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Teen athlete hit by truck still hospitalized

Thomas Mason was on his way to pick up his son, Christian Mason, from a workout with the track team at Alcovy High School. Before ...

January 31, 2016 | Shakeem Holloway | LOCAL


Delta Sigma Theta hosts its annual Cotillion

Debutantes in white gowns. Beaus in top hats and tails. Young men and women make their come out, a mark of passage into adulthood.

January 31, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Council discusses issues facing city at retreat

At the end of the all-day retreat, Covington Mayor Ronnie Johnston said it had been one of the most productive retreats he'd experienced since ...

January 30, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Jury selection begins Monday on 2012 murder case

Jury selection is expected to begin Monday for the trial of Brawny Jarvis McCollough charged with two counts of malice murder and two counts of ...

January 30, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Newton’s unemployment rate down from a year ago

Newton County's unemployment rate was down significantly in December, 2015 from December, 2014.

January 29, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


NHS's Hezekiah Rodgers chosen top alto sax player in the state

Newton High School's Hezekiah Rodgers is in prestigious company.

January 29, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Hwy. 278 CID to host event on Feb. 4

The Hwy. 278 Community Improvement District (CID) is getting closer to becoming a reality.

January 28, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Goodman given lifetime service award

A crowd gathered in the Covington City Hall meeting room Thursday to celebrate Janet Goodman's 36 years as a councilwoman with a slight surprise ...

January 27, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Local manufacturer, NyloBoard, stops production

The manufacturing plant of NyloBoard, LLC, located at 14187 Industrial Park Blvd NE in Covington has ceased production and the company was put up for ...

January 27, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Juvenile arrested for stealing TVs

Covington police arrested a juvenile for burglary, possession of marijuana and possession of a weapon during a crime after witnesses saw someone believed to be ...

January 27, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Chief ADA Melanie Bell to run for Probate Judge

Melanie McCorey Bell declared her candidacy for Newton County Probate Judge Tuesday.

January 27, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Almond Turner seeks reelection

Throughout his 16 years as a member of the Newton County School Board, Almond Turner feels he has done a lot for the students of ...

January 26, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Work on SR36 bridge to be done Thursday and Friday

Delays near the South River bridge on State Route (SR) 36 at the Newton/Butts county line can be expected Thursday and Friday due to ...

January 26, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Social Circle City Council tables vote on annexation

Despite the recommendation made by the Planning and Zoning Board, the Social Circle City Council moved to table the vote on annexing two tracts of ...

January 24, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Magistrate Judge Henry Baker to retire

Judge Henry Baker, Probate Judge and Chief Magistrate of Newton County announced he will retire and not run for re-election in 2016 Friday.

January 24, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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NCSO seeking help in Publix theft

The Newton County Sheriff's Office is seeking assistance from the public in identifying two females who may have information about a theft that occurred at the Publix on Brown Bridge Road on Aug. 8.

November 05, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Blanket contacting heater causes Wheat St fire

The Covington Fire Department responded to a residential fire at 5131 Wheat Street Wednesday evening.

November 04, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Bear Creek makes Dirty Dozen list

The Bear Creek Reservoir water supply project made a statewide list Wednesday, marking it as one of 12 entities the Georgia Water Coalition considers the worst offenders of the state's water ways.

November 04, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


BOC looks at options on solid wastes

Even if the changes brought in an $800,000 revenue stream, creating a new convenience center at the landfill and shutting down all others might be too radical for Newton County residents.

November 04, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Georgia State names Dean of Perimeter College

Peter Lyons, Georgia State University's associate provost for institutional effectiveness and a professor of social work in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, will become the first vice provost and dean of the new Perimeter College after the Board of Regents approves the consolidation of Georgia State and Georgia Perimeter College (GPC) in January.

November 04, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Early release day Friday for NCSS students

All Newton County schools will release students early on Friday, Nov. 6 so teachers can participate in professional learning activities.

November 04, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSO to receive accreditation from ACA

After a standards compliance audit from The American Correctional Association on Nov. 2-4, the Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) will be awarded accreditation at the American Correctional Association (ACA) winter conference in January.

November 04, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Van Ness top vote-getter; district 43 heads to runoff

There already had to be a special called election for State Senate District 43, and now there will need to be one more reason to go to the polls as Tuesday night's results led to a runoff.

November 04, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Election Results 2015

Live streaming coverage of Election Day 2015 from Newton County's Board of Election conference room.

November 04, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Morgan, McKelvey elected, Whatley retains seat

There will be two new Covington city council members in January.

November 03, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Free paper shred event coming to Covington

Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful (KCNB) asks Newton County residents to bring paper documents to its next Paper Shred Event at the Newton County Library parking lot on Monday, November 16, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for free on site shredding. Each person will be limited to 5 standard boxes of paper, and is asked to bring their documents to the left side of the library, located at 7166 Floyd Street, NE.

November 03, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Riverside mobile park floods due to heavy rains

Heavy rains have caused the Yellow River to rise to 12-to-13 feet this week, spilling out of its banks to flood a nearby RV park.

November 03, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


632 votes cast for council seats in early voting

Slightly less than 11 percent (10.9 percent) of Covington's registered voters have already filled out their ballots for the 2015 city council elections.

November 02, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Chamber to host build-a-biz event

The Newton County Chamber of Commerce will hold a "Build a Business" presentation on Thursday, Nov. 5 at 5:30 p.m. at The Center for Community Preservation and Planning, 2104 Washington Street, Southwest, Covington.

November 02, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


What will be the small business of the year?

The Covington/Newton County Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for the annual "Dick James Small Business of the Year" award, to be given at the Chamber's annual meeting in January.

November 02, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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