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Letter: Form of government legislation

Dear fellow Newton neighbors,

January 30, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Letter: GOP mass precinct meetings

Dear Editor,

January 30, 2016 | Staff Report | Letters


Edna Dunevant Wilson

Edna Dunevant Wilson of Covington passed away January 28, 2016, at the age of 95. Mrs. Wilson was a member of Porterdale Baptist Church where ...

January 29, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITS


Newton County Jail Log: Jan. 28

Jacob Garland Abernathy, 18, Covington, January 21, back for court

January 28, 2016 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log


James Marvin Manry

James Marvin Manry, 68, of Cumming, passed away peacefully on January 25, 2016, surrounded by his loving family. Born in Edison he was the son ...

January 28, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITS


Guy Tucker

Guy Tucker, age 77, of Oxford, Ga., passed away on January 22, 2016. Guy had complications from chemo therapy after a brave and long battle ...

January 28, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITS


Work on SR36 bridge to be done Thursday and Friday

Delays near the South River bridge on State Route (SR) 36 at the Newton/Butts county line can be expected Thursday and Friday due to ...

January 26, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Willie Gordon Downing

Willie Gordon Downing died peacefully at his home on January 21, 2016, at the age of 92. He was preceded in death by his father ...

January 26, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITS


Optimism for Newton County

The annual Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce dinner would have been a great recruiting commercial for Newton County to show those looking for a location ...

January 24, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Magistrate Judge Henry Baker to retire

Judge Henry Baker, Probate Judge and Chief Magistrate of Newton County announced he will retire and not run for re-election in 2016 Friday.

January 24, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Piedmont Cattleman’s Association honorees

L to R: Phillip Britton –Commercial Cattlemen of the Year, Scott Shelton-Pure Bred Cattleman of the Year, Trey Gafnea –Member of the Year, Charles Woodward ...

January 23, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Belton: Budget time in the legislative session

The second week of the Georgia legislative session always deals with developing a budget. This week was no different as the governor and the general ...

January 23, 2016 | Dave Belton | LOCAL


Guy Tucker

Guy Tucker, age 77, of Oxford, Ga., passed away on January 22, 2016. Guy had complications from chemo therapy after a brave and long battle ...

January 23, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITS


After school activities cancelled due to weather

All Newton County School system after-school activities have been cancelled for Friday due to expected inclement weather.

January 22, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Wesley Freddie ‘WF’ Cole, Jr.

Wesley Freddie "WF" Cole, Jr., 83 of Covington, passed away Wednesday, January 20, 2016, at Northside Hospital in Atlanta. Wesley was a loving husband, father ...

January 22, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITS


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Putting an emphasis on serve in 'protect and serve'

With all the plight surrounding law enforcement these days, it seems that most see our boys in blue with mixed emotion.

December 14, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Vianne Kelly Peay

Vianne Kelly Peay of Oxford passed away December 12, 2015, at the age of 57. A devout Christian, Vianne enjoyed knitting, gardening, reading, following politics and spending time with her children and grandson. She obtained her Bachelor's Degree in English from Austin Peay State University in Tennessee. In addition, Vianne was a supporter of Georgia and Newton County 4-H and the Arts Association in Newton County, where she volunteered her time. She was preceded in death by her father, Charles Kelly; as well as her maternal grandparents, Roy and Viola Bagwell.

December 14, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Newton County Jail Log: Dec. 10

Brandon Dale Moxley, 37, Vidalia, August 17, Theft by shoplifting- misdemeanor

December 11, 2015 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log


Nutcracker returns

The annual Holiday tradition returns to Newton County with the Covington Regional Ballet performing the classic Nutcracker Suite this weekend.

December 11, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Piedmont Healthcare and Athens Regional enter discussions

Last night, the Athens Regional Health System's Board of Directors voted unanimously in favor of exploring a partnership with Piedmont Healthcare.

December 11, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Doby E. White

Doby E. White, 86 of Covington, passed away Monday, December 7, 2015 at home. He was born in Decatur to the late Oscar and Annie Lou Doby White. Doby graduated from SW DeKalb High School in 1946 where he was selected the "Most Quiet" of his class. He was a standout baseball player. Doby was a member of Salem United Methodist Church. Doby was a self-employed dairy farmer for most of his life with his brother George. In his later years, he was employed as a guard at Hercules and an avid vegetable gardener.

December 10, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Wilbur ‘Bo’ Fisher

Coach Wilbur "Bo" Fisher, 79 of Oxford, passed away Sunday, December 6, 2015 at Emory University Hospital. He was born in Porterdale to the late JC and Willie Fisher. He was also preceded in death by his four brothers and four sisters.

December 10, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Rep. Johnson announces bid for 6th term

Congressman Hank Johnson, Georgia's fourth district, announced he is running for a sixth term Thursday.

December 10, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


The Dungeon to host food and toy drive

Covington, GA - We are excited to announce our first annual "Holiday Extravaganza Toy and Food Giveaway." The Dungeon Boxing Gym, KMB and the NFL Alumni will be hosting a fu- filled family event for the Newton County community. There will be food baskets and toys available for the whole family. We are bringing the community together for an evening of excitement while doing our part to alleviate hunger.

December 09, 2015 | Staff Report | SPORTS


Georgia Perimeter, Georgia State gets approval of prospectus

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) gave its approval Tuesday to the consolidation plans of Georgia State University and Georgia Perimeter College (GPC).

December 09, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NHS to perform RENT this week

The Newton High School Fine Arts Department will be performing the hit Broadway musical Rent this week.

December 08, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Our Thoughts: Lead, follow, or get out of the way

The Newton County Board of Commissioners will meet Tuesday to discuss form of government and solid waste, including creation of a possible solid waste authority.

December 08, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Martille T. Floyd

Martille T. Floyd, a lifelong resident of Newton County, passed away December 7, 2015, at the age of 95. Mrs. Floyd retired from Bibb Manufacturing Company after 37 years of dedicated employment. Following her retirement, she continued working 11 years at Covington Moulding. Mrs. Floyd faithfully attended Porterdale Baptist Church. She loved her family dearly, and cherished the time they spent together. She was preceded in death by her husband, John E. Floyd; parents, Carl and Jettie (Moon) Thomas; and her sister, Geneva Garrett.

December 08, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Eagles earn All-region honors

The results are in and 12 Eagles were named All-region first or second team while a host of others were honorable mentions. Eastside finished the season with a 7-3 record that ended with a loss to Griffin in overtime keeping the Eagles out of the playoffs.

December 07, 2015 | Staff Report | Eastside


Edwards named Academic All-American

Three members of the Duke football team were named to Academic All-America teams, according to an announcement by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Thursday. Redshirt junior defensive tackle A.J. Wolf was a first team honoree while redshirt junior safety DeVon Edwards and senior kicker Ross Martin were second team selections.

December 07, 2015 | Staff Report | Alcovy


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