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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


Covington Rotary club receives prestigious honor

The Rotary Club of Covington reached a milestone achievement Tuesday when it became part of just 14 percent of clubs worldwide to have 100 percent ...

March 24, 2017 | Staff Report | Local


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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


An Artful Harvest

Members of the Southern Heartland Art Guild have joined with employees of United Bank to present the inaugural Artful Harvest Juried Art Show at the Newton County Public Library.

October 18, 2008 | Jennifer T. Long | Local


Local awarded Carnegie Medal for an act of heroism

Many 18-year-olds might hesitate before risking their lives to wade into a rip tide to help a stranger. But for Oxford resident Kyle Christopherson, it wasn't even a question.

October 18, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Local


Grandpa arrested after Internet sting

A 56-year-old grandfather was arrested late Monday morning after he reportedly arrived at a rendezvous point where he thought he was meeting a 13-year-old girl he had met online.

October 18, 2008 | Amber Pittman | Local


Robbery victims arrested

A routine check on a call of gunfire Tuesday night turned tricky when deputies found out they were really dealing with an armed robbery where at least one person had been tied up, according to reports. Things turned stranger still when several people at the home were arrested on drug charges.

October 15, 2008 | Amber Pittman | Local


World traveler sets roots in Newton

For Dr. Erinne Graham and her family, 2008 has been a year of great change.

October 15, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Local


Man threatens his children’s mother with a firearm

Deputies from the Newton County Sheriff's Office were called to a burglary on Sept. 22 and learned en route there was a pistol involved, according to reports.

October 15, 2008 | Amber Pittman | Local


Handel to not rule on District 5

Secretary of State Karen Handel will not be intervening in the election dispute between Republican District 5 commission candidate Tim Fleming and his Democratic opponent, Randy Vinson.Vinson's campaign had written to Handel requesting she make a ruling on the qualifications of Fleming to run for office in the district. The Vinson campaign is challenging Fleming's eligibility on the grounds he has a homestead exemption for a house outside of District 5.

October 13, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Local


Man charged with kidnapping, rape

 A woman was reportedly kidnapped off the street and raped early Tuesday morning and Covington Police arrested 50-year-old Stoney Lamar Usher and charged him with the crime.

October 13, 2008 | Amber Pittman | Local


Teen shot in back Tuesday

A 19-year-old Newton County teen was shot in the back during a robbery Tuesday night and is now unable to speak after going through surgery according to investigators from the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

October 13, 2008 | Staff Report | Local


Mental patients strain emergency rooms

 As the result of the crisis in the state's psychiatric hospitals, Newton Medical Center's emergency room has become very crowded of late as mental health patients wait for placement in Atlanta.

October 12, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Local


Capturing hope: Breast cancer survivors display portraits

During the month of October, enlarged portraits of 36 local women will be displayed in the storefronts on the square. Though the women vary in age, shape and size all of them have one thing in common - they are all breast cancer survivors.

October 12, 2008 | Jennifer T. Long | Local


Man shot near Stewart Church Road

An unidentified man was shot late Tuesday night near Stewart Church Road in Covington and air lifted to Atlanta Medical Center.

October 12, 2008 | Amber Pittman Josh Briggs | Local


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