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Limb falls on powerline in Oxford

OXFORD, Ga. – Traffic was slowed on Emory Street Tuesday afternoon as crews removed a tree limb from a powerline.

June 20, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Cities

Harrop: Trump rates close to zero on 'war' against opioids

Police near Daytona Beach, Florida, recently came upon an SUV with the motor running and three little kids in the back. The parents were dead ...

June 18, 2017 | Froma Harrop | Columnists

Failure to maintain lane leads to drug arrest

COVINGTON, Ga. - A traffic stop for failure to maintain lane and a tag light that wasn't working led to the arrest of a Monticello ...

June 08, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Crime

Singleton gets her footing in first week in Covington

COVINGTON, Ga. - With a week under her belt in Covington, new Main Street Director Lauren Singleton is excited by what she has seen so far ...

June 04, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Covington

Near miss leads to high-speed chase and arrest

COVINGTON, Ga. – A Covington man was arrested Sunday after nearly striking a Covington Police Department (CPD) officer at an accident scene and leading police on ...

June 02, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Crime

Newton County Jail Log: May 31

Jerrod Lanier Aikens, 32, Georgia Diagnostic and Classification State Prison, May 25, back for court

May 31, 2017 | Staff Report | Crime

Yarbrough: Remembering a day that was as good as it gets

Sometimes things come together better than peanut butter and jelly. Take last week, for example. I was invited to speak at the 20th annual Awards ...

May 28, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists

Newton County Jail Log: May 24

Gayla Dalyn Atkins, 47, Oxford, May 22, theft by receiving stolen property

May 27, 2017 | Staff Report | Crime

Memorial Day Holiday closures restricted

TENNILLE, Ga. - To ease Memorial Day weekend traffic congestion, the Georgia Department of Transportation is suspending construction-related lane closures from noon Friday, May 26 through ...

May 18, 2017 | Staff Report | State

Covington denies special use permit for body shop

COVINGTON, Ga. - The Covington City Council denied a special use permit (SUP) for an auto body repair shop on Eagle Drive in a 5-1 vote ...

May 17, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Covington

Henderson's Restaurant announces closing

COVINGTON, Ga. - Henderson's Restaurant, located at 11885 Highway 36 in Covington, announced it is officially closed with Facebook post Tuesday afternoon. The announcement comes ...

May 16, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Business

DDS motorcycle safety program urges motorists to share the road for Motorcycle Safety Awareness Mont

May 1 officially kicked off Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, an initiative by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). During Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month – and ...

May 16, 2017 | Staff Report | State

Telling It Like It Is... Yearning for the good old days

I remember hearing my Granny Stapp say "We're living in a different world now" many times and that simple phrase is truer now more ...

May 14, 2017 | Beth Rowe | Columnists

House fire reported in Oxford

UPDATE, May 12, 3:20 p.m.: The scene of the house fire has been cleared and traffic is free to travel as normal.

May 12, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Local

Newton County Jail Log: May 3

Julian Cameron Alford, 17, Lithonia, April 27, acquiring license plate for purpose of concealing identification of motor vehicle, aggravated assault on peace officer, burglary, fleeing ...

May 06, 2017 | Staff Report | Crime

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Newton County Jail Log: April 19

David Brandon Allen, 27, Truetlin County PDC, April 17, back for court

April 20, 2017 | Staff Report | Crime

Nine arrested in Conyers pandering sting

CONYERS Ga. – The Conyers Police Department (CPD) arrested nine men, including four Covington men, in a pandering sting April 19.

April 20, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Crime

Clearing for round-a-bout project underway on 278

COVINGTON, Ga. - Trees are coming down to make way for the $19.3 million project on Highway 278 in Covington.

April 16, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Local

Newton County Jail Log: April 12

Deangelo Kennard Little, 18, Covington, April 8, theft by deception

April 14, 2017 | Staff Report | Crime

PPD arrests two after speeding leads to drug charges

The Porterdale Police Department (PPD) was able to arrest a man and a woman with outstanding warrants after initially conducting a traffic stop for speeding April 7.

April 13, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Crime

Take a spin at Georgia State Parks to celebrate the bicycle’s 200th anniversary

2017 marks the 200th anniversary of the bicycle. Baron Karl von Drais introduced it to the public in Mannheim in summer 1817. Those looking to celebrate the invention of the bicycle can take it for a spin on one of the many trails available for beginners and seasoned riders at Georgia State Parks. Choose from an array of trails to ride, from single track that will dirty up the tires to paved roads for easy rolling.

April 11, 2017 | Staff Report | Health

Harrop: Phone addiction has unleashed a deadly toll

It was a horrific scene. The pickup truck had smashed head-on into a bus taking elderly church members on an outing. Thirteen died. The 20-year-old truck driver said he had been texting when he swerved across the center line in Texas Hill Country. Moments before, a good citizen following the truck had called the police to report a truck driving erratically, as though there were no center line or even road.

April 11, 2017 | Froma Harrop | Columnists

The Esoteric South: God Bless the people who have to drive to Atlanta on a regular basis

(Author's note: This column was originally conceived of and most of it written several weeks ago. As fate would have it, last Thursday as I was finalizing this piece, I, like most of you, saw the horrific events on I-85 on the news. Due to the nature of this column and the subject material involved, a decision was made by The Covington News staff and myself to wait to publish the piece. So now here it is. Hope you enjoy!)

April 10, 2017 | Marshall McCart | Columnists

City, State Officials urge motorists to consider travel alternatives

ATLANTA – In the eight days since the I-85 bridge fire, Georgia motorists have taken advantage of a variety of commute options, helping to reduce congestion.

April 09, 2017 | Staff Report | State

Traffic stop leads to drug arrests

COVINGTON, Ga. – A man and woman from Oxford were arrested early Thursday after a traffic stop for a non-working tag light turned up a warrant and drugs.

April 07, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Crime

Newton County Jail Log: April 6

George Earl Anderson, 41, Oxford, March 29, probation violation

April 07, 2017 | Staff Report | Crime

CPD arrests four teens, solves vehicle break-in cases

COVINGTON, Ga. - A tag check on a suspicious vehicle resulted in the arrests of four Atlanta teens, including three juveniles, and may have solved as many as 17 vehicle break-ins in Covington.

April 06, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Crime

Speeding on I-20 leads to arrests

COVINGTON, Ga - A Covington Police Department (CPD) officer arrested two men from Atlanta Sunday after a traffic stop for speeding turned up suspected marijuana and a handgun.

April 05, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Crime

Trial set for teen accused of murder

COVINGTON Ga - Jury selection for the trial of a Covington teen accused in the June 2016 murder of a man who gave him and two friends a ride is slated to begin Monday morning.

April 05, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Crime

Pedestrian killed in Sunday evening accident

COVINGTON, Ga. - A 56-year-old Covington man was pronounced deceased after being struck by a car on Highway 278 Sunday evening.

April 04, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Crime

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