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4-H’ers discover the magic of no cell phones

Wahsega has long been my favorite 4-H camp, because even today, it's nearly impossible to check e-mail or make a phone call.

July 25, 2016 | Terri Fullerton | LOCAL


A look back at Covington’s role in the 1996 Summer Olympics

The 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil are a few weeks away from taking place. However, this summer also marks the 20 ...

July 25, 2016 | Xavier McKnight | LOCAL


BOC adopts reduced hours for convenience centers

A resolution reducing the number of hours that the 11 convenience centers will be opened barely squeaked by when Chair Keith Ellis cast his vote ...

July 25, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


City OKs permit for private school

The Covington City Council approved a Special Use Permit for Alpha Omega Preparatory Academy, a private school for kindergarten through 12th grade students.

July 25, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


NCSO identifies, arrests murder suspect

The Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) Criminal Investigation Division (CID) has arrested a suspect in the murder in Julien R. Wyant, according to a ...

July 25, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Quality, hospitality and consistency are credited for restaurant’s success

The biscuits are hand-rolled and patted down before going into the over. Fresh chicken pieces or large pork chops are soaked in buttermilk, hand breaded ...

July 24, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Audit reveals millions needed for county energy systems

The Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) voted three to two Tuesday night to approve negotiations with a comprehensive guaranteed energy savings performance contract for ...

July 24, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Newton County residents shower law enforcement with support

Editor's Note: This is part of an ongoing look at crime and law enforcement in and around Newton County by The Covington News.

July 24, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Photos from Snapping Shoals EMC Annual Roundup

The Snapping Shoals EMC Annual Roundup was held at the International Horse Park on July 21, 2016. Despite the heat, this annual event was well ...

July 21, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


The Enclave’s HOA: Peace, No Violence

Two men were killed earlier this month inside the gated Orchard Cove apartment complex. Because the apartments sit inside the entrance of The Enclave subdivisions ...

July 20, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Former Oxford student sentenced to five years on probation

Emily Sakamoto, 21, was sentenced to five years on probation with the first two years on house arrest by Judge Samuel Ozburn, according to Assistant ...

July 18, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Update: NCSO identifies victim of weekend truck fatality

The victim in the truck accident on the Access Road at the Yellow River Sunday evening has been identified as Valentine Gayle, 48, of Lithonia ...

July 17, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


By the Numbers: A deeper look at crime in Newton County

In less than two months, there have been five murders in Newton County.

July 17, 2016 | Mariya Lewter | LOCAL


Porterdale bike rodeo teaches bicycle skills and safety

It's not that kind of rodeo. There are no bulls, horses or lassos.

July 17, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Traffic light may be installed at dangerous intersection

There may be a traffic light coming to the intersection of Highway 212 and Bethany/Butler Bridge Road in the near future.

July 16, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


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International lessons

"For the whole conduct of life is based on this: that what we admire in others we want to do ourselves."

October 23, 2012 | Superintendent Gary Mathews | LOCAL


Scout molester once found in Newton

Secret Boy Scout records released recently show that a scout leader currently serving a sentence for aggravated child molestation in Cobb County was found in a Newton County motel in 1973 with a teenager.

October 23, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Plan given for Georgia archives access

Amid state budget cuts, Gov. Nathan Deal and Secretary of State Brian Kemp announced Thursday that the State Archives will remain open to Georgians - at least for the rest of the budget year.

October 23, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


GPC symposium to host week of events

Students at Georgia Perimeter College Newton will soon spend four days taking an intense look in the mirror - not to comb their hair or put on makeup, but to reflect on their lives. All events are free and open to the public.

October 23, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Some items recovered from church burglaries

Deputies with the Newton County Sheriff's Office recovered some of the items stolen from one church after thieves found it was better to receive than give as they reportedly burglarized two churches in Newton County over the weekend.

October 23, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Debate fact check: Flunking geography

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is part of an occasional look at political claims that take shortcuts with the facts or don't tell the full story.

October 23, 2012 | CALVIN WOODWARD, Associated Press | LOCAL


Crime Briefs: Woman’s truck stolen from Kroger

A Covington woman told police that someone drove off in her truck on Thursday afternoon when she went into the store.

October 20, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Covington postmaster gets to work

Deborah Kinsey graduated from Morris Brown College in 1983 with a teaching degree.

October 20, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


County approves bid for resurfacing

The Newton County Board of Commissioners at their meeting Tuesday approved a low bid contract with ER Snell Contractor for $492,392.96 for the resurfacing of Kirkland Road.

October 20, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Sentencing scheduled for two in murder trial

The sentencing date for two of the four accused in the 2009 murder of landscaper Timothy Clements has been set for Nov. 1, just over two months since the alleged ringleader Pablo Maldonado, received the death penalty for his role in the murder.

October 20, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


County moves forward with 2050 plan

The 2050 Plan is moving forward, as both the Newton County Board of Commissioners and Covington City Council unanimously approved last week spending $50,000 each to develop and implement zoning ordinances that will put teeth into the future land use plan.

October 20, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Explorers receive excellence award

The Newton County Sheriff's Office Explorers recently received the 2012 National Explorers Excellence Award from Boy Scouts of America after exceeding specific objectives in order to obtain the award.

October 20, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Local revives talent for stained glass

Covington resident Cheria Veal understands light - how it strikes her stained-glass pieces and is reflected and altered into shimmering patterns of color on the walls and floor.

October 20, 2012 | Anastasia Graves | LOCAL


Several schools celebrate Red Ribbon Week

Several Newton County Schools will celebrate Red Ribbon Week with a plethora of activities. A national campaign observed annually in October, Red Ribbon Week is an alcohol, tobacco and drug and violence prevention awareness campaign.

October 20, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Celebrating cultures of the world

CultureFest 2012 was in downtown Covington on Saturday.

October 20, 2012 | Rachel Goff | LOCAL


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