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Our Thoughts: When is enough, enough?

This week two Newton County young people lost their lives and another took a life, leaving a cloud of sadness over an otherwise sunny time.

June 26, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

James ‘Sam’ Allgood

James "Sam" Allgood, Sr., 71, of Sparta. passed away June 23, 2016. An Oxford native, Allgood and his wife, Frances moved to Sparta in 2006 ...

June 24, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

The Newton County Farm Bureau celebrated National Dairy Month in June.

The dairy industry is a crucial part of Georgia's agriculture industry. The state of Georgia is home to approximately 83,000 head of dairy ...

June 24, 2016 | Staff Report | LIVING

Theme school council gives $600 to homeless shelter

Members of the Newton County Theme School (NCTS) Student Council recently presented a check for $600 to the Garden of Gethsemane Homeless Shelter. The Theme ...

June 24, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Newton BOE adopts resolution opposing governor’s opportunity school district

By unanimous vote, the Newton County Board of Education (BOE) adopted a resolution opposing Governor Nathan Deal's proposed "Opportunity School District" (OSD) at their ...

June 24, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Former Newton County employee charged with theft by receiving


June 24, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Update: Dillon Wilks Bragg

Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home

June 24, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

BOE to hold public hearings on FY2017 budget

The Newton County Board of Education (BOE) tentatively adopted a maintenance and operation budget for fiscal year 2016-17. The total millage rate of 20 mills ...

June 23, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Newton County Jail Log: June 22

Paula Michelle Allamon, 45, McDonough, June 19, theft by shoplifting – misdemeanor

June 23, 2016 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log

CPD searching for man who robbed Covington bank

The Covington Police Department is in search of a man who robbed the Bank of North Georgia at 4128 Hwy 278 NE Wednesday afternoon, according ...

June 22, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Emily LaRue Hopkins

Emily LaRue Hopkins, 70, passed away on June 16, 2016. She is preceded in death by her husband, Donald P. Hopkins, Sr.; her son, Thomas ...

June 22, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

Video: BOC discusses Nelson Heights

The Newton County Board of Commissioners approved a motion to clarify the wording of administrative services regarding the Nelson Heights Community Center's administrative services ...

June 22, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Logan Elane Davis

Logan Elane Davis, 18, of Newborn passed away June 18, 2016. She was preceded in death by her grandmother, Judy (Cofield) Breedlove.

June 21, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

Registration for Newton County Art Association dance and music programs is open

Register before July 1 for one or more of five music and dance programs offered for the 2016 through 2017 year and the Newton County ...

June 21, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Youth charged with murder of Covington man found on Lower River Road

The Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) charged a 16-year-old Covington youth with murder of Enrique Ramirez Trejo of Covington.

June 20, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

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Not always what it seems

He seemed to be just another odd, eccentric old man, really. Almost every Friday, as sunset neared, the codger wearing an old, sun-bleached military cap would walk out on a long pier at Key Biscayne, Florida, carrying a full bucket of shrimp. As the sun began to settle, the man known to locals as "Old Ed" would be joined by dozens of seagulls. "Old Ed" tossed shrimp to the birds, softly speaking over and again the words, "thank you."

March 09, 2008 | Nat Harwell | Archives

Healthy, happy hearts

For five years Oak Hill Elementary School has been the top fundraising school in the county and for the American Heart Association's Hoops for Heart and Jump Rope for Heart campaigns.

March 09, 2008 | Jennifer Long | Archives

Struggle against metal theft wrought with frustration

In trying to find a way to stop the scourge of metal theft, there is plenty of frustration to go around.

March 09, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives

Reservoir plans stir controversy

A public information meeting Thursday night on the county's plans to construct the Bear Creek Reservoir degenerated into personal attacks on the county attorney from audience members with a personal stake in the project.

March 09, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

Social Circle offers joint land planning

At a closed meeting in October, the Social Circle City Council offered joint land use planning in any future annexations if Newton County would agree to drop its lawsuit against the city.

March 09, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

Police imposter strikes again

A police imposter attempted to pull over yet another female driver Wednesday morning in the fifth such reported incident in Newton County, according to a Newton County Sheriff's Office incident report.

March 09, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives

Tykes, Tots and Teens holding spring sale

Covington moms Laura Johns and Brandi Corley are on a mission - to connect other families with inexpensive name-brand clothing through the Tykes, Tots and Teens spring consignment sale.

March 09, 2008 | Kari Apted | Archives

Local artist signed to record label

Maurice Murray, who performs and records under the name "Alaze," thinks 2008 will be his year to shine.

March 09, 2008 | Jennifer Long | Archives

Mitcham sets sights on District 3 seat

Local farmer Keith Mitcham has thrown his hat into the District 3 Commissioner race.

March 09, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

Alcovy visits crosstown rival Eastside tonight

Tonight the crosstown meeting between the Alcovy and Eastside High varsity baseball squads will square off yet again, their third meeting in two years.

March 07, 2008 | Jason Murdock | Archives

Winder-Barrow hands Alcovy second straight loss

COVINGTON - On Wednesday, Winder-Barrow High handed the second-year Alcovy Tigers their second loss of the season after a 13-2 victory on the diamond.

March 07, 2008 | Brian Harper | Archives

Favre rules out a return to playing football again

By Chris Jenkins

March 07, 2008 | Associated Press | Archives

Loganville Christian Academy victorious

The Loganville Christian Academy varsity baseball team won its home

March 07, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives

Gone is the GREAT Plan

One of the issues I wrote about on Feb. 22 was House Speaker Glenn Richardson's ever evolving tax plan. The GREAT Plan, an acronym that stood for Georgia's Repeal of Every Ad Valorem Tax, originally started out as a proposal that eliminated every property tax, from the vehicle ad valorem tax to local property taxes, and would have also eliminated some sales tax exemptions on services. Schools systems and local governments would have received subsidies from the state to fund operations and projects.

March 07, 2008 | Jason Pye | Archives

Positive change

The Youth and Young Adult Development Center has been promoting a positive change for youth and young adults ranging from 8 to 30 years old, since 2003.

March 07, 2008 | Colleen Capes Jackson | Archives

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