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Coyote jumps into kitchen chasing cat

A Newton County Sheriff's deputy responded Sunday to a call about an animal problem at a residence on Highway 212.

April 27, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Hometown Hero

For the last six years we have had the honor to recognize people in our community who through their actions and deeds have gone the extra mile to help their neighbors or their family.

April 26, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


We need help on McGibboney Road

Dear editor,

April 26, 2015 | Staff Report | Letters


Rams clinch No. 3 seed

There isn't a better way to finish off the baseball season and prepare for the playoffs than a series against your rival. The third and fourth seed from Region 2-AAAAAA, Newton and Rockdale, started a three-game series on Tuesday, and finished up on Thursday. Though Newton lost the series after losses in the first two games, the Rams took the final regular season game of the season and sealed the three-seed with a 4-0 win over Rockdale, Thursday evening.

April 26, 2015 | Javon Dickerson | Newton


Nearly $900,000 owed in county taxes

As the county approaches the budgetary event horizon, the Board of Commissioners will face tough decisions as department heads compete for resources and county employees grow increasingly impatient for raises.

April 26, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Thank you

Dear editor,

April 26, 2015 | Staff Report | Letters


Covington Regional Ballet Artistic Director Selected as Governor’s Honors Program Teacher

Covington Regional Ballet is proud to announce that Peter Swan has been offered a teaching position in the Governor's Honors Program.

April 25, 2015 | Staff Report | LIVING


Man arrested for missing jury duty

Brandon Lee Cooper failed to appear for jury duty and a hearing to explain why last week, and thus was sentenced to two days in jail.

April 25, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man arrested for drug store robberies

Christopher Westmoreland was arrested in connection with several robberies in Newton, Rockdale and DeKalb counties.

April 24, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Willie Mae Barr Greenwood

Willie Mae Barr Greenwood 91, of Mansfield passed away April 22, 2015 at The Retreat in Monticello. She was born in Monticello, Ga to the late Johnnie and Mammie E. Barr. Willie Mae was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years Adolph Greenwood, and several brothers and sisters.

April 24, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Chamber golf tournament

The Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce held its annual golf tournament Thursday with a beautiful day of golf at Ashton Hills Golf Course.

April 23, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Airport Road remains closed

The rainy and windy conditions from this past weekend are still causing problems for Newton County residents.

April 22, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Haler leaving Porterdale for Conyers

Porterdale Main Street Director Terri Haler will be leaving her post to be the new tourism director for the city of Conyers.

April 22, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Mr. Michael Eugene Luna

Mr. Michael Eugene Luna, 49 of Social Circle, went to be with his heavenly Father April 17, 2015 at Newton Medical Center. Michael was born in Birmingham, Alabama on November 22, 1965. He is preceded in death by his grandparent's Posey Luna and C.L. and Julie Mullenix and brother Timothy Luna.

April 22, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


$9.5 million coming to FFA/FCCLA Center

The Georgia FFA/FCCLA Center in Newton County will receive an infusion of funds, with $9.5 million in additional grand funds in the fiscal year 2016 state budget to construct new buildings.

April 21, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Janet Goodman Interview (video)

Makayla Newton intern at The Covington News Interviews City Councilwoman Janet Goodman.

February 07, 2015 | Staff Report | Covington


Barbara Long

Barbara Long of Porterdale, passed away February 6, 2015, at the age of 80. Mrs. Long was an excellent seamstress. She enjoyed crocheting, camping and fishing. Mrs. Long was always willing to lend a helping hand. She was a wonderful mother and grandmother. Mrs. Long will be dearly missed by all who loved and knew her. She was preceded in death by her parents, Lonnie and Estelle Taylor Dunevent; daughter, Glenda Marie Long; son, Virgil Lee (Rip) Long, Jr.; granddaughters, Monica Long and Gina Glass; great-granddaughter, Zoey Jones.

February 07, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Old Oxford Rd. Bridge almost done

The Old Oxford Road Bridge that crosses Interstate 20 west of Covington is almost back to 100 percent after a dump truck damaged the overpass in August 2014.

February 06, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


BOC form of government meeting video

A public hearing was held Thursday evening at 6:30 at the Newton County Historic Courthouse to discuss amending the county form of government.

February 05, 2015 | Staff Report | BOC


Mike Wayt

Mike Wayt, of Mansfield, passed away February 3, 2015, at the age of 51. Mike loved time spent with family. He was a giving man and would help anyone in need; in fact, he was known for his eagerness to intervene whenever there was a crisis. He enjoyed working with his hands and could fix or build anything. He was proud to be associated with various charities, including Food for the Poor and Jewish Voice Ministries. He was very energetic, and he was a man of great faith in his later years.

February 05, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Newton County Jail Log; Feb. 5

Charlie James Bridges, 23, Covington, Jan 31, Poss of Meth

February 05, 2015 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log


Newton County Jail Log; Jan. 30

Waylon Lee Addison, 30, McDonough, Jan 21, Poss of Meth

February 05, 2015 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log


Newton County Drugs Log; Jan. 21

Bobby Scott Anglin, 51, Covington, Jan 20, Poss. Of Meth, Aggressive Driving

February 05, 2015 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log


Newton County Jail Log; Jan. 21

Tarique Cortez Bledsoe, 32, Snellville, Jan 16, Probation Violation

February 05, 2015 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log


Newton County Drugs Log; Jan. 15

Jared Andrew Edward, 23, Newborn, Jan 9, Trafficking In Illegal Drugs

February 05, 2015 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log


Newton County Jail Log; Jan. 15

Quincy Lewis Ashby, 36, Covington, Jan 7, Child Support Default

February 05, 2015 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log


Newborn, Covington hosting Arbor Day events

Arbor Day celebrations are coming soon in Covington and Newborn, offering Newton County citizens a preview of spring despite the current cold temperatures.

February 05, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Janice M. Hersom

September 13, 1936 – January 31, 2015

February 04, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


NCSS students win big at regional science fair

Newton County School System middle and high school students brought home numerous awards in the recent Griffin RESA Regional Science Fair, Overall 10 projects earned first place awards, nine projects received second place awards and seven projects won third place awards. All students winning first place awards will move on to the Georgia Science and Engineering Fair at the University of Georgia in March.

February 04, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


SR81 traffic alignment coming Tuesday

A traffic shift to a newly constructed alignment of Brown Road next to Livingston Elementary School is planned for State Route 81 in Covington from 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10.

February 03, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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