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Chamber of Commerce ‘voice is strong and growing’

The Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce has seen growth in membership, area jobs, Main Street program businesses and tourism revenue within the last year.

October 12, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Patriot Guard rider on the lookout for “Lil Bear”

James Royster has used his love for riding his motorcycle to help others in a time of grief.

October 12, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Piedmont Newton hospital to become tobacco and smoke-free campus

Piedmont Newton Hospital will be a tobacco and smoke-free campus starting Nov. 17.

October 12, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Red Cross to conduct Home Fire Campaigns

The Red Cross of Georgia will look to set the record for the highest number of smoke alarms installed in a single day during more ...

October 12, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Two students recognized by Newton County BOE

Ralph Brown and Zachary Fallah, juniors at Eastside and Newton high schools, respectively, were recently selected to serve on Georgia State School Superintendent Richard Woods ...

October 12, 2016 | Staff Report | Education

Delores Robinson Norris

Delores Robinson Norris, 89 of Covington, died Monday, October 10, 2016. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Richard Robinson and Jake Norris; daughters ...

October 12, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

Jasmine Moore Receives the Howard S. and Marie H. Starks Scholarship

Georgia State's J. Mack Robinson College of Business hosts an Honors Day Celebration every spring recognizing the college's brightest students. This year's ...

October 11, 2016 | Staff Report | Education

Newton County finance director resigns

Michelle Kelly has resigned as Newton County's Director of Finance.

October 11, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

New events for Christmas, New Year’s Eve highlight downtown lineup

When people gathered around the Newton County Historic Courthouse in downtown Covington for the lighting of the Square and Christmas tree and Santa's return ...

October 11, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Caldwell and Cowan embalmer completes advanced training

Christine Banks, embalmer at Caldwell and Cowan Funeral Home, completed more than 130 hours of specialized embalming and reconstructive training in Springfield, Missouri recently.

October 10, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Mildred Hutchison St. Clair

Mildred Hutchison St.Clair, 82, of Covington, passed away October 9, 2016. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. St.Clair regarded her ...

October 10, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

Butterfly Garden dedicated at Academy Springs park

The Satsuki Garden Club hosted a dedication to Covington's new pollinator garden in Academy Springs Park, off Conyers Street and Legion Drive, Monday.

October 10, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Students celebrate day of peace

Students at the Montessori School of Covington gathered around the school's peace pole to celebrate the International Day of Peache on Sept. 21.

October 10, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

FMA entertains while educating middle school students

Using hip hop, dance, film and comedy, Forces in Motion (FMA) Live! made Sir Isaac Newton's Three Laws of Motion and Universal Law of ...

October 09, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

WSA and county to move forward on water initiative

The proposal could help Newton County out of its financial woes.

October 09, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

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Outcry over mosque flies in face of Christ’s teachings

On Sunday, Aug, 21, a headline in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution read: "Newton County in uproar over planned mosque."

August 27, 2016 | Andy Irwin | Columnists

Letter: A Muslim in Newton County

My family moved to Newton County in 1994. In the ensuing 22 years, I have been blessed to live that time in my county, as both a Christian initially, and now as a Muslim. As a young Christian, I didn't like going to church in Rockdale because I didn't like to drive that far to worship.

August 27, 2016 | Staff Report | Letters

Mosque debate heats up

The spotlight was Newton County, shining brightly both nationally and from within as the county, its residents and its officials reacted to news that a mosque and Muslim cemetery were coming to the area.

August 27, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Jack Lazenby

Jack Lazenby, 75, of Covington, passed away August 26, 2016. Lazenby attended Harvest Baptist Church. He retired from Air Conditioning Specialists after 37 years of service. Lazenby, armed with a remarkable sense of humor, was known to be quite the kidder. He was a loving and caring husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, who could be found camping and fishing in his spare time. Lazenby will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Debra Elaine Lazenby; parents Hubert Melvin and Emma Ruth (Johnson) Lazenby; sisters, Judy Martin, Anita Cantwell; and ...

August 27, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

George Robert Burpee

George Robert Burpee, 84, went home to his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Saturday, August 27, 2016. Visitation will be Monday, August 29, 2016, from noon until 2 p.m. at Mansfield Baptist Church with funeral services beginning at 2 p.m. Interment will be private at the wishes of the family.

August 27, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

Rivalry game between Eastside and Newton ends in tie

The Eastside Eagles and Newton Rams battled it out Friday night at Homer Sharp Stadium in a football game that ended with no one losing. Or winning, for that matter. After 48 minutes of tough football, the game ended in a 41-41 tie.

August 27, 2016 | Mariya Lewter | SPORTS

Newton County mayors protest BOC’s moratorium

The mayors of the five municipalities in the county sent a letter Friday, Aug. 26, to the Newton County Chair and members of the Board of Commissioners (BOC), asking them to remove the five-week moratorium on permits for places of worship.

August 26, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Jessie Coe

Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home

August 26, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

Certification awarded to Social Circle’s fire chief

On Saturday, Aug. 13 Chief Ken Zaydel and Deputy Chief James Robinson of the Social Circle Fire Department joined 21 fellow chiefs in receiving the first certifications by the Georgia Association of Fire Chiefs (GAFC) during the 2016 Fire Services Conference held in Augusta.

August 26, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Newton softball goes scoreless in back-to-back games

The Newton Rams softball team dropped its second game in a row on Thursday after falling 16-0 to Region 8-AAAAAAA opponent Grayson in the second night of back-to-back games.

August 25, 2016 | Mariya Lewter | Newton

A dynamic duo returns to the rooftop

There's a lot of returners on the music scene in and around Covington this week, making it a great opportunity to go out and have a great time.

August 25, 2016 | Marshall McCart | LIVING

Jean Stinchcomb Kerbow

Jean Stinchcomb Kerbow, aged 67, died peacefully in Tampa, Florida at Kindred Hospital after a hard fought battle with heart disease. Jean was born on April 15, 1949, in Covington, the daughter of Melvin Stinchcomb and Louella Greene Stinchcomb.

August 25, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

David Michael Wilson

David Michael "Mike" Wilson, age 64, of Covington, passed away at his home on August 17, 2016, with his wife, Bonnie, by his side. He was born at Emory University Hospital in Decatur, on February 2, 1952 to Lonnie B. Wilson, Jr. and Grace Felker Wilson Zwerner. He graduated from Avondale High School with a perfect 12-year attendance record. He was employed by Gulf Oil Company, retiring from same.

August 25, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

Ruth Hewell Shaffer

Sossoman Funeral Home

August 25, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

Eastside softball defeats Newton 7-0

Wednesday night's battle between hometown rivals ended with the Eastside softball team taking a 7-0 victory over the Newton Rams at home.

August 24, 2016 | Mariya Lewter | SPORTS

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