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Dr. Courtney Manning

Dr. Courtney Manning, age 45, of Covington, passed away June 30, 2014. He was born March 30, 1969 in May Pen, Clarendon, Jamaica to Victor Manning (deceased) and Aneita Cameron. At the age of five, he moved with his family to St. Catherine where they lived at his grandmother's house. While living there, he attended basic school in Reynolds and primary school at Point Hill. At the age of 10, he passed the Common Entrance exam to attend high school, and at the age of 18, he entered the Jamaican Constabulary Force. During this age, he also attended the ...

July 29, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Abraham Thomas “Abe” Hopkins

Abe Hopkins, age 6, of Covington passed away Monday, July 28, 2014. He was born February 14, 2008 in Covington to Mike and Kelli Kirkley Hopkins. Abe was a remarkable young man whose smile and laughter were contagious. Born on Valentine's Day he was full of love, affectionately described as a "mommie's boy" he loved watching Hallmark movies and being with his loving mother, father, sisters, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. Abe shined for Jesus every day and touched more people than could ever be known. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents J.T. and ...

July 29, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Josie Faye (Embry) McLaney

Josie Faye (Embry) McLaney, affectionately known as "Jo," passed away July 28, 2014, at the age of 81. She was born in Rockmart, Georgia, to the late Noel and Rena (Davis) Embry. Jo was a graduate of Cedartown High School, in Cedartown, Georgia. In 1951, she married Milton (Coach Mac) McLaney, and together they moved to Monticello, where he started his coaching career and she found her interest in floral arrangements. They moved to Newton County in 1956, where she became active and served as president of the Covington Garden Club. Jo worked part-time for several years for Abre Sherwood ...

July 29, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Keep skin healthy by knowing sunscreen facts

The best way to care for skin is to be smart about sun exposure. Too much unprotected exposure to the sun can cause a host of problems, from premature wrinkling to skin cancer.

July 29, 2014 | Staff Report | Health


Our thoughts: NYT’s pro-marijuana stance is disappointing

The New York Times editorial board this past Sunday called for the federal government to legalize marijuana in the United States.

July 29, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


GPTC unveils new media program and facilities

Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC), along with event co-host, Georgia Chamber of Commerce, unveiled to an audience of industry executives, public officials and potential students, GPTC's new Design and Media Production Technology (DMPT) and Recording Arts Technology (RART) programs and facility. The ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house, held at the DeKalb campus, provided guests the opportunity to meet students and learn first-hand of the cutting edge academic programs as they toured the Mac Lab and the television and production studio.

July 29, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Make your walk a workout

WALKING. We do it all the time. Most of us take walking for granted and don't think about it.

July 29, 2014 | Staff Report | Health


Abraham Thomas "Abe" Hopkins

Abe Hopkins, age 6, of Covington passed away Monday, July 28, 2014. He was born February 14, 2008 in Covington to Mike and Kelli Kirkley Hopkins. Abe was a remarkable young man whose smile and laughter were contagious. Born on Valentine's Day he was full of love, affectionately described as a "mommie's boy" he loved watching Hallmark movies and being with his loving mother, father, sisters, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. Abe shined for Jesus every day and touched more people than could ever be known. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents J.T. and ...

July 29, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


NMC hosts uniform, scrubs sale

Newton Medical Center Auxiliary is hosting a Uniforms & Scrubs Sale Monday, Aug. 4 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Tuesday, Aug. 5 from 7 a.m. to noon.

July 28, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County high school football coaches speak at Lions Club

At Ashford Springs Park, late Thursday evening, the Covington Lion's Club hosted Newton County's high school head football coaches. At the dinner, the coaches mingled with members of the community, and discussed different things with each other, such as the new IMPACT program. Newton head coach Terrance Banks, Eastside head coach Rick Hurst and Alcovy coach Kirk Hoffman spoke on the upcoming season, the ugliness of recruiting, how the game has changed and fielded questions about their players from fans.

July 26, 2014 | Staff Report | SPORTS


It’s SSEMC meeting time

About 1,357 Snapping Shoals EMC members turned out for the 76th annual shareholders' meeting at the Georgia International Horse Park Thursday, July 24.

July 26, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington teen missing, information sought

Fourteen-year-old Jordan Aaron has been reported missing to the Newton County Sheriff's Department.

July 26, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington woman arrested in prostitution sting

Conyers police are turning their sights to deterring prostitutes, instead of just johns, from coming to Conyers with a recent undercover sting that arrested two women for prostitution and one man for drug possession.

July 26, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Mother Darlene Strong

Mother Darlene Strong was born December 9, 1924 to the parentage of the late Mr. & Mrs. George (Cora) Stephens in Athens, Georgia.

