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Football coach turning heads in … The Nutcracker

If you happen to take a trip to the Porter Auditorium this coming weekend and you see a familiar local football coach donning a wig ...

December 05, 2016 | Gabriel Stovall | LOCAL


Forensic Audit: Actions ‘caused financial harm and damage to the taxpayers of Newton County’

Eds Note: To read more on the forensic accounting report click for a report on the Bear Creek Reservoir project, here; read about the report ...

December 04, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Sawyer: former attorney’s actions ‘detrimental to taxpayers’

On Oct. 18, 2015, the Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) voted to bring a halt to the proposed Bear Creek Reservoir project, under way ...

December 03, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Accountant points to unapproved contracts at landfill

The landfill has been a financial burden on Newton County for years, especially since a leachate spill in 2015 caused millions of dollars in damage.

December 03, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


County refutes Sawyer’s SPLOST claims

In David Sawyer's accounting analysis of Newton County's Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) and Impact Fees funds, he reported that at ...

December 03, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Look at Nelson Heights may spur change in county practices

While David Sawyer's reporting on the Bear Creek Reservoir project, SPLOST and Impact Fees and the county's landfill was released Monday, in May ...

December 03, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Former commissioners speak out against water sale

The Newton County Water and Sewerage Authority (NCWSA) will present the team it has selected to perform due diligence to the Newton County Board of ...

December 03, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Christmas marches through Covington

One-hundred floats, including the first-place prize winning Misfits Welcome float by Eastridge Church, participated in Saturday's parade through downtown Covington.

December 03, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Judge Baker honored prior to his retirement

Judge Henry Baker, Newton County's Probate Court Judge for the last 40 years was celebrated by dozens of Newton County and regional dignitaries for ...

December 02, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Newton County Theme School raises blue ribbon flag

The Newton County Theme School (NCTS) at Fiquett was recently named a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education - a distinction ...

December 02, 2016 | Duane M. Ford | LOCAL


The Pride of Eastside performs in Hollywood Christmas Parade

The Pride of Eastside Marching Band joined the likes of Larry King, Olivia Newton-John and Bill Engvall this past weekend, during the 85th Annual Hollywood ...

December 02, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County Fire graduates four recruits

The 2016 Newton County Fire Recruiting class celebrated the graduation of four recruits Nov. 29.

December 01, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


Forensic Audit: Actions ‘caused financial harm and damage to the taxpayers of Newton County’

Editor's Note: This is an overview of the Forensic Audit report released by Newton County Monday. More stories on this matter will follow at ...

December 01, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Meet and greet with Chair-elect Banes set for Thursday, Dec. 8

Newton County residents will have a chance to meet their next Chair of the Board of Commissioners Thursday, Dec. 8.

December 01, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Judge Wynne to hear Georgia Supreme Court case

Superior Court Judge W. Kendall Wynne, Jr.of the Alcovy Judicial Circuit has been designated to serve in place of Justice Carol Hunstein in the ...

December 01, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Archive By Section - LOCAL


GOVERNMENT 101 – Balancing liberty and security

Fifteen years ago, the Chief Justice of the Georgia Supreme Court spoke on liberty and security in a time of war at a joint meeting of the Covington Rotary and Kiwanis clubs. Some two months prior to that, terrorists had launched attacks inside the borders of the United States killing thousands of Americans and destroying property valued in the billions of dollars. What would become known as 9-11 had occurred and the United States was at war - a war that continues today.

November 06, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


BOC summary: New juvenile building contract awarded

Garland and Associates Contractors, Inc. were awarded the bid to build a new building for juvenile court by the Board of Commissioners (BOC) Tuesday evening.

November 01, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Dine Out for a good cause on Nov. 10

Just under $8,000 was raised due to Newton County residents deciding to eat out on Dine Out, Do Good restaurant night in 2016.

November 01, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Princes, princesses on parade at 1st Presbyterian

Students at Covington First Presbyterian Church go on parade dressed in their Halloween Costumes Monday.

October 31, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Covington man dead after quadruple shooting in Henry County

A Covington man was killed during a quadruple shooting in Henry County Thursday.

October 31, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


Deputy in Atlanta ICU after wreck

Newton County Sheriff's Deputy Justin White, 28, was involved in a single-vehicle crash in the early morning hours of Oct. 30 on Highway 162.

October 31, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


Historic Newborn Schoolhouse hosts festival

The annual Historic Newborn Schoolhouse festival is set for this Saturday, Nov. 12 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

October 29, 2016 | Xavier I. Lewis | LOCAL


Safety is top priority this Halloween

Ghouls, ghosts and goblins will fill the streets of Newton County Monday night as residents embark on Halloween festivities throughout the county. Local emergency services are encouraging residents to keep a guard up this Halloween.

October 29, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


Georgia Ophthalmologists to open new surgery center

Georgia Ophthalmologists will host the grand opening of its new 8,000 square foot state-of-the-art ambulatory surgery center housed in its existing patient care facility at 4159 Mill Street in Covington.

October 29, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


The News introduces Best of Newton contest

Newton County residents can now nominate and vote for their favorite events, businesses, civic organizations and more in The Covington News' Best of Newton contest.

October 29, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


Rotary Park dedicated in Covington

Newton County and the Rotary Club of Covington came together to provide a new area for residents to rest and relax in downtown Covington and those efforts came to fruition Tuesday afternoon.

October 29, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Convenience centers now require proof of purchase

Newton County residents wanting to throw away their trash at one of the 11 Newton County Neighborhood Recycling Centers were required to show proof of purchase starting Tuesday, Oct. 25, when a new $50 fee was officially put into effect.

October 29, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


Polls open tomorrow for Saturday voting

On Saturday, Oct. 29, the polls will be open in all 159 Georgia counties for individuals to cast their ballots early leading up to Election Day on Nov. 8. Secretary of State Brian Kemp encourages all voters to take advantage of Georgia's advance voting period, which includes this mandatory weekend session.

October 28, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


CFD offers safety tips for burning in dry weather

Severe drought conditions have plagued not only the City of Covington but the entire state of Georgia for the past few months. Citizens should use extra care when activities involve any sort of outdoor burning. The weather has been very sporadic with temperatures ranging from the mid 40's up in the 80's. However, the one constant has been the lack of rain throughout the state. So, we suggest the citizens follow a few safety measures which will provide for a safe outdoor experience.

October 28, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Housing authority initiates audit after theft suspicion

The City of Covington Housing Authority is undergoing an audit of its financial department after a theft by an employee was suspected, according to a Covington Police Department (CPD) incident report.

October 28, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


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