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Action Ministries opens office in Newton

For the first time in 20 years, the charitable nonprofit organization, Action Ministries, has opened a satellite office. The Newton County Action Ministries office opened its doors on May 4 in the Wesley Building of Covington First United Methodist Church, 2160 Church Street, Covington.

May 21, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


NMC to join Piedmont system Oct. 1

Newton Medical Center will formally become a subsidiary of Piedmont Healthcare on Oct. 1.

May 21, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Board scolded in public comments over legal budget

County Attorney Tommy Craig attempted to soothe public concerns over the county's high legal costs Tuesday night, but his explanation appeared to provoke the opposite reaction.

May 20, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


County seeks city help for library

Newton County will step up to save the Covington branch of the library, commissioners said Tuesday, but not before making one last attempt to get the city of Covington to contribute to the library's costly new heating, air conditioning and ventilation system (HVAC).

May 20, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


BOC to hire interim county manager

The Newton County Board of Commissioners voted to hire a new interim county manager Tuesday night, deliberately stopping short of placing the county chair in charge of the day to day administration of the county.

May 19, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Staffins: tourism big impact on Covington

Hundreds flocked to Covington this weekend, and it was exactly the turnout Newton County Tourism President Jenny McDonald expected, but it was a little much for Newton County-Covington Chamber of Commerce President Ralph Staffins.

May 18, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Peddle for a cause

The students of First Baptist Academy zoomed around the parking lot of the Welcome Center last week to raise money for the parochial school's library and playground as part of the Academy's first bikathon.

May 17, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Kelly takes over Porterdale downtown development

Everyone living in Porterdale is a stakeholder in the promotion of the town's Main Street Program, says Josephine Kelly.

May 17, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Cotton receives Rotary ethics award

In his more than a decade and a half as Covington Police Chief, Stacey Cotton has led his men and women in the way he was taught to conduct himself by Judge Stacey W. Cotton and Suzanne Cotton - with ethics.

May 17, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Stacey Cotton appointed to medical marijuana study group

Covington Police Chief Stacey Cotton has been named one of 11 members named to Gov. Nathan Deal's new panel charged with making recommendations about what type of medical marijuana use Georgia should allow.

May 17, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Certified Quality Breast Center at Newton Medical Center

Newton Medical Center's Women's Diagnostic Center has recently been recognized as a Certified Quality Breast Center in the National Quality Measures for Breast Centers Program™. This distinguished honor represents a commitment by this breast center to provide the highest level of quality breast health care to patients in the community.

May 16, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Preparing for graduation

The Newton County School System's high schools will be celebrating graduation Friday and Saturday.

May 16, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Golf Tournament to raise funds for Haiti missions

Teams of four golfers will play Ashton Hills Golf Course in Covington at the Drive4Hope Charity Golf Tournament on Thursday, May 21. The event is sponsored by Covington First Baptist Church and will raise money for the church's Haiti Mission Projects.

May 16, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Alcovy UMC charity run benefits men’s residential recovery program

Walkers and runners will be raising money for the Damascus Road Recovery, Inc., a nonprofit long-term residential recovery program for men suffering from dependence on drugs and alcohol in Newton County.

May 15, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


All options on the table for Solid Waste Panel

The solid waste citizen's panel will explore all options, including closing the current landfill on Lower River Road, while emphasizing the need to reduce waste across the board, its members decided Thursday.

May 14, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


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Man who looks like TI arrested for DUI

A man asleep at the gas pumps at QuickTrip was arrested early Saturday morning. And while authorities accused him of drinking, he insisted he'd merely been listening to "church music."

January 08, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Man uses choir as cover for drug deal

When officers confronted a man about what they thought was a drug deal in front of S&S Package Store, he denied it, saying he had been chatting with the other man about his church choir.

January 08, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Thanksgiving skeleton is Griffin teen

Skeletal remains found on Thanksgiving have been identified as those of Griffin teen 18-year-old Aron Samuel Lee Hudson who was last seen in February 2011.

January 06, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


JOB OPENING: Ready to give up the commute to Atlanta and Get off I-20?

The Covington News is seeking results oriented people who have an eagerness to make money as an Advertising Sales Rep. We are looking for highly motivated sales reps to join a fast-paced, quality driven, local company. The successful candidate will be aggressive, determined, on-line savvy and an excellent communicator. If you have experience with outside sales, preferably selling advertising, this job may be right for you.

January 06, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Jamaican gets 3 years for molestation

A Jamaican man will be deported after serving time for the ongoing molestation of a 3-year-old girl.

January 06, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Hundreds turn up for Walmart hiring

Walmart has hired around 100 employees - 75 percent of which are full time - for its new store at the intersection of Brown Bridge and Salem roads.

January 05, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Man gets 15 years for bestiality

The question of whether Byron Christopher Jordan was competent to stand trial on charges of bestiality was settled Tuesday, when he was sentenced on the charges.

January 05, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


2011 candidates hit with filing fines

Two 2011 candidates for office in Newton County have been hit with at least $500 in fines each for failing to file on time, or at all, required campaign and financial documents to the state, according to the state ethics commission.

January 05, 2012 | Douglas Moser | LOCAL


Man arrested for arson, death of dog

The call for help came in just before 11 p.m. A woman returned to her home and found it ablaze Dec. 9, and she had information for authorities on who might be responsible: her estranged husband.

January 05, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Doug Holt to seek reelection

State Rep. Doug Holt (R-Social Circle) announced Thursday that he will seek reelection for a fifth time.

January 05, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Mort Ewing will not run for reelection

District 1 County Commissioner Mort Ewing will not run for reelection in 2012.

January 05, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Wolverine Gym court named after coach

Coach Henry James "Jimmy" Wright is remembered as a talented basketball player and coach, but friends and family were even more impressed by his loving and generous spirit.

January 04, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


County manager reappointed, update

The Newton County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved annual reappointments for County Manager John Middleton, County Attorney Tommy Craig and County Clerk Jackie Smith Tuesday night.

January 03, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Covington Kmart survives store cuts

The Kmart in Covington was spared in the latest round of store closings, though the bargain retail chain may close dozens more stores in the near future.

January 03, 2012 | Douglas Moser | LOCAL


BOC, BOE approve redistricting map

Update, Jan. 3: The Newton County Board of Education unanimously approved a county redistricting map Monday at a special called meeting.

January 03, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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