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Newton County Jail Log: July 1

Rod Clark Coleman, 22, Covington, June 26, burglary – 1st degree, criminal trespass

July 01, 2015 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log

Sheriff's Office issues fireworks caution

COVINGTON- The Newton County Sheriff's Office would like you to have a happy-and safe-Fourth of July.

July 01, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Fireworks, hotel fee, gas tax changes hit July 1 with new laws

July 1 typically brings a bevy of new laws into effect that were approved by the General Assembly earlier in the year. This year, Georgians can expect to see a new $5 fee tacked on to hotel/motel stays, slight changes to their gas taxes, and will now be able to buy aerial fireworks that were formerly illegal.

July 01, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Landfill Meeting Tonight

The Newton County Board of Commissioners will meet tonight, Wednesday, July 1, at 7:00 p.m. to discuss and likely vote on the Green Hill P3 proposal to lease and operate the county landfill.

July 01, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Davis named Rotary Club president

COVINGTON- The Covington Rotary Club closed out its 76th year Tuesday, handing out awards from 2014-15 and inducting its next president.

June 30, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Georgia State Patrol steps up enforcement this weekend

The July Fourth weekend is not only a chance for many people to celebrate, it is also the busiest travel period of the year. The holiday weekend is recognized as beginning Thursday at 6 p.m. and running through Sunday, July 5 at midnight, according to the Georgia Department of Public Safety.

June 30, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

AKA Chi Tau Omega chapter awards $20,000 in scholarships

COVINGTON- The Chi Tau Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated of Covington, Ga., serving Newton and Rockdale counties, awarded $20, 000 in scholarships on June 21, 2015 at Antioch AME Church in Conyers to high school students heading to various colleges and universities including HBCUs in the state of Georgia and nationwide.

June 30, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Dr. Kenneth L. Jacques

Dr. Kenneth L. Jacques of Oxford, passed away June 29, 2015, at the age of 73. He devoted his life to the ministry of his Lord. Dr. Jacques served as the pastor of Harmony Baptist Church, in Covington, for 27 years, but most recently was a member of Canaan Baptist Church. He led church services once a week, for the residents of Riverside Health Care, Merryvale Assisted Living and The Benton House. He enjoyed spending time in his flower garden, but more than anything, he cherished the time he spent with his family. Preceding him in death were his parents ...

June 29, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

Dr. Melvin Louis Conrad

Dr. Melvin Louis Conrad, 88, passed away on June 26, 2015, in Wichita, Kansas. He was preceded in death by his wife Eula Conrad (Palmer Stone Elementary School Teacher). He is survived by children Albert Conrad (Michael) of Wichita, Kansas, Celia Theiler of Charlotte, North Carolina, and Daniel Conrad (Lauree) of Cary, North Carolina.

June 29, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

Road construction restricted this weekend

The Georgia Department of Transportation is suspending construction-related lane closures on interstates and major state system highways for the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

June 29, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Our thoughts: Pension plan

The Covington City Council made a smart move last week when it voted to back off a hastily conceived plan to change city policy on pensions as they relate to retirees who come back to work for the Covington government.

June 28, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Ruling brings same-sex marriage to Newton

The "thunderbolt" struck the nation around 11 a.m. Friday morning. For some Newton County residents the storm had been brewing for two decades, and for a local couple the ringing began at 3 p.m. – ringing of wedding bells.

June 28, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Carlton Trail sidewalk project now complete

A sidewalk stretching more than half a mile and connecting citizens living in the northwest quadrant of Covington with the rest of the city is now complete. The project ran from Geiger Street to Moore Street in Oxford.

June 27, 2015 | Staff Report | Covington

Conyers teen arrested in shooting death of Newton teen

Newton County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested multiple suspects Friday in connection with the June 22 fatal shooting of 19-year-old Malik Muschett, including Conyers resident Antoine Smith, charged with malice murder and felony murder.

