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James ‘Sam’ Allgood

James "Sam" Allgood, Sr., 71, of Sparta. passed away June 23, 2016. An Oxford native, Allgood and his wife, Frances moved to Sparta in 2006 ...

June 24, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

NAACP hears Johnson and Anderson

The weather has heated up and election season hasn't cooled off as a handful of candidates are in a runoff for the primary election.

June 24, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

The Newton County Farm Bureau celebrated National Dairy Month in June.

The dairy industry is a crucial part of Georgia's agriculture industry. The state of Georgia is home to approximately 83,000 head of dairy ...

June 24, 2016 | Staff Report | LIVING

Theme school council gives $600 to homeless shelter

Members of the Newton County Theme School (NCTS) Student Council recently presented a check for $600 to the Garden of Gethsemane Homeless Shelter. The Theme ...

June 24, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Newton BOE adopts resolution opposing governor’s opportunity school district

By unanimous vote, the Newton County Board of Education (BOE) adopted a resolution opposing Governor Nathan Deal's proposed "Opportunity School District" (OSD) at their ...

June 24, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Former Newton County employee charged with theft by receiving

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June 24, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Update: Dillon Wilks Bragg

Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home

June 24, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

4-H’ers keep busy during summer

I've often heard working in cooperative extension is a bit like working in church missions, because you're in it to serve others.

June 23, 2016 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL

BOE to hold public hearings on FY2017 budget

The Newton County Board of Education (BOE) tentatively adopted a maintenance and operation budget for fiscal year 2016-17. The total millage rate of 20 mills ...

June 23, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Newton County Tomorrow requests funds from Covington

Mike Hopkins, director of the Newton County Sewer and Water Authority, appeared before the Covington City Council Monday night on behalf of Newton County Tomorrow ...

June 23, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Newton County Jail Log: June 22

Paula Michelle Allamon, 45, McDonough, June 19, theft by shoplifting – misdemeanor

June 23, 2016 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log

McCart: Whiskey Bent back in Covington

Greetings! So glad y'all enjoyed the last edition and I appreciate the feedback about the album review I did of the Apostles of Bluegrass ...

June 23, 2016 | Marshall McCart | LIVING

CPD searching for man who robbed Covington bank

The Covington Police Department is in search of a man who robbed the Bank of North Georgia at 4128 Hwy 278 NE Wednesday afternoon, according ...

June 22, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Solid Waste Authority tasked with assessing fee for convenience centers

The Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) did not levee a fee or tax for the use of the county's convenience centers at its ...

June 22, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

After 16 years, Spires in downtown Covington will close

It's been one of the hardest things she's had to do, but on Saturday, Denise Spires is closing the doors on her shop ...

June 22, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

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Employees’ pay still to drop in 2013

Americans' paychecks will be a little smaller in 2013.

January 04, 2013 | Rockdale News | Rockdale Archives

Cost of road work to go up in 2013

The effects of failed transportation sales tax votes across Georgia on July 31 are now being seen on city and county government ledgers.

January 04, 2013 | Jeff Gill | Rockdale Archives

Barbara Jean Pitts

Mrs. Barbara Jean (Manning) (Engram) Pitts, 79, was called home Dec. 29. She passed away at her home with her family by her side. She is preceded in death by her parents Thomas and Rhunelle Manning; brother Thomas Lewis Manning; sons Dana Engram and Scott Pitts. She loved flowers, painting, crafts, playing cards and working puzzles.

Surviving are husband Maj. William H. (Bill) Pitts of Conyers; son Thom and Lynn Pitts of Covington; daughter Rosa Crowe and Terri Johnson of Newborn; son Bill and Julie Pitts of Alpharetta; daughter-in-law Vicki Pitts of Oregon; 10 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, two nieces; and ...

January 03, 2013 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

Wanda Jane Nichols

Mrs. Wanda Jane Nichols, 47, of Covington, passed away Jan. 2 at Newton Medical Center. Mrs. Nichols was preceded in death by her father Charlie Britt Wilson.

She taught Sunday school for more than 20 years and loved her family and her friends. She enjoyed traveling, going to the beach, reading, cooking for people and scrapbooking. Mrs. Nichols loved to play with her dog Maxx.

