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Robert Walker Sammons

Robert Walker Sammons, 65, of Almon Road, died Thursday, October 20, 2016, at his residence. The family will greet friends one hour prior to a ...

October 21, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

Modine Wheeler

Modine Wheeler Moore, 91, of Conyers, passed away October 15, 2016. Mrs. Moore was born in Conyers to the late Walter and Ruth Parker Wheeler ...

October 21, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

Newton County Jail Log: Oct. 19

Jerrod Lanier Aikens, 31, Oxford, Oct. 14, battery, kidnapping, probation violation

October 20, 2016 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log

A chat with Eastside football coach Troy Hoff

Troy Hoff has spent 12 years with the Eastside High football program. During that time he's served as an assistant coach, and is now ...

October 20, 2016 | Gabriel Stovall | Eastside

Newton having fun before matchup with Grayson

When Jaquan Henderson leaped to snag a pass from his quarterback Myron Middlebrooks, he could've easily been satisfied just by having the football.

October 20, 2016 | Gabriel Stovall | Newton

Shane Clark is a little Country, a little Rock and Roll

As I write this column, I'm still feeling how great the Sweet Harmony show was at the Mystic Grill last week. We had a ...

October 20, 2016 | Marshall McCart | LIVING

Eastside's softball season ends with two defeats from Oconee County

A rough start for Eastside's ace pitcher Laura Beshears didn't get much easier, as the Eagles saw their season come to an end ...

October 19, 2016 | Gabriel Stovall | Eastside

Concert under the stars this Saturday

Music fans have the opportunity to come down to the Covington Square Park to enjoy a live band, try some of the downtown restaurants and ...

October 19, 2016 | Xavier I. Lewis | LOCAL

NCSO sponsors sex-offender shut-in

Newton County Sheriff's Office and the Department of Community Supervision will sponsor its Tenth Annual Halloween Shut-In on Oct. 31, 2016 from 6 p ...

October 19, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Tomb of Unknown Soldier guard speaks during DAR program

Herb Smith, a member of the Honor Guard, Tomb of the Unknown Solider Society, spoke during a program hosted by the Sergeant Newton Chapter, of ...

October 19, 2016 | Staff Report | LIVING

Piedmont Healthcare introduces new grant program

After recent community health assessments, officials at Piedmont Healthcare created a grant program and put forth a plan aimed at improving the health and well-being ...

October 19, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Cities negotiate for bigger SPLOST cut

The mayors of Newton County's five municipalities negotiated for a bigger cut of potential 2017 Special Purpose Local Options Sales Tax (SPLOST) money during ...

October 18, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

BOC summary: Newton County Judicial Center to expand

The Newton County Judicial Center will be expanded soon after a unanimous decision by the Board of Commissioners (BOC) to utilize excess funds from the ...

October 18, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Eastside softball looking to 'keep it 20' in Wednesday's state tournament game against Oconee County

Ask Eastside High School senior softball player Taylor Baggert what makes this Sweet 16 Eastside softball squad different from last year's Sweet 16 bunch ...

October 18, 2016 | Gabriel Stovall | Eastside

Covington wrapup: Design students return with drafts of logo

University of Georgia (UGA) Design Studio students submitted logo designs for the City of Covington, and its utility company, to the city council on Monday ...

October 17, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

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Proposed place of worship spurs moratorium

The possibility of a mosque coming to Newton County had citizens taking to social media and scrambling for answers, politicians looking into the county's zoning ordinances and Atlanta media descending on the Newton County Historic Courthouse last week.

August 21, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

County discusses moving community centers under city of Covington

An attempt by some Newton County commissioners to move the operation of Washington Street and Nelson Heights community centers to the city of Covington during Tuesday night's meeting at the Newton County Historic Courthouse was put on hold after commissioner J.C. Henderson said he was not informed of the move in advance.

August 21, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Georgia’s ‘paintingest’ first lady in a class of her own

Class, like beauty, is in the eyes of the beholder. In my long years on this planet, I never met a man with more class than the late Gov. Carl Sanders. He was and remains my political hero. As has been stated many times by me and others who grew up during the period, it was through the leadership of Gov. Sanders that Georgia was spared much of the racial strife that engulfed our neighboring states in the late '60s. He didn't stand in the schoolhouse door and proclaim, "No, not one." He didn't close our public schools ...

August 21, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists

There may be some competitive races this fall

If you write about legislative races in Georgia, the last few elections have been downright boring in their predictability.

August 21, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists

Commoners' right to hunt under threat

In Olde England, hunting was the privilege of the landed and the rich. The right to hunt depended on the number of acres owned or one's income.

August 21, 2016 | Froma Harrop | Columnists

Our Thoughts: Respect

A mosque and cemetery have been announced for Newton County, igniting a firestorm in our community this week.

August 21, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Former NCSS teacher develops flexible software for education

The late poet laureate Maya Angelou was quoted as saying, "If you don't like something, change it."

August 21, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Have you ever thought …

Throughout the last several years, Jack and Lisa Philips have had a very successful business on the Covington Square, the Cork. At the wine, beer, cigar and specialty foods store, you can find a great selection.

August 21, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING

Local storyteller recognized with Parents’ Choice Award

Andy Irwin, 53, storyteller, singer, musician, comedian and master whistler recorded his first children's album, "Andy's' Wild Amphibian Show". His album won a 2016 Parents' Choice Awards after his performance at the International Storytelling Center in Jonesborough, Tennessee, earlier this year.

August 21, 2016 | Jasmine Floyd | LOCAL

The Answer for these Uncertain Times

According to Wikipedia there are roughly 4,200 recognized religions in the world. Out of those 4,200 religions, you have approximately 2.2 billion people who claim a single one: Christianity.

August 21, 2016 | Andy Butts | RELIGION

Cultivating a culture of respect

As the chaplain at Oxford College, I talk a lot about respect. The reasons for this are layered. I was lucky enough to be shown respect as a child, and I feel a certain sense of duty to model this now in my life. As a practitioner of Christianity, I understand my faith to teach respect as an essential element to being human and humane. Respect is central to my work, because of who I am but also because of who I am called to be.

August 21, 2016 | Lyn Pace | RELIGION

Hiring at Newton County School System

The Human Resources Department at Newton County School System (NCSS) has a big job. Among other things, the Department, under the direction of Nyree Sanders, recruits, hires, and on-boards new teachers, administrators, and classified employees (the System's name for non-teaching staff members).

August 21, 2016 | Duane M. Ford | LOCAL

The Esoteric South: Talkin’ Southern

Living, working and growing up in the South, I love the sights of our region. The magnolias are distinctive and the weather is always warm keeping things lush and green most of the year.

August 21, 2016 | Staff Report | LIVING

Man robs Chevron gas station in Covington

An armed robbery occurred at the Almon Road Chevron Saturday morning, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

August 20, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Eastside shuts out Luella in first game

The Eastside High School football team is 1-0 overall and in Region 4-AAAA after taking on Luella High School Friday night. The Eagles shut out the competition for a 23-0 win on the road.

August 20, 2016 | Mariya Lewter | Eastside

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