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Solange Lord performs in Brenau University's 'Concerts Connecting Cultures...Christmas Around the Wo

Solange Lord, from Covington, performed in the Brenau University Vocal Chamber Ensemble and Spectrum Singers concert of "Concerts Connecting Cultures...Christmas Around the World" Nov ...

December 12, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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


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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


NCSS denied request for waiver of 2017 Milestones Assessment System

Newton County School Superintendent (NCSS) Samantha Fuhrey received a letter from Georgia School Superintendent Richard Woods denying her request for a waiver of the 2017 Georgia Milestones Assessment in grades third through eighth.

October 27, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Introducing the future home of Three Ring Studios

Driving along Highway 142 across from the Orchard Park Subdivision there is a slight change in the scenery of trees and shrubs off to the side of the road.

October 26, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | 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 25, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Understanding a breast cancer diagnosis

Family Features

October 25, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Women with breast cancer may find comfort in support groups

No woman should have to face breast cancer alone. There are a number of resources available that can provide support, such as family members, friends, doctors, psychologists and even social workers. But sometimes it takes more than the comfort of familiar faces to help you with your feelings of isolation and helplessness. That's why support groups are so comforting and beneficial; they allow you to connect with others who are going through - or have gone through - similar experiences and struggles.

October 25, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Sheriff’s vehicle rolls into parked car

A Newton County Sheriff's Office patrol vehicle rolled into a parked car Sunday morning after an officer stepped out of the vehicle without properly putting it in park.

October 25, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


CPD requesting help in two robberies

The Covington Police Department (CPD) is seeking help in identifying the suspect or suspects involved in two robberies within the last week.

October 24, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Trails, Chimney Park, Senior Center, Washington Street make SPLSOT presentations

Representatives from the Newton County Trails, the Newton County Senior Center, Friends of Newton Parks and the Washington Street Community Center presented their cases for funds from a possible Special Purpose Local Options Sales Tax (SPLOST) that will be put on the ballot for Newton County voters March 14.

October 24, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Mayfield Ace Hardware to relocate

Mayfield Ace Hardware will close in its current location and relocate to 2171 Elm Street, Northeast on Jan. 2.

October 24, 2016 | Xavier I. Lewis | LOCAL


Community in Unity a gathering of fellowship

Jacob Mast saw a need to bring people together and build relationships between two diverse groups of Newton County residents, from the east side of town and the west side of town.

October 24, 2016 | Xavier I. Lewis news@covnews.com | LOCAL


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