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Eastside's Matt Malcolm is 2017 Newton County Wrestler of the Year

When looking for top high school wrestlers in the state of Georgia for the 2016-17 season, a Newton County resident wouldn't have to venture ...

February 27, 2017 | Staff Report | SPORTS

PREP BASEBALL: A round-up of last week's action and look ahead

Baseball season is in full swing in Newton County, which was easy to judge just by taking a look at the bevy of baseball action ...

February 27, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | SPORTS

Return of Josh Sims is a welcome sight for Eastside baseball

When the Eastside Eagles baseball team got to the place on its order where Josh Sims was up to bat last week against Alcovy, Eastside ...

February 27, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Eastside

2017 All-Newton County Wrestling Team

It was a banner year for high school wrestling in Newton County, with several state qualifiers and a couple of fairly high state placers for ...

February 27, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | SPORTS

STOVALL: Newton successfully channeled the spirit of Ric Flair against Westlake

*Note: Two corrections are made in this article that didn't make the print version. First, this article correctly reflects Newton's semifinal site as ...

February 27, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Newton

Letter: Why I support SPLOST

To the editor:

February 27, 2017 | Staff Report | Letters

Welch: CPA week 4: Domestic violence and traffic enforcement

Week four of the Porterdale Police Department's (PPD) Citizens Police Academy (CPA) gave the class the opportunity to hear about one of the more ...

February 26, 2017 | Darryl Welch | OPINION

Jeffares: Week 7 from under the Gold Dome

We are now at the point in the session where legislation originating in the Senate must be passed favorably out of Senate committees, or it ...

February 26, 2017 | Sen. Rick Jeffares | LEGISLATIVE UPDATES

This election will be an indicator of Trump’s support

During the first weeks of the Trump administration, a recurring theme has been the president's sinking popularity in the polls.

February 26, 2017 | Tom Crawford | Columnists

Bouchillon: What SPLOST is and isn't good for

There are some expenditures just too large to include in a General Fund budget. The cost of maintaining and improving the roads is one example ...

February 26, 2017 | Baxter Bouchillon | OPINION

Yarbrough: A salute to an Olympic champion and his pursuit of excellence

Dr. Melvin Pender Jr. is a bona fide American hero: An Olympic gold medalist (4x100 relay in the 1968 Mexico City Games at 31 years ...

February 26, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists

Belton: A good week for education at the Capitol

The pace certainly picked up this week as the House passed many bills. I'll highlight the most meaningful below.

February 26, 2017 | Rep. Dave Belton | LEGISLATIVE UPDATES

Irwin: Evidence of the prehistoric sources of humor: A rejected thesis

(Originally published in Storytelling Magazine, January 2016)

February 26, 2017 | | Columnists

Marshall's Music Minute: Hannah Thomas live at The Listening Room

Thanks for joining us again. Before we get started I'd like to give a shout-out to Joshua Jacobson, the "Piedmont Bluesman." We covered him ...

February 26, 2017 | Marshall McCart | LIVING

Have You Ever Thought… Teachers are the keys to building the future of our community

February brings the first recognitions for those graduating from High School. You may have read in the past few weeks that various athletes in our ...

February 26, 2017 | B. Wiley Stephens | LIVING

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Solange Lord performs in Brenau University's 'Concerts Connecting Cultures...Christmas Around the Wo

Solange Lord, from Covington, performed in the Brenau University Vocal Chamber Ensemble and Spectrum Singers concert of "Concerts Connecting Cultures...Christmas Around the World" Nov. 28, in the John S. Burd Center, Hosch Theatre. She sang as part of Vocal Chamber Ensemble and Spectrum Singers.

December 12, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Alcovy's Kyrese Knox commits to Independence Community College in Kansas

Just a little more than a week ago, Independence, KS. wasn't on Kyrese Knox's map. But apparently, Knox was definitely on there's.

