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Hampton Inn Covington awarded 2016 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award

The Hampton Inn Covington has received a 2016 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award. Now in its sixth year, the achievement celebrates hospitality businesses that have ...

June 26, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Newton County Senior Services receives new shuttle bus

Newton County Senior Services is the proud recipient of a new shuttle bus that will soon hit the road to transport senior residents to and ...

June 26, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Three Newton County deputies graduate from Georgia Public Safety Training Center

The 286th Graduation Class of the Georgia Public Safety Training Center-Athens Academy held their graduation on June 10 at the Winder Community Center.

June 26, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Our Thoughts: When is enough, enough?

This week two Newton County young people lost their lives and another took a life, leaving a cloud of sadness over an otherwise sunny time.

June 26, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

James ‘Sam’ Allgood

James "Sam" Allgood, Sr., 71, of Sparta. passed away June 23, 2016. An Oxford native, Allgood and his wife, Frances moved to Sparta in 2006 ...

June 24, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

The Newton County Farm Bureau celebrated National Dairy Month in June.

The dairy industry is a crucial part of Georgia's agriculture industry. The state of Georgia is home to approximately 83,000 head of dairy ...

June 24, 2016 | Staff Report | LIVING

Theme school council gives $600 to homeless shelter

Members of the Newton County Theme School (NCTS) Student Council recently presented a check for $600 to the Garden of Gethsemane Homeless Shelter. The Theme ...

June 24, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Newton BOE adopts resolution opposing governor’s opportunity school district

By unanimous vote, the Newton County Board of Education (BOE) adopted a resolution opposing Governor Nathan Deal's proposed "Opportunity School District" (OSD) at their ...

June 24, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Former Newton County employee charged with theft by receiving


June 24, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Update: Dillon Wilks Bragg

Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home

June 24, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

BOE to hold public hearings on FY2017 budget

The Newton County Board of Education (BOE) tentatively adopted a maintenance and operation budget for fiscal year 2016-17. The total millage rate of 20 mills ...

June 23, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Newton County Jail Log: June 22

Paula Michelle Allamon, 45, McDonough, June 19, theft by shoplifting – misdemeanor

June 23, 2016 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log

CPD searching for man who robbed Covington bank

The Covington Police Department is in search of a man who robbed the Bank of North Georgia at 4128 Hwy 278 NE Wednesday afternoon, according ...

June 22, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Emily LaRue Hopkins

Emily LaRue Hopkins, 70, passed away on June 16, 2016. She is preceded in death by her husband, Donald P. Hopkins, Sr.; her son, Thomas ...

June 22, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

Video: BOC discusses Nelson Heights

The Newton County Board of Commissioners approved a motion to clarify the wording of administrative services regarding the Nelson Heights Community Center's administrative services ...

June 22, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

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Christmas roots

My recent articles have been on the subject of Christmas. In the first of this series I set forth a case to remind those who have been desperately trying to sanitize the holiday of its Christian meaning, the fact that were it not for the coming of Christ there would be no celebration at Christmas time.

December 14, 2007 | John Pearrell | Archives


"Hey sinners! Yeah, you! Repent! You don't have much time left!"

December 14, 2007 | Pastor Jonathan Scharf | Archives

Laodicea: then and now

Through the Apostle John, Christ sent seven letters to seven churches in Asia Minor. Laodicea was the last letter, and it is recorded in Revelation, chapter 3, verses 14-22.

December 14, 2007 | The Rev. Wayne Rutherford | Archives

Middle school wrestling teams show promise in annual tourney

Last Saturday was the 7th Annual Wolverine Invitational Middle School Wrestling Tournament hosted by Clements Middle School.

December 14, 2007 | Alan Howard | Archives

Loganville takes two from Eastside in region play

The Eastside boys and girls varsity basketball teams were each handed a region loss Tuesday night, as the Loganville Red Devils entered the Nest Eastside and snatched a pair against the host Eagles.

December 14, 2007 | Ryan Zontek | Archives

Athlete of the Week

Liz Stillerman is not your typical teenager, but that's exactly what makes her unique and special. In fact, it's the reasoning behind this feature that it makes it so appeasing.

December 14, 2007 | Jason Murdock | Archives

Jimmy Neal Hester

Jimmy Neal Hester, 60, of Social Circle, died Dec. 11. The son of the late Jimmy Neal Hester Sr., he was co-owner of J&J Carpentry in Social Circle, a former law enforcement officer for the city of Covington and Jasper and attended Harvest Baptist Church in Monroe. Mr. Hester was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving two years in Germany. He was a very hard worker, an avid sportsman enjoying deer and rabbit hunting and was a very good cook in the kitchen and on an outdoor grill. He was preceded in death by his sister Patricia ...

December 14, 2007 | Staff Reports | Archives

Janice McClung Fersh

Mrs. Janice McClung Fersh, 61, of Lithonia, died of cancer Dec. 7 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Atlanta. The daughter of the late Alton and Sarah (Burnett) McClung, she was born in 1946 in Atlanta. She was a graduate of Forest Park High School and the University of Georgia. She was an active member of the high school band and the Dixie Redocat Band. She continued her love of music as a member of the Covington-Conyers Community Orchestra and the St. Pius X church choir and brass ensemble. Mrs. Fersh loved animals and shared her home with her "purrherd ...

December 14, 2007 | Staff Reports | Archives

Alcovy at Newton Preview

On Saturday the Newton Rams will welcome the neighboring Alcovy Tigers in non-region play on the basketball court. Although the game shares no impact regarding region standings, there will be a lot at stake on the hardwood. Both the boys and girls teams have much to play for: pride.

December 14, 2007 | Jason Murdock | Archives

Ricky Lynn Phelps

Ricky Lynn Phelps, 47, of Covington, died Dec. 10. He was born in 1960 in Newton County, where he lived all his life. Mr. Phelps attended Rainbow Ministries in Porterdale and worked with Pastor Clara Lett. He enjoyed playing horseshoes and fishing.

December 14, 2007 | Staff Reports | Archives

Change of tactics in war on drugs

 More than three decades after then President Richard Nixon announced the U.S. was fighting a war on drugs, the battle may finally be over with America on the losing side.

December 14, 2007 | Tyler Smith | Archives

Ramsey, Tingler honored

Covington Mayor Sam Ramsey and Councilman Roger Tingler were honored for their combined 55 years of public service at a retirement party Thursday evening.

December 14, 2007 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

Judge rules in impact fee lawsuit

 A two-year battle over the constitutionality of Newton County's impact fee ordinance concluded Monday when Newton County Superior Court Judge Horace Johnson Jr. found in favor of the county.

December 14, 2007 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

Local laundry mat robbed at gunpoint

The Faith Coin Laundry was robbed at gunpoint Wednesday, the second robbery in three days in Covington.

December 14, 2007 | Tyler Smith | Archives

Legislators express concerns to BOE

Representatives of Newton County in the Georgia General Assembly attended the Newton County Board of Education meeting Tuesday night to hear what board members felt were the most pressing legislative issues regarding education in the state next year.

December 14, 2007 | Jennifer Long | Archives

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