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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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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


Four children die in Conyers house fire

UPDATE: (Jan. 9, 7:22 p.m.) The family and the victims killed in Tuesday's fire have been identified.

January 09, 2013 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Vampire Diaries returns Friday to film

Vampires and tourists will return to Covington for the first time in the New Year as filming of the hit television series, "The Vampire Diaries" will continue on Friday.

January 08, 2013 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Bouchillon named interim city manager

Covington City Council continues to look for a replacement for the position of city manager, but the seat was not empty at the council's meeting on Monday night.

Deputy city manager Billy Bouchillon sat in and will serve as the interim city manager for the city of Covington until a new city manager is appointed. Former city manager Steve Horton retired on Dec. 21, 2012, but attended the council meeting.

January 08, 2013 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Three NCSO officers promoted

After serving the citizens of Newton County for more than seven decades combined, three of Newton County's finest have been promoted: two to the rank of captain, one to major in the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

January 08, 2013 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


New plan for downtown Covington?

Main Street Covington now has a blueprint of how to move forward with creating a better downtown, but there is no set time of when or if any recommended changes will be implemented.

January 08, 2013 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Police investigate two weekend stabbings

Two men were stabbed in separate incidents Saturday, according to reports from the Covington Police Department.

The first incident occurred around 6:30 p.m. Officers responded to a hang-up call on West Street. When officers arrived, they noticed people standing outside the residence and waving them down. A woman said that her husband had been stabbed by Anthony Clemons, who had since fled the scene.

January 08, 2013 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Pinnacle banker McNary promoted

Long-time banker Kim McNary has been promoted to business banker at Pinnacle Bank.

In her new role, Ms. McNary will be responsible for developing and maintaining commercial banking relationships, a duty she has "established a proven record of success," according to Jackson McConnell, Pinnacle's CEO.

January 08, 2013 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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


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