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19-year old arrested for murder Tuesday

Elijah William Ramoutar, 19, has been arrested by the Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) for the murder of Alyssa Ann Wright, 19, Tuesday evening.

December 08, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Social Circle officer appeals termination after aggressive actions

A former Social Circle Police Department (SCPD) officer is asking for his job back after being terminated following a traffic stop that crossed the line ...

December 07, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


BOC Summary: 162 proposed to honor Deputy Justin White

The Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) honored Deputy Justin White Tuesday evening by requesting the local legislative delegation to have a portion of Georgia ...

December 07, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Recreation Commission finds ‘no illegal or dishonest behavior’

The Newton County Recreation Commission's board of directors did not make any personnel changes stemming from a recent forensic audit released by Frazier and ...

December 05, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Football coach turning heads in … The Nutcracker

If you happen to take a trip to the Porter Auditorium this coming weekend and you see a familiar local football coach donning a wig ...

December 05, 2016 | Gabriel Stovall | LOCAL


Forensic Audit: Actions ‘caused financial harm and damage to the taxpayers of Newton County’

Eds Note: To read more on the forensic accounting report click for a report on the Bear Creek Reservoir project, here; read about the report ...

December 04, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Sawyer: former attorney’s actions ‘detrimental to taxpayers’

On Oct. 18, 2015, the Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) voted to bring a halt to the proposed Bear Creek Reservoir project, under way ...

December 03, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Accountant points to unapproved contracts at landfill

The landfill has been a financial burden on Newton County for years, especially since a leachate spill in 2015 caused millions of dollars in damage.

December 03, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


County refutes Sawyer’s SPLOST claims

In David Sawyer's accounting analysis of Newton County's Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) and Impact Fees funds, he reported that at ...

December 03, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Look at Nelson Heights may spur change in county practices

While David Sawyer's reporting on the Bear Creek Reservoir project, SPLOST and Impact Fees and the county's landfill was released Monday, in May ...

December 03, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Former commissioners speak out against water sale

The Newton County Water and Sewerage Authority (NCWSA) will present the team it has selected to perform due diligence to the Newton County Board of ...

December 03, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Christmas marches through Covington

One-hundred floats, including the first-place prize winning Misfits Welcome float by Eastridge Church, participated in Saturday's parade through downtown Covington.

December 03, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Judge Baker honored prior to his retirement

Judge Henry Baker, Newton County's Probate Court Judge for the last 40 years was celebrated by dozens of Newton County and regional dignitaries for ...

December 02, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Newton County Theme School raises blue ribbon flag

The Newton County Theme School (NCTS) at Fiquett was recently named a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education - a distinction ...

December 02, 2016 | Duane M. Ford | LOCAL


The Pride of Eastside performs in Hollywood Christmas Parade

The Pride of Eastside Marching Band joined the likes of Larry King, Olivia Newton-John and Bill Engvall this past weekend, during the 85th Annual Hollywood ...

December 02, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Armed robbery at local Dunkin Donuts

A local Dunkin Donuts was robbed Tuesday morning, according to the Covington Police Department (CPD).

October 05, 2016 | Mariya Lewter | LOCAL


Community comes together for Change the World Day

A community of faith will come together for Change the World (CTW) Day on Oct. 8.

October 05, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Performing Center officially opens

A variety of elected officials and staff representing a number of organizations and governing bodies throughout Newton County gathered together for the ribbon cutting of the Porter Memorial Performing Arts Center Wednesday. A large number of people there to cut a piece of fabric was more than just a ceremonial gesture, it was representative of the collaborative effort that led to the realization of a 15-year-long dream.

October 05, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Chad Baker earns rank of Eagle Scout

Jerry Chadwick "Chad" Baker, III, son of Jerry and Charity Baker of Covington, earned the rank of Eagle Scout on Sept. 24.

October 05, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


BOC wrap-up: Water Authority looking to purchase county’s water assets

A first step for the Newton County Water and Sewerage Authority (WSA) to purchase the county's water infrastructure was taken Tuesday night.

October 04, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Mackenzie Mallard named Eastside Homecoming Queen

Mackenzie Mallard was named Eastside High School's 2016 Homecoming Queen Friday night. Mallard was escorted by her father Leo Mallard. Her mother is Renee Mallard.

October 04, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSO identifies body found at Factory Shoals Park

The body found Monday morning at Factory Shoals Park after a report of a missing person has been identified as Ciera Evans, 20, of Covington, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO).

October 03, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NAACP honors Pastor Clara Lett at annual gala

On Sept. 24, the Newton County National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) held its Annual Freedom Fund and Scholarship Gala at the Turner Lake Recreation Complex. The theme was "Our Lives Matter, Our Vote Counts," and the guest speaker was Georgia Representative Rev. Dee Dawkins-Haigler (D-Lithonia).

October 02, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Art and yard sale combined for Porterdale event

It's not just a yard sale. It's also a place where buyers can pick up original art work at reasonable prices.

October 02, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Hometown Hero: 14-year-old Marlee Anne Hopkins named Hometown Hero

Earlier this year, Marlee Anne Hopkins raised more than $23,000 for Children's Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA) in honor of her siblings. She stood "for the kids who cannot … in honor of [sisters] Michala, Mary Elizabeth and Abe, who could not stand."

October 02, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


NCSS takes lead in creating poverty-informed community

It's not just the poor who are affected by poverty. It's the entire community.

October 02, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Debbie Hillman pays her rent in service

Listening to Debbie Hillman talk about her life's passion is enough for anyone to learn why she was selected as a finalist for The Covington News' and General Mills' 2016 Hometown Hero Award Friday.

October 02, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


The decline and likely fall of Donald Trump

A recent essay in The Wall Street Journal described Donald Trump thusly: "Rather like the crazy boy-emperors after the fall of the Roman Republic, he may have problems with impulse control -- and an uncontrolled, ill-formed, perpetually fragmented mind."

October 02, 2016 | Froma Harrop | LOCAL


Initiative asks parents to ‘Talk with Me Baby’

A student who can't read on grade level by third grade is four times less likely to graduate by the age of 19 than a child who reads proficiently by that time, a 2011 study by the American Educational Research Association revealed. Yet, alarmingly "Get Georgia Reading" says that 64 percent of third-grade students are not reading proficiently.

October 02, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Hometown Hero: Kaitlyn Cole continuing service at young age

When Kaitlyn Cole was 7-years-old she needed a community service project for her work in pageants.

October 01, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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