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Vilma Ansley (Bim) Meyer

Vilma Ansley (Bim) Meyer, of Oxford, passed away peacefully in her sleep, Jan. 11, 2017, at 89 years of age. A native of Atlanta, Mrs ...

January 12, 2017 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Newton County Jail Log: Jan. 11

Charlie Marques Banks, 24, Covington, Jan. 9, parole violation, probation violation

January 11, 2017 | Staff Report | Crime


Gladys Smith

Gladys Smith, of Covington, passed away Jan. 7, 2017, at the age of 87. She had been a member of Victory Tabernacle Church in Conyers ...

January 11, 2017 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Newton students receive Piedmont academic honors

The following students from Newton County have been awarded academic honors for the recently completed fall semester at Piedmont College.

January 10, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


Melinda Gail Lynn Griffith

Melinda Gail Lynn Griffith, age 66, of Mansfield, passed away on Monday, Jan. 9, 2017, at St. Mary's Good Samaritan Hospital in Greensboro.

January 10, 2017 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Newton Board of Elections officials recognized

Newton County Board of Elections Director (BOE) Angela Mantle and Assistant Director Angela White-Davis were commended recently by board members Hugh Steele, Chair, Jeanette Perry ...

January 10, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Three BOE members sworn in for new terms

Newton County Board of Education members, Almond Turner, Eddie Johnson, and Trey Bailey were sworn in by Superior Court Judge Samuel Ozburn on January 4 ...

January 10, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


Red Cross issues an emergency call for blood and platelet donations during severe winter blood short

The American Red Cross has a severe winter blood shortage and is issuing an emergency call for blood and platelet donors to make a donation ...

January 10, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Large road widening project underway north of I-20 in Covington

A $10.6 million road widening project began in December, 2016 and will take approximately three years to complete. The work will start at exit ...

January 09, 2017 | Staff Report | Covington


Recycling Centers to be open Monday, Jan. 9

Newton County's 11 Recycling Centers will be open Monday, Jan. 9 to accommodate residents due to the threat of Winter Storm Helena.

January 07, 2017 | Staff Report | County


Our Thoughts: A new year is upon us

The first week of the new year is under our belts.

January 07, 2017 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Clara Ruth Almond

Clara Ruth Almond, of Covington, passed away Jan. 6, 2017, at the age of 78. Mrs. Almond, a member of Solid Rock Baptist Church, adored ...

January 06, 2017 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Edward Dean ‘Eddie’ Miller

Mr. Edward Dean 'Eddie' Miller, age 60, of Covington, died Monday, Jan. 2, 2017. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ellie and James ...

January 06, 2017 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Groundbreaking on Judicial Center Expansion set for Friday

Newton County judges and officials will grab a hold of a shovel to break ground on the expansion of the Judicial Center at 2 p ...

January 06, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL


City of Covington prepares for Winter Storm Helena

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has predicted a winter weather event that will effect Covington. The City of Covington is taking steps to ensure ...

January 06, 2017 | Staff Report | Covington


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Martha ‘June’ Hammond

Martha "June" Hammond, 74, of Oxford, passed away Thursday, November 17, 2016. She was born in Porterdale on February 16, 1942, to the late Lonnie and Marie Guthrie.

November 18, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Susan Marie Paul

Susan Marie-Paul, 67, of Knoxville, Tennessee, passed away Monday, November 7, 2016. She was born November 10, 1948, in Giessen, Germany to parents, Robert and Florence Farley Page, who precede her in death. Marie-Paul is survived by children, Robert Bushey of Madisonville, Tennessee, Rebecca Holt of Duncan, South Carolina, Brian Fink of Ft. Meyers Beach, Florida, and Melissa Wright of Las Vegas; 11 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; sisters, Barbara Stone and Joyce Clark and many nieces and nephews. She was a member of the Church of the Latter Day Saints and was devoted to her family and friends who she loved ...

November 18, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Fire Services selling Cajun Fried Turkeys for a cause

The Newton County Fire Services (NCFS) will host a Cajun Fried Turkey fundraiser to benefit the Salvation Army's Angel Tree program.

