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I-20 west near Salem Rd. blocked

An accident on I-20 west just before the Salem Road exit (exit 84) has backed up traffic until around the Almon Road exit.

April 16, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

A year after background check defeat, modest goals

WASHINGTON (AP) - Democratic worries about this November's elections, a lack of Senate votes and House opposition are forcing congressional gun-control supporters to significantly winnow their 2014 agenda, a year after lawmakers scuttled President Barack Obama's effort to pass new curbs on firearms.

April 16, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Rams top Tigers on Senior Night

The Newton High School varsity baseball team made a clean sweep of Region 2-AAAAAA rival Alcoy on Senior Night Tuesday, defeating the Tigers 6-1 at home.

April 15, 2014 | Xavier McKnight | Newton

Porterdale FD's Spring Fling

Spring is known as a time for cleaning and renewal.

April 15, 2014 | Staff Report | Porterdale

Molly's Corner has a brand new spot

On April 15, local flower and container shop Molly's relocated from Floyd Street to Usher Street in Covington next to Ramsey's Produce.

April 15, 2014 | Xavier McKnight | LOCAL

Annual Fairy House Festival to return

Covington's Chimney Park will once again host the Fairy House Festival on Saturday, May 3, from 2-5 p.m.

April 15, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Bizzy Bee Exterminators acquires ace exterminating company

A Newton County family-owned business has now expanded its reach to include Gwinnett County after merging with another family-owned business.

April 15, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Political campaign signs stolen

Georgia State House District 112 candidate Ester Fleming reported stolen campaign signs to the Newton County Sheriff's Office recently.

April 15, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Sinking soil replaced at armory

Covington's National Guard armory is getting a nearly $1 million upgrade, including replacing the collapsing soil under the parking lot which has caused sinkholes to form and has caused one corner of the armory to sink.

April 15, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Mansfield still trying to set election date

Mansfield officials are still trying to pick dates to hold a special election to permanently fill the mayor's seat, which was vacated when Estona Middlebrooks resigned from the position March 6.

April 15, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

We ride to provide gets help

When a memorial escort was on its way to return K9 Sasha, a fallen police dog, to her home in Warwick, Ga., Holly Cripps noticed a white car had kept up with them for several miles. She saw a little girl, on her way from Roswell to Florida for a family vacation, holding up a white, handwritten sign from the window.

April 15, 2014 | Kayla Robins | Porterdale

New tourism trolley makes its debut

The Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony for its newly leased trolley Tuesday.

April 15, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Leading the attack on Iwo Jima

Japanese soldiers wore gas masks to suppress the nauseating smell of sulfur as they dug deep into the bowels of Iwo Jima. Eventually, an 11-mile maze of tunnels would connect underground barracks, hospitals, ammo dumps, water supplies and foodstuffs. Above the tunnels, bunkers and pillboxes by the hundreds awaited the American assault that was inevitable.

April 15, 2014 | Pete Mecca | A VETERAN'S STORY

Mrs. Deborah Corley

Deborah Corley Taylor, of Covington, passed away April 14, 2014, at the age of 56. She enjoyed attending her sons' sporting events and reading, but most of all she loved spending time with her adored grandchildren. She was a devoted employee of Gene Hyde Trucking for many years.

April 15, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS

The sisterhood has come to town

Three friends of Newton County hosted the grand opening of their brand new gift shop April 1, the Ya-Ya Sisters N More. The three friends are Faith Ford, Rita Johnston and Gail Caruth.The business was inspired by Ford, a local entrepreneur who has owned a business in Covington before.

April 15, 2014 | Xavier McKnight | LIFE

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4.1 magnitude earthquake felt in Georgia

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Residents of South Carolina and Georgia had finally begun to relax after weathering another winter storm when the earth shuddered.

February 14, 2014 | JEFFREY COLLINS and LISA J. ADAMS, Associated Press | LOCAL

Newton firefighter dies in wreck

Newton County Firefighter Brad Michael Eavenson died in a motor vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 278 at Dixie Road at approximately 1 a.m. Friday, according to a press release from Newton County Fire Chief Kevin O'Brien.

February 14, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

GA scales back response as conditions improve

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal says the state is scaling back its emergency operations as conditions improve following a winter storm that dumped snow and ice on the state.

February 14, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

About 180,000 without power in Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) - Nearly a million homes and businesses in Georgia lost power after a storm blanketed the region with snow and ice, but most had power restored by Friday morning.

February 14, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Sheriff cancels Valentine's Day as ice slams South

ATLANTA (AP) - A sheriff in northeastern Georgia said he was canceling Valentine's Day because of the bad weather, telling men they were off the hook for the romantic gifts their partners may be expecting.

February 14, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Fire kills girl during power outage; candle blamed

MILLEN, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say a 5-year-old east Georgia girl has died after a candle sparked a fire in her home, which had lost power after this week's ice storm.

February 14, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Delivery on its way to Highway 36

The Covington News was able to deliver most papers for the Friday edition Thursday night.

February 14, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Former manager, All-Star Jim Fregosi dies at 71

ATLANTA (AP) - Jim Fregosi, a former All-Star who won more than 1,000 games as a manager for four teams, died Friday after an apparent stroke. He was 71.

February 14, 2014 | Associated Press | AP NEWS

Black ice keeping Georgia roads treacherous

ATLANTA (AP) - Authorities are urging Georgia drivers to be cautious on streets and highways, as melting snow and ice forms treacherous conditions in some spots.

February 14, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

Landscaping lawsuit officially filed against county

Newton County's former landscape contractor Billy Durden officially filed a lawsuit against the county Feb. 7 claiming the county illegally terminated his contract, but the two sides are expected to discuss the case next week.

February 13, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Just a Thought: God hates sins, not sinners

God hates sin, not sinners. He hates sin because of what it does to the sinner (redeemed and unredeemed). For the redeemed, yielding themselves to sin can lead them back into the dominant control and slavery they have been set free from. For the unredeemed, sin piled upon sin takes them deeper into sin and farther from a sensitivity to God and need for salvation. Sin at its most basic form means to "miss the mark" Romans 2:23 tells us we have all done this. So in essence sin is sin is sin. But there are some sins God ...

February 13, 2014 | William Burnham | Columnists

A lesson in real love

OK guys, we've got a problem, it's Valentine's Day. If there was ever a day the pressure is on to prove your love, this is it. And there are countless ideas out there, but every one of them could just as easily backfire, since one woman might love what another would not. And if you ask your special someone how you can show your love, well, then you run the risk of her saying that if you really loved her you'd know.

February 13, 2014 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Columnists

Motorcyclist charged with DUI

A man was arrested and charged with DUI after reportedly crashing his motorcycle while trying to pull out of a bar Monday.

February 13, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL

Day of snow helps 'Days for Girls'

A group of students at Oxford College used one of their snow days off from classes to complete a service project geared toward young girls and women globally who don't have the means for feminine hygiene products.

February 13, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL

Fires in the storm

The Covington and Newton County fire departments responded to two fires overnight Wednesday and Thursday morning, in the midst of snow from the 2014 winter storm.

February 13, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

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