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Rams top Tigers on Senior Night

The Newton High School varsity baseball team made a clean sweep of Region 2-AAAAAA rival Alcoy on Senior Night Tuesday, defeating the Tigers 6-1 at home.

April 15, 2014 | Xavier McKnight | Newton

Porterdale FD's Spring Fling

Spring is known as a time for cleaning and renewal.

April 15, 2014 | Staff Report | Porterdale

Molly's Corner has a brand new spot

On April 15, local flower and container shop Molly's relocated from Floyd Street to Usher Street in Covington next to Ramsey's Produce.

April 15, 2014 | Xavier McKnight | LOCAL

Annual Fairy House Festival to return

Covington's Chimney Park will once again host the Fairy House Festival on Saturday, May 3, from 2-5 p.m.

April 15, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Bizzy Bee Exterminators acquires ace exterminating company

A Newton County family-owned business has now expanded its reach to include Gwinnett County after merging with another family-owned business.

April 15, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Political campaign signs stolen

Georgia State House District 112 candidate Ester Fleming reported stolen campaign signs to the Newton County Sheriff's Office recently.

April 15, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Sinking soil replaced at armory

Covington's National Guard armory is getting a nearly $1 million upgrade, including replacing the collapsing soil under the parking lot which has caused sinkholes to form and has caused one corner of the armory to sink.

April 15, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Mansfield still trying to set election date

Mansfield officials are still trying to pick dates to hold a special election to permanently fill the mayor's seat, which was vacated when Estona Middlebrooks resigned from the position March 6.

April 15, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

We ride to provide gets help

When a memorial escort was on its way to return K9 Sasha, a fallen police dog, to her home in Warwick, Ga., Holly Cripps noticed a white car had kept up with them for several miles. She saw a little girl, on her way from Roswell to Florida for a family vacation, holding up a white, handwritten sign from the window.

April 15, 2014 | Kayla Robins | Porterdale

New tourism trolley makes its debut

The Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony for its newly leased trolley Tuesday.

April 15, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Leading the attack on Iwo Jima

Japanese soldiers wore gas masks to suppress the nauseating smell of sulfur as they dug deep into the bowels of Iwo Jima. Eventually, an 11-mile maze of tunnels would connect underground barracks, hospitals, ammo dumps, water supplies and foodstuffs. Above the tunnels, bunkers and pillboxes by the hundreds awaited the American assault that was inevitable.

April 15, 2014 | Pete Mecca | A VETERAN'S STORY

Mrs. Deborah Corley

Deborah Corley Taylor, of Covington, passed away April 14, 2014, at the age of 56. She enjoyed attending her sons' sporting events and reading, but most of all she loved spending time with her adored grandchildren. She was a devoted employee of Gene Hyde Trucking for many years.

April 15, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS

The sisterhood has come to town

Three friends of Newton County hosted the grand opening of their brand new gift shop April 1, the Ya-Ya Sisters N More. The three friends are Faith Ford, Rita Johnston and Gail Caruth.The business was inspired by Ford, a local entrepreneur who has owned a business in Covington before.

April 15, 2014 | Xavier McKnight | LIFE

Needing to remember what Easter is all about

I wish I had been there. In Jerusalem. With Jesus.

April 15, 2014 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists

Tax time follies

By the time you read this, our annual day of taxation will have come and gone, and you'll have already kissed your money bye-bye as you mailed the government your "fair share" of sweat and tears. But instead of dwelling on the rising tax rate or the marvelously insane tax code, let's try to do something fun with this annual nightmare. Let's imagine where our money is going!

April 15, 2014 | David McCoy | LIFE

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Testimony continues in Benson trial

The murder trail of Franklin Benson continued today with several witnesses for the state taking the stand.

A forensic pathologist for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation testified about the condition of Leslyan Williams' body parts that were transported to the GBI for autopsy, saying the total weight of what the found of her body was just 35 lbs.

October 14, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newton County Jail Log - Oct. 14

Unquiel Sondre Pittman, 27, Social Circle, Sept. 28. Driving without a license.

