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Bear spotted south of Newborn

A large bear was spotted south of Newborn this week, and the Jasper County man who initially reported the bear says there is evidence it's hanging around, but an official with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources said real concern doesn't set in until a bear starts damaging property or stops showing fear.

April 19, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Smart Growth’s political forum

Early voting for the May 20 Primary begins Friday, and local group Smart Growth Newton County is giving residents a chance to hear from all the local and state candidates facing opposition this year.

April 19, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Paving his way

A home-schooled kid with a father who dropped out of high school and a mother who dropped out of college doesn't quite fit the typical profile for a stellar college student.

April 19, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Taking the challenge

THE WINNERS OF THE CHEERIOS CHALLENGE

April 19, 2014 | Anthoney Banks | LOCAL


Sam B. Hay, Jr. into GCA Hall of Fame

The Georgia Cattlemen's Association inducted Sam B. Hay, Jr. into the GCA Hall of Fame at the Cattlemen's Ball on Friday, April 4 during its 53rd annual convention & trade show and 17th annual Georgia Beef Expo in Perry.

April 19, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton HS drama presents new show

Many high-schoolers run out of the door as soon as the bell rings Friday afternoon, eager for the weekend and time away from school. Not Tawana Parker-Bellamy's cast of yellow, emerald and gold. In the auditorium, they dance, sing, laugh, play and make sure they know what type of food will be provided at an upcoming cast lunch.

April 19, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


The hunt is on

Social Circle United Methodist Church kicks off its Easter celebration with its annual community egg hunt Saturday morning at Gunter Hall.

April 19, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Kroger helps give back

The next time you buy your groceries part of the proceeds could go to your favorite nonprofit.

April 18, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Monday is voter registration deadline

Monday is the voter registration deadline for anyone who wants to vote in May 20 Primary Election.

April 18, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Covington Y prepares Cheerios Challenge

The Covington YMCA will host the 13th Annual Cheerios Challenge this Saturday, welcoming runners of all ages to its yearly Healthy Kid's Day Celebration.

April 17, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Gazebo gets committee’s support

The hotly-debated gazebo proposed to be built on the Covington square was sent to a committee this week for more citizen and business owner feedback.

April 17, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Reach for their roots

Recess was over, but a group of Middle Ridge Elementary School second-graders was still outside, accompanied by teachers and even the principal. And there was nothing but encouragement.

April 17, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Farm Bureau hosting meet and greet

Ask the candidates some questions and enjoy some homemade strawberry ice cream May 1 at the Newton County Farm Bureau's candidate meet and greet.

April 17, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Teachers win grants to fund innovation

Four teachers were presented with the Spring 2014 ReImagine Newton Classroom Grant by the Newton County Board of Education at its April work session on Tuesday evening. The grants, funded by the Newton Foundation for Educational Excellence, pay for a wide variety of innovative, instructional projects and materials.

April 17, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Two fatality wrecks on Ga. 36 this week

There were two fatality automobile wrecks this week in Newton County on Ga. Highway 36, but neither involved a Newton County resident.

April 17, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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Teens charged with arson

Two teens have been charged with arson after reportedly setting a wooded area afire across from Challenge Charter Academy on Wednesday.

April 18, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Three charged in UGA locker room theft

ATHENS, Ga. - Authorities in Athens say two football players from Carver High School in Columbus and an unidentified juvenile have been charged in connection with thefts from the University of Georgia football locker room.

The Magistrate's Court in Athens said 18-year-old Deion Bonner and 17-year-old Marquise T. Hawkins were charged Monday with theft by taking. Authorities identified the third person arrested only as being younger than 17.

April 18, 2011 | | LOCAL


Tip of the Week - April 17

Invest $10 to $25 on a new board game for your family and you'll get quite a return on your money. As antiquated as it sounds, you'd be surprised by how much our children crave good old fashioned family time.

April 17, 2011 | Beth McAfee-Hallman | LOCAL


County, school board districts to change

Local political representation in the western part of the county will likely undergo some major changes next year as the area's rapid growth necessitates county commission/school board districts being reapportioned.

April 17, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


911 center wants four employees

Calls to the 911 center continue to increase, but a lack of employees to cover regular shifts has resulted in skyrocketing overtime costs, and 911 Director Mike Smith hopes to solve the issue by adding four employees next fiscal year.

April 17, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


The Cheerios Challenge

Ready, set, run: Hundreds of runners of all ages took part Saturday in the 10th annual Cheerios Challenge in Covington. The event featured 10-K and 5-K races and a 1-mile fun run. There were record-breaking winners in the 5-K race: Janet Cherobon-Bangom, 32, who came in at 17:15, and the male overall winner, 27-year-old Robert Letting, who came in at 14:48. Both are from Rome.

April 16, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Democratic women's federation to meet

The Newton/Rockdale chapter of the Georgia Federation of Democratic Women is holding its spring meeting from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday at Cameron Hall in Conyers, 1035 Green St. S.E.

April 15, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


A Heroes' welcome

Everyday folks doing extraordinary things for Newton County were honored on Friday when The Covington News and General Mills saluted the four finalists in the 2010 Hometown Heroes celebration.

April 15, 2011 | | LOCAL


State lawmakers crack down on immigration

ATLANTA - During their frantic final day Thursday, Georgia lawmakers passed a tough bill cracking down on illegal immigration, clearing the way for Gov. Nathan Deal to sign it.

Dozens of bills cleared the House and Senate as lawmakers before the chambers gaveled the 40-day legislative session to a close at 11:38 p.m. amid a shower of confetti.

April 15, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Uh-oh: Wild weather after midnight?

Newton County may be rocked after midnight tonight by a line of strong to severe storms.

April 15, 2011 | | LOCAL


A taste of downtown

Tastes and treasures: The Spring Fling was held Thursday evening at Southern Heartland Gallery, 1132 Monticello St., while A Taste of Downtown, a showcase of fare from seven downtown restaurants, was offered next door at 1138 Monticello Street Banquet Hall. The art gallery event featured an exhibit of wearable art, in conjunction with partners Brendle's, Perfect Fit Lingerie, Merle Norman and New Shoez. A wine tasting, staged by Newton Package, was offered, and entertainment was provided by Marshall McCart.

April 15, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Medical Center receives nuclear medicine accreditation

Newton Medical Center has been awarded a three-year accreditation in nuclear medicine after a review by the American College of Radiology.

April 15, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Westside Walmart site plan approved

Site plans have been approved for a Walmart Supercenter at the intersection of Salem and Brown Bridge roads.

April 15, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Chamber offers development forum

Covington and Newton County officials want to attract high-quality jobs. So does nearly every other community in the U.S.

April 15, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Explorer’s complete training

Objectives complete: The Newton County Sheriff's Office Explorers recently received the 2010 National Explorers Excellence Award, after meeting all 11 program objectives, including community oriented activities, fingerprinting, vehicle pull-overs and handcuffing techniques. The group only needed to meet eight objectives but met all 11, after having only been started in February 2010. The group is headed by Investigator Mark Joiner. Sheriff Ezell Brown extended a special thanks to the citizens of Newton County for donations to the program, which went toward their uniforms, and to General Mills for a $2,000 donation for equipment for the program.

April 15, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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