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Georgia State Patrol steps up enforcement this weekend

The July Fourth weekend is not only a chance for many people to celebrate, it is also the busiest travel period of the year. The holiday weekend is recognized as beginning Thursday at 6 p.m. and running through Sunday, July 5 at midnight, according to the Georgia Department of Public Safety.

June 30, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


AKA Chi Tau Omega chapter awards $20,000 in scholarships

COVINGTON- The Chi Tau Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated of Covington, Ga., serving Newton and Rockdale counties, awarded $20, 000 in scholarships on June 21, 2015 at Antioch AME Church in Conyers to high school students heading to various colleges and universities including HBCUs in the state of Georgia and nationwide.

June 30, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Checkers closed after grease fire

The Checkers on Hwy. 278 is closed after a small grease fire ignited Monday morning.

June 29, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Road construction restricted this weekend

The Georgia Department of Transportation is suspending construction-related lane closures on interstates and major state system highways for the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

June 29, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Ruling brings same-sex marriage to Newton

The "thunderbolt" struck the nation around 11 a.m. Friday morning. For some Newton County residents the storm had been brewing for two decades, and for a local couple the ringing began at 3 p.m. – ringing of wedding bells.

June 28, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


4th of July events sparkle across Newton

COVINGTON- One of the joys of small town Georgia is the town square. It's not just an area where people can shop and eat, but it's a place where they can come together to celebrate holidays, hear seasonal concerts, and take a breather under the trees during a hectic work day.

June 27, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Council re-imagines amenities for Yellow River Park

There have been changes in Porterdale since the plans for Yellow River Park were drawn up in 2011-12.

June 27, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Covington gets closer to new hotel

COVINGTON- City of Covington and Royal Hotel Investment Officials broke ground on the city's newest hotel project, a Holiday Inn Express & Suites Friday.

June 26, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Green Hill deal pulled ahead of vote

A proposal to lease and operate the Newton County landfill put forward by Green Hill P3 earlier this year effectively died Friday, but the company says it will propose an alternative agreement with input from the community.

June 26, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


City votes to not enforce recent action

COVINGTON- After an evening of plenty of heated debate, some legalese, a little political intrigue and much emotion, the Covington City Council decided to suspend enforcement on action it made at its previous council meeting.

June 25, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Communities gather for Emmanuel 9

Approximately 150 people from churches around Newton County came together Wednesday night at St. Paul's African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Covington to hold vigil for the nine people slain while at prayer services in Charleston last week.

June 25, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Millage increase likely

Newton County officially announced Thursday the "tentative" adoption a 12.99 millage rate for county operations in fiscal year 2016, as county commissioners emphasized that the tax hike represents a shift in millage rather than a significant increase in spending.

June 25, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


BOE approves budget, improvements to Eastside's field

With a new fiscal year beginning next week for the Newton County school district, the Newton County Board of Education (BOE) approved several different contracts for the upcoming school year.

June 24, 2015 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


BOE approves budget, improvements to Eastside's field

With a new fiscal year beginning next week for the Newton County school district, the Newton County Board of Education (BOE) approved several different contracts for the upcoming school year.

June 24, 2015 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


Woman shot by boyfriend

A 31-year-old woman was shot in the leg by her boyfriend Monday, prompting an investigation by the Newton County Sheriff's Office, according to Deputy Felicia Jefferson.

June 24, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Be on the lookout for trucks with fuel tanks

Detectives with the Covington Police Department are asking for help in their search for thieves who took diesel fuel in the past two weeks.

July 15, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Garden of the week

Hoyt Oliver hasn't had to buy vegetables all season: He and his wife have a massive garden in Oxford where they grow everything they need. See the full version of this story in Sunday's edition of The News.

July 15, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Court Sentencings - July 15

Janelle J. Steele, possession of controlled substance, possession of marijuana, theft by shoplifting. Reset for July 14.

July 15, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Host families wanted for exchange students

Want to share your home with an exchange student?

July 14, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Dispute ends with BB gun shooting

An argument between two Newton County teens ended Wednesday evening with one shooting the other 10 times with a BB gun.

July 14, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Violinist adds to experience at Salem

Jackson Ramsey this week returned to Salem Campmeeting for the first time since he was 4 years old. Now that's he's here, he hopes to come back.

July 14, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Rain, then cooler in Newton

A bit of respite from the heat is on the way.

July 14, 2011 | | LOCAL


Newton All-Stars win state title

The 13-under Newton County All-Star captured the Junior Dixie Boys state title Tuesday with a 23-9 win over West Georgia White in Columbus and will represent Georgia in the Dixie Boys World Series. Newton County won its opening games 10-9 and 10-6 on Saturday and Sunday respectively in the double-elimination tournament.

July 13, 2011 | Josh Briggs | LOCAL


Woman gives false report for a ride

Deputies called to a home for an assault with a weapon found only an intoxicated woman who wanted a ride.

July 13, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newton gets school pedestrian grant

Newton County has received a $316,700 federal grant to pay for improvements that will make it safer for schoolchildren to walk and bike along Brown Bridge, Fairview and Kirkland roads.

July 13, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


In Memory

The Hutchinson family paints the arbor and fence that they donated to Ficquett Elementary School this past spring in memory of George B. and Sara W. Hutchinson.

July 13, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Cooking for a crowd at Salem

It's 10:45 a.m. in the Elliott cabin at Salem Campground. Agnes Elliott has been cooking since 6 a.m. and she has yet to make several dishes.

July 12, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Woman arrested for assault with bat

A woman called for help late Sunday night after she had been hit in the head with a bat.

July 12, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Woman arrested after shoving child

A 19-year-old woman was arrested Monday evening after she allegedly shoved a 6-year-old.

July 12, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Hall deputies shoot, kill man in stabbing death

Hall County deputies shot and killed a man they believed stabbed two women, killing one of them in a scene that ended in the street of an upscale lakeside community Monday.

July 12, 2011 | Ashley Fielding Gainesville Times | LOCAL


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