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NCSO deputies keep drunk drivers off road

Two Newton County Sheriff's Office deputies were recognized Tuesday for work keeping impaired drivers off the road.

April 23, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Deal set to sign bill expanding gun rights

ELLIJAY, Ga. (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal is set to sign legislation expanding where people with licenses to carry can bring their guns in Georgia.

April 23, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Newton’s late goal spoils Seminoles’ Senior Night

A late goal helped the Newton Rams boys varsity soccer team spoil the Salem Seminoles Senior Night Tuesday on the road.

April 22, 2014 | Matt Smith | Newton

Lady Seminoles top Newton

It was a Senior Night to remember for the Lady Seminoles varsity soccer team Tuesday, as Salem routed rival Newton County 8-1 in its final regular season contest.

April 22, 2014 | Matt Smith | Newton

Eagles keep playoff hopes alive

The Eastside Eagles varsity baseball team (12-11, 7-6 Region 8-AAAA) hosted region leader Stephens County (16-4, 9-2 Region 8-AAAAA) Monday night, ending a five-game losing streak with a 5-2 victory over the Indians.

April 22, 2014 | Miles Steele | Eastside

Tigers' offense keeps playoff hopes alive

The Alcovy Tigers varsity baseball team batted its way to an 11-1 region victory Monday night over the Lovejoy Wildcats, plating six runs over the first two innings while tallying nine hits.

April 22, 2014 | Matt Smith | Alcovy

Brick by brick

Social Circle City School system announced Tuesday that it would begin a brick sponsorship campaign Tuesday to help supplement its $7.8 million athletic complex.

April 22, 2014 | Matt Smith | Social Circle

Property tax rate likely to drop in FY15

Commissioners got some good news Tuesday night at their budget work session, including learning their health insurance bill will be at least $339,660 lower and seeing rising property values that would allow the board to make good on its promise to lower the millage rate.

April 22, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Cat in the Hat dances onto EHS stage

When children read their favorite childhood books, they may often imagine what those stories would look like if they popped out of the book in front of them.

April 22, 2014 | Kayla Robins | Education

Vacation Tips for 2014

I'm not going to tell you where to go on your next vacation, but I will give you some advice so you'll enjoy your time away a bit more. See, I took a little vacation out to Phoenix, and I figure the best advice I can give is to just tell you what I did. And then you can do the exact opposite.

April 22, 2014 | David McCoy | LIFE

Council unsure how to use Legion Field

Covington City Council members are still unsure whether they want to allow Legion Field on Mill Street to be rented for private events and whether they want to charge a fee or simply a refundable deposit.

April 22, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Memories of Steele

After their youngest son, Hugh, had completed a few days in the first grade, Johnny and Ada Steele playfully asked if he'd found a girlfriend yet. The 6-year-old responded, "Yes, I have found the girl I'm going to marry. Her name is Dorothy Lassiter. Even if I wander the whole world over, I'll never find another one like her." In 1947, WWII veteran Hugh Steele married Dorothy Lassiter, and they remained as husband and wife for 65 years until her passing.

April 22, 2014 | Pete Mecca | A VETERAN'S STORY

Proposed sea island development awash with controversy

The Sea Island Company wants to build a group of condominiu1ms on what many people believe to be environmentally unsound ground. Why should you care?

April 22, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists

Vacuums suck

I love those commercials on television that have a man impersonating an appliance. The dishwasher licks the whip, and the refrigerator complains that he must work every minute of every day while the blender sits in a cabinet and does nothing for most days of the month.

April 22, 2014 | Pete Mecca | LIFE

No gazebo for now

The city council this week put a stake through the grand idea of a Gazebo being built on the town square.

April 22, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

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Riner pleads guilty to selling unregistered securities

A former Covington man pled guilty this morning to selling unregistered promissory notes as securities, bringing to a close a case that has been going on for several years.

October 23, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

John O. Bender, Sr.

John O. Bender, Sr., of Covington, died October 21, 2009, at the age of 86. Mr. Bender served in the Army Air Force during World War II as a flight engineer in the European African Theatre. He owned a car dealership known as Johnny Bender Motors on Covington Hwy. He later worked as Sales manager for Ford, Dodge, and Chevrolet in Atlanta. He had a passion for air craft and automobiles. Mr. Bender was preceded in death by his son, Terry Bender; and parents, Cecil Carlton and Idella Aides Bender.

