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BOC appoints Middleton county manager

The Board of Commissioners agreed by a vote of 3 to 2 Tuesday night to create a county manager position to run the daily operations of Newton County, and current Administrative Officer John Middleton will assume that position.

Power lines will go through Mansfield despite residents' protests

After two months of discussions with protesting residents, Georgia Transmission Corporation has announced it will proceed with building a new transmission power line along a 3.2 mile long route that cuts through a residential area of Mansfield. GTC considered several alternative routes proposed by Mansfield Against Power Line Encroachment, or MAPLE, a steering committee of concerned citizens, said Spokeswoman Jeannine Haynes.

Porterdale council member misses meeting to avert controversy

The Porterdale City Council was unable to hold yet another meeting due to lack of a quorum.

Voters will have say on liquor by the drink

Commissioners agreed at a work session Monday to pursue alcohol by the drink sales.

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Mark Twain to entertain at Newborn Schoolhouse

Atlanta-based actor Van Brown will portray Mark Twain at a fundraiser for the Old Newborn Schoolhouse this weekend.

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Just me and Dad

Flint Hill Elementary school student Clayton Presley shares a joke with his father Antonio Presley during a Donuts with Dad breakfast at the school. The elder Presley works at Advance Auto Parts and volunteers with Fire Station No. 10, but still found time to be with his son before the

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Veterans honored in Covington

Veterans Day was celebrated in Newton with a ceremony hosted by the American Legion.

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Two fires fought by Covington Fire Dept. Friday and Saturday

Covington Fire Department firefighters were kept busy with two house fires over the weekend.

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Vietnam vet makes trip to Taiwan to honor father's WW II service

Jack Coyle recently took a trip of a lifetime to honor his father, a World War II veteran.

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Amesbury welcomed to Covington

A groundturning ceremony took place Monday afternoon for a new industry locating in Lochridge Industrial Blvd.

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Georgia's Richt trying to 'finish the drill'

Bulldogs need win over Kentucky to reach SEC Championship Game

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Johnson: Georgia Tech has a lot to play for the rest of year

Yellow Jackets focused on other goals after missing out on ACC Championship trip

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Detroit's Verlander wins AL Cy Young in unanimous vote

NEW YORK -- Justin Verlander breezed to the AL Cy Young Award on Tuesday in a unanimous vote after the Detroit Tigers' ace won the pitching version of the Triple Crown.. Verlander dominated the balloting in much the same way he humbled hitters with his 100 mph fastball, sharp curve

Roger Bolton: Our republic's taking a turn on the wrong path

Our future may hold increased conflicts if those who wish to change our way of life continue on a false path.

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Huckaby: No matter how you say it, pecans are a South Georgia treat

The South Georgia pecan has a worldwide following.

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Shields: Resorting to rehetorical grave-robbery

When it comes to the practice of rhetorical grave-robbery, President Barack Obama is a repentant recidivist.

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Mitchell arrives for Seminoles

A new era has begun for the Salem girl's basketball program. Freshman Ayanna Mitchell had 30 points and 11 rebounds and the Seminoles rolled in their season opener, 58-23 over Henry County.

Rams wrestling has new attitude

COVINGTON -- Last season, the Rams wrestling team got through matches with no intension of winning. This season they feel like they actually have a chance to win.. "I feel a lot more optimistic. I feel we're better everywhere," Newton head coach Paul Nelson said. "We only lost one

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Oxford Eagles come up short in road games

After two tough road losses, the Oxford Eagles are looking forward to playing at home.

Experience is key for Alcovy boys basketball

COVINGTON -- Thirteen of the 16 players on this year's Alcovy basketball team have varsity experience. That is why a trip to the Gwinnett Arena for the Class AAAA Final Four tournament is not goal they feel they can't achieve.. "We're more of a complete team now because we can

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Social Circle Storm Baseball Team comes in second in the state

SOCIAL CIRCLE -- The Social Circle Storm boys baseball team came in second place for the state in the USSSA (United States Specialty Sports Association) 10 and under AA Division by winning second place in the Final Four Championship Series in June in Hampton. The Storm team qualified for the

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Covington Elks Lodge 1806 donates 1600 dictionaries to students

The Covington Elks Club recently donated 1,600 dictionaries to Newton County third grade students. Here, Jadden Mitchell, a student at Middle Ridge Elementary School, accepts his dictionary from Elks Lodge 1806 Past Exalted Ruler Jack Wheeler. Research shows that third-graders benefit more from having their own dictionary than other

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Georgia Perimeter students clean historic cemetery

Professor George Lonberger's sociology class at Georgia Perimeter College, including dual enrollment students, volunteered recently to clean the historic cemetery at Mount Pleasant, the home of Ann Brewer. Students enjoyed an afternoon of local history, community involvement and lunch at Mount Pleasant. Special photo

Porterdale council member misses meeting to avert controversy

The Porterdale City Council was unable to hold yet another meeting due to lack of a quorum.

