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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


NCSO identifies, arrests murder suspect

The Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) Criminal Investigation Division (CID) has arrested a suspect in the murder in Julien R. Wyant, according to a ...

July 25, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Quality, hospitality and consistency are credited for restaurant’s success

The biscuits are hand-rolled and patted down before going into the over. Fresh chicken pieces or large pork chops are soaked in buttermilk, hand breaded ...

July 24, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Audit reveals millions needed for county energy systems

The Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) voted three to two Tuesday night to approve negotiations with a comprehensive guaranteed energy savings performance contract for ...

July 24, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Newton County residents shower law enforcement with support

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

July 24, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Photos from Snapping Shoals EMC Annual Roundup

The Snapping Shoals EMC Annual Roundup was held at the International Horse Park on July 21, 2016. Despite the heat, this annual event was well ...

July 21, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


The Enclave’s HOA: Peace, No Violence

Two men were killed earlier this month inside the gated Orchard Cove apartment complex. Because the apartments sit inside the entrance of The Enclave subdivisions ...

July 20, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Former Oxford student sentenced to five years on probation

Emily Sakamoto, 21, was sentenced to five years on probation with the first two years on house arrest by Judge Samuel Ozburn, according to Assistant ...

July 18, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Update: NCSO identifies victim of weekend truck fatality

The victim in the truck accident on the Access Road at the Yellow River Sunday evening has been identified as Valentine Gayle, 48, of Lithonia ...

July 17, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


By the Numbers: A deeper look at crime in Newton County

In less than two months, there have been five murders in Newton County.

July 17, 2016 | Mariya Lewter | LOCAL


Traffic light may be installed at dangerous intersection

There may be a traffic light coming to the intersection of Highway 212 and Bethany/Butler Bridge Road in the near future.

July 16, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Blood donors needed

The truth is blood cannot be manufactured.

July 16, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


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Local food bank lacking donations

The Community Food Pantry is currently looking for donations to feed families around Covington. They cater to Newton County residents who are lacking food and other supplies.

June 23, 2012 | Meghan de St. Aubin | LOCAL


Two men accidentally shot

Andrew Boree stated that he was at the gun range on Hamby Lane Sunday when he was hit with shotgun pellets. John Bezbourne was also injured.

Boree stated Johnny Austin was shooting clay birds with a 12 gauge shotgun when the incident occurred.

June 21, 2012 | Meghan de St. Aubin | LOCAL


Pregnant women fight at Kroger

Two pregnant women said they were allegedly assaulted by each other at the Kroger on Ga. Highway 20S.

June 21, 2012 | Meghan de St. Aubin | LOCAL


Sunshine in their hearts

At Camp Sunshine, 17-year-old Jessika Douglas of Covington is an ordinary teenage girl. She's not different because she's in remission from T-cell leukemia. She's not different because she has neuropathy in her ankle from the disease.

June 21, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Man arrested for child molestation

A 20-year-old Loganville man was arrested and charged with child molestation early Tuesday morning.

Officers from the Covington Police Department were called to a home in the Settlers Grove neighborhood just after 3 a.m. Tuesday. Once there, they met with the mother of a 12-year-old girl who said she had last seen her daughter around 11 p.m. before heading to bed. When the child's father woke up around 2:30 a.m. to check on the children, he noticed his daughter was not downstairs with the rest of them. Upon checking her bedroom, he found her bed ...

June 21, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Letting out their inner star

For lovers of "Glee" and others who dream of their name in lights, the Musical Theater Camp is beginning this summer for grades 4th-12th.

The camp will run from July 9-20, at Newton High School in the Porter Auditorium. Participants will receive training in three areas: voice, acting and dancing.

June 21, 2012 | Meghan de St. Aubin | LOCAL


Political forum to be held Tuesday

Newton County citizens will have an opportunity to learn more about the candidates for Board of Commissioners District 1 and sheriff from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday at the Mansfield Community Center.

June 21, 2012 | Elizabeth Park news@covnews.com | LOCAL


Citations issued in school bus crash

The Georgia State Patrol today issued citations to four drivers involved in the May 19 school bus crash on Interstate 20 in Newton County that injured 61 people.

June 21, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


County approves $44.89 million budget

The Newton County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a $44.89 million budget for the 2012-2013 year Tuesday and voted to keep the millage rate at its current 10.91 rate, but did not promise to devote any additional revenue to economic development.

June 20, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Anonymous bloggers remain so for now

The anonymous bloggers will be allowed to remain so for now, according to a ruling by Newton County Superior Court Judge Eugene Benton, who also ordered Stephanie Lindsey, attorney for Alcovy High School Principal LaQuanda Carpenter, to notify the bloggers of the lawsuit.

June 19, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Main Street moves office to city building

Main Street Covington will soon be moving its offices into the Covington's planning and zoning building next to city hall, after the Covington City Council decided not to pay the organization's rent and utility costs at the 2104 Washington St. building owned by Rob Fowler III.

June 19, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


City budget approved with no fanfare

Without hesitation or discussion, the Covington city council unanimously approved the 2012-2013 budget.

June 19, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Study: Oconee Metal not too noisy

The Covington city council heard a presentation from a study conducted by Vibra-Tech, which hired it to test the noise and vibration levels produced from the car shredding machine at Oconee Metal Recovery on Washington Street.

June 19, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Rep. Scott takes stand for 4th amendment

U.S. Congressman Austin Scott, GA-08, recently authored and introduced H.R. 5925, Preserving Freedom from Unwarranted Surveillance Act of 2012. This legislation would ensure that the use of domestic drones does not infringe on an American's Fourth Amendment rights. Rep. Scott offered the following comments upon introducing the legislation:

"H.R. 5925 would require the government to obtain a warrant before conducting drone surveillance in the United States. Recognizing that there are situations where the use of drones is both necessary and appropriate, my bill aims to balance privacy concerns and the ability to harness drone technology for ...

June 19, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Gas prices fall 3.5 cents in past week

Average retail gasoline prices in Atlanta have fallen 3.5 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.29/gal yesterday. This compares with the national average that has fallen 3.2 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.53/gal, according to gasoline price website AtlantaGasPrices.com.

Including the change in gas prices in Atlanta during the past week, prices yesterday were 28.7 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 20.4 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased 17.6 cents per ...

June 19, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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