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Game wardens recover missing 9-year-old Lake Jackson boating incident victim

Game Wardens from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement (DNR LE) Division recovered the body of Amelia Whitlock,9, of Jackson, in the ...

January 17, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Over $54 million awarded for improvements to Georgia’s transportation infrastructure

Georgia Department of Transportation (Georgia DOT) has awarded 25 contracts for statewide transportation projects totaling $54,335,216. This investment in Georgia's transportation infrastructure ...

January 17, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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


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Mecca: Join the Navy, see the world

The old recruiting slogan "Join the Navy and See the World" actually came true for Newton resident Shelton Keaton.

January 08, 2013 | Pete Mecca | LOCAL


Burning body found in the woods near Highway 212

UPDATE: The Rockdale County Sheriff's Office announced that foul play was not suspected in the case of the burning body found in the woods on Sunday.

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January 08, 2013 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Men try to steal deer stand

A man told a deputy with the Newton County Sheriff's Office that three men tried to steal his deer stand on Thursday. A report from the NCSO said a deputy responded to a home on Mote Road in reference to a theft. The man said he saw three black males carrying his deer stand down the road. He said he left it by a tree in the woods across from his house. When the man confronted the males, they dropped the stand and ran towards Mote Crossing. The man said some of the clips to the stand were missing ...

January 05, 2013 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Road work costs to rise in 2013

The effects of failed transportation sales tax, also known as T-SPLOST, votes across Georgia on July 31 are now being seen on city and county government ledgers.

January 05, 2013 | By Jeff Gill Special to The News | LOCAL


Local legislators preview 2013 session

The Georgia General Assembly will gather on Jan. 14 for its annual session to discuss a number of issues concerning the state.

January 05, 2013 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Teens arrested in New Year’s theft

Three Covington Police officers rang in the New Year right, using their fast thinking to not only arrest three teens for burglary, but to also recover the stolen merchandise.

January 05, 2013 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Black boxes of mystery

Are they makeshift caskets for pandemics and war? Coffins? Septic tanks? Did the CDC, FEMA or another federal agency order them in case of mass casualties? People driving down Interstate 20 west from Covington may have noticed row after row of black coffin-looking boxes lining a portion of Almon Road. But what are they really?

January 05, 2013 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Employees’ pay still to drop in ’13

Americans' paychecks will be a little smaller in 2013.

While Congress and the president reached a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff - meaning all but the wealthiest Americans will not see an income tax hike - the Social Security payroll tax increased by 2 percent this year.

January 03, 2013 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Training to prevent tragedy

It's the worst nightmare for parents and school staff, a shooter loose in the halls, but as the tragedies at Columbine and, most recently, Sandy Hook has taught law enforcement, they can never be too prepared.

January 03, 2013 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Community celebrates 150 years of freedom

Hundreds gathered Sunday night in a celebration of freedom, faith and family in the Sesquicentennial Emancipation Proclamation community worship service, hosted at Springfield Baptist Church.

January 03, 2013 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Elementary aged kid starts fire

A home on Collins Street was a total loss after the family's 6-year-old accidentally set the Christmas tree on fire Sunday.

Assistant Fire Marshal, Capt. Tony Smith said the call came in around 10 a.m. and firefighters spent several hours at the home, leaving at 3 p.m.

January 03, 2013 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


A hero’s last march

Joseph Griffin, 49, the Mansfield man killed Christmas Eve in Afghanistan, was honored with a hero's escort Monday afternoon, when members of the Newton County Sheriff's Office, the Patriot Guard, Henry County Sheriff's Office, Covington Fire Departmant, Newton County Fire Service and others escorted his body from Atlanta to Covington.

Griffin once worked as a deputy with the Newton County Sheriff's Office, first from 1996 until 2000 and again in 2007. He was in Afghanistan as a military veteran advising the Afghan National Police when he was murdered by a policewoman.

January 03, 2013 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Schulz named Chairman

Newton County Commissioner Nancy Schulz recently was named as the 2012-2013 Chairman of the Association County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG) Health and Human Services Committee. The appointment was made by ACCG President and Taylor County Commissioner Clinton Perry. Schulz previously served as the vice chairman.

January 03, 2013 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man exposes himself in Kroger parking lot

A woman waiting with children in the Kroger parking lot started her New Year off by calling the police on a man who reportedly exposed himself to her.

The victim was waiting in a car parked outside the grocery store with three children between the ages of 3 and 5 while her sister shopped inside. She told police that she noticed a truck parked in front of her when the driver backed out. Instead of leaving the parking lot, the driver reportedly drove around, parked beside her and opened his door.

January 03, 2013 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Christmas Eve arrest in knife attack

A Covington man was arrested on Christmas Eve after randomly brandishing a knife, according to reports.

January 02, 2013 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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