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Over $54 million awarded for improvements to Georgia’s transportation infrastructure

Georgia Department of Transportation (Georgia DOT) has awarded 25 contracts for statewide transportation projects totaling $54,335,216. This investment in Georgia's transportation infrastructure ...

January 17, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Chamber hosts record-breaking night

With a record turnout, the Covington Newton Chamber of Commerce celebrated a record year during its 2017 Annual Meeting Thursday night at the Charlie Elliot ...

January 12, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


Newton Board of Elections officials recognized

Newton County Board of Elections Director (BOE) Angela Mantle and Assistant Director Angela White-Davis were commended recently by board members Hugh Steele, Chair, Jeanette Perry ...

January 10, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Red Cross issues an emergency call for blood and platelet donations during severe winter blood short

The American Red Cross has a severe winter blood shortage and is issuing an emergency call for blood and platelet donors to make a donation ...

January 10, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Groundbreaking on Judicial Center Expansion set for Friday

Newton County judges and officials will grab a hold of a shovel to break ground on the expansion of the Judicial Center at 2 p ...

January 06, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Deputy White’s memory rooted in Newton

The memory of Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) Deputy Justin White will continue to take root in Newton County as he was honored Tuesday ...

January 04, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


Porterdale property rezoned for Waffle House

A piece of property off Covington Bypass Road in Porterdale, across from the Burger King, was rezoned Thursday night in preparation to become a Waffle ...

December 22, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Georgia DOT restricts lane closures for Christmas, New Year’s weekends

The stresses of the holiday season are upon us and Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) aims to ease traffic congestion and driving anxieties with suspension ...

December 20, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Trash collection centers to be closed Dec. 24-28

The hours of the Newton County Trash Collection Convenience Centers will be altered during the Christmas weekend.

December 19, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Rotary Club fills Empty Stockings

The Rotary Club of Covington delivered presents to around 500 Newton County children Saturday as part of its annual Empty Stocking event.

December 17, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Local judges take oath

Each of the Newton County's Superior Court judges took their oath of office Friday morning at the Newton County Judicial Center from the Honorable ...

December 16, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


NCSO now outfitted with body cams

In September 2015, the Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) was one of only three agencies in Georgia to receive a Department of Justice body ...

December 16, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Library, janitorial contract funding approved

The Newton County Library was granted $27,000 by the Board of Commissioners (BOC) Tuesday night after library officials said the system could lose its ...

December 12, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Solange Lord performs in Brenau University's 'Concerts Connecting Cultures...Christmas Around the Wo

Solange Lord, from Covington, performed in the Brenau University Vocal Chamber Ensemble and Spectrum Singers concert of "Concerts Connecting Cultures...Christmas Around the World" Nov ...

December 12, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Football coach turning heads in … The Nutcracker

If you happen to take a trip to the Porter Auditorium this coming weekend and you see a familiar local football coach donning a wig ...

December 05, 2016 | Gabriel Stovall | LOCAL


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Gas prices fall 6.4 cents since last week

Average retail gasoline prices in the area have fallen 6.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.60/gal yesterday. This compares with the national average that has fallen 2.4 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.79/gal, according to gasoline price website AtlantaGasPrices.com.

October 04, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Resource and career expo set for Oct. 9

The Georgia Department of Labor and South Atlanta High School's Law and Social Justice Parent-Teacher-Student Association will co-sponsor a resource and career expo Tuesday, Oct. 9, in Atlanta. The expo will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Rosel Fann Recreation Center, located at 365 Cleveland Ave.

October 04, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Voters league to host forum Thursday

The Newton County Voters League is hosting a forum at 7 p.m., Thursday at the Historic Courthouse for all county candidates.

October 02, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


County settles $800K driving death case against deputy

A civil suit brought against the Newton County Sheriff's Office, Newton County, the NCSO's automobile insurance carrier and Deputy Matthew Holbrook, following an automobile accident that killed 36-year-old Paula Michelle Dobbs, has been settled for $800,000.

October 02, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newton County Jail Log- Oct. 2, 2012

Tremaine Tanika Parlor, 33, 5131 A Bede Drive, Covington, Sept. 24. Court sentenced to 120/180 days.

October 02, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Woman fires gun to scare 'Peeping Tom'

A woman told dispatch that she fired off her weapon after she saw a man looking through her front door on Sunday morning. Covington police were dispatched to a home on Floyd Street around 6:30 a.m. in reference to a prowler. Police spoke to a woman at the home who said when she woke up and walked downstairs, she saw a white male with curly hair and about 5'9" in height peeking through her front door window. The woman then found her pistol, went outside of her back door and fired one round into the air out ...

October 02, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Woman leaves children to buy cigars

A Covington woman was arrested on Monday after she reportedly left her children unattended.

October 02, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Students skate for success

Physical education took on a little twist at Heard Mixon Elementary School the past few weeks as students got the chance to learn the classic skill of roller skating. P.E. teacher Donna Thompson said she got the idea from a longtime DeKalb County teacher who said it was the best programs she had run in her 27-year career.

October 02, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


GPTC receives $3M Dept. of Labor grant

Georgia Piedmont Technical College will receive a portion of $500 million federal community college grants to expand job training through local employer partnerships.

October 02, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Armed robbery at local liquor store

An employee at Quick Liquor reported an armed robbery at the store early Tuesday morning, where a unknown man entered the store with a gun.

October 02, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Flow of state money to schools still slow

An update on the school system's budget projections shows that while Newton County is in good shape, money is still slow to come in at a state level, and that cuts are still going to be made, most likely for the 2013-14 school year.

October 02, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Publisher named treasurer of SNPA

Digby A. Solomon, president, publisher and CEO of the Daily Press Media Group, Newport News, Va., was elected president of the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association this morning, along with The Covington News publisher, Charles Hill Morris, Jr. elected as treasurer.

October 02, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSO awarded state certification

The Newton County Sheriff's Office was awarded state certification Friday, joining the ranks of the top 100 law enforcement agencies in the state.

October 02, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County Jail Log

Vincent Bernard Barlow, 30, Smyrna, Sept. 21. Probation violation.

September 29, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Windows smashed at community center

A county employee told police that someone shattered the windows at a community center. A Covington police officer responded to the Magnolia Heights Community Center on Thursday around noon in reference to damage done to three windows. The officer met with a county employee who said between Sept. 23 and 27 an unknown person broke three-double pane windows located at the rear of the building. Police said only the outside layers of the windows were broken. No entry was made into the building. The estimated replacement cost for each window was $333.25. No other information was available at the ...

September 29, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


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