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Hope for Christmas

When Rebecca Bates shared the news she had stage two breast cancer in the spring of 2013, her family was worried. For the next year, her husband, Kevin Bates, and children, Gavin and Grace, now 11 and 9 respectively, struggled with their fears as they supported her through chemotherapy and radiation treatments.

December 20, 2014 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Roots that run deep

Oxford is the only city of its kind.

December 20, 2014 | Randy Schafer | LOCAL


Local man guilty of child molestation

A Social Circle man will serve five years of a 20-year sentence in prison after pleading guilty to three counts of child molestation, the Walton County assistant district attorney confirmed Thursday.

December 18, 2014 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Work begins on Hwy. 81 and Crowell Rd.

County Chairman Keith Ellis presided Wednesday over the groundbreaking ceremony for improvements to the notorious intersection of Georgia Highway 81 and Crowell Road in Porterdale, where cars were lined up 10-deep well after rush hour.

December 17, 2014 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Man shot on Cecilia Street

A man was dragged from the bathroom and restrained to the floor, before being shot at a Covington residence Wednesday morning.

December 17, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


NCSS takes action to disinfect Oak Hill

In the wake of the recent outbreak of gastroenteritis at Oak Hill Elementary, the Newton County School Board concluded an action needed to disinfect the school during its meeting Tuesday night.

December 17, 2014 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


CPD gets Taser, new Rocket technology

The Covington Police Department is getting even more high tech and started preparing for the future Monday night.

December 16, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


NCSS's CCRPI score drops

The Georgia State Superintendent's Office released the Georgia College and Career Ready Performance Index, CCRPI, scores for the 2013-2014 school year Tuesday.

December 16, 2014 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


Maintenance required on donation boxes

Donation boxes in the city of Covington now has to kept to strict guidelines after the city council approved a text amendment to the zoning ordinance regulating unmanned donation boxes Monday.

December 16, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Rainbow to distribute 40,000 lbs of food

Update 12/18/2014: Due to inclement weather, the event will be postponed to next Saturday, Dec. 27 at the same time.

December 16, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


First F-150 in Georgia goes to Covington resident

The first 2015 Ford F-150 sold in Georgia will be driven in Covington, as Newton County resident Mike Poole made the purchase at Covington Ford.

December 16, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington to spend $46,000 on excavator, trailer

The City of Covington agreed to purchase a new excavator and trailer during Monday night's public meeting.

December 16, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Alcovy UMC hosts Giving Tree

Alcovy United Methodist Church is working with the Salvation Army's Toy Drive for the third year, and helped supply toys to those who might otherwise not have anything for Christmas.

December 16, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington votes no to personal care home

A group of concerned citizens spoke up to the Covington Planning and Zoning Department and the Covington City Council, and had their voices heard Monday night.

December 15, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Covington passes curfew ordinance

The Covington City Council unanimously passed a curfew ordinance at its meeting Monday night.

December 15, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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Christmas Parade around the corner, rain plan announced

Wonderful entertainment will begin the Lion's Club Christmas Parade festivities at 10 a.m. Saturday at the stage in front of the Historic Newton County Courthouse. Entertainment will continue until the first float arrives on the square around 11:10 a.m. Some Covington IDOL winners and the three Newton County high school marching bands will perform.

December 03, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Polar Express comes to the county library

The fourth annual Polar Express Train Raffle held by the Kiwanis Club of Covington is currently on display at the Newton County Library on Floyd Street. This year's Polar Express train layout is the last one built by Kiwanis Club member and avid Lionel modeler and collector Richard Rawlins. The train and its layout will be on display in the Covington Branch Library's children's room until Thursday, Dec. 17, the date of the drawing. The raffle raises funds to support the Newton County Library System and the Kiwanis Club's Joe Croom Scholarship fund. Raffle tickets are ...

December 02, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NMC Auxiliary awards volunteers

Newton Medical Auxiliary members honored hospital volunteers at their monthly December meeting Tuesday at First Baptist Church.

December 02, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


City mourns Harris

Walker Harris, a mainstay in the local business community, died Sunday at the age of 88.

December 02, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Lack of jobs and amenities plague much of District 4

Commissioner J.C. Henderson takes his job as a representative seriously. He spends much of his day driving around District 4 talking to people in Covington and Oxford. As the only fully retired county commissioner, Henderson has the time to seek the pulse of his community on a daily basis.

December 02, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Hunt still on for 2 in Taco Bell robbery

One man is behind bars and the search continues for two others who authorities say robbed the Taco Bell on U.S. Highway 278 Saturday night.

December 02, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Pillar of local business community dies

Walker Harris, former owner of the local Chrysler dealership has passed away. Visitation will be held at Caldwell and Cowen Funeral Home tonight from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. The funeral for Walker Harris will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday afternoon at First Baptist Church.

November 30, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Deputies still searching for Taco Bell armed robbery suspects

At least one suspect is in cusody and deputies are still searching for the other armed robbery suspects that allegedly hit the Taco Bell on Ga. Highway 278 last night and led officers in chase through Newton and Rockdale counties.

November 29, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Diversity defines Dist. 3

Covington News reporter Gabriel Khouli toured the five county districts, with the county commissioners as his guide, to learn more about the people and places of Newton County. In this third installment, Commissioner Nancy Schulz explains why her district is a complex juggling act.

November 29, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Crime Suppression Unit out in force

The Newton County Sheriff's Office's Crime Suppression Unit will be out in force this holiday season to do everything they can to ensure that residents of the county have a safe holiday season.

November 29, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Peoples Bank has poor debt to credit ratio

According to recent reports, The Peoples Bank of Covington may be in danger of failing.

November 29, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Man takes NCSS vehicle on dangerous drive

 Two deputies conducting a search for a suicidal man were nearly run over by a speeding man, who had reportedly stolen a vehicle from the Newton County Board of Education Transportation facility early Nov. 21.

November 29, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Friends of the Library sponsor gift tree fundraiser

The Friends of the Newton County Library are sponsoring a Gift Tree just inside the lobby at the Newton County Library. The tree is decorated with colorful paper ornaments each listing a type of book or audio visual item with the amount it takes to purchase the item. Anyone can donate the suggested amount to the library to purchase a title in their name or to honor someone. Last season, Newton County Residents donated over $1,300 to purchase 70 books, paperbacks and DVDs for the Children's Room and general collections at the library.

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November 28, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


InVest in the NCSO - Nov. 27

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 ...

November 27, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Local cities discuss common problems

On Nov. 13 Newton County's six mayors, including the mayor of Social Circle, met to discuss common issues.

November 27, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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