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Weapons taken in trailer theft

On Jan 18, Covington Police (CPD) responded to Elite Auto Collision at 8415 Hazelbrand Road on a report of a stolen trailer. The trailer reportedly ...

January 20, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Crime

GBI announces distribution of demonstration dolls

On Thursday, Jan. 19, at 1 p.m., the Georgia Bureau of Investigation's (GBI) Child Fatality Review Unit hosted an event to announce the ...

January 20, 2017 | Staff Report | STATE

Covington mayor makes statement on housing authority

Covington Mayor Ronnie Johnston said he is working closely with the Housing Authority of the City of Covington after reports of missing money within the ...

January 19, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Covington

Leila I. (Thomas) Wilhelm

Leila I. (Thomas) Wilhelm, 73, of Cross Hill, South Carolina, formerly of Covington; passed away Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017 at Self Regional Medical Center in ...

January 19, 2017 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

Covington mayor votes to shop local

In a $40 decision of whether or not to shop at a local car dealership versus an out-of-town dealership, Covington Mayor Ronnie Johnston made the ...

January 18, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Covington

Victim of fatal house fire unknown

An unknown male has been pronounced dead after a house fire Jan. 9 on Pine Glenn Circle, in Covington.

January 18, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Covington

Oxford hears proposal for downtown development

At an informational meeting Wednesday afternoon, the Oxford City Council heard and saw a proposal to bring a mixed use development to the town. Randy ...

January 18, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Cities

County manager addresses Grand Jury Presentment

In the Jan. 15 edition of The Covington News, a legal noticed was published on order of the Superior Court of Newton County State Court ...

January 18, 2017 | Darryl Welch | County

Commissioners discuss trash pick-up during marathon meeting

The Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) held a four-hour meeting Tuesday night before a mostly full chamber at the Historic Newton Courthouse. Many in ...

January 18, 2017 | Darryl Welch | County

Senators Isakson, Perdue announce 2 Georgia students selected for U.S. Senate Youth Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and David Perdue (R-GA) today announced that two Georgia high school students have been selected as ...

January 17, 2017 | Staff Report | STATE

Eastridge prepares for first service in new location

Eastridge Community Church will hold its first service in its new Jackson Lake Campus building at 14200 Highway 36 Feb. 12 at 10:45 a ...

January 17, 2017 | Staff Report | Religion

Newton Rams continue climbing national polls

The Newton boys basketball team keeps on grabbing national accolades.

January 17, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Newton

PREP BASKETBALL: Region standings and upcoming games

Games this week:

January 17, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | SPORTS

Game wardens recover missing 9-year-old Lake Jackson boating incident victim

Game Wardens from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement (DNR LE) Division recovered the body of Amelia Whitlock,9, of Jackson, in the ...

January 17, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL

PREP BASKETBALL: A Midseason report card on Newton County hoops

Believe it or not, we've reached the midpoint of the basketball season, and the grades are in.

January 17, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | SPORTS

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Newton READS gets volunteer award

Newton County READS, a 501(c) (3) agency serving Covington and Newton County, recently was awarded for their volunteer services.

December 01, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Rail corridor now up for public sale

The no-longer-used Norfolk Southern railroad line that runs through Newton County is now up for public sale.

December 01, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Pedestrian killed trying to cross road

Benita O'Neal Marks, 57, of Covington, was killed Thursday as she attempted to cross Ga. Highway 36 at Lassiter Street around 6:50 p.m.

A 2007 Ford F150 driven by Derrick Nichols of Covington was traveling south when Marks reportedly stepped in front of his vehicle, according to Georgia State Patrol spokesman Gordy Wright. Nichols did stop his vehicle when he struck Marks.

December 01, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Baxter coming could help big development

Plans are moving forward on a massive mixed-use residential and commercial development in Conyers, and, although the project isn't aimed at Baxter International employees, project officials believe the modern development could benefit from the medical company's arrival.

December 01, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Explaining the next education SPLOST

The Newton County School Board recently approved moving forward with the education Special Local Option Sales Tax referendum, but that's just the beginning. The BOE wants to continue SPLOST, but some taxpayers are dubious - so how does that one cent affect the students of Newton County?

What is the education SPLOST?

December 01, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Georgia falls in SEC Championship

ATLANTA (AP) - No. 2 Alabama beats No. 3 Georgia 32-28 for SEC crown; sets up BCS title game with Notre Dame.

December 01, 2012 | Associated Press | SPORTS

Parade Proposal

It all started in the eighth grade at Cousins Middle School. That's when 21-year-old Andrew Terrell first saw Kaila Sills in his homeroom. That first meeting led the couple to where they are today. Engaged after a surprise proposal at the annual Covington Christmas parade Saturday.

December 01, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Bobby L. Smith Sr.

Bobby L. Smith Sr., 82, of Covington, passed away Nov. 30.

Mr. Smith worked for White's Department Store for 37 years and Cohen's Department Store for more than 10 years. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and friend to many. He was loved dearly by his family and friends, and highly respected in the community. He was a member of the Voice of Pentecost where he served as a trustee and Sunday school superintendent. He enjoyed camping, gardening, wood-working and singing. Mr. Smith was preceded in death by his parents Victor and Rose Smith.

December 01, 2012 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

Eagles, Tigers meet up with opposite streaks

The Newton Rams and Alcovy Tigers squared off in a matchup of top teams in one of the state's better regions Saturday night.

While the game finished after press time, the set up was ripe with story lines. The two teams met in region play for the first time ever; Newton spent the last few years competing at the state's highest level, just missing the postseason in 2011-12; and Alcovy jumped on to the scene reaching the elite eight last year and, oh yeah, the whole area rival thing.

December 01, 2012 | Bryan Fazio | SPORTS

Carter: Riding the Can Do Express

Last Sunday, sitting mesmerized by Cirque du Soleil's Totem, I was struck by how the show challenges our notions of human limitations. With feats of incredible athleticism, agility, strength and grace - framed with soaring imagination and creative artistry - Cirque reveals the amazing possibilities to be discovered beyond the boundaries of what we believe is humanly possible. Every act was something I wouldn't have believed possible before seeing with my own eyes.

Standing outside Le Grand Chapiteau (the Big Top) at intermission, I recalled walking those same grounds decades ago as a young boy touring the Atlantic Steel mill ...

December 01, 2012 | Maurice Carter | Columnists

Perugino: Covington’s annual Christmas parade

My wife and I attended the Christmas parade held today in Covington. The weather was beautiful and the streets and sidewalks were crowded with families and children anxious to acknowledge the coming Christmas season. There were marching bands and parade floats galore. Wait - there was something missing! Except for one band and one float of a manger, there was no sign of a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. I am not one to exclude the secular celebration of Christmas with Santa Claus for a strictly exclusive focus on the birth of our Lord, but neither do I wish ...

December 01, 2012 | William Peruguino | Columnists

Newton County Jail Log, Dec. 2

Carl Alexander Abrams, 24, Baltimore, Md., Nov. 27. Court sentenced.

December 01, 2012 | Staff Report | Crime

Family feud with Bobo and a broom

Police responded to a couple fighting over the custody of their child Friday and arrested one person.

They spoke with the couple and the female reportedly told them her child's father and boyfriend of two years, Kevin Bobo, was threatening to take their 10-moth-old away from her, causing a heated argument between the two.

December 01, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Cushman: Leaders need followers

The passage in Ruth 1:16 highlights what it means to belong: "Wherever you go, I will go; wherever you live, I will live. Your people will be my people, and your God my God."

This was Ruth's response when her mother-in-law Naomi suggested she go back to her own people after the death of her husband, Naomi's son. But Ruth was determined to stay, to be with Naomi.

December 01, 2012 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists

McCoy: The right skills for a crisis

I've been re-reading the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series, and my brain is reeling with spaceships, robots, time travel and towels. But one passage I read is more a real-world warning than it is science fiction. Arthur Dent, the protagonist, is stranded on a remote and primitive planet. Nothing in his training has prepared him for a world that's this simpleminded, and despite his supposed learning and skills, he feels useless. Instead of doing what most useless people do - going into national politics - he opens a sandwich shop. He's a survivor and he's found ...

December 01, 2012 | David McCoy | Columnists

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