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Hope for Christmas

When Rebecca Bates shared the news she had stage two breast cancer in the spring of 2013, her family was worried. For the next year, her husband, Kevin Bates, and children, Gavin and Grace, now 11 and 9 respectively, struggled with their fears as they supported her through chemotherapy and radiation treatments.

December 20, 2014 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Roots that run deep

Oxford is the only city of its kind.

December 20, 2014 | Randy Schafer | LOCAL


Local man guilty of child molestation

A Social Circle man will serve five years of a 20-year sentence in prison after pleading guilty to three counts of child molestation, the Walton County assistant district attorney confirmed Thursday.

December 18, 2014 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Work begins on Hwy. 81 and Crowell Rd.

County Chairman Keith Ellis presided Wednesday over the groundbreaking ceremony for improvements to the notorious intersection of Georgia Highway 81 and Crowell Road in Porterdale, where cars were lined up 10-deep well after rush hour.

December 17, 2014 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Man shot on Cecilia Street

A man was dragged from the bathroom and restrained to the floor, before being shot at a Covington residence Wednesday morning.

December 17, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


NCSS takes action to disinfect Oak Hill

In the wake of the recent outbreak of gastroenteritis at Oak Hill Elementary, the Newton County School Board concluded an action needed to disinfect the school during its meeting Tuesday night.

December 17, 2014 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


CPD gets Taser, new Rocket technology

The Covington Police Department is getting even more high tech and started preparing for the future Monday night.

December 16, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


NCSS's CCRPI score drops

The Georgia State Superintendent's Office released the Georgia College and Career Ready Performance Index, CCRPI, scores for the 2013-2014 school year Tuesday.

December 16, 2014 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


Maintenance required on donation boxes

Donation boxes in the city of Covington now has to kept to strict guidelines after the city council approved a text amendment to the zoning ordinance regulating unmanned donation boxes Monday.

December 16, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Rainbow to distribute 40,000 lbs of food

Update 12/18/2014: Due to inclement weather, the event will be postponed to next Saturday, Dec. 27 at the same time.

December 16, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


First F-150 in Georgia goes to Covington resident

The first 2015 Ford F-150 sold in Georgia will be driven in Covington, as Newton County resident Mike Poole made the purchase at Covington Ford.

December 16, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington to spend $46,000 on excavator, trailer

The City of Covington agreed to purchase a new excavator and trailer during Monday night's public meeting.

December 16, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Alcovy UMC hosts Giving Tree

Alcovy United Methodist Church is working with the Salvation Army's Toy Drive for the third year, and helped supply toys to those who might otherwise not have anything for Christmas.

December 16, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington votes no to personal care home

A group of concerned citizens spoke up to the Covington Planning and Zoning Department and the Covington City Council, and had their voices heard Monday night.

December 15, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Covington passes curfew ordinance

The Covington City Council unanimously passed a curfew ordinance at its meeting Monday night.

December 15, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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Johnston, Sigman go on video to talk issues

The 2011 election for the next mayor of Covington comes at a pivotal time for the 13,000-person city, as a tumultuous city council increasingly splits votes, while City Manager Steve Horton, a source of stability, plans to retire within a year.

September 18, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Man arrested for choking daughter

A Covington man was arrested late Sunday night after officers witnessed the 49-year-old choking his juvenile daughter in their home.

September 18, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Drunk couple makes accusations, get arrested

A couple was arrested Friday evening after allegedly getting drunk and arguing with another person on Washington Street.

September 18, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Locals, state discuss Hazelbrand median

The cries of business owners along Hazelbrand Road have been heard, and it's possible the Georgia Department of Transportation will adjust its plans for the concrete median on U.S. Highway 278.

September 18, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Golfers join B.C. Crowell fundraiser for scholarships

Golfers from around the community gathered Friday at The Oaks Course for the second annual B.C Crowell Scholarship Fund Golf Tournament. The tournament helped raise funds for the two $1,000 scholarships which are awarded to students from Eastside, Alcovy and/or Newton high schools.

September 18, 2011 | Josh Briggs | LOCAL


City to evacuate unsafe apartments

The city continues to crackdown on unsanitary and unsafe housing, and some unlicensed apartments on Lunsford Circle in Covington are scheduled to be evacuated Thursday.

September 18, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


City, Main Street rewarded for excellence in downtown development

The City of Covington and Covington Main Street is the winner of the Georgia Downtown Association's Award of Excellence in Downtown Development. The award is presented to one city each year showing the greatest improvement in overall downtown redevelopment.

September 17, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man killed on I-20

A Bishop man was killed early Thursday morning when he lost control of his vehicle on Interstate 20 near exit 101.

September 16, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Artful Harvest celebrated

Southern Heartland Arts' annual "Artful Harvest" event took place Thursday evening with judges awarding first, second and third place awards to a variety of artists and styles of art. Afterwards refreshments were served and people had a chance to mingle and check out the art. The art will be on display in the meeting room of the Newton County Library on Floyd Street through Sept. 29 and is free to view. Many pieces are also available for purchase.

September 16, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Crime Briefs: Students drinking on bus

Three high school students were given citations after being caught with alcohol on the school bus Thursday afternoon.

September 16, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Court Sentencings - Sept. 16

Anthony M. George, violation of probation, 180 days Newton County Jail.

September 16, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NaDell running for Mansfield council seat

David NaDell wants to maintain the small, pleasant community in Mansfield, while improving the small things, such as roads and sidewalks. That's why he's running for the Post 4 council seat.

September 16, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Legal forum to be held Saturday

The newly formed NewRock Legal Society is hosting a Know Your Rights Forum Saturday to educate the public on the most common legal issues, including bankruptcy, debtor's rights, divorce, child support, criminal prosecutions, estate planning and personal injury law.

September 16, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


FaithWorks temporarily closed

Need in Newton County is greater than ever before, and after giving out $13,700 in aid in August, FaithWorks is temporarily closed.

September 16, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Two school buses involved in morning wreck

Two Newton County School System school buses were involved in a collision at the intersection of Brown Bridge Road and Magnet Road at approximately 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, September 15. The two buses (Bus 20-86, Veterans Route 6 and Bus 20-69, Veterans Route 7) were transporting students to Veterans Memorial Middle School.

September 15, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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