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Piedmont Academy welcomes new NHS members

The Piedmont Academy Chapter of the National Honor Society welcomes 10 new members on Feb. 23. Seniors Georgia Allen and Grace Roberts, Juniors Brett Bush ...

March 14, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


Help them soar, crawl, swim, grow – Check the wildlife checkoff

Do you enjoy Georgia's wildlife and rare plants?

March 14, 2017 | Staff Report | Agriculture


Skip the “Wild Life” and Enjoy the Wildlife with Spring Break at Georgia State Parks

This Spring Break, break away from the "wild life" of crowded attractions and destinations and migrate toward the wildlife at a Georgia State Parks. From ...

March 14, 2017 | Staff Report | Agriculture


Georgia fishing prospects for rivers, reservoirs updated for 2017

If you are searching for current fishing tips for Georgia reservoirs and rivers, look no further than the updated fishing prospects on the Georgia Department ...

March 14, 2017 | Staff Report | Agriculture


GPTC announces Dean’s List and President’s List for local residents

Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) is pleased to announce that two Newton County students were named to the institution's prestigious President's List, while ...

March 14, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


Bass artwork graces new ‘hard card’ for licenses

Hunters and anglers, check out the brand new "look" available for your recreational licenses.

March 13, 2017 | Staff Report | Agriculture


Eastside track team looking for more success after state title season

By Taylor Robins

March 13, 2017 | Staff Report | Eastside


Eastside soccer takes rivalry doubleheader against Newton

By Taylor Robins

March 12, 2017 | By Taylor Robins | SPORTS


Our Thoughts: A newspaper’s role

There is a saying – "Journalism doesn't tell you what to think, it tells you what to think about." In today's day and age ...

March 12, 2017 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Veterans Training and Transition program now free to all active duty service members in Georgia

The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) recently announced plans to fund an online entry-level course for all active duty service members in Georgia.

March 12, 2017 | Staff Report | STATE


Charles (Ron) Dial

Charles (Ron) Dial, of Covington, passed away March 9, 2017, at the age of 63. Ron was a proud veteran of the United States Navy ...

March 10, 2017 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Frank Milo Thornton

Frank Milo Thornton, of Oxford, passed away Feb. 15, 2017 at the age of 55. He is survived by his wife Ginger Thornton of 33 ...

March 10, 2017 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Newton County Jail Log: March 8

Georgia Ann Avery, 49, Covington, March 4, aggravated assault, cruelty to children, possession of cocaine, probation violation for fingerprintable charge

March 10, 2017 | Staff Report | Crime


Dorothy W. Parker

Dorothy W. Parker, of Covington, passed away March 8, 2017, at the age of 87. Mrs. Parker attended Bessie Tift College, Asbury College and the ...

March 09, 2017 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


State Route 212 at Bethany Road, Butler Bridge Road signal operations beginning soon

The newly installed State Route (SR) 212 at Bethany Road/Butler Bridge Road signalized intersection goes into flash mode Tuesday, March 14 and full stop-and-go ...

March 08, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Senators Isakson, Perdue lead Senate in moment of silence for Georgia tornado victims

U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and David Perdue (R-GA) today led the U.S. Senate in a moment of silence to reflect on the lives lost over the weekend during the deadly tornadoes that touched down in south central Georgia.

January 24, 2017 | Staff Report | STATE


Harold “Hal” Lee Stapp

Harold "Hal" Lee Stapp Jr., of Porterdale, passed away Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017 at the age of 45. He was born in Covington to the late Harold Sr. and Flora Raydene Stapp.

January 24, 2017 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


How to help kids in your community

People give back to their communities in various ways. Some support local charities by volunteering or making financial donations, while others may deliver meals to convalescents who cannot leave their homes.

January 24, 2017 | Staff Report | LIVING


Get involved with youth organizations

Volunteer work can benefit volunteers emotionally and physically. Many people aspire to get involved by donating their time or resources, but they may not know which avenue to take. Leading a youth organization or mentoring children can change the lives of both children and volunteers in numerous ways.

