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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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Alcovy teacher arrested on battery charges

A special education teacher and a paraprofessional at Alcovy High School were arrested and charged Thursday afternoon with cruelty to children in the first degree and simple battery, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

March 28, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


Big fat Greek festival

On Thursday afternoon, students at Georgia Perimeter College's Newton campus were met with all things Greek as they filtered through the building atrium.

March 28, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


MATURE helps teens form healthy relationships

 Juvenile Court Judge and Mrs. Billy Waters and Pastor and Mrs. Gary Brown were honored on March 15 as marriage of distinction couples and served on a panel at the second annual Marriage Legacy Banquet sponsored by the MATURE Project (Marriage Appreciation Training Uplifting Relationship Education).

March 28, 2008 | Colleen Capes Jackson | Archives


Actions taken to lower methane levels at county landfill

Though methane gas was recently detected at lower explosive levels at many different points around the county landfill, officials say corrective actions have since been taken to remedy the problem.

March 28, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Douglas sets forth proposed amendment to Georgia constitution

A constitutional amendment, introduced by Sen. John Douglas, to extend the terms of all General Assembly members from two years to four years, has cleared the Senate and its House subcommittee.

March 28, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Fearing God is a good thing

 "Rulers persecute me without cause, but my heart trembles at your word" (Psalm 119:161-168, NIV).

March 28, 2008 | John Pearrell | Archives


Family violence incidents yield two arrests

A 59-year-old Covington man was arrested Tuesday after throwing his sister into furniture and threatening to kill her with a large knife, according to a Covington Police Department public information log.

March 28, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


Family violence incidents yield two arrests

A 59-year-old Covington man was arrested Tuesday after throwing his sister into furniture and threatening to kill her with a large knife, according to a Covington Police Department public information log.

March 28, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


County lawsuit still considered active

Until such time as the Newton County Board of Commissioners receives official word from the county attorney's office, the county's lawsuit against the city of Social Circle is still considered to be active.

March 28, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Responding to religious skepticism

 Suppose on Monday you went happily to work, still humming "Christ the Lord is Risen Today, alleluia!" And a coworker hears you and says, "What are you so happy about? The resurrection of Jesus is malarkey. It is just a story invented to sell Bibles."

March 28, 2008 | John Donaldson | Archives


Making a full circle

Brenda Wharton, sixth grade math teacher at Veterans Memorial Middle School, started her career in education as an assistant teacher in an advanced high school math classroom.

March 26, 2008 | Jennifer Long | Archives


4,000 to remember

The war in Iraq reached a major and disturbing milestone on Sunday with the death of the 4,000th coalition soldier.

March 26, 2008 | Robby Byrd | Archives


Sounds fishy to me

In the news recently is a story about how the state Department of Natural Resources decided to "outsource" the state's hunting and fishing licensing and boating registration.

March 26, 2008 | Len Robbins | Archives


Blossoming downtown

The Potting Shed - a unique local nursery that sells custom-designed mixed planters - has changed locations, moving to the heart of historic Covington on Floyd Street.

March 26, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Cecil G. Brown Sr.

Mr. Cecil G. Brown Sr., 75, of Covington, died March 21. The son of the late John Martin Sr. and Maggie Fambrough Brown, he was born in Walton County and had been a resident of Covington for over 50 years. He graduated from Morgan County High School, attended the University of Georgia and was a musician recording in Nashville, Tenn., and Atlanta. Mr. Brown owned and operated Green Hill Nursery from 1967 to 2002 and was former president of Georgia Nurserymen Association. A very active member of Covington First United Church, he was a member of the Chancel Choir and ...

March 26, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


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