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Newton County to celebrate Older Americans Month

COVINGTON, Ga. – May marks Older Americans Month throughout the country and there are two ways Newton County will be celebrating this coming week.

May 03, 2017 | Staff Report | County


Newton Federal Bank announces closing of stock offering and completion of reorganization transaction

COVINGTON, Ga. - Newton Federal Bank (the "Bank") announced that it has completed its reorganization, effective today, into the mutual holding company structure and the related ...

May 03, 2017 | Staff Report | Business


Covington Highway 142 widening shifting traffic

COVINGTON, Ga. - A Georgia DOT contractor will begin traffic shift setup Monday on the State Route (SR) 142/Industrial Park Boulevard widening and bridge project ...

May 03, 2017 | Staff Report | Local


Peachtree Academy sweeps tennis state titles

JONESBORO, Ga. -- The Peachtree Academy boys and girls tennis teams won the Georgia Independent Christian Athletic Association's state championships on Tuesday April 25 at ...

May 02, 2017 | Staff Report | Peachtree Academy


I-85 to reopen by Memorial Day Weekend

ATLANTA – With work progressing quickly, the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) provided an update Monday on the I-85 bridge construction and resurfacing projects, and announced ...

May 02, 2017 | Staff Report | State


Newton County Health Inspection Scores: April

Alby's Pizza, 8105 Washington St., Covington, April 21, 95/A

May 01, 2017 | Staff Report | Business


Chimney Park hosts the Fairy House festival May 6

COVINGTON, Ga. – Chimney Park, "a park with heart", will once again host Fairy Houses at Chimney Park, a very charming event for children of all ...

May 01, 2017 | Staff Report | Living


Hattie Mae Smith

Hattie Mae Smith, age 74, of Peoria passed away on Monday, April 24, 2017 at UnityPoint Methodist Medical Center in Peoria.

May 01, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries


NCSS students selected for Governor’s Honors Program

Eight Newton County School System (NCSS) students have been selected to participate in the 2017 Governor's Honors Program (GHP) this summer. The prestigious Governor ...

May 01, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


NCSS announces kindergarten round-up dates and procedures

Newton County School System will conduct Kindergarten Round-Up for the 2017-2018 school year next week. Children must be 5 years old by September 1, 2017 ...

April 30, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


Newton County Jail Log: April 26

Amaurius Nykwon Avery, 17, Covington, April 20, theft by shoplifting

April 29, 2017 | Staff Report | Crime


Johnny R. Bates

Johnny R. Bates, of Covington, passed away Thursday, April 27, 2017, at the age of 68. Mr. Bates was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting ...

April 28, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries


North Georgia burn ban to boost air quality

COVINGTON, Ga. - A ban on outdoor burning begins May 1 in 54 Georgia counties, primarily in the northern half of the state.

April 28, 2017 | Staff Report | State


Eastside boys soccer wins thriller in state playoffs

FORSYTH, Ga. - It's on to round two for Eastside boys soccer.

April 27, 2017 | Staff Report | Eastside


Patsy Stapp Parker

Mrs. Patsy Stapp Parker, 72, of Tega Cay, South Carolina, died Thursday, April 20, 2017, at Piedmont Medical Center in Rock Hill, South Carolina.

April 27, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries


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H. Leon Savage

H. Leon Savage, 83, of Covington, died March 23, 2017. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Anne McDonald Savage; his daughter Tammy Savage Davis and son-in-law Ed Davis. Other survivors include his brother-in-law Walter Hugh "Sonny" McDonald, Jr., Peggy Stallings, and his sister-in-law Judy McDonald Hooten and her husband Dennis Hooten. In addition, Leon was "Unk" to Shawn Hooten-Loftin and her husband Ricky and their two daughters, Rainey and Raleigh along with Trista Hooten-Wilson and her husband Michael as well as sons Cotton Young and Palmer Wilson. He was "Uncle Leon" to: Annson McDonald Bates and Andy ...

March 24, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries


Covington Rotary club receives prestigious honor

The Rotary Club of Covington reached a milestone achievement Tuesday when it became part of just 14 percent of clubs worldwide to have 100 percent Paul Harris Fellow participation.

