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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


Newton County Jail Log; Apr. 15

Quintarus Antonio Aikens, Covington, Apr 11, Probation Violation

April 20, 2015 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log


Tornado watch issued until 8 p.m.

A tornado watch is in effect for Newton, Rockdale and surrounding counties until 8 p.m. Monday.

April 20, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Hazel Haggard Cordell

Hazel Haggard Cordell, of Covington, passed away April 19, 2015, at the age of 89. Born to Charles and Willie Mae (Parks) Haggard, Hazel attended school in Porterdale. She lived next door to the school and could run home at recess time to get fresh baked sweet potatoes, one for the teacher and one for herself. This was a happy time for her. An employee of Scientific Atlanta, she wired the first printed circuit board ever to be wired in Atlanta. She was preceded in death by her children, John Robert Russell and Jackquelyn Ann Russell.

April 20, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Tornado watch ends for Rockdale, Newton

UPDATE: The tornado watch for 13 Georgia counties, including Rockdale and Newton counties, ended at 3 p.m. A tornado watch is in effect for Aiken County in the Augusta area until 4:15 p.m. According to the National Weather Service in Peachtree City, Doppler radar picked up indications of a possible tornado near Jackson, 11 miles southeast of Augusta at 3:53 p.m.

April 19, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Hazardous weather outlook remains in effect

The tornado watch for Newton, Rockdale and surrounding counties has been lifted, but a hazardous weather outlook still remains for Sunday and Sunday evening.

April 19, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Running in the rain

The wet weather didn't dampen spirits for an early morning run to benefit the Covington YMCA Saturday. Racers participated in a 10K, 5K, 1-mile fun run and Trix Tot Trot during the 14th Annual Cheerios Challenge. The event is held annually for people in the community to get out and come together, and be active during the spring time, and it also helps raise funds for YMCA's Why It Matters annual fundraising camping. The campaign is used to help families participate in Y programs that otherwise might not be able to afford it.

April 19, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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CEWC hosts fishing event

The Charlie Elliot Wildlife Center is hosting a free summer event before children go back to school.

July 16, 2008 | Brian Harper | Archives


Masons' lodge vandalized

The meeting space of the historically-black Masons in Covington was recently vandalized with spray painted religious statements and a racial slur, according to the lodge's leader.

July 16, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


One killed at home on Kirkland

 Deputies arrested a person suspected of fatally shooting one and injuring two others at a Kirkland Road home Tuesday afternoon.

July 16, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


Primary colors

 Newton County Chairman Aaron Varner managed to avoid a runoff in Tuesday's Republican primary by collecting nearly 54 percent of the vote.

July 16, 2008 | Rachel Oswald, Josh Briggs, Michelle Kim | Archives


Runoff for Republican sheriff race

 Sheriff's candidate Ezell Brown won the Democratic nomination by a landslide, while Republican candidates Stacey Cotton and Bill Watterson face a runoff round in August for the Republican nomination.

July 16, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


Incumbent Douglas wins party nom.

 With 84 percent of precincts reporting their results, incumbent John Douglas was the clear leader over Mike Crotts in the Republican primary for Georgia's District 17 senate seat.

July 16, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Community leader dies

 Non-profit advocate, executive director of Newton County Community Partnership and former Rotary Club president Stuart Taber died Saturday in his home after a two-and-a-half year battle with cancer.

July 16, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


Election 2008 Primary Results

Election results

July 15, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


One killed at home on Kirkland

Deputies arrested a person suspected of fatally shooting one and injuring two others at a Kirkland Road home Tuesday afternoon.

July 15, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


Chairman hopefuls raise 116K

With the six candidates for Newton County chairman filing campaign contribution disclosure reports, $115,595 has been raised for this one local race.

July 14, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Mother and son robbed at gunpoint

Deputies are looking for an armed suspect who robbed a 57-year-old woman and her son at gunpoint in the driveway of their home July 5, according to a Newton County Sheriff's Office report.

July 13, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


Free pets to a good home

Meghann Timmins lived with her mother, grandmother, three dogs and two cats in a modest three bedroom home just outside of Covington. But now, Meghann, 16, faces the adult world, alone.

July 13, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives


Glory be

The 180th annual Salem Camp Meeting kicked off with a weekend filled with family meals, services, games and plenty of visiting.

July 13, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


DeBona-Deal

Mr. and Mrs. John M. DeBona of Oxford announce the engagement of their daughter Ashley Michelle DeBona to Grant Quinn Deal, son of Craig G. Deal of Statesboro and Mrs. Karen M. Jackson of Woodstock.

July 13, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Zayden and Jayden Stone

Shanketa Hammonds and Russell Stone announce the birth of twin sons Zayden Omar Stone (Zach) and Jayden Bernard Stone (Cody) May 28. Zach weighed 4 pounds and 9 ounces and was 17 inches long. Cody weighed 4 pounds 1 ounce and was 16 inches long.

July 13, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


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