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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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Man attacks his girlfriend with a hot curling iron

 A Newton County man was arrested for reportedly beating, punching, slapping and attempting to burn his girlfriend, who is seven months pregnant with his child, according to a Newton County Sheriff's Office report.

April 23, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Economic study looks to 2020

An economic development study intended to guide Newton County and Covington's growth strategies over the next three years and beyond is currently underway.

April 23, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Arsonist pleads guilty to 2006 fire

 One of the four people charged with a 2006 arson that burned a Newton County family's home pled guilty on Thursday and was sentenced to five years imprisonment.

April 23, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


Cavanaugh joins News staff as general manager

 After a two year respite from the newspaper industry, The Covington News General Manager T. Pat Cavanaugh is thrilled about the prospect of getting back into the swing of things.

April 23, 2008 | Robby Byrd | Archives


Mary "Frances" Fleming

Mary "Frances" Fleming, 88, of Covington, died April 20 at Abbey Hospice. The daughter of the late Charlie A. and Eula Bailey McCord she was born in Newton County and was a charter member of Walnut Grove Baptist Church. Mrs. Fleming was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother and loved spending time with her family. She was preceded in death by husband C. W. Fleming and son James Lee Fleming.

April 23, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Spring is in the air

If you looking to hear some soothing classical music and haven't been to the symphony lately, you don't need to spend $60 and drive 50 miles to see the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. The Newton County Community Band is holding their spring concert Monday at Eastside High School in the auditorium at 7:30 p.m.

April 23, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives


Vivian Denise Jones

Ms. Vivian Denise Jones (Ms. Bill) died April 12. The daughter of Ms. Ruby Kate Durden and the late Mr. James A. Jones, she was born in 1960 in Newton County. She joined Bethel Bara Missionary Baptist Church. She graduated from Newton County High School in 1980 and worked in various facilities preparing food for residents. Her last two jobs were with Wal-Mart bakery and the Newton County Detention Center. Ms. Jones took pleasure in spending time with her girls, family and friends. She especially loved cooking for her girls, decorating, joking with family members and playing with her grandsons.

April 23, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Quentin Gerrold Perry

Mr. Quentin Gerrold Perry died April 11. The son of Mr. Thomas Kimball Sr. and Ms. Jeanette Perry, he was born in 1966 and grew up in Covington, attending Newton County High School. He graduated from North Georgia College. Mr. Perry was known for his smile and humbleness. He was always willing to lend a helping hand. He was employed with Kimball Plumbing Company and later as a supervisor for Publix Grocery Store.

April 23, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Tellis Sherrod Wood

Mr. Tellis Sherrod Wood died April 12. He was born in 1980 in Newton County and attended Heritage High School. He was employed by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, in Conyers, and had a business called TSW Home Decorator. He was preceded in death by grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Willie Edward (Grace) Wood, Mr. Pete Duffy and Mr. John Robert Turner.

April 23, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Revolutionary

I have always been a fan of the Revolutionary era of our nation's history. The discussions on natural rights and individual liberty, the cornerstones of our founding, have always interested me. So when I heard that HBO was about to run "John Adams," a miniseries based on David McCullough's book of the same name, I was excited, despite the fact that I have never been a fan of Adams.

April 23, 2008 | Jason Pye | Archives


Inaugural Bike Fest to encourage safety, give away bikes

The Covington-Conyers Cycling Club (C4) in conjunction with the Covington Police Department will host its inaugural Bike Fest on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at the Washington Street Community Center.

April 23, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives


Newton County Tigers win tourney

The Newton County Tigers 12-year-old AAA baseball team traveled to Ellenwood this past weekend to participate in the USSSA Director's Cup Qualifier Tournament.

April 23, 2008 | Staff Reports | Archives


Lady Jags win four at new home

COVINGTON - The Georgia Perimeter Lady Jaguars christened their brand new softball facility on their new Newton campus over the weekend, going undefeated in four straight games.

April 23, 2008 | Eric R. Wallace | Archives


Today, women are racing with hearts like a wheel

Things change, especially in the male driven world of competitive racing, and mostly for the better.

April 23, 2008 | Eric McDonald | Archives


Christian school seeks to expand

 Unable to agree on the appropriate number of students for a private Christian school near Oxford, the Newton County Board of Commissioners voted to table a proposal to expand the number of students at Providence Christian School Tuesday night.

April 20, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


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