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Armed robbery at local Dunkin Donuts

A local Dunkin Donuts was robbed Tuesday morning, according to the Covington Police Department (CPD).

October 05, 2016 | Mariya Lewter | LOCAL

Community comes together for Change the World Day

A community of faith will come together for Change the World (CTW) Day on Oct. 8.

October 05, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Performing Center officially opens

A variety of elected officials and staff representing a number of organizations and governing bodies throughout Newton County gathered together for the ribbon cutting of ...

October 05, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Chad Baker earns rank of Eagle Scout

Jerry Chadwick "Chad" Baker, III, son of Jerry and Charity Baker of Covington, earned the rank of Eagle Scout on Sept. 24.

October 05, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

BOC wrap-up: Water Authority looking to purchase county’s water assets

A first step for the Newton County Water and Sewerage Authority (WSA) to purchase the county's water infrastructure was taken Tuesday night.

October 04, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Mackenzie Mallard named Eastside Homecoming Queen

Mackenzie Mallard was named Eastside High School's 2016 Homecoming Queen Friday night. Mallard was escorted by her father Leo Mallard. Her mother is Renee ...

October 04, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

NCSO identifies body found at Factory Shoals Park

The body found Monday morning at Factory Shoals Park after a report of a missing person has been identified as Ciera Evans, 20, of Covington ...

October 03, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

NAACP honors Pastor Clara Lett at annual gala

On Sept. 24, the Newton County National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) held its Annual Freedom Fund and Scholarship Gala at the ...

October 02, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Art and yard sale combined for Porterdale event

It's not just a yard sale. It's also a place where buyers can pick up original art work at reasonable prices.

October 02, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

The decline and likely fall of Donald Trump

A recent essay in The Wall Street Journal described Donald Trump thusly: "Rather like the crazy boy-emperors after the fall of the Roman Republic, he ...

October 02, 2016 | Froma Harrop | LOCAL

Debbie Hillman pays her rent in service

Listening to Debbie Hillman talk about her life's passion is enough for anyone to learn why she was selected as a finalist for The ...

October 02, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

NCSS takes lead in creating poverty-informed community

It's not just the poor who are affected by poverty. It's the entire community.

October 02, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Hometown Hero: 14-year-old Marlee Anne Hopkins named Hometown Hero

Earlier this year, Marlee Anne Hopkins raised more than $23,000 for Children's Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA) in honor of her siblings. She stood ...

October 02, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Initiative asks parents to ‘Talk with Me Baby’

A student who can't read on grade level by third grade is four times less likely to graduate by the age of 19 than ...

October 02, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Hometown Hero: Kaitlyn Cole continuing service at young age

When Kaitlyn Cole was 7-years-old she needed a community service project for her work in pageants.

October 01, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

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WWII Vet shares tale

George Moreland Stamps tells military stories akin to battle scenes only seen in movies. The 88-year-old Covington resident is a World War II veteran who still recalls his dangerous adventures like they were yesterday.

July 03, 2012 | Meghan de St. Aubin | LOCAL

Jail Log: July 4, 2012

Clayton Daniel Weakley, 24, 50 Neely Hammonds Road, Covington, June 15. Sentenced to work release.

July 03, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Crime Briefs: Fight at QT ends in arrest

A male and female were fighting outside the U.S. Highway 278 QuikTrip on Saturday, when police arrived.

July 03, 2012 | Meghan de St. Aubin | LOCAL

4th of July contingency plans

With the forecast calling for thunderstorms tomorrow, many residents of Covington, Porterdale, Oxford, and Social Circle are left wondering whether or not the festivities for the Fourth of July will go on as planned.

July 03, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL

Sunday fire still smoldering

A fire at a recycling center next to the Covington Housing Authority on Alcovy Road is still smoldering, according to Assistant Fire Marshall Tony Smith.

July 02, 2012 | Amber Pittman Joy Bratcher | LOCAL

Covington Celebrates Fourth of July

Even a little rain could not stop the City of Covington from throwing a grand celebration Sunday for the Fourth of July. Citzens from Newton, Rockdale, and surrounding areas poored out to the Covington square to participate in what would turn out to be a night full of fun and excitment.

July 02, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Cut cable disrupts local phone service

Parts of Porterdale and Covington are without use of their landlines due to a drilling mistake.

July 02, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Sweet American treats

When you say Fourth of July, most people immediately think of fireworks, parades and grilling. Since anything I put on a grill ends up charred on the outside and still quivering and raw on the inside, I have always been a fan of the easier Independence Day fare. Below you will find child-friendly (and super tasty) recipes to help celebrate in style - even if you can't cook a burger on the grill.

June 30, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Man breaks window, suspects cheating

Antonio Hubert allegedly broke Tricia Terry's window on Thursday morning after he allegedly suspected she was talking to another man.

Terry told police she and Hubert had been drinking before the incident and Hubert had left the house.

June 30, 2012 | Meghan de St. Aubin | LOCAL

Find the right software

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June 30, 2012 | Ellen Blakeslee | LOCAL

5 things to do this summer

If you are looking to get out of town this summer but don't want to feel the burn in your pocket, there are some places around Covington that offer a perfect day out with the family.

According to Caitlin Dewey of, Atlanta is number three on the list titled, "10 Cheapest Cities You'll Want to Visit" this summer. Dewey highlights the great culinary scene and amazing tourism spots. With the world's busiest airport Hartsfield-Jackson being located in Atlanta, the city has become a major draw for people looking for a cheap vacation, according to Dewey ...

June 30, 2012 | Meghan de St. Aubin | LOCAL

General Mills layoffs to affect Newton County

The announcement of layoffs by General Mills will impact Newton County, though it is unclear how much.

According to General Mills' spokeswoman Bridget Christenson, who said the company does not go into details about the impact by location, "there are a handful of individuals who have been impacted" at the Covington facility.

June 30, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Temperature to reach 109 degrees today

The National Weather Service is calling for temperatures to remain above 100 degrees today with sunshine and not a cloud in the sky for the day.

June 30, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Singles try sense of smell to find love

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Sniff your way to love? Singles who have attended so-called pheromone parties haven't ruled it out.

June 29, 2012 | AMY TAXIN, Associated Press | LOCAL

See videos from Thursday's forum

The Covington News and Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce hosted a forum for local contested races Thursday night before a packed house at The Center for Community Preservation and Planning.

June 29, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL

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