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NCSO investigating armed robbery

COVINGTON, Ga. - Investigators with the Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) are looking for the two people responsible for robbing a Covington man Sunday afternoon.

May 25, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Crime


Pistol stolen from truck

COVINGTON, Ga. – Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) investigators are looking for the person who stole a pistol out of a pick-up truck over the ...

May 24, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Crime


Pit Bulls reportedly attack pet in carport

OXFORD, Ga. – A 12-year-old Jack Russell Terrier was reportedly attacked and killed by two Pit Bulls at a house in Oxford Sunday morning.

May 24, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Crime


Suspected Emergency Pawn burglar killed in Clayton wreck

CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. - The Covington Police Department (CPD) is investigating if one of the men responsible for the March burglary at Emergency Pawn Shop was ...

May 23, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Crime


SWMA approves bond resolution by narrow vote

COVINGTON, Ga. - The Newton County Solid Waste Management Authority (SWMA) voted 3-2 to authorize preparations for a $25 million bond issuance Thursday night.

May 21, 2017 | Darryl Welch | County


Gun stolen during break-in

COVINGTON, Ga. - Investigators with the Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) are looking for the person or persons responsible for breaking into an apartment and ...

May 20, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Crime


Teen to stand trial for 2016 killing

COVINGTON, Ga. - A judge has ruled that a 17-year-old from Oxford will stand trial for a 2016 stabbing that left an 18-year-old dead.

May 20, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Crime


Newton High teacher killed in accident

COVINGTON, Ga. – A Newton High School teacher was killed in a two-car collision Thursday morning on Brown Bridge Road.

May 19, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Local


SWMA approves convenience centers and fees

COVINGTON, Ga. – The Newton County Solid Waste Management Authority approved the five full-service convenience centers and one center for recycling and yard waste only that ...

May 19, 2017 | Darryl Welch | County


Newton Sheriff challenges BOC

COVINGTON, Ga. – Sheriff Ezell Brown called on the Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) to consider raising taxes in order to adequately fund public safety ...

May 18, 2017 | Darryl Welch | County


Oxford citizens voice concerns about sewer expansion

OXFORD, Ga. – Emory Street homeowners came out in force to Monday night's Oxford City Council work session to voice their concerns about the proposed ...

May 17, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Cities


Two sentenced in 2015 Silos murder

COVINGTON, Ga. – Calling the 2015 murder of Nigiel James "a heinous act for no reason" and criminality a "cancer on our society," Alcovy Judicial Circuit ...

May 17, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Crime


Pictures of Progress: Crossfit Unyielding cuts ribbon

Crossfit Unyielding, located at 80 Piper Road, joined the Covington-Newton Chamber of Commerce Thursday with a ribbon cutting ceremony at the gym. Crossfit Unyielding prides ...

May 14, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Local


House fire reported in Oxford

UPDATE, May 12, 3:20 p.m.: The scene of the house fire has been cleared and traffic is free to travel as normal.

May 12, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Local


Spirit pays

June McDowall accepts a check from Jim Murphy, of Waffle House, for the proceeds of April's Spirit Day. Until midnight tonight, the six Newton ...

May 11, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Living


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One arrested in first Emergency Pawn burglary

The Covington Police Department (CPD) has made an arrest in the Feb. 18 burglary at Emergency Pawn.

March 25, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Crime


Tree falls on house Tuesday

A large tree fell on a Mill Village house during Tuesday night's storms. According to a Covington Fire Department spokesman, the tree fell onto the house at 6217 Collins St. N.E. at around 9:30 p.m. March 21. CFD cleared the house and reported no entrapments or injuries. (Darryl Welch | The Covington News)

March 24, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Local


Newton High School principal announces resignation

Newton High School principal John Ellenberg has announced his resignation, effective at the end of the school year.

March 24, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Education


BOC sends IGA back to subcommittee

The Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) voted March 21 to send its intergovernmental agreement (IGA) with the Solid Waste Authority (SWA) back to the joint BOC/SWA subcommittee for further revision.

March 24, 2017 | Darryl Welch | County


BOC approves procurement and check writing policy

The Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) adopted a new procurement and check writing policy at its March 21 meeting.

March 24, 2017 | Darryl Welch | County


BOC approves new Code of Ethics

The Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) voted March 21 to approve the county's new Code of Ethics.

March 24, 2017 | Darryl Welch | County


Suspicious activity leads to drug arrest

A Covington man was arrested on drug charges after an observant Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) deputy saw him loitering in the parking lot of a closed business.

March 24, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Crime


Oxford man sentenced in kidnapping case

An Oxford man has received a 45-year sentence with the first 17 to be served in prison for kidnapping, aggravated assault with the intent to rape and false imprisonment.

March 24, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Crime


BOC rescinds bid proposal

The Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) voted Tuesday night to rescind a RFQP #16-06A (Request for Qualifications and Proposals) from March 2016. The RFPQ solicited bids for solid waste service for the unincorporated parts of Newton County.

March 22, 2017 | Darryl Welch | County


Oxford College holds disaster drill

If you saw fire trucks, police cars and medic units on the campus of Oxford College Tuesday morning, don't be alarmed. It was just a drill.

March 21, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Education


NCSO H.E.A.T. Unit reports St. Patrick’s Day weekend stats

The Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) H.E.A.T. (Highway Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic) Unit tallies more than 100 traffic violations, including nine driving under the influence (DUI) charges over the St. Patrick's Day holiday weekend.

March 20, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Crime


SPLOST vote set for Tuesday

With less than 48 hours remaining before voters in Newton County go to the polls for the county's 2017 SPLOST vote, the fate of the penny sales tax is still up in the air.

March 20, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Local


Welch: CPD week 7: Time to use what we’ve learned

It's hard to believe that we're at week seven of the Porterdale Police Department's Citizens Police Academy. Just two more classes and we graduate.

March 20, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Opinion


SPLOST funding will impact Newton’s cities

In addition for funding Newton County projects such as transportation and the Yellow River Trail, the 2017 SPLOST vote Tuesday will also have impact on the county's cities.

March 20, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Local


SWA approves revised IGA, BOC to vote next

By a 4-3 vote, the Newton County Solid Waste Authority (SWA) approved changes to the Intergovernmental Agreement between it and the Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) Thursday night.

March 17, 2017 | Darryl Welch | County


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