January 24, 2017 | Staff Report | LIVING


University of North Georgia announces President's Lists for fall 2016

University of North Georgia President Bonita Jacobs recognizes more than 1,300 students who achieved a 4.0 grade point average during the fall 2016 semester.

January 24, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


The New Jazzercise to offer free classes all year for girls 16-21

Leading global dance fitness company Jazzercise, Inc. is proud to announce a new initiative for 2017 that supports the growth and development of young women by offering free classes to girls aged 16-21. Dubbed GirlForce, the program aims to empower young women by giving them a place to get fit, learn healthy habits, and find a place they belong in their communities.

January 24, 2017 | Staff Report | Health


Kemp: Be wary of potential scams seeking donations for tornado victims

ATLANTA – Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp warns citizens to be wary of potential scams seeking donations for tornado victims. Over the weekend, violent storms devastated the South, leaving many in need of assistance.

January 24, 2017 | Staff Report | STATE


Severe storms rip through South Georgia

As you may have seen and heard in the news, an enormous storm system made its way through the Southeast over the weekend claiming the lives of 15 people in south Georgia alone. According to authorities, this is the most severe weather this area has seen since 1993.

January 23, 2017 | Staff Report | STATE


Charles (Ricky) Aycox

Charles (Ricky) Aycox, of Covington, passed away Jan. 20, 2017, at the age of 68. Mr. Aycox was a hard-working family man. He adored his children and considered them to be the love of his life. Mr. Aycox took great delight in coaching his kids on the ballfield, and giving them life advice. He was an avid Tech fan, and also enjoyed watching wrestling with Timothy and Melanie. Preceding him in death were his parents, Edward and Nell (Kenney) Aycox.

January 23, 2017 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Rose Marie Watson

Rose Marie Watson, of Chattanooga, passed away Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, at the age of 89. Mrs. Watson, trained as a registered nurse, was a member of the Newton Medical Center Auxiliary and the Newton County Public Library. Additionally, she dedicated time to the Covington Woman's Club, as well as various bridge and garden clubs. Mrs. Watson had a gift for needlework – winning awards for different projects. She was preceded in death by her husband Charles Vernon Watson; parents, Martin J. and Catherine (Muggenthaler) Smith.

January 23, 2017 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Red Cross urges public to review tornado safety tips

Gathered from Red Cross
Across the southeast, there were more than 200 reports of severe weather and several dozen reports of tornadoes so far this weekend as of early Sunday morning in an ongoing multi-day tornado and severe weather outbreak.
NOW is the time to prepare for round three of severe weather in our area. DOWNLOAD the Red Cross Emergency App! Visit www.redcross.org/apps
TORNADO SAFETY TIPS:
Watch for tornado warning signs such as dark, greenish clouds, large hail, a roaring noise, a cloud of debris or funnel clouds. Secure outside items such as lawn furniture or trash ...

January 22, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Teen earns Eagle Scout badge

Craig Everett Edwards, son of Deborah and Ray Edwards of Covington, has achieved Boy Scouting's highest rank, that of Eagle Scout.

January 22, 2017 | Staff Report | LIVING


Davis, Morrow wedding

Mark and Alison Davis, of Covington, are pleased to announce the marriage of their daughter, Ashley Lauren Davis, to Michael Eugene Morrow, son of Wayne and Elizabeth Morrow, of Jefferson.

January 21, 2017 | Staff Report | LIVING


Cowan, Davis wedding

Michelle Cowan and the late Joseph Cowan are pleased to announce the marriage of their daughter Anna Jolyn Cowan to M. Chase Davis, son of J. Mark and Alison Davis, of Covington.

January 21, 2017 | Staff Report | LIVING


Carr, Kemp warn Georgians about football ticket scams

Attorney General Chris Carr and Secretary of State Brian Kemp today warned Falcons fans about football ticket scams in preparation for Sunday's NFC Championship against the Green Bay Packers. Not surprisingly, demand for tickets is high, and this creates an opportunity that scammers are already exploiting through the sale of fake, void or stolen tickets. Not only can consumers lose money in these scams, they may also become victims of identity theft if they give a scammer their personal or financial information.

January 21, 2017 | Staff Report | STATE


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