October 23, 2009 | Staff Report | OBITS

Residents question council candidates

Around 30 Covington city council residents showed up to Tuesday's political forum to ask the city council candidates about public transportation for seniors, public safety, parks and activities for teens and the future of the city.

October 23, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Play ball!

Students from Georgia Perimeter College bundled up and gathered at the baseball field for music performed by John McCutcheon as part of the Daffodil Festival. McCutcheon, a huge baseball fan, dedicated an entire album of songs to the sport and shared them with the audience Wednesday evening. Dejaun "Hungry" Gayle performs a piece from his collection of writings at the first Cafe Noir Coffeehouse "Happening" Wednesday evening. All are welcome to attend and share their musical, artistic and written talent at Georgia Perimeter College's Newton Campus Building 1 Room 2100 next month. Check the Community Calendar later for the ...

October 23, 2009 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL

Crowe has status hearing for homicide

Troopers from the Georgia State Patrol took the stand during a status hearing for the vehicular homicide case of Christina Crowe who is being charged in the 2008 death of her 7-year-old nephew, Bobby Couch.

October 23, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

BOC hears debate on future of I-20

The future of signage along the I-20 corridor was debated Tuesday night, as the desires of business owners were matched against the county's desire to maintain an aesthetically pleasing, uncluttered entrance to its community.

October 23, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Turn Around Ministries

Covington native Cory Stevenson, Founder of Turn Around Ministries Inc. is preparing to bring Jesus to the people in trailer parks, subdivisions, or wherever he is invited to come. God has placed a calling on his life to turn the world around, one community at a time. Turn Around Ministries Inc. is non-denominational and its mission statement reads, "To bring purpose based on the promises of God through his provision."

October 23, 2009 | Colleen Capes Jackson | RELIGION

Our thoughts... Eventful weekend

As the weather becomes milder and foliage morphs into to blazing autumn shades, weekends in the area come to life with activity.

October 23, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Racing down the slide and into life

If you haven't been down the slide out at Col. Cob's Corn Maze yet, it's a must by the end of the month.

October 23, 2009 | Terri Kimble | News Columnists

Local mom visits Capitol to advocate awareness

 Two days before moving to be closer to her parents, Kathy Coursey-Boes of Oxford, learned that her breast cancer had metastasized in her ribs. Needless to say, it put a serious damper on her plans of taking care of her mother and father as well as her husband and daughter.

October 23, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL

Special music service held at FPC

First Presbyterian Church of Covington will host a "Music Sunday" at its 11 a.m. worship service Sunday. The instrumental prelude will begin at 10:50 am. This annual service is offered to the glory of God by the Music Ministry of FPCC. Several soloists from the community will participate, and the Sanctuary and Ambassador Choirs from FPCC will sing. This service will be under the direction of Billy Wade, pastor; Alan Bunn, music director; and Alice Walker, organist.

October 23, 2009 | Staff Report | Columnists

Parson to Person: Jesus of faith VS Jesus of history

Jesus today has been the victim of deconstruction theology. In an attempt to remove the Jesus of history from the Jesus of faith, a whole lot of views have been advanced in an attempt to explain why we cannot believe in the Jesus of the Bible.

October 23, 2009 | Dr. John Pearrell | LOCAL

Basket of goodies

Mammogram gift: In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Newton Medical Center Women's Diagnostic Center had a drawing for a gift basket each week in October for women who came in and received a mammogram. Renee Bruce, left, received the first gift basket from WDC staff member Ruth Walker. Bruce, a resident of Mansfield, said that she has a routine screening mammogram every year at the WDC.

October 23, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Grace Notes: Our God does the impossible through us

Remember that story of the Feeding of the 5000 (Mark 6:30-44)? It shows Jesus to be true God, right? Absolutely. It shows Jesus' inexplicable and self-sacrificing love, right? Absolutely, as he puts his own needs for rest and relaxation aside and helps those people. It shows so much about our Savior. But it also shows us something about ourselves.

October 23, 2009 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Columnists

Newton County Jail Log - Oct. 23

• John David Talisman, 29, 3539 Fairview Road, Covington, Oct. 8. Simple battery on police officer, obstruction or hindering law enforcement officer, disorderly conduct.

October 23, 2009 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log

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