Front row seat to European theater

Arlie Aukerman completed 25 dangerous missions as a nose gunner on a B-24 Liberator, including a 1,300-plane raid over Berlin on March 18, 1945, as a member of the 453rd Bomb Group. Below is a list of some of the missions Aukerman flew:. -- Mayen: the Marshalling yards

BOC appoints Middleton county manager

The Board of Commissioners agreed by a vote of 3 to 2 Tuesday night to create a county manager position to run the daily operations of Newton County, and current Administrative Officer John Middleton will assume that position.

Ga. lawmaker wants 'In God We Trust' on car plates

The legislative session begins Jan. 9.

Georgia Democrats hold briefing on immigration law

A Democratic state senator says Georgia legislators need to focus their political capital on pressing federal lawmakers to tackle immigration reform rather than passing more state-level measures.

Power lines will go through Mansfield despite residents' protests

After two months of discussions with protesting residents, Georgia Transmission Corporation has announced it will proceed with building a new transmission power line along a 3.2 mile long route that cuts through a residential area of Mansfield. GTC considered several alternative routes proposed by Mansfield Against Power Line Encroachment, or MAPLE, a steering committee of concerned citizens, said Spokeswoman Jeannine Haynes.

Aflac attorney named to Georgia Superior Court

Columbus attorney Arthur Smith has been appointed to the Superior Court bench in the Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit.

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Mark Twain to entertain at Newborn Schoolhouse

Atlanta-based actor Van Brown will portray Mark Twain at a fundraiser for the Old Newborn Schoolhouse this weekend.

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Covington woman earns national literary award

Covington Georgia Federation of Women's Clubs member recently earned a national award for her short story, "The Broken Basket."

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Aukerman saw the war through B-24 gun turret

Arlie Aukerman completed 25 dangerous missions as a nose gunner on a B-24 Liberator, including a 1,300-plane raid over Berlin on March 18, 1945. As a member of the 453rd Bomb Group, Aukerman fought the war over Europe in good company: Oscar winning actor Jimmy Stewart piloted one of the B-24s and Walter Matthau served on a ground crew in the 453th at the RAF base Old Buckingham, near Attleborough, England.

Voters will have say on liquor by the drink

Commissioners agreed at a work session Monday to pursue alcohol by the drink sales.

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Just me and Dad

Flint Hill Elementary school student Clayton Presley shares a joke with his father Antonio Presley during a Donuts with Dad breakfast at the school. The elder Presley works at Advance Auto Parts and volunteers with Fire Station No. 10, but still found time to be with his son before the

Mitchell arrives for Seminoles

A new era has begun for the Salem girl’s basketball program. Freshman Ayanna Mitchell had 30 points and 11 rebounds and the Seminoles rolled in their season opener, 58-23 over Henry County.

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Pets available for adoption this week in Newton, Rockdale counties

These are the pets which are available for adoption this week at the Newton and Rockdale animal shelters.

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Falcons’ Smith still takes all the blame

Falcons coach Mike Smith isn't backing down from his decision to go for it on fourth down in overtime Sunday against the Saints.

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Sandusky proclaims innocence in NBC interview

In an interview with Bob Costas, former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky insists he is not a pedophile.

Bill Woodrum

Mr. Bill Woodrum, Jr., age 59 of Conyers, died Monday, November 14, 2011. He is survived by his wife, Cindy Woodrum, Conyers; sons and daughters-in-law, Joseph and Lindsay Woodrum, Carrollton, Justin and Lauren Woodrum, Newport News, VA; daughters and son-in-law, Tonya Woodrum, Katherine and David Rolader, all of Jacksonville, FL; mother, Joyce Barker, England; brother and sister-in-law, John and Kelly Woodrum, Utah; sister, Wanda Woodrum, Utah; grandchildren, Alyssa Rolader, Greyson Rolader, Lacy Rolader, Liam Woodrum, Dixie Woodrum, Annabelle Woodrum. Mr. Woodrum was a member of Crosspoint Christian Church. He was a committed husband and father who will be missed. Funeral services will be held Saturday, November 19, 2011 at 11 a.m. at Crosspoint Christian Church with Rev. Curt Zehner officiating. Family will receive friends Friday, November 18, 2011 from 5 until 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Contributions may be made to Crosspoint Christian Church, 4550 Highway 20 SE, Conyers, GA 30013. Condolences may be submitted on-line at www.scotward.com. Scot Ward Funeral Services, 699 American Legion Road, Conyers, GA 30012, 770-483-7216.

