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Newton County approves $54 million budget

Newton County tax payers will see an increase on their bills now that the board of commissioners (BOC) approved the 2017 budget and millage rate ...

August 02, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Photos: Construction around the community

New Dining Hall at Oxford College of Emory University, Oxford: With construction almost half way complete, the dining hall is anticipated to open and begin ...

August 02, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Topic of gazebo makes return to council agenda

Despite knowing Newton Federal Bank was no longer willing to give the money to build a gazebo on the Square, Covington Mayor Ronnie Johnston left ...

August 02, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


4-H’er wins third in state

Did you know the blue tongued skink, a lizard found in Australia, gives birth to live young? Or that you can see one at Bear ...

August 01, 2016 | Terri Fullerton | LOCAL


How Newton County compares to its neighbors

Editor's Note: This is part of an ongoing look at crime and law enforcement in and around Newton County by The Covington News.

August 01, 2016 | Mariya Lewter | LOCAL


Father of man arrested for bringing gun into movie theater speaks out

Earlier this week, news broke that a Covington man named William Dakotah Gossett was arrested and jailed in Western Pennsylvania on July 24 for bringing ...

July 31, 2016 | Mariya Lewter | LOCAL


City of Covington Work Session

The Covington City Council met for a work session Monday night to discuss topics from financial support for Newton County Tomorrow (NCT) to cemetery maintenance ...

July 31, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Roseberry makes case for NCT at Covington work session

The Covington City Council met for a work session Monday night to discuss topics from financial support for Newton County Tomorrow (NCT) to cemetery maintenance.

July 31, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Covington man suspected of murder found in Conyers

The Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) arrested Deante Hall on Flat Shoals Road in Conyers, Georgia on Friday, July 29, according to a press ...

July 29, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Retired doctor named Newton County deputy coroner

Dr. Michael Grady was sworn in as the new Newton County Deputy Coroner on Monday at the Newton County Courthouse.

July 26, 2016 | Mariya Lewter | LOCAL


Covington man arrested for bringing gun into movie theater

MONACA, Pa. (AP) - A Georgia man is jailed on charges he brought a stolen gun and ammunition into a western Pennsylvania movie theater.

July 25, 2016 | Associated Press | LOCAL


4-H’ers discover the magic of no cell phones

Wahsega has long been my favorite 4-H camp, because even today, it's nearly impossible to check e-mail or make a phone call.

July 25, 2016 | Terri Fullerton | LOCAL


A look back at Covington’s role in the 1996 Summer Olympics

The 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil are a few weeks away from taking place. However, this summer also marks the 20 ...

July 25, 2016 | Xavier McKnight | LOCAL


BOC adopts reduced hours for convenience centers

A resolution reducing the number of hours that the 11 convenience centers will be opened barely squeaked by when Chair Keith Ellis cast his vote ...

July 25, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


City OKs permit for private school

The Covington City Council approved a Special Use Permit for Alpha Omega Preparatory Academy, a private school for kindergarten through 12th grade students.

July 25, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


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U.S. Rep. Broun to visit Newton County on tour

U.S. Representative Paul Broun, R-Athens, will be in Newton County May 23 as part of a five-day, re-election bus tour to visit all 25 counties in the newly drawn 10th Congressional District.

Broun will visit Newton County at 4:30 p.m. at the Newton County GOP Headquarters, located at 1107 Church St. on the square next to Square Perk Café.

May 15, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Councilwoman judges children contest

Covington City Councilwoman Hawnethia Williams was one of four city officials to serve as a judge of the Georgia Municipal Association's "If I Were Mayor, I Would" essay contest this year. The "If I Were Mayor, I Would" essay contest gives students the opportunity to share their visions of what their community would be like under their guidance.

May 15, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSO holding free firearm safety course

The Newton County Sheriff's Office is holding a free Citizen's Firearms Safety Course.