June 27, 2015 | Staff Report | Covington

Donald β€˜Don’ Russell Griffin

Donald Russell Griffin "Don", age 82, of Oxford, passed away Thursday, June 25, 2015. He was born November 11 1932, in Covington County, Alabama to the late Grover Cleveland and Lera Lorene Powell Griffin, the ninth of 11 children.

June 27, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

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Building a better Newton

Dear Editor: This past Saturday, the organizers of "Building a Better Newton" were once again successful in bringing together a broad cross section of community members who care about the direction in which our county is headed. Those present represented community leaders, educators, law enforcement, clergy, health care professionals and students among many others. The conversations that we have shared over these past two meetings have been thoughtful and profitable and are certain to lead to positive changes as we face the challenges of growth together.

February 15, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Willing helpers

The Willing Helpers Medical Clinic is a ministry of Solid Rock Baptist Church, located at 8111 Brown Bridge Road. The clinic opened in October 2006 as a non profit effort of local medical professionals seeking to improve the health of approximately 10,000 uninsured people in Newton County. The medical director is Dr. Timothy Park, MD, and the clinic director is Ed Jenkins. RPH. Nursing co-directors are Dorothy Robinson, RN, and Yolunda Goldston, RN.

February 15, 2008 | Colleen Capes Jackson | Archives

Religion is a team sport

I was over at the Covington YMCA the other day, trudging along at a slow jog on the last treadmill on the left, sweating, watching TV, watching the miles creep by, and then Will came up behind me and yelled, "Pick it up John!"

February 15, 2008 | John Donaldson | Archives

Separating the sacred and the secular in life

"For I am your servant; therefore give me common sense to apply your rules to everything I do" (Psalm 119:125, The Living Bible).

February 15, 2008 | John Pearrell | Archives

Why the tree, God?

In the beginning, God created the world. It was perfect, nothing wrong with it. And then they ate that fruit from that tree of knowledge of good and evil and ruined everything. And now there is sin in the world. What a shame. If only they had resisted that temptation. But, what was the tree doing there in the first place? Have you ever wondered that? Have you ever asked, "Why the tree, God?"

February 15, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Fresh bread

In John, chapter 6, we are told the story of Jesus performing the miracle of feeding 5,000 people with only five small barley loaves of bread and two small fish. After doing this, Jesus said: "I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty" (John 6:35).

February 15, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Christian life

Our heritage is very important in determining our future. Karl Marx once said that people without a heritage are easily led. He certainly talked a lot of people out of their heritage.

February 15, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

New schools named

After deferring the naming of the county's new elementary and middle school at the January meeting until Tuesday night's work session, the Newton County Board of Education approved the names South Salem Elementary and Liberty Middle.

February 15, 2008 | Jennifer Long | Archives

GBI detonates suspicious Valentine's Day package in Newton Plaza

Valentines Day started with a bang when the Georgia Bureau of Investigation detonated a suspicious package that was discovered in Newton Plaza.

February 15, 2008 | Tyler Smith | Archives

Athletes compete in district hoop shoot

COVINGTON - The Covington Elks Hoop Shoot was held Saturday at the Newton High School gymnasium to determine who will advance to the state tournament Feb. 23.

February 15, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives

Trees planted at county schools

"Someone's sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago" - Les Brown.

February 15, 2008 | Jennifer Long | Archives

Fleming out, Clark to seek BOC seat

With District 3 Commissioner Ester Fleming's decision to not run for re-election, local businessman Jimmy Clark is optimistic about his chances of winning a seat on the commission this November.

February 15, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

Local leaders clash at Porterdale City Council

At a meeting lasting until approximately 1 a.m. Thursday, the Porterdale City Council voted not to reappoint Shari Stevenson as city clerk and Patti Battle as Better Hometown director.

February 15, 2008 | Jennifer Long | Archives

County travel time expected to rise

Depending on growth assumptions, travel time on the county's most trafficked corridors is expected to more than double by 2030.

February 15, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

Kiwanians honor students with top SAT scores

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the STAR (Student Teacher Achievement Recognition) Student program sponsored by the Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE).

February 15, 2008 | Jennifer Long | Archives

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