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Williams receives Missouri governor’s economic development award

Covington native Otis Williams received the Missouri Governor's Career Service in Economic Development Award at the 2016 Governor's Conference on Economic Development held ...

September 14, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


State driver services reminds voters to prepare for election

A driver's license with current address or a photo identification card is required to cast a ballot in Georgia. The state's Driver Services ...

September 14, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Helena Chamberlain

Helena Chamberlain, 78, of Boca Raton, Florida, died on September 8, 2016. She was born in Hartford, Connecticut on March 5, 1938, to the late ...

September 13, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Ms. Emma Susie Butts

Funeral services for Emma Susie Butts, of 10529 Dinah Pace Rd. Covington, Georgia were held Saturday, September 10, 2016, at 1 p.m. at Springfield ...

September 13, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Battle of the cats

The Peachtree Academy Panthers fell 34-24 in a tough matchup against Covenant Academy Cougars on Sept. 2.

September 12, 2016 | Staff Report | SPORTS


Winning versus Leading

Labor Day has passed, school is back in session, businesses are planning for the new year, presidential nominees are set, and it's time for ...

September 11, 2016 | Staff Report | Columnists


Our Thoughts: The importance of today

It is hard to imagine now the uncertainty of 15 years ago today. How everything stopped and we all watched in horror at the reality ...

September 11, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Pilot Club donates to Sheriff Brown, Project LifeSaver

The Pilot Club of Covington presented Sheriff Ezell Brown with a $700 donation for Project LifeSaver, according to a press release by the Newton County ...

September 09, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Hunters discover human remains on property

Human remains were found on Creekside Lane in Covington Thursday evening, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

September 09, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County Jail Log: Sept. 7

Adrian Maurice Adams, 32, Sept. 1, back for court

September 08, 2016 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log


Golf carts, vehicles stolen from Fat Boys

Three 2017 F/A Express Shuttle Short Frame Gas Golf Carts, a 2017 Cushman Hauler 800x Gas Golf Cart, an Isuzu flatbed and a Dodge ...

September 07, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Our Thoughts: Hometown Heroes

This weekend we celebrate the contributions that workers have made towards the strength and well-being of our nation. Next weekend we look back and reflect ...

September 04, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


In the blink of an eye

From the first pink night gown to the illuminating white wedding dress, from the brand new shiny T-ball bat to the hands on the steering ...

September 04, 2016 | Isaac Redman | RELIGION


Letter: What a difference a couple of weeks make

Dear editor,

September 03, 2016 | Staff Report | Letters


Letter: Ignorance of Islam

Dear Editor,

September 03, 2016 | Staff Report | Letters


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Stephen Richard Smith

Stephen Richard Smith, 67, passed away on Sunday, July 24, 2016.

July 27, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Summer registration open for 2016-2017 school year

The Newton County School System (NCSS) will conduct summer registration for the 2016-2017 school year from now until Wednesday, July 28, according to the NCSS website.

July 26, 2016 | Staff Report | Education


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 Stanley Funeral Home and Crematory, with interment to follow at Northview Cemetery. Rev. Darren Talley will officiate.

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 extension at the July 19 meeting. As a result of this extension, Fuhrey's contract now runs through the completion of the 2018-2019 school year. This is the third contract extension Fuhrey has received since the board selected her as superintendent in 2013. She was initially offered a three-year contract before assuming the duties as school superintendent on July 1, 2013.

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 press release Monday.

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 servant's spirit is carried on by her surviving husband, Steve Byrum; son, Scotty Byrum; daughter and son-in-law, Kelly and Ty Hensley; grandchildren, Avery and Ace; sister and husband, Brenda (Billy) Stanton; brothers and their wives, Bobby (Kay) Marks, Ben ( Debra) Marks, Bill (Leslie) Marks, and Brad (Terri) Marks, along with countless in-laws, cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends--all of which she considered a part of her immediate "family." Those blessed to encounter Becky--truly one of ...

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 addition, he liked going to the beach, sailing and playing horseshoes with his brother-in-law, Marc Tucker. A devoted husband and father, Eli cherished the time spent with his family and had the kindest spirit to anyone that he saw in need. He had a real servant's heart.

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 attended by members. There were 1,432 registered members in attendance and, with guests, the crowd was estimated at 3,000.

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 District Attorney Melanie Bell.

July 18, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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


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 our ethic of empathy and compassion here on earth. As we turn our attentions to current events and form our various viewpoints, we have to examine our lens and fit it to our ethic. As we form our thoughts and opinions on the issues of today, where is our empathy in the process?

July 17, 2016 | Chip Owens | Religion


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 released Financial Efficiency Star Ratings for school districts. According to the GaDOE, the ratings are based on data from the 2012-13, 2013-14 and 2014-15 academic years.

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, in Covington to the late Julius and Florrie Jenkins Mobley. Davis is preceded in death by her husbands, Ray G. Tomlin and Turner S. Davis, and her brother, Howard Mobley. Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Wanda and Wayne Liles of Concord; sons and daughters-in-law, Chris and Wylene Tomlin of Jackson, Steve and Amy Tomlin of Senoia; stepchildren, Allen Davis (Kay), Douglas Davis (Pam), Denise Krajeski (Bobby); sister and brother-in-law, Judy and Ronald Martin of ...

July 12, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


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