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Ex-Georgia county commissioner pleads guilty to molestation

MCDONOUGH, Ga. (AP) - A former Henry County commissioner has pleaded guilty to charges of child molestation.

June 08, 2017 | Associated Press | State

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 ...

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 ...

June 07, 2017 | Darryl Welch | County

Wayne Haynie resigns from Solid Waste Management Authority

COVINGTON, Ga. - Wayne Haynie resigned from the Newton County Solid Waste Management Authority (SWMA), effective Monday, June 5.

June 07, 2017 | Staff Report | County

Hoke Waddy Batson

Hoke Waddy Batson, of Covington, passed away June 2, 2017 at 80 years of age. A proud veteran of the United States Army, Mr. Batson ...

June 07, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries

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 ...

June 06, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Cities

Johnston sparks new term limits conversation

COVINGTON, Ga. - Covington Mayor Ronnie Johnston clarified during Monday night's Covington City Council meeting that he was, in fact, in favor of term limits ...

June 06, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Covington

New summer day camp inspires young girls

Camp Girls Building Businesses (GBB) is a summer day camp for girls between the ages of 7 to 14. The camp focuses on educating, empowering ...

June 06, 2017 | Staff Report | Living

Peachtree Academy stresses importance of physical fitness

Just recently Peachtree Academy's baseball and tennis teams earned state championship titles.

June 06, 2017 | Staff Report | Education

Archives from The Piedmont Chronicles: Starrsville, GA

*originally published in 2012

June 06, 2017 | Marshall McCart | Columnists

NCSS Students Participate in GMEA District IV Honor Band

Newton County School System students were out in full force recently representing the school district in the Georgia Music Educator Association's 2017 District IV ...

June 06, 2017 | Staff Report | Education

Backyard Beekeeping offered at the Rock

Join the buzz this summer at Rock Eagle 4-H Center as we learn about all things bees and beekeeping.

June 06, 2017 | Staff Report | Agriculture

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 ...

June 05, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Crime

Joan “Maw Maw” Stone

Joan "Maw Maw" Stone, of Oxford, passed away June 3, 2017, at 90 years of age. An active member of Allen Memorial United Methodist Church ...

June 05, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries

Deborah Ann Roberts Reid

Deborah Ann Roberts Reid, affectionately called "Sister". The oldest of five children was born on January 27, 1955, to the late Mr. Willie Clarence Roberts ...

June 05, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries

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IDA approves Three Ring Studios bond resolution

COVINGTON, Ga. – The Newton County Industrial Development Authority (NCIDA) voted to approve a resolution to issue $106,700,000 in industrial revenue bonds for the Three Ring Studios project at its April 26 meeting.

April 26, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Covington

Eastside boys golf team punches ticket to state tournament

Eastside's boys golf team ensured Monday night that they'll keep the clubs out through the end of may.

April 26, 2017 | Staff Report | Eastside

Johnston steps down from SWA position

COVINGTON, Ga. - Covington Mayor Ronnie Johnston stepped down from his position on the Newton County Solid Waste Authority (SWA) Monday, April 24 after claiming the conditions of the authority were not something under which he could volunteer.

April 26, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | County

TVs, computers taken in Covington burglary

COVINGTON, Ga.- Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) investigators are looking for the person or persons responsible for burglarizing a Covington house while the resident was away.

April 26, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Crime

School system reviews draft 2017-2018 budget

At an April 25 special called meeting, Newton County School System (NCSS) Board of Education (BOE) members and administrators reviewed an early draft of the NCSS's tentative budget for 2017-2018. The tentative budget now will be finalized and acted on at the BOE's May 9 meeting. Whatever version is approved will be published in The Covington News, the legal organ of Newton County, and thus made available for public review and comment.

April 26, 2017 | Duane M. Ford | Education

VIDEO: Covington woman uses security camera to scare off burglar

COVINGTON, Ga. - A Covington woman who, was not there, scared off a would-be thief inside her home earlier this month by shouting at him through her security camera.

April 26, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Crime

Rep. Jody Hice visits Rotary

U.S. Congressman Jody Hice (R-GA) paid a visit to the Rotary Club of Covington during its April 25 meeting to update the club on activity from Washington D.C. Hice represents Georgia's 10th District, which includes part of Newton County along with Baldwin, Clarke, Morgan, Greene, Walton and Oconee Counties among others.

April 25, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Local

Piedmont Academy girls tennis falls short in state tournament

Piedmont Academy girls tennis players Grayson Bradley and Gracie Hunt competed at the AA state tournament last Monday, at the John Drew Tennis Center located in Macon. Bradley and Hunt faced the No. 1 seed from Grace Christian in Bainbridge in a best two-of-three series. They lost 6-0 and 6-3, but said they were excited to make it as far as they did and feel as if the experience will help them achieve a deeper state run next year.

April 25, 2017 | Staff Report | Sports

Tag check and chase leads to arrests

COVINGTON, Ga. – The driver and passenger on a motorcycle were arrested by Covington Police Department (CPD) Monday evening after fleeing a traffic stop and later being found.

April 25, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Crime

Webpage offers tips on dealing with nuisance wildlife

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. – Even though most wildlife has an inherent fear of people with no interest in coming close to us, animals such as deer, coyotes, bears, raccoons, foxes and skunks often get labeled as a nuisance due to their sometimes intrusive and destructive habits in suburban settings, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources' Wildlife Resources Division. Why? It is because of easy access to "food."

April 25, 2017 | Staff Report | Agriculture

Harrop: Will Trump's Order Help US Tech Workers or Not?

Let's describe the problem with an example. A few years ago, Southern California Edison employed 300 foreign tech workers through the H-1B visa program. They took the jobs of American IT specialists who suffered the added indignity of having to train their replacements.

April 25, 2017 | Froma Harrop | Columnists

Eastside baseball coach Bruce Evans wants 'maturity' from team ahead of playoffs

Last Thursday evening the Eastside baseball team finished the regular season in style after traveling to Salem High and defeating the Seminoles in a doubleheader, 7-0 and 15-0.

April 25, 2017 | Staff Report | Eastside

Driver Services Commissioner welcomes new board member

ATLANTA – Commissioner Spencer R. Moore, Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS), is pleased to announce the appointment of the newest Board Member by Governor Nathan Deal. Gwinnett County resident Jennifer Britt Fleck (Britt) will assume her new role at the Agency's May Board Meeting. The DDS Board is the general policy-making body for DDS, approving all rules and regulations endorsed by the Commissioner.

April 25, 2017 | Staff Report | State

TV, jewelry taken in burglary

COVINGTON, Ga. - A Covington man returned home April 22 after a couple of days away to find that his home had been burglarized and his property stolen.

April 24, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Crime

Immunization is a shared responsibility

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. – Immunization is a shared responsibility. Vaccines are among the most successful and cost-effective public health tools available for preventing disease and death. Vaccines not only help protect our children but can also help protect entire communities by preventing and reducing the spread of infectious diseases. National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) is April 22 – April 29, 2017, and the Gwinnett, Newton, & Rockdale County Health Departments (GNR Health Departments) urges Georgians to speak with a health care provider or doctor to make sure their infants are up-to-date on vaccinations.

April 24, 2017 | Staff Report | Health

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