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Amos Sutherland

Amos Sutherland of Oxford, passed away Friday, April 7, 2017, at the age of 84. Mr. Sutherland worked for 35 years for the Georgia Department ...

April 10, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries

Traffic stop leads to drug arrests

COVINGTON, Ga. – A man and woman from Oxford were arrested early Thursday after a traffic stop for a non-working tag light turned up a warrant ...

April 07, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Crime

Amos Sutherland

Amos Sutherland, of Oxford, passed away Friday, April 7, 2017, at the age of 84. Mr. Sutherland worked for 35 years for the Georgia Department ...

April 07, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries

I-85 bridge demolition, replacement underway; traffic management plans for coming week are finalized

ATLANTA - Following Thursday's catastrophic fire and collapse of a portion of I-85 in Midtown Atlanta, Georgia DOT is following an aggressive schedule for replacement ...

April 03, 2017 | Staff Report | State

Campus gun bill passes, adoption update stuck at Sine Die

Georgia lawmakers agreed to allow concealed handguns on college campuses but failed to update the state law on adoption before the gavel fell on this ...

April 02, 2017 | Kathleen Foody and Ezra Kaplan Associated Press | Legislative Updates

Lois Kathryn (Moffett) Brown

Lois Kathryn (Moffett) Brown, 88, of Oxford, passed away March 30, 2017. Mrs. Brown moved to Oxford in 1968. One of her careers was operating ...

March 31, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries

BOC follows SWA in approving IGA revisions

The Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) signed off on changes to its intergovernmental agreement (IGA) with the Newton County Solid Waste Authority (SWA) during ...

March 31, 2017 | Darryl Welch | County

SWA approves BOC IGA revisions

The Newton County Solid Waste Authority (SWA) met in a special called meeting Monday to approve a new law firm and consider revisions to its ...

March 27, 2017 | Darryl Welch | County

Lamar Callaway

Lamar Callaway, lifelong resident of Newton County, passed away March 3, 2017 at the age of 98. A World War II veteran, he proudly served ...

March 16, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries

Bouchillon: SPLOST voting nears deadline

There is one week of early voting left for the 2017 SPLOST referendum. Those who wish to vote early may visit Suite 103 of the ...

March 12, 2017 | Baxter Bouchillon | Opinion

Dirty license plate leads to $1,590 fine for motorist

GRANTVILLE, Ga. (AP) - A dirty license plate cost Linda Ford $1,590 that she can't afford.

June 02, 2016 | Associated Press | State

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A.D. Walker

A.D. Walker, of Covington, passed away Feb. 15, 2017, at the age of 83. Mr. Walker went on active duty for the Army in January 1952; but was honorably discharged, due to injury, later that year. Mr. Walker attended Embry-Riddle School of Aviation, in Miami, Florida, briefly, before going to work for Western Electric where he retired after 25 years of dedicated employment. During layoff periods with Western Electric, he worked as a firefighter, at Station 12 in Atlanta, and for Atlanta Gas Light. While employed with Western Electric, he served the Communications Workers of America - Local 3290 as ...

February 17, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries

Jeffares: Week 5 from under the Gold Dome

Like a well-oiled machine, the 2017 legislative session is running smoothly as we near the half way point. The General Assembly has sailed through legislative day 16, and we are fully involved in the committee process and passing legislation to better Georgia.

February 12, 2017 | Sen. Rick Jeffares | Legislative Updates

Mary Ann Sears

Mary Ann Sears, of Covington, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017, at the age of 76. A loving mother and grandmother, spending time with family was her greatest joy. Mrs. Sears enjoyed being outdoors, whether fishing on the lake or going to the mountains. Additionally, she liked traveling and shopping. She was preceded in death by her husband, Fletcher Mason Sears, Jr.; parents, James Otto and Jeanette Helen (Dalton) Jones.

February 02, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries

BOC attends annual retreat

The Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) attended its annual retreat at Newton County Fire Headquarters Jan. 31. The retreat was an opportunity for BOC members and the county's constitutional officers to participate in a workshop designed to help county leaders prepare as they go forward in their strategic planning for the county.

