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Rep. Jody Hice visits Rotary

U.S. Congressman Jody Hice (R-GA) paid a visit to the Rotary Club of Covington during its April 25 meeting to update the club on ...

April 25, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Local


Clearing for round-a-bout project underway on 278

COVINGTON, Ga. - Trees are coming down to make way for the $19.3 million project on Highway 278 in Covington.

April 16, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Local


Georgia Congressman Jody Hice tours Newton County businesses

COVINGTON, Ga. – The Newton / Covington Office of Economic Development (NCOED) hosted Georgia Congressman Jody Hice this week on a tour of the area's biggest ...

April 13, 2017 | Staff Report | Local


Alcovy CASA welcomes newest advocates

COVINGTON, Ga. - Alcovy CASA, Inc. is happy to welcome aboard our most recently newly sworn in volunteer advocates in Newton County. These are individuals who ...

April 12, 2017 | Staff Report | Local


Open House for South River Bridge replacement tonight

COVINGTON, Ga. - The Georgia Department of Transportation is hosting a Detour Open House tonight from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Oak Hill ...

April 11, 2017 | Staff Report | Local


Linda Hays advises of jury scam

Linda Hays, clerk of Superior Courts, wants citizens to be aware of the latest jury scam in Newton County.

April 09, 2017 | Staff Report | Local


Detour Open House for South River Bridge replacement April 11

COVINGTON Ga. - The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) is hosting a Detour Open House Tuesday, April 11 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m ...

April 05, 2017 | Staff Report | Local


Investigators interview toddler’s mother

UPDATE, March 31 3:15 p.m.: NCSO investigators are asking anyone who was in the area of Highway 11 and Patrick Road yesterday afternoon ...

March 31, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Local


Toddler's mother located

The mother of a missing toddler has been located, according to an early morning email from Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) Public Information Officer ...

March 31, 2017 | Staff Report | Local


Public questionnaire to help guide regional economic development

Public input is needed for the five-year update to Northeast Georgia's Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS).

March 30, 2017 | Staff Report | Local


NCSO obtains international accreditation

The Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) obtained its official international accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) March 25.

March 30, 2017 | Staff Report | Local


Board approves Hwy-278 CID

The Board of Directors of the Highway 278 Improvement Association, Inc. voted at its March 22 meeting to create the Highway 278 Community Improvement District ...

March 28, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Local


SPLOST passes

With 75.59 percent of the voters choosing to pass the 2017 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST), the penny sales tax will continue ...

March 26, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Local


Pictures of Progress: Three Ring Studios

A plot of land off Highway 142 and City Pond Road is currently being cleared to make way for the construction of Three Ring Studios ...

March 25, 2017 | Jarred Todd | Local


Tree falls on house Tuesday

A large tree fell on a Mill Village house during Tuesday night's storms. According to a Covington Fire Department spokesman, the tree fell onto ...

March 24, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Local


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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


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


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