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Lions Club celebrates 100 years

COVINGTON, Ga. - The Covington Lions Club celebrated 100 years of service Thursday night. In the celebration, Newton County Chairman Marcello Banes proclaimed June as Lions ...

May 26, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Local

NCSO investigating armed robbery

COVINGTON, Ga. - Investigators with the Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) are looking for the two people responsible for robbing a Covington man Sunday afternoon.

May 25, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Crime

MMCC announces upcoming concerts for the 15th annual Madison Chamber Music Festival

MADISON, Ga. - The 15th annual Madison Chamber Music Festival would like to present its upcoming concerts this June with nationally-esteemed performers in a variety of ...

May 25, 2017 | Staff Report | Living

Tommy Coker

Tommy Coker, age 76, of Social Circle, died on May 21, 2017. He was born in Monroe, GA on April 13, 1941 to the late ...

May 24, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries

Pistol stolen from truck

COVINGTON, Ga. – Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) investigators are looking for the person who stole a pistol out of a pick-up truck over the ...

May 24, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Crime

Pit Bulls reportedly attack pet in carport

OXFORD, Ga. – A 12-year-old Jack Russell Terrier was reportedly attacked and killed by two Pit Bulls at a house in Oxford Sunday morning.

May 24, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Crime

Piedmont Academy students present ‘The Shaggy Raggy’

MONTICELLO, Ga. - Piedmont Academy's K-3 class has been very busy. Teacher, Mrs. Mary Ramsdell and the students have been working together to design and ...

May 24, 2017 | Staff Report | Education

Piedmont Academy celebrates graduating kindergartners

MONTICELLO, Ga. - Piedmont Academy held its Kindergarten commencement ceremony at the Cougar Gymnasium May 16.

May 24, 2017 | Staff Report | Education

Knight dispels rumors on her opinions

COVINGTON, Ga. - City Manager Leigh Anne Knight took a moment during the Covington City Council's May 15 meeting to dispel rumors about her opinion ...

May 23, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Covington

Suspected Emergency Pawn burglar killed in Clayton wreck

CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. - The Covington Police Department (CPD) is investigating if one of the men responsible for the March burglary at Emergency Pawn Shop was ...

May 23, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Crime

An injured Eric Stokes helped Eastside claim a track title

Eric Stokes was hobbled and hurting. He definitely wasn't at 100 percent speed.

May 23, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Eastside

GBI Child Fatality Review Unit releases suicide data

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation's Child Fatality Review Unit is releasing 2017 data on youth suicides. So far in 2017, 18 children have reportedly ...

May 23, 2017 | Staff Report | State

Fall 2017 White House Internship Program application open

The Fall 2017 White House Internship Program application is now open.

May 23, 2017 | Staff Report | State

Smith Receives Municipal Revenue Administration Certificate

COVINGTON, Ga. - Covington Finance Director Randy Smith received a Municipal Revenue Administration Certificate from the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA). The certificate was presented to Smith ...

May 23, 2017 | Staff Report | Covington

Archives from The Piedmont Chronicles: Newton County’s namesake

*Author's note: this piece was originally published in 2011.

May 23, 2017 | Marshall McCart | Columnists

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Covington considers city marshal positions

The City of Covington will meet Monday night to discuss the specifics of possibly adding two City Marshals for code enforcement in the city limits.

March 25, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Covington

Man on the Street: How would you bring businesses into Newton County?

Newton County has been enjoying some economic growth recently. The Covington Town Center, among other developments, will give businesses room to arrive and grow. How would you get those business to come here?

March 25, 2017 | Jarred Todd | Your Thoughts

Pictures of Progress: Three Ring Studios

A plot of land off Highway 142 and City Pond Road is currently being cleared to make way for the construction of Three Ring Studios - South Campus Covington Georgia. The studios will host pre-production/production/post-production of various entertainment projects including film, television, music and video-gaming. Covington's own Passarella Construction Company is the general contractor on the project handling all aspects of the project (clearing to finish landscaping), Vice President of Covington/Newton Economic Development David Bernd said. Bernd said there will be sound stages operational by the end of this year with the completion of the rest of ...

March 25, 2017 | Jarred Todd | Local

Melanie Bell: Filling 40-year-old shoes and making them her own

Newton County Probate Judge Melanie Bell decided she was going to pursue a career in law when she was nine years old and has been at the top of her class ever since pursuing her goal.

March 25, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Faces of Newton

One arrested in first Emergency Pawn burglary

The Covington Police Department (CPD) has made an arrest in the Feb. 18 burglary at Emergency Pawn.

March 25, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Crime

Tree falls on house Tuesday

A large tree fell on a Mill Village house during Tuesday night's storms. According to a Covington Fire Department spokesman, the tree fell onto the house at 6217 Collins St. N.E. at around 9:30 p.m. March 21. CFD cleared the house and reported no entrapments or injuries. (Darryl Welch | The Covington News)

March 24, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Local

Newton High School principal announces resignation

Newton High School principal John Ellenberg has announced his resignation, effective at the end of the school year.

March 24, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Education

BOC sends IGA back to subcommittee

The Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) voted March 21 to send its intergovernmental agreement (IGA) with the Solid Waste Authority (SWA) back to the joint BOC/SWA subcommittee for further revision.

March 24, 2017 | Darryl Welch | County

H. Leon Savage

H. Leon Savage, 83, of Covington, died March 23, 2017. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Anne McDonald Savage; his daughter Tammy Savage Davis and son-in-law Ed Davis. Other survivors include his brother-in-law Walter Hugh "Sonny" McDonald, Jr., Peggy Stallings, and his sister-in-law Judy McDonald Hooten and her husband Dennis Hooten. In addition, Leon was "Unk" to Shawn Hooten-Loftin and her husband Ricky and their two daughters, Rainey and Raleigh along with Trista Hooten-Wilson and her husband Michael as well as sons Cotton Young and Palmer Wilson. He was "Uncle Leon" to: Annson McDonald Bates and Andy ...

March 24, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries

Legislators seek to give BOE authority to set salaries

Newton County's four legislators could not come to a unanimous yes or no decision about the Newton County School System (NCSS) Board of Education's (BOE's) request for a salary increase for each member of the BOE. So they agreed to give the BOE authority to make its own decisions about future salary increases.

March 24, 2017 | Duane M. Ford | Education

BOC approves procurement and check writing policy

The Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) adopted a new procurement and check writing policy at its March 21 meeting.

March 24, 2017 | Darryl Welch | County

BOC approves new Code of Ethics

The Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) voted March 21 to approve the county's new Code of Ethics.

March 24, 2017 | Darryl Welch | County

Suspicious activity leads to drug arrest

A Covington man was arrested on drug charges after an observant Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) deputy saw him loitering in the parking lot of a closed business.

March 24, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Crime

Covington Rotary club receives prestigious honor

The Rotary Club of Covington reached a milestone achievement Tuesday when it became part of just 14 percent of clubs worldwide to have 100 percent Paul Harris Fellow participation.

March 24, 2017 | Staff Report | Local

Newton County Jail Log: March 22

Javier Arenas, 24, Conyers, March 16, probation violation for fingerprintable charge

March 24, 2017 | Staff Report | Crime

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