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BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: County teams find success on the road

All three Newton County GHSA high schools took their basketball acts on the road at some point this weekend, and as of Friday night at ...

December 10, 2016 | Gabriel Stovall | SPORTS

Library, janitorial contract funding approved

The Newton County Library was granted $27,000 by the Board of Commissioners (BOC) Tuesday night after library officials said the system could lose its ...

December 10, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Eastside football dominates All-Region 4-AAAA squad

The Eastside Eagles dominated the All-Region 4-AAAA football team, as 23 members of coach Troy Hoff's squad were selected to the All-Region roster.

December 09, 2016 | Gabriel Stovall | Eastside

Newton County Jail Log: Dec. 7

Michael Ryan Allen, 20, Porterdale, Dec. 5, back for court

December 08, 2016 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log

CPD hosts Shop With a Cop

Members of the Covington Police Department, Covington Fire Department and other local agencies headed out to the Covington Walmart Thursday afternoon to participate in the ...

December 08, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | Covington

19-year old arrested for murder Tuesday

Elijah William Ramoutar, 19, has been arrested by the Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) for the murder of Alyssa Ann Wright, 19, Tuesday evening.

December 08, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

More musical treats for your ears

Greetings Covington and welcome back to another installment of The Minute. And just right quick, I wanted to take a moment to thank so many ...

December 08, 2016 | Marshall McCart | LIVING

Social Circle officer appeals termination after aggressive actions

A former Social Circle Police Department (SCPD) officer is asking for his job back after being terminated following a traffic stop that crossed the line ...

December 07, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL

Eastside wrestling team wins Newton Cup for first time in five years

When the Eastside wrestling team got together before the season began to list its goals, winning the 2016 Newton Cup was toward the top of ...

December 07, 2016 | Gabriel Stovall | Eastside

Thomas McElreath

Thomas McElreath, 80, of Rutledge, passed away Tuesday, December 6, 2016. McElreath enjoyed collecting antiques and loved going to the mountains. He was married for ...

December 07, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

Mrs. Lee Shirley

Mrs. Lee Shirley, 91, of Covington, passed away December 5, 2016. She was born June 18, 1925, to the late Luther and Mae Carney. Shirley ...

December 07, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

BOC Summary: 162 proposed to honor Deputy Justin White

The Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) honored Deputy Justin White Tuesday evening by requesting the local legislative delegation to have a portion of Georgia ...

December 07, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Housing Authority financial investigation continues

Covington Housing Authority Executive Director Greg Williams is continuing to gather documents for the forensic audit which was initiated after suspected employee theft was discovered ...

December 06, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | Covington

RECRUITING NOTEBOOK: Football recruiting fair will bring exposure to athletes

Football recruiting is starting to heat up for many area athletes, starting with a Newton High star getting snagged by the local SEC football program.

December 06, 2016 | Gabriel Stovall | SPORTS

Alcovy football coach Chris Edgar prepared to show off his acting chops this weekend

If you happen to take a trip to the Porter Auditorium this coming weekend and you see a familiar local football coach donning a wig ...

December 06, 2016 | Gabriel Stovall | Alcovy

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Student: Afghanistan is 'Full of life'

Today, in the U.S., Afghanistan is often portrayed as a poor country that has been a central place of war and conflict for the past decade. However, to Oxford College sophomore Anika Cooper, it is the complete opposite. "It's so beautiful." Cooper said. "Afghanistan is like no other place in the world. It is so full of life."

March 05, 2013 | Nicole Goetz | Education

Education SPLOST voting starts

Early voting has started in the proposed education SPLOST referendum. If approved, the SPLOST will be a continuation of a current 1-cent sales tax that will go toward capital projects and help boost the Newton County School System's budget.

March 05, 2013 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL

Oconee Metal likely won't sue over bid

LB Recycling and Waste Service's bid to collect recycling centers' scrap metal and remove discarded metal from the landfill was unusual, county commissioners and county attorney Tommy Craig agreed.

March 05, 2013 | Lynda Edwards | Business

Pier 1 Imports store coming to Conyers

Home furnishings and décor giant Pier 1 Imports will be locating to the Conyers Crossroads Shopping Center sometime this summer.

March 05, 2013 | Kathy Hooks | Business

Newton Medical trains for disaster

"Ahh, my back," a Newton High School health care student shrieked as she was treated for her mock injury by staff at Newton Medical Center. Her pre-planned injury was the result of a phony tornado that was said to have touched down in Porterdale, injuring residents and destroying the blood lab at the hospital.

March 05, 2013 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL

Questionable ethics

In the November election, Georgians voted in a non-binding vote that our legislature establish rules that would rein in lobbyists giving gifts to legislators. This wasn't simply a few voters; rather it was the majority of voters across the state.

March 05, 2013 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Russell named Player of the Year

Although none of Newton County's three high school basketball teams were able to get past the first round of the state playoffs, there was plenty of talent to be seen in the gyms of Eastside, Newton and Alcovy.

March 05, 2013 | Bryan Fazio | SPORTS

St. Patrick’s Day

We're pleased to see the little town of Porterdale gearing up to celebrate what those of us of the Irish persuasion feel is the grandest day of the year.

March 05, 2013 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Dallas Worthy of a full scholarship

With two state championships in her last two seasons, Dallas Worthy has been a valuable member of Eastside's track and field team as she begins her senior year.

March 05, 2013 | Bryan Fazio | Eastside

Yarbrough: For ethics reform, the party isn’t over yet

The Georgia House of Representatives has passed an ethics reform bill and has sent it on its way to the state Senate for its consideration and action. But don't get out the confetti just yet. What one body sees as true ethics reform, the other sees as a desultory effort to curb the power and influence of those lizard-loafered lobbyists skulking the halls of the Gold Dome. We the Unwashed? We are caught in the middle, as usual.

March 05, 2013 | Dick Yarbrough | OPINION

Newton County Jail Log: March 6

Darrell Wayne Ayers, 44, 101 Bohannon Road, Covington, Feb. 22. Probation violation.

March 05, 2013 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log

Travis: Ups and downs of Windows 8

Last weekend was my husband's birthday. We won't say which one. My out-of-town daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren were here to help my local grandchildren and family celebrate.

March 05, 2013 | Paula Travis | OPINION

Woman chases roommate with spoons

A Covington woman was charged with disorderly conduct after reportedly chasing her roommate with a "bouquet of spoons wrapped with a rubber band."

March 05, 2013 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Mecca: Local soldier recalls fighting at Battle of the Bulge

The Army's 2nd Infantry Division landed on Omaha Beach on D-Day +1, June 7, 1944, near St. Laurent-sur-Mer. After crossing the Aure River to liberate Trevieres on June 10, the 2nd Infantry Division started a trek across France that would take them all the way into Germany.

March 05, 2013 | Pete Mecca | Columnists

Velma Perry Wilborn

Homegoing Celebration

March 05, 2013 | Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home | OBITUARIES

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