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NCSS SAT scores fell 12 points from 2013-14

The Newton County School System released SAT scores for the 2014-2015 school year.

September 03, 2015 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


Board of Election Director retires

After nine years at Newton County, Donna Morrison is retiring as Board of Elections Director.

September 03, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Porterdale Police Department swears in JaJuan Shaw

In December of 2011 13-year-old Jajuan Shaw wrote a column that concluded with the sentence "God has blessed me with so much and my autism ...

September 03, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


26-year-old, dead, found shot at Silos

Twenty-six-year-old Nigiel Cliffard James, of Newton County, died at Grady Hospital after being found shot at Springlake Terrace Tuesday.

September 02, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


College to launch film and TV production program

Dr. Jabari Simama, President of Georgia Piedmont College, told the Board of Commissioners Tuesday night the school will be introducing a three-tract film and television ...

September 01, 2015 | Sandra L. Brands | LOCAL


Chair of BOC's call for work session on solid waste report premature

As the Newton County Solid Waste Citizens' Committee prepares to present its final report to the Board of Commissioners on Wednesday, Sept. 14, Board Chair ...

September 01, 2015 | Sandra L. Brands | LOCAL


Tell us what you think

Help us serve our community even better by telling us what you think in this short survey. The Covington News strives to put out the ...

September 01, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Tell us what you think

Help us serve our community even better by telling us what you think in this short survey. The Covington News strives to put out the ...

September 01, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Shopping center curfew for unaccompanied minors after 7 p.m.

CONYERS - The Conyers Police Department (CPD) will be working with the Conyers Crossroads shopping center to help enforce the private property's new curfew and ...

August 31, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Affordable housing takes root in Newton County

Like many people, Jasmine had a negative view of housing authorities-commonly conflated with 'the projects'-before she came to live at New Leaf in ...

August 30, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Covington Police Dept. announces “Filming the Fuzz” contest, prizes

The annual Fuzz Run is rapidly approaching on Sept. 12 and the Covington Police Department is offering runners and spectators a unique way to get ...

August 29, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Jersey Day kicks off Sept. 5

Football season is here, and the only thing better than showing support by wearing your favorite team's jersey is to do it for a ...

August 29, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Mayor Johnston to run for re-election

Covington, Ga. mayor Ronnie Johnston announced today he will officially seek election for a second term in office.

August 29, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington man killed in motorcycle crash with SUV

CONYERS - A Covington man was killed in a crash with a SUV on Flat Shoals Road Tuesday morning.

August 28, 2015 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Solid waste report calls for county to get out of landfill business

Five recommendations have come out of the Newton County Citizens' Solid Waste Committee, which presented a draft of its report on Aug. 27 at the ...

August 28, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


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Humane Society to host Pet Fest

The Humane Society of Morgan County (HSMC) is excited to host its first "Paw Wash and Pet Fest" event on Saturday, May 19, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Heritage Park in Madison. All pet owners and their animal companions are invited to enjoy a fun time with animal washing stations and numerous vendors on site. This is a family-oriented event and children are encouraged to attend.

April 08, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


BOC reaches alcohol distance consensus

The Newton County Board of Commissioners finally reached a consensus last weekend regarding minimum distances between alcohol-selling establishments and churches, libraries and schools, clearing one of the last major hurdles before a public vote on alcohol by the drink.

April 08, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Local pastor travels to Ghana, Thailand

While Ronny Brannen is known mostly in Covington as the pastor of the Prospect Church UMC, he is Uncle Ronny to more than 100 young girls in both Thailand and Ghana. To one Thai girl in particular, he is lovingly known as father.

April 07, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


BOC takes first look at FY2013 budget

County commissioners got their first look at a proposed $44.89 million budget for fiscal year 2013, which calls a $649,880 increase but would not require a millage rate increase.

April 07, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Daycare employee arrested for DUI

A 22-year-old daycare employee was arrested early Saturday morning and charged with DUI after deputies found she'd crashed into a ditch on Salem Road near Smith Store.

When deputies from the Newton County Sheriff's Office arrived they reportedly saw Allysa Marie Johnson outside of her vehicle attempted to push it out of a ditch. When they asked Johnson what happened, she told them she was heading home and had misjudged where her turn was and ended up in the ditch.

April 07, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Spring Fling coming to Covington Thurs.

Downtown Covington will host its second annual Spring Fling April 12 at 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the square.

April 07, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Kimble: 4-H spring roundup

Cheap Tickets

April 07, 2012 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


Covington resident Yisrael finalist for 2012 National Online Teach of the Year award

Asherrie Yisrael, a Covington resident, was recently named one of three finalists for the 2012 National Online Teacher of the Year award for K-12 education.

Yisrael has taught physics, forensic science and physical sciences to grades nine through 12 at the Georgia Virtual School since 2008. She was named the 2010-2011 Teacher of the Year at the Georgia Virtual School where she currently serves as the Science Department Chair. In addition to teaching, she supervises and provides feedback to teachers as chair.

April 07, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Trees for Troops to be recognized at White House

Trees for Troops, a national program supported locally by Berry's Christmas Tree Farm in Covington, is being honored at the White House April 11 as a finalist in the Joining Forces Community Challenge.

This past holiday season, Berry's donated real Christmas trees as part of the nationwide program.

April 07, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Other voted on measures

The council approved a request by the Public Works department to surplus some of its vehicles. According to the request, the vehicles were in "need of major repairs and the cost to repair exceed[ed] their value."

The council approved a motion to declare the week of April 8 - April 14 National Public Safety Telecommunications Week.

April 05, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Walker's Bend center moves forward

The Newton County Board of Commissioners approved a request by the Housing Authority for the City of Covington to collaborate with the county in building a mixed-use community facility in the Walker's Bend subdivision.

April 05, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


County tables vote on Eastside Trail

The council voted to table a move to complete the 2.6 mile trail using county funds that would connect Eastside High School to the Newton County Library.

April 05, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Miracle League Field moves forward

The Newton County Board of Commissioners approved an agreement between the county and the Newton County Recreation Commission to build the Miracle League Field using SPLOST funds. The Miracle League Field will be a specialized baseball field with related facilities aimed for disabled children to use.

April 05, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Morgan defends legality of road action

During the March 20 meeting, Commissioner Mort Ewing accused Chairman Kathryn Morgan of breaking the board's ethics policy, its purchasing policy and state law when she spent unauthorized county funds on the repair of Cook Road.

April 05, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Phyllis Ann Tanner

Phyllis (Flip) Ann Tanner, 64, of Covington, died April 3. The daughter of Virginia Ann Smith and the late Robert Thomas Smith, she was born in Decatur at Emory Hospital.

She was married to the love of her life, Robert 'Wayne' Tanner for 47 years. Mrs. Tanner was a graduate of Avondale High School and had a successful career as a Real Estate agent for many years. She had a great love of antiques and an even greater love of animals.

April 05, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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