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Thora Davis

Mrs. Thora Guinn Davis, age 81 of Stockbridge, died Monday, November 14, 2011. She was preceded in death in 1999 by her husband, Charles L. Davis. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, C. Lamar and Diana B. Davis, Winston-Salem, N.C.; daughters and sons-in-law, T. Eleanor Davis and Don Meyer, Conyers, Mary and Mike Farmer, Eatonton; grandchildren, Caroline and Gordon Davis, Winston-Salem, N.C., Jarred and Tessa Farmer, Eatonton, Jordan and Stephanie Farmer, Stockbridge, Charlie Max Farmer, Eatonton; great-grandchild, Raylan Farmer, Eatonton. Thora was born in Witcha Falls, TX and came to Atlanta with her family in 1948. She remained a proud Texan her entire life. She graduated from the Atlanta campus of the University of Georgia (now Georgia State) in 1955 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. Thora and Charlie married in 1958. She was a Christian and devoted member of Kirkwood Baptist Church which later became Rainbow Park Baptist Church. In recent years, she worshiped at Union United Methodist Church. Funeral services will be held Thursday, November 17, 2011 at 10 a.m. at Scot Ward's Green Meadow Chapel with Rev. Wallace Wheeles officiating; interment will follow at Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta. Family will receive friends Wednesday, November 16, 2011 from 2 until 4 p.m. and 6 until 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Contributions may be made to Union United Methodist Church, Stockbridge, GA. Condolences may be submitted on-line at www.scotward.com. Scot Ward Funeral Services, 699 American Legion Road, Conyers, GA 30012, 770-483-7216.

Jimmie Hines

Jimmie Lee Hines, age 82, of Covington, GA died on November 13, 2011. Arrangements by Metro Embalming & Crematory, Inc., Conyers, GA 30013, 770-922-8182

Rockdale hoop teams start with wins

The Rockdale basketball teams got off to a fine start last Saturday in Gwinnett County.

Power lines will go through Mansfield despite residents' protests

MANSFIELD - After two months of discussions with protesting residents, Georgia Transmission Corporation has announced it will proceed with building a new transmission power line along a 3.2 mile long route that cuts through a residential area of Mansfield.

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Roger Bolton: Our republic's taking a turn on the wrong path

My recent trip to Gettysburg was a powerful reminder that people can be deadly serious about something, but completely wrong. A deep and profound belief that slavery was OK led to the deaths of 625,000 men, something that would never have happened if people had their heads screwed on straight. Wrongheaded beliefs by individuals and groups throughout history have led people down a false path and brought untold misery and death to millions of people, misery that is the direct result of one or more individuals so mesmerizing a following that they will follow them anywhere, even to the point of destruction.

Shields: Resorting to rehetorical grave-robbery

For more than half a century, American liberals, resistant to swelling defense budgets, have regularly quoted Republican President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s warning delivered on Jan. 17, 1961 — just three days before he was to leave the White House — in his farewell address to the nation: “In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex.”

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Detroit's Verlander wins AL Cy Young in unanimous vote

NEW YORK -- Justin Verlander breezed to the AL Cy Young Award on Tuesday in a unanimous vote after the Detroit Tigers' ace won the pitching version of the Triple Crown.

Verna Dickerson

Mrs. Verna White Dickerson of Covington, passed away November 12, 2011, at the age of 86. Mrs. Dickerson was a faithful member of Porterdale Baptist Church. She enjoyed sewing, canning ...

Emily Young

Emily Hodges Young, 76, of Conyers, died Thursday, November 10, 2011 after a long illness. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at R.T. Patterson Funeral Home ...

Robert Wilson

Detective Robert Shane Wilson, age 27 of Covington, Doraville Police Officer, died Monday, November 14, 2011. Condolences may be submitted on-line at www.scotward.com. Scot Ward Funeral Services, 699 American ...

Ethel Mullins

Mrs. Ethel Mullins, age 86 of Conyers, died Sunday, November 13, 2011. Ethel (affectionately known as "Granny") was born in Nampa, Idaho on May 10, 1925. At the age of ...

Kathryn Hunnicutt

Mrs. Kathryn Reagan Hunnicutt, age 94, of Covington passed away November 12, 2011. She was born August 1, 1917 in Covington, Georgia to the late William L. and Eleanor Capes ...

Georgia Cook

Georgia M. Cook of Covington, passed away November 13, 2011, at the age of 95. Mrs. Cook was born and raised in Walton County, and moved to Covington in 1969 ...

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