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Chamber hosts record-breaking night

With a record turnout, the Covington Newton Chamber of Commerce celebrated a record year during its 2017 Annual Meeting Thursday night at the Charlie Elliot ...

January 12, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


Newton Board of Elections officials recognized

Newton County Board of Elections Director (BOE) Angela Mantle and Assistant Director Angela White-Davis were commended recently by board members Hugh Steele, Chair, Jeanette Perry ...

January 10, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Red Cross issues an emergency call for blood and platelet donations during severe winter blood short

The American Red Cross has a severe winter blood shortage and is issuing an emergency call for blood and platelet donors to make a donation ...

January 10, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Groundbreaking on Judicial Center Expansion set for Friday

Newton County judges and officials will grab a hold of a shovel to break ground on the expansion of the Judicial Center at 2 p ...

January 06, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Deputy White’s memory rooted in Newton

The memory of Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) Deputy Justin White will continue to take root in Newton County as he was honored Tuesday ...

January 04, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


Porterdale property rezoned for Waffle House

A piece of property off Covington Bypass Road in Porterdale, across from the Burger King, was rezoned Thursday night in preparation to become a Waffle ...

December 22, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Georgia DOT restricts lane closures for Christmas, New Year’s weekends

The stresses of the holiday season are upon us and Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) aims to ease traffic congestion and driving anxieties with suspension ...

December 20, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Trash collection centers to be closed Dec. 24-28

The hours of the Newton County Trash Collection Convenience Centers will be altered during the Christmas weekend.

December 19, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Rotary Club fills Empty Stockings

The Rotary Club of Covington delivered presents to around 500 Newton County children Saturday as part of its annual Empty Stocking event.

December 17, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Local judges take oath

Each of the Newton County's Superior Court judges took their oath of office Friday morning at the Newton County Judicial Center from the Honorable ...

December 16, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


NCSO now outfitted with body cams

In September 2015, the Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) was one of only three agencies in Georgia to receive a Department of Justice body ...

December 16, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Library, janitorial contract funding approved

The Newton County Library was granted $27,000 by the Board of Commissioners (BOC) Tuesday night after library officials said the system could lose its ...

December 12, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Solange Lord performs in Brenau University's 'Concerts Connecting Cultures...Christmas Around the Wo

Solange Lord, from Covington, performed in the Brenau University Vocal Chamber Ensemble and Spectrum Singers concert of "Concerts Connecting Cultures...Christmas Around the World" Nov ...

December 12, 2016 | Staff Report | 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


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Springfield Baptist to hold graduations

After holding graduation at Sharp Stadium last year for Newton, Eastside and Alcovy high schools, the school system will move back Rockdale County County's mega church in Rockdale County this year.

January 10, 2013 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Chair, vice-chair to be chosen

The Newton County Board of Education will choose their new chairman and vice-chairman for the year at their monthly meeting Tuesday.

January 10, 2013 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Dees: Youthful Passion

Last week in Atlanta, 60,000 college students met to worship God and to fight slavery. Yes, I said slavery. Right now 27 million people across the world are enslaved. These include men and women in eastern Europe who have been forced into labor, young girls who have been kidnapped in Africa, and women who are a part of the prostitution industry in downtown Atlanta. The Georgia Dome was filled last week with college students who are serious about the gospel, and serious about putting an end to this injustice. These students gave more than $3 million to put an ...

January 10, 2013 | Jason Dees | LOCAL


Burnham: say “what?”

"What?" You know you've done it; we all have. You heard what was said and answered "What?" anyway. The problem is, we do this to God more often than we would like to admit. We hear God speak, but we act like we didn't. Sometimes it isn't so much that we are rejecting what God is saying as maybe who or what he is using to say it. He may use his word, or a child. He may use a friend or a sermon.

January 10, 2013 | William Burnham | LOCAL


Newton County Sentencings - Jan. 11

Ronald Anderson, simple battery, 12 months probation, $500. Criminal trespass, 12 months probation consecutive to count one, $500. No contact with victim, pay restitution.

January 10, 2013 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Search on for men who shot teen’s leg

Investigators are searching for a car full of men who reportedly shot a teen late Wednesday night.

January 10, 2013 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Check out this weekend's events

Plenty of entertaining, family friendly events are here to kick off the New Year. This list includes events for various areas of interest and price for all to enjoy. Check out events in Atlanta and around the area.

January 10, 2013 | Hayley Williams | LOCAL


Accident blocks off part of I-20 near exit 90

An accident on Interstate 20 just west of exit 90 is blocking traffic, with the Covington-Newton County 911 Center reporting both east and westbound lanes are blocked off. According to a law enforcement official, a car flipped over on the Interstate close to where Mama Maria's is located.

January 10, 2013 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Prayer vigil for family that lost 4 children to fire

UPDATE: Investigators concluded there were no working smoke detectors in the two story, two bedroom duplex that went up in flames and killed four children on Tuesday.

January 10, 2013 | | LOCAL


Stolen car driver arrested after fender bender

A Covington man spent the first night of the new year in jail after allegedly causing an accident in a stolen vehicle while in possession of a large quantity of drugs and a stolen gun.

January 10, 2013 | Kathy Hooks | LOCAL


Disagreement over county's JDA reps

The Newton County Board of Commissioners will hold its first meeting of the 2013 year tonight at 7 p.m., but there's already a potentially controversial political decision brewing.

January 10, 2013 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Covington man killed in Wed. accident

One man has been killed in the accident that blocked traffic on Clark and West streets around 4:20 p.m. Wednesday.

January 09, 2013 | Staff Report | LOCAL


AMBER Alert canceled

UPDATE: The AMBER Alert issued for 2-year-old Cael Whitehead has been canceled. He has been found and a suspect is currently in custody.

January 09, 2013 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Accident on Clark St. Road blocked

An accident on Clark Street and West Street has the roadway blocked. Use caution in the area and expect delays.

January 09, 2013 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Stonecrest Mall faces debt trouble

The Mall at Stonecrest has become the latest in metro Atlanta to face debt issues that may leave it vulnerable to foreclosure.

January 09, 2013 | Associated Press | LOCAL


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