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Teacher of the Year finalists announced

Tamahia Benton, of Liberty Middle School, Cecily Bullock, of Alcovy High School and Jason Smith, of Newton High School, were named the finalists for Newton ...

September 24, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Precious Waters named Newton Homecoming Queen

Precious Waters was named the 2016 Newton High School Homecoming Queen Friday night at Sharp Stadium.

September 24, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Ban on vinyl siding on houses being built discussed

Vinyl siding has long been an aesthetically pleasing and affordable choice for homeowners, to go along with brick and wood. However, is it a dangerous ...

September 23, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Jam to raise money for new accessible access to Yellow River

A year ago, it rained for the inaugural Yellow River Jam. This year, good weather is expected Saturday when the second Yellow River Jam kicks ...

September 23, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Chair Ellis proclaims Thursday Suicide Prevention Awareness Day

Newton County Chair Keith Ellis proclaimed Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016, to be Suicide Prevention Awareness Day during an event on the Covington Square Thursday morning.

September 22, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


O’Brien pleads guilty to theft by taking

Former Newton County Fire Services Chief Kevin O'Brien stood with his attorney Steven M. Frey, of The Frey Law Firm, and withdrew his not ...

September 22, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Child's Voice Child Advocacy Center celebrates 10 years

A Child's Voice Child Advocacy Center celebrated 10 years of service with an open house at its Social Circle location Wednesday.

September 21, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


BOC summary: No action taken on moratorium or mosque

The moratorium on permits for places of worship came to an end at midnight Sept. 20 after no action was taken by the Newton County ...

September 20, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


The three victims in Monday's fatal accident identified

Two of the three victims in Monday's fatal accident involving a Newton County School System (NCSS) school bus were under the age of 10.

September 20, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Teachers of the year announced by NCSS

The Newton County School System (NCSS) announced its teachers of the year for each of its schools Tuesday.

September 20, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


New pillars installed at Chimney Park

Members of the Satzuki Garden Club and Friends of Newton Parks Board of Directors gathered at Chimney Park Monday, Sept. 12 to dedicate a new ...

September 20, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Pipeline expected to reopen soon

A week after the pipeline leak in Alabama resulted in a gas shortage across the southeastern United States, Colonial Pipeline has announced that construction, fabrication ...

September 20, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Council okays Square gazebo if sponsor is found

It's been a controversial topic for two years, but the Covington City Council voted to approve the building of a gazebo on the Historic ...

September 19, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Gov. Nathan Deal signs order to ban gas price gouging

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal issued an executive order Monday prohibiting the hiking of gas prices as a response to the current gas shortage affecting southeastern ...

September 19, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Community steps up for four-year-old

The little girl from Monticello has spent most of the last year in a hospital, battling cancer. Family members in Newton County have been helping ...

September 19, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


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Archive By Section - LOCAL


Taste of Eastside coming

Helping out Eastside's athletic teams has never been as tasty as it will be Saturday.

November 01, 2012 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Woman robbed at Walmart

A Covington police officer and a 51-year-old Oxford woman are being treated for injuries sustained during a robbery at the Covington Walmart on Industrial Boulevard around 12:47 p.m. Wednesday.

November 01, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


How to survive a zombie attack in Newton

Tales of zombies may have originated in Haiti, but if TV has taught us anything, it's that a deadly disease can pass quickly, from the monkey in "Outbreak," people taking bath salts and "The Walking Dead," the threat of a destructive disease is real, and Covington needs to be prepared.

October 30, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Zero tolerance policy by the handbook

One Newton County parent is incensed that her 8-year-old son has been suspended pending a tribunal for accidentally bringing a BB gun to school and turning it over to administrators when he realized his mistake, but according to zero tolerance policy and law, how the situation is handled is largely out of the hands of Newton County school officials.

October 30, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Daycare shooter pleads guilty

The man who shot his estranged wife and step-daughter outside a Rockdale County daycare last year will spend the next 50 years in prison after pleading guilty Friday.

October 30, 2012 | Kathy Hooks | LOCAL


Women steal $500 in Kroger groceries

Covington police caught up with two women after they reportedly stole shopping carts full of groceries from Kroger and Walmart on Saturday.

October 30, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Local scammed by fraudulent check scheme

Times are tough with the economic downturn and no one would not be faulted for looking for ways to relieve some of their monetary stresses and burdens.

October 30, 2012 | Annette Godwin | LOCAL


Early voting starts strong

Update, Oct. 30: Early voting turnout continues to be strong and could get an even bigger boost this week as a satellite early voting center is open this week from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Porter Memorial Branch Library, 6191 Highway 212, Covington, Ga. 30016. Early voting is also still available at the Newton County Board of Elections, 1113 Usher St., Covington, Ga. 30014; people can also still mail in absentee ballots.

October 30, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Farm Bureau seeks essays for contest

Newton County, Ga. - The Newton County Farm Bureau encourages 6th, 7th and 8th grade students to enter the Georgia Farm Bureau Middle School Essay Contest. Students should address the topic "How has agriculture changed in the last 75 years?" The winner of the Newton County Farm Bureau Essay Contest will receive $50.00.

October 27, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


DA Zon appeals dropped charges

The felony racketeering case against Victor Hill, Clayton County's former sheriff who is currently seeking re-election, has been delayed for possibly as long as a year, but Newton County District Attorney Layla Zon, the special prosecutor on the case, said she will respect the court's wishes and believes several important issues in the case should be examined by appellate courts before moving forward.

Hill served as sheriff of Clayton County from 2005-2008. During his controversial term, several of his actions were questioned, including the immediate firing of 27 employees, who were escorted from the building, while snipers were ...

October 27, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Adams plays Denzel’s father in ‘Flight’

T.K. Adams is set to hit the big screen in the new movie "Flight."

October 27, 2012 | Anastasia Graves | LOCAL


6 ways to celebrate Halloween

With Halloween just days away, there is plenty for Newton County residents on all sides of the county to look forward to, from the popular trick or treating on the square to ghost tours. So get your costumes on and get ready for a spook-tacular good time!

Tour of Southern Ghosts - Oct. 28

October 27, 2012 | Anastasia Graves | LOCAL


Parker happy to be giving back

Lydia Parker has been going to the Covington Y since the early 2000s, but a decision to run in the annual Cheerios Challenge seven years ago led her to where she is today as the Y's Volunteer of the Year.

October 27, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Parent upset at school reaction to gun

A Newton County Theme School third grader was suspended Monday for accidentally bringing an unloaded pellet gun to school and his family is accusing the school of punishing the 8-year-old boy for doing the right thing and telling his teacher the gun was in his book bag.

October 27, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


NCSO to shut in sex offenders for Halloween

Newton County Sheriff's Office and the Covington Probation Office will sponsor its Sixth Annual Halloween Shut-In on Oct. 31, from 6 to 10 p.m.

October 27, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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