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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

Newton girls' basketball coach Tiffani Johnson 'bleeds blue and white'

If you peaked at the scoreboard during virtually any part of the Newton Lady Rams' basketball team's last two games, you would think there ...

December 06, 2016 | Gabriel Stovall | Newton

Recreation Commission finds ‘no illegal or dishonest behavior’

The Newton County Recreation Commission's board of directors did not make any personnel changes stemming from a recent forensic audit released by Frazier and ...

December 05, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Football coach turning heads in … The Nutcracker

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 05, 2016 | Gabriel Stovall | LOCAL

Change isn’t that bad

Life changes all the time. We change homes. We change jobs. We change clothes. We change a lot of things. Some of us like change ...

December 04, 2016 | Andy Butts | Religion

Lassiter: Multiple uses for Second-To-Die Life Insurance

Second-To-Die or Survivorship Life Insurance became a very viable product after the 1982 TEFRA legislation. This act allowed estate taxes to be postponed until the ...

December 04, 2016 | Mike Lassiter | Business

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Running for the Holidays

Combat this holiday season's inherent indulgences and stress on body and psyche while supporting some worthwhile local causes. Whether you run, walk or stumble across the finish lines, these races offer a variety of scenery and circumstances to "just do it!"

November 16, 2012 | Rockdale News | Rockdale Archives

Springfield Baptist hosts breast cancer awareness event

Pink was "in" last month. Ribbons, T-shirts and even newspapers sported the color, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month. For many, the whole idea is tucked away until next year. That's not the case with the folks at Springfield Baptist Church.

November 16, 2012 | Rockdale News | Rockdale Archives

Hospital

Recently, officials at Newton Medical made a decision to charge a $150 upfront deposit charge for patients who do not have a non-emergency condition.

November 15, 2012 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Stadium

The fact that many people in the state of Georgia are still suffering from the effects of the Great Recession does not seem to affect Arthur Blank, owner of the Atlanta Falcons, in his attempt to build a new $1 billion retractable roof stadium for his team with the assistance of tax funds provided by the citizens of Georgia.

November 15, 2012 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Perugino: It’s still the spending

The Presidential election is history now leaving us awash with mind damaging cries of "tax the wealthy" and a myriad of other tax increase proposals. I have this vision of us driving straight towards a cliff but only looking out the side window. It doesn't take a graduate degree to figure out that you can't continue to spend more than you bring in without having the whole process crash. What one does need is the courage and responsibility to clearly look at the problem and accept the answers that are there. Indeed, "It really is still the spending ...

November 15, 2012 | William Peruguino | Columnists

Morgan: The general crashes, burns

Is there anything you don't know at this point about the alleged affair between four- star Gen. David Petraeus, married and the father of two, and his biographer, fellow West Point grad and fitness fanatic Paula Broadwell, the married mother of two? The news burst like a bombshell over Washington, D.C., in the aftermath of President Obama's re-election, and more and more salacious - and serious - details are emerging every day, now involving another general and civilian groupies. The story is at the top of every newscast.

November 15, 2012 | Barbara Morgan | Columnists

Elmo Wayne Shrader

Mr. Elmo Wayne Shrader, 70, of Mansfield, passed away Nov. 14. He loved his family dearly and especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and his dogs Spreckles and Scooter.

Mr. Shrader was a veteran of the United States Navy; and enjoyed gardening, hunting, fishing, playing golf and working in his workshop. In addition, he enjoyed studying his genealogy and gazing through his telescope he made himself. He was preceded in death by his father Elmer O. Shrader; sisters Yvonne McCord and Elizabeth Tomayko.

November 15, 2012 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

James Hicks Evans

Mr. James Hicks Evans, of Conroe, Texas, passed away on Nov. 12. Mr. Evans was born on Jan. 16, 1960, to Guy and Rebecca Evans of Covington. He graduated from George Walton Academy in 1978. Mr. Evans served five years in the U.S. Navy. Mr. Evans' childhood was spent involved in activities with First Baptist Church in Covington, and playing little league ball. At the time of his death, he was living in Conroe, Texas, where he had been in declining health for the past few years. Mr. Evans was preceded in death by his father Guy V. Evans ...

November 15, 2012 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

James Goolsby

James Goolsby was born Feb. 17, 1938 in Newton County, to Rose Bub Goolsby and Newt Cole. Mr. Goolsby grew up in Newton County. He was a graduate of the class of 1958 at R.L. Cousins High School. He was employed at Hercules for 27 years and received numerous awards for his services. Upon his retiring, he was a valued employee at Young Funeral Home for the past 18 years.

Mr. Goolsby professed his faith at an early age and joined Macedonia Baptist Church of Covington. He was an active and faithful member for many years serving as chairman ...

November 15, 2012 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

City accepts $594K grant for bridge

The city of Covington council approved at their Nov. 5 meeting to accept a joint grant with the city of Oxford for $594,000 that was awarded by the Atlanta Regional Commission under their Last Mile Connectivity program for the replacement of a pedestrian bridge that crosses over Interstate 20 in October.

City of Covington grant writer Randy Conner previously said the grant is additional funding for the Emory Street pedestrian bridge between Covington and Oxford. He explained why Covington and Oxford decided to apply for the grant together.

November 15, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL

BOE members argue SPLOST vote

A discussion of an upcoming education Special Local Option Sales Tax referendum turned contentious between Newton County School Board members at a recent work session.

November 15, 2012 | Amber Pittman | Education

No one runs for soil and water position

The election is over, but one local seat remains unfilled after no one qualified to run for the office.

No Newton County resident qualified for a vacant elected seat to the Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission, which seeks to protect both the quality of Georgia's soils and water resources.

November 15, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Eagles break into playoffs

Eastside's 35-0 victory over fourth-ranked Monroe Area last Friday was a big win at the time.

November 15, 2012 | Bryan Fazio | Eastside

History for Newton

Fans will have a chance to see history today as Newton hosts a state playoff game for the first time in the school's 63-year history of football.

November 15, 2012 | Bryan Fazio | Newton

Tigers back in state playoffs

In its seventh year of existence, Alcovy is headed to the state football playoffs for the third time today, looking for its ever playoff win.

November 15, 2012 | Bryan Fazio | Alcovy

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