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Judge Baker honored prior to his retirement

Judge Henry Baker, Newton County's Probate Court Judge for the last 40 years was celebrated by dozens of Newton County and regional dignitaries for ...

December 02, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Newton County Theme School raises blue ribbon flag

The Newton County Theme School (NCTS) at Fiquett was recently named a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education - a distinction ...

December 02, 2016 | Duane M. Ford | LOCAL


The Pride of Eastside performs in Hollywood Christmas Parade

The Pride of Eastside Marching Band joined the likes of Larry King, Olivia Newton-John and Bill Engvall this past weekend, during the 85th Annual Hollywood ...

December 02, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


3 Newton County children safe after Amber Alert

The Newton County Sheriff's Office issued an Amber Alert late Thursday night after three children were taken by their father after a domestic dispute ...

December 02, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


Newton County Fire graduates four recruits

The 2016 Newton County Fire Recruiting class celebrated the graduation of four recruits Nov. 29.

December 01, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


Forensic Audit: Actions ‘caused financial harm and damage to the taxpayers of Newton County’

Editor's Note: This is an overview of the Forensic Audit report released by Newton County Monday. More stories on this matter will follow at ...

December 01, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Meet and greet with Chair-elect Banes set for Thursday, Dec. 8

Newton County residents will have a chance to meet their next Chair of the Board of Commissioners Thursday, Dec. 8.

December 01, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Judge Wynne to hear Georgia Supreme Court case

Superior Court Judge W. Kendall Wynne, Jr.of the Alcovy Judicial Circuit has been designated to serve in place of Justice Carol Hunstein in the ...

December 01, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


State representatives provide insight

Five of Newton County's state-level representatives stopped by for the first-ever Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce Pre-Legislative Breakfast sponsored by AT&T Wednesday morning ...

November 30, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


New Jersey man arrested after driving on I-20 without a tire

After reports of a vehicle traveling down Interstate 20 with no tires, Covington Police Department (CPD) found the reported vehicle, which was in fact missing ...

November 30, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


Judges to be sworn in

On Dec. 16, at 9:30 a.m. in the jury impaneling room in the Newton County Judicial Center, the judges of the Superior Courts ...

November 30, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


Representative Jody Hice stops by Newton

U.S. Representative for Georgia's 10th District Jody Hice paid a visit to the Newton County Republican Party Monday night before catching a ...

November 29, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


Judge Henry Baker: 'A rare breed'

Things change and evolve.

November 26, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Social Circle Lt. Downs helps lost Florida couple

After receiving multiple phone calls about a suspicious vehicle in Social Circle, Social Circle Lieutenant Randy Downs found an elderly couple lost on their way ...

November 26, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


NCSO tracks down hot vehicle

The westbound lanes of Interstate 20 were briefly shut down Nov. 23 while fire department personnel extinguished the flames of a stolen vehicle, according to ...

November 23, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Check out The News, chamber forum Wednesday night

An intense presidential debate just ended but don't forget about your local races as The News and chamber are hosting their debate-style forum at 6 p.m., Wednesday at the Newton College and Career Academy, next to Newton High School.

October 16, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Skrobot gets 2 years for molestation

Charles Leslie Skrobot was sentenced Oct. 4 after pleading guilty to the molestation of a 4-year-old female relative in 2010. Although the state had asked for Skrobot to serve five years, a judge sentenced him to two years on the charges.

October 16, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


News, chamber to host forum Wed.

To hear local candidates answer questions and question each other live one last time before the Nov. 6 General Election, come to the 2012 Candidates forum hosted by The Covington News and chamber at 6 p.m. tonight at the Newton College and Career Academy, 144 Ram Drive, Covington.

October 16, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Christmas in October

Winter creeps into Covington this week, but there's no reason to break out the sweaters just yet.

Well, maybe turtlenecks, as "The Vampire Diaries" have brought a winter wonderland into the Covington square.

October 16, 2012 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


City talks limits on night filming

As "The Vampire Diaries" prepped for major filming downtown, Covington City Council members discussed at their Monday meeting whether or not they should have time restrictions on filming in neighborhoods within the city limits.

Mayor Ronnie Johnston told the council that an agreement was made with Bonanza Productions, the company that films Vampire Diaries, that said if filming was going to be done in neighborhoods and residential areas after 11 p.m., the filming crews would first have to notify and get permission from all of the residents within a 500-square-foot radius.

October 16, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


A call to leadership for 10th and 11th graders

Do you know a sophomore or junior in high school who shows leadership potential?

October 16, 2012 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


$580 stolen from church preschool

Employees with a church preschool reported that a woman stole money and checks from their purses on Friday afternoon. A deputy with the Newton County Sheriff's Office responded to Stewart Baptist Church Road to the preschool in reference to a theft just before 2:30 p.m.

October 16, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Railroad donates new box car to P'dale

A box car restroom for Yellow River Park is in the works for the city of Porterdale.

October 16, 2012 | Anastasia Graves | LOCAL


Spires Interiors offers discount with donation

Spires Interiors & Gifts is hosting a promotion for the rest of the October in an effort to help the nearly bare Community Food Pantry, 7125 Turner Lake Circle SW, in Covington.

October 16, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Israeli officers visit Covington on US tour

The Covington Police Department is the first stop for high ranking police officials from Israel, hoping to enhance and expose them to the U.S. form of public safety and policy. For two weeks, they will be in Georgia, learning new ways to take on problematically tasks in Israel. During their stay, they will train and participate in several areas of law enforcement.

The program GILEE, (Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange) is behind their visit to the state, federal and international law enforcement agencies throughout Georgia. The CPD has been participating in this program since the early 90s, with former ...

October 16, 2012 | Anastasia Graves | LOCAL


Mecca: Pilot sees first combat in days following D-Day

It's been an extraordinary journey for an Alabama boy to become the oldest active member of Mansfield United Methodist Church. Covington resident Frank Harris was born into the tiny farming community of Jamison, Ala. in 1923. His railroading father eventually moved the family to Birmingham where Harris attended school until the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor during his senior year. A Golden Gloves boxing champion, tough and ready to fight, he wanted to join the Marines, but a buddy talked Harris into signing up with the Army Air Corps.

Harris said with a grin, "I passed the written and physical ...

October 16, 2012 | Pete Mecca | LOCAL


Guru says county needs more housing

Newton County's housing market has hit rock bottom, but the future is bright.

October 13, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Local movie focuses on homelessness

Covington resident and local actor Travis Breedlove is using his talent for a good cause this holiday season by helping produce a movie to raise awareness and money for the neediest in Newton County.

October 13, 2012 | By Anastasia Graves | LOCAL


Chimney Park’s icon stable

The iconic chimney in Chimney Park was stabilized last week and is no longer in danger of falling down, thanks to $19,300 in donations from the Friends of Chimney Park nonprofit.

October 13, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Interim fire chief could be full-time soon

A temporary appointment may become a full-time position for the interim fire chief of Newton County Fire Service.

October 13, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


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