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PHOTO GALLERY: Newton Class of 2017 graduates

Congratulations to the Class of 2017!

May 27, 2017 | Darrell Everidge | Education

PHOTO GALLERY: Alcovy Class of 2017 graduates

Congratulations to the Class of 2017!

May 27, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Education

Newton County Jail Log: May 24

Gayla Dalyn Atkins, 47, Oxford, May 22, theft by receiving stolen property

May 27, 2017 | Staff Report | Crime

Lions Club celebrates 100 years

COVINGTON, Ga. - The Covington Lions Club celebrated 100 years of service Thursday night. In the celebration, Newton County Chairman Marcello Banes proclaimed June as Lions ...

May 26, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Local

NCSO investigating armed robbery

COVINGTON, Ga. - Investigators with the Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) are looking for the two people responsible for robbing a Covington man Sunday afternoon.

May 25, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Crime

MMCC announces upcoming concerts for the 15th annual Madison Chamber Music Festival

MADISON, Ga. - The 15th annual Madison Chamber Music Festival would like to present its upcoming concerts this June with nationally-esteemed performers in a variety of ...

May 25, 2017 | Staff Report | Living

Tommy Coker

Tommy Coker, age 76, of Social Circle, died on May 21, 2017. He was born in Monroe, GA on April 13, 1941 to the late ...

May 24, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries

Pistol stolen from truck

COVINGTON, Ga. – Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) investigators are looking for the person who stole a pistol out of a pick-up truck over the ...

May 24, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Crime

Pit Bulls reportedly attack pet in carport

OXFORD, Ga. – A 12-year-old Jack Russell Terrier was reportedly attacked and killed by two Pit Bulls at a house in Oxford Sunday morning.

May 24, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Crime

Piedmont Academy students present ‘The Shaggy Raggy’

MONTICELLO, Ga. - Piedmont Academy's K-3 class has been very busy. Teacher, Mrs. Mary Ramsdell and the students have been working together to design and ...

May 24, 2017 | Staff Report | Education

Piedmont Academy celebrates graduating kindergartners

MONTICELLO, Ga. - Piedmont Academy held its Kindergarten commencement ceremony at the Cougar Gymnasium May 16.

May 24, 2017 | Staff Report | Education

Knight dispels rumors on her opinions

COVINGTON, Ga. - City Manager Leigh Anne Knight took a moment during the Covington City Council's May 15 meeting to dispel rumors about her opinion ...

May 23, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Covington

Suspected Emergency Pawn burglar killed in Clayton wreck

CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. - The Covington Police Department (CPD) is investigating if one of the men responsible for the March burglary at Emergency Pawn Shop was ...

May 23, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Crime

An injured Eric Stokes helped Eastside claim a track title

Eric Stokes was hobbled and hurting. He definitely wasn't at 100 percent speed.

May 23, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Eastside

GBI Child Fatality Review Unit releases suicide data

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation's Child Fatality Review Unit is releasing 2017 data on youth suicides. So far in 2017, 18 children have reportedly ...

May 23, 2017 | Staff Report | State

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Playoffs over for Bulldogs

Langston Hughes proved to be too much for Rockdale in the Bulldogs' first playoff appearance since 2009 Friday night.

November 16, 2012 | Rockdale News | Rockdale Archives

Sandy Creek too much for Eastside

The chilly night air did not stop the red-hot Sandy Creek Patriots from dismantling the Eastside Eagles 55-0 in the first round of the playoffs.

November 16, 2012 | Staff Report | Eastside

SLIDESHOW: Christmas in Covington

At the lighting of the Courthouse on Nov. 15, the Covington News staff gave out hot chocolate and cookies to local families. The staff also took fun pictures of local smiling children with the front page of the newspaper.

November 16, 2012 | Staff Report | Local

Sheriff's office offers storm spotter training

The Rockdale County Sheriff's Office / Emergency Management Agency (EMA) is hosting a "SkyWarn" Storm Spotter training on Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 6:30 p.m.

November 16, 2012 | Rockdale News | Rockdale Archives

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


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


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

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