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Herbert Emil Hess

Herbert Emil Hess, 75, of Jersey, formerly of Kedulen, Germany, passed away November 17, 2014. Mr. Hess was preceded in death by his parents, Albert J. and Lina (Haase) Hess, and brother, Walter A. Hess.

November 20, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


County approves Old Atlanta Hwy cell tower

The Newton County Board of Commissioners voted 4-1 in favor of a new, 150-foot cell tower at 10816 Old Atlanta Highway Tuesday evening.

November 19, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Dahlia Jo Minton

Little Miss Dahlia Jo Minton, age 5, of Jackson, passed away Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at her residence surrounded by her loving family. She was born on Wednesday, January 7, 2009 in Riverdale. Dahlia attended Rock Springs Church and Jackson Presbyterian Church. A sweet, joyful child, she loved to make friends, sing, dance, and laugh.

November 19, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


William Bruce Henderson

William Bruce Henderson passed away Monday, November 17, 2014. Bill was born in Athens, Alabama to the late Merle and James Henderson. He is preceded in death by six siblings.

November 18, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Engagement: Kimberly Blair Malcom

Mr. and Mrs. Kent Haralson of Oxford and Mr. and Mrs. Scott Malcom of Shadydale announce the engagement of Kimberly Blair Malcom to James Timothy Walden Jr.

November 17, 2014 | Staff Report | Engagements


The race is on

Like summer is a time for action blockbusters, winter is for prestige films-the films that will make you think, probably cry and win a ton of awards. This is also the time for film studios to push out their prestige films before the Dec. 31 deadline for awards like the Oscars and the Golden Globes.

November 17, 2014 | Staff Report | LIFE


Mary Catchings Crudup

Mary Catchings Crudup, 82, of Covington, died Sunday, November 16, 2014, at Gwinnett Medical Center. She was born September 16, 1932, in New Orleans, Louisiana, the youngest child of Elise Browne Catchings and Thomas Franklin Catchings. She was preceded in death by her brother, Robert Franklin Catchings, and sister, Elise Catchings Rouprich, and is survived by her husband, Edward A. Crudup, Jr., of Covington and two daughters, Anne Bristowe Crudup, of Covington, and Emily Crudup Cameron (Allen), of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and grandchildren, Seth McDougald Cameron and Harold Phillips Cameron.

November 17, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Historic courthouse featured in new book

The courthouses of Georgia's 159 counties hold the keys to the history of individual families and entire communities alike. From their primary role as the temples of justice for our court system to their better known function as the official repository of public records for significant life events, these buildings anchor many of Georgia's town squares.

November 15, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Our thoughts: Bear Creek

Some good decisions by Newton County in the past have led to a current situation where we have a reliable water supply. The supply is such that if the theoretical doors of the county were to be shut right now, we probably would have plenty of water for the use of our children and grandchildren.

November 15, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


2 Eagles to play in Thanksgiving Parade

Two Eastside High School students will be representing the Eagles live on national television this Thanksgiving.

November 13, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Tyler Seagraves

Tyler Seagraves, of Covington, passed away November 12, 2014, at the age of 88. Seagraves served his country in the United States Navy. He loved his family and enjoyed being outside, going hunting, fishing and working in his garden. When not traveling for work, he loved spending time with his family. Seagraves was preceded in death by his grandson, Cory Seagraves; parents, Hoyt and Annie Mae Seagraves; and his brother, L.B. Seagraves.

November 13, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Michael ‘Mike’ Simcoe

Mr. Michael "Mike" Simcoe, age 52 of Oxford, passed away Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at Grady Hospital.

November 13, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


Fred Jackson "Jack" Harwell

Mr. Fred Jackson "Jack" Harwell, age 71, a lifelong resident of Covington passed away Thursday, November 6, 2014. He was born May 31, 1943 in Covington to J. Charles and Otera Jackson Harwell. Jack graduated from Newton County High School in 1961 and Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science in 1975. Mr. Harwell worked in the family business, J.C. Harwell and Son Funeral Home, as a licensed funeral director and embalmer for 28 years and then for Ginn Motor Company for 25 years. He was the president of the Newton County Jaycees, serving the year the Jaycees building was constructed ...

November 12, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS


GPC shows enrollment increase

Georgia Perimeter College's fall 2014 student enrollment showed a 1.2 percent increase over fall 2013, with 21,371 students signing up for classes. The increase reverses a two-year trend that also has been experienced by other institutions of higher education.

November 11, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


GPC named 'Best for Vets'

Georgia Perimeter College was named among a "Best for Vets College" by Military Times. GPC was among 140 colleges nationwide achieving this distinction.

