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Davis named Rotary Club president

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 ‘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


Elzie ‘Ed’ Dees

Elzie (Ed) Dees, of Oxford, passed away June 25, 2015, at the age of 85. Ed was born in Douglas. He served in the United States Air Force from 1951-1955 and was a veteran of the Korean War. He retired from Ryder Truck Lines with 44 years of service. Ed and Maxine thoroughly enjoyed spending time and being involved with their church group. Ed was also a proud and dedicated member of the Masonic Lodge for the past 51 years. He was presently a member with Pace Masonic Lodge No. 558.

June 27, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Cheryl Lynn Harris Monis

Cheryl Lynn Harris Monis, 56 of Loganville, passed away Thursday, June 25, 2015 at home. She was born in Wilkes-Barre, PA. to the late Bill Harris and Loretta Jamison Harris. Mrs. Monis has lived in the Loganville, GA. area for over 22 years. In addition to her father, she is preceded in death by her brother Mike Harris.

June 27, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Newton County Jail Log: June 24

Chadwick Lamont Barksdale, 42, Covington, June 23, bail jumping, back for court

June 26, 2015 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log


Covington gets closer to new hotel

COVINGTON- City of Covington and Royal Hotel Investment Officials broke ground on the city's newest hotel project, a Holiday Inn Express & Suites Friday.

June 26, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Jackson County at Alcovy

After coming off a loss during their season opener, the Alcovy boys were hungry, eyeing the visiting Jackson County Panthers on Friday as if they were a line of red meat.

December 09, 2007 | Jason Murdock | Archives


Bringing history to life

Many women enjoy shopping for purses, shoes and jewelry but Pat Visser would rather find a bargain on spittoons, old photographs and chamber pots.

December 09, 2007 | Jennifer Long | Archives


See Mars and a meteor shower or two

December 09, 2007 | Jim Honeycutt | Archives


Remembering Pearl Harbor

Dec. 7, 1941 in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, dawned a peacefully quiet, gorgeous Sunday morning. The bulk of the United States Pacific Fleet, minus three aircraft carriers which had sailed on a supply mission to Midway Island, rode at anchor near the city of Honolulu.

December 09, 2007 | Nat Harwell | Archives


Frederick Clark Helms

Mr. Frederick Clark Helms, 76, of Covington died Dec. 6 at his home. The son of the late Luther Lee Helms and Bessie Ophelia Long Helms, he was born in Gadsden, Ala. Mr. Helms was an avid sports and Atlanta Braves fan and played football while in high school and college. Mr. Helms proudly served his county in the United States Air Force and was stationed in Korea during World War II. He loved the outdoors and was a very hard worker. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather.

December 09, 2007 | Staff Reports | Archives


Susie Mitchell Glover

Mrs. Susie Mitchell Glover died Nov. 28. The daughter of the late Mr. Sanford and Mrs. Lillar Mitchell, she was born Feb. 17 in Morgan County. During her active years she was a faithful member of Springfield Baptist Church, Newborn. She was preceded in death by husband Mr. Elbert Glover; children Little Ms. Annie Grace, Mrs. Rosia Lee Gibbs, Mr. Roy Lee Glover, Mrs. Annette Williamson, Mr. Eddie Lewis Glover; sisters Mrs. Lucy Mae Broughton, Mrs. Helen Huff, Mrs. Annie Lou Head; and brother Mr. Sanford Mitchell.

December 09, 2007 | Staff Reports | Archives


New program to benefit abused children in area

Child victims of sexual abuse may soon have a new comprehensive avenue for counseling, mentorship and advocacy if a proposed partnership between local groups comes to fruition.

December 09, 2007 | Tyler Smith | Archives


New program to benefit abused children in area

Child victims of sexual abuse may soon have a new comprehensive avenue for counseling, mentorship and advocacy if a proposed partnership between local groups comes to fruition.

December 09, 2007 | Tyler Smith | Archives


Results in on salmonella outbreak

 A report released Friday by the East Metro Health District found that the October outbreak of salmonella in Newton County was associated with consumption of pulled pork sold by the Covington Lions Club at Sherman's Last Burning.

December 09, 2007 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


City of Oxford appoints former councilwoman to vacant position

In an odd turn of events, the Oxford City Council appointed former councilwoman Emma Lou Patterson to take Mayor Elect Jerry Roseberry's position on the council by a public roll call vote at their council meeting last Monday night.

December 09, 2007 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


BOC approves designs for Denny Dobbs Park

Plans for District 2's first-ever park are moving briskly along with the Newton County Board of Commissioners' approval of conceptual designs for Denny Dobbs Park at their Tuesday night board meeting.

December 09, 2007 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Light up the night

When approaching Matthew Harwell's home on Stacia Drive in the middle of December, it becomes clearly apparent the man and his family have an appreciation for Christmas and all the multicolored lights that come along with holiday.

December 09, 2007 | Tyler Smith | Archives


Tough year ahead at the Capitol

Newton County's delegation to the Capitol predicted that next year's session will be a very tough one with transportation, water concerns and tax reform all on the agenda to be discussed.

December 07, 2007 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Writing Christmas letters

When I saw the return address, I rolled my eyes.

December 07, 2007 | Harris Blackwood | Archives


Community thanks

Community thanks

December 07, 2007 | Newton County Minister's Union Youth Department | Archives


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