October 14, 2009 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log

Case of the bleeps

I missed Pete Rose's post-game television interview Tuesday night after he had failed to extend his batting streak.

October 14, 2009 | Lewis Grizzard | News Columnists

Buy Local... Occie's Tackle Box

Walk into Occie's Tackle Box – a neat, modest space tucked away on the corner of Turner Lake and Washington Street – and you're likely to see at least a few of the five sisters that own and run the fish and grits restaurant.

October 14, 2009 | Staff Report | Business

65 trees planted in first NeighborWoods project

Fairview Estates was one of "those" neighborhoods - the kind where the developer cuts down every tree in the neighborhood during construction and goes bankrupt before the street trees are ever planted.

October 14, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Benton House sets sail

Cards and camaraderie: Mayor Kim Carter presented a proclamation for Benton House, Covington's Senior Living Community, to Cathy Harville, executive director and Victoria Chandler, community relations director. The proclamation was to declare Cruise Week in recognition of Assisted Living Week held Sept. 13-19. The community celebrated by turning Benton House into a luxury cruise ship. Residents celebrated with a fabulous week of meals, games and entertainment. Residents' families, friends and local Covington residents were invited to attend the week long celebration. Benton House hosted about 60 guests for the Captain's Dinner, which included Covington's own Irene Smith.

October 14, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Annual Daffodil Festival celebrates US pastimes

"Play Ball! America's Favorite Pastimes," is the theme for five days of colorful events during Georgia Perimeter College Newton Campus' annual Daffodil Festival and Fall Symposium. The events will be held Oct. 19-23 on the newly expanded campus at 239 Cedar Lane, Covington.

October 14, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Newton Medical hosts Friday golf tournament for neonatal equipment

Newton Medical Center administrators and members of the NMC Auxiliary are inviting all golfers to the Auxiliary Autumn Action Golf Tournament Friday to benefit the hospital's new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

October 14, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL

Ms. Senior Newton County

Lookin' lovely: Crowning of the 2009 Ms. Senior Newton County Newton County. Senior Services Inc. held their 3rd Annual Ms. Senior Newton County Pageant on Saturday, Oct. 10, at 4 p.m. at the Olive Swann Porter Auditorium. Theme for the pageant was "On Broadway." Contestants are from left to right: Mrs. Estelle Haley, Mrs. Annie Roby (second runner up), Mrs. Isabel Moure' (2009 Ms. Senior Newton County), Mrs. Rockie Butts (third runner up), Ms. Phyllis Sowell and Ms. Iva Harris.

October 14, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Simultaneous motion

 Oxford College alumnus Angus Galloway will return to his alma mater on Oct. 15 for a reception opening his art exhibition at the school.

October 14, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Empty promises to teachers

My son-in-law, Dr. Ted Wansley, teaches at Whitewater High School in Fayette County and coaches the school's cross-country teams. He is also a National Board Certified teacher.

Ted got his doctorate at evening classes at Georgia State University while teaching high school during the day. He could have been satisfied with that achievement, but he aspires to be the best at everything he undertakes, so he devoted several more years to earning his National Board Certification. Ted was told certification would bring him an additional 10 percent bonus from the State of Georgia.

October 14, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | OPINION

You've got a friend at the PCS

Starting now and for years to come, many Georgians are going to see increases every month in their electricity and natural gas bills.

A few dollars here, a few dollars there, these little increases will add up to very impressive totals for the state's two largest utility firms: $175 million for Atlanta Gas Light and $1.6 billion for the Georgia Power Co.

October 14, 2009 | Tom Crawford | OPINION

Spousal abuse a serious problem

We were saddened to hear of the weekend arrest of District 4 County Commissioner J.C. Henderson. He has been charged with battery under the Family Violence Act.

Henderson has not yet been convicted and we hope for the sake of the community that details proving his innocence surface.

October 14, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Voices from the past

Covington has a rich history. Our predecessors have helped shape the vibrant community of the city today.

The Covington/Newton County Chamber of Commerce is offering a unique experience for residents to learn more about the fascinating people of Covington's past through a guided walking tour of the historic city cemetery.

October 14, 2009 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

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