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Summer vacation: How to prevent home burglaries while away

With the summer months comes plenty of time for family vacations, but sadly unoccupied homes are easy targets for potential burglars.

June 19, 2016 | Mariya Lewter | LOCAL


Rocking in the park

Hundreds attended a grand opening celebration for Covington's Legion Field Park on Mill Street Friday night.

June 18, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Bicycle unit to patrol Porterdale

Come July 4, a new police patrol will hit the streets in Porterdale.

June 18, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Covington Pilot named governor of organization’s Georgia district

She does not fly planes, but Cynthia Spearman is a Pilot.

June 18, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Juvenile Court gets another tool in Casey Foundation

The Newton County Juvenile Court will have another tool to reduce juvenile detention and increase public safety starting in August.

June 18, 2016 | Jasmine Floyd | LOCAL


BOC approves transport vehicles for sheriff’s office

The Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) unanimously approved for the sheriff's department to purchase two Chevy Tahoe's during a special called meeting ...

June 15, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


$50 convenience center fee discussed by BOC

A fee of $50 for Newton County's convenience centers was close to being added to the tax bills of each property owner Wednesday when ...

June 15, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Summer Concert Series: Sensational Sounds of Motown

Downtown Covington Summer Concert Series started Friday night with the Sensational Sounds of Motown. A lively crowd turned out to dance the night away.

June 13, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington Police Specialized Patrol Unit closes ongoing drug investigation

The Covington police department (CPD) closed out an ongoing drug investigation on Thursday, according to Sgt. Chris Smith.

June 12, 2016 | Mariya Lewter | LOCAL


Nelson Heights to host 4th annual Juneteenth festival

Newton County is having our fifth annual Juneteenth Festival at Nelson Heights Community Center from 12:00pm to 8:00pm on Saturday, June 18, 2016.

June 12, 2016 | Jasmine Floyd | LOCAL


Newton County fire services to purchase new breathing apparatus

The Newton County Fire Services department will get 76 new self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) after the Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) approved the purchase ...

June 08, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Covington police to get body cameras

Covington police officers will soon be outfitted with ProVision body cameras.

June 07, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Nursing home project receives extension permit

After tabling a request from developer Kippy Clarke of B&B Southside Holdings Company to extend a Special Use Permit (SUP) for Royal Hall Senior ...

June 07, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


BOC needs more than $2 million to balance budget

The Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) still hasn't resolved their budget, which will have a $2.6 million shortfall even if reductions are ...

June 07, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Government 101: Communication, compromise, collaborate

Chris Matthews, host of the MSNBC television show, "Hardball," is the author of a book entitled "Tip and The Gipper - When Politics Worked," that should ...

June 07, 2016 | Jerry Roseberry | LOCAL


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Water rates raised for fourth year

Water customers in Newton County and its cities will pay higher water prices for the third or fourth straight year beginning in July, thanks to stricter regulations and more expensive materials that are driving up costs even in a depressed economy.

Newton County's government produces water through its operation of the Lake Varner reservoir and then sells that water to the Newton County Water and Sewerage Authority, Covington and other cities.

June 05, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Former candidate to be arraigned

Former Covington mayoral candidate Bobby Sigman will be formally arraigned on charges stemming from allegedly paying someone to steal current-Mayor Ronnie Johnston's campaign signs in October.

A grand jury true billed the charged of making a false statement, criminal trespass (two counts) and theft by taking (two counts) in May.

June 05, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Civic center talks pick up in Baxter wake

The long-awaited Covington civic center isn't close to being built as the project lacks funding and a firm site, but talks have renewed following the arrival of mega-medical industry Baxter International and a new site option that would also house a proposed agricultural center.

June 05, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Barcode fraud costs Home Depot

On June 1 at roughly 7:30 a.m., Covington police responded to the a shoplifting at the Home Depot on Industrial Park Boulevard.

June 05, 2012 | Meghan de St. Aubin | LOCAL


Lions Club gives away bikes

Each year the Oxford Lions award a bicycle to a boy and girl from the 3rd, 4th and 5th grades at Flint Hill Elementary School whom the teachers have chosen as the most improved students. Pilot Club provided the helmets.

June 05, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


How to survive in a car with no air conditioning

My parents bought me my first car as a present for my graduation from high school. Like most teenagers, I was absolutely ecstatic.

June 05, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


How to survive in a car with no air conditioning

My parents bought me my first car as a present for my graduation from high school. Like most teenagers, I was absolutely ecstatic.

It had dings in the paint, a few dents on the outside and a hole in the carpet in the back floorboard, but to me it was perfect.

June 05, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Finishing out my top 13 list

I hope all my genealogy hunters had a great and productive memorial weekend. Were you able to talk and record some war stories from your veteran relatives? Maybe you have questions about their stories and want to prove them and don't know where to start?

Finishing out my top 13 free websites:

June 05, 2012 | Ellen Blakeslee | LOCAL


Gas prices down from previous week

Average retail gasoline prices in Atlanta have fallen 4.9 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.37/gal yesterday. This compares with the national average that has fallen 4.5 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.61/gal, according to gasoline price website AtlantaGasPrices.com.

Including the change in gas prices in Atlanta during the past week, prices yesterday were 28.1 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 26.7 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased 18.2 cents per ...

June 05, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


BOE member named in AHS lawsuit

The lawsuit filed by Alcovy High School Principal LaQuanda Carpenter against several anonymous bloggers was amended late Friday afternoon to add one person: Newton County School Board District 1 representative Jeff Meadors.

June 04, 2012 | By Amber Pittman and Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Health scores - June 3

Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar, 5176 Highway 278, Covington, April 26, Score 96.

June 02, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Public can weigh in on alcohol by drink

Alcohol by the drink in unincorporated Newton County is moving toward a vote in November, but first the public will have a chance to comment on the proposed ordinance, which will strictly control where alcohol sales are allowed.

June 02, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Fire Department awarded safety, prevention grant

Newton County Fire Service has been awarded the Chesney Fallen Firefighters Memorial Grant Award by the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation.

The grant is for $2,826 and will be used to support local fire safety and burn prevention efforts in Newton County.

June 02, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


CPD Officer’s vehicle hit by drunk driver

A Covington Police Officer was rear-ended by a suspected drunk driver last week.

The accident occurred on U.S. Highway 278 at approximately 1:45 a.m. Friday, May 25. Officer Bob Yarbrough was backing up another officer on a traffic stop when a vehicle driven by 37-year-old Conson Wilson Starr struck the car and drug it roughly 40-feet.

June 02, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Jimmy Buffett tribute band to play

Calling all Parrot Heads! Covington is about to experience a little bit of paradise.

June 02, 2012 | Meghan de St. Aubin | LOCAL


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