July 26, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Social Circle activities

July 26, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Cheering on success

Ericka Anderson - new principal at West Newton Elementary School - stands barely taller than most of her fifth grade students but commands respect as a leader by giving praise and respect to her staff and students.

August 22, 2007 | Jennifer Long | Archives


Lady Eagles rebound to win consecutive matches

Although the Eastside varsity volleyball squad has gotten off to a rocky start this year, the Lady Eagles have won two consecutive matches.

August 22, 2007 | Staff Reports | Archives


Returning to the nest

August 22, 2007 | Staff Reports | Archives


'That time of year' again in the world of sports

As the dog days wear on interminably and the phrase "high heat" takes on a meaning other than what a big league power pitcher throws toward home plate, baseball fans know that the major league season has fewer than 40 games remaining.

August 22, 2007 | Nat Harwell | Archives


Atlanta Falcons are now trying to move on

By Paul Newberry

August 22, 2007 | Associated Press | Archives


Open house vandalized

A complainant called the Newton County Sheriff's Office after he discovered visitors to his open house had made a mess.

August 22, 2007 | Jennifer Long | Archives


Bred for violence?

The media coverage of accused Michael Vick's dog fighting ring and of vicious dogs mangling small children has increased the number of calls the Newton County Sheriff's Office receives reporting canine behavior.

August 22, 2007 | Jennifer Long | Archives


Sigman throws in hat for City Council race

Former Covington council member Bobby Sigman has announced that he will run for Councilman Mike Whatley's seat in the November municipal elections.

August 22, 2007 | Staff Report | Archives


Aggressive driver allegedly leads police on chase

Brandon Chaz Barnes, 25, was arrested Saturday evening and charged with 12 different crimes after leading police on a foot chase through the woods.

August 22, 2007 | Jennifer Long | Archives


Residents benefit from new fire rating

Covington homeowners are advised to contact their insurance agents now to inform them of the Covington Fire Department's newly improved rating from the Insurance Service Organization which will become effective Oct. 1.

August 22, 2007 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Testimony from witnesses heard in Barnes

Emotions ran high Tuesday as nine eyewitnesses were called to the stand in the motion status hearing of accused murderer Laney Barnes.

August 22, 2007 | Tyler Smith | Archives


Grace Allen

Grace Allen was born and passed away Aug. 16. Surviving are parents Britt and Sandra Allen of Athens; sister Lexie; brother Jake; grandparents Harold and Shirley Awtry of Bishop, Charlie and Cathy Allen of Covington; great-grandparents Betty Z. Edwards, Brice Allen, both of Covington; several aunts, uncles and cousins.

August 22, 2007 | Staff Reports | Archives


Lois Coady Maddox

Mrs. Lois Coady Maddox, 86, of Social Circle, died Aug. 20 at Abbey Hospice, Social Circle. The daughter of the late Vance and Mamie Parish Curtis, she was born in 1921 in Newton County. Mrs. Maddox was preceded in death by husband Mr. Lindsey A. Maddox. She lived in Henry County for a number of years and was a member of Sardis Baptist Church, Kitchen Kuties and the Henry County Hospital Board and a member and volunteer of Farm Bureau of Henry County and a member emeritus of the Order of Eastern Star.

August 22, 2007 | Staff Reports | Archives


Helen Bonner Spears

Helen Bonner Spears, 97, of the Brick Store Community, died Aug. 20 at Morgan Memorial Hospital from complications from a fall. The daughter of the late Howard Francis and Ora Upshaw Bonner, she was born in 1909 in Rutledge. She was preceded in death by three brothers, two sisters, great-granddaughter Mary Gail Summers, husband of 58 years Mr. Oscar Hermis Spears, son Mr. Oscar Howard Spears and son-in-law Moody C. Summers. Mrs. Spears was educated in the Morgan County School System and was a graduate of Bessie Tift College which is now part of Mercer University. She was a beloved ...

August 22, 2007 | Staff Reports | Archives


Joyce "Myra" Nell Daniel Wofford

Joyce "Myra" Nell Daniel Wofford, 77, of Covington, died Aug. 20. Mrs. Wofford, a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend, was a faithful member of Evangel Community Church. She was employed by Sears Roebuck Co. for 21 years. Mrs. Wofford was an active member of Taking Off Pounds Sensibly, initially a member of Chapter No. GA12 in Decatur and moving to Chapter No. GA375 in Covington. She was preceded in death by parents Starks and Nell Daniel; sisters Doris Todd, Leola Willingham, Patra Massey, Eva Cribb and an infant sister; brothers Starks Ellis Daniel Jr., Charlie Lee Daniel, Ed Daniel ...

August 22, 2007 | Staff Reports | Archives


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