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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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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


Grandma bitten by pit bulls

 An elderly woman and her 1-year-old granddaughter were attacked by two pit bulls on Spillers Drive late Monday morning.

October 12, 2008 | Amber Pittman | Local


Burglar left trail of blood at crime scene

 Grace United Methodist Church on Washington Street was burglarized and the thief left plenty of blood behind for officers from the Covington Police Department to use for identification.

October 12, 2008 | Amber Pittman | Local


Students arrested for weapons at school

 A 15-year-old male student at Newton High School was taken into custody Sept. 17 after a teacher noticed him with what turned out to be a homemade shank.

October 12, 2008 | Amber Pittman | Local


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