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Letter: Trash fees are a ransom

Dear Editor,

September 14, 2016 | Staff Report | Letters

Newton County Jail Log: Sept. 14

Herman Paul Morgan, 55, Covington, Sept. 13, court sentenced

September 14, 2016 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log

Director: Washington Street not managed by county

In August, some Newton County commissioners explored the idea of moving the operation of Washington Street and Nelson Heights community centers to the city of ...

September 14, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Letter: National Arts in Education Week

Dear Editor,

September 14, 2016 | Staff Report | Letters

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

Newton softball ends losing streak, grabs region win

The Newton High School softball team finally put an end to their eight-game losing streak with a 6-0 win against South Gwinnett Tuesday night.

September 13, 2016 | Mariya Lewter | Newton

Armed militia protests on Covington Square

About a dozen members of the militia group, Georgia Security Force III%, conducted an armed protest on the Covington Square Tuesday night.

September 13, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Militia group plans protest for Tuesday evening

Though a special called meeting of the Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) was cancelled. a local militia group announced it will continue with a ...

September 13, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Meeting on lifting moratorium cancelled

A special called meeting at which two Newton County commissioners said they were going to vote to lift the moratorium on permits for places of ...

September 13, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | 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

Traffic lights, gazebo and parks topics at town hall meeting

Around 30 people, some retirees of the city, turned out for a town hall meeting hosted by the Covington City Council at Covington First United ...

September 12, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Strong offense pushes Alcovy football past Henry County

A week following its first loss of the season, the Alcovy football team bounced back with a home 28-13 win against Henry County on Saturday.

September 12, 2016 | Mariya Lewter | Alcovy

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

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Covington man arrested for bringing gun into movie theater

MONACA, Pa. (AP) - A Georgia man is jailed on charges he brought a stolen gun and ammunition into a western Pennsylvania movie theater.

July 25, 2016 | Associated Press | LOCAL

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

Have you ever thought…

Are you looking for a place to meet with a friend, hold a community meeting or pause for a great cup of coffee? There is just such a place on Emory Street, just before you enter Oxford -- the Common Ground Coffee House.

July 25, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING

4-H’ers discover the magic of no cell phones

Wahsega has long been my favorite 4-H camp, because even today, it's nearly impossible to check e-mail or make a phone call.

July 25, 2016 | Terri Fullerton | LOCAL

Stigma of mental health issues

Mental health is a difficult topic to discuss. As a society we are more willing to talk about goals to eat healthier, exercise more, and follow advice from medical professionals. However, the shame and stigma surrounding mental health concerns -- depression, bipolar disorder, or substance abuse -- create the biggest obstacles to people getting help.

July 25, 2016 | Viewpoint Health | Health

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

A look back at Covington’s role in the 1996 Summer Olympics

The 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil are a few weeks away from taking place. However, this summer also marks the 20 year anniversary of the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta.

July 25, 2016 | Xavier McKnight | LOCAL

BOC adopts reduced hours for convenience centers

A resolution reducing the number of hours that the 11 convenience centers will be opened barely squeaked by when Chair Keith Ellis cast his vote to approve the change in hours at Tuesday night's Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) meeting.

July 25, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

City OKs permit for private school

The Covington City Council approved a Special Use Permit for Alpha Omega Preparatory Academy, a private school for kindergarten through 12th grade students.

July 25, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

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

Local cricket club looks to future of the sport

The Covington Conyers Cricket Club (CC) has had its roots in Newton County for the last 16 years. Though the team has a rich history, members feel a strong urge for change in order to ensure a prosperous future.

July 25, 2016 | Mariya Lewter | Recreation

City Pond Park, NCRC host Dixie Boys state tournament

Dixie Boys baseball has been around for several generations. This upcoming August, the organization, which was established in 1957 in Alexandria, Louisiana, will be celebrating 60 years of "providing youth with the opportunity to play baseball," according to a press release.

July 25, 2016 | Mariya Lewter | Recreation

Former Newton wrestler continues to fight on

At 16 years old, Tyler Head's life changed forever.

July 25, 2016 | Mariya Lewter | Newton

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

Quality, hospitality and consistency are credited for restaurant’s success

The biscuits are hand-rolled and patted down before going into the over. Fresh chicken pieces or large pork chops are soaked in buttermilk, hand breaded and fried in small batches.

July 24, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

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