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Smith: 'the mayor betrayed the trust of me and this council'

Covington City Councilman Chris Smith used his portion of council comments Monday night to address a letter Mayor Ronnie Johnston submitted to The Covington News ...

October 05, 2015 | Councilman reads letter that argues against a proposed development project | LOCAL

Johnston breaks tie against expanding stage

Covington Mayor Ronnie Johnston was the deciding vote not to expand the stage on the Square Monday night.

October 05, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

3 share Nobel medicine prize for tropical disease drugs

STOCKHOLM (AP) - A Chinese scientist who turned to ancient texts to discover a powerful malaria drug shared the Nobel Prize in medicine on Monday with ...

October 05, 2015 | Associated Press | LOCAL

A portrait of hope

Eighteen-year-old Lofton Wheeles was by his mother's side as cancer survivors, cancer patient care-givers, friends and family enjoyed the music of The Drive Time ...

October 05, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Vickers named Alcovy homecoming queen

Katelyn Vickers was crowned as Alcovy High School's homecoming queen Friday night.

October 03, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Response to Heat Homecoming leads to changes in event locations

Though the event was only promoted on Facebook and in the local papers, response to the upcoming Heat Homecoming 2015 has been so good, changes ...

October 03, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

First county adopt-a-pet day a success

By noon, most of the puppies and dogs had been adopted, and many of the cats and kittens.

October 03, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

October registration renewal notices delayed

The Department of Revenue (DOR) announced renewal notices for October motor vehicle tags will be delayed due to a contractor problem.

October 03, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Georgia burning guidelines

Fall weather means cooling temperatures, dropping leaves and for a lot of people, yard work. State of Georgia residents can now legally burn natural wood ...

October 03, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Local lawyer recognized for service to State Bar's Board of Governors

He seems to embody the image of a country lawyer-sharp, smart and laid back. Stories, one after the other, pour out of his memory ...

October 02, 2015 | Sandra L. Brands | LOCAL

Newton Medical becomes Piedmont Newton

Piedmont Healthcare is in Newton County.

October 01, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Chamber president discusses year-long plans

The Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce hopes to become a state wide leader in job creation, a retail hub for northeast Georgia, leverage its Hollywood ...

October 01, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Alcovy's homecoming court

Alcovy High School announced its 2015 homecoming court Wednesday, ahead of its homecoming game Friday night.

September 30, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Abigail Ozburn named Eastside homecoming queen

Abigail Ozburn was crowned Eastside High School's homecoming queen during halftime of Eastside's football game against Eagle's Landing.

September 30, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Suspect killed in W. Va. shootout wanted for Covington woman's death

The suspect wanted for the shooting death of a 57-year-old Covington woman and longtime Goodwill employee was killed Tuesday evening in a shoot out with ...

September 29, 2015 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL

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Making a pedigree chart

How did your hunt go this week? Were you able to visit relatives? Have you filled in your family group sheets? It is time now to decide which surname we are going to follow first.

Let's make a pedigree chart or you can print one from To make one yourself, get a blank piece of paper. At the bottom, write your name, remember if you are married to write your maiden name. Now draw a line up between your name and across like a T.

May 01, 2012 | Ellen Blakeslee Columnist | LOCAL

Society of St. Vincent de Paul hosts silent auction and wine tasting Friday

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul members hosted their second Silent Auction and Wine Tasting (Fox Vineyards) this past Friday evening. Sherry Odum's selection of hors d'oeurvres complimented the wines along with Wing Zone's zesty wings. The guests were greeted by Peggy Mercer and Nancy East. Inside Moore Hall of St. Augustine Catholic Church, Michael Frederick played music while the guests helped themselves to the Fox Vineyards' wines and the hors d'oeurvres which included great flavors as stuffed dates, blueberry brie puffs, chicken 'n cranberry salad spread, spanakopita, various cheeses and crackers - just to mention ...

May 01, 2012 | Christy Lassiter | LOCAL

Yarbrough: Federal judge sees majesty in the law, not jokes

While May 1st is designated Law Day in the United States, Judge Lisa Godbey Wood, chief judge of the U.S. Southern District of Georgia, says we Americans should remember that every day is a day of law in this country. There would be anarchy without it.

I had the privilege of following Judge Wood on a program in Savannah a couple of weeks ago and I have never heard anyone explain our system of law better or with more passion than she did. When it was my turn to speak, I felt like Tiny Tim and his ukulele following ...

May 01, 2012 | Dick Yarbrough | LOCAL

Illegal dumping of trash and toilets

Newton County officers responded to a call of illegal dumping.

After observing, the officers determined that someone had illegally dumped three commodes, a box that a new commode had come in and two large plastic bags of trash.

May 01, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL

Attacker says man got bruised face from falling

When Newton County officers responded to a call about an assault, James Norris stated that Timothy Gawenda had attacked him.

According to Norris, Gawenda and his girlfriend had come home and began accusing Norris of stealing items from their bedroom. Norris denied that he stolen anything from Gawenda's bedroom and Gawenda went outside to smoke a cigarette.

May 01, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL

Two arrested for forgery after gun shot incident at CVS

Covington officers pulled over a vehicle believed to contain individuals connected to a shot that was fired near the CVS on Highway 278. According to dispatch, a male had shot at a car in the CVS parking lot. Shortly after, a male came into the store and yelled out the name Denise.

The officer identified the vehicle's two occupants as Denise Smith and Keldrin Perry. When the officer questioned Smith about the shot, Smith stated that she had just come from CVS, but knew nothing about a shot being fired. She also stated that Perry did yell her name ...

May 01, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL

Student punched after showing off good grade

A father filed a report with the Newton County Sheriff's Office after his daughter was punched in the face by another student on the school bus.

While showing off a good grade she had made on a test that day, a male student who lives in her subdivision slapped the paper out of her hands and punched her in the face.

May 01, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL

Man knocks on door, strips naked

When Newton County officers responded to a suspicious call, the officer observed a black male in front of the garage door standing naked.

When the officer exited his vehicle, the man was putting on blue boxers and blue jeans. Holding his Taser as a precaution, the officer placed the man, Michael Keith Valentine, in hand restraints.

May 01, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL

Special Olympics Parade

Newton County Special Olympians and their supporters gathered Monday morning for a parade to kick off the annual spring games. The games will continue Tues. and Wed. at Sharp Stadium.

April 30, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Watterson plans to run for sheriff

After over two decades of dedicated service with the Newton County Sheriff's Office, Bill Watterson announced his own candidacy for Sheriff of Newton County in the upcoming election. Watterson, who recently resigned from the current administration, said in a press release that he regrets that he had to voluntarily leave the job he loved after 23 years of service. He joined the NCSO in 1990 and has literally worked in every division of the department.

April 30, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL

CPD looks into local prostitution claims

If Covington police have it their way there will be no happy ending for local massage parlors that are allegedly offering more then just standard massage services to their clients.

April 28, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Covington recycling to accept more items

Covington is totally revamping its recycling program and now nearly everything is recyclable and the more that's recycled the more money the city will earn.

April 28, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Cottonwood Farm has new instructor

Cottonwood Farm in Covington will welcome its newest employee Amy McKaughan this coming week.

April 28, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL

11-year-old charged with exposure

A Flint Hill Elementary student has been charged with indecent exposure and electronically furnishing obscene material to minors following an incident where he reportedly exposed himself to two classmates and also sent obscene text messages to others.

April 28, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

$241K raised for ‘Life’

Newton County residents raised $241,922 for Relay for Life this year as 64 teams and 950 people participated in the annual fundraiser for the fight against the cancer.

April 28, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL

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