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Piedmont Newton Hospital earns top marks for patient safety

Piedmont Newton Hospital has received an "A" grade for its commitment to patient safety, according to the fall 2016 Hospital Safety Score, which grades hospitals ...

November 09, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Larry ‘Buddy’ Denton

Larry (Buddy) Denton, 57, of Covington, passed away October 20, 2016. Denton was preceded in death by his parents, Larry Doyle and Betty (Beard) Denton.

November 07, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Have you ever thought …

Three years ago, the Bread and Butter Bakery opened for business on the corner of Monticello and Reynolds Streets. From the day the doors opened ...

November 06, 2016 | Staff Report | LIVING


Our Thoughts: The time is now

This isn't the first time controversial candidates have run for president of the United States. This isn't the first time Newton County residents ...

November 06, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


GOVERNMENT 101 – Balancing liberty and security

Fifteen years ago, the Chief Justice of the Georgia Supreme Court spoke on liberty and security in a time of war at a joint meeting ...

November 06, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Charles Terry Smith

Charles Terry (Pop) Smith, 69 of Oxford, passed away November 4, 2016. Smith was a painter and mechanic for many years. Once known as the ...

November 05, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Joseph M. Jackson

Joseph M. Jackson, 79, of Covington, passed away November 2, 2016. Jackson attended Eau Claire High School in Columbia, South Carolina, where he was a ...

November 04, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Newton County Jail Log: Nov. 2

Anthony Wade Barrow, 45, Oxford, Nov. 1, willfully fail to report abuse of disabled adult/elder person, willfully fail to report abuse of disabled adult ...

November 02, 2016 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log


Isaac Mathews, Sr.

Isaac Mathews, Sr. (Ike) was born to the late Willie James Mathews and Bessie Lackey on August 18, 1933. He was the second eldest of ...

November 02, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Letter: Sheriff decisions not up to commissioners

Dear editor,

November 02, 2016 | Staff Report | Letters


Joseph Tom ‘J.T.’ Bohannon

Joseph Tom "J.T." Bohannon, 84, of Covington, passed away October 30, 2016. A Newton County native and a lifetime member of High Point Baptist ...

November 01, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Our Thoughts: Trick or treat

This is the time of year that can be awe-inspiring. It can also be scary…scary as in a werewolf chasing you through a cemetery ...

October 30, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Georgia Ophthalmologists to open new surgery center

Georgia Ophthalmologists will host the grand opening of its new 8,000 square foot state-of-the-art ambulatory surgery center housed in its existing patient care facility ...

October 29, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Polls open tomorrow for Saturday voting

On Saturday, Oct. 29, the polls will be open in all 159 Georgia counties for individuals to cast their ballots early leading up to Election ...

October 28, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County residents asked to donate luggage for foster children

The Newton County Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS) is teaming up with Help Moving Hearts for its second annual luggage drive for children ...

October 28, 2016 | Staff Report | LIVING


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NCSO and Crime Stoppers seeks help identify suspects in armed robberies

The Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) seeks assistance from the public to identify two suspects believed to be involved in two separate armed robberies that occurred on Oct. 6.

October 07, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Mary L. Hedrick

Mary L. Hedrick of Covington, passed away Oct. 6, 2016, at the age of 83. Mrs. Hedrick attended Newton Baptist Church. She was a loving wife and mother who was devoted to her family.

October 07, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Letter: Water management considered under one agency

Dear Editor,

October 06, 2016 | Staff Report | Letters


Newton's Jason Smith named Teacher of the Year

Newton High School's Jason Smith was named Newton County School System's Teacher of the Year Thursday.

October 06, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Ruth Joyce Ramge

Ruth Joyce Ramge, 85, of Covington, passed away Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016, at Piedmont Newton. She was born in Atlanta to the late Alfonce and Mabel Borton Speyer.

October 06, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Tony Michael Lovering

Tony Michael Lovering, of Colquitt, died Wednesday, October 5, 2016, at Southwest Georgia Regional Medical Center in Cuthbert. A memorial service will be held Friday, October 7, 2016, at 5 p.m. at Oak Valley Cemetery.

October 06, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


John Dana McCullough

John Dana McCullough, 57, died Tuesday, September 27, 2016, at Piedmont Atlanta Hospital after a challenging fight to recover from a brain bleed stroke.

October 06, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Letter: Sometimes change is necessary

Dear Editor,

October 05, 2016 | Staff Report | Letters


Community comes together for Change the World Day

A community of faith will come together for Change the World (CTW) Day on Oct. 8.

October 05, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Chad Baker earns rank of Eagle Scout

Jerry Chadwick "Chad" Baker, III, son of Jerry and Charity Baker of Covington, earned the rank of Eagle Scout on Sept. 24.

October 05, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Emily Betts

Emily S. Betts, 92, of Covington, passed away October 2, 2016. Betts exemplified the attributes of being a member of "the greatest generation." She was a devoted mother, even while maintaining a demanding career. The love and care of her family was utmost in her heart and mind. Emily was a voracious reader, loved art and was an excellent seamstress and upholsterer. She was gifted in making floral arrangements. It brought her great joy to share these talents with others. She was an avid Braves' fan and supported them, win or lose. When they were playing she could be found ...

October 05, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Covington recognized for excellence in financial reporting

For the first time in its 194-year history, the City of Covington has been awarded a Certificate of Achievement for Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) of the United States and Canada for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR).

October 04, 2016 | Staff Report | Covington


Mackenzie Mallard named Eastside Homecoming Queen

Mackenzie Mallard was named Eastside High School's 2016 Homecoming Queen Friday night. Mallard was escorted by her father Leo Mallard. Her mother is Renee Mallard.

October 04, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


John Carl Bledsoe

John Carl Bledsoe passed away on October 2, 2016, surrounded by his family. A longtime resident of Ocala, John was born and raised in Covington. He was a graduate of Georgia Tech and was proud to be a Mechanical Engineer. John served his country as a Naval Aviator and carried his passion for flight throughout his life. He was a successful businessman, passionate golfer, Eagle Scout, devoted friend, loving father, and dedicated member of First United Methodist Church.

October 04, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Jerry ‘Red’ McDonald

Jerry "Red" McDonald of Oxford, 66, passed away October 1, 2016. Jerry owned his own landscaping company, Jerry Mc Donald Landscaping, for more than 45 years. He enjoyed fishing and hunting, and traveled all over the country filling this passion. When not working, Jerry was in the woods! He cherished his family and will be missed by all who knew and loved him. Preceding him in death were his parents, Martin and Ruby (Shaw) McDonald; brother, Reese McDonald; and three infant sisters.

October 03, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


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