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Just a Thought: Are you ceremonial, or spiritual?

March 29, 2015 | William Burnham | Columnists

Great American Cleanup kicks off in Newton County

Over 600 volunteers turned out Saturday for the start of the Great American Cleanup, which will continue from March until May.

March 29, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL

Opening Day at City Pond

Early on a cold Saturday morning, parents took their kids to City Pond for Opening Day of the new Newton County Recreation baseball season. Kids competed for the first time from early Saturday morning to late in the afternoon.

March 29, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Recreation

Athletes of the week: 03/23

The athletes of the week are Charlie Greenich (Eastside), Baylea Payne (Alcovy) and Augustus Murray (Newton).

March 29, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Eastside

Hagans named B2C Player of the Year

Ashton Hagans set the middle school basketball scene on fire this year as he helped lead Clements Middle School to an undefeated season and a county championship. Hagans and his team's success has earned him Born to Compete Player of the Year honors.

March 29, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton

It’s alive!

After losing their first two Region 2-AAAAAA series against Lakeside and Tucker, it was vital for the Newton Rams baseball team to get a win in game three against Tucker, and not get swept. The sense of urgency was there for the Rams, and with Tucker leaving their game back in DeKalb County, it was a commanding victory for Newton 8-1 against the Tigers. In all actuality it was not a bad week for Newton baseball, though they lost the first two games of the series. Newton lost 4-3 in the first game on March 23, and lost the second ...

March 29, 2015 | Javon Dickerson | Newton

Homegrown: Hoff era at EHS begins

The Rick Hurst era of Eastside football has come to an end and a new era has began – the Troy Hoff era.

March 29, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Eastside

Smith & Grubb commit to West Georgia Tech

Donovan Grubb and Antonio Smith have verbally committed to attend West Georgia Technical College to play basketball. Both Grubb and Smith are interested in pursuing career fields in criminal justice. Grubb wants to be a police officer and Smith wants to work in forensics.

March 29, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton

Total domination

As the Lady Tigers continued to prove their dominance on the pitch, the boys solidified themselves as a team to be reckoned with in Region 2-AAAAAA when both teams finished their respective sweeps of Newton on Friday. Here are five notes from the game on Friday.

March 29, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Alcovy

Our boys are coming home

Twelve heroes from Newton County and 11 of their brothers from Rockdale County are coming home. Befitting the 40th Anniversary of the ending of the Vietnam War, the Vietnam Moving Wall will be on display in May at the Walk of Heroes War Memorial. And thanks to one man - Bud Sosebee - our heroes will have a noble venue for their homecoming.

March 29, 2015 | Pete Mecca | A VETERAN'S STORY

NCSS named a REACH school system

Realizing Educational Achievement Can Happen (REACH) Georgia has announced that the Newton County School System (NCSS) is one of 19 additional Georgia school systems that will be participating in the program in the 2015-2016 school year. Georgia school systems had the opportunity to apply to participate in REACH Georgia during the application process that was open from December 1 through February 25.

March 29, 2015 | | Education

Covington to start extensive water line improvement project

The City of Covington will continue another section of the City's major water line improvement project this month, resulting in the temporary closure of a sidewalk along Jackson Highway from Town Branch Court north to Pennington Street.

March 29, 2015 | | LOCAL

Get control of your allergies

Spring is officially here. The flowers, trees, and weather say so. I can remember making all my friends and relatives jealous when I first moved down to Georgia because of the early spring weather. You can gloat a little when you are sitting on your front porch enjoying the sunshine and breeze and everyone in New Jersey is still wearing their long underwear and down coats.

March 29, 2015 | Hosanna Fletcher | Health

Out Thoughts

Last week we ran on these pages an editorial that encouraged voters not to just vote for a candidate because they had a "D" or a "R" behind their name or to vote for a candidate because of the color of their skin.

March 29, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Barbed wire wrapped in seersucker

Years ago, I read Road and Track magazine every month, drooling on the pages as I admired creations by Lotus, BMW, Ferrari, Mercedes and most every foreign manufacturer except for a few who made cars out of egg crates and powered them with mice on treadmills. I was a self-professed car nut, and I could own any auto I wanted, in my mind. And the mind - unlike the real world - was a great place to own some of these cars: no maintenance schedules, no repair bills, no oil leaks, no insurance. One of the best parts of Road and Track ...

