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9: Sheldon Rankins drafted by Saints – April 29

Sheldon Rankins made history April 19 as he became the first player from Eastside High School to be drafted in the first round of the ...

January 02, 2017 | Staff Report | TOP 16 OF 2016


10: Major production studio announced – June 28

The Newton County Office of Economic Development announced a production studio that is set to break ground in Covington in June of 2016. The studio ...

January 02, 2017 | Staff Report | TOP 16 OF 2016


11: Performing Arts Center opens

After being approved by voters in the 2005 SPLOST, Newton County's performing arts center opened with a performance of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Oct ...

January 02, 2017 | Staff Report | TOP 16 OF 2016


12: Theme School recognized nationally – Oct. 5

The Newton County Theme School (NCTS) was recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a National Blue Ribbon School in October. NCTS was ...

January 02, 2017 | Staff Report | TOP 16 OF 2016


13: Newton County public servants retire

The year 2016 saw several long-time public servants finish their service to the community.

January 02, 2017 | Staff Report | TOP 16 OF 2016


14: Henderson’s announces end, others celebrate their longevity

For more than 60 years Henderson's Restaurant has served the people of Newton County and 2016 marked the beginning of the end of that ...

January 02, 2017 | Staff Report | TOP 16 OF 2016


15: Agriculture Center breaks ground – Dec. 19

The Newton County Agricultural Center is officially under construction after a special ground breaking ceremony Dec. 13. The project will cost $3,350,000, with ...

January 02, 2017 | Staff Report | TOP 16 OF 2016


16: Prep teams reach final four

Newton and Eastside High Schools each saw one of its athletic teams reach the brink of playing for a state championship, before falling short. The ...

January 02, 2017 | Staff Report | TOP 16 OF 2016


Newton County Jail Log: Dec. 28

Bobby Scott Anglin, 53, Covington, Dec. 27, criminal trespass, possession of less than an ounce of marijuana, possession of a schedule IV controlled substance and ...

December 28, 2016 | Staff Report | Crime


Mary Claude Webb

Mary Claude Webb, age 88, of Covington passed away Monday, December 27, 2016. She was born September 28, 1928 in Hillsboro, GA to C.G ...

December 27, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Barbara Mizell Davis Morgan

Barbara Mizell Davis Morgan, 98, passed from this life on December 23, 2016. Her husband, Jack Hays Morgan Sr., and son, Davis Carter Morgan, preceded ...

December 27, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Our Thoughts: What Christmas means to us

Christmas is a time of celebrating and gathering.

December 23, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Letter: Tommy Craig is not the Newton County Attorney!

While serving on the Newton County (NC) Grand Jury (GJ) some 12 or so years ago, along with 22 other members of the summer session ...

December 23, 2016 | Staff Report | Letters


Letter: Thank you for taking action

Dear Editor,

December 23, 2016 | Staff Report | Letters


Newton County Jail Log: Dec. 22

Seth Ryan Abernathy, 32, Social Circle, Dec. 19, probation violation

December 23, 2016 | Staff Report | Crime


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Martha ‘June’ Hammond

Martha "June" Hammond, 74, of Oxford, passed away Thursday, November 17, 2016. She was born in Porterdale on February 16, 1942, to the late Lonnie and Marie Guthrie.

November 18, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Susan Marie Paul

Susan Marie-Paul, 67, of Knoxville, Tennessee, passed away Monday, November 7, 2016. She was born November 10, 1948, in Giessen, Germany to parents, Robert and Florence Farley Page, who precede her in death. Marie-Paul is survived by children, Robert Bushey of Madisonville, Tennessee, Rebecca Holt of Duncan, South Carolina, Brian Fink of Ft. Meyers Beach, Florida, and Melissa Wright of Las Vegas; 11 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; sisters, Barbara Stone and Joyce Clark and many nieces and nephews. She was a member of the Church of the Latter Day Saints and was devoted to her family and friends who she loved ...

November 18, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Fire Services selling Cajun Fried Turkeys for a cause

The Newton County Fire Services (NCFS) will host a Cajun Fried Turkey fundraiser to benefit the Salvation Army's Angel Tree program.

