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Rainbow to distribute 40,000 lbs of food

Update 12/18/2014: Due to inclement weather, the event will be postponed to next Saturday, Dec. 27 at the same time.

December 16, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Annie Laura Conner Darby Chesnut

Annie Laura Conner Darby Chesnut was born Jan. 18, 1918 in Morgan County to Emory E. and Beverly L. Blasingame Conner. She was first married to Olin Lemuel Darby who died in 1945 leaving her with a 5-year-old son and expecting a second son in October. She remained a widow and sole support of her children until 1950 when she married Charles Stewart (Chink) Chesnut. They moved to Chesnut Farm on Chesnut Road where their son Charles was born. She resided there until Chink died and her health declined.

December 16, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


First F-150 in Georgia goes to Covington resident

The first 2015 Ford F-150 sold in Georgia will be driven in Covington, as Newton County resident Mike Poole made the purchase at Covington Ford.

December 16, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Alcovy UMC hosts Giving Tree

Alcovy United Methodist Church is working with the Salvation Army's Toy Drive for the third year, and helped supply toys to those who might otherwise not have anything for Christmas.

December 16, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Lady Tigers advance to 1-1 in region play

The Lady Tigers of Alcovy got their first win in region 2-AAAAAA this season on Friday evening. It wasn't an easy one by any means, as the Lady Wildcats of Lovejoy gave them all they could handle. But, Alcovy fought it out, and displayed some toughness with a 51-46 win over Lovejoy.

December 13, 2014 | Javon Dickerson | Alcovy


History for Henderson

J.C. Henderson officially became the longest-serving commissioner in Newton County history.

December 13, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County Jail Log

Christopher Rogeli Medrano, 23, Covington, Nov 19, Violate Family Violence Order

December 13, 2014 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log


Our thoughts: The spirit

It's hard to believe that we have less than two weeks left until Christmas day … after all we been reminded that it was coming since August at many places.

December 13, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Engagement: Kali Bell and Christopher Powell

Ms. Jurlean Bell of Covington is proud to announce the upcoming marriage of her daughter Kali Bell, to Christopher Powell, son of Ms. Norma Lewis of Stone Mountain. The wedding will take place Saturday, March 28, 2015 at The Church at Covington in Oxford.

December 13, 2014 | Staff Report | Engagements


Hollis Franklin Blackshear

On August 21, 1934 the late Mr. & Mrs. Johnnie (Luvenia) Blackshear, Sr. were blessed with the birth of a handsome son whom they named Hollis Franklin Blackshear. Born in

December 13, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mike Fondren

Mike Fondren, age 59, of Covington passed away December 11, 2014. He was born in Honolulu, Hawaii on May 21, 1955 to the late James Dolphus and Audrey Gardner Fondren. Mike was the owner of 3rd Base Sports Bar and Grill on Salem Road. He was enjoyed fishing and camping and loved spending time with his grandchildren and family and his 3rd Base family. Mike retired from Steven's Graphics. He was preceded in death by his son Keith Fondren in 2011.

December 12, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Leisa Romero

Ms. Leisa Romero, age 45, of Jasper passed away at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital on Tuesday, December 9, 2014.

December 11, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Oak Hill closed Friday due to Gastroenteritis

Oak Hill Elementary School Closed Tomorrow Due to Outbreak of Gastroenteritis.

December 11, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Rita Unger

Rita Unger of Covington, passed away December 10, 2014, at the age of 82. She and her loving husband, Eric, were adventurous German immigrants who migrated to the United States to raise a family. The family lived for a short time in Ohio and Kentucky before settling in the Covington, Georgia area. She worked at Hercules in Covington for 25 years. She will be remembered by her family as a very loving mother and grandmother (Oma), who enjoyed traveling the United States and Europe. She was also an animal lover, who enjoyed her dogs, Teddy, Amber and Suzie. She was ...

December 11, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Larry Morton

Mr. Larry Morton, 79, of Oxford, passed away Thursday, December 11, 2014. He was born May 2, 1935 in Atlanta, Georgia to the late Daniel Jefferson and Martha Brookshrie Morton. Mr. Morton worked for Gordy Tile Company for 25 years. He enjoyed riding horses and coon hunting for many years.

December 11, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


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Leslie Scott Hix

Leslie Scott Hix, 47, of Monticello, died Oct. 11 after an extended illness. Mr. Hix was born in Newton County where he was raised and lived until moving to Jasper County four years ago.

October 12, 2007 | Staff Reports | Archives


Oliver, Malcolm spar over Oxford's relationship with college

Advocating a continued close relationship with Oxford College, incumbent Oxford City Councilman Hoyt Oliver is challenged by Toby Malcolm, who is in favor of distancing the city from the college, in the Nov. 6 municipal elections.

October 12, 2007 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Newton's top guns

To Newton County Sheriff's deputies, the phrase "top gun" brings to mind more than just a 1980s Tom Cruise movie. To be known as the "top gun" around the office is an honor bestowed upon only the department's best shooters.

October 12, 2007 | Tyler Smith | Archives


How high are city residents' electric bills?

During the summer months Covington residents, who use large quantities of electricity, consequently pay one of the highest electric rates in the state.

October 12, 2007 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Police respond to two area burglaries

Shortly after midnight Wednesday, the Covington Police Department was called in reference to a burglary in progress on Bede Drive.

October 12, 2007 | Tyler Smith | Archives


Local woman wins wolf week poster contest

Every year since 1977, the third week of October marks Wolf Awareness Week in the United States.

October 12, 2007 | Jennifer Long | Archives


Finger and Porterdale newcomer vie for Council Post 2 seat

Longtime Porterdale resident and political enthusiast Linda Finger vies against John Kottl, a new arrival to the city and a candidate whose platform is 'listening,' for the Porterdale Council Post 2 seat in November.

October 10, 2007 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


New coffee house aims to please

 Designed to appeal to both coffee and non-coffee drinkers alike, Latte Da Coffee promises to have something for everyone.

October 10, 2007 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Jamming for a good cause

 Fun and fellowship revolve around the Alcovy and Yellow rivers with the annual Rivers Alive Clean-up and the first Yellow River Jam scheduled for Saturday.

October 10, 2007 | Jennifer Long | Archives


Dawgs lose due to my pants

Kickoff, 3:34 p.m.

October 10, 2007 | Len Robbins | Archives


A colorful personality

Anissa Kelley, special needs kindergarten teacher at Oak Hill Elementary, has a demanding job - but she loves it.

October 10, 2007 | Jennifer Long | Archives


Lifting weights and men

If you travel to Toccoa, in North Georgia, it will be an unforgettable experience. Located on Georgia Highway 17, the scenic town is reached via Interstate 85, through Lavonia. Your main point of interest is the falls, 29 feet higher than Niagra, and one of the South's famous attractions.

October 10, 2007 | Clifford Brewton | Archives


Two teens, two adults arrested in armed robbery

Four people were arrested over the weekend in connection with a robbery outside Newton Federal Bank early Sunday morning.

October 10, 2007 | Tyler Smith | Archives


Graduation rates up throughout Georgia

The Georgia Department of Education updated its annual Adequate Yearly Progress report on Sept. 28. The report showed an increase in the state's graduation rate to an all-time high.

October 10, 2007 | Jennifer Long | Archives


Three men arrested in late night altercations

Patrons of T.J.'s Rockin Country Bar and Grill had a wild morning Saturday when three men were arrested in separate altercations.

October 10, 2007 | Tyler Smith | Archives


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