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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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Over and out

 For nearly four decades Newton County Sheriff Joe Nichols has served the public - first in the Army and then in law enforcement. For many, the stern public facade is all they will ever know of Nichols, but according to friends and family, there's a side to the sheriff that Newton County rarely sees.

December 15, 2008 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


JDA switches insurers for Stanton Springs park

 In another domino effect of the Wall Street meltdown, the Joint Development Authority, of which Newton County is a member, has had to pursue evasive maneuvers to avoid paying a higher insurance rate on the bonds for Stanton Springs Industrial Park.

December 15, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


Mortgage fraud cases prevalent

 Newton County is no stranger to mortgage fraud - having seen several fraud rings busted in recent years, including one involving Eastside High head football coach Rick Hurst that came to light this week.

December 15, 2008 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Paraprofessional charged with child molestation

The Newton County Sheriff's Office arrested paraprofessional Brandi McMichael yesterday in connection with a relationship McMichael allegedly had with a 13-year-old student at Cousins Middle School, where she worked. McMichael, who turns 29 years old Dec. 8, faces one count of first degree child molestation, one count of transmitting illicit materials through a cell phone to a minor, one count of enticing a child for indecent purposes and one count of interfering with custody.

December 15, 2008 | Tisa Smart Washington | LOCAL


Lions host Christmas parade

 Because the National Guard unit stationed in Covington will deploy overseas next year, "Celebrate the Season and Salute the Troops" is the theme for the Covington Lions Club and Main Street Covington 2008 Christmas Parade beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday on the square.

December 15, 2008 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Nominees sought for MLK award

Do you know people who go above and beyond the call of duty in their volunteer work? Are they advocates for the downtrodden and helpless? Do they give of themselves without any thought of personal gain?

December 13, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


Vandals hit resident with racial, other slurs

A Covington man is looking for ways to keep his family safe after his 1995 Nissan truck was spray painted Wednesday with racial slurs and sexual references.

December 13, 2008 | Tisa Smart Washington | LOCAL


GOP's Chambliss wins Senate runoff

ATLANTA - Georgia Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss handed the GOP a firewall against Democrats eager to flex their newfound political muscle in Washington, winning a bruising runoff battle Tuesday night that had captured the national limelight.

Chambliss' victory thwarted Democrats' hopes of winning a 60 seat filibuster-proof majority in the Senate. It came after a bitter month long runoff against Democrat Jim Martin that drew political luminaries from both parties to the state and flooded the airwaves with fresh attack ads weeks after campaigns elsewhere had ended.

December 13, 2008 | by Shannon McCaffrey The Associated Press | LOCAL


85 percent of Georgia precincts reporting in Chambliss/Martin runoff

Chambliss: 59.0 percent

December 13, 2008 | Staff Report | LOCAL


It's official: U.S. in a recession

WASHINGTON - The U.S. economy has been in a recession since December 2007, the National Bureau of Economic Research said Monday.

The NBER - a private, nonprofit research organization - said its group of academic economists who determine business cycles met and decided that the U.S. recession began last December.

December 12, 2008 | Martin Crutsinger AP Economics Writer | LOCAL


Eastside head coach charged with theft

Eastside High School head football coach and biology teacher (Joseph) Rick Hurst turned himself in to DeKalb County authorities Nov. 25 on felony charges of theft by taking in apparent mortgage fraud, according to information available on DeKalb County's Online Judicial System.

December 12, 2008 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Residents win GCGMA awards

 Three Newton County residents were recently recognized by the Georgia Country and Gospel Music Association, collecting top awards in the country, bluegrass and gospel music categories.

December 10, 2008 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Commuters share alternatives to individual driving

 Even though gas prices have dropped dramatically in recent weeks to three-year lows, analysts say the prices may have bottomed out and predict the price will rise again in the future. Many drivers are likewise wary of reveling at the pumps, not believing the low prices will last.

December 10, 2008 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Friends remember Whelchel

Aubrey Sego Whelchel, 85, who died in a house fire on Saturday morning, is being remembered by many of his peers as a consummate athlete and fixture in Newton County his entire life.

December 09, 2008 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Cheez-Whiz and beer - the Thanksgiving of champions

Officers from the Covington Police Department were called to Food Depot Saturday evening after a man ran off with almost $50 worth of merchandise.

December 09, 2008 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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