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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


Red Cross urges public to review tornado safety tips

Gathered from Red Cross
Across the southeast, there were more than 200 reports of severe weather and several dozen reports of tornadoes so far this ...

January 22, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Archive By Section - LOCAL


Crime Briefs: Woman’s truck stolen from Kroger

A Covington woman told police that someone drove off in her truck on Thursday afternoon when she went into the store.

October 20, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Covington postmaster gets to work

Deborah Kinsey graduated from Morris Brown College in 1983 with a teaching degree.

October 20, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


County approves bid for resurfacing

The Newton County Board of Commissioners at their meeting Tuesday approved a low bid contract with ER Snell Contractor for $492,392.96 for the resurfacing of Kirkland Road.

October 20, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Sentencing scheduled for two in murder trial

The sentencing date for two of the four accused in the 2009 murder of landscaper Timothy Clements has been set for Nov. 1, just over two months since the alleged ringleader Pablo Maldonado, received the death penalty for his role in the murder.

October 20, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


County moves forward with 2050 plan

The 2050 Plan is moving forward, as both the Newton County Board of Commissioners and Covington City Council unanimously approved last week spending $50,000 each to develop and implement zoning ordinances that will put teeth into the future land use plan.

October 20, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Explorers receive excellence award

The Newton County Sheriff's Office Explorers recently received the 2012 National Explorers Excellence Award from Boy Scouts of America after exceeding specific objectives in order to obtain the award.

October 20, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Local revives talent for stained glass

Covington resident Cheria Veal understands light - how it strikes her stained-glass pieces and is reflected and altered into shimmering patterns of color on the walls and floor.

October 20, 2012 | Anastasia Graves | LOCAL


Several schools celebrate Red Ribbon Week

Several Newton County Schools will celebrate Red Ribbon Week with a plethora of activities. A national campaign observed annually in October, Red Ribbon Week is an alcohol, tobacco and drug and violence prevention awareness campaign.

October 20, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Celebrating cultures of the world

CultureFest 2012 was in downtown Covington on Saturday.

October 20, 2012 | Rachel Goff | LOCAL


Bradley running against incumbent for coroner

After spending more than 30 years as a contractual licensed embalmer in Florida and four in Georgia, Robert Bradley is running against Tommy Davis for the position of coroner of Newton County.

October 20, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Post office celebrates breast cancer

Post office employees raised awareness to breast cancer by wearing pink shirts to work.

October 20, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Merryvale’s Bark in the Park

The cutest dogs and puppies in Newton County strutted their stuff Saturday morning.

October 20, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Simple but Powerful

Though the new Church at Conyers Christian Ministries holds their Sunday services on Saturday, Pastor Moses Little and his wife Arleshia Little want to be clear they are not a Jehovah Witness church or a Seventh Day Adventist church.

October 20, 2012 | Nhi Ho | LOCAL


Get your sample ballot!

Download the attached PDF to grab your sample ballot for this year's 2012 General Election.

October 18, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSS energy update

Energy saving measures made by the Newton County School System has shown a decrease in the money spent out the last two years.

October 18, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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