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Newton Medical, Piedmont finalize deal

Newton Medical Center will soon become Piedmont Newton Hospital after NMC finalized a partnership agreement with Piedmont Healthcare earlier this week.

May 23, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Two dead in apparent murder suicide

The Covington Police Department responded to a shooting Thursday, discovering a man and woman shot when arriving on scene.

May 22, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


New section of Social Circle Bypass to open

The new section of the Social Circle Bypass from State road 11 to East Hightower Trail will open Tuesday, June 2, according to Superintendent of traffic, safety and utilities J. Robert Manning of ER Snell Contractor.

May 22, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Harry Owens likely interim county manager

Newton County revealed the name of the candidate under consideration for the position of interim county manager Friday following the departure of former County Manager Tom Garrett last week.

May 22, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Action Ministries opens office in Newton

For the first time in 20 years, the charitable nonprofit organization, Action Ministries, has opened a satellite office. The Newton County Action Ministries office opened its doors on May 4 in the Wesley Building of Covington First United Methodist Church, 2160 Church Street, Covington.

May 21, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Board scolded in public comments over legal budget

County Attorney Tommy Craig attempted to soothe public concerns over the county's high legal costs Tuesday night, but his explanation appeared to provoke the opposite reaction.

May 20, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


County seeks city help for library

Newton County will step up to save the Covington branch of the library, commissioners said Tuesday, but not before making one last attempt to get the city of Covington to contribute to the library's costly new heating, air conditioning and ventilation system (HVAC).

May 20, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


BOC to hire interim county manager

The Newton County Board of Commissioners voted to hire a new interim county manager Tuesday night, deliberately stopping short of placing the county chair in charge of the day to day administration of the county.

May 19, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Staffins: tourism big impact on Covington

Hundreds flocked to Covington this weekend, and it was exactly the turnout Newton County Tourism President Jenny McDonald expected, but it was a little much for Newton County-Covington Chamber of Commerce President Ralph Staffins.

May 18, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Peddle for a cause

The students of First Baptist Academy zoomed around the parking lot of the Welcome Center last week to raise money for the parochial school's library and playground as part of the Academy's first bikathon.

May 17, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Kelly takes over Porterdale downtown development

Everyone living in Porterdale is a stakeholder in the promotion of the town's Main Street Program, says Josephine Kelly.

May 17, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Cotton receives Rotary ethics award

In his more than a decade and a half as Covington Police Chief, Stacey Cotton has led his men and women in the way he was taught to conduct himself by Judge Stacey W. Cotton and Suzanne Cotton - with ethics.

May 17, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Stacey Cotton appointed to medical marijuana study group

Covington Police Chief Stacey Cotton has been named one of 11 members named to Gov. Nathan Deal's new panel charged with making recommendations about what type of medical marijuana use Georgia should allow.

May 17, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Certified Quality Breast Center at Newton Medical Center

Newton Medical Center's Women's Diagnostic Center has recently been recognized as a Certified Quality Breast Center in the National Quality Measures for Breast Centers Program™. This distinguished honor represents a commitment by this breast center to provide the highest level of quality breast health care to patients in the community.

May 16, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Preparing for graduation

The Newton County School System's high schools will be celebrating graduation Friday and Saturday.

May 16, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Alcovy girls down Eastside

Eastside's girls could have made the statement that they are the best team in the county Saturday. Instead, it was Alcovy emerging with that title.

January 11, 2011 | Josh Briggs | LOCAL


Some stores open, governments closed

Authorities are advising residents to stay at home and the local governments are closed, but if you need groceries or other goods, Covington's major retailers are open today. Here's a look at their hours, which could change if the weather worsens:

January 11, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Power restored at Conyers Walmart

Update, 1:32 p.m.: Power was restored to the Conyers Walmart and all 1,400 Snapping Shoals customers at 1:24 p.m. The outage occurred at 12:40 p.m. and was caused by a material failure and was unrelated to the weather, Snapping Shoals spokesperson Leigh-Anne Burgess said in an e-mail.

January 11, 2011 | | LOCAL


WEATHER UPDATE: I-20 reopens in Rockdale

One lane eastbound of I-20 has been opened through Conyers. Westbound lanes are open as well.

January 11, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


I-20 reopens in Rockdale

One lane eastbound of I-20 has been opened through Conyers. Westbound lanes are open as well.

January 11, 2011 | | LOCAL


State road-clearing efforts get a boost

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Transportation is bringing in crews from central Georgia to help deal with the ice and snow that continue to coat highways in the Atlanta area.

January 11, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Paper deliveries may be delayed Wed.

The Covington News will go to press on an earlier schedule tonight. Our press facilities are located in Gainesville, and due to the weather, deliveries may be delayed.

January 11, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


High school games cancelled

Tuesday's high school sports events have been cancelled. Check back for makeup times and dates.

January 10, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Mexican restaurant coming to Covington

With the new year comes some new developments, a new Mexican restaurant, and some old rumors, there's still no movement at the old Walmart in Martin's Crossing.

January 10, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


In spite of snow, legislature open for business

ATLANTA - The Georgia Legislature kicked off its 2011 session on Monday with snow blanketing the Capitol's gold dome and dozens of new faces among the House and Senate lawmakers that took the oath of office.

January 10, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Downtown scenic in snow

Traffic was light and few walkers were out late Monday morning to enjoy the site of downtown Covington in the snow.

January 10, 2011 | Tharon Giddens | LOCAL


Snow Day Pictures

Covington was a winter wonderland Monday morning as snow blanketed the town. While schools were closed for the day, many area businesses remained open for those willing to brave the icy roads. Others enjoyed their morning off by exploring the the likes of Turner Lake on foot.

January 10, 2011 | Tyler Smith | LOCAL


Commuter alert: Traffic shift coming to Highway 142

Expect a traffic shift for construction beginning at 10 a.m. on Jan. 12 on Georgia Highway 142 from Wheat Street to Lochridge Boulevard in Covington.

January 10, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Governor declares state of emegency for weather

Governor Sonny Perdue, in close coordination with Governor-elect Nathan Deal, issued an executive order declaring a state of emergency in anticipation of a severe winter storm that is expected to impact much of the state.The executive order allows for state resources to be available for response and recovery activities, and calls for the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) / Office of Homeland Security to activate the state's Emergency Operations Plan. GEMA / Homeland Security has activated the State Operations Center (SOC) to support the state in its response and recovery efforts to a severe weather system that is expected to ...

January 09, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Ice on roads, several accidents reported

According to Covington/Newton County 911 several roads are already becoming treacherous. Drivers are urged to use extreme caution and to stay off the roads if at all possible. Below is a list of icy areas as they are reported:

January 09, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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