February 01, 2017 | Darryl Welch | County

Rose Marie Watson

Rose Marie Watson, of Chattanooga, passed away Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, at the age of 89. Mrs. Watson, trained as a registered nurse, was a member of the Newton Medical Center Auxiliary and the Newton County Public Library. Additionally, she dedicated time to the Covington Woman's Club, as well as various bridge and garden clubs. Mrs. Watson had a gift for needlework – winning awards for different projects. She was preceded in death by her husband Charles Vernon Watson; parents, Martin J. and Catherine (Muggenthaler) Smith.

January 23, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries

Jeffares: Week 1: Update from the Capitol

The Capitol has come alive again this week as we convened for the first session of the 154th Georgia General Assembly. This year promises to be very busy and offers endless opportunities to strengthen our state's position as a top place to live, to work and to play.

January 15, 2017 | Rick Jeffares | Legislative Updates

Banes chairs first meeting, makes history

Recently elected Marcello Banes chaired his first meeting for the Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) Tuesday night in the Historic Courthouse.

January 07, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | County

Clara Ruth Almond

Clara Ruth Almond, of Covington, passed away Jan. 6, 2017, at the age of 78. Mrs. Almond, a member of Solid Rock Baptist Church, adored her church and her church family. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Mrs. Almond did beautiful cross-stitching - The Last Supper was her final piece. Additionally, she enjoyed gospel music and working crossword puzzles. She was preceded in death by her granddaughter, Leah Ruth Almond; parents, Rufus H. and Martha (Edwards) Bonner; brother, Hugh Bonner.

January 06, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries

Lamar Sowell

Lamar Sowell of Mansfield, passed away January 2, 2017, following a brief illness. He was 88 years of age at the time of his death. Son of the late, Isaac "Ike" Lamar Sowell, Sr. and Martha Belle Duke Sowell, Lamar was born December 16, 1928 in McDonough, GA. Lamar moved to Covington as a young boy, where he later met and married Barbara Penn Sowell, his wife of 60 years. He was a life-long member of Bethany Baptist Church in McDonough and attended Mansfield Baptist Church. Lamar served on the Covington City Council in the early seventies, and was on ...

January 04, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries

James ‘Jim’ Carl Davies

James (Jim) Carl Davies, 83, of Mansfield, passed away peacefully December 18, 2016. In his early years James served in the Navy during the Korean War. Later he attended and received degrees from several universities, including Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia State University, and the Atlanta Law School. His last career was IT Director for Newton County Tax Commissioner's office. After his retirement James served as bailiff for the Jasper County court system. He had a zest for life and loved spending time in his camper in the mountains of North Georgia, fishing on the flats in Florida, and ...

December 20, 2016 | Staff Report | Obituaries

Two NCSS students selected for state superintendent’s student advisory council

Two Newton County School System high school students have been selected to serve on Georgia School Superintendent Richard Woods' 2016-2017 Student Advisory Council. Of the more than 800 students in Georgia who applied for the prestigious council, only 108 were selected to serve, including Zackary Fallah, a junior at Newton High School, and Ralph Brown, a junior who attends both Eastside High School and the Newton College and Career Academy STEM Institute.

November 15, 2016 | Staff Report | Education

Newton County Theme School gets national recognition

Not many schools are invited by the U.S. Department of Education to apply for recognition as a National Blue Ribbon School. But that is exactly what happened to the Newton County Theme School (NCTS) at Ficquett.

October 05, 2016 | Duane M. Ford | Local

Owens: When will the tables turn?

One of the least talked about stories of the life of Jesus Christ can be found in Matthew 21. This story occurs during the week we call passion or Holy Week, and when Jesus enters the temple. As he enters what is supposed to be a place of liberty and justice for all, he encounters people who have been hired by the government working in the temple. Their job is to serve and be a convenience for pilgrims, but they are now committing crimes. They pick and choose who they will sell short and cheat. And the hardest thing to ...

September 25, 2016 | Chip Owens | RELIGION

Huge contrast

With less than two months to go before the presidential election, every day counts. This past week provided a huge contrast between Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump.

September 18, 2016 | | Opinion

Former Alcovy player named to Allstate Good Works Team

A former Alcovy High School football player has just received one of the most prestigious off-the-field honors in college football.

September 18, 2016 | Mariya Lewter | Alcovy

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