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No recommendations from county on ordinances so far

Staff is still reviewing Newton County's ordinances less than two weeks after a five-week moratorium was placed on permits for places of worship.

August 28, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Our Thoughts: Embrace all of Democracy

Winston Churchill once said "Democracy is the worst form of government, except all the others."

August 28, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Have you ever thought …

How critical access to transportation can be?

August 28, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING

When God Cries

Many people remember the classic Prince song, "When Doves Cry." It is a song talking about a relationship that seems to be passionate as well ...

August 28, 2016 | Chip Owens | Columnists

Outcry over mosque flies in face of Christ’s teachings

On Sunday, Aug, 21, a headline in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution read: "Newton County in uproar over planned mosque."

August 27, 2016 | Andy Irwin | Columnists

Letter: A Muslim in Newton County

My family moved to Newton County in 1994. In the ensuing 22 years, I have been blessed to live that time in my county, as ...

August 27, 2016 | Staff Report | Letters

Mosque debate heats up

The spotlight was Newton County, shining brightly both nationally and from within as the county, its residents and its officials reacted to news that a ...

August 27, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Jack Lazenby

Jack Lazenby, 75, of Covington, passed away August 26, 2016. Lazenby attended Harvest Baptist Church. He retired from Air Conditioning Specialists after 37 years of ...

August 27, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

George Robert Burpee

George Robert Burpee, 84, went home to his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Saturday, August 27, 2016. Visitation will be Monday, August 29, 2016 ...

August 27, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

Rivalry game between Eastside and Newton ends in tie

The Eastside Eagles and Newton Rams battled it out Friday night at Homer Sharp Stadium in a football game that ended with no one losing ...

August 27, 2016 | Mariya Lewter | SPORTS

Newton County mayors protest BOC’s moratorium

The mayors of the five municipalities in the county sent a letter Friday, Aug. 26, to the Newton County Chair and members of the Board ...

August 26, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Jessie Coe

Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home

August 26, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

Certification awarded to Social Circle’s fire chief

On Saturday, Aug. 13 Chief Ken Zaydel and Deputy Chief James Robinson of the Social Circle Fire Department joined 21 fellow chiefs in receiving the ...

August 26, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Newton softball goes scoreless in back-to-back games

The Newton Rams softball team dropped its second game in a row on Thursday after falling 16-0 to Region 8-AAAAAAA opponent Grayson in the second ...

August 25, 2016 | Mariya Lewter | Newton

A dynamic duo returns to the rooftop

There's a lot of returners on the music scene in and around Covington this week, making it a great opportunity to go out and ...

August 25, 2016 | Marshall McCart | LIVING

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Newton County fire services to purchase new breathing apparatus

The Newton County Fire Services department will get 76 new self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) after the Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) approved the purchase during its regular meeting Tuesday.

June 08, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Covington police to get body cameras

Covington police officers will soon be outfitted with ProVision body cameras.

June 07, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Nursing home project receives extension permit

After tabling a request from developer Kippy Clarke of B&B Southside Holdings Company to extend a Special Use Permit (SUP) for Royal Hall Senior Living facility at its May 16 meeting, the Covington City Council voted to extend the permit for an additional three months on Monday night.

June 07, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

BOC needs more than $2 million to balance budget

The Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) still hasn't resolved their budget, which will have a $2.6 million shortfall even if reductions are made by departments in their fiscal year 2017 requests.

June 07, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Irwin: Lightning Bugs

"The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug." – Mark Twain

June 07, 2016 | | LIVING

Government 101: Communication, compromise, collaborate

Chris Matthews, host of the MSNBC television show, "Hardball," is the author of a book entitled "Tip and The Gipper - When Politics Worked," that should be required reading for anyone in a political leadership position. Drawing on his experiences working for Speaker of the House of Representatives, Tip O'Neill, during the presidency of Ronald Reagan, Matthews tells how these two powerful political figures, while having diametrically opposed political views, could find a way to get the peoples' business done.

June 07, 2016 | Jerry Roseberry | LOCAL

Have you ever thought …

Most of us can deal with a loved one or ourselves being physically ill much better than we can with deal with mental illness. Perhaps it is the stigma that some would attach to mental illness. Perhaps because it is much more difficult to define or to understand for most of us. And one out of every six Americans will suffer from some form of mental illness in a given year. The challenge for all ages is real.

June 07, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING

The Attitude of a Believer

There are so many people, places and stories that one could analyze regarding the attitude of a believer, yet this carefully chosen prophet provides a fantastic example through his testimony of following God's will with an imperfect attitude.

June 07, 2016 | Isaac Redman | Religion

Dr. Melvin Baker named to Oxford City Council

Dr. Melvin Baker was sworn in as a member of the Oxford City Council Monday night, replacing Terry Smith.

June 07, 2016 | Staff Report | Oxford

Man robs CVS, steals Oxycodone and allergy medicine

A Covington man was arrested for robbing a CVS pharmacy Monday night, according to the Covington Police Department (CPD).

June 07, 2016 | Mariya Lewter | LOCAL

Carolyn Harris

Carolyn Harris, 75, of Covington, passed away June 6, 2016. Harris was a member of the First Baptist Church, in Social Circle, and former member of Calvary Baptist Church, in Covington. She was an active member in both churches and faithfully taught Sunday school for several years. Her passion was working with youth and encouraging their relationship with the Lord and growing in faith. In her continued service for her Lord, Harris was also a member of the Stone Mountain Baptist Association's Disaster Relief Feeding Team. She was a dedicated employee at The Bank of Covington for many years ...

June 07, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

City of Covington to host free legion field grand opening event

Drive Time and the Newton County Community Band will perform at the official grand opening of Legion Field, hosted by the city of Covington.

June 07, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Earnest (Bro) Johnson

In Loving Memory

June 06, 2016 | Lester Lackey & Sons Funeral Home | OBITUARIES

Eugene ‘Gene’ Lee McCord

Eugene "Gene" Lee McCord, 76, formerly of Covington, passed away Saturday, May 28, 2016. He was born in Newton County, graduated from Newton County High School and received an engineering degree from Georgia Institute of Technology. Gene, a lover of politics, worked and served in many different areas during his lifetime. He served in the U.S. Air Force. Shortly after, he consulted in areas of public works, rural affairs, low head hydroelectric redevelopment as a White House Advisor and was appointed as Floor Leader for President Jimmy Carter during the 1980 Democratic National Convention. During his time in Washington ...

June 06, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

Sibyl Bowman Thompson

Sibyl Bowman Thompson, 87 of Oxford, passed away June 5, 2016. Thompson was a longtime member of Salem United Methodist Church where she faithfully attended the Otis Nixon Sunday School Class. Most recently, however, she attended First Baptist Church, in Covington, and the Gleaners Sunday School Class. Her favorite pastime was traveling. Thompson was a friend to many in both the Salem community and Newton County. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who will be dearly missed by her family and friends. She was preceded in death by her devoted husband, Harold Thompson; parents, Robert Lee and ...

June 06, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

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