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Detour coming March 7 for new bridge over Yellow River

Replacing the Yellow River bridge on State Route (SR) 36 requires a one-year detour beginning Tuesday, March 7. Traffic will use SR 162 and SR ...

February 22, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington resident claims $9.6 million Jumbo Bucks Lotto prize

Michael Camp, of Covington, recently came forward as the winner of the $9.6 million jackpot prize from the Feb. 6 Jumbo Bucks Lotto drawing.

February 22, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSO honors officers at annual awards ceremony

The Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) honored its own and remembered a fallen brother Friday night as the department held its Eighth Annual Awards ...

February 18, 2017 | Darryl Welch | LOCAL


Hardy resigns as Main Street director

Velinda Hardy, Covington Main Street director, has resigned effective immediately, according to an email to merchants from Newton County Chamber of Commerce President Ralph Staffins ...

February 18, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


SPLOST deadline Tuesday

Feb. 21 is the last day to register to vote on next month's SPLOST referendum. The election is March 21.

February 17, 2017 | Darryl Welch | LOCAL


NCSO Explorers take home 2nd

The Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) Explorers received second place at the Boy Scouts of America "Winterfest" competition held in Gatlinburg, Tennessee Feb. 11.

February 17, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSO recognizes promotions

The Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) recently promoted two employees; Deputy Jacob Rice and Deputy Steve Walden were both promoted to the rank of ...

February 16, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Record-breaking $9.6 million Jumbo Bucks Lotto ticket sold in Covington

A Covington convenience store has sold the largest Jumbo Bucks Lotto jackpot ticket in Georgia Lottery history. A winning ticket worth a record $9.6 ...

February 09, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL


GSP Trooper SFC Tony Henry succumbs to injuries from December motorcycle accident

Georgia State Trooper SFC Tony Henry succumbed to injuries Tuesday in an Atlanta hospital from a Dec. 3, 2016 motorcycle accident in Florida. The husband ...

February 08, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


NCSO to offer Citizen's Firearm Safety Course

Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) announced last month the dates for an upcoming Citizen's Firearm Safety Course.

February 07, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Social Circle auction house to sell bed frame connected to Manson murders

A historic bed, originally from 10050 Cielo Drive, in Los Angeles, California, will be up for auction Feb. 10 at Ole Hound Auction House. The ...

February 02, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


One person killed in Jan. 26 crash on Bypass

A 75-year-old woman was killed and two other people were injured in a two-vehicle crash on the Covington Bypass near Puckett Street Jan. 26 after ...

February 01, 2017 | Darryl Welch | LOCAL


Covington’s blue bloods

With more than 75 years of combined law enforcement experience, three generations of the Bradford family have accepted their callings in serving the community through ...

January 29, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


JDA elects officers for 2017

The Joint Development Authority (JDA) of Jasper, Morgan, Newton and Walton Counties held its first meeting of 2017 Jan. 25 at the Old Moore House ...

January 26, 2017 | Darryl Welch | LOCAL


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Douglas diagnosed with treatable cancer

District 1 County Commissioner Elect John Douglas has been diagnosed with treatable, Stage 1 prostate cancer.

November 13, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Explaining a confusing election night

Election night was a confusing ordeal locally as those watching the results come in at the Newton County Board of Elections got conflicting reports about which votes had been counted so far, how many precincts were reporting and what was left to tally.

November 13, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Authorities seek public’s help

The Georgia State Patrol and the Henry County Police Department continue to search for the driver and vehicle that hit two people Monday night on Ga. Highway 138 near Ga. Highway 42 in Henry County. Officer Elgin Daniel passed away at Atlanta Medical Center from injuries sustained in the crash and John Cook was taken to Atlanta Medical with serious injuries after being hit by the vehicle while they were assisting a stranded motorist.

November 13, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


County to improve three intersections

Three county intersections are scheduled for construction within the next five years after the Newton County Board of Commissioners approved accepting federal funding at their Nov. 6 meeting.

November 13, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Historic courthouse lighting Thursday

Downtown Covington is gearing for the holidays Thursday with its annual Lighting of the Courthouse event this at 6 p.m. in the square.

November 13, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Mecca: Finding love during Vietnam

The Greatest Generation has often described World War II as a romantic era in the midst of worldwide misery. Along with the suffering and carnage, the timeless spark called love refused the grasp of universal hate. The bombers and the bayonets lost; the birds and the bees won. After the bombs came the babies.

November 13, 2012 | Pete Mecca | LOCAL


Veterans honored on the square

From every state represented by the 50 stars embedded in the American flag, current and retired members of the armed forces are honored for selflessly putting their lives at stake on the battlefield.

November 12, 2012 | By Anastasia Graves | LOCAL


Students, parents injured in bus crash

UPDATE: The driver of the vehicle that pulled into the path of the school bus at Oak Hill Elementary has been identified as 22-year-old DA 22-year-old Covington woman has been charged after an accident Monday that left both students and parents hospitalized, including her.

November 12, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


GPC hosts events for International Education week

Open any decorating magazine today and Moroccan style is sure to be seen in furniture, fabrics and food. North African cuisine can even be found in Newton County starting next week as part of a three-day celebration at Georgia Perimeter College called International Education Week on Nov. 12, 14 and 15.

November 10, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Porterdale Elementary hosts Parent University

Parents are invited to Porterdale Elementary Nov. 15 to attend Parent University. A free event with several speakers, the goal is to work to make sure students get the very best from both school and home.

November 10, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Challenge Charter Academy seeking donations for Eat with a Treat

Challenge Charter Academy is seeking donations from the community for their annual Eat with a Treat, a dinner for students, their families and community members. A recent decrease in donations for CCA has made the annual event a challenge.

November 10, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


GOP happy with county, state gains

Though Tuesday was clearly disappointing for the Republican Party on a national scale, Republicans gained even more seats in the Georgia legislature and the local party celebrated the recapture of the chairman's seat in Newton County.

November 10, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Non-emergency ER patients to pay

Newton Medical Center will begin charging a $150 deposit to patients who don't have a true emergency condition yet still request care from the hospital's emergency room. Patients with insurance will be required to pay their co-pay or deductible.

November 10, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Officials reveal Salem Overlay draft

Members of the community gathered in the West Newton Elementary school cafeteria Thursday night to see design and development plans for the western side of the county.

November 10, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Review: Lynch offensive, but seriously entertaining

Like a cyclone of humor and downright dirty wit, Stephen Lynch took the stage at The Varity Playhouse Thursday evening to promote his newest album "Lion." And while I wasn't quite a blushing fan girl this time, I was, as ever, impressed by both his live show and his new album.

November 10, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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