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Henderson supporters might march

Some residents of Newton County's District 4 are deeply upset about last week's Board of Commissioners' decision to strip Commissioner J.C. Henderson of most of his powers as an elected official.

September 10, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


A sustainable publishing model

The Covington News was first published in 1865, and is the oldest continuous business in Newton County. Our company is committed to this community and has been privileged to be the steward and owner of this critical community advocate for the last 28 years.

September 10, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Feds accepting Bear Creek comments again

The Savannah District of the U.S. Corps of Engineers is accepting comments until Sept. 19 for the county's recently proposed changes to the site of the Bear Creek Reservoir dam in southern Newton County.

September 10, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


'God was holding my hand'

Covington First United Methodist Church recently hosted guest speaker Elizabeth Ungar Lefkovits - a Holocaust survivor. For two hours Lefkovits took her audience through an intimate portrayal of her personal experiences in the Holocaust.

September 10, 2014 | Rasheera Dopson-Robinson | LOCAL


Missing person

A Covington woman reported a missing person after not seeing or hearing from her daughter for three and a half weeks.

September 10, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Covington church burglarized

A local church is hoping for a different kind of confession after it was burglarized and no arrests.

September 10, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Fuzz Run T-shirts unveiled

Here is the design for this year's Fuzz Run T-shirt (modeled by CPD's Kristi Greco). CPD's Health Expo is Friday from 8 p.m.-6 p.m.. Our Health Expo is Friday from 8-6 p.m. We have over 600 door prizes to give away at the Expo, and more than 25 vendors will be there Friday in the Conyers Street Gym.

September 10, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Bobby Weaver’s family still looking for answers

Wyatt Weaver got his driver's license Tuesday. He should have been celebrating by taking a drive to see friends or showing up at school on his own accord.

September 10, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Chase ends on I-20 in Newton County

The Covington Police Department assisted in a vehicle chase on I-20 shortly after noon on Tuesday.

September 09, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


What is that saying about how God laughs when we make plans?

One of the most valuable things I've learned working with youths is to always be open to change and to enjoy life as it comes.

September 06, 2014 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


March to sea: Silent witness to Sherman

"The paths of glory lead but to the grave" wrote the poet Thomas Gray. He was talking about the common folk residing forever in an 18th century English churchyard. A century later and an ocean away are the graves of local soldiers who fought in the Civil War. They are found behind the homes of long-time residents in Starrsville and Mansfield, for example, or in the Confederate Cemetery at Conyers and Davis Streets in Covington.

September 06, 2014 | | LOCAL


ICMS student named STEM semifinalist

A local middle school student is working her way to the top of a national STEM competition by becoming one of only two semifinalists in Georgia.

September 06, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Newton County Q&A with Hal Dally

This is part of an ongoing series of Q&A sessions with various top elected officials in Newton County. To suggest questions for specific city or county issues, email reporter Rob Dewig at rdewig@covnews.com.

September 06, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


NCSS announces 54 AP Scholar Awards

A chunk of local recent high school graduates and students received honors for posting high scores on their AP exams.

September 06, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


County considering alcohol catering changes

There are two ways to hold catered parties with cash bars in some areas of Newton County.

September 06, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


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GOP's Chambliss wins Senate runoff

ATLANTA - Georgia Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss handed the GOP a firewall against Democrats eager to flex their newfound political muscle in Washington, winning a bruising runoff battle Tuesday night that had captured the national limelight.

Chambliss' victory thwarted Democrats' hopes of winning a 60 seat filibuster-proof majority in the Senate. It came after a bitter month long runoff against Democrat Jim Martin that drew political luminaries from both parties to the state and flooded the airwaves with fresh attack ads weeks after campaigns elsewhere had ended.

December 13, 2008 | by Shannon McCaffrey The Associated Press | LOCAL


85 percent of Georgia precincts reporting in Chambliss/Martin runoff

Chambliss: 59.0 percent

December 13, 2008 | Staff Report | LOCAL


It's official: U.S. in a recession

WASHINGTON - The U.S. economy has been in a recession since December 2007, the National Bureau of Economic Research said Monday.

The NBER - a private, nonprofit research organization - said its group of academic economists who determine business cycles met and decided that the U.S. recession began last December.

December 12, 2008 | Martin Crutsinger AP Economics Writer | LOCAL


Eastside head coach charged with theft

Eastside High School head football coach and biology teacher (Joseph) Rick Hurst turned himself in to DeKalb County authorities Nov. 25 on felony charges of theft by taking in apparent mortgage fraud, according to information available on DeKalb County's Online Judicial System.

December 12, 2008 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Residents win GCGMA awards

 Three Newton County residents were recently recognized by the Georgia Country and Gospel Music Association, collecting top awards in the country, bluegrass and gospel music categories.

December 10, 2008 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Commuters share alternatives to individual driving

 Even though gas prices have dropped dramatically in recent weeks to three-year lows, analysts say the prices may have bottomed out and predict the price will rise again in the future. Many drivers are likewise wary of reveling at the pumps, not believing the low prices will last.

December 10, 2008 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Friends remember Whelchel

Aubrey Sego Whelchel, 85, who died in a house fire on Saturday morning, is being remembered by many of his peers as a consummate athlete and fixture in Newton County his entire life.

December 09, 2008 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Cheez-Whiz and beer - the Thanksgiving of champions

Officers from the Covington Police Department were called to Food Depot Saturday evening after a man ran off with almost $50 worth of merchandise.

December 09, 2008 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Starved for love

Along with rising foreclosures in Newton County, another trend has started to rear its ugly head. Those forced out of their homes sometimes leave animals behind, while people who cannot afford to feed their animals leave them to starve rather than give them away.

December 09, 2008 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


BOC debates purchasing foreclosed properties

After some initial enthusiasm toward the possibility of acquiring foreclosed homes and redeveloping them, the Newton County Board of Commissioners is now engaged in an ideological skirmish over whether local government should be involved.

December 09, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


Citizens warned to be careful letting strangers in homes

Most families have their own holiday traditions for this time of year and it is doubtful that any of those include having their homes invaded or their belongings stolen. With an increase in crimes against property this time of year, citizens are urged to be vigilant and to watch out for scams, including a new one going on in surrounding counties.

December 09, 2008 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


FBI agents ordered to India to investigate attacks

WASHINGTON - The U.S. government ordered FBI agents Friday to fly to India to assist in the investigation of the bloody Mumbai attacks that killed two American travelers and a former New York couple. U.S. citizens still in the city were warned their lives remain at risk.

December 09, 2008 | By Foster Klug and Lara Jakes Jordan Associated Press Writers | LOCAL


An "Ole' Tyme" Newborn Christmas

After the Thanksgiving goodies are gobbled down and the shopping is done, come relax and celebrate Christmas with Newborn's second annual Ole' Tyme Christmas Tree Lighting on Saturday, Nov. 29, from 3 pm. To 6 p.m at the Old School House and Town Hall on Ga. Highway 142 in Newborn.

December 06, 2008 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Accident caused by heart attack

 A 77-year-old man, Robert Burgess, was killed Friday in a single car accident on Dixie Road according to the Georgia State Patrol.

December 06, 2008 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


T-shirt sales to help Food Pantry

After hearing that the Community Food Pantry had to briefly close its doors earlier this month when it ran out of food several Eastside High students decided something had to be done.

December 06, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


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