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Early SPLOST voting begins Monday

Early voting for the March 21 SPLOST vote begins Monday.

February 24, 2017 | Darryl Welch | LOCAL


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 ...

February 22, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington resident claims $9.6 million Jumbo Bucks Lotto prize

Michael Camp, of Covington, recently came forward as the winner of the $9.6 million jackpot prize from the Feb. 6 Jumbo Bucks Lotto drawing.

February 22, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSO honors officers at annual awards ceremony

The Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) honored its own and remembered a fallen brother Friday night as the department held its Eighth Annual Awards ...

February 18, 2017 | Darryl Welch | LOCAL


Hardy resigns as Main Street director

Velinda Hardy, Covington Main Street director, has resigned effective immediately, according to an email to merchants from Newton County Chamber of Commerce President Ralph Staffins ...

February 18, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


SPLOST deadline Tuesday

Feb. 21 is the last day to register to vote on next month's SPLOST referendum. The election is March 21.

February 17, 2017 | Darryl Welch | LOCAL


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


NCSO recognizes promotions

The Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) recently promoted two employees; Deputy Jacob Rice and Deputy Steve Walden were both promoted to the rank of ...

February 16, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Record-breaking $9.6 million Jumbo Bucks Lotto ticket sold in Covington

A Covington convenience store has sold the largest Jumbo Bucks Lotto jackpot ticket in Georgia Lottery history. A winning ticket worth a record $9.6 ...

February 09, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL


GSP Trooper SFC Tony Henry succumbs to injuries from December motorcycle accident

Georgia State Trooper SFC Tony Henry succumbed to injuries Tuesday in an Atlanta hospital from a Dec. 3, 2016 motorcycle accident in Florida. The husband ...

February 08, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


NCSO to offer Citizen's Firearm Safety Course

Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) announced last month the dates for an upcoming Citizen's Firearm Safety Course.

February 07, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Social Circle auction house to sell bed frame connected to Manson murders

A historic bed, originally from 10050 Cielo Drive, in Los Angeles, California, will be up for auction Feb. 10 at Ole Hound Auction House. The ...

February 02, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


One person killed in Jan. 26 crash on Bypass

A 75-year-old woman was killed and two other people were injured in a two-vehicle crash on the Covington Bypass near Puckett Street Jan. 26 after ...

February 01, 2017 | Darryl Welch | LOCAL


Covington’s blue bloods

With more than 75 years of combined law enforcement experience, three generations of the Bradford family have accepted their callings in serving the community through ...

January 29, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


JDA elects officers for 2017

The Joint Development Authority (JDA) of Jasper, Morgan, Newton and Walton Counties held its first meeting of 2017 Jan. 25 at the Old Moore House ...

January 26, 2017 | Darryl Welch | LOCAL


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Ga. Southern honoring NHS at conference

Newton High School is being honored as one of five "high-flying" schools, at a March conference at Georgia Southern University.

January 26, 2013 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


$8,000 in meth confiscated

The Porterdale Police Department made a meth bust Friday, netting approximately $8,000 of methamphetamine, according to Porterdale City Manager Bob Thomson.

January 26, 2013 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Kiwanis hosts pancake breakfast

Members of the Kiwanis Club of Covington will soon be serving up pancakes and invites the community to have a stack and support its organization.

January 26, 2013 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Two cities unite to preserve their past

This week, I spent a good bit of time wading through a ton of material to learn about historic preservation. This was after learning that Social Circle has received its designation as a Certified Local Government. The CLG Program is a federal-state-local program to promote historic preservation at the local level. The Historic Preservation Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources assists local governments in applying for a CLG designation, which also requires approval by the National Park Service.

January 26, 2013 | Madeline Burgess | LOCAL


Oxford Language Hall reopens

An original 19th century building in Oxford has had a full restoration fit with 21st century technology. Reopening for spring semester 2013, Oxford College's Language Hall is thought to be one of the oldest buildings in the county, built in 1874 by craftsmen believed to have been from Covington and Newton County.

January 26, 2013 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Ag scholarships available

High school seniors looking to attend college to study agriculture have an opportunity to earn extra money to do so with the assistance of the Georgia Farm Bureau.

January 26, 2013 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Alert issued for missing 16-year-old girl

Conyers Police have issued a runaway juvenile alert for a mentally challenged 16-year-old Conyers girl missing since Jan. 22.

January 25, 2013 | | LOCAL


Gun shots fired into Covington home

The house of a resident in a north Covington neighborhood was shot into by four rounds from a gun, with three more rounds that didn't quite penetrate the house. The man was lying in his bed at the time of the incident.

January 24, 2013 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Nonprofit seeks volunteer of the year

The Newton Fund is looking for an outstanding volunteer for its fifth annual Pat Patrick Big Heart Award. Local nonprofits, individuals and other groups are asked to nominate individuals who have made a measurable difference in Newton County through selfless endeavors. Along with recognition, the award winner will receive a $2,000 award grant to be designated to a charity of choice. The award, named in honor of the founding chair of the Newton Fund, will be presented at a special reception in late February.

January 24, 2013 | Staff Report | LOCAL


School system seeks input in super search

The Newton County Board of Education wants to hear from the community. In their search for a new superintendent, they have released a survey that they hope will help them figure out just what is important to Newton County in a new superintendent.

January 24, 2013 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Tuskegee Airmen teach, entertain

"My grandmother used to tell me, 'love your teachers or I'll beat you to death,' so I loved my teachers!"

January 24, 2013 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Former mayor to donate fountain to city

A former mayor of Covington continued the spirit of giving by donating an outdoor fountain to the city, but there is not a set plan as to where it will go at the moment.

January 24, 2013 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Forever 21 expands at Stonecrest

Clothing store Forever 21 is unveiling its new, larger location at a grand opening at The Mall at Stonecrest at 10 a.m., Saturday.

January 24, 2013 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Making a dream come true

Bea Jackson loves children and her passion for their well-being keeps her striving for excellence every day as the executive director of the Washington Street Community Center. Jackson said if it was wrong to be too passionate about children, then she would be guilty.

January 24, 2013 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Bus driver could face charges in crash

Charges are pending against the driver of the school bus that was found at fault for the Tuesday crash that sent at least 40 people to local hospitals.

January 24, 2013 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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