November 17, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Stephanie Tikita Foster

A graveside service for Stephanie Tikita Foster, 58, a native of Gaffney, South Carolina, will be conducted on Saturday, November 19, 2016, 11 a.m. at Ebenezer Baptist Church, 241 Ebenezer Road, Gaffney, SC 29430.

November 17, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Letter: This school works

Dear Editor,

November 17, 2016 | Staff Report | Letters


Newton County Jail Log: Nov. 16

Jerel Latavius Adams, 28, Macon State Prison, Nov. 10, back for court

November 16, 2016 | Staff Report | Crime


Cary Flitter

Cary Flitter, of Covington, passed away November 14, 2016. He was born in Savannah to the late Frances Louise and Ernest Marion Flitter, of Thomaston, on February 28, 1937. Cary served in the United States Air Force from 1959 to 1965, and was stationed in Spain. He then ran an insulation company based in Covington for 27 years, before retiring to enjoy more time golfing.

November 16, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Justin White

Deputy Justin White of Monticello, passed away Nov. 15, 2016, at the age of 28. A 2007 graduate of Newton County High School, Justin served as a deputy with the Newton County Sheriff's Office since 2012. He was a very dedicated law enforcement official who cared deeply about the people he served. Justin was among the best in dealing with situations involving family violence. He was an avid Georgia Bulldog fan, loved fresh-water fishing, and deer hunting. Justin was a very loving father, who worked hard to support his family. He considered his dog, Max, to be his four-legged ...

November 16, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Cheryl Lynn Churchill

Cheryl Lynn Churchill, 50, of Covington passed away November 13, 2016. She was born November 29, 1965, in Covington to her father George Allen, Jr., who survives her and her mother, Florence Underwood Churchill who preceded her in death. Cheryl Churchill loved to fish, was a devoted Norte Dame Football Fan and enjoyed watching movies and nothing touched her heart more than her grandchildren. She was employed as a case worker for years with the Newton County Department of Family and Children Services.

November 15, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Piedmont Academy robotics team advances

The Piedmont Academy Robotics Team came in first place in the robot performance portion of the Georgia BEST (Boosting Engineering, Science, and Technology) Robotics Competition Saturday, Nov. 5.

November 15, 2016 | Staff Report | Education


Two NCSS students selected for state superintendent’s student advisory council

Two Newton County School System high school students have been selected to serve on Georgia School Superintendent Richard Woods' 2016-2017 Student Advisory Council. Of the more than 800 students in Georgia who applied for the prestigious council, only 108 were selected to serve, including Zackary Fallah, a junior at Newton High School, and Ralph Brown, a junior who attends both Eastside High School and the Newton College and Career Academy STEM Institute.

November 15, 2016 | Staff Report | Education


NCSS graduation rate improves, tops state

The Newton County School System's (NCSS) four-year cohort graduation rate increased by two percentage points from 2015 to 2016 moving the system up to a rate of 83 percent.

November 15, 2016 | Staff Report | Education


How to get Black Friday deals

As Thanksgiving draws near, retailers begin dropping hints about their Black Friday promotions. Some stores have begun to open their doors on Thanksgiving evening, after many people have filled up on turkey and trimmings.

November 15, 2016 | Staff Report | LIVING


Host a turkey-free Thanksgiving

Low in fat, high in protein and an inexpensive source of iron, zinc, potassium and B vitamins, turkey makes a healthy addition to a person's diet. Turkey also tends to be the star of the show on Thanksgiving and other holidays. Even though turkey can be a delicious addition to any holiday table, some people prefer to buck Thanksgiving tradition from time to time and divert focus from the golden gobbler.

November 15, 2016 | Staff Report | LIVING


Easy 'green' Thanksgiving ideas

Thanksgiving is a holiday to give thanks and share special moments with family and friends. While the original Thanksgiving might have taken place during a time when food was sparse, nowadays Thanksgiving often involves excessive amounts of food, with more food ending up in the garbage than in celebrants' bellies.

November 15, 2016 | Staff Report | LIVING


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