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Covington man arrested for bringing gun into movie theater

MONACA, Pa. (AP) - A Georgia man is jailed on charges he brought a stolen gun and ammunition into a western Pennsylvania movie theater.

July 25, 2016 | Associated Press | LOCAL


4-H’ers discover the magic of no cell phones

Wahsega has long been my favorite 4-H camp, because even today, it's nearly impossible to check e-mail or make a phone call.

July 25, 2016 | Terri Fullerton | LOCAL


A look back at Covington’s role in the 1996 Summer Olympics

The 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil are a few weeks away from taking place. However, this summer also marks the 20 ...

July 25, 2016 | Xavier McKnight | LOCAL


BOC adopts reduced hours for convenience centers

A resolution reducing the number of hours that the 11 convenience centers will be opened barely squeaked by when Chair Keith Ellis cast his vote ...

July 25, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


City OKs permit for private school

The Covington City Council approved a Special Use Permit for Alpha Omega Preparatory Academy, a private school for kindergarten through 12th grade students.

July 25, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


NCSO identifies, arrests murder suspect

The Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) Criminal Investigation Division (CID) has arrested a suspect in the murder in Julien R. Wyant, according to a ...

July 25, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Quality, hospitality and consistency are credited for restaurant’s success

The biscuits are hand-rolled and patted down before going into the over. Fresh chicken pieces or large pork chops are soaked in buttermilk, hand breaded ...

July 24, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Audit reveals millions needed for county energy systems

The Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) voted three to two Tuesday night to approve negotiations with a comprehensive guaranteed energy savings performance contract for ...

July 24, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Newton County residents shower law enforcement with support

Editor's Note: This is part of an ongoing look at crime and law enforcement in and around Newton County by The Covington News.

July 24, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Photos from Snapping Shoals EMC Annual Roundup

The Snapping Shoals EMC Annual Roundup was held at the International Horse Park on July 21, 2016. Despite the heat, this annual event was well ...

July 21, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


The Enclave’s HOA: Peace, No Violence

Two men were killed earlier this month inside the gated Orchard Cove apartment complex. Because the apartments sit inside the entrance of The Enclave subdivisions ...

July 20, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Former Oxford student sentenced to five years on probation

Emily Sakamoto, 21, was sentenced to five years on probation with the first two years on house arrest by Judge Samuel Ozburn, according to Assistant ...

July 18, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Update: NCSO identifies victim of weekend truck fatality

The victim in the truck accident on the Access Road at the Yellow River Sunday evening has been identified as Valentine Gayle, 48, of Lithonia ...

July 17, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


By the Numbers: A deeper look at crime in Newton County

In less than two months, there have been five murders in Newton County.

July 17, 2016 | Mariya Lewter | LOCAL


Porterdale bike rodeo teaches bicycle skills and safety

It's not that kind of rodeo. There are no bulls, horses or lassos.

July 17, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


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EHS graduate wins scholarship

Eastside High School 2012 graduate Maya Ann Collins has been named a 2012 Buick Scholarship recipient. As one of only 100 national Buick Achievement scholarship winners, Collins will receive up to $25,000 a year, renewable for up to four years, to go toward her college tuition. She is planning on pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Chemical and bimolecular engineering at Georgia Tech. She also plans on completing the school's Ph.D. program in hopes of becoming a professional engineer.

Supported by the General Motors Foundation, the Buick Achievers program is one of the largest scholarship programs in ...

August 30, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Mother convicted of ’07 murder of infant

Five years after her 5-week-old Malay Yvette Chandler died, her mother Quanitta Yvette Turner has been convicted of murdering the newborn.

Immediately after the baby's death, Turner told investigators with the Newton County Sheriff's Office that she had accidentally rolled over on the baby while sleeping, but when the child started to cry, she woke up.

August 30, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Gas prices reach record highs for ’12

Yuvette Lowe, a Covington resident, said she "didn't have the right words to answer," when asked about her thoughts of the recent jump in gas prices.

August 30, 2012 | Rachel Goff | LOCAL


Woman stabs boyfriend; man arrested

Covington police responded to a call about an assault at a home located at Jefferson Village Boulevard on Tuesday night. They spoke with a woman who said she stabbed her boyfriend Demetrius Victor with a knife after he hit her in the eye and knocked her down. The woman said she stabbed Victor out of self defense. According to the report, she had blood running down the right side of her face, her right eye was swollen and she had a small cut on the inside part of her nose. She was taken to Newton Medical Center by her friend ...

August 30, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


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August 30, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Co-defendant testimony continues in death penalty trial

Testimony continued Wednesday from the co-defendant that defense attorneys argue was the actual ringleader in the 2009 murder of Conyers landscaper Timothy Clements and not their client Pablo Maldonado.

August 29, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Women voters' league seeks more voters

The Rockdale-Newton League of Women Voters will hold its second voter registration drive for 2012 in September.

August 28, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Library announces fall programs

The Newton County Library System is offering some new services this fall, including new children's and teen's programs and two new book collections.

August 28, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Couple banished from home for fighting

A man and woman were banished from the Covington Housing Authority after reportedly getting into a fight. Covington police responded to a call at Nixon Circle (inside the Housing Authority) in reference to a family fight around 11 p.m. on Friday.

August 28, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Co-defendants testify at Clements trial

Re-enactments of the murder of 53-year-old Tim Clements by co-defendants Brittney Beasley and Christian Caldwell had family members of the slain landscaper in tears this week, as the death penalty trial against Pablo Maldonado, the alleged ringleader of the murder, continues.

August 28, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Residents could feel effects of Isaac

Newton County residents can expect stormy weather for the next few days as the effects of Hurricane Isaac pass through the area.

August 28, 2012 | Rachel Goff | LOCAL


Storage facility robbed at gunpoint

Covington police are looking for a man they said robbed the South of the Square Storage located on Ga. Highway 36 on Tuesday.

Chief Ken Malcom said the robbery happened around noon, when a black male wearing a black hoodie, black shorts and black tennis shoes with red laces walked in and demanded money from a female clerk in the store.

August 28, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Crime briefs: Man given counterfeit $

Man calls police after reportedly receiving counterfeit money

August 28, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Clements murder reenacted in court

One of the co-defendants in the murder of Tim Clements took the stand on the fourth day of the death penalty trail against the alleged ringleader, Pablo Maldonado and, along with Chief Assistant District Attorney Anne Kurtz, reenacted the 2009 murder of the popular landscaper.

August 27, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


No one injured in car fire on I-20

A passenger vehicle caught on fire around 4 p.m. Monday on Interstate 20 near the Almon Road exit, but there were no injuries and the fire was contained shortly after firefighters arrived on the scene, said Brad Stapp, Newton County Fire Deputy Chief.

August 27, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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