November 11, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Flower-Stallsworth

Jennifer Marie Flower and Jason Daniel Stallsworth were united in matrimony June 9 at Sandals Beach Resort, St. Lucia. The bride is employed by the Fayette County School System as a kindergarten teacher. The groom is employed by Cambridge Builders as a project engineer.

July 15, 2007 | Staff Reports | Archives


Pondering church and state

I learned early that the three things you're not supposed to talk about in polite company are sex, religion and politics. But Mark Twain said, correctly, that those were the only three things interesting enough to talk about. So today I'm throwing caution to the wind and talking about all three.

July 15, 2007 | Nat Harwell | Archives


Going back with a bang

rate the start of a new school year after a long, lazy summer, but this year Main Street Covington will host a fun-filled Back 2 School Block Party to ramp up students and their families' excitement about the beginning of classes.

July 15, 2007 | Jennifer Long | Archives


GPC Newton campus hosting open house

The Newton Campus of Georgia Perimeter College welcomes county residents to attend its first official Community Open House from 6 to 8 p.m. on July 19.

July 15, 2007 | Jennifer Long | Archives


Goodbye grungy green

 Members of the Covington Lion's Club affectionately call their meeting place on Conyers Street - the Neal Banks Lion's Club Pavilion - "the grungy green building."

July 15, 2007 | Jennifer Long | Archives


Identity theft victim spends two days in jail

A case of stolen identity led to two days in jail for one unfortunate victim.

July 15, 2007 | Tyler Smith | Archives


Shots fired at house

A local woman suspects her brother shot at her house twice while she was still inside.

July 15, 2007 | Tyler Smith | Archives


Ernestine "Tine" Cobb

Ms. Ernestine "Tine" Cobb died July 8. The daughter of the late Bobbie Lou Cobb and Olin Tredwell, she was born in Newton County in 1935. Ms. Cobb attended Washington Street School. She was a member of Murray C.M.E. church and later transferred her membership to Union Grove United Methodist church. Known for her culinary skills, Ms. Cobb followed the legacy of her mother, opening her arms to whomever she met. She never hesitated to offer food to the hungry and comfort to the distressed. Ms. Cobb had a lovely smile, a gracious heart and an abundance of ...

July 15, 2007 | Staff Reports | Archives


Twila J. Roberts Coleman

Ms. Twila J. Roberts Coleman, 43, of Conyers, died July 13. Ms. Coleman was a former computer operator for J. Williams Company. She was a loving daughter and sister who will be dearly missed by all.

July 15, 2007 | Staff Reports | Archives


Mattie M. Rogers

y 9. The daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Irvin (Mattie Ola Bell) Nolley, she was born in 1938. Mrs. Rogers was raised and educated in Newton County.

July 15, 2007 | Staff Report | Archives


Jack Gordon Stickel

Mr. Jack Gordon Stickel, 61, of Woodstock, died July 11. The son of the late Jack Gordon Stickel Sr. and the late Margaret Elizabeth Garrett Stickel, he was born in Fulton County in 1945. He was the owner of Stickel Trucking Company in Woodstock, and enjoyed photography and working on cars. Mr. Stickel was preceded in death by parents, sister Elizabeth Edwards and Niece Ann Marie Bryson.

July 15, 2007 | Staff Reports | Archives


Ruby Inez Hammonds Tuggle

Mrs. Ruby Inez Hammonds Tuggle, 90, died July 9 in Monticello. The daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. William Emmett (Millie Ann Banks) Hammonds, she was born in Newton County in 1917. She was raised in Newton County, and at an early age, she joined Bethlehem Baptist Church where she enjoyed playing the piano for the Senior Choir. She was an active member until her health declined. An excellent homemaker, Ms. Ruby, as she was affectionately called, enjoyed caring for her family. For the past 18 years, she was cared for at the Retreat Nursing Home, Monticello. While there ...

July 15, 2007 | Staff Reports | Archives


Karen A. Wise

Mrs. Karen A. Wise, 56, of Covington, died July 11 at Barrow Regional Medical Center in Winder. The daughter of the late Floyd Rex and Luella Mae Johnson Peckenpaugh, Mrs. Wise enjoyed reading, traveling, going to the movies and spending time with her grandchildren. She was a devoted mother, grandmother and friend to many. Mrs. Wise was preceded in death by her husband Keith "Skip" Wise.

July 15, 2007 | Staff Reports | Archives


School violence

Remember, this is only a drill.

July 15, 2007 | Tyler Smith | Archives


Protect yourself from identity theft crimes

There is no foolproof way to protect against identity theft.

July 15, 2007 | Tyler Smith | Archives


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