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Man loses wheel, crashes motorcycle

A man traveling south on Hwy. 212, approximately 50 feet past Hwy. 36, crashed after his front wheel came off Friday.

September 29, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


The Fall Rain

As the color of nature changes we also prepare for the colder temps and rainy days.

September 29, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL


GPC Newton Open House Oct. 18

Potential college students hoping to explore a new career path, learn about classes for their major, or find out about student clubs and organizations, can attend the Georgia Perimeter College Newton Campus open house Saturday, Oct. 18 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

September 29, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Construction worker killed on I-20 on Saturday

A worker was killed at the construction zone of Interstate 20 westbound in Rockdale Saturday when a dump truck reportedly backed over him.

September 28, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


A legacy of leadership

John McNeil's last shift has ended.

September 27, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Introducing Dobbs Memorial Parkway

When Dr. William Dobbs was elected mayor of Covington, Pace Street ended at the railroad tracks and traffic lights around town were illuminated by light bulbs.

September 27, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


GPC named Military Friendly School

For the fourth year in a row, Georgia Perimeter College has earned the Military Friendly School designation from GI Jobs.com. The label reflects the college's efforts to provide educational opportunities to U.S. veterans, active-duty troops and their families. The 2015 Military Friendly Schools list was released Sept. 23 and can be found at militaryfriendlyschools.com.

September 27, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Cars of the Past come to Covington

Hot Rods will line the streets of the Covington Square once again, all in an effort to help Newton County children in need this Christmas.

September 27, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington student completes internship

Olivia Martzell of Covington, a Northwestern State University student studying mass communications, was nominated for two awards for a multimedia package she produced during an internship in Italy last summer. Martzell wrote, shot, edited and produced a package that was nominated for best story in the multimedia category and best overall photography, which she won.

September 27, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Farm Bureau receives district awards

The Newton County Farm Bureau was recognized recently during the Georgia Farm Bureau's 3rd District Annual Meeting for its outstanding member programs.

September 27, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


A new chapter

The long history of The Covington News is starting a new chapter in just nine days.

September 25, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


A brand new Square

The beauty of the Covington Square may be timeless, but that doesn't mean an update will tarnish its image or history. It will help to make the Square an even better place for Newton County residents, visitors and tourists alike.

September 25, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Little River bridge a big deal

The Sewell Road bridge across the Little River might not look like a big deal, but looks can be deceiving.

September 25, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Double the sound

There will be twice the tickling of the ivories Sunday, as Covington will get a chance to listen to two organs at one concert.

September 25, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Welcoming all to Hollywood of the South

"The Vampire Diaries" is a worldwide hit, "In the Heat of the Night" brought Newton County to the attention of a national television audience, and movies bring millions of dollars into Newton County and Covington.

September 25, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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2 Newton crashes involve children

More than 2,018 accidents, 555 injuries and 17 fatalities occurred on Georgia streets and highways during the holiday period which began 6 p.m. Wed. Dec. 24 and ended noon yesterday. The accidents included two in Newton County involving 7-year-olds.

December 27, 2008 | Tisa Smart Washington | LOCAL


County to revisit daycare ordinance

The Newton County Board of Commissioners may be revising an ordinance that bans any new daycares in residential districts after outgoing District 3 Commissioner Ester Fleming requested the board revisit the matter.

December 27, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


Clearing a path

The envisioned system of interlocking pedestrian and cyclist trails connecting Oxford, Covington and Porterdale has made significant progress in 2008.

December 27, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


Drive-through sleeper charged with DUI

Deputies with the Newton County Sheriff's Office arrested and charged a Covington man Dec. 20 for DUI after he was found asleep at the wheel in the drive-through at the McDonald's on Salem Road.

December 27, 2008 | Tisa Smart Washington | LOCAL


Peoples Bank Lithonia Branch bought by Citizens Trust Bank

The Citizens Trust bank recently purchased the Lithonia branch of Peoples Bank, which also has branches in Covington and Conyers.

December 27, 2008 | Staff Report | LOCAL


At the service of the county

A reception was held Monday at the Newton County Historic Courthouse for outgoing Newton County commissioners Monty Laster and Ester Fleming as well as Chairman Aaron Varner.

District 1 Commissioner Mort Ewing spoke to the assembled crowd, thanking all the county employees for the assistance and advice they give the commission. He said that the BOC relies on consultants and experts in a number of areas to help them make important decisions, but said that God is who the board members look to most often.

December 27, 2008 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Residents can apply for home heating assistance

Newton County residents who meet certain financial thresholds are invited to apply for assistance in paying their heating bills this winter through the federal government's Low Income Home Energy Assistance program.

To find out if you qualify for this year's one-time payment, residents should call either (770) 875-2642 or (770) 875-6385 to schedule an interview. An office has been set up to conduct applicant interviews by the nonprofit Action Inc. which will be dispensing the funds received from the Georgia Department of Human Resources, at the Conyers Street Gym located at 1146 Conyers Street across from the Covington ...

December 27, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


Work release inmates on the run

Deputies with the Newton County Sheriff's Office are on the lookout for three inmates who escaped while on work release from the jail. Last month, Randy Bassett, Antonio Kelly and Jonathan Shell, who are not violent criminals, failed to return to the work release facility after leaving their jobs.

"During the day, they are working in the community, but they have to return (to jail) as a condition of their sentence," said Lt. Mark Mitchell.

December 27, 2008 | Tisa Smart Washington | LOCAL


SWAT prepares for bank heist

Several Newton County law enforcement and emergency agencies participated in a mock robbery and hostage situation at Bank of North Georgia's Newton Plaza branch Tuesday. The annual training gave public safety personnel an opportunity to test their training in a real-life scenario.

"It's not only good for us to train with other agencies within Newton County working together, it's also a requirement for our accreditation," said Lt. Wendell Wagstaff, Covington Police Department public information officer. "We put up the signs that said training in progress so if anyone came by, they would know it's just a ...

December 27, 2008 | Tisa Smart Washington | LOCAL


Dunkin' Donuts store robbed

 Deputies with the Newton County Sheriff's Office are investigating an armed robbery that occurred Dec. 20 at the Dunkin' Donuts on Ga. Highway 20 in Covington.

December 26, 2008 | Tisa Smart Washington | LOCAL


New library project moving forward with bond approval

 While a number of county projects had to be put on the back burner due to the sky-high interest rates of the bond market, one much anticipated project will move forward as planned - the Porter Memorial Branch Library.

December 26, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


Guilty until proven innocent

 Every quarterback knows that what looks like a clear path to the end zone can quickly turn into a facemask full of grass. Former Alcovy High School special education teacher and coach Derrick Roberts knows this can happen off of the field too.

December 24, 2008 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Criminals steal McDonald’s charity box

 Newton County Sheriff Deputies responded to a call Dec. 9 at the McDonald's restaurant on Crowell Road after employees discovered a charity coin collection box had been stolen and another had been damaged.

December 24, 2008 | Tisa Smart Washington | LOCAL


NMC ER expansion delayed

 The expansion of Newton Medical Center's Emergency Department has been postponed due to the inability to secure financing for the project from the still unstable financial market.

December 24, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


City council member wins big in MegaMillions drawing

 Covington councilwoman Ocie Franklin won a second-tier prize of $250,000 after matching the first five winning numbers in the Dec. 9 Mega Millions drawing.

December 24, 2008 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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