March 24, 2017 | Staff Report | Local


Newton County Jail Log: March 22

Javier Arenas, 24, Conyers, March 16, probation violation for fingerprintable charge

March 24, 2017 | Staff Report | Crime


Dr. Johnny M. Curry

Funeral services for Dr. Johnny Melvin Curry, Sr., 84, of Cookeville, Tennessee, will be held Saturday, March 25 at 11 a.m. in the Cookeville chapel of Hooper Huddleston & Horner Funeral Home. Dr. John W. Moody and Rev. Bill Stone will officiate. Interment will follow in Cookeville City Cemetery.

March 24, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries


Ready Mix USA donates Cement-Mixing Truck to GPTC

Ready Mix USA signed over a cement mixing truck to Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) for its Regional Transportation Training Center in Lithonia. The truck will be used to teach individuals the skills required to become cement-mixer truck-drivers.

March 23, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


2017 Congressional Art Competition deadline approaching

Congressman Jody Hice (GA-10) reminded students in grades nine through 23 that the deadline for the 2017 Congressional Art Competition is quickly approaching.

March 23, 2017 | Staff Report | State


Controversial homerun call dogs Eastside in loss

COLLEGE PARK, Ga. -- Wednesday evening the Eastside Eagles traveled to College Park to face the Woodward Academy War Eagles for game two of their three game series, hoping to answer Monday's narrow loss with a win.

March 23, 2017 | Staff Report | Eastside


Charles Weekes Glass

Charles Weekes Glass, 91, died Tuesday, March 21, 2017 in Tifton. He was born Nov. 2, 1925 in Decatur and lived most of his life in Atlanta and Covington.

March 23, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries


David M. (Butler) Butler

David M. (Butler) Butler, of Covington, passed away March 21, 2017, at the age of 65. David was a 1970 graduate of Clarkson High School and worked for Brock Cabinet Company during his teenage years. Following graduation, David worked for S&W Towing in Tucker and later worked in construction. He was preceded in death by his father, Nathan Butler.

March 23, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries


Rep. Jody Hice receives ‘Spirit of Enterprise’ Award

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce today honored Congressman Jody Hice (R-GA) with its annual Spirit of Enterprise Award, given in recognition of his support for pro-growth policies in the second session of the 114th Congress.

March 22, 2017 | Staff Report | State


NHS evacuated due to bomb threat, law enforcement determined call was hoax

This afternoon Newton High School (NHS) received telephone threats from a person indicating that a bomb was in the building, according to a press released from the Newton County School System (NCSS).

March 20, 2017 | Staff Report | Crime


MMCC introduces 2017 storytellers

Join the Madison Morgan Cultural Center this weekend for the fifth annual Storytelling Festival, March 24-25.

March 20, 2017 | Staff Report | Living


NHS Senior Molly Cady earns full-tuition Posse Scholarship to Brandeis University

Unlike most students, college loans won't be too much of a worry for Newton High School (NHS) senior Molly Cady, who recently learned that she received a four-year, full-tuition scholarship as part of the Posse Foundation's national program that sends teams – or posses - of students to top colleges and universities.

March 20, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


Happy 100th Birthday Doris Harper

On March 7, 2017, Ms. Doris Harper turned 100 years old. Her family celebrated her milestone birthday on March 5, 2017. Ms. Harper is the oldest of seven and the only surviving sibling. She is the widow of Franklin Harper and she has one child, Ms. Ann Bradford. She is affiliated with the Church of Covington and members of her church visits her at Pruitt Health Covington Manor, where she has been a resident for several years. Ms. Harper was surprised to hear that she was 100 years old, but expressed her appreciation for living through a century. (Submitted Photo ...

March 20, 2017 | Staff Report | Announcments


The history of boutonnières and corsages

Prom night is a special moment in the lives of many teenagers. Tradition plays a role in making prom night special. Even parents get emotional when they watch their youngsters adhere to many of the same customs they partook in decades earlier. One such tradition involves the wearing of boutonnieres and corsages. Some may be interested to learn the origins of the unique custom of wearing boutonnières and corsages.

March 20, 2017 | Staff Report | Living


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