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JJ Holloman makes commitment to UGA official, will report to Athens in January

JJ Holloman was so sure about his decision to sign his football scholarship with Georgia, he couldn't wait until February's National Signing Day to put the ink on the dotted line. He also couldn't...

December 23, 2016 | Gabriel Stovall | Newton

No. 2 Newton shakes off slow start against Whitefield

On a night when the No. 2 ranked Newton boys (ranked No. 1 according to Maxpreps.com) would honor one of the current pillars of its program, a game Whitefield Academy team did its best spoiler rout...

December 23, 2016 | Gabriel Stovall | Newton

Newton Lady Rams dominate Whitefield Academy

The Newton Lady Rams jumped out of the gates early, then flexed their defensive muscles midway through the third quarter while coasting to a 74-41 home win over the Whitefield Academy Wolfpack. N...

December 23, 2016 | Gabriel Stovall | Newton

Crawford: Some good news for the holiday season

There have been some interesting political stories to tell this year, but two of the most interesting happened last week in Georgia's neighboring states to the south and east. First, we'll travel ...

December 23, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists

Yarbrough: Dedicated to the believers this Christmas

This column has become a Christmas tradition and I share with you once again this year. It is dedicated to all who believe. I wish I had been there. In Bethlehem. I wish I had witnessed the birth...

December 23, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists

Belton: Bidding adieu to a good year for Georgia

As we say goodbye to another year and think about our many blessings, I'd like to write a positive article about where we stand today. While I agree our federal politics are a mess, Georgia is in a...

December 23, 2016 | Dave Belton | LEGISLATIVE UPDATES

Our Thoughts: What Christmas means to us

Christmas is a time of celebrating and gathering. Whether you celebrate the coming of Jesus, the arrival of a new big screen television or bracelet, a big meal or a time to not be awoken by an ala...

December 23, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Letter: Tommy Craig is not the Newton County Attorney!

While serving on the Newton County (NC) Grand Jury (GJ) some 12 or so years ago, along with 22 other members of the summer session of the GJ, we all witnessed this extraordinary declaration from th...

December 23, 2016 | Staff Report | Letters

Letter: Thank you for taking action

Dear Editor, What an amazing community we are fortunate to all call home! For the second year, Action Ministries has sponsored a Dine Out, Do Good Event with proceeds going to help fund our Super...

December 23, 2016 | Staff Report | Letters

Irwin: Secret Santa

When I was around 12 years old, it occurred to me that the season we call Christmas has, within it, several glitter-coated mini-seasons. Because of the length of the season, and how it tries the fo...

December 23, 2016 | Andy Irwin | Columnists

Driver, passenger arrested after seen urinating in public

After relieving himself outside a downtown business, a local man led officers with the Covington Police Department (CPD) on a chase throughout town before being taken to jail. Around 9:30 p.m. on ...

December 23, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | Crime

Local student succeeding at Georgia Cyber Academy

Jovie Hardin loved her elementary school. "South Salem was great," she said. "I knew all the people. I was friends with all the teachers. I really, really liked South Salem." But things did not g...

December 23, 2016 | Duane M. Ford | Education

Newly elected officials to take oaths

Recently elected Newton County officials will officially take their oaths of office this week in two scheduled ceremonies. Newton County's Constitutional Officers: Barbara Dingler, Sheriff Ezell B...

December 23, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | County

Newton County Jail Log: Dec. 22

Seth Ryan Abernathy, 32, Social Circle, Dec. 19, probation violation David Brandon Allen, 27, Covington, Dec. 17, driving while license suspended or revoked, failure to appear for fingerprintable ...

December 23, 2016 | Staff Report | Crime

Porterdale property rezoned for Waffle House

A piece of property off Covington Bypass Road in Porterdale, across from the Burger King, was rezoned Thursday night in preparation to become a Waffle House. Porterdale's Planning and Zoning Board...

December 22, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

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