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Local B&B featured in GPB special

Twelve Oaks, the historic Covington Bed and Breakfast, will be featured as one of eight of the most romantic places in Georgia in an upcoming ...

February 05, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Dailey family opens third Zaxby’s in Covington

A new Zaxby's restaurant is opening in west Newton County, and with it an opportunity for 40 new jobs.

February 05, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Appreciation and accreditation for NCSO

Newton County Sheriff Ezell Brown shared, not only a plaque signifying his office's recent accreditation, but also some of the rave reviews bestowed upon ...

February 04, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


District spelling bee starts Friday

The Newton County School System will host the 2016 District Spelling Bee on Friday, February 5, at 10:30 a.m. at Newton High School ...

February 04, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Elementary School death ruled accidental, caused by asphyxia

Five-year-old Andrea Tyrah DeBruhl died due to asphyxia after being caught in playground equipment at the Newton County Theme School at Ficquett Monday, according to ...

February 03, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


No issues found in JDA finances

In a study of the Joint Development Authority's (JDA) financial transactions, in particular bonds, no illegalities or potential liability to Newton County were discovered ...

February 03, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Stanton Springs neighborhood permit withdrawn

A much maligned residential development planned for Stanton Springs is off the table after the developers withdrew a petition for rezoning recently.

February 03, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Tragedy strikes Theme School

Tragedy struck Newton County Theme School at Ficquett this week with the death of a 5-year-old kindergarten student Monday.

February 02, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Alcovy Road commercial development no more

The plan to build a movie theater, hotels, offices and retail stores along Alcovy Road in Covington, known as Project Kitchen Sink, has been shut ...

February 02, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Shootings leave one person dead, another injured

UPDATE:

February 02, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Jeffares: Week 3 brings bills and committee meetings

Committee meetings are finally underway here at the Capitol. I, and many of my colleagues, have had a busy week juggling our various committee appointments ...

January 31, 2016 | Rick Jeffares | LOCAL


Belton: House votes on amended budget

The third week of Session we voted on what is called the "Small" or "Amended" budget. It is basically the mid-year adjustment to account for ...

January 31, 2016 | Dave Belton | LOCAL


Newton GOP makes changes ahead of nominating meetings

Considerable confusion reigns within the Newton County Republican Party as precinct mass meetings approach in February.

January 31, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Youth collect during 'Souper Bowl of Caring'

When the Broncos square off against the Panthers in California this weekend, youth at churches around the country will be taking part in a "Souper ...

January 31, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Teen athlete hit by truck still hospitalized

Thomas Mason was on his way to pick up his son, Christian Mason, from a workout with the track team at Alcovy High School. Before ...

January 31, 2016 | Shakeem Holloway | LOCAL


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Order for hauling services signed

A contract extension turned into a testy drama with accusations of conflicts of interest flying, questions of financial procedures raised and queries of ethics posed. Ultimately three Newton County Commissioners forced the Chairman's hand.

December 06, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Christmas parade marches through Covington

The weather outside was nippy Friday night when floats, the Newton High School marching band and Santa and his reindeer came to Porterdale Friday night for the annual Christmas Parade.

December 05, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Chamber recognized statewide for excellence

It might be on the small side, but as the Georgia Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (GACCE) acknowledged, the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce is an excellent organization.

December 05, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


BOC puts hold on Stanton Springs residential development

A residential development in Stanton Springs was put on hold Tuesday, as the Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) voted to table a zoning hearing on the proposal.

December 04, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


NCSS graduation dates announced

The Newton County School System announced graduation dates for the Class of 2016 Thursday.

December 03, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Board to present Brickstore Overlay ordinances

Ordinances for the Brickstore Overlay will soon be made available to the public after Lloyd Kerr, Director of Development Services, discussed the long-running issue with the board of commissioners Tuesday night.

December 03, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Van Ness wins State Senate seat

Janice Van Ness edged out Tonya Anderson to win the Georgia State Senate District 43 seat Tuesday night.

December 01, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


General Mills awards $200,000 in grants

General Mills' Covington Plant Manager Mark Bible told a crowded room Tuesday that last Thursday shouldn't be the only day marked on the calendar to give thanks.

December 01, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


NCSO looking for help in armed robbery case

The Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) is looking for help from the public to identify three suspects involved in an armed robbery on Salem Cove Trail Nov. 24.

December 01, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Christmas events this week in Covington

Thursday, Dec. 3

November 30, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Tour of homes gives a glimpse at yesteryear

It's easy to envision the good ole times of yesteryear as the Christmas season comes around. Christmas lights sparkle as candlelight would, the trees remind us of a time when people were more interested in being with nature, rather than Netflix, carolers were welcome at your front door, carriages passed by on the street, like a Dickens novel.

November 29, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


'It's about giving'

A pack of 10 pencils and paper to write on.

November 28, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Covington News canned food drop-off location

Throughout this holiday season you can help feed local families simply by coming by The Covington News.

November 28, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Interim legal firm hired by BOC

The Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) approved a contract with Jarrard and Davis, LLP, of Cumming, Georgia to serve as the county's interim attorneys for the next 90 days.

November 23, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Meeting to approve legal team Monday

The Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) announced a special called meeting for Monday, Nov. 23, at 7 p.m. to approve a contract with an interim legal team.

November 23, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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