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What makes Valentine's Day special?

Many of us will remember in our childhood when every student made a little decorated "mail box" with your name on it.

February 07, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING

Is there only one true progressive?

In our polarized politics, the Democratic Party is trending leftward - not as sharply or as rapidly as the Republican Party has turned toward the far ...

February 07, 2016 | Joe Conason | Columnists

Lawmakers keep on fighting the Civil War

Nathan Deal, meet Franklin Roosevelt.

February 07, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists

Our Thoughts: The heart of our community

Sadness swept through Newton County this week with the deaths of three of its citizens under the age of 25.

February 07, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Providing a small town service of love

In writing this new column, I thought long and hard about what the first topic should be on. What is important from the perspective of ...

February 07, 2016 | Andy Butts | RELIGION

Early voting begins today

It's a presidential election year, which means more voting than usual and for the need-to-know, which is everyone that can vote, there are a ...

February 06, 2016 | Shakeem Holloway | LOCAL

Eagles strike revenge against Rams

It's been an eventful week for Eastside boys basketball. Isaiah Miller scored his 1000th career point in the first quarter against Locust Grove on ...

February 06, 2016 | Shakeem Holloway | Eastside

Lady Rams drop Lady Eagles on senior night

It was a mismatch coming in with Eastside sitting on a 5-18 record including a 1-10 mark in region play and the Lady Rams boasting ...

February 06, 2016 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton

Oxford win puts them in the driver seat

To control their own destiny for the No. 1 seed, Coach Roderick Stubbs and the Eagles needed a win over Southern Crescent Tech and with ...

February 06, 2016 | Shakeem Holloway | Oxford College

Watch: Jet Rawls wins Spelling Bee

Watch our video of INdian Creek Middle School student Jet Rawls winning the Newton County School System's Spelling Bee Friday.

February 05, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

David Anthony Murphy

David Anthony Murphy, 51 of Conyers, passed away Saturday, January 30, 2016. He was born in Florence, Alabama to the late William John and Joyce ...

February 05, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITS

Damon Card

Damon Card, 22 of Savannah and Jackson, passed away on Friday, January 29, 2016, in Savannah. He was born in Decatur to Daniel and Pamela ...

February 05, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITS

3 charged, 1 warning issued after deer beaten in Arkansas

STUTTGART, Ark. (AP) - A Georgia man accused of beating a deer with an accounting textbook after it had been hit along an Arkansas highway has ...

February 05, 2016 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Shirley S. Cody

Shirley S. Cody, 84, of Conyers passed away February 3, 2016. She was born in Newton County, August 2, 1931, to the late Ed and ...

February 05, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITS

Brenda M. Mason

Brenda M. Mason, 74, of Covington, passed away Thursday, February 4, 2016.

February 05, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITS

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What happens when there is no room in the inn?

At the heart of the story of the first Christmas, Mary and Joseph arrive in Bethlehem and find there is no room for them at the Inn. On the very night of the birth of our Lord and Savior, there was no room for his parents.

December 06, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING

Christmas parade marches through Covington

The weather outside was nippy Friday night when floats, the Newton High School marching band and Santa and his reindeer came to Porterdale Friday night for the annual Christmas Parade.

December 05, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Chamber recognized statewide for excellence

It might be on the small side, but as the Georgia Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (GACCE) acknowledged, the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce is an excellent organization.

December 05, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Newton boys show no mercy against North Oconee; Lady Rams remain undefeated

Newton boys basketball (4-1, 1-0 Region 2-AAAAAA) engineered yet another blowout on its way to an 82-40 win over North Oconee. The Lady Rams (6-0, 1-0 Region 2-AAAAAA) were up and down throughout the game against North Oconee, but they outscored the Lady Titans, 27-21 in the final frame to earn the 64-58 victory.

December 04, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton

Leonard Radney Monk, Jr.

Leonard Radney "Boogie" Monk, Jr., 87 of Covington, passed away Thursday, December 3, 2015, at Rockdale HealthCare in Conyers. "Boogie" was born in Atlanta to the late Leonard R Sr. and Frances Windham Monk. He lived in Atlanta where he attended Joe E. Brown Jr. High and Tech High School. He proudly served our country in the Navy and Reserves. Boogie was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather who had a great sense of humor. He was a musician, youth baseball coach, avid fisherman, loved UGA Bulldogs and was a member of the Masons – Oakland City Lodge No. 373 ...

December 04, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

BOC puts hold on Stanton Springs residential development

A residential development in Stanton Springs was put on hold Tuesday, as the Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) voted to table a zoning hearing on the proposal.

December 04, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

US adds 211K jobs in November, jobless rate steady at 5 pct.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. economy generated another month of solid hiring in November, making it highly likely the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates from record lows later this month.

December 04, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

McClendon named Georgia interim coach for bowl game

Former Georgia coach Mark Richt will not coach the Bulldogs in their bowl game as originally planned.

December 04, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Miami introduces Mark Richt as its new football coach

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) - Miami has announced Mark Richt's hiring as the Hurricanes' new football coach.

December 04, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Newton County Jail Log: Dec. 2

Shane Alan Adair, 40, Loganville, November 29, Probation violation for fingerprintable offense

December 03, 2015 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log

Former Rams basketball players shining in college

Since Newton Basketball Coach Rick Rasmussen has been at Newton High School, the Rams have had 26 players go on to play in college. Of the 26, eight are currently playing in college with three of them playing at the NCAA Division I level.

December 03, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton

Oxford tennis honored by the city

With the Oxford women's tennis team (fall) and the men's tennis team (summer) winning national titles back-to-back like Michael Jordan in '96/'97, the City of Oxford and Oxford Mayor Jerry Roseberry honored the championship teams on Wednesday evening at Oxford's City Hall.

December 03, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | Oxford College

Sarah Oglesby

Mrs. Sarah Oglesby, age 86, of Covington passed away December 2, 2015. She was born in Cuthbert, Georgia to the late John Thomas and Mary Ellis Mims Hawke. Mrs. Oglesby retired from Stanley-Proto. She loved people and enjoyed cooking. Following her retirement she worked for several restaurants in the area including; Betty's Country Kitchen and McDonald's. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt and friend.

December 03, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

NCSS graduation dates announced

The Newton County School System announced graduation dates for the Class of 2016 Thursday.

December 03, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Board to present Brickstore Overlay ordinances

Ordinances for the Brickstore Overlay will soon be made available to the public after Lloyd Kerr, Director of Development Services, discussed the long-running issue with the board of commissioners Tuesday night.

December 03, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

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