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Illegal dumping reported in Covington

The Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) responded to a report of illegal dumping in Covington Sunday.

March 27, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Crime


County vehicle stolen from landfill

A county service vehicle was reportedly stolen from the Newton County Landfill Sunday and later found.

March 27, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Crime


Stoney Bowles: “The pride of Covington”

Marietta native Stoney Bowles travelled a long way to be a "2017 Faces of Newton County" honoree. Those travels took him into burning buildings and ...

March 26, 2017 | Darryl Welch | FACES OF NEWTON


Stan Edwards: A lifetime of service

Like many of this year's "Faces of Newton County" honorees, newly elected Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) member Stan Edwards has a desire ...

March 26, 2017 | Darryl Welch | FACES OF NEWTON


Ronnie Cowan: Making peace in Newton County

A common thread among many of this year's "Faces of Newton County" honorees is a desire to serve. That is especially true for new ...

March 26, 2017 | Darryl Welch | FACES OF NEWTON


Marcello Banes: Living to serve Newton County

"Faces of Newton County" honoree Marcello Banes made history in November of 2016 when he became the first African-American to be elected Chairman of the ...

March 26, 2017 | Darryl Welch | FACES OF NEWTON


Welch: CPD week 8: Not Guilty!

Testifying in court can be a stressful experience even if you're just a witness. At week eight of the Porterdale Police Department (PPD) Citizens ...

March 26, 2017 | Darryl Welch | OPINION


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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

March 24, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Crime


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NCSO investigates burglary in Oxford

Investigators from the Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) are looking into a business break-in in Oxford.

January 24, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Crime


Littering reported in Oxford

On Jan 17, Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) responded to a report of littering on Moore Street in Oxford.

January 24, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Crime


Cars broken into outside Covington sports bar

Covington Police Department (CPD) responded to a report of a car break-in outside of Five O'clock Somewhere sports bar on Turner Lake Road early Saturday morning.

January 24, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Crime


BOC, SWA hold joint work session

A large group of concerned citizens turned out at the Historic Newton County Courthouse Monday night for the first-ever joint work session between the county's board of commissioners (BOC) and solid waste authority (SWA).

January 24, 2017 | Darryl Welch | County


Detectives investigating robbery at Krystal on Hwy 278

Detectives with the Covington Police Department (CPD) are investigating an armed robbery at the Krystal located at 3230 US-278 on Jan 22.

January 23, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Crime


Oxford College celebrates the life of Martin Luther King Jr.

Songs and words of inspiration filled the air Wednesday night in Oxford as believers in a dream packed the Historic Old Church for the Oxford College annual Celebration of The Life of Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 22, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Education


Newton County addresses accounting problems discovered in financial audit

Newton County is implementing changes to address issues discovered during the forensic audit of the county's financial practices last year, according to a news release from Newton County Public Information Officer Bryan Fazio.

January 21, 2017 | Darryl Welch | County


Weapons taken in trailer theft

On Jan 18, Covington Police (CPD) responded to Elite Auto Collision at 8415 Hazelbrand Road on a report of a stolen trailer. The trailer reportedly contained two rifles.

January 20, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Crime


Oxford hears proposal for downtown development

At an informational meeting Wednesday afternoon, the Oxford City Council heard and saw a proposal to bring a mixed use development to the town. Randy Vinson of Live Work Building Company made the presentation.

January 18, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Cities


County manager addresses Grand Jury Presentment

In the Jan. 15 edition of The Covington News, a legal noticed was published on order of the Superior Court of Newton County State Court of Georgia. The notice was an "Order to Publish Grand Jury Presentments" recommending a deeper look into the county's forensic audit.

January 18, 2017 | Darryl Welch | County


Commissioners discuss trash pick-up during marathon meeting

The Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) held a four-hour meeting Tuesday night before a mostly full chamber at the Historic Newton Courthouse. Many in the large crowd had come to get information on and express their concerns to the board about the county's pending agreement with Advance Disposal Systems Inc. (ADS) for trash pick-up in unincorporated parts of the county.

January 18, 2017 | Darryl Welch | County


Porterdale accepts donated bus

On Monday, the Porterdale City Council accepted the donation of a wheelchair ramp-equipped bus. The bus was donated by the Newton County School System (NCSS).

January 13, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Cities


Porterdale approves Waffle House rezoning

In its first meeting of the new year and one of its lengthier meetings in recent memory, the Porterdale City Council approved the rezoning of a 0.89 acre parcel of land along the Covington Bypass to accommodate the construction of Newton County's newest Waffle House.

January 12, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Cities


CPD: Traffic stop leads to drug arrest in Covington

A traffic stop for a busted taillight resulted in the arrest of a Covington man on drug charges.

January 11, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Crime


NCSO: Traffic stop leads to two arrests

Two people were arrested when a traffic stop for an equipment issue on Highway 81 turned up outstanding warrants and other infractions on the driver and a passenger.

January 11, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Crime


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