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Recreation Commission finds ‘no illegal or dishonest behavior’

The Newton County Recreation Commission's board of directors did not make any personnel changes stemming from a recent forensic audit released by Frazier and ...

December 05, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Football coach turning heads in … The Nutcracker

If you happen to take a trip to the Porter Auditorium this coming weekend and you see a familiar local football coach donning a wig ...

December 05, 2016 | Gabriel Stovall | LOCAL


Forensic Audit: Actions ‘caused financial harm and damage to the taxpayers of Newton County’

Eds Note: To read more on the forensic accounting report click for a report on the Bear Creek Reservoir project, here; read about the report ...

December 04, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Sawyer: former attorney’s actions ‘detrimental to taxpayers’

On Oct. 18, 2015, the Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) voted to bring a halt to the proposed Bear Creek Reservoir project, under way ...

December 03, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Accountant points to unapproved contracts at landfill

The landfill has been a financial burden on Newton County for years, especially since a leachate spill in 2015 caused millions of dollars in damage.

December 03, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


County refutes Sawyer’s SPLOST claims

In David Sawyer's accounting analysis of Newton County's Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) and Impact Fees funds, he reported that at ...

December 03, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Look at Nelson Heights may spur change in county practices

While David Sawyer's reporting on the Bear Creek Reservoir project, SPLOST and Impact Fees and the county's landfill was released Monday, in May ...

December 03, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Former commissioners speak out against water sale

The Newton County Water and Sewerage Authority (NCWSA) will present the team it has selected to perform due diligence to the Newton County Board of ...

December 03, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Christmas marches through Covington

One-hundred floats, including the first-place prize winning Misfits Welcome float by Eastridge Church, participated in Saturday's parade through downtown Covington.

December 03, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Judge Baker honored prior to his retirement

Judge Henry Baker, Newton County's Probate Court Judge for the last 40 years was celebrated by dozens of Newton County and regional dignitaries for ...

December 02, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Newton County Theme School raises blue ribbon flag

The Newton County Theme School (NCTS) at Fiquett was recently named a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education - a distinction ...

December 02, 2016 | Duane M. Ford | LOCAL


The Pride of Eastside performs in Hollywood Christmas Parade

The Pride of Eastside Marching Band joined the likes of Larry King, Olivia Newton-John and Bill Engvall this past weekend, during the 85th Annual Hollywood ...

December 02, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


3 Newton County children safe after Amber Alert

The Newton County Sheriff's Office issued an Amber Alert late Thursday night after three children were taken by their father after a domestic dispute ...

December 02, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


Newton County Fire graduates four recruits

The 2016 Newton County Fire Recruiting class celebrated the graduation of four recruits Nov. 29.

December 01, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


Forensic Audit: Actions ‘caused financial harm and damage to the taxpayers of Newton County’

Editor's Note: This is an overview of the Forensic Audit report released by Newton County Monday. More stories on this matter will follow at ...

December 01, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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A good deed rewarded

A Covington family was awarded Thursday after providing the Covington Fire Department with information that led them to solving an arson case.

November 17, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


County to discuss reservoir Monday

The long-planned Bear Creek Reservoir is once again taking center stage these days as the project moves closer to reality.

November 17, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Stealing sister act at Walmart

Two women, Jessica Lauren Catlett and Michelle Lee Catlett, were both arrested Tuesday evening at their jobs at the Salem Road Walmart.

November 17, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Covington’s shining lights

Seven of the people who took home Shining Light awards at Thursday night's annual courthouse lighting never thought such recognition would come to them.

November 17, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Retired principal to fill in at AHS

Retired Newton County principal Vic Lee will step in to temporarily fill the shoes vacated at Alcovy High School, while current principal LaQuanda Carpenter is on maternity leave.

November 17, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Goodman shines as activist for politics

Serving as one of Covington's leaders who has wanted to shine behind the scenes, council woman Janet Goodman's leadership during the civil rights era in Covington back in the 70s and her work with city council for more than 33 years, has made her a well-known community activist and one of the recipients of the 2012 Shining Light awards.

November 17, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Horton reflects on a lifetime of learning

Covington City Manager Steve Horton has been on a farewell tour of sorts as he approaches retirement after serving his hometown for more than three decades, including being at the helm for the past seven years.

November 17, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

I received tickets to see the puppetry adaptation of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer at the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta. When I told people about it, they laughed thinking that I made it up. Apparently not very many people know that there is such a thing as puppetry arts, much less that Atlanta has a center for puppetry arts.

November 17, 2012 | Nhi Ho | LOCAL


Antique Roadshow

Merryvale Assisted Living hosted its annual Antiques Roadshow recently. More than 70 items were brought to be appraised by Tim Hunter from Lingering Memories Antiques. The crowd enjoyed watching the show and enjoyed refreshments and tours of the community afterwards.

November 17, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


SLIDESHOW: Christmas in Covington

At the lighting of the Courthouse on Nov. 15, the Covington News staff gave out hot chocolate and cookies to local families. The staff also took fun pictures of local smiling children with the front page of the newspaper.

November 16, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


City accepts $594K grant for bridge

The city of Covington council approved at their Nov. 5 meeting to accept a joint grant with the city of Oxford for $594,000 that was awarded by the Atlanta Regional Commission under their Last Mile Connectivity program for the replacement of a pedestrian bridge that crosses over Interstate 20 in October.

City of Covington grant writer Randy Conner previously said the grant is additional funding for the Emory Street pedestrian bridge between Covington and Oxford. He explained why Covington and Oxford decided to apply for the grant together.

November 15, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


No one runs for soil and water position

The election is over, but one local seat remains unfilled after no one qualified to run for the office.

No Newton County resident qualified for a vacant elected seat to the Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission, which seeks to protect both the quality of Georgia's soils and water resources.

November 15, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Historic courthouse lighting

Residents flocked to the square Thursday night for Covington's annual Lighting of the Courthouse event, and Covington Councilwoman Janet Goodman, City Manager Steve Horton and seven longtime bus drivers for the Newton County School System were named this year's "Shining Lights."

November 15, 2012 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL


Walk for stomach cancer Saturday

Though most people are not aware, November is Stomach Cancer Awareness Month. Tomorrow, Nov. 17, the first Laps for Life event will be held on the tracks at Alcovy High School. The walk, Laps for Life, will take place from 10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Winston H. Kelly Sr. Memorial Foundation. All proceeds will be donated to stomach cancer research.

November 15, 2012 | Hayley Williams | LOCAL


Brick Store to have openhouse Sunday

Newton County residents are invited to view the county's oldest building as the historic Brick Store will be open from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday so locals can see the repair work that's been done.

November 15, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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