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NCSS’s top speller wins regional Bee

Jett Rawls wasn't satisfied with simply winning two consecutive Newton County School System (NCSS) Spelling Bees. He went on to win the District 5 ...

March 05, 2016 | Staff Report | Education


Tommy Queen

Tommy Wilson Queen, Sr., 49, of Mansfield passed away March 2, 2016. Tommy was an amazing father and always very supportive. He cherished the time ...

March 04, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Newton County Jail Log: March 2

Brittany Leigh Baker, 29, Monticello, February 25, Theft by bringing stolen property into state; possession of methamphetamine; possession and use of drug related objects

March 03, 2016 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log


Read across America comes to Porterdale Elementary

Students at Porterdale Elementary School celebrated Read Across America and the birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel, Dr. Suess, thanks to the Newton High School Positive ...

March 02, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Jacob Clodfelter

Jacob Fred Clodfelter, 84, of Social Circle, died on February 29, 2016. He was born in Comer on September 27, 1931, to the late Jesse ...

March 02, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Patricia ‘Patty’ Carter

Patricia "Patty" Marie Carter, 81, of Covington, died February 29, 2016. She was born on March 17, 1934 in Newark, Ohio and grew up in ...

March 02, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


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W.J. Lane

W.J. Lane of Covington, passed away February 28, 2016 at the age of 85. A member of High Point Baptist Church for 65 years, Mr. Lane served as a Deacon and became a Deacon Emeritus several years ago. He owned and operated Lane Body Shop and Marine Services for almost 60 year, which is now operated by Mandy and R.J. Morgan, his granddaughter and her husband. Mr. Lane was a man who loved his family and his church. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. Mr. Lane is preceded in death by his ...

February 29, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Our Thoughts: Primary what?

We hear a lot about rallies, scandals, debates and caucuses this time of year. The Presidential Primary is upon us. The Georgia Presidential Preference Primary election is this Tuesday.

February 28, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Newton chapter of DAR announces essay winners

The Sergeant Newton Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) celebrated its annual Georgia Day and the chapter's 121st birthday at a luncheon on Feb. 10 at Burge Plantation in Mansfield.

February 27, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County Farm Bureau members attend GFB Day at Capitol

Newton County Farm Bureau members traveled to Atlanta, Feb. 4 to participate in Georgia Farm Bureau Day at the Capitol. While at the capitol, members of the Newton County Farm Bureau delegation visited with state legislators and officials. Members of the Newton County Farm Bureau Board of Directors who attended the event included: President Brent Galloway, Secretary/Treasurer Chuck Berry, Legislative Committee Chairman Julius Hays, Kevin Mitcham, and Richard Jolley.

February 27, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Ana Luz Castillo-Martinez

Ana Luz Castillo-Martinez, 86 of Covington, passed away Friday, February 26, 2016, at Piedmont Newton Medical Center. She was born in Gurabo, Puerto Rico to the late Natalio and Petra Diaz Martinez. Ana was a loving wife, mother, daughter, sister, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She had great faith in God and will be sorely missed by all who knew her.

February 26, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Newton County Jail Log: Feb. 24

Terry Glenn Almand, 32, Porterdale, February 17, Probation violation; willful obstruction of law enforcement officers by use of threats or violence

February 25, 2016 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log


Doris Mote

Doris Hicks Mote, 92, passed away Monday, February 22, 2016. She was born in Newton County to the late Alfred Leonidas Hicks and Allie Lee Kinnett Hicks. Doris graduated as Valedictorian from Livingston High School, and graduated from Georgia State College for Women. She taught school in Muscogee, Newton, Houston, and Rockdale counties. Doris was a member of the Bethany Presbyterian Church, where she was an Elder, taught Sunday school, was organist and an officer of the Presbyterian Women.

February 25, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Francis ‘Frank’ Husteck, Jr.

Francis "Frank" Hustek, Jr., 43 of Monticello, passed away Sunday, February 21, 2016, at his home. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio to Frank and Peggy Hustek. Frank was a loving husband, son, brother and uncle. He graduated from Crestwood High School. Frank was the owner and president of Amateur Poker League Southeast where he ran tournaments in the state of Georgia for the WPT League. He attended Embry Riddle in Daytona Beach, Florida and proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy on the USS SAIPAN during the Desert Storm War. Frank had a great sense of humor ...

February 25, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Jimmie Lee Ervin

Jimmie Lee Ervin, Jr., 49 of Covington, passed away Wednesday, February 24, 2016, at Rockdale Medical Center. He was born in Baltimore to Jimmie Lee Ervin, Sr. and the late Sandra Clegg Ervin. Jimmie was a loving husband, father, grandfather, son, brother and a friend to everyone he met. He was an avid Georgia Bulldogs fan with a great sense of humor. Jimmie was our Superman and a fighter for his family, friends and most of all God. His life was all about joy. He was the most loving and honest man we knew. Jimmie was a great provider and ...

February 25, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Ronnie Cowan to run for District 5 Commissioner

Covington Human Resource Director and long-time Newton County resident Ronnie Cowan announced his intent to qualify as a candidate for District 5 of the Newton County Board of Commissioners.

February 25, 2016 | Staff Report | ELECTION 2016


New application process for theme schools

The Newton County Theme School has modified its application process for the 2016 to 2017 school year.

February 24, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Dorothy Dial

Dorothy H. Dial, 88 of Covington, passed away February 23, 2016. A member of The Baptist Tabernacle for 42 years, Mrs. Dial always put others before herself. She enjoyed fishing but one of her greatest joys was going to the ballfield to watch her grandchildren play ball. Mrs. Dial was a wonderful cook and loved preparing meals for her family. She will be greatly missed by family and friends who loved her. Preceding her in death were her husband, Astor Dial; parents, Alexander Steven and Rosa Hall; sisters, Alice Hall, Daisy Garner; brothers, Andrew Hall, Billy Hall, Tommy Hall, Omer ...

February 24, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Broken heart syndrome: does it really exist?

Broken hearts don't just affect those going through a recent break up. In fact, a number of men and women suffer from a condition called broken heart syndrome, according to experts at Piedmont Heart Institute.

February 22, 2016 | Staff Report | Health


Mrs. Kathryn B. Savage

Mrs. Kathryn B. Savage, age 66, of Covington passed away Sunday, February 21, 2016. She was born July 1, 1949 in Porterdale to the late Elmer and Evelyn Massey Harper and grew up in Covington. Mrs. Savage started her career at The Bank of Covington in 1985 and retired with BB&T in 2006 where she worked as an IRA Specialist. She enjoyed traveling, working in her flower garden and loved feeding birds especially her Hummingbirds but her passion in life was her family who she loved with all her heart.

February 22, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Our Thoughts: Act on the sacrifice

Dr. Frederick Douglas Reese wanted rights for all people and, in 1965, gathered teachers to boycott if they weren't granted the right to vote in Alabama. He then invited Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to march with him in Selma, Alabama.

February 21, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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