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Rep. Jody Hice visits Rotary

U.S. Congressman Jody Hice (R-GA) paid a visit to the Rotary Club of Covington during its April 25 meeting to update the club on ...

April 25, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Local


Clearing for round-a-bout project underway on 278

COVINGTON, Ga. - Trees are coming down to make way for the $19.3 million project on Highway 278 in Covington.

April 16, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Local


Georgia Congressman Jody Hice tours Newton County businesses

COVINGTON, Ga. – The Newton / Covington Office of Economic Development (NCOED) hosted Georgia Congressman Jody Hice this week on a tour of the area's biggest ...

April 13, 2017 | Staff Report | Local


Alcovy CASA welcomes newest advocates

COVINGTON, Ga. - Alcovy CASA, Inc. is happy to welcome aboard our most recently newly sworn in volunteer advocates in Newton County. These are individuals who ...

April 12, 2017 | Staff Report | Local


Open House for South River Bridge replacement tonight

COVINGTON, Ga. - The Georgia Department of Transportation is hosting a Detour Open House tonight from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Oak Hill ...

April 11, 2017 | Staff Report | Local


Linda Hays advises of jury scam

Linda Hays, clerk of Superior Courts, wants citizens to be aware of the latest jury scam in Newton County.

April 09, 2017 | Staff Report | Local


Detour Open House for South River Bridge replacement April 11

COVINGTON Ga. - The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) is hosting a Detour Open House Tuesday, April 11 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m ...

April 05, 2017 | Staff Report | Local


Investigators interview toddler’s mother

UPDATE, March 31 3:15 p.m.: NCSO investigators are asking anyone who was in the area of Highway 11 and Patrick Road yesterday afternoon ...

March 31, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Local


Toddler's mother located

The mother of a missing toddler has been located, according to an early morning email from Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) Public Information Officer ...

March 31, 2017 | Staff Report | Local


Public questionnaire to help guide regional economic development

Public input is needed for the five-year update to Northeast Georgia's Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS).

March 30, 2017 | Staff Report | Local


NCSO obtains international accreditation

The Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) obtained its official international accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) March 25.

March 30, 2017 | Staff Report | Local


Board approves Hwy-278 CID

The Board of Directors of the Highway 278 Improvement Association, Inc. voted at its March 22 meeting to create the Highway 278 Community Improvement District ...

March 28, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Local


SPLOST passes

With 75.59 percent of the voters choosing to pass the 2017 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST), the penny sales tax will continue ...

March 26, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Local


Pictures of Progress: Three Ring Studios

A plot of land off Highway 142 and City Pond Road is currently being cleared to make way for the construction of Three Ring Studios ...

March 25, 2017 | Jarred Todd | Local


Tree falls on house Tuesday

A large tree fell on a Mill Village house during Tuesday night's storms. According to a Covington Fire Department spokesman, the tree fell onto ...

March 24, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Local


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Laid off: unemployment on the rise in Newton

Unemployment in Newton County continued its steady rise in September to 7.8 percent, according to statistics from the Georgia Department of Labor.

November 26, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Local


Hard to keep a big man down

Officers from the Covington Police Department were called to investigate a reckless driver who was reportedly driving erratically and failing to stop at stop signs on Old Atlanta Highway.

November 26, 2008 | Amber Pittman | Local


Parking lot expansion talks on hold

The Newborn City Council discussed the possibility of expanding the parking lot next to the Newborn Town Hall at the town's monthly meeting on Nov. 10.

November 26, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Local


Lunsford receives legislative service award

On Wednesday, Ga. Rep. John Lunsford was presented with a 2008 Legislative Service Award by the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia at the organization's fourth district meeting. Lunsford's district includes Newton, Butts and Henry counties.

November 26, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Local


Town hall sees utility, housing concerns

The ongoing need for more aid for residents hurting financially and efforts to improve sub-standard housing were reoccurring themes at the city of Covington's second town hall meeting on Thursday.

November 26, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Local


Courthouse lighting scheduled for Thursday evening

In a time-honored holiday tradition, a special honoree will lead the countdown and flip the switch Thursday in the annual lighting of the Newton County Historic Courthouse.

November 26, 2008 | Jennifer T. Long | Local


Shots fired at homes, car aimed at deputy

 A call for deputy assistance in a local subdivision has yet to lead to arrests but has netted several marijuana plants found growing inside a home.

November 24, 2008 | Amber Pittman | Local


Visions of the past

 In an effort to preserve the county's historical heritage, the Newton County Board of Commissioners passed a Historic Preservation Ordinance which calls for the formation of a new commission.

November 24, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Local


Jury considers death penalty for courthouse gunman

ATLANTA -- Prosecutors urged a jury Wednesday to deliver a death sentence to a gunman convicted of escaping custody and murdering four people in a courthouse shooting spree, warning that otherwise he would spend the rest of his life searching for ways to escape and kill again.

The jury last week found Brian Nichols guilty of all 54 counts against him including murder in the March 2005 shootings that left a judge, a court reporter, a deputy and a federal agent dead. He had pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, claiming he was gripped by a delusional compulsion that he ...

November 23, 2008 | Greg Bluestein Associated Press Writer | Local


Child in crash named

The child killed in Friday's single car accident on Ga. Highway 162 has been identified as 7-year-old Bobby Joe Couch, a second grade student at Ficquett Elementary School.

November 22, 2008 | Amber Pittman | Local


Celebrating Veteran's Day

A ceremony was held on the Covington square Tuesday morning in honor of Veterans' Day. The ceremony was hosted by American Legion Post 32. The Newton High School Jr. ROTC Color Guard was on hand to post colors at the beginning of the ceremony. Porterdale Baptist Church Pastor Dickie Johnson gave a prayer followed by the Pledge of Allegiance delivered by American Legion Post 32 Commander Bobby Hamby. Joanna Horstmans sang The National Anthem and God Bless America for the crowd before the story of the holiday was delivered by Hamby. Key note speaker Roger Tingler commented before the ceremony ...

November 22, 2008 | Mandi Singer | Local


Child dies in single car accident

A five-year-old child was killed in a single car accident Friday, according to 1st Lt. Mark Mitchell with the Newton County Sheriff's Department.

November 19, 2008 | Amber Pittman | Local


Young leaders

NAACP Youth member wins award at convention

November 19, 2008 | Staff Report | Local


Poppy Day proclamation

Where poppies grow: Barbara Hunt (left), Poppy Chairman for American Legion Auxiliary Unit #32, and Debra Hamby (right), President of Unit 32, look on as Covington Mayor Kim Carter signs a proclamation designating Saturday, Nov. 8 as Poppy Day. In anticipation of the upcoming Veterans Day on Nov. 11, the American Legion Auxiliary were at various locations in Covington on Nov. 8 to request donations and ask residents to wear the familiar red, handcrafted poppies honoring America's war casualties.

In 1921, the American Legion Auxiliary adopted the poppy as the organization's memorial flower and pledged its use to ...

November 19, 2008 | Staff Report | Local


Smart progress key to saving rural land

If Newton County is to preserve its large swaths of rural land while at the same time continuing its economic development, one possible solution is to encourage the opening of more agritourism businesses. Another solution is to foster more small farms with a focus on growing produce for local consumption.

November 19, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Local


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