<p>Newton County resident Richard "Rick" Furry, 49, was killed Sunday evening when his semi-truck got stuck on a railroad crossing in Morgan County and was hit by a train.
<span><p align="justify"><font size="3"><font face="verdana,geneva">Stocking the pantry: Each Covington Elkadette and Elks member has been asked to contribute to the Food Pantry in Newton County this fall. Adrian and Larry Capes have spearheaded this effort by collecting the canned goods and delivering them to the food pantry. Please help by bringing some food items to the Lodge on your next trip. If you want to bring something during Bingo on Monday and Thursday nights the Lodge is open from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and it would help with this worthwhile project. They also donated emergency personal care kits from Delta to ...</font></font> </span>
<span><p align="justify"><font face="verdana,geneva" size="3">Demario Jackson, age 25, was killed Friday evening after he was struck by a vehicle while lying on the fog line of the Bypass Road behind Burger King. </font> </span>
<span><p align="justify"><font face="verdana,geneva" size="3">Some of Newton County's biggest hearts gathered at The Center on Tuesday to celebrate a decade of philanthropy and volunteerism.</font> </span>
<span><p align="justify"><font face="verdana,geneva" size="3">U.S. Congressman Jim Marshall is hosting another town hall meeting at 10 a.m., Saturday at the Alcovy High School Auditorium. Marshall will take questions about the economy, health care and energy prices.</font> </span>
The National Weather Service in Peachtree City has issued a flood warning for the Alcovy River near Covington. At 2:15 p.m. Thursday the stage was 12.1 feet and rising slowly. Flood stage for the Alcovy River is 12.0 feet.
Despite the weather, many people gathered on the square Wednesday morning to honor our veterans. The Social Circle High School JROTC presented the colors, Ric Chiapetta sang patriotic songs, Glenn Whitaker spoke praising words of ordinary people doing extraordinary things, and Terry Moore and Don Floyd presented a red, white and blue wreath.
<p>The National Weather Service has extended a Yellow River flood warning for Newton County until Thursday evening.
The second annual Pat Patrick Big Heart Award was given to Ed Jenkins Tuesday at The Center for his work as director of the free Willing Helpers Medical Clinic.
<span><p align="justify"><font face="verdana,geneva" size="3">The Newton County Minister's Union is in need of monetary and food donations and volunteers for its annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner.</font> </span>
<span><p align="justify"><font face="verdana,geneva" size="3">The Covington Lion's Club and Main Street Covington is calling all groups who want to participate in the 2009 Covington/Newton Hometown Christmas Parade.</font> </span>
<span><p align="justify"><font size="3"><font face="verdana,geneva"><strong>Helping those who need it:</strong> Children from the Pine Valley Mission enjoyed hot dogs, refreshments, a hayride and other fun activities on Nov. 1 at Knox Farms. This annual event was made possible by the farm and volunteer helpers from Eastridge Community Church. The Pine Valley Mission has assisted needy children for 20 years. Winter coats, wind breakers, hoodies and sweatshirts were given to the children recently. School supplies, uniforms and shoes are furnished year round. The mission is run solely by volunteers and is located a 12185 Ga. Highway 36. </font></font> </span>
<span><p align="justify"><font size="3"><font face="verdana,geneva"><strong>Fighting against drugs with puppet power:</strong> A second grade class at Rocky Plains Elementary School got treated to a puppet show sponsored by the Elks Club during Red Ribbon Week. They watched the puppeteers put on the drug awareness puppet show and wore their red ribbons in support of being drug free. The Elks present (L-R) were State Elks President Larry Capes, Ann Graham, Jack Wheeler, Penny Blakeney, Linda Chadwick, Mary Frances Royster. and T.A. and Eleanor Haney, and they helped to set up the show and played the part of the various puppets.</font></font> </span>
Gerald "Bud" Hipps joined the Marines at age 17. The year was 1942.<p>"When they bombed Pearl Harbor, all my buddies was going into the war and I wanted to go too," Hipps said.
Ricky Lewis Smith, age 44, has been arrested and charged with the shooting death of a woman in Porterdale Sunday evening. <p>According to Newton County Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer 1st Lt. Mark Mitchell, deputies were called to a home on Bell Street off Ga. Highway 162 in south Porterdale at 7:49 p.m. When they arrived they found 36-year-old Tajuana Lashawn Stroud dead from an apparent gunshot wound. They also located 42-year-old Steven Cadet Smith - the brother of the alleged shooter - who had been seriously wounded by a gunshot as well. He was transported to an Atlanta ...
<p>Speeches by gubernatorial candidates Dubose Porter and David Poythress highlighted the Newton County Democratic Party's first ever banquet on Saturday.