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Margie Bryans White

Funeral services for Margie Bryans White, 86, will be held at 1 p.m. Wed., July 27, 2016 in the Chan Stanley Memorial Chapel of ...

July 25, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Board of Education approves contract extension for Superintendent Fuhrey

The Newton County Board of Education extended Superintendent Samantha Fuhrey's contract for an additional year. By unanimous vote, school board members approved her contract ...

July 25, 2016 | Staff Report | Education


NCSO identifies, arrests murder suspect

The Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) Criminal Investigation Division (CID) has arrested a suspect in the murder in Julien R. Wyant, according to a ...

July 25, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Rebecca “Becky” Marks Byrum

Becky Byrum's greatest dream came true on July 22, 2016 as she went to Heaven to worship at the Throne of Our Lord. Her ...

July 25, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Eli Murphy

Eli Murphy of Mansfield passed away July 19, 2016, at the age of 30. Eli enjoyed working on his farm, fishing and deer hunting. In ...

July 22, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Photos from Snapping Shoals EMC Annual Roundup

The Snapping Shoals EMC Annual Roundup was held at the International Horse Park on July 21, 2016. Despite the heat, this annual event was well ...

July 21, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Former Oxford student sentenced to five years on probation

Emily Sakamoto, 21, was sentenced to five years on probation with the first two years on house arrest by Judge Samuel Ozburn, according to Assistant ...

July 18, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Faith in turbulent times

One of the largest aspects of faith and religion is not our assurance of salvation or whether we will experience paradise in the afterlife, but ...

July 17, 2016 | Chip Owens | RELIGION


Our Thoughts: A helping hand

The start of school is right around the corner and children will be returning to a setting of education and friendship.

July 17, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Five-year-old sells Lemonade to donate to Pregnancy Resource Center

At just five years old, Sadie Ozburn wanted to help. She also wanted to have a little fun, and combined both on Monday, July 4.

July 16, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSS Receives a 4-Star Financial Efficiency Rating

Newton County School System (NCSS) received a 4-Star Financial Efficiency Rating from the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE). This is the first year the state ...

July 16, 2016 | Staff Report | Education


Newton County Jail Log: July 13

Raymond Dean Adkins, 49, Oxford, July 8, child support default

July 14, 2016 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log


Mrs. Sybil Tomlin Davis

Sybil Tomlin Davis, 78, of Griffin, passed away Tuesday, July 12, 2016, at Brightmoor Nursing Center in Griffin. She was born on July 18, 1937 ...

July 12, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


NCSO thanks citizens for support

In wake of the recent tragedies of the past week, the Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) has received an outpouring of support from local ...

July 12, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Mrs. Rosie Lee Strange

Mrs. Rosie Lee Strange, age 94, of Covington passed away July 10. 2016. She was born June 2, 1922 in Jersey, Georgia to her parents ...

July 11, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


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Covington has it all

Dear editor: I have been a Covington resident for three months. The people here are the nicest people - genuinely nice. There is an openness and a sweetness in their spirit.

December 21, 2007 | Jean Robinson | Archives


Jimmy Lee Bonner Jr.

Jimmy Lee Bonner Jr. (Lee), died Dec. 6. He was born in 1987 in Fulton County. Mr. Bonner began his education in the DeKalb County School system. After moving to Covington, he attended Newton High School and was looking forward to his graduation in 2008. He enjoyed drawing, playing basketball (shooting hoops), dancing, singing and watching Disney movies. Always, happy and joyful, Lee would bring joy to all those whose lives he touched. He had a kind, gentle, humble, loving and patient spirit. He was full of fun and smiles.

December 21, 2007 | Staff Report | Archives


Jimmy Lee Bonner Jr.

Jimmy Lee Bonner Jr. (Lee), died Dec. 6. He was born in 1987 in Fulton County. Mr. Bonner began his education in the DeKalb County School system. After moving to Covington, he attended Newton High School and was looking forward to his graduation in 2008. He enjoyed drawing, playing basketball (shooting hoops), dancing, singing and watching Disney movies. Always, happy and joyful, Lee would bring joy to all those whose lives he touched. He had a kind, gentle, humble, loving and patient spirit. He was full of fun and smiles.

