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Distracted driving leads to drug charge

COVINGTON, Ga. – A Covington man was arrested on a drug charge following a traffic stop late Saturday night after he failed to maintain his lane.

July 26, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Crime

Newton County Jail Log: July 19

Robin Marie Akins, 58, Covington, July 13, court sentenced

July 22, 2017 | Staff Report | Crime

Covington man dies in Sunday morning car crash

COVINGTON, Ga. – A Covington man was killed and a Jackson man was flown from the scene by air ambulance after a two vehicle collision in ...

July 20, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Local

BOC members suggest revisiting remaining Convenience Centers

COVINGTON, Ga. – Late in Tuesday night's marathon Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) meeting, two members suggested the county's Solid Waste Management Authority ...

July 19, 2017 | Darryl Welch | County

Summertime is school and college construction time

COVINGTON, Ga. - It happens every year. Summertime, when the students are mostly away, is a time ripe for renovation and construction projects on school and ...

July 16, 2017 | Duane M. Ford | Education

The Alcovy Telegraph: The weather is beautiful; wish you were here

Greetings from your erstwhile correspondent reporting to you this week from Florida's "Forgotten Coast," and more specifically, from the white, sandy beaches of Mexico ...

July 16, 2017 | Marshall McCart | Living

Local residents look to contain homelessness

COVINGTON, Ga. - A Newton County family has plans to donate land and develop a non-profit organization all to help local homeless people get the step ...

July 13, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Living

Newton County Jail Log: July 12

Harold Glenn Aikens, 54, Porterdale, July 8, hold for other agency (Atlanta Police Department)

July 12, 2017 | Staff Report | Crime

Have You Ever Thought… What A Difference A Year Could Make in Your Life and in the World?

About a year ago, I wrote about the start of a year-long venture for one of my granddaughters, Katie Johnston, daughter of Ronnie and Kelley ...

July 09, 2017 | Wiley Stephens | Living

The Alcovy Telegraph: Correspondence of Covington & News of Newton

Howdy, folks. Another week in the book in our fair city, and my word, it was another great one. That's just life in the ...

July 09, 2017 | Marshall McCart | Living

GSP arrests 2 after I-20 chase

NEWTON COUNTY, Ga. – A man and woman from South Carolina were arrested in Morgan County Monday evening after leading the Georgia State Patrol (GSP) on ...

July 06, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Crime

Seatbelt violations lead to drug arrests in Covington

COVINGTON, Ga. – A man and woman from Covington lost some of their independence Tuesday when they were stopped for not wearing seatbelts and drugs were ...

July 06, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Crime

Operation Red, White and Go!

COVINGTON, Ga. - With the thousands of guests descending on the City of Covington for the annual Stars and Stripes Fest Independence Day celebration, City of ...

July 01, 2017 | Staff Report | Covington

Historic Fourth of July Weekend travel congestion relief

GEORGIA - To ease Fourth of July holiday weekend traffic congestion, the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) is suspending construction-related interstate lane closures from noon Friday ...

June 30, 2017 | Staff Report | State

UPDATE: Lennox recovering in hospital

UPDATE, June 28, 10:10 a.m.: Covington Police Department (CPD) Captain Craig Treadwell said Terence Lee Lennox was in his own room eating on ...

June 28, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Crime

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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 for Excellence in Law Enforcement, sponsored by the Gainesville Kiwanis Club and saluting members of the law enforcement community in the city and in Hall County. This event had a lot going for it.

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 5 a.m. Tuesday, May 30 on interstates and also state routes that directly serve major tourist and recreation centers.

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 after concerns from residents were raised about the noise and additional traffic that would result from the business.

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 after the restaurant announced it would be closing because of Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) construction at the intersection in front of the restaurant.

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 during the rest of the year - The Georgia Motorcycle Safety Program (GMSP) and the Department of Driver Services (DDS) are reminding all motorists to safely "Share the Road" with motorcycles, and to be extra alert to keep motorcyclists safe.

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 than ever. I've always been told I'm a lot like Granny in many ways and I'm perfectly okay with that. There's no telling what Granny would think if she were here to see how much things have changed.

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 or attempting to elude a police officer, possession of tools for commission of a crime, theft by receiving stolen property

May 06, 2017 | Staff Report | Crime

CPD makes drug arrest after traffic stop

COVINGTON, Ga. – The Covington Police Department (CPD) arrested a Conyers man for cocaine possession Wednesday after stopping him for being an unlicensed driver.

May 05, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Crime

Covington Highway 142 widening shifting traffic

COVINGTON, Ga. - A Georgia DOT contractor will begin traffic shift setup Monday on the State Route (SR) 142/Industrial Park Boulevard widening and bridge project area.

May 03, 2017 | Staff Report | Local

Failure to maintain lane, expired tag lead to drug arrest

COVINGTON, Ga. – A Conyers man was arrested by a Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) deputy on drug charges Thursday afternoon when methamphetamine was found in his truck after a traffic stop.

May 01, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Crime

Newton County Jail Log: April 26

Amaurius Nykwon Avery, 17, Covington, April 20, theft by shoplifting

April 29, 2017 | Staff Report | Crime

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's Town Hall Meeting.

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 being found.

April 25, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Crime

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