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Red Cross urges public to review tornado safety tips

Gathered from Red Cross
Across the southeast, there were more than 200 reports of severe weather and several dozen reports of tornadoes so far this ...

January 22, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Game wardens recover missing 9-year-old Lake Jackson boating incident victim

Game Wardens from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement (DNR LE) Division recovered the body of Amelia Whitlock,9, of Jackson, in the ...

January 17, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Over $54 million awarded for improvements to Georgia’s transportation infrastructure

Georgia Department of Transportation (Georgia DOT) has awarded 25 contracts for statewide transportation projects totaling $54,335,216. This investment in Georgia's transportation infrastructure ...

January 17, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Chamber hosts record-breaking night

With a record turnout, the Covington Newton Chamber of Commerce celebrated a record year during its 2017 Annual Meeting Thursday night at the Charlie Elliot ...

January 12, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


Newton Board of Elections officials recognized

Newton County Board of Elections Director (BOE) Angela Mantle and Assistant Director Angela White-Davis were commended recently by board members Hugh Steele, Chair, Jeanette Perry ...

January 10, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Red Cross issues an emergency call for blood and platelet donations during severe winter blood short

The American Red Cross has a severe winter blood shortage and is issuing an emergency call for blood and platelet donors to make a donation ...

January 10, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Groundbreaking on Judicial Center Expansion set for Friday

Newton County judges and officials will grab a hold of a shovel to break ground on the expansion of the Judicial Center at 2 p ...

January 06, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Deputy White’s memory rooted in Newton

The memory of Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) Deputy Justin White will continue to take root in Newton County as he was honored Tuesday ...

January 04, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


Porterdale property rezoned for Waffle House

A piece of property off Covington Bypass Road in Porterdale, across from the Burger King, was rezoned Thursday night in preparation to become a Waffle ...

December 22, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Georgia DOT restricts lane closures for Christmas, New Year’s weekends

The stresses of the holiday season are upon us and Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) aims to ease traffic congestion and driving anxieties with suspension ...

December 20, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Trash collection centers to be closed Dec. 24-28

The hours of the Newton County Trash Collection Convenience Centers will be altered during the Christmas weekend.

December 19, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Rotary Club fills Empty Stockings

The Rotary Club of Covington delivered presents to around 500 Newton County children Saturday as part of its annual Empty Stocking event.

December 17, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Local judges take oath

Each of the Newton County's Superior Court judges took their oath of office Friday morning at the Newton County Judicial Center from the Honorable ...

December 16, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


NCSO now outfitted with body cams

In September 2015, the Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) was one of only three agencies in Georgia to receive a Department of Justice body ...

December 16, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Library, janitorial contract funding approved

The Newton County Library was granted $27,000 by the Board of Commissioners (BOC) Tuesday night after library officials said the system could lose its ...

December 12, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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Archive By Section - LOCAL


Prolific prowlers

 The west end of Newton County has been plagued with a rash of burglaries, and homeowners on Ga. Highway 212 are offering a reward to help put a stop to the problem.

October 28, 2008 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


A run for little Adler

For many parents looking forward to the arrival of their first child, decorating the baby's room is an exercise of anticipation of a looming due-date.

October 28, 2008 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Gunfire erupts after high school party

A party for Newton High School students and the football team ended in gunfire Thursday evening according to reports released by the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

October 27, 2008 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


A place to rest

ost 15-year-olds don't spend their time thinking about ways to help those less fortunate. Nor would they spend several weekends actually building beds for a homeless shelter. But Micahl Williams is not your average 15-year-old.

October 26, 2008 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


A place to rest

ost 15-year-olds don't spend their time thinking about ways to help those less fortunate. Nor would they spend several weekends actually building beds for a homeless shelter. But Micahl Williams is not your average 15-year-old.

October 26, 2008 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Routine stop turns dangerous

A routine traffic stop turned into a drug trafficking case involving a shoebox of cocaine and a high speed chase Friday night after a deputy noticed an SUV running off the road repeatedly in the Chestnut Drive area.

October 25, 2008 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Crime Briefs

Officers from the Covington Police Department responded to a call from employees at Ace Hardware in reference to a theft that had already occurred on Tuesday morning.

October 22, 2008 | By Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Hot times at Sherman's Last Burning

The top five finalists in the Covington Lions Club Covington Idol competition were announced Saturday afternoon during the annual Sherman's Last Burning barbeque cook-off. Fourth place went to Ronnie McCart of Covington, third place was Stephen Cochran of Covington, second place went to Bill Callas aka "The Silver Fox Crooner" of Conyers, the first runner up was Drew Parker of Covington and the winner of the inaugural singing competition was Jason Carver of Social Circle. For the Sherman's Last Burning Cook-off, the winners were as follows: Grand champions: Bub-ba-q

October 22, 2008 | Mandi Singer | LOCAL


GDOT road projects in county moving forward

Several much anticipated road improvement projects are moving forward and with Georgia Department of Transportation funding after the county had given up hope of receiving state assistance while GDOT works out its financial troubles.

October 22, 2008 | By Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


Shooting victim identified

The deceased victim of Tuesday night's shooting has been identified as 20-year-old Jerome Glover - the cause of death listed following his autopsy was multiple gunshot wounds.

October 22, 2008 | By Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Cleaning up Newton County’s waterways with Rivers Alive

Next Saturday, Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful will once again host the annual county rivers cleanup event, Rivers Alive.

October 22, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


Transportation plan includes $1 billion for local projects

Newton County's Comprehensive Transportation Plan includes nearly $1 billion in road improvement projects for the county, many of them expensive road-widening projects in the western half of the county.

October 20, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


The News launches new Web site

For almost 150 years The Covington News has been Newton County's news leader. The paper has changed and grown as the community has, and as the area continues to grow, we want to improve our reporting and community interaction.

October 20, 2008 | Staff Report | LOCAL


One dead in multiple shooting

 Four men where shot in a home on West Street Tuesday night and one man succumbed to his injuries Thursday afternoon according to detectives from the Covington Police Department.

October 20, 2008 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Portraits of Hope Reception

On Oct. 2 breast cancer survivors and their friends and families gathered at the Historic Courthouse in Covington for the Portraits of Hope Reception.

October 20, 2008 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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