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Covington Police: Led by experience

COVINGTON, Ga. - With more than 128 years of combined policing experience under the belts of the Covington Police Department (CPD) command staff, Police Chief Stacey ...

April 22, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Covington


Nine arrested in Conyers pandering sting

CONYERS Ga. – The Conyers Police Department (CPD) arrested nine men, including four Covington men, in a pandering sting April 19.

April 20, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Crime


Council approves rezoning for new grocery store

COVINGTON, Ga. - The City of Covington is set to be the home of one of Europe's largest grocery chains after the Covington City Council ...

April 20, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Covington


Cemetery relocation application withdrawn

COVINGTON, Ga. - Philip A. Johnson, an attorney representing Guardian Angel Assisted Living and Memory Care, LLC, withdrew the assisted living facility's application to relocate ...

April 20, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Covington


Covington council to host Town Hall Meeting

COVINGTON – Ga. – The Covington City Council will host a Town Hall Meeting next Thursday.

April 19, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Covington


Clearing for round-a-bout project underway on 278

COVINGTON, Ga. - Trees are coming down to make way for the $19.3 million project on Highway 278 in Covington.

April 16, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Local


PPD arrests two after speeding leads to drug charges

The Porterdale Police Department (PPD) was able to arrest a man and a woman with outstanding warrants after initially conducting a traffic stop for speeding ...

April 13, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Crime


Historic Newborn Schoolhouse receives facelift

NEWBORN, Ga. - The Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting for the renovated Historic Newborn Schoolhouse Tuesday.

April 11, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Cities


Radio show celebrates 10 years on air

One of Newton County's local radio shows is celebrating 10 years on air today, April 9, with the show "Thy Brother & Sister's Keeper ...

April 09, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Business


Mansfield suffers devastating blow

The City of Mansfield is grateful for the outpouring of support it has seen in the past couple of days after a straight-lined winds exceeding ...

April 09, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Cities


Severe weather causes sewage spill in city

The severe weather brought down trees across the county, but it also caused a power surge at one of the city's sewage lift stations ...

April 06, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Covington


Pedestrian killed in Sunday evening accident

COVINGTON, Ga. - A 56-year-old Covington man was pronounced deceased after being struck by a car on Highway 278 Sunday evening.

April 04, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Crime


City denies cemetery relocation

COVINGTON, Ga. -The Covington City Council denied the relocation of an unmarked cemetery in a 3-2 vote Monday night. Developers of the property plan to ...

April 04, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Covington


School bus involved in hit and run Friday

COVINGTON, Ga. -A local school bus was involved in a hit and run accident Friday afternoon on State Route 142 in Covington. There were reportedly ...

April 04, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Crime


PHOTO GALLERY: Tornado touches down in Mansfield

MANSFILED, Ga - A tornado made its way through Mansfield Monday afternoon leaving a trail of damage behind it. Damage can be seen at Hays Tractor ...

April 03, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Cities


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NCSS announces 2017 Valedictorians, Salutatorians

Newton County School System announced its highest-ranked students of the graduating class of 2017 this week, including the announcement of each high school's valedictorian and salutatorian.

February 19, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Education


Hardy resigns as Main Street director

Velinda Hardy, Covington Main Street director, has resigned effective immediately, according to an email to merchants from Newton County Chamber of Commerce President Ralph Staffins Friday.

February 18, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Local


Joint BOC, SWA meeting cancelled

The Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) and Solid Waste Authority (SWA) are working to reschedule a meeting after scheduling conflicts caused the cancellation of Thursday's joint work session.

February 16, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | County


Bed frame related to Manson, Sharon Tate sells for thousands at auction

A bed frame that was once in the house where actress Sharon Tate and four others were murdered by members of the Manson family sold tonight for $14,000 at a Social Circle auction house.

February 10, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Living


Housing Authority audit reveals ‘questionable’ costs

The Housing Authority of the City of Covington is looking at a total of $61,901.20 in "questionable costs" between the dates of January 2013 and September 2016 after an investigation into the authority's financial department was initiated due to suspected employee theft, according to an independent forensic audit report from Yeager & Boyd (Y&B), an account firm out of Birmingham, Alabama.

February 10, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Covington


UPDATE: Victim of fatal house fire identified

UPDATE Friday, Feb. 10: Newton County Coroner Tommy Davis identified the male victim as James Adams. Davis did not release Adams' age at the time of his death. He also said the cause and manner of death were still being determined.

February 10, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Covington


Covington Housing Authority director resigns

Executive Director of the Housing Authority of the City of Covington Greg Williams tendered his resignation Tuesday night effective 30 days from then, Landis Stephens chairman of the housing authority's board of commissioners told The Covington News.

February 09, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Covington


GSP Trooper SFC Tony Henry succumbs to injuries from December motorcycle accident

Georgia State Trooper SFC Tony Henry succumbed to injuries Tuesday in an Atlanta hospital from a Dec. 3, 2016 motorcycle accident in Florida. The husband of Covington-Newton County 9-1-1 Operations Manager Trudy Henry, Henry was a member of the Covington Police Department, Conyers Police Department.

February 08, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Local


Council considers change in meeting time

The Covington City Council approved the first reading of an ordinance change to change the meeting times for the council's regularly scheduled work sessions and meetings.

February 06, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Covington


Covington, CPD welcomes new officers

The City of Covington welcomed three new police officers Monday night during the Covington City Council meeting.

February 06, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Covington


Covington Housing Authority audit results in

The forensic audit report for the Housing Authority of the City of Covington has been turned over to the Board of Commissioners of the Housing Authority; however it has not been released to the public.

February 02, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Covington


Social Circle auction house to sell bed frame connected to Manson murders

A historic bed, originally from 10050 Cielo Drive, in Los Angeles, California, will be up for auction Feb. 10 at Ole Hound Auction House. The bed frame was reportedly in the house during the time it was rented by Roman Polanski and Sharon Tate.

February 02, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Local


Covington’s blue bloods

With more than 75 years of combined law enforcement experience, three generations of the Bradford family have accepted their callings in serving the community through law enforcement. The trio talked about their combined work experience in CPD Captain Ken Malcom's Criminal Justice class at Georgia State University Newton Campus Monday.

January 29, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Local


Mentoring provides rewarding results for everyone involved

Alcovy Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge Horace Johnson saw how mentoring programs can have a positive impact on communities during his time in Leadership Georgia about 14 years ago. Since then, he – along with a group of passionate volunteers – has created a mentoring program in Newton County.

January 29, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Living


Work continues at Henderson’s intersection

Utility relocation activity is currently underway in the realignment of Henderson Mill Road at its intersection of Highway 36, according to Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) District Communications Officer Kyle Collins.

January 27, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | County


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