January 03, 2013 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

Linda Hollis

Mrs. Linda Hollis, 68, of Covington, passed away on Dec. 29. Mrs. Hollis was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, cousin and friend to many. Her strong faith and love of the Lord kept her strong throughout her entire life. Her ministry encouraged and touched many in the community. She enjoyed puzzles, ceramics, quilting, gardening, crafts, and sewing. She also loved gospel music. Mrs. Hollis was preceded in death by her grandson William Todd Moss; parents Batson and Jessie Lee (Garrett) Goolsby; and brother Bob Willis.

Survivors include her loving husband of 50 years Kenneth Hollis of Covington; son and ...

January 03, 2013 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

Larry Chester Hepner

Mr. Larry Chester Hepner of Covington, 72, passed away Jan. 2. Mr. Hepner was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. He was an avid sports fan, and enjoyed both watching Georgia Tech football and the Atlanta Braves. He enjoyed fishing, traveling, surfing the Internet and visiting old museums and historical sites. Mr. Hepner loved meeting new people and had a great sense of humor. He was preceded in death by his parents Monte and Evelyn Hepner and his brother Ricky Hepner.

Survivors include his loving wife of 21 years Brenda Hepner; daughters and son-in-law Jeanette, Renee and Ray ...

January 03, 2013 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

Oxford lays out 5-year project plan

Oxford plans to review its list of planned projects for the next five years during a public hearing on Monday night.

The mayor and the council will hold a public hearing and an annual organizational meeting on Jan. 7 at 7 p.m. at city hall to discuss and adopt its 2013-2018 Short-Term Work Program.

January 03, 2013 | Danielle Everson | Oxford

Employees’ pay still to drop in ’13

Americans' paychecks will be a little smaller in 2013.

While Congress and the president reached a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff - meaning all but the wealthiest Americans will not see an income tax hike - the Social Security payroll tax increased by 2 percent this year.

January 03, 2013 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Training to prevent tragedy

It's the worst nightmare for parents and school staff, a shooter loose in the halls, but as the tragedies at Columbine and, most recently, Sandy Hook has taught law enforcement, they can never be too prepared.

January 03, 2013 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Community celebrates 150 years of freedom

Hundreds gathered Sunday night in a celebration of freedom, faith and family in the Sesquicentennial Emancipation Proclamation community worship service, hosted at Springfield Baptist Church.

January 03, 2013 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL

Scharf: Finding God in the strangest places

They say you find God in the strangest places. Well, the story of Christmas proves it. Read Luke 2. Even though the text starts in the Emperor's palace of the most powerful nation on earth, when "Caesar Augustus issued a decree," and it passes through every place of power and beauty you can imagine from the Governor's mansion of Quirinius to every corner of the known world - we find it settling down in Nazareth, a nothing town. We see the spotlight rest on a poor engaged couple with not enough resources to even secure a decent bed. That ...

January 03, 2013 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Columnists

Burnham: You can never fool God

"You can fool some of the people some of the time, but you can't fool all the people, all of the time."

We have all heard that quote, but here is another: "You can never fool God or yourself." Those two always know the "real" truth. So, let's ask the tough question, "Are you for real?" Or you do look like you have it all together on the outside, but on the inside you're not who others really think you are? May I remind you, God sees and knows all things. His name "El Shaddi" means "One ...

January 03, 2013 | William Burnham Pastor of Point of Grace Church | Columnists

Dees: A new year to evaluate

Are you a New Year's resolution maker? Or are you someone who used to make New Year's resolutions but never kept them and so now you don't even bother? Wherever you fall on this paradigm, a New Year is a good thing. It is a great time to evaluate your life and to make adjustments if needed. There is an old adage that rings true, "A life not evaluated is not worth living."

January 03, 2013 | Jason Dees | Columnists

McCoy: The basic essentials

"Teacher, what is the greatest commandment in the Law?" [Jesus] replied, "You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your being, and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: You must love your neighbor as you love yourself. All the Law and the Prophets depend on these two commands.

January 03, 2013 | Jan McCoy | Columnists

Elementary aged kid starts fire

A home on Collins Street was a total loss after the family's 6-year-old accidentally set the Christmas tree on fire Sunday.

Assistant Fire Marshal, Capt. Tony Smith said the call came in around 10 a.m. and firefighters spent several hours at the home, leaving at 3 p.m.

January 03, 2013 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

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