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Second suspect in chase still at large

South Salem Elementary and Liberty Middle School were both briefly on lockdown Tuesday as police chased two burglary suspects on car and foot, leading to an arrest behind one of the schools.

January 28, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


NCSS Spelling Bee returns

The 2015 System Spelling Bee has returned, and The Newton County School System will host the annual event. Each of the system's elementary and middle schools will compete this year at Newton High School on Feb. 6 at 10:30 a.m. Students in grades four through eight are eligible to participate, with each school sending their own spelling bee champion and runner up to compete in the tournament.

January 28, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton represented in merger committee

One of the first steps in consolidating Georgia State University and Georgia Perimeter College is a implementation committee, helping to find ways to make the two institutions blend together.

January 28, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Pacho's, Wing Cafe's scores improve

After two failing scores, Pacho's Mexican Grill received a 79 on its inspection report done Monday, Jan. 26.

January 27, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


CFD accepting Explorer applicants

The Covington Fire Department is offering anyone interested in learning about firefighting techniques and technology the opportunity to join the Explorer Program.

January 27, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Theme School accepting applications

The Newton County Theme School at Ficquett will accept applications for the 2015-16 school year beginning Monday, Feb. 2.

January 26, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Science Fair winners

Newton County School System's middle and high schools' first place winners will move on to challenge students from Fayette, Henry, Griffin-Spalding, Butts, Pike, Lamar and Thomaston Upson county schools in the Regional Science Fair at Griffin RESA on Feb. 3.

January 26, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton Firefighter falls on busy weekend

Newton County Fire Services had a busy weekend with a total of 66 calls in a 48-hour period.

January 26, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


MLK forum to youth: 'Cooperate but know your rights'

Young people should cooperate with law enforcement, but also know their rights and register to vote if they wish to enact broader change, a community forum held in honor of Martin Luther King Day concluded.

January 26, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


End of Eastminster School

Eastminster School has faced tough funding times in the past and managed to pull through, but this year could be its last, according to administrators.

January 25, 2015 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Covington Airport used in aviation class

The Covington Municipal Airport is partnering with a Rockdale County Middle School, Conyers Middle School, to allow students to get a first-person view of the equipment used for aviation as well as see the day-to-day operations of an airport.

January 25, 2015 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


Fix water system before expanding it: Water Authority

Newton County should investigate alleged infrastructural weaknesses in its current water system before deciding if and when to build another reservoir, Water and Sewerage Authority Executive Director Mike Hopkins will advise the Board of Commissioners in the coming days.

January 21, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


National Weather Service needs volunteers

The National Weather Service is looking for help in building a climate database and predicting floods.

January 21, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


BOC to seek public input on government reform

Commissioners urged citizens at Tuesday's board meeting to come out to a public hearing on February 5 to discuss amending the form of county government.

January 20, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Pacho's, Wing Cafe receive failing scores

The follow up inspection on Pacho's Mexican Grill saw its already-failing score lower five points after tallying a 51 on its Jan. 9 inspection.

January 20, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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InVEST in the NCSO - Feb. 12

The parents of recently injured Deputy Wesley Atha have organized a fundraising campaign to purchase these vests for every county deputy. Their fundraising goal is $113,000. Each vest costs between $500-$700, depending on the size. Each Friday The Covington News will publish a list of individuals, businesses and civic groups who have donated to the cause that week as well as the total amount raised. Donations are tax deductible. Checks should be made payable to Newton Co. Sheriff's Office and earmarked for safety vests and equipment. Please mail donations to NCSO c/o April Jones, 15151 Alcovy ...

February 12, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Solar power to come to Covington

Solar power is coming to Covington, as property owners in Clark's Grove were awarded a $250,000 grant this week to install solar panels on their commercial buildings.

February 12, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Hambrick captured, charged with murder

The search for Brandon Hambrick is over. The 18-year-old who was wanted in connection of the murder of 44-year-old Alvin Hall, whose charred remains were found in a burning car on McGiboney Lane New Year's Eve, was located and charged with murder.

Hall was last seen alive earlier that evening in the area of Empire Park in Atlanta. He was a employee of the city of Atlanta and had a family. He had not yet been reported missing.

February 11, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Dawkins denied bond in murder case

Bond was denied for 45-year-old Sam Dumas Dawkins, one of four men being charged in the murder of 38-year-old Robert Andrew "Drew" Nichols, whose body was found by a deer hunter in Social Circle on Dec. 6.

Dawkins is charged with felony murder, kidnapping, aggravated battery, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, concealing the death of another, theft by receiving stolen property, trafficking in methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute. He was originally before ...

February 11, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Lack of water use in 2009 led to EPD violation

Press Release, Feb. 10:

February 10, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Eating healthy on a budget

As the economic crisis continues, Americans continue to closely watch their budgets, including what they spend on groceries. Farm Bureau is helping consumers become more aware of how to stretch their grocery dollars during Food Check-Out Week, Feb. 21-27.

February 10, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Eddie Phillips a behind-the-scenes helper

As with many selfless men, no one person ever knew just how much Eddie Phillips gave to his friends, family and community.

February 10, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Setting precedent

Richard Johnson, 71, remembers most of the names of generations of Newton County's black families. He remembers what they raised on their farms, what kind of buses they drove and who married whom. He also remembers when everything began to change.

February 10, 2010 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Improper parking leads to more serious charges

Four men were arrested and charged with possession of a sawed-off shotgun after catching Porterdale Police Officers' attention by illegally parking in a handicap space.

February 10, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newton County Jail Log - Feb. 10

Randy Darius Flournoy, 23, 9285 Cedar Ridge Dr., Covington, Jan. 29. Child support default.

February 10, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Prior arrest allowed in Workman case

Newton County Superior Court Judge Eugene Benton ruled that a prior arrest and conviction of driving under the influence would be allowed in the case of Johnny Otis Workman, the man accused of driving drunk and ending the life of an Oxford man in July.

February 10, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Local legislators introduce bills

Local legislators are working to correct what they see as oversights in the areas of illegal immigration and the authority of boards of health.

February 10, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


2-year road work project begins on 278/142 intersection

Pittman Construction Company has begun work on a $12 million widening and reconstruction of the U.S. Highway 278 and Ga. Highway 142 intersection - a project that could last two years.

February 10, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


C.H.A.M.P.S.

Graduation day: Social Circle Elementary School graduated its class of C.H.A.M.P.S. on Friday. Members of the Walton County Sheriff's Office presented students with information on drugs, gangs, peer pressure and self-respect, and every fifth grader at the school graduated with honors. An essay contest was held, and one winner was selected from each class. The winners were Cassie Mayfield, Courtney Davis, Elena Sherrill, Will Haynes and Yasmine Bolden. A special award for spirit was awarded to Precious Williams.

February 10, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


One sought in murder

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation along with Newton County Sheriff's Investigators are asking for the public's assistance in locating a suspected murderer by the name of Brandon Hambrick. Hambrick has active arrest warrants for the crime of murder in reference to the death of Alvin Hall. Hall's body was found in his burned vehicle the evening of December 30 on McGiboney Lane in Newton County near the Rockdale County line.

February 08, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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