March 29, 2015 | David McCoy | LIVING

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Additional charges brought against 4 arrested in Nichols' death

Additional charges have been filed against each of the four men accused of murdering Robert Andrew "Drew" Nichols and dumping his body on a rural road in Social Circle.

January 06, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Porterdale moves closer to city homestead tax exemption

The Porterdale City Council moved closer toward adopting a city homestead tax exemption for applicable residents at its Monday night meeting.

January 06, 2010 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL

No traffic fatalities recorded during holiday weekend

Newton County had several vehicle accidents and DUI arrests over the holiday but no fatalities were recorded between Dec. 31-Jan. 1.

January 06, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Our thoughts... Airport authority agreement, disagreement

We wholeheartedly agree with Covington City Council's decision to appoint an authority to oversee our local airport.

January 06, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Newton County Jail Log - Jan. 6

o Ernest Dwayne Brown, 45, 876 Ga. Highway 142, Covington, Dec. 12. Family Violence Act simple battery.

January 06, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Our thoughts... Lilly-livered

We certainly have questioned several of President Obama's decisions since his inauguration; we have been very clear and to the point in our disagreements.

January 06, 2010 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Letter to the editor... Waste of resources

Dear Editor: My sister had a minor traffic accident over the holidays and I happened to be in the area right when it happened and waited with her for a sheriff's car to arrive. When we called, we told the 911 operator that there were no injuries. A little while later two big Newton County Fire trucks arrived. Being a retired firefighter from another state, I struck up a conversation with one of the county guys. I was curious as to how the call was dispatched since we told 911 there were no injuries. The firefighter explained to me ...

January 06, 2010 | Staff Report | Letters

Letter to the editor... Congrats Judge Wynne

Dear Editor: On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I wish to congratulate District Attorney W. Kendall Wynne Jr. on his appointment by Gov. Sonny Perdue as Superior Court Judge in the Alcovy Judicial Circuit, covering Newton and Walton counties.

January 06, 2010 | Staff Report | Letters

The boys are back in town

The General Assembly is back in session as of Jan. 11, but it's going to be very different this year when our lawmakers gather under the Gold Dome.

January 06, 2010 | Tom Crawford | Our Thoughts

Scott Benton Jr.

Mr. Scott "Jim" Benton Jr. died Dec. 25. The son of Mrs. Mary Dean Jackson Benton and the late Mr. Scott Benton Sr. and the second of 11 children, he was born in Newton County in 1945. He was preceded in death by sisters Artie Mae Benton and Margret Ann Holloway. He joined New Hope Baptist Church at a young age and was a graduate of R.L. Cousins High School, class of 1964. He was a star basketball player. After graduation, he became employed as a truck driver. For more than 25 years he worked for Williams Brothers Concrete ...

January 05, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS

Brian Keith Mathews Sr.

Mr. Brian Keith Mathews Sr. died Dec. 26. The son of Mr. and Mrs. Isaac (Addie Lee) Mathews and the sixth of nine children, he was born in 1962 in Newton County. The family relocated to Detroit Mich., where Mr. Mathews attended Scripps Elementary School, Foch Middle School and two years at Southeastern High School. He returned to his hometown and graduated from Newton County High School. He married Vanessa Barnes and then had a son Brian Mathews Jr. Mr. Mathews worked for Foamex and for SAIA Motor Freight for more than five years and received several accolades and safe ...

January 05, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS

Eddie L. Byrd

Eddie L. Byrd, of Conyers, passed away Jan. 1. after battling Leukemia AML for four months. He was born in Porum, Okla., in 1935, honorably discharged from the U.S. Army and graduated from Northeastern State College, Tahlequah, Okla., with a double major. He was married to the former Gerre Gale Engard of Tulsa, Okla., and transferred with Texaco to Georgia in 1971 and was a resident of Conyers for 27 years. He was preceded by his daughter Annie (Ann Elizabeth Byrd) and his parents Everett and Irene Tarkington Byrd.

January 05, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS

Man’s body found in charred car identified

The body found inside the charred remains of a car on New Year's Eve was the victim of a homicide according to investigators from the Newton County Sheriff's Office and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

January 05, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Richard E. Allen

January 05, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS

Dovie O. Davis

January 05, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS

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