December 21, 2007 | Staff Report | Archives


Brenda Jeanette Burch

Brenda Jeanette Burch, 62, of Lithia, Fla., formerly of Covington, died Dec. 16. The daughter of the late Royce Day Jeffries and Willie Bell Horton Jeffries, she lived most of her life in Newton County, moving to Florida in 2005. She was a very active member of Willow Springs Church, Social Circle, was employed for more than 30 years with Mobil and Pactiv before retiring and was a 13-year breast cancer survivor. She loved the beach and spending time with her grandson and friends. Mrs. Burch was a loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother.

December 21, 2007 | Staff Report | Archives


Louise Sams Fogarty

Louise Sams Fogarty, 88, of Macon, died Dec. 17. Mrs. Fogarty was born in Newton County, was a member of Mulberry Street United Methodist Church and retired from Robins Air Force Base.

December 21, 2007 | Staff Report | Archives


John Robert Hammonds Jr.

Robert Hammonds Jr. (Ricky) died Dec. 14 in Snellville. He was born in 1950 in Cleveland, Ohio. Mr. Hammonds join Bethlehem Baptist Church at an early age. He sang in the choir and later served as superintendent of the Sunday School. He attended Washington Street Elementary School and R. L. Cousins High School. He graduated from Newton County High School in 1968 where he was the first black to play football for the Newton County Rams. He was also the first black to graduate from Oxford College of Emory University. He received an academic scholarship. He was employed by Mobil ...

December 21, 2007 | Staff Report | Archives


First black student at Oxford college passes on

Ricky Hammonds, the first black student to play football for Newton High School and the first black student to attend Oxford College, passed away on Dec. 14.

December 21, 2007 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Clara Bell Hardeman

Mrs. Clara Bell Hardeman died Dec. 9 in Snellville. The daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Albert (Evelyn) Williams, she was born in 1934 in Walton County, growing up in Rutledge and Mansfield. She joined Brownwood Baptist Church (presently Thankful Baptist Church) at an early age. Mrs. Hardeman worked for many years for the Davis family in Mansfield. During the 1990s she moved to Atlanta where she worked at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport for many years, until her health declined. A devout Christian, Mrs. Hardeman loved reading the Bible and singing gospel songs. An excellent homemaker, she enjoyed cooking and ...

December 21, 2007 | Staff Report | Archives


Larry Lee Tuck

Larry Lee Tuck, 66, of Covington, died Dec. 19 at Newton Medical Center. The son of the late Chester Lee and Louise Mitchum Tuck, he was born in Walton County. Mr. Tuck enjoyed fishing, hunting and watching NASCAR. He was a loving and devoted father and grandfather.

December 21, 2007 | Staff Report | Archives


Bobby Gene Walker

Mr. Bobby Gene Walker died Dec. 15. The son of the late Willie Scott and Henrietta Hubert, he was born in 1949 in Newton County. He graduated from Cousins High School and settled in Covington after returning from the Vietnam War. He enjoyed a very successful career as an entrepreneur. He was preceded in death by brothers Mr. William Jack Wright, Mr. Jack Cosby, Mr. Freeman (Mack) Cosby, Mr. Joe Cosby.

December 21, 2007 | Staff Report | Archives


Marshall earmarks funds for Newton

Newton County Trails and the hotel/civic center project got a boost with the announcement by Congressman Jim Marshall that a $500,000 earmark to help the two efforts had made it into a federal spending bill which is expected to be shortly signed by President George Bush.

December 21, 2007 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Eastside wrestling on verge of vision quest

When Brandon Blakeman took over for Michael Foot-Smith as the new wrestling coach at Eastside High School, he had no intentions of making any exceptions for lack of preparation on his part or for his team to make excuses for failure on its part.

December 19, 2007 | Eric McDonald | Archives


Alcovy at Newton

On Saturday, the Alcovy freshman boys, junior varsity teams and varsity squads came knocking on Newton's door, each looking for a much-needed victory.

December 19, 2007 | Bill Dolan | Archives


For now, all remains silent on the steroid front

By Tim Dahlberg

December 19, 2007 | Associated Press | Archives


Covington YMCA hosting 2007 Holiday Camp

The Covington Family YMCA is hosting the 2007 Holiday Camp beginning Dec. 24-31st.

December 19, 2007 | Staff Reports | Archives


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