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Welcome to your weekend

This weekend is George Washington's Birthday. You know him as the Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army, the presider over the convention that drafted the Constitution, and the first President of the United States.

February 19, 2015 | | LOCAL


Fretwell-Cook cemetery cleanup cancelled

Due to the very cold weather and high probability of precipitation, this Saturday's cleanup of the Fretwell-Cook cemetery is cancelled.

February 19, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


John Middleton: in memoriam

As many of you have heard John Middleton went home to be with the Lord on Monday morning in Winston Salem, North Carolina where he and Carol recently moved. John fought a long hard battle with his health most of his adult life and did so with such dignity and grace. Our hearts are saddened at the loss of our fellow colleague and friend and we are grateful that he was such an important part of our county family for over 15 years. John touched the lives of many here in Newton County and he will be missed by all ...

February 18, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Old Oxford Rd Bridge to open today

The Old Oxford Road Bridge that crosses Interstate 20 west of Covington will reopen Thursday, Feb. 19, when the Georgia Department of Transportation removes all barriers mid-morning.

February 18, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Craig: No way to control legal costs

County Attorney Tommy Craig brushed off concerns over the county's high legal fees at Tuesday's Board of Commissioners meeting, after the financial report revealed that the General Fund had surpassed its legal fees budget at 113 percent just over halfway through the fiscal year.

February 17, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


City to pay $30,000 overrun on Clark St project

The city of Covington voted to pay $30,000 for overruns on the Clark Street Project Monday.

February 17, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Health and Fitness Expo coming Saturday

We are already two months into the new year, meaning the weight-loss plan is well under way or it's getting past time to shed those unwanted Holiday 2014 pounds.

February 17, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man dies in Social Circle fire

Paul Anthony Dunn, 49 of Social Circle, died in a residential fire at 500 Hickory Drive early Monday morning.

February 17, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


BOC meeting at 6:30 tonight

February 17, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


County officials remember Middleton

John Middleton used to tell Newton County Commissioner Lanier Sims that he was the BOC's "eyes in the sky" when it came to running the county's daily affairs. Now that he's passed, those who worked closely with Middleton feel he really is watching from above.

February 17, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Winter weather fallout: schools closed

Newton County Schools are closed Tuesday due to possible icy conditions across the area.

February 17, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Measles outbreak stirs up debate

The national measles outbreak has ignited a firestorm debate over immunization, but while most Newton County parents appear to strongly support vaccination, few of those who spoke with The News were ready to do away with personal choice when it comes to immunization.

February 17, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Covington names Fire Chief

The city of Covington announced the hiring of Stoney Bowles as Fire Chief Monday.

February 16, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Church 213 looking to move on after fire

Church members showed up to worship Sunday morning at Church 213 only to find out that it had burnt down earlier that day.

February 16, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


A Valentine's thank you from Cyler Wilcox

Eleven-year-old Cyler Wilcox has had a difficult year, first losing her father in November and then discovering that her grandmother, who is also her legal guardian, has been diagnosed with breast cancer.

February 15, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


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Teacher charged with urinating in class

RIVERDALE, Ga. - A substitute teacher at Riverdale Elementary School in Clayton County is charged with child molestation after students said he urinated into a trash can inside a classroom.

May 19, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


State unemployment rate declines

ATLANTA - State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler says Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined to 9.9 percent in April, down one-tenth of a percentage point from a revised 10 percent in March.

The state's jobless rate was 10.1 percent in April a year ago.

May 19, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Stolen ashes found

UPDATE: James Dailey will get the ashes back of his deceased wife.

May 18, 2011 | Tharon Giddens | LOCAL


Newborn cleans up

When a tornado packing 105 mph wind ripped through Newborn on April 28, it left a wake of destruction.

May 18, 2011 | AJ Archer | LOCAL


Newton schools realign central staff

A realignment of the Newton County School System central office staff will take effect on July 1.

May 18, 2011 | | LOCAL


City authority buys more Walker’s Bend lots

The Covington City Council had several contentious split votes Monday night regarding parking rules on the square, more land purchases in the Walker's Bend subdivision and even a fireworks bid for the July 3 celebration.

May 18, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Nurse of the Year named

Members of Covington's healthcare community will now be honored annually by the Rotary Club.

May 18, 2011 | AJ Archer | LOCAL


Court Sentencings - May 18

Bobby Joe Fowler, first degree forgery, 10 years probation, 180-240 days detention center, $1,000.

May 18, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County Jail Log - May 18

Calvin Nathaniel McCutchen, 20, 9445 Tara Drive, Covington, May 5. Terroristic threats and acts.

May 18, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Jazz by the River

Expect some cool sounds on a warm night at the Homegrown Jazz by the River concert from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday at the Porterdale Mill Lofts, 1109 Main St. in Porterdale.

May 18, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Job preparation classes offered by chamber

Students looking for summer employment or adults looking for a job-hunting edge can attend seminars on dressing for success and customer service from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Nelson Heights Community Center at the intersection of Laseter and Puckett streets.

May 17, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Woman reported kidnapped charged

CANTON - Cherokee County officials say a woman who claimed she was being kidnapped has been charged with making a false report of a crime and making false statements.

May 17, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Gas prices in Newton higher than average

When you fill up your car in Newton County, you're paying for some of the highest-priced gas in Georgia.

May 17, 2011 | Tharon Giddens | LOCAL


More rental properties in Newton

Floyd Street in Covington is the county's most recognizable corridor, lined with antebellum mansions, impeccably manicured landscaping and..."for rent" signs?

May 17, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Atlanta cops bust 80 in vice sweep

ATLANTA - Atlanta police say they made nearly 80 arrests in "Operation Summer Heat" targeting prostitution and narcotics on city streets.

Police say more than 60 of the arrests were connected to prostitution during the six-day operation that ended Sunday morning.

May 17, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


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