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Social Circle fair returns

The Social Circle Rotary Club fair returns to Social Circle High School Tuesday, Oct. 13 through Saturday, Oct. 17.

October 08, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Covington woman wins $250K lottery prize

Jessica Herrick, 39, of Covington won a quarter-million dollar prize from the Georgia Lottery earlier this month.

October 08, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Response to Heat Homecoming leads to changes in event locations

Though the event was only promoted on Facebook and in the local papers, response to the upcoming Heat Homecoming 2015 has been so good, changes ...

October 08, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

First candidates forum Oct. 8 for District 43 Special Election

The first candidates forum for the special elections taking place on the November ballot will be held Thursday, Oct. 8, at 6:30 p.m.

October 08, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

County’s toughest topics discussed at retreat

The Newton County Board of Commissioners held a retreat at the Fire Services Administration Building Wednesday, discussing some of the most important topics facing the ...

October 07, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Citizens turn out to protest resolution limiting commentary

Benches at the Newton County Historic Courthouse were filled with people Tuesday night, many there to protest a controversial resolution placing restrictions on public participation ...

October 07, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Hay’s lawyer files motion for dismissal of county countersuit

Suits, countersuits, motions and amended motions continue to fly between the lawyer representing William Durden and Samuel Hays, and Newton County Attorney W. T. "Tommy ...

October 07, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Goodyear blimp soars over Covington

No, there wasn't a big game being televised live nationally from Sharp Stadium Tuesday. But, yes that was the Goodyear Blimp flying over town.

October 06, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Johnston responds to Smith's letter

Covington City Councilman Chris Smith read a letter during the council comment section of Monday night's meeting against the actions of Mayor Ronnie Johnston.

October 06, 2015 | | LOCAL

Man shoots gun at stepdaughter

Shots were fired after a fight between a woman and her stepfather began near Weat and Mill streets Monday evening.

October 06, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Importance of bringing new business to the city

Dear Citizens,

October 06, 2015 | Ronnie Johnston | LOCAL

General Mills recall stems from California plant

General Mills recalled Cheerios and Honey Nut Cheerios Tuesday that were produced during certain dates of July of 2015.

October 06, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Smith: 'the mayor betrayed the trust of me and this council'

Covington City Councilman Chris Smith used his portion of council comments Monday night to address a letter Mayor Ronnie Johnston submitted to The Covington News ...

October 05, 2015 | Councilman reads letter that argues against a proposed development project | LOCAL

Johnston breaks tie against expanding stage

Covington Mayor Ronnie Johnston was the deciding vote not to expand the stage on the Square Monday night.

October 05, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

3 share Nobel medicine prize for tropical disease drugs

STOCKHOLM (AP) - A Chinese scientist who turned to ancient texts to discover a powerful malaria drug shared the Nobel Prize in medicine on Monday with ...

October 05, 2015 | Associated Press | LOCAL

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Phantom noise angers resident

Just after midnight officers from the Covington Police Department answered a noise complaint on Bohannon Street but when they arrived, heard only the complaints of the caller.

February 07, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Construction co. owner and barbers donate to Wash St.

Doug Vason and some of his friends recently donated more than $600 to the Washington Street Community Center, but Vason hopes to gather 10 times that much in donations next year.

February 07, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Campout of the Century planned at Bert Adams

 For almost 50 years, Boy Scouts have camped and created cherished memories at Bert Adams Scout Reservation in Newton County. Feb. 8, 2010 also marks 100 years of Boy Scouts of America.

February 07, 2010 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL

Athletic Club remains vacant

The beloved Covington Athletic Club is in the process of foreclosure and all of the exercise equipment has been sold.

February 07, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Scout Central

On my honor: Boy Scout troops in Newton and Rockdale counties came together on Saturday for a centennial scouting expo. Different troops had booths set up, displaying various scout activities. Bean bag tosses, fire-making classes, a rope course and more were offered. The event was held at the Parker Road Government Center in Rockdale.

February 07, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Bridgestone asks for refund after tax error

Bridgestone Golf is asking Newton County for a tax refund of $108,000, because some of Bridgestone's equipment was incorrectly assessed on its tax filings in 2006 and 2007.

February 07, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Execution order signed for Ford

Newton County Superior Court Judge Horace J. Johnson Jr signed a warrant Friday for the execution of Melbert Ray Ford Jr who was convicted of killing his girlfriend and her niece in 1986.

February 07, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Friday Scrapbook

Through the eyes of the community: Trevor Cargile takes a picture of the ominous sky above his home. A bull throws it's rider off at a rodeo held at the Georgia Horse Park in Conyers. The walking path at the Newton County Recreation Department is peaceful. A frog sits on a rock in Michelle Simpson's pond. A hummingbird gets ready to land on the feeder on Simpson's front porch.

February 05, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL

Newton Medical Center auxiliary celebrates 50 years of service

The Newton Medical Center Auxiliary's theme for 2010 is "volunteers are golden treasures." During its 50 years in existence, volunteers have logged more than half a million hours of service and have helped raise more than $2 million for hospital equipment.

February 05, 2010 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL

Shelter finally signs lease with housing authority

The Garden of Gethsemane homeless shelter has been open in Covington since June, but it finally signed a lease last week.

February 05, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

InVest in the NCSO - Feb. 5

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 05, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Returning the Appreciation

A soldier's gratitude: CW5 Robert Tadlock with the Ga. Army National Guard in Macon presents Virginia Pearson, co-founder of Operation Sandbox a plaque in appreciation for outstanding service and support of the 48th IBCT. If you would like to support our troops, please visit

February 05, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL

'We are one people'!

Roy Barnes has seen integration and the advancement in racial equality in Georgia's schools firsthand, but the Newton High School students he spoke to Thursday weren't alive for many of those changes.

February 05, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Crime Briefs: Driver’s story changes several times

A 20-year-old woman was arrested after officers reportedly noticed her driving erratically and found that the vehicle had no insurance on it.

February 05, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Dream Achiever

When Janet Goodman thinks about Black History Month, her mind immediately goes back to the local civil rights battles of the 1960s and 70s. She grew up during the time when blacks in Covington were fighting for equality, whether it was the right to eat in the same restaurants, work in the same stores or attend the same schools.

February 03, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

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