the Cornish Creek Water Treatment Facility.

June 06, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


BOC Dist. 3 GOPers talk issues

A farmer and an information technologies professional, both in their first campaign race, are vying for the Republican nomination for the Board of Commissioners District 3 seat.

June 06, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Fan drive heating up for summer

Summertime means higher temperatures, and with highs already approaching the 90s many locals are in need of relief.

June 06, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives


Local German billionaire dies in lake accident

A German billionaire who was heir to a coffee empire and one of the largest individual landowners in Newton County died after a boat struck him while he was swimming in Lake Rabun Saturday.

June 06, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


Our thoughts...

This weekend we will have thousands visitors from all over the state and country who will be participating in the annual B.R.A.G.

June 04, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Mysteries of life

I started in the newspaper industry when I was 14 years old, working my way up from walking the publisher's dog to owning a community newspaper in Southern California.

June 04, 2008 | T. Pat Cavanaugh | Archives


Enough original excuses for a lifetime

Legend has it that the late, great James Brown, after leading police on a high-speed, two-state car chase that ended at a friend's residence, explained his behavior to police with the following gem: "I'm sorry. I didn't see y'all. I was just going to my friend's house."

June 04, 2008 | Len Robbins | Archives


Angel in the infield

 On May 28, the Rangers of the Newton County Recreation Dixie Boys league took to the field.

June 04, 2008 | Brian Harper | Archives


Tigers seeing improvements on the gridiron

June 04, 2008 | Eric R. Wallace | Archives


PATA hosts first Spring Fling

 On Saturday, Oxford College hosted the firs-ever PATA Spring Fling Junior Tennis Tournament. Having 42 local juniors ages 18 and under, the Piedmont Area Tennis Association looked to get their first tennis tournament of the year off with a bang.

June 04, 2008 | Brian Harper | Archives


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