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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


Red Cross urges public to review tornado safety tips

Gathered from Red Cross
Across the southeast, there were more than 200 reports of severe weather and several dozen reports of tornadoes so far this ...

January 22, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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


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Archive By Section - LOCAL


Stories that shaped 2012

1. Baxter coming to Covington: Baxter International broke ground in early August, bringing Newton Countians hope of a local economic recovery.

December 29, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


New Year, New You?

Statistically, 45 percent of Americans make New Year's resolutions. Of that, only 8 percent actually keep those resolutions, according to the University of Scranton's Journal of Clinical Psychology. The most common is, of course, to lose weight; another popular one is to fall in love. Every year I resolve to drink more water and usually end up only drinking more coffee and wine.

December 29, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Honey Boo Boo in the house

Honey Boo Boo, aka Alana Thompson, of TLC's reality show spin-off "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo," came to Conyers with her family and a TLC film crew on Thursday for a little holiday fun. Thompson took a spin on the ice at the ice skating rink at the Olde Town Pavilion as onlookers and fans watched from the sides. Gina Hartsell, Conyers-Rockdale's Camera Ready Liaison, said TLC producers called that day looking for places to stop by for holiday activities. The episode with the ice skating scenes might air sometime in January or February, she said.

December 29, 2012 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Desert Storm commander Schwarzkopf dies

WASHINGTON (AP) - Truth is, retired Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf didn't care much for his popular "Stormin' Norman" nickname.

December 28, 2012 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Ewing says farewell after 12 years

Mort Ewing has been an advocate for serving the community and others to best of his ability.

December 27, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Thanks for the memories

The dedicated public servant leaves behind a legacy of being the voice of reason in tough situations and the father-figure of Covington who makes important decisions in helping to move the city forward.

December 27, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Crime: A Good Samaritan gets beaten

A woman attempting to help out a stranded pedestrian instead was beaten on Dec. 23.

December 27, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Mansfield man killed in Afghanistan

Mansfield resident Joseph Griffin, 49, was killed on Christmas Eve in Kabul, Afghanistan by a policewoman who reportedly shot him when she decided her plans to kill the governor, police chief or an investigator would be too difficult.

December 27, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Carpenter named Mo. superintendent

Newton County School System's Deputy Superintendent for Operations Dennis Carpenter has been named superintendent of the Hickman Mills C-1 School District in Kansas City, Mo.

December 27, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Pittman: Proceed with care in '13

As most people are aware, because I remind them regularly, I'm pretty awesome. I have handled this whole single mom thing like a champ. Christmas, however, was a lot harder than I thought it would be. It was hard to keep up the whole Elf on the Shelf, baking cookies, looking at lights (to whoever had the huge light display on Forrest Drive, thank you!), happy time that my son is used to. At least this first Christmas as a single mom/divorcee (almost) is over, and I am bound and determined that 2013 will not suck like 2012 ...

December 27, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


AMBER Alert issued for two missing boys

An AMBER Alert was just issued on behald of the Roswell Police Department for two missing boys, ages 9 and 7.

December 27, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Carpenter named Mo. superintendent

Newton County School System's Deputy Superintendent for Operations, Dennis Carpenter has been named superintendent of the Hickman Mills C-1 School District in Kansas City, Mo.

December 27, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Carpenter named Mo. superintendent

Newton County School System's Deputy Superintendent for Operations, Dennis Carpenter has been named superintendent of the Hickman Mills C-1 School District in Kansas City, Mo.

December 27, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


End of Year SALE! $3 subscriptions!

Don't miss out on the best deal of the year! Subscribe to The Covington News for only $3.00 per month!

December 27, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


150 Years of Freedom

Civil Rights icon and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Rev. Dr. Joseph E. Lowery will be the keynote speaker at the Sesquicentennial Emancipation Proclamation Community Worship Service hosted at Springfield Baptist on Dec. 30, at 4:30 p.m.

December 26, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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