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Samuel Grady Johnson, Sr.

Samuel Grady Johnson, Sr., 84, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, September 18, 2016, in Covington.

September 21, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

Thomas ‘Tommy’ Jackson Hutchens

Thomas (Tommy) Jackson Hutchens, 73, of Covington, passed quietly Saturday, September 17, 2016. He was born in Newnan on March 28, 1943, to Thomas and ...

September 21, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

BOC summary: No action taken on moratorium or mosque

The moratorium on permits for places of worship came to an end at midnight Sept. 20 after no action was taken by the Newton County ...

September 20, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

The three victims in Monday's fatal accident identified

Two of the three victims in Monday's fatal accident involving a Newton County School System (NCSS) school bus were under the age of 10.

September 20, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Teachers of the year announced by NCSS

The Newton County School System (NCSS) announced its teachers of the year for each of its schools Tuesday.

September 20, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

New pillars installed at Chimney Park

Members of the Satzuki Garden Club and Friends of Newton Parks Board of Directors gathered at Chimney Park Monday, Sept. 12 to dedicate a new ...

September 20, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Pipeline expected to reopen soon

A week after the pipeline leak in Alabama resulted in a gas shortage across the southeastern United States, Colonial Pipeline has announced that construction, fabrication ...

September 20, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

The Latest: Gas prices keep rising in many southern states

ATLANTA (AP) - The Latest on the rupture of the Colonial Pipeline in Alabama (all times local):

September 20, 2016 | Annette Godwin | STATE

Council okays Square gazebo if sponsor is found

It's been a controversial topic for two years, but the Covington City Council voted to approve the building of a gazebo on the Historic ...

September 19, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Police capture immigrant sought in New York-area bombings

LINDEN, N.J. (AP) - An Afghan immigrant wanted for questioning in the bombings that rocked a New York City neighborhood and a New Jersey shore ...

September 19, 2016 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Gov. Nathan Deal signs order to ban gas price gouging

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal issued an executive order Monday prohibiting the hiking of gas prices as a response to the current gas shortage affecting southeastern ...

September 19, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Community steps up for four-year-old

The little girl from Monticello has spent most of the last year in a hospital, battling cancer. Family members in Newton County have been helping ...

September 19, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Gas shortages hit Newton County

Gas stations in Covington and Newton County have been impacted by the current gas shortage affecting the east coast of the United States.

September 19, 2016 | Mariya Lewter | LOCAL

Suspicious package in Atlanta causes building evacuation

ATLANTA (AP) - Authorities say a federal building in downtown Atlanta has been evacuated because of a suspicious package.

September 19, 2016 | Associated Press | STATE

NCSO deputy brings a different tune with El Pariseo

Members of the band El Pariseo know merengue and salsa music provides a joyous sound and want to take that sound and allow people to ...

September 19, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

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Stephen Richard Smith

Stephen Richard Smith, 67, passed away on Sunday, July 24, 2016.

July 27, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

Retired doctor named Newton County deputy coroner

Dr. Michael Grady was sworn in as the new Newton County Deputy Coroner on Monday at the Newton County Courthouse.

July 26, 2016 | Mariya Lewter | LOCAL

Summer registration open for 2016-2017 school year

The Newton County School System (NCSS) will conduct summer registration for the 2016-2017 school year from now until Wednesday, July 28, according to the NCSS website.

July 26, 2016 | Staff Report | Education

Covington man arrested for bringing gun into movie theater

MONACA, Pa. (AP) - A Georgia man is jailed on charges he brought a stolen gun and ammunition into a western Pennsylvania movie theater.

July 25, 2016 | Associated Press | LOCAL

Margie Bryans White

Funeral services for Margie Bryans White, 86, will be held at 1 p.m. Wed., July 27, 2016 in the Chan Stanley Memorial Chapel of Stanley Funeral Home and Crematory, with interment to follow at Northview Cemetery. Rev. Darren Talley will officiate.

July 25, 2016 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

Have you ever thought…

Are you looking for a place to meet with a friend, hold a community meeting or pause for a great cup of coffee? There is just such a place on Emory Street, just before you enter Oxford -- the Common Ground Coffee House.

July 25, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING

4-H’ers discover the magic of no cell phones

Wahsega has long been my favorite 4-H camp, because even today, it's nearly impossible to check e-mail or make a phone call.

July 25, 2016 | Terri Fullerton | LOCAL

Stigma of mental health issues

Mental health is a difficult topic to discuss. As a society we are more willing to talk about goals to eat healthier, exercise more, and follow advice from medical professionals. However, the shame and stigma surrounding mental health concerns -- depression, bipolar disorder, or substance abuse -- create the biggest obstacles to people getting help.

July 25, 2016 | Viewpoint Health | Health

Board of Education approves contract extension for Superintendent Fuhrey

The Newton County Board of Education extended Superintendent Samantha Fuhrey's contract for an additional year. By unanimous vote, school board members approved her contract extension at the July 19 meeting. As a result of this extension, Fuhrey's contract now runs through the completion of the 2018-2019 school year. This is the third contract extension Fuhrey has received since the board selected her as superintendent in 2013. She was initially offered a three-year contract before assuming the duties as school superintendent on July 1, 2013.

July 25, 2016 | Staff Report | Education

A look back at Covington’s role in the 1996 Summer Olympics

The 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil are a few weeks away from taking place. However, this summer also marks the 20 year anniversary of the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta.

July 25, 2016 | Xavier McKnight | LOCAL

BOC adopts reduced hours for convenience centers

A resolution reducing the number of hours that the 11 convenience centers will be opened barely squeaked by when Chair Keith Ellis cast his vote to approve the change in hours at Tuesday night's Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) meeting.

July 25, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

City OKs permit for private school

The Covington City Council approved a Special Use Permit for Alpha Omega Preparatory Academy, a private school for kindergarten through 12th grade students.

July 25, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

NCSO identifies, arrests murder suspect

The Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) Criminal Investigation Division (CID) has arrested a suspect in the murder in Julien R. Wyant, according to a press release Monday.

July 25, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Local cricket club looks to future of the sport

The Covington Conyers Cricket Club (CC) has had its roots in Newton County for the last 16 years. Though the team has a rich history, members feel a strong urge for change in order to ensure a prosperous future.

July 25, 2016 | Mariya Lewter | Recreation

City Pond Park, NCRC host Dixie Boys state tournament

Dixie Boys baseball has been around for several generations. This upcoming August, the organization, which was established in 1957 in Alexandria, Louisiana, will be celebrating 60 years of "providing youth with the opportunity to play baseball," according to a press release.

July 25, 2016 | Mariya Lewter | Recreation

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