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UPDATE: Suspect identified in Spring Road incident

UPDATE (Aug. 17, 5 p.m.): The Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) has identified one of the people involved in a Wednesday morning altercation ...

August 17, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Crime


Former deputy sentenced to serve 25 years

COVINGTON, Ga. – A former sheriff's deputy convicted of child molestation in Newton County Superior Court last week was sentenced to spend at least the ...

August 17, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Crime


Commissioners push for security enhancements under bridge

OXFORD, Ga. – Newton County Board of Commissioners Chairman Marcello Banes, along with District 3 Commissioner Nancy Schulz and District 5 Commissioner Ronnie Cowan met with ...

August 17, 2017 | Darryl Welch | County


Banes: This is not going to be Virginia

COVINGTON, Ga. – The controversy about what to do with Confederate monuments affecting the rest of the South came to Newton County Tuesday night during the ...

August 16, 2017 | Darryl Welch | County


UPDATE: Memorials spring up under bridge

UPDATE, (Aug. 15, 5 p.m.) - Makeshift memorials have sprung up under the Mt. Tabor Road bridge where the body of 27-year-old Kelly Marshall was ...

August 15, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Crime


NCSO HEAT Unit arrests speeding driver on drug charges

COVINGTON, Ga. – A Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) HEAT (Highway Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic) Unit arrested a McDonough woman on drug charges Thursday evening ...

August 15, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Crime


CPD arrests two juveniles after report of vehicles being entered

COVINGTON, Ga. – The Covington Police Department (CPD) arrested two juveniles early Monday morning after responding to a report of vehicles being broken into.

August 15, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Crime


Former deputy convicted of child molestation

COVINGTON, Ga. – A Newton County Superior Court jury deliberated into the evening Friday before finding a former sheriff's deputy guilty of child molestation.

August 11, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Crime


Porterdale Police make arrest in gas theft, vandalism at golf course

PORTERDALE, Ga. – Officers with the Porterdale Police Department (PPD) arrested a Covington man early Tuesday morning in connection vandalism and the theft of gasoline at ...

August 09, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Crime


NCSO makes arrest in Dollar General robberies

COVINGTON, Ga. – The Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) has made an arrest in a string of armed robberies at Dollar General Stores that occurred ...

August 09, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Crime


BOC completes HUD agreement requirements

COVINGTON, Ga. – The Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) completed the last step needed to settle a complaint filed against the county by the United ...

August 09, 2017 | Darryl Welch | County


Oxford council approves contractors for East Clark Street extension

OXFORD, Ga. – The Oxford City Council voted unanimously to give the city the go-ahead to hire contractors to complete work on the East Clark Street ...

August 08, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Cities


Jury impaneled in case of former deputy accused of child molestation

COVINGTON, Ga. – A jury was seated early Monday afternoon to hear the case of a former Newton County deputy accused of child molestation.

August 08, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Crime


BOC gives go ahead to pursue water improvements funding

COVINGTON, Ga. - The Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) voted Thursday evening to give Carter and Sloope, the county's consulting engineers for water resources ...

August 06, 2017 | Darryl Welch | County


Q&A with Sheriff Ezell Brown

COVINGTON, Ga. - In light of a recent spate of burglaries, armed robberies, drug arrests and car break-ins in Newton County, The Covington News editorial staff ...

August 06, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Crime


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SWMA elects new officers, gives final approval to bonds

COVINGTON, Ga. – The Newton County Solid Waste Management Authority (SWMA) elected a new chairman and gave final approval to a $25 million bond issuance at its regular meeting Thursday.

June 16, 2017 | Darryl Welch | County


BOC votes to amend IGA, sell landfill

COVINGTON, Ga. – The Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) voted Tuesday night at a special called meeting to amend its intergovernmental agreement (IGA) with the Newton County Solid Waste Management Authority (SWMA), and sell the county landfill and convenience centers.

June 15, 2017 | Darryl Welch | County


County to let state pick EMS provider

COVINGTON, Ga. - The Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) voted during a special called meeting Tuesday night to not pursue a license to provide Emergency Medical Services (EMS) for the county, opting instead to let the State of Georgia find a provider.

June 14, 2017 | Darryl Welch | County


Murder suspect bound over for trial

COVINGTON, Ga. – The Covington man accused of killing a homeless man and setting his body on fire was bound over for trial today after a preliminary hearing at the Newton County Courthouse.

June 14, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Crime


Newton High armed robbery suspects seek bond

COVINGTON, Ga. – Two of the juveniles arrested for an armed robbery last month at Newton High School were granted bond Tuesday in Newton County Superior Court. A third juvenile was denied bond.

June 13, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Crime


Parents of 5-year-old who died in playground accident file lawsuit

COVINGTON, Ga. - The parents of Andrea Tyrah DeBruhl have filed a wrongful death lawsuit in Newton County Superior Court against the county's board of education (BOE), according to a press release from the Atlanta-based Harman Law Firm.

June 13, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Education


Off duty officer injured in motorcycle accident

COVINGTON, Ga. – An off duty police officer was transported to Clearview Regional Medical Center Monday afternoon after his motorcycle was hit by a car.

June 13, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Crime


Oxford introduces new assistant city manager

OXFORD, Ga. – Matthew Pepper was introduced as Oxford's new assistant city manager by Mayor Jerry Roseberry at the city council's June 5 meeting.

June 12, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Cities


Middle school vandalized

COVINGTON, Ga. – Vandalism at a Newton County middle school was discovered by a Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) deputy responding to another act of vandalism Wednesday.

June 12, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Crime


Ending a career of public service

OXFORD, Ga. –City Manager Bob Schwartz presented the city's FY 2018 budget to the Oxford City Council at its June 5 meeting. The document includes some big ticket projects designed to improve the quality of life for Oxford's citizens, but when it goes into effect on July 1, Schwartz won't be there. He's retiring June 30.

June 10, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Cities


BOC hears budget plan

COVINGTON, Ga. – A consensus of the Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) gave County Manager Lloyd Kerr and Finance Director Nicole Cross the go-ahead to prepare the county's final FY 2018 budget at Wednesday's work session.

June 08, 2017 | Darryl Welch | County


Failure to maintain lane leads to drug arrest

COVINGTON, Ga. - A traffic stop for failure to maintain lane and a tag light that wasn't working led to the arrest of a Monticello man on drug charges by the Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) Sunday.

June 08, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Crime


BOC votes to shrink SWMA for now

COVINGTON, Ga. – The Newton County Board Commissioners (BOC) unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday night to pare the number of voting members on the Solid Waste Management Authority (SWMA) from seven to five with the agreement that it will be raised back to seven in August.

June 07, 2017 | Darryl Welch | County


Oxford council approves Emory rezoning request

OXFORD, Ga. – The Oxford City Council voted unanimously Monday night to rezone two parcels of land from Residential (R-20) to Institutional to accommodate an Oxford College of Emory University plan to construct a parking lot on Whatcoat Street where a house was recently demolished. The council also approved a tentative plan for the college to make changes to the Pierce Street corridor leading to its campus from Emory Street.

June 06, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Cities


TVs, electronics taken in burglary

COVINGTON, Ga. – Investigators with the Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) are looking for the person or persons responsible for burglarizing a Covington home and stealing nearly $2,000 worth of property over the weekend.

June 05, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Crime


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