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Concert under the stars this Saturday

Music fans have the opportunity to come down to the Covington Square Park to enjoy a live band, try some of the downtown restaurants and ...

October 19, 2016 | Xavier I. Lewis | LOCAL

NCSO sponsors sex-offender shut-in

Newton County Sheriff's Office and the Department of Community Supervision will sponsor its Tenth Annual Halloween Shut-In on Oct. 31, 2016 from 6 p ...

October 19, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Piedmont Healthcare introduces new grant program

After recent community health assessments, officials at Piedmont Healthcare created a grant program and put forth a plan aimed at improving the health and well-being ...

October 19, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Cities negotiate for bigger SPLOST cut

The mayors of Newton County's five municipalities negotiated for a bigger cut of potential 2017 Special Purpose Local Options Sales Tax (SPLOST) money during ...

October 18, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

BOC summary: Newton County Judicial Center to expand

The Newton County Judicial Center will be expanded soon after a unanimous decision by the Board of Commissioners (BOC) to utilize excess funds from the ...

October 18, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Covington wrapup: Design students return with drafts of logo

University of Georgia (UGA) Design Studio students submitted logo designs for the City of Covington, and its utility company, to the city council on Monday ...

October 17, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

New outdoor outfitter driven by desire for adventure

Ryan Roth is a self-confessed adrenaline junkie.

October 17, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Crowds form for early voting

A line began to form at 8 a.m. and continued at least through lunch at the Newton County Administration Building Monday morning.

October 17, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Fans of Vampire Diaries, Heat of the Night descend on Covington

On Friday night, Oct. 21, fans of things that bite in the night will congregate in the Downtown Historic Square for the premiere of the ...

October 17, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Tourists flock to Newton’s filming locations

Television fans will descend on Covington this weekend as a showing of the premier of the final season for The Vampire Diaries on Friday, Oct ...

October 17, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Text-to-9-1-1 now available at county emergency call center

At the Covington-Newton County 911 Center there are five monitors and three keyboards at each station. Each 9-1-1 Call Center dispatch operators monitors the calls ...

October 17, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Piedmont Newton, a year later

A year after dignitaries stood outside of Newton Medical Center and watched as a tarp was pulled from the top of main entry way, the ...

October 17, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Social Circle Rotary Club fair benefits local projects

The Social Circle Rotary Club fair will be held Tuesday through Saturday, Oct. 18 through 22 behind the Social Circle High School on Alcova Drive.

October 17, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Newton Campus Dean Johnny Jones and GPTC part ways

Johnny D. Jones started as Campus Dean for Georgia Piedmont Technical College's (GPTC) Newton Campus in January 2016. He said of that beginning, "I ...

October 16, 2016 | Duane M. Ford | LOCAL

Dozens attend underage drinking at town hall

A group of concerned community members, parents and students came together at Newton High School on Saturday, Sept. 17 to listen, learn and discuss about ...

October 16, 2016 | Hearts for families | LOCAL

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Woman fires gun to scare 'Peeping Tom'

A woman told dispatch that she fired off her weapon after she saw a man looking through her front door on Sunday morning. Covington police were dispatched to a home on Floyd Street around 6:30 a.m. in reference to a prowler. Police spoke to a woman at the home who said when she woke up and walked downstairs, she saw a white male with curly hair and about 5'9" in height peeking through her front door window. The woman then found her pistol, went outside of her back door and fired one round into the air out ...

October 02, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL

Woman leaves children to buy cigars

A Covington woman was arrested on Monday after she reportedly left her children unattended.

October 02, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL

Students skate for success

Physical education took on a little twist at Heard Mixon Elementary School the past few weeks as students got the chance to learn the classic skill of roller skating. P.E. teacher Donna Thompson said she got the idea from a longtime DeKalb County teacher who said it was the best programs she had run in her 27-year career.

October 02, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

GPTC receives $3M Dept. of Labor grant

Georgia Piedmont Technical College will receive a portion of $500 million federal community college grants to expand job training through local employer partnerships.

October 02, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Armed robbery at local liquor store

An employee at Quick Liquor reported an armed robbery at the store early Tuesday morning, where a unknown man entered the store with a gun.

October 02, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL

Flow of state money to schools still slow

An update on the school system's budget projections shows that while Newton County is in good shape, money is still slow to come in at a state level, and that cuts are still going to be made, most likely for the 2013-14 school year.

October 02, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Publisher named treasurer of SNPA

Digby A. Solomon, president, publisher and CEO of the Daily Press Media Group, Newport News, Va., was elected president of the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association this morning, along with The Covington News publisher, Charles Hill Morris, Jr. elected as treasurer.

October 02, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL

NCSO awarded state certification

The Newton County Sheriff's Office was awarded state certification Friday, joining the ranks of the top 100 law enforcement agencies in the state.

October 02, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Newton County Jail Log

Vincent Bernard Barlow, 30, Smyrna, Sept. 21. Probation violation.

September 29, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Windows smashed at community center

A county employee told police that someone shattered the windows at a community center. A Covington police officer responded to the Magnolia Heights Community Center on Thursday around noon in reference to damage done to three windows. The officer met with a county employee who said between Sept. 23 and 27 an unknown person broke three-double pane windows located at the rear of the building. Police said only the outside layers of the windows were broken. No entry was made into the building. The estimated replacement cost for each window was $333.25. No other information was available at the ...

September 29, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL

Ride for Roxy continues to help others

A motorcycle poker ride that was started to raise money for a Covington woman diagnosed with breast cancer soon turned into an event to help others with the disease.

September 29, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL

Trail through Chimney Park gets $6K

Chimney Park, the hidden outdoor gem behind the Covington Branch Library, is getting another nice boost as a long-awaited pedestrian trail now snakes through its woods.

September 29, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Portraits of Hope

A group of women whose smiles, uplifting spirits and devotion to other people's lives, gathers in the center of the square Friday. For the entire month of October, breast cancer survivors will have portraits in local boutiques around the Covington square, honoring those who were able to overcome the disease.

Six years ago, the program started out with 12 portraits of women, now exceeding more than 60. "Take everyday as a blessing, and be sure to tell everyone that you love, you love them. Everyday is a new blessing," said Kay Goff, breast cancer survivor and volunteer for the ...

September 29, 2012 | Anastasia Graves | LOCAL

A faithful journey through cancer

Stephanie Lunt, a 37-year-old mother and wife, was diagnosed with breast cancer in July 2010. She was 34 years old and completely taken aback by her diagnosis, as there had been no history of breast cancer in her family at all.

September 29, 2012 | Hayley Williams | LOCAL

Armed robbery actually a drug deal

What police initially believed was an attempted armed robbery at Don's Superette has turned out to be a drug deal gone bad.

Covington police officers were originally told that a patron had pumped some gas and, as he was getting ready to leave, a man brandishing a handgun got into the patron's car and told him to drive.

September 29, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

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