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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


Thunderstorm watch in effect

Caution is urged this evening after the National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Newton, Rockdale and surrounding counties through 10 p.m. Wednesday.

June 24, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Grace Christian Academy celebrates academic, artistic achievements

Newton County's Grace Christian Academy's academic quiz bowl team became international champions for the third time in four years recently at the Accelerated Christian Education International Student Convention in Las Cruses, New Mexico.

June 24, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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The News welcomes new director of online marketing

Charles Hill Morris Jr., publisher of The Covington News, is pleased to announce the hiring of Tracy Batye to the newly created position of director of online marketing.

"I have lived in Covington for 16 years and I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to join The Covington News family and to work with local businesses to help them with their online advertising needs," Batye said.

April 28, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NEGRC Summer Youth Work Experience

 The Northeast Georgia Regional Commission (NEGRC) is providing a 2010 Summer Youth Work Experience for eligible youth in the 12 county Northeast Georgia area. Efforts are underway to secure federal funding to provide these services for 300 to 1,300 youth for the months of June and July. Calls to be put on the work experience waiting list began April 1 and will continue until all available appointment slots are filled. Youth must be between 14 to 24 years of age. NEGRC serves the counties of Barrow, Clarke, Elbert, Greene, Jackson, Jasper, Madison, Morgan, Newton, Oconee, Oglethorpe and Walton. Each ...

April 25, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Revised trade adjustment assistance for farmers program announced

Hobby Stripling, State Executive Director of USDA's Farm Service Agency in Georgia, announced that USDA has a revised Trade Adjustment Assistance for Farmers (TAAF) Program. Under the program, the USDA provides technical assistance and cash benefits to eligible producers of raw agricultural commodities and fishermen who have been hurt by import competition.

April 25, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


George Walton Academy named outstanding school

On April 16, George Walton Academy was named Outstanding High School at the Georgia Perimeter College High School Literary Arts competition. Students Kathleen Campbell, Allison Doyle, Emily Gutierrez, Bess Dobbs, and Grayson Shurett won awards to secure the designation for George Walton.

April 25, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Publix donates to United Way

Grocery giving:

April 25, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


The Mighty Oak: Fred Greer's love of the land shows in his farm

Fred Greer's favorite tree is the mighty white oak.

April 25, 2010 | Lee Sandow | LOCAL


EYESORE of the week

Boarded up:

April 25, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Cancer patients, survivors walk for cure at Relay

Air Force Capt. Scott Byrum returned home from the Middle East last November. Steve and Becky Byrum were thrilled that their son had come back unscathed from this third tour of duty. But as too often happens, an insidious disease reared its ugly head and turned joy into devastation - Becky was diagnosed with lung cancer.

April 25, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Parks Grove reunion

Gathering of friends: Alumni of Parks Grove School gathered at Burge Plantation on April 17 for a reunion and celebration organized by Joyce Perry Traylor. Parks Grove School stood near the corner of Jeff Cook Road and Morehouse Road in eastern Newton County from about 1912 until 1947. It was established and built by Ida Gray Morehouse and her husband Merritt Morehouse, grandparents of the current owner of Burge, to provide schooling for black children at a time when public education was difficult or non-existent for them. On Sundays the school served as a church. Teachers at the school lived ...

April 25, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Plein Aire Paint Out

Splendid afternoon: Southern Heartland Art Guild recently held their annual Plein Aire Paint Out Picnic at the home of Susan and Bill Wahl in Social Circle. In addition to guild members from Newton County, art guilds from Madison and Monroe were among the invited guests. Artists set up easels, and Susan Adams, an instructor from Southern Heartland Gallery on the square, brought students from two of her oil painting classes - most of whom had never participated in this painting method.

April 25, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


FSA targets funds for socially disadvantaged Ga. farmers

The Georgia State Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced the availability of $9.5 million in direct loan funds for Socially Disadvantaged (SDA) individuals who want to purchase or operate a family-size farm in fiscal year 2010.

In Fiscal year 2009, which ended September 30, 2009, Georgia Farm Loan Programs made 116 direct SDA loans totaling more than $7.3 million.

April 25, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Pridgett case ends in deadlocked jury

After more then five hours of deliberation that stretched into two days, a jury was unable to come to a unanimous decision in the murder case against 19-year-old Jamaall Pridgett, resulting in a mistrial Thursday afternoon.

April 23, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


BOC denies group home request

The Newton County Board of Commissioners continued its historical trend against approving permits for group homes that don't have full community support.

April 23, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Council: $30,000 too much for strategic planning

After everything was said and done, the city of Covington only spent $2,325 on the three-day elected officials' strategic planning retreat that took place in March.

April 23, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Bestowed blessings

Two weeks before Barbara Hunt was scheduled to retire she decided to get eyelid surgery on a droopy eyelid that had gotten worse as she aged. She never expected to be faced with a battle for her life.

April 23, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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