November 17, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Stephanie Tikita Foster

A graveside service for Stephanie Tikita Foster, 58, a native of Gaffney, South Carolina, will be conducted on Saturday, November 19, 2016, 11 a.m. at Ebenezer Baptist Church, 241 Ebenezer Road, Gaffney, SC 29430.

November 17, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Letter: This school works

Dear Editor,

November 17, 2016 | Staff Report | Letters


Newton County Jail Log: Nov. 16

Jerel Latavius Adams, 28, Macon State Prison, Nov. 10, back for court

November 16, 2016 | Staff Report | Crime


Cary Flitter

Cary Flitter, of Covington, passed away November 14, 2016. He was born in Savannah to the late Frances Louise and Ernest Marion Flitter, of Thomaston, on February 28, 1937. Cary served in the United States Air Force from 1959 to 1965, and was stationed in Spain. He then ran an insulation company based in Covington for 27 years, before retiring to enjoy more time golfing.

November 16, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Justin White

Deputy Justin White of Monticello, passed away Nov. 15, 2016, at the age of 28. A 2007 graduate of Newton County High School, Justin served as a deputy with the Newton County Sheriff's Office since 2012. He was a very dedicated law enforcement official who cared deeply about the people he served. Justin was among the best in dealing with situations involving family violence. He was an avid Georgia Bulldog fan, loved fresh-water fishing, and deer hunting. Justin was a very loving father, who worked hard to support his family. He considered his dog, Max, to be his four-legged ...

November 16, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Cheryl Lynn Churchill

Cheryl Lynn Churchill, 50, of Covington passed away November 13, 2016. She was born November 29, 1965, in Covington to her father George Allen, Jr., who survives her and her mother, Florence Underwood Churchill who preceded her in death. Cheryl Churchill loved to fish, was a devoted Norte Dame Football Fan and enjoyed watching movies and nothing touched her heart more than her grandchildren. She was employed as a case worker for years with the Newton County Department of Family and Children Services.

November 15, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Piedmont Academy robotics team advances

The Piedmont Academy Robotics Team came in first place in the robot performance portion of the Georgia BEST (Boosting Engineering, Science, and Technology) Robotics Competition Saturday, Nov. 5.

November 15, 2016 | Staff Report | Education


Two NCSS students selected for state superintendent’s student advisory council

Two Newton County School System high school students have been selected to serve on Georgia School Superintendent Richard Woods' 2016-2017 Student Advisory Council. Of the more than 800 students in Georgia who applied for the prestigious council, only 108 were selected to serve, including Zackary Fallah, a junior at Newton High School, and Ralph Brown, a junior who attends both Eastside High School and the Newton College and Career Academy STEM Institute.

November 15, 2016 | Staff Report | Education


NCSS graduation rate improves, tops state

The Newton County School System's (NCSS) four-year cohort graduation rate increased by two percentage points from 2015 to 2016 moving the system up to a rate of 83 percent.

November 15, 2016 | Staff Report | Education


How to get Black Friday deals

As Thanksgiving draws near, retailers begin dropping hints about their Black Friday promotions. Some stores have begun to open their doors on Thanksgiving evening, after many people have filled up on turkey and trimmings.

November 15, 2016 | Staff Report | LIVING


Host a turkey-free Thanksgiving

Low in fat, high in protein and an inexpensive source of iron, zinc, potassium and B vitamins, turkey makes a healthy addition to a person's diet. Turkey also tends to be the star of the show on Thanksgiving and other holidays. Even though turkey can be a delicious addition to any holiday table, some people prefer to buck Thanksgiving tradition from time to time and divert focus from the golden gobbler.

November 15, 2016 | Staff Report | LIVING


Easy 'green' Thanksgiving ideas

Thanksgiving is a holiday to give thanks and share special moments with family and friends. While the original Thanksgiving might have taken place during a time when food was sparse, nowadays Thanksgiving often involves excessive amounts of food, with more food ending up in the garbage than in celebrants' bellies.

November 15, 2016 | Staff Report | LIVING


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