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Early SPLOST voting begins Monday

Early voting for the March 21 SPLOST vote begins Monday.

February 24, 2017 | Darryl Welch | LOCAL


Detour coming March 7 for new bridge over Yellow River

Replacing the Yellow River bridge on State Route (SR) 36 requires a one-year detour beginning Tuesday, March 7. Traffic will use SR 162 and SR ...

February 22, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington resident claims $9.6 million Jumbo Bucks Lotto prize

Michael Camp, of Covington, recently came forward as the winner of the $9.6 million jackpot prize from the Feb. 6 Jumbo Bucks Lotto drawing.

February 22, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSO honors officers at annual awards ceremony

The Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) honored its own and remembered a fallen brother Friday night as the department held its Eighth Annual Awards ...

February 18, 2017 | Darryl Welch | LOCAL


Hardy resigns as Main Street director

Velinda Hardy, Covington Main Street director, has resigned effective immediately, according to an email to merchants from Newton County Chamber of Commerce President Ralph Staffins ...

February 18, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


SPLOST deadline Tuesday

Feb. 21 is the last day to register to vote on next month's SPLOST referendum. The election is March 21.

February 17, 2017 | Darryl Welch | LOCAL


NCSO Explorers take home 2nd

The Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) Explorers received second place at the Boy Scouts of America "Winterfest" competition held in Gatlinburg, Tennessee Feb. 11.

February 17, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSO recognizes promotions

The Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) recently promoted two employees; Deputy Jacob Rice and Deputy Steve Walden were both promoted to the rank of ...

February 16, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Record-breaking $9.6 million Jumbo Bucks Lotto ticket sold in Covington

A Covington convenience store has sold the largest Jumbo Bucks Lotto jackpot ticket in Georgia Lottery history. A winning ticket worth a record $9.6 ...

February 09, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL


GSP Trooper SFC Tony Henry succumbs to injuries from December motorcycle accident

Georgia State Trooper SFC Tony Henry succumbed to injuries Tuesday in an Atlanta hospital from a Dec. 3, 2016 motorcycle accident in Florida. The husband ...

February 08, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


NCSO to offer Citizen's Firearm Safety Course

Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) announced last month the dates for an upcoming Citizen's Firearm Safety Course.

February 07, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Social Circle auction house to sell bed frame connected to Manson murders

A historic bed, originally from 10050 Cielo Drive, in Los Angeles, California, will be up for auction Feb. 10 at Ole Hound Auction House. The ...

February 02, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


One person killed in Jan. 26 crash on Bypass

A 75-year-old woman was killed and two other people were injured in a two-vehicle crash on the Covington Bypass near Puckett Street Jan. 26 after ...

February 01, 2017 | Darryl Welch | LOCAL


Covington’s blue bloods

With more than 75 years of combined law enforcement experience, three generations of the Bradford family have accepted their callings in serving the community through ...

January 29, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


JDA elects officers for 2017

The Joint Development Authority (JDA) of Jasper, Morgan, Newton and Walton Counties held its first meeting of 2017 Jan. 25 at the Old Moore House ...

January 26, 2017 | Darryl Welch | LOCAL


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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


Crime briefs: Teen pulls gun on mother

A Newton County teen was arrested for aggravated assault after reportedly pulling what turned out to be a BB gun on his mother when she was attempting to punish him for not wanting to go to school.

November 15, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Heartscapes Art festival Saturday

Heartscapes Art Gallery & Custom Framing cordially invites residents to the second annual Heartscapes Holiday Market Festival this Saturday and Sunday Nov. 17-18 from 10 a.m. until 5p.m.

November 15, 2012 | Hayley Williams | LOCAL


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