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Covington-Missing Covington woman found

Covington resident Julie Smith, who was the subject of a search in Jackson County, was found Friday in good health.

May 29, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Newton Sheriff's deputy shot, injured in training

At approximately 2:45 p.m., the Newton County Sheriff's department received a call from the gun range on Lower River Road in reference to an officer-involved shooting during training.

May 29, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