December 12, 2016 | Gabriel Stovall | Alcovy

Forensic audit stirs reactions

The FBI, Georgia Bureau of Investigation or Newton County District Attorney have not released any findings from a forensic audit of Newton County operations conducted by David Sawyer of Frazier and Deeter but fallout from the more than 200-page report has surfaced in Newton County.

December 11, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | County

Losing one’s home to fire is a painful experience

Philip Wilheit is a man of no small influence in our state. A community leader and a successful business man - he is president and CEO of Wilheit Packaging in Gainesville - Wilheit is also one of Gov. Nathan Deal's oldest and closest friends and advisers. He served as chairman of Deal's first gubernatorial campaign in 2010 and now sits as a member of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia.

December 11, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists

BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: County teams find success on the road

All three Newton County GHSA high schools took their basketball acts on the road at some point this weekend, and as of Friday night at press time, they all had experienced some form of success as both Newton and Eastside boys and girls came away with wins in region openers.

December 10, 2016 | Gabriel Stovall | SPORTS

Eastside football dominates All-Region 4-AAAA squad

The Eastside Eagles dominated the All-Region 4-AAAA football team, as 23 members of coach Troy Hoff's squad were selected to the All-Region roster.

December 09, 2016 | Gabriel Stovall | Eastside

Newton County Jail Log: Dec. 7

Michael Ryan Allen, 20, Porterdale, Dec. 5, back for court

December 08, 2016 | Staff Report | Crime

CPD hosts Shop With a Cop

Members of the Covington Police Department, Covington Fire Department and other local agencies headed out to the Covington Walmart Thursday afternoon to participate in the annual Shop with a Cop event. Local children in need were able to pick out their own gifts with the officers.

December 08, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | Covington

19-year old arrested for murder Tuesday

Elijah William Ramoutar, 19, has been arrested by the Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) for the murder of Alyssa Ann Wright, 19, Tuesday evening.

December 08, 2016 | Staff Report | Crime

More musical treats for your ears

Greetings Covington and welcome back to another installment of The Minute. And just right quick, I wanted to take a moment to thank so many of you who took the time to tell me how much you enjoyed my music Thanksgiving list in the last edition. I appreciate that and am glad that so many of you enjoyed it. Another big week of music around these parts, let's grab a plate and dig in!

December 08, 2016 | Marshall McCart | LIVING

Social Circle officer appeals termination after aggressive actions

A former Social Circle Police Department (SCPD) officer is asking for his job back after being terminated following a traffic stop that crossed the line with a local teenager.

December 07, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | Cities

Eastside wrestling team wins Newton Cup for first time in five years

When the Eastside wrestling team got together before the season began to list its goals, winning the 2016 Newton Cup was toward the top of the list.

December 07, 2016 | Gabriel Stovall | Eastside

Thomas McElreath

Thomas McElreath, 80, of Rutledge, passed away Tuesday, December 6, 2016. McElreath enjoyed collecting antiques and loved going to the mountains. He was married for 32 years to Carole McEreath. He was preceded in death by his son Jeff McElreath; parents, Leroy and Talulah McElreath; brothers, Lewis McElreath, Billy McElreath; sister Nell Durand.

December 07, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

Mrs. Lee Shirley

Mrs. Lee Shirley, 91, of Covington, passed away December 5, 2016. She was born June 18, 1925, to the late Luther and Mae Carney. Shirley was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great grandmother. Shirley was a homemaker and loved having company; she also loved telling people what to do and depending on how well you did a particular job is how she ranked you when delegating duties. Shirley was preceded in death by her husband Lamar Shirley and is survived by her children Sandra McClure of Covington, Kenny Seabolt and Brenda of Rutledge and Gaye Durand and Randy ...

December 07, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

BOC Summary: 162 proposed to honor Deputy Justin White

The Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) honored Deputy Justin White Tuesday evening by requesting the local legislative delegation to have a portion of Georgia Highway 162 renamed to the Deputy Justin White Memorial Highway.

December 07, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | County

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