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19-year old arrested for murder Tuesday

Elijah William Ramoutar, 19, has been arrested by the Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) for the murder of Alyssa Ann Wright, 19, Tuesday evening.

December 08, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Thomas McElreath

Thomas McElreath, 80, of Rutledge, passed away Tuesday, December 6, 2016. McElreath enjoyed collecting antiques and loved going to the mountains. He was married for ...

December 07, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Mrs. Lee Shirley

Mrs. Lee Shirley, 91, of Covington, passed away December 5, 2016. She was born June 18, 1925, to the late Luther and Mae Carney. Shirley ...

December 07, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Our Thoughts: Audit, citizenry can be a tool for change

For those who even just pay casual attention to their local government, this week brought some big news to Newton County.

December 04, 2016 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


The Pride of Eastside performs in Hollywood Christmas Parade

The Pride of Eastside Marching Band joined the likes of Larry King, Olivia Newton-John and Bill Engvall this past weekend, during the 85th Annual Hollywood ...

December 02, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County Jail Log: Dec. 1

Chester Thomas Akins Jr., Covington, Nov. 28, hold for other agency (Banks County), hold for other agency (Cherokee County), theft by receiving stolen property

December 01, 2016 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log


Judge Wynne to hear Georgia Supreme Court case

Superior Court Judge W. Kendall Wynne, Jr.of the Alcovy Judicial Circuit has been designated to serve in place of Justice Carol Hunstein in the ...

December 01, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Turning Back the Pages - November 23- November 27

This week The Covington News is only turning back our pages to five years ago to see how far we have, or have not come ...

November 30, 2016 | Staff Report | Turning Back the Pages


Southern Folk Advent Service scheduled

The Sonny Houston Bluegrass Band will provide bluegrass-Gospel music and preacher-scholar Jason Byassee will speak at Meridian Herald's 24nd annual Southern Folk Advent Service ...

November 29, 2016 | Staff Report | LIVING


Johnny Hammond “Santa Johnny”

Johnny Hammond, of Mansfield, affectionately known as "Santa Johnny," passed away November 27, 2016, at 74 years of age. After retiring from AT&T, he ...

November 29, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


James ‘Bill’ Clay

Loving father and grandfather, James "Bill" Clay, 73, of Covington, passed away November 26, 2016. Clay was born in Decatur to the late James and ...

November 28, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Charles H “C.H.” Berry Jr.

Charles H. "C.H." Berry, Jr. of Covington, age 92, passed away November 26, 2016, at his home in Almon surrounded by his family. Mr ...

November 26, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Piedmont Academy FFA team places in area Farm Business Management career development event

The Piedmont Academy FFA Farm Business Management Team recently placed third in the Area 3 FFA Farm Business Management Career Development Event held on Nov ...

November 26, 2016 | Staff Report | Agriculture


Elizabeth Florine “Sister” Womack

Elizabeth Florine "Sister" Womack, age 74, passed away Friday, November 25, 2016. She was born in Covington to the late Tommy Lee and Florine Fuller ...

November 26, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Newton County Jail Log: Nov. 23

Bryan Howard Allen, 33, Covington, Nov. 18, probation violation

November 23, 2016 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log


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Moore's Ford lynching reenactment set for Friday

This Friday, concerned citizens and civil rights activists will mark the 62nd anniversary of the last mass lynching in America with prayers and a reenactment of the murders of four black sharecroppers in nearby Monroe.

July 20, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Another fire breaks out at NMC

A fire broke out Friday in the third floor construction area of Newton Medical Center for the second time in two months, according to the Covington Fire Department.

July 20, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


BOC approves commercial rezonings

Though there are no tenants lined up, the Newton County Board of Commissioners went ahead and approved the re-zonings of two commercial developments located in the western end of the county, at their Tuesday meeting.

July 20, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


High-speed interstate chase ends in crash

Two Atlanta teens led police on a four-county, high-speed chase ending in a highway crash after they hijacked a car at gunpoint from a Newton County church parking lot Thursday.

July 20, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


Back-to-school bash set for Sat.

The dog days of summer are winding down and the children of Newton County return to school in less than two weeks.

July 20, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives


Guarding General Patton

For some people to truly appreciate the freedom this country offers, they have to experience the turmoil our soldiers went through to earn it.

July 20, 2008 | Brian Harper | Archives


Dude looks like a lady

July 20, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


High speed chase ends in crash

Two Atlanta teens led police on a four-county, high-speed chase ending in a highway crash after they hijacked a car at gunpoint from a Newton County church parking lot Thursday.

July 18, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


Man arrested for domestic disturbance, then for drugs in the same afternoon

On July 14, a Covington native was arrested twice in the same afternoon.

July 18, 2008 | Brian Harper | Archives


Campaign contemplations

-For the winners of Tuesday's primary voting who have several more months of campaigning ahead of them, things are rosy. But for those that didn't make the cut, the outlook is somber as they consider what might have been.

July 18, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Runoff set for GOP sheriff hopefuls

 Voters will have another crack at picking a Republican candidate for sheriff in the upcoming August 5 runoff between the top two contenders - Covington Police Chief Stacey Cotton and Newton County Sheriff's Office Lt. Bill Watterson.

July 18, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


County does not request state ease current watering restrictions

While a number of north Georgia counties have successfully petitioned the state for a relaxation of their water restrictions, Newton County has no plans to do so at this point.

July 18, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Well connected

In a couple weeks, Newton County's public safety communications will join the digital age as the long-awaited, multi-million dollar radio conversion project comes to fruition July 29.

July 18, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


Big toy fascination, fantasy

I'm not quite ready to go and change jobs, but I had a glimpse this week of a potential career that I might have pursued.

July 18, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Archives


Food Pantry thankful

Dear Editor: The Community Food Pantry has completed its move to its new facility at 7125 Turner Lake Circle SW, next to FaithWorks. For 20 years, the Community Food Pantry was housed by the First Presbyterian Church of Covington. Because of the deterioration of the old facility, the move became necessary.

July 18, 2008 | Billy Wade | Archives


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