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Social Circle school targeted again

For the second weekend in a row, Social Circle Primary School was broken into.

September 23, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Porterdale PD adds new officer

A small-town police department just got a little bigger.

September 23, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Lions’ pancake supper Thursday

There's nothing like breakfast for supper - for a good cause.

September 23, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Correction

A variance for a proposed 150-foot cell phone tower at 10816 Old Atlanta Highway has been heard but not yet approved by Newton County officials. A public hearing on the variance is scheduled before the Board of Zoning Appeals at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25. A story in Friday's Covington News contained incorrect information.

September 23, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Today's concert moved to Turner Lake

The final Fall Luncheon Concert today will be moved from the Square to its rain location, Turner Lake at noon. Blues band the Bobby Swain Band will perform on at the recreation center. For more information call 770-385-2077 or 770-786-8188.

September 23, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


iHave it! Fan waits for iPhone 6

Ben Parchem was almost certainly the first person in Newton County to secure a brand new iPhone 6 Plus Friday morning.

September 20, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Mansfield Garden Club turns 75

Memories and warm thoughts filled the room as 16 women gathered to celebrate more than a lifetime of gardening and friendship.

September 20, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Eyesore of the Week

Here is this week's eyesore.

September 20, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


A taste of fall

The Covington News hosted its first-ever Autumn Fest Saturday, Sept. 20 right in the office parking lot just off the downtown Square. Dozens came to browse about 30 vendors and craftmakers and do some early holiday shopping. Products ranged from gourmet coffee to homemade preserves to handcrafted crocheted items and children's books. Live entertainment was provided by local Ashley Walden. Darrell Everidge, The News photographer, was available to take portraits. Here's a few scenes.

September 20, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


County keeps Miracle Field going

The Newton County Board of Commissioners approved a lot of improvements to Miracle Field Tuesday night, voting unanimously to accept a bid for $117,970 for pavers around the new field's facilities.

September 20, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


NCSO receives grants, comm. system

Newton County Sheriff's Office got the go ahead for three grants and a communications system to be used for various programs within the county.

September 20, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Sheriff, Chief react to Johnson’s bill

A new bill, sponsored by U.S. Rep Hank Johnson, D-Georgia, focusing on the demilitarization of local law enforcement agencies is slated to be introduced before the U.S. House of Representatives Tuesday.

September 20, 2014 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


Jailer arrested for sexual assault

A local detention officer was arrested for alleged sexual assault on an inmate, police reports said.

September 20, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Social Circle annexes Newton land

Newton County and Social Circle have always been close next-door neighbors, but now they are in each other's front yards. That's right, Newton County now has a little bit of a sixth city within its boundaries.

September 20, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Summer sounds: concert on the Square

Residents gathered for some late summer music provided by the Drive Time Band Friday Night in the newly renovated Square.

September 20, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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A new beginning

Nestled in downtown historic Social Circle is beautiful Magnolia Hall, which was built in 1912.With its tall white columns and arching, brick driveway, you can stand in front on the wide veranda, close your eyes, and picture a Southern plantation with horse-drawn carriages bringing guests for afternoon tea. Enter the front door, and you are enveloped with a sense of Southern hospitality as you roam through the drawing room or gaze at the grand piano in the music room.

December 27, 2008 | Sue W. Lee | LOCAL


2 Newton crashes involve children

More than 2,018 accidents, 555 injuries and 17 fatalities occurred on Georgia streets and highways during the holiday period which began 6 p.m. Wed. Dec. 24 and ended noon yesterday. The accidents included two in Newton County involving 7-year-olds.

December 27, 2008 | Tisa Smart Washington | LOCAL


County to revisit daycare ordinance

The Newton County Board of Commissioners may be revising an ordinance that bans any new daycares in residential districts after outgoing District 3 Commissioner Ester Fleming requested the board revisit the matter.

December 27, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


Clearing a path

The envisioned system of interlocking pedestrian and cyclist trails connecting Oxford, Covington and Porterdale has made significant progress in 2008.

December 27, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


Drive-through sleeper charged with DUI

Deputies with the Newton County Sheriff's Office arrested and charged a Covington man Dec. 20 for DUI after he was found asleep at the wheel in the drive-through at the McDonald's on Salem Road.

December 27, 2008 | Tisa Smart Washington | LOCAL


Peoples Bank Lithonia Branch bought by Citizens Trust Bank

The Citizens Trust bank recently purchased the Lithonia branch of Peoples Bank, which also has branches in Covington and Conyers.

December 27, 2008 | Staff Report | LOCAL


At the service of the county

A reception was held Monday at the Newton County Historic Courthouse for outgoing Newton County commissioners Monty Laster and Ester Fleming as well as Chairman Aaron Varner.

District 1 Commissioner Mort Ewing spoke to the assembled crowd, thanking all the county employees for the assistance and advice they give the commission. He said that the BOC relies on consultants and experts in a number of areas to help them make important decisions, but said that God is who the board members look to most often.

December 27, 2008 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Residents can apply for home heating assistance

Newton County residents who meet certain financial thresholds are invited to apply for assistance in paying their heating bills this winter through the federal government's Low Income Home Energy Assistance program.

To find out if you qualify for this year's one-time payment, residents should call either (770) 875-2642 or (770) 875-6385 to schedule an interview. An office has been set up to conduct applicant interviews by the nonprofit Action Inc. which will be dispensing the funds received from the Georgia Department of Human Resources, at the Conyers Street Gym located at 1146 Conyers Street across from the Covington ...

December 27, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


Work release inmates on the run

Deputies with the Newton County Sheriff's Office are on the lookout for three inmates who escaped while on work release from the jail. Last month, Randy Bassett, Antonio Kelly and Jonathan Shell, who are not violent criminals, failed to return to the work release facility after leaving their jobs.

"During the day, they are working in the community, but they have to return (to jail) as a condition of their sentence," said Lt. Mark Mitchell.

December 27, 2008 | Tisa Smart Washington | LOCAL


SWAT prepares for bank heist

Several Newton County law enforcement and emergency agencies participated in a mock robbery and hostage situation at Bank of North Georgia's Newton Plaza branch Tuesday. The annual training gave public safety personnel an opportunity to test their training in a real-life scenario.

"It's not only good for us to train with other agencies within Newton County working together, it's also a requirement for our accreditation," said Lt. Wendell Wagstaff, Covington Police Department public information officer. "We put up the signs that said training in progress so if anyone came by, they would know it's just a ...

December 27, 2008 | Tisa Smart Washington | LOCAL


Dunkin' Donuts store robbed

 Deputies with the Newton County Sheriff's Office are investigating an armed robbery that occurred Dec. 20 at the Dunkin' Donuts on Ga. Highway 20 in Covington.

December 26, 2008 | Tisa Smart Washington | LOCAL


New library project moving forward with bond approval

 While a number of county projects had to be put on the back burner due to the sky-high interest rates of the bond market, one much anticipated project will move forward as planned - the Porter Memorial Branch Library.

December 26, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


Guilty until proven innocent

 Every quarterback knows that what looks like a clear path to the end zone can quickly turn into a facemask full of grass. Former Alcovy High School special education teacher and coach Derrick Roberts knows this can happen off of the field too.

December 24, 2008 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Criminals steal McDonald’s charity box

 Newton County Sheriff Deputies responded to a call Dec. 9 at the McDonald's restaurant on Crowell Road after employees discovered a charity coin collection box had been stolen and another had been damaged.

December 24, 2008 | Tisa Smart Washington | LOCAL


NMC ER expansion delayed

 The expansion of Newton Medical Center's Emergency Department has been postponed due to the inability to secure financing for the project from the still unstable financial market.

December 24, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


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