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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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Denny Dobbs Park approved

Denny Dobbs Park is finally a go, as the Board of Commissioners approved final plans for the District 2 park on Tuesday night.

July 07, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Patriotic pride

Floats of all shapes and sizes passed through downtown Oxford on Saturday, as local residents looked on. Social Circle also hosted an antique car show, among many other events. Social Circle and Porterdale held firework displays after dark.

July 06, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County Jail Log - July 5

o Quincy Evans Smith, 31, Sanford, Fla., June 22. Bench warrant.

July 05, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


City embraces aging citizens

Newton County has seen a rapid influx of young residents over the past couple of decades, but a 65-and-older population boom is soon to follow as life spans increase and the first Baby Boomers near 65.

July 05, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Into the Lion's Den

Ken Royston takes the helm: On Thursday, June 25, Royston and 14 officers were installed as the 2009 – 2010 officers and Board of Directors for the Covington Lions at their Officer Installation Banquet at their Pavilion on Conyers Street. Richard Henderson, District Governor, of the Oxford Lions officiated. Present, from left to right, were, front row, Doreen Stallworth, Minnie Henderson and Anne Wheeler, back row, Phil Owens, Lee Mayfield, Andy Austin, Dacus Aaron, Elwood Free, Frank Jensen, Jimmy Williams, Randy Worthington, Ken Royston and Ed Minge (Mike Waller was not available).

July 05, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Failure to stop leads to arrest for loaded gun

A 22-year-old man was stopped early Monday morning for failing to stop at a stop sign and ended up in jail after deputies located a fully loaded semi-automatic pistol.

July 05, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Ga. State Patrol warns of summer heat dangers

The Georgia State Patrol is reminding drivers this week that now is the time to make sure your vehicles are ready for the summer driving season. Col. Bill Hitchens, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety, said that as temperatures rise across the state, Georgia State Troopers see an increase in the number of vehicles with mechanical problems on Georgia roads each year.

July 05, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Governor’s Office gets grant to help CLASS

The Newton County Juvenile Court received a $75,000 state grant to set up a daytime educational program to help reform suspended students by changing behavior and keeping them out of trouble.

July 05, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Rotarian of the year

Service recognition: Covington Rotary Club President Doug Bolton, right, presents club member Jim Tudor with the local Rotarian of the Year Award.

July 05, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Honored for their work

The Covington auxiliary of the local Lodge 1806, the Elkadettes, had the largest group in the state to attend the recent convention of the Elks. The convention was held June 4 through June 7 in Jekyll Island. The auxiliary also won several awards, including being honored for its work with the Conyers Elks-Aidmore Children's Home. Attending the convention and pictured are (front row) Audrey Owens, Anita Denny, Eleanor Haney (back row) Debbie Woodruff, Peggy Lassiter, Miriam Wheeler, Peggy Hudgins, outgoing State Auxiliary President Ruth Hall, Covington Auxiliary President Patricia Pippin and Miriam Hall. Not pictured but also attending the ...

July 05, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Lovejoy UMC women make caps for chemotherapy patients

The women of Lovejoy United Methodist Church have begun a service project to assist those who have been affected by cancer.

July 05, 2009 | Molly Lundy | LOCAL


'Be There' program encourages parents to become involved

Parental involvement has always been stressed by the Newton County School System, but board members are looking at a way to encourage parents even more by considering the adoption of a program called "Be There."

July 05, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Covington passes $120M budget

The City of Covington didn't face a budget crisis like Newton County, but it did share in the new experience of having to significantly cut back expenses after years of burgeoning growth.

July 05, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Woman arrested for lying about gunpoint robbery

A woman who reported that she had been robbed at gunpoint was later arrested for false statements last Friday.

July 03, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Fight after fishing lands man in jail

Near midnight on June 20, officers from the Covington Police Department were called to a home on Emory Street in reference to an open line 911 call and ended up arresting a man for battery.

July 03, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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