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Q&A with Coroner Tommy Davis

COVINGTON, Ga. – What does the coroner do? What does the elected position entail? The Covington News posed these questions to Newton County Coroner Tommy Davis ...

August 13, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Local


Townhome community breaks ground in Covington

COVINGTON Ga. – Dirt is moving on a 55-unit townhome community in Newton County as a local developer noticed a gap in the affordable home market ...

August 02, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Local


Hwy. 36/Henderson Mill Road construction behind

COVINGTON, Ga. – The completion date for the Highway 36 Henderson Mill Road intersection is still set for Aug. 31; however the work will not be ...

July 21, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Local


Covington man dies in Sunday morning car crash

COVINGTON, Ga. – A Covington man was killed and a Jackson man was flown from the scene by air ambulance after a two vehicle collision in ...

July 20, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Local


Governor attends ribbon cutting at FFA/FCCLA Center

COVINGTON, Ga. – Georgia Governor Nathan Deal was one of many state and local officials on hand in Newton County Tuesday morning for the ribbon cutting ...

July 18, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Local


Newton County citizens hear about LEAP program

COVINGTON, Ga – Approximately 100 people were on hand at the Newton County Historic Courthouse July 10 to attend an informational session on the Logistics Education ...

July 16, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Local


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O.J. Simpson sentenced to 15 years

LAS VEGAS - A broken O.J. Simpson was sentenced Friday to at least 15 years in prison for a hotel armed robbery after a judge rejected his apology and said, "It was much more than stupidity."

The 61-year-old football Hall of Famer stood shackled and stone-faced when Judge Jackie Glass quickly rattled off his punishment soon after he made a rambling, five-minute plea for leniency, choking back tears as he told her: "I didn't want to steal anything from anyone. ... I'm sorry, sorry."

December 16, 2008 | By Ken Ritter Associated Press Writer | Local


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


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