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Stephen Richard Smith

Stephen Richard Smith, 67, passed away on Sunday, July 24, 2016.

July 27, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

Banes, Cowan win primary run-off in Newton County

The Newton County Board of Elections released the unofficial results of the run-off primary elections held today.

July 26, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Retired doctor named Newton County deputy coroner

Dr. Michael Grady was sworn in as the new Newton County Deputy Coroner on Monday at the Newton County Courthouse.

July 26, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Summer registration open for 2016-2017 school year

The Newton County School System (NCSS) will conduct summer registration for the 2016-2017 school year from now until Wednesday, July 28, according to the NCSS ...

July 26, 2016 | Staff Report | Education

Covington man arrested for bringing gun into movie theater

MONACA, Pa. (AP) - A Georgia man is jailed on charges he brought a stolen gun and ammunition into a western Pennsylvania movie theater.

July 25, 2016 | Associated Press | LOCAL

Margie Bryans White

Funeral services for Margie Bryans White, 86, will be held at 1 p.m. Wed., July 27, 2016 in the Chan Stanley Memorial Chapel of ...

July 25, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

Have you ever thought…

Are you looking for a place to meet with a friend, hold a community meeting or pause for a great cup of coffee? There is ...

July 25, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING

4-H’ers discover the magic of no cell phones

Wahsega has long been my favorite 4-H camp, because even today, it's nearly impossible to check e-mail or make a phone call.

July 25, 2016 | Terri Fullerton | LOCAL

Stigma of mental health issues

Mental health is a difficult topic to discuss. As a society we are more willing to talk about goals to eat healthier, exercise more, and ...

July 25, 2016 | Viewpoint Health | LIVING

Board of Education approves contract extension for Superintendent Fuhrey

The Newton County Board of Education extended Superintendent Samantha Fuhrey's contract for an additional year. By unanimous vote, school board members approved her contract ...

July 25, 2016 | Staff Report | Education

A look back at Covington’s role in the 1996 Summer Olympics

The 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil are a few weeks away from taking place. However, this summer also marks the 20 ...

July 25, 2016 | Xavier McKnight | LOCAL

BOC adopts reduced hours for convenience centers

A resolution reducing the number of hours that the 11 convenience centers will be opened barely squeaked by when Chair Keith Ellis cast his vote ...

July 25, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

City OKs permit for private school

The Covington City Council approved a Special Use Permit for Alpha Omega Preparatory Academy, a private school for kindergarten through 12th grade students.

July 25, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

NCSO identifies, arrests murder suspect

The Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) Criminal Investigation Division (CID) has arrested a suspect in the murder in Julien R. Wyant, according to a ...

July 25, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Local cricket club looks to future of the sport

The Covington Conyers Cricket Club (CC) has had its roots in Newton County for the last 16 years. Though the team has a rich history ...

July 25, 2016 | Mariya Lewter | Recreation

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Spin City: The art of cycling

There has never been a better time to rescue the bicycles from the basement and get out to enjoy the growing number of opportunities for cycling throughout Rockdale County.

June 22, 2012 | Rockdale News | Rockdale Archives

Summer getaways in two hours' drive

Not all summer getaways need to be far-flung adventures. In less than two hours, one can be careening 70 feet in the air over rivers and through the woods on a zip line canopy tour or take a peaceful tube float down the Chattahoochee or tangoing in Piedmont Park as alternatives. And, don't count out a new experience at an old favorite - Geyser Towers at Stone Mountain Park.

June 22, 2012 | Rockdale News | Rockdale Archives

Our Thoughts: Looking For Leadership

Meet David Ralston, the speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives.

June 22, 2012 | Rockdale News | Rockdale Archives

Our Thoughts: Pleased

We are glad to see the positive efforts that Rockdale County Public Schools cabinet members are making to cut some major expenses but still preserve the mission of educating our children.

June 22, 2012 | Rockdale News | Rockdale Archives

McCoy: The Saintly and Not-So-Saintly

It's hard enough having one columnist in the house, but imagine the situation over here in McCoy-land. I'm in my fourth year with my humor column - Pecan Pie for the Mind - and my wife - Jan McCoy - is on her second year with a religion column. Our kids duck and cover when they see us, for fear of becoming next week's humorous anecdote or sermon topic. And consider the residents of Covington, where both our columns run. Imagine the trauma that ensues when some devout little lady is looking for "that sweet McCoy's column" and comes across ...

June 22, 2012 | Rockdale News | Rockdale Archives

Mass support for ridiculed bus monitor

The pebble was tossed when a middle-school student in upstate New York posted a 10-minute video on his Facebook page.

June 22, 2012 | RIK STEVENS, Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

First-place Revs host defending champs

The Georgia Revolution have taken over first place in the Southeast Conference and can assert their spot as the conference's top team today.

June 22, 2012 | Rockdale News | Rockdale Archives

Austin to play in All-Star weekend

Tyler Austin just excelled in one All-Star game and now he's going to put his talents on display in another. But this time it will be on a much bigger, grander stage.

June 22, 2012 | Rockdale News | Rockdale Archives

Berries beat peaches as Ga.'s top seller

ATLANTA (AP) - Though Georgia is known for its peaches, blueberries have mounted a challenge in recent years and have quietly overtaken the peach as the state's top-selling fruit crop.

June 22, 2012 | Associated Press | STATE

Fire Chief resigns for 'personal change in direction'

UPDATED: In a released statement, Chairman Richard Oden said "It is with disappointment I announce Rockdale County's Fire Chief, Franklin Wilson, has resigned effective July 6, 2012. He told me he wants to make a personal change in direction." He outlined as some of Wilson's accomplishments "his work to improve the Emergency 911 radio system, strengthen the department's commitment to community service and improve training."

June 22, 2012 | Rockdale News | Rockdale Archives

More details in school alcohol investigation

Update, 2:34 p.m., June 22: Superintendent Gary Mathews gave further details Friday of his investigation into accusations that Alcovy High School Principal LaQuanda Carpenter purchased alcohol on a 2010 band trip, and that there were funds missing from the band's account.

June 22, 2012 | Staff Report | Education

Travis: Good writing doesn’t need flourishes

As I write my columns, I often wonder if any of my students are reading them and making mental corrections. I hope there is nothing that needs correcting, but if there is, I hope they find the problems.

June 22, 2012 | Rockdale News | Rockdale Archives

Pirate ducks at Rubber Ducky Race

More than 1200 swashbuckling yellow rubber ducks took to the waters of Honey Creek on Thursday morning for the Rockale Senior Center's eighth annual Rubber Ducky Race. The ticket holders whose ducks crossed the finish line first won prizes such as golf packages, electronics and gift cards to area restaurants. This year's race took on a pirate theme, with plenty of patches, tri-cornered hats and swords to boot. Here's a few scenes (check back later for video).

June 21, 2012 | Darrell Everidge | Rockdale Archives

Two men accidentally shot

Andrew Boree stated that he was at the gun range on Hamby Lane Sunday when he was hit with shotgun pellets. John Bezbourne was also injured.

Boree stated Johnny Austin was shooting clay birds with a 12 gauge shotgun when the incident occurred.

June 21, 2012 | Meghan de St. Aubin | LOCAL

Pregnant women fight at Kroger

Two pregnant women said they were allegedly assaulted by each other at the Kroger on Ga. Highway 20S.

June 21, 2012 | Meghan de St. Aubin | LOCAL

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