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Closing the child pornography loophole

Kelsey Upton was just 15 years old when she received a terrifying text from a registered sex offender in another state. The middle-aged man had seen a pornographic image of another woman that had been posted online along with Kelsey's name, phone number and address in Oxford.

March 01, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Covington looking at utilities changes

The Covington City Council will vote on amending provisions of the electric system and water system ordinances during Monday's council meeting, possibly reducing city revenue by approximately $700,000.

March 01, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Sarah Frances Hardeman to be honored

A long time Covington citizen, Sarah Frances Hardeman, born to George Washington Thompson and Lillie Davis- Thompson in 1918, is being recognized and honored for her legendary acts and community service in Covington.

March 01, 2015 | | LOCAL


Celebrating Black History

During its 5th Annual Black History Program Covington held a celebration, themed "A Century of Black Life, Culture & History" in the Newton County Historic Courthouse.

February 28, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man convicted of 2001 Newton County murder scheduled for execution

Brian Keith Terrell, the man convicted of killing 70-year-old John Watson in his Covington home in 1992 is scheduled to be executed March 10 at 7 p.m., Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens announced Friday.

February 27, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Their last meal

More than one in five children in Newton County do not know where their next meal will come from, according to the most recent study by food bank umbrella group Feeding America.

February 26, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Newton County Schools closed Wednesday

Newton County Schools will be closed for both students and staff Wednesday due to predicted inclement weather.

February 24, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington Police Explorers enjoy national success

The Covington Police Explorers recently participated in a national competition designed to showcase their law enforcement skills and placed third in one category.

February 24, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Deputies arrest armed robbery suspect

Sheriff's deputies arrested 17-year-old Ladarius Lockhart and charged him in connection with an armed robbery at the Oak Hill BP station that occurred Saturday morning.

February 24, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


NCSO to host Citizen's Firearm Safety Course

The Newton County Sheriff's Office will hold its Citizen's Firearm Safety Course March 28, teaching the public on laws governing use of deadly force, firearm safety, at and away from the firing range, nomenclature of the basic revolver and semiautomatic pistols and giving citizens a chance to complete a course of fire at the Newton County Sheriffs Office Firing Range.

February 24, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Winter Storm Watch for Wednesday

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch in effect for Newton, Rockdale and surrounding counties from Wednesday through Thursday.

February 24, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Problem lies in water management, not supply: Water Authority

On November 5, 2014, County Attorney Tommy Craig posted an alarming series of photographs at a work session for the proposed Bear Creek Reservoir.

February 23, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Alcovy names Val and Sal, Top 10

With the Class of 2015's graduation approaching Alcovy High School announced its top 10 graduates, and Valedictorian and Salutatorian Friday.

February 21, 2015 | Associated Press | LOCAL


NCSO deputies honored as heroes

After a year when law enforcement was often in the news in a negative light nationally, Newton County Sheriff's Office deputies were resuscitating children back to life, jumping on guns to save themselves, victims and bystanders and performing other feats of heroism in 2014.

February 20, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Social Circle officer involved in shooting

A Social Circle police officer shot and wounded a man on Hwy. 11 near the Marathon gas station Friday afternoon.

February 20, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Authorities investigate double homicide

Authorities are investigating a double homicide on Tempie Lane.

February 07, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Library has movies with Newton ties

More than 50 movies and TV shows have had scenes filmed in Newton County, and local residents will be able to rent many of those productions beginning next week.

February 07, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Newton High freshman a karate champion

A Newton High School freshman took championship in his fighting division in a six-day karate competition in Sacramento.

February 05, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man, woman arrested after drunken evening

A drunken couple was arrested Thursday night after leaving The Depot.

February 05, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Man turns in wallet after calling 911

Typically police officers are called when wallets have been stolen, but in a surprisingly happy twist, one man called 911 to report that he had found a wallet in the parking lot Sunday afternoon.

February 04, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Troubled bridges over water

After a canopy fell off a relatively new bridge last summer in Atlanta, state transportation officials began an extensive review of bridges around Georgia that may be susceptible to similar failures.

February 04, 2012 | Douglas Moser | LOCAL


Elks Aidmore to expand service area

Elks Aidmore recently finalized its contract with the state to provide therapeutic foster care in the Conyers, Covington, Athens area with an expansion into Valdosta in late spring.

February 03, 2012 | | LOCAL


Teen robbed by 10 people

A Newton County teen was hospitalized after reportedly being beaten and robbed by nine females and one male after a party.

February 03, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Man arrested for alleged molestation

A Tennessee man was arrested and charged with child molestation he allegedly committed in 2003.

February 03, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newton County GOP to vet candidates

The Newton County Republican Party wants to make sure this year's crop of Republican candidates is truly conservative.

February 03, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Romney leads race, but Gingrich popular locally

Presidential candidate Mitt Romney dominated the Republican primary in Florida, but contender Newt Gingrich, a native Georgian, showed well in The Covington News' online poll.

February 03, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


10-year-old girl beats student on bus

A 10-year-old girl was charged with simple battery Monday after reportedly assaulting a fellow student on the school bus Jan. 25.

February 02, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Rockdale officer, student investigated

IN BRIEF: A Rockdale County Sheriff's School Resource Officer working at Heritage High School has been placed on administrative leave during an investigation into accusations of an "inappropriate relationship" with a student.

February 02, 2012 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Covington Sears to close March 27

Covington's Sears will close March 27 because of underperformance and is discounting prices in an effort to move its inventory.

February 02, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Police seek man for shooting

Authorities are searching for the men who reportedly shot a Newton County man in the butt Monday night.

February 02, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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