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UPDATE: Johnston takes responsibility for his actions

UPDATE, April 28, 9 a.m.: Covington Mayor Ronnie Johnston said he takes full responsibility for his actions Thursday night during his statement at Covington ...

April 27, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Covington

Tag check and chase leads to arrests

COVINGTON, Ga. – The driver and passenger on a motorcycle were arrested by Covington Police Department (CPD) Monday evening after fleeing a traffic stop and later ...

April 25, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Crime

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 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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

April 05, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Crime

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Jeffares: Week 7 from under the Gold Dome

We are now at the point in the session where legislation originating in the Senate must be passed favorably out of Senate committees, or it will be dead for the session. The deadline has come very fast, and now we are shifting into overdrive to ensure sound legislation has the opportunity to go to the Senate floor for a full body vote. We passed a number of bills this week that deal with healthcare in Georgia, transportation initiatives and women veterans.

February 26, 2017 | Sen. Rick Jeffares | Legislative Updates

Welch: CPA week 4: Domestic violence and traffic enforcement

Week four of the Porterdale Police Department's (PPD) Citizens Police Academy (CPA) gave the class the opportunity to hear about one of the more disturbing and dangerous parts of police work. We also got to see how traffic radar works.

February 26, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Opinion

Detour coming March 7 for new bridge over Yellow River

Replacing the Yellow River bridge on State Route (SR) 36 requires a one-year detour beginning Tuesday, March 7. Traffic will use SR 162 and SR 212 as the signed, off-site detour. Local traffic will be allowed along SR 36 up to the bridge construction zone.

February 22, 2017 | Staff Report | Local

Freeway patrol service begins in east central Georgia

Motorists in east central Georgia today began experiencing the benefits of a new statewide Coordinated Highway Assistance & Maintenance Program (CHAMP). This operation is the nation's first statewide freeway patrol service.

February 21, 2017 | Staff Report | State

Young Millennials top list of worst behaved drivers

A new report from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that 88 percent of young millennials engaged in at least one risky behavior behind the wheel in the past 30 days, earning the top spot of worst behaved U.S. drivers. These dangerous behaviors ― which increase crash risk ― included texting while driving, red-light running and speeding. These findings come as U.S. traffic deaths rose to 35,092 in 2015, an increase of more than 7 percent, the largest single-year increase in five decades.

February 21, 2017 | Staff Report | Living

Doing away with distracted driving

The evidence is clear: Distracted driving can be just as dangerous as driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Removing one's eyes from the road for mere seconds can have dangerous repercussions, contributing to accidents, injury or even death.

February 21, 2017 | Staff Report | Living

Welch: CPA week 3: The heroes we never see

We have all been there. Faced with an emergency situation, we pick up our phone and dial 9-1-1. We impatiently stand by waiting for the fire truck, ambulance or police car to arrive. We probably even fume that it's taking so long for them to get there when in reality it only takes six or seven minutes.

February 19, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Opinion

Eastside's Keiodre Perry explodes for 49 in loss at Mary Persons

Special to The Covington News

February 17, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Eastside

NCSO Explorers take home 2nd

The Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) Explorers received second place at the Boy Scouts of America "Winterfest" competition held in Gatlinburg, Tennessee Feb. 11.

February 17, 2017 | Staff Report | Local

Teen arrested after fleeing traffic stop

A 17-year-old from Covington was arrested on multiple charges after fleeing a traffic stop initiated by the Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO).

February 16, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Crime

Newton County Jail Log: Feb. 15

Michael Bernard Allen, 50, Ellenwood, Feb. 13, child support default, contempt of court, probation violation

February 16, 2017 | Staff Report | Crime

Speeding car in Porterdale leads to drug arrest

Porterdale Police Department (PPD) arrested a woman originally stopped for speeding on drug charges after a baggie containing suspected ecstasy was found in the vehicle.

February 10, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Crime

Traffic stop leads to arrest

A traffic stop for running a red light led to the arrest of a man wanted in Chatham County and took a gun off the streets.

February 09, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Crime

Corona Motors to better serve customers with U-Haul in Covington

U-Haul Company of Georgia is pleased to announce that Corona Motors has signed on as a U-Haul neighborhood dealer to serve the Covington community.

February 08, 2017 | Staff Report | Covington

Erratic driving leads to drug arrest

A 53-year-old Conyers woman driving erratically was arrested after a Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) deputy found suspected methamphetamine in her vehicle during a traffic stop.

February 02, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Crime

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