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Local resident receives musical honor

Covington resident James (Tim) Walden Sr. will be inducted into the Independent Country Music Hall fo Fame Sept. 17 during the Josie Music Awards in ...

June 18, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Living

Have You Ever Thought… Why Do We Have Father’s Day

As families gather to celebrate Father's Day today, let me share a very vital reminder that I got from a decision that another father ...

June 18, 2017 | Wiley Stephens | Living

Pace: Contemplating Father’s Day

I've been a father for almost five years, and it's been one of the hardest experiences of my life and yet also the ...

June 18, 2017 | Lyn Pace | Religion

No summer rest for new-look Newton boys basketball team

MORROW, Ga. – If you closed your eyes and walked into the Clayton State University gymnasium on Friday night, you may have thought it was late ...

June 17, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Newton

FOOTBALL RECRUITING: Life after football persuades Newton's Jaison Taylor to commit to Navy

COVINGTON, Ga. - Once upon a time, Jaison Taylor had aspirations not unlike most high school football players.

June 17, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Newton

Newton County Jail Log: June 15

James Miles Avery, 59, Lithonia, June 8, defective equipment, driving while license suspended/revoked, giving false name, address or birthdate to law enforcement

June 17, 2017 | Staff Report | Crime

Covington Housing Authority narrows executive director search to three

COVINGTON, Ga. - The Housing Authority of The City of Covington has narrowed the search of its next executive director down to three candidates.

June 16, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Covington

NCSS announces Educator Hall of Fame

The Newton County School System (NCSS) has established the NCSS Educator Hall of Fame to honor and recognize the outstanding and memorable retired educators who ...

June 16, 2017 | Staff Report | Education

SWMA elects new officers, gives final approval to bonds

COVINGTON, Ga. – The Newton County Solid Waste Management Authority (SWMA) elected a new chairman and gave final approval to a $25 million bond issuance at ...

June 16, 2017 | Darryl Welch | County

1976 skeletal remains could be local

GREECE, N.Y. - Investigators with the Greece Police Department in Greece, New York are asking for your help to identity an unknown child found in ...

June 16, 2017 | Staff Report | State

UPDATE: Authorities: Inmates captured after chase, crash

UPDATE, 9:10 p.m.:

June 15, 2017 | Associated Press | State

Escaped Georgia prison inmates recaptured in Tennessee

SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Two escaped inmates sought in the killings of two guards on a Georgia prison bus were captured after a chase and being ...

June 15, 2017 | Kate Brumback Associated Press | State

BOC votes to amend IGA, sell landfill

COVINGTON, Ga. – The Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) voted Tuesday night at a special called meeting to amend its intergovernmental agreement (IGA) with the ...

June 15, 2017 | Darryl Welch | County

NCSO following every lead on escaped prisoners

UPDATE: Two escaped inmates captured in Tennessee after manhunt in slayings of two Georgia prison guards.

June 15, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Crime

PREP FOOTBALL: Alcovy places third in the Kirby Smart 7v7 tourney at UGA

ATHENS, Ga. – The Alcovy Tigers are proving once again to be a difficult out in 7-on-7 passing league tournaments.

June 15, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Alcovy

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Regional meet track results show sectionals qualifiers

All three Newton County schools wrapped up regional track meets this past week and will now prepare for sectionals. The top four qualifiers in regionals will qualify for sectionals and a chance to advance to the state meet.

April 23, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Sports

Newton's Jaquan Henderson, Josh Tukes get glimpse of Georgia Tech future

ATLANTA, Ga. - Josh Tukes and Jaquan Henderson got a glimpse of their future Friday night.

April 23, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Newton

Alcovy football ready for freshman focus this week

By the time the Alcovy football team's freshman-to-be get through with coach Chris Edgar this week, he'll be expecting the current eighth graders to execute a wardrobe change.

April 23, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Alcovy

Peachtree Academy spring sports excelling down season's stretch

Peachtree Academy is having a successful spring on the court, field and track. During the last weekend, the Panthers placed two baseball and three softball players in the annual Georgia Independent Christian Athletic Association (GICAA) All star games. Hosted by Peachtree Academy, selected by the GICAA, the Georgia State Newton Campus field came alive with players and families from all over Georgia. With Georgia State serving as the Peachtree AcademyPanthers' home fields, this was quite an honor for the school to host the event.

April 23, 2017 | Staff Report | Peachtree Academy

JJ Holloman finds comfort on big stage at UGA's G-Day

ATHENS, Ga. - According to second year Georgia football coach Kirby Smart, the reason why 66,000-plus fans came out on a Saturday to watch a glorified spring practice is to be entertained by a high octane passing game.

April 23, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Newton

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson feels good about spring progress

ATLANTA, Ga. - The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets - future homes of Newton High standouts Jaquan Henderson and Josh Tukes - played their annual Gold vs. White spring football game to approximately 8,000 fans in Historic Bobby Dodd Stadium on Friday night.

April 23, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Sports

Roseberry: Team of cities

Why do Newton County's cities seem to be able to go about the business of governing without a lot of controversy? At public forums, that question was often asked of Newton County mayors. It was prompted, of course, by the seemingly endless string of controversies at the county level.

April 23, 2017 | Jerry Roseberry | Columnists

Yarbrough: Georgia’s first ladies make their own mark in state

You may have read about the sudden resignation of Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley last week. The "Luv Guv" as he was known in the local media was facing impeachment proceedings for campaign finance violations and allegations of some boy-girl hanky-panky with one of his top aides.

April 23, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists

GSU celebrates Earth Day

Georgia State University's Newton Campus celebrated Earth Day April 20 by bringing in vendors and exhibitors from all over Newton County, including a beekeeper, representatives from Snapping Shoals EMC local artists, Burge Organic Farm, Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful, and others. The program was coordinated by Dr. Sallie Paschal, the Newton Campus faculty advisor for the campus Earth Club.

April 23, 2017 | Staff Report | Education

Have You Ever Thought… You might find yourself attending the Annual Hornyhead tournament, festival?

It is time again for the Hornyhead Fishing Tournament and Festival in Newborn. It will be this coming Saturday, April 29. With the competition for catching the winning fish starting at 8 a.m. This will mark the 31st time the Festival has been held.

April 23, 2017 | Wiley Stephens | Living

Owens: Hurry up and wait

For Spring Break my wife and I decided to take a trip to Baltimore. The trip went great until the terrible weather on that Wednesday that cancelled flights.

April 23, 2017 | Rev. E. Chip Owens | Religion

Don’t miss this free, fun outdoors event: 21st Annual J.A.K.E.S. Day at Charlie Elliott

MANSFIELD, Ga. – Come get "wild" at a free outdoor fun day celebrating the 21st annual J.A.K.E.S. DAY at the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center near Mansfield, scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sat., May 20.

April 23, 2017 | Staff Report | Agriculture

Marshall’s Music Minute: Goodbye to ‘The Minute’

Hello again, dear readers, and it's so good to be back with you again on the pages of The Covington News, this fine publication that strives to tell the story of our lives.

April 23, 2017 | Marshall McCart | Living

Covington Police: Led by experience

COVINGTON, Ga. - With more than 128 years of combined policing experience under the belts of the Covington Police Department (CPD) command staff, Police Chief Stacey Cotton said he could not do his job without the men and women in his department.

April 22, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Covington

Back for court: Murder suspect returns to court annually

COVINGTON, Ga. - Vasile Chisinau Ciorba first appeared in Newton County courtroom nearly 13 years ago charged with the bludgeoning death of his wife. He was back in court Thursday for a competency hearing.

April 22, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Crime

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