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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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Cameron Schadl, Raiquawn Solomon add to Alcovy’s football scholarship count

Chalk up two more pieces of proof that Alcovy football is on the rise.

March 16, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Alcovy

CFD promotes four

Covington Fire Chief Stoney Bowles, right, introduces four employees who were promoted within the department during the March 6 Covington City Council meeting. From left, Engineer Brett Madsen, Lieutenant Danny Garner, Captain Ricky Tanner and Deputy Chief David Copeland.

March 16, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Covington

BOE recognizes contest winners

At its March 14 meeting, the Newton County School System (NCSS) Board of Education (BOE) recognized the Veterans Memorial Middle School mathematics team which won a recent Division I Griffin Regional Education Service Agency (RESA) middle school math contest.

March 16, 2017 | Duane M. Ford | Education

Lamar Callaway

Lamar Callaway, lifelong resident of Newton County, passed away March 3, 2017 at the age of 98. A World War II veteran, he proudly served his country for four years in the United States Army, landing in Omaha and Utah beaches and assisting in the Invasion of Normandy on D-Day. During his military service, Lieutenant Callaway earned numerous military decorations that included the American Theatre Service Medal, WWII Victory Medal and the European African Middle Eastern Theatre Service Medal. Following his prestigious service, he was a dedicated employee of the U.S. Post Office for 37 years, before his retirement ...

March 16, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries

PHOTO GALLERY: Montessori School students host chili luncheon

The Montessori School of Covington opened its doors Monday morning to local community servants for a chili lunch, specially made by students of the Early Childhood classes. The annual event brought law enforcement, firefighters, elected officials and other community members to sample four different types of chili, desserts and drinks.

March 16, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Education

Solid waste sub-committee meets to discuss IGA

The sub-committee of the Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) and the Newton County Solid Waste Authority (SWA) met Tuesday afternoon in an informal work session.

March 15, 2017 | Darryl Welch | County

Two stabbed during fight in Covington

Two people were stabbed, including one critically, during a fight in Covington Sunday.

March 15, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Crime

NCSO starts St. Patrick's Day patrol

Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) is starting its St. Patrick's Day early with its H.E.A.T. Unit (Highway Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic) being out in force. The unit will start today, Wednesday, March 15 and will continue throughout the holiday weekend targeting any and all traffic infractions to include but is not limited to aggressive driving, distracted driving, speeding, driving under the influence and seatbelt violations.

March 15, 2017 | Staff Report | Crime

Town Hall Meeting hosted by Sen. Tonya Anderson set for March 27

Sen. Tonya Anderson (D – Lithonia) invites you to join her for a town hall meeting from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Antioch A.M.E. Church on Monday, March 27, 2017. The meeting will cover bills that have passed in the Senate, bills on the calendar and how this legislation could affect you and your family. Sen. Anderson encourages members of the public to attend as this meeting serves as a forum for concerned citizens to have their voices heard by legislators.

March 15, 2017 | Staff Report | Legislative Updates

Thank you school board members

It's Georgia School Board Appreciation Week. The Covington News appreciates the individual and collective contributions made by all current and past public, private, and home school board members who serve Newton County's children, families, communities, and businesses. Thank you!

March 15, 2017 | Staff Report | Education

Evelyn LaPointe

Evelyn LaPointe, of Covington, passed away March 14, 2017, at 83 years of age. Hobbies that Mrs. LaPointe enjoyed included stained glass, painting, needlework and square dancing. She also found time to go on cruises and travel to the mountains. Mrs. LaPointe loved her family and cherished the time she spent with them. She was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene S. LaPointe; parents Albert David and Mamie (Bell) Treadwell; brother, Franklin Grover Treadwell; and sister-in-law, Allene Treadwell.

March 15, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries

NCSO arrests five in vehicle break-in

The Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) arrested five people early Saturday morning in connection with a vehicle break-in.

March 15, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Crime

Water main break on Beech Road at SR 10/Memorial Drive

ATLANTA- A water main break has shut down Beech Road at Memorial Dive between Columbia Drive and Covington Highway. One lane will be closed on SR 10/ Memorial Drive eastbound for repairs.

March 15, 2017 | Staff Report | State

Joy Pauline Faulk Knight

Joy Pauline Faulk Knight, age 90, of Covington, passed away Sunday, March 12, 2017, at Riverside Healthcare in Covington.

March 15, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries

Francine (Garner) Smallwood

Francine (Garner) Smallwood, of Porterdale, passed away March 13, 2017, at Piedmont Newton Hosptial. Mrs. Smallwood was born August 30, 1938, in Henry County. She retired from Newton Medical Center after 24 years of dedicated service. Mrs. Smallwood enjoyed spending time with her family, watching the Braves, and visiting the casinos. She was preceded in death by her husband, J.D. Smallwood; son, Terry Smallwood; parents, Benjamin F. and Daisy (Hall) Garner; sisters, Mildred Adams, Frances Henry; and brother, John Garner.

March 14, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries

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