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Chamber hosts record-breaking night

With a record turnout, the Covington Newton Chamber of Commerce celebrated a record year during its 2017 Annual Meeting Thursday night at the Charlie Elliot ...

January 12, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


Newton Board of Elections officials recognized

Newton County Board of Elections Director (BOE) Angela Mantle and Assistant Director Angela White-Davis were commended recently by board members Hugh Steele, Chair, Jeanette Perry ...

January 10, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Red Cross issues an emergency call for blood and platelet donations during severe winter blood short

The American Red Cross has a severe winter blood shortage and is issuing an emergency call for blood and platelet donors to make a donation ...

January 10, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Groundbreaking on Judicial Center Expansion set for Friday

Newton County judges and officials will grab a hold of a shovel to break ground on the expansion of the Judicial Center at 2 p ...

January 06, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Deputy White’s memory rooted in Newton

The memory of Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) Deputy Justin White will continue to take root in Newton County as he was honored Tuesday ...

January 04, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


Porterdale property rezoned for Waffle House

A piece of property off Covington Bypass Road in Porterdale, across from the Burger King, was rezoned Thursday night in preparation to become a Waffle ...

December 22, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Georgia DOT restricts lane closures for Christmas, New Year’s weekends

The stresses of the holiday season are upon us and Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) aims to ease traffic congestion and driving anxieties with suspension ...

December 20, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Trash collection centers to be closed Dec. 24-28

The hours of the Newton County Trash Collection Convenience Centers will be altered during the Christmas weekend.

December 19, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Rotary Club fills Empty Stockings

The Rotary Club of Covington delivered presents to around 500 Newton County children Saturday as part of its annual Empty Stocking event.

December 17, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Local judges take oath

Each of the Newton County's Superior Court judges took their oath of office Friday morning at the Newton County Judicial Center from the Honorable ...

December 16, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


NCSO now outfitted with body cams

In September 2015, the Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) was one of only three agencies in Georgia to receive a Department of Justice body ...

December 16, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Library, janitorial contract funding approved

The Newton County Library was granted $27,000 by the Board of Commissioners (BOC) Tuesday night after library officials said the system could lose its ...

December 12, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Solange Lord performs in Brenau University's 'Concerts Connecting Cultures...Christmas Around the Wo

Solange Lord, from Covington, performed in the Brenau University Vocal Chamber Ensemble and Spectrum Singers concert of "Concerts Connecting Cultures...Christmas Around the World" Nov ...

December 12, 2016 | Staff Report | 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


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911 Center receives third accreditation

The Covington-Newton County 911 Center has received its third accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies.

The Covington-Newton County 911 Communications Center attended the CALEA Conference in Jacksonville, Fla., in November, where they received their Gold Standards accreditation, according to a release from the communications center.

December 08, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Festival of Trees raises $9,000

If this year's success is any indication, the annual Festival of Trees celebration is going to be a holiday mainstay in Covington for years to come.

December 08, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Sheriff's office hosts motorcycle ride Sat.

The Newton County Sheriff's Office is hosting its 14th annual Toy Run Motorcycle Ride at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Covington Kmart.

December 07, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Shop with a Hero

Thirty-three local children received a special treat Thursday, after receiving gifts thanks to Walmart and the Covington Police Department, Newton County 911 Center, Georgia State Patrol and the Covington Fire Department during their annual Shop with a Hero event.

Previously called Shop with a Cop, this year expanded to include more city emergency workers.

December 06, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Local completes GBI Special Agent course

Brandon Tisdale, formerly of Covington, recently completed the Special Agent Candidate Course at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth.

December 06, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Committee discusses filming policy

The Covington Filming Committee met again on Monday morning and discussed a possible policy that will be established for filming in the city of Covington.

Mayor Ronnie Johnston and committee members Willie Davis, the city's human resources department training manager; columnist Barbara Morgan; John Howard, chairman of the Covington Municipal Airport Authority; Irene Smith local TV show host; Teresa Waters with the "About Covington to Madison" magazine; and Susan Kirk, owner of Scoops, attended the meeting.

December 06, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Accused child molesters remain at large

Authorities are still searching for two accused sex offenders, believed to be hiding out in Newton County after allegedly assaulting a local child.

December 06, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


County approves tobacco ban at parks

Parks and recreational facilities in the county will soon prohibit the use of tobacco products on its premises.

December 06, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Judicial expansion over SPLOST budget

The Newton County Board of Commissioners listened to expansion plans for the Judicial Center at their meeting Tuesday and heard at the meeting that the expansion would go over the SPLOST budget.

December 06, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Holiday fun this weekend

The holiday spirit will be alive and well this weekend as locals ring in the season with several fun, family-friendly events.

Friday, Dec. 7, Porterdale will host its Annual Christmas Parade with Santa and his live tiny reindeer at 7 p.m. in Downtown Porterdale. Following the parade will be the lighting of Porterdale's Historic Star and Christmas Tree. There is no cost for the parade. For more information on the event call (770) 786-2217 or visit www.cityofporterdale.com.

December 06, 2012 | Hayley Williams | LOCAL


Pine Shadow home ransacked

A deputy responded to a call at a home on Pine Shadow Circle on Wednesday at 11:47 a.m. after a man reported that he saw three black males in a Gold Toyota Camry in his cousin's driveway. The man said the first time he passed by the home, the garage door of the house was closed.

When the man passed the house again leaving the subdivision, he observed the garage door had been opened and the men were leaving the house. The man said he believed he knew the man in the front passenger seat, but he ...

December 06, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Joy in the midst of tragedy

Editor's note: Few stories we've heard are as tragic as the one that saw a wife lose her husband on a wedding anniversary and two sons lose their father on a trip to see Santa. Our reporter Amber Pittman was moved to organize a special Christmas gift for the grieving Evans family. She contacted and coordinated with the Covington Police Department and the local Covington Santa to surprise the family with gifts and some Christmas joy in the midst of a tragedy.

December 06, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Couple's death ruled murder-suicide

UPDATE, Thursday, 9:18 a.m.: The deaths of Robert and Lendene Dendy have been determined to be a murder-suicide, according to officials.

December 06, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


County approves tobacco ban at parks

Parks and recreational facilities in the county will soon prohibit the use of tobacco products on its premises.

The Newton County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved at their meeting Tuesday an ordinance that would prohibit the use of tobacco products.

December 05, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Murderer Benson seeks new trial again

Originally convicted in 2009 of the murder and dismemberment of his one-time girlfriend 49-year-old Leslyan Williams, Franklin Elliott Benson, 53, recently requested a new trial for the fourth time, once again citing ineffective legal counsel.

December 04, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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