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Man on the Street: Is there someone from Newton County that could play in the NFL one day?

With the Falcons making it to the Big Game, The Covington News decided it was time to talk football. All the athletic talent in Newton ...

January 28, 2017 | Jarred Todd covintern@covnews.com | Your Thoughts

School system announces initiative to address poverty

Speaking before community leaders Thursday, Jan. 26, Samantha Fuhrey, superintendent for the Newton County School System (NCSS), announced a new initiative aimed at better serving ...

January 28, 2017 | Duane M. Ford | Education

Work continues at Henderson’s intersection

Utility relocation activity is currently underway in the realignment of Henderson Mill Road at its intersection of Highway 36, according to Georgia Department of Transportation ...

January 27, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | County

Expired tag leads to drug, weapon arrests in Porterdale

Two people were arrested and the Porterdale Police Department (PPD) took drugs and guns off the street after a routine check of an expired tag ...

January 27, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Crime

Jeffares: Keeping a balanced budget

Budget Week at the Capitol has come and gone with joint appropriations meetings with the General Assembly to discuss balancing Georgia's budget for the ...

January 27, 2017 | | LEGISLATIVE UPDATES

President Trump declares Major Disaster for Georgia

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that Federal disaster assistance has been made available to the state of Georgia to supplement ...

January 27, 2017 | Staff Report | STATE

Dirty license plate leads to $1,590 fine for motorist

GRANTVILLE, Ga. (AP) - A dirty license plate cost Linda Ford $1,590 that she can't afford.

June 02, 2016 | Associated Press | STATE

Atlanta to host Super Bowl in 2019

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - If you spend billions of dollars to build it, they will come.

May 24, 2016 | Associated Press | STATE

Georgia governor's vetoes on guns, faith bucked his GOP base

ATLANTA (AP) - When Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal recently vetoed bills allowing guns on college campuses and shielding religious people who deny people services based on ...

May 04, 2016 | Associated Press | STATE

Parents complaints about yoga prompt changes at Kennesaw school

KENNESAW, Ga. (AP) - A Georgia elementary school is changing the way it conducts yoga activities in classrooms after parents complained.

March 23, 2016 | Associated Press | STATE

Savannah parade on St. Patrick's Day a tradition since 1824

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Thousands of revelers are gathering in Savannah for St. Patrick's Day, the coastal city's largest celebration of the year.

March 17, 2016 | Associated Press | STATE

Georgia's unemployment rate holds steady

ATLANTA (AP) - State labor officials say Georgia's unemployment rate is holding steady.

March 17, 2016 | Associated Press | STATE

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SWA members urge caution with solid waste contract

Some members of the Newton County Solid Waste Authority (SWA) are asking for changes and urging caution as the authority considers approving the county's contract with Advanced Disposal Systems (ADS) to provide mandatory curbside trash pick-up in the county.

January 26, 2017 | Darryl Welch | County

JDA elects officers for 2017

The Joint Development Authority (JDA) of Jasper, Morgan, Newton and Walton Counties held its first meeting of 2017 Jan. 25 at the Old Moore House, Stanton Springs, in Social Circle.

January 26, 2017 | Darryl Welch | LOCAL

Suspicious behavior leads to two arrests in Covington

Suspicious behavior and observant police work led to the arrest of two men in Covington early Monday. It also possibly prevented a crime.

January 26, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Crime

Complete performance gives No. 1 Newton blowout win over Grayson

Newton vs. Grayson, part two was supposed to be a matchup of the top two squads in Region 8-AAAAAAA.

January 25, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Newton

Georgia Lottery Corp. raises over half-billion dollars for HOPE, Pre-K

Georgia Lottery Corp. officials announced today that fiscal year 2017 first-half and second-quarter profits have reached their highest since inception in 1993. Georgia Lottery profits for the first half of fiscal year 2017 soared to $541 million – $24.5 million ahead of last year's record. Second-quarter profits transferred to the State Treasury's Lottery for Education Account will amount to $267.4 million, surpassing last year's second-quarter transfer by more than $4.8 million.

January 25, 2017 | Staff Report | STATE

Newton County Jail Log: Jan. 25

Michelle Piercette Arnold Jr., 19, Covington, Jan. 19, hold for other agency (Clayton County Sheriff's Office)

January 25, 2017 | Staff Report | Crime

Covington business owner reports illegal dumping

Jack Philips, owner of The Cork Boutique and Gifts and Irish Bred Pub and Restaurant in downtown Covington, came before the Covington City Council last week to express his interest in volunteering for one of the city's various committees. However, he also expressed concern about illegal dumping at his businesses.

January 25, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Covington

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

Senators Isakson, Perdue lead Senate in moment of silence for Georgia tornado victims

U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and David Perdue (R-GA) today led the U.S. Senate in a moment of silence to reflect on the lives lost over the weekend during the deadly tornadoes that touched down in south central Georgia.

January 24, 2017 | Staff Report | STATE

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

Harold “Hal” Lee Stapp

Harold "Hal" Lee Stapp Jr., of Porterdale, passed away Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017 at the age of 45. He was born in Covington to the late Harold Sr. and Flora Raydene Stapp.

January 24, 2017 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

How to help kids in your community

People give back to their communities in various ways. Some support local charities by volunteering or making financial donations, while others may deliver meals to convalescents who cannot leave their homes.

January 24, 2017 | Staff Report | LIVING

Get involved with youth organizations

Volunteer work can benefit volunteers emotionally and physically. Many people aspire to get involved by donating their time or resources, but they may not know which avenue to take. Leading a youth organization or mentoring children can change the lives of both children and volunteers in numerous ways.

January 24, 2017 | Staff Report | LIVING

University of North Georgia announces President's Lists for fall 2016

University of North Georgia President Bonita Jacobs recognizes more than 1,300 students who achieved a 4.0 grade point average during the fall 2016 semester.

January 24, 2017 | Staff Report | Education

The New Jazzercise to offer free classes all year for girls 16-21

Leading global dance fitness company Jazzercise, Inc. is proud to announce a new initiative for 2017 that supports the growth and development of young women by offering free classes to girls aged 16-21. Dubbed GirlForce, the program aims to empower young women by giving them a place to get fit, learn healthy habits, and find a place they belong in their communities.

January 24, 2017 | Staff Report | Health

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