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Scammers impersonating law enforcement/judicial officers, targeting public with "jury duty" scam

The FBI Atlanta Division and its Savannah Resident Agency are warning the public to be on alert for a phone scam wherein the caller impersonates law enforcement or judicial officers and informs the...

December 20, 2016 | Staff Report | Crime

Georgia DOT restricts lane closures for Christmas, New Year’s weekends

The stresses of the holiday season are upon us and Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) aims to ease traffic congestion and driving anxieties with suspension of construction-related lane clo...

December 20, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

James ‘Jim’ Carl Davies

James (Jim) Carl Davies, 83, of Mansfield, passed away peacefully December 18, 2016. In his early years James served in the Navy during the Korean War. Later he attended and received degrees from s...

December 20, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

Trash collection centers to be closed Dec. 24-28

The hours of the Newton County Trash Collection Convenience Centers will be altered during the Christmas weekend. According to a release from Keep Covington/Newton County Beautiful, the centers wi...

December 19, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Covington Asst. Police Chief Almond Turner to retire after 45 years

The City of Covington's longest tenured employee retired after 45 years of serving the city and its residents as a police officer. A living link to Covington's past, Almond Turner retired from his ...

December 19, 2016 | Staff Report | Covington

Community members help give bicycles to 80 children

Eighty children got a chance to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus, who dropped off a present for each and every one of the young Newton County residents at Chimney Park Thursday evening. Those children wer...

December 19, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LIVING

Have you ever thought … As a community what do we do for the homeless?

The only shelter in Newton, or adjoining counties, the Garden of Gethsemane Shelter can be part of the solution for dealing with homelessness in our community. The shelter's 20-year history was cel...

December 19, 2016 | B. Wiley Stephens | Columnists

Marshall Music Minute: "O Come Y'all to Covington" and other big shows

Welcome back to the Music Minute as we wind down the year. There are some really good shows lined up this week and it's time for Mack McKibben's yearly Christmas play/musical. "O Come Y'all to Co...

December 19, 2016 | Marshall McCart | LIVING

Redman: What can forgiveness do for us

This article is written to give a perspective of what forgiveness can do for us, and hopefully encourage us to forgive others in our life. Perhaps forgiveness is so powerful because it is often the...

December 19, 2016 | Isaac Redman | Religion

Harassment, threats result in warrants

A warrant has been issued for a Covington man after reports of harassments and threats against a local police officer. Covington Police Department (CPD) Officer Slade McCullough responded to the v...

December 19, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | Crime

Talkin’ Southern, Part 2

In the very first installment of this column some months back, I wrote about the key differences between a fellow, fella and a feller; made fun of Yankees for saying soda and pop; and discussed the...

December 19, 2016 | Marshall McCart | Columnists

NCSS announces winners of 2016 Literacy Days competitions

The Newton County School System (NCSS) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 District Literacy Days Recitation, Drama, Read Aloud, and Ready Writing competitions. NCSS Elementary and mid...

December 19, 2016 | Staff Report | Education

Law enforcement academy graduates 5

Five students graduated from the Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) Law Enforcement Academy (LEA) this week. Each GPTC LEA graduate received a Peace Officer Standard Training Basic Law Enfo...

December 19, 2016 | Duane M. Ford | Education

Yarbrough: Hoping Santa Claus has something special for schoolteachers this Christmas

Dear Santa Claus: I am going to forego my usual letter requesting snarky gifts for the humor-impaired. I expect there will be other opportunities in the future to gig them. One thing about the hum...

December 19, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists

Crawford: It’s a very merry Christmas for the Speaker

It isn't quite Christmas Day, but Rep. David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge), the speaker of the Georgia House, has already received probably the best gift he ever got in his life. The present was delivere...

December 19, 2016 | Tom Crawford | Columnists

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