The eight-hour course will be conducted on Saturday, June 2, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Newton County Law Enforcement Training Center located at 15151 Alcovy Road.

May 15, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


County’s 2050 Plan featured in foundation’s report

Newton County has been featured by the Orton Family Foundation in a report for its strong stewardship program, the 2050 Plan.

The 2050 Plan aims to house 88 percent of the county's future population on just 30 percent of the county's land by 2050.

May 15, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Soaring for Service

The local Boy Scouts Troop 222 had a bumper crop of Eagle Scouts this past year, as nine young men completed the capstone projects necessary to gain the Boy Scouts' top honor.

May 15, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Crime roundup for May 16

When the officer asked Rico Garrett for his driver's license, he said that he didn't have one. He told the officer that it was suspended because he hadn't paid child support.

May 15, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Arraignment schedule for two charged in Tempie Lane double homicide

The two men charged in the shooting deaths of 56-year-old Donald Eugene McCullough and his 66-year-old aunt and caretaker Peggy Molden are scheduled for arraignment next week.

Brawny Jarvis McCullough, the 31-year-old son of victim Donald McCullough, and Jonathan Michael Henderson, 28, both Villa Rica residents, were arrested in February by Newton County Sheriff's Investigators, Georgia Bureau of Investigation agents, U.S. Marshals and the Villa Rica police.

May 15, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Officials serve it up

Mayor Ronnie Johnston cooked burgers and Police Chief Stacey Cotton handled the fries, while council members Chris Smith and Hawnethia Williams took orders and police Lt. Wendell Wagstaff took care of the drive-thru.

Covington council members and police officers worked at the newly reopened Covington McDonald's Monday evening, as part of the store's groundbreaking ceremony.

May 15, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Newton leaders graduate from economic development academy

The Board of the Georgia Academy for Economic Development announces Newton County graduates from the 2012 Region 5 Multi-Day Training Program. Class participants represented a number of professional and non-professional economic development fields, including elected officials, public servants, business leaders, educators, and social service providers from twelve counties in Northeast Georgia. The academy provided each of the graduates an opportunity to gain a unique understanding of the complexities of economic and community development on the local, regional and state levels.

Newton County graduates at the May 3 ceremony included: Hunter Hall, Newton County Chamber of Commerce; Rick Henderson, Georgia Department ...

May 15, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Edward Jones ranks highest in investor satisfaction

For the sixth year out of the past eight, financial-services firm Edward Jones ranks highest in investor satisfaction with full service brokerage firms, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2012 Full Service Investor Satisfaction Study.

The study measures overall investor satisfaction with full service Investment firms based on seven factors: investment advisor, investment performance, account information, account offerings, commissions and fees, website and problem resolution.

May 15, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Commissioner Sims completes training

Newton County Commissioner Lanier Sims received a certificate for the Commissioners Training Program at the 2012 Association County Commissioners of Georgia Annual Conference, along with more than 100 county officials.

The annual conference was recently held at the Savannah Civic Center in Chatham County.

May 15, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Sprucing up the square

The square is being spruced up this week just in time for 11 Alive's Friday morning broadcast live from Covington, which will feature the downtown.

City workers were out in force Tuesday, replacing the main light fixtures with brighter lights that are purer white, sanding and repainting benches, installing new bike racks and weeding the sidewalks and planters.

May 15, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Woodstock to take over Porterdale

Porterdale Woodstock will bring live, free music from the 1960s and 1970s to the Porterdale Depot on Main Street Saturday, May 19.

May 15, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Ex-county employee seeks BOC seat

Andre Cooper is once again running for the District 3 Newton County commission seat as a Democrat, but he believes he's four years wiser and more experienced this time around.

May 15, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Nine-year-old driver plows into house

CONYERS, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say a Georgia father is facing a reckless conduct charge after allowing his 9-year-old daughter to drive a car, which plowed through a house.

May 15, 2012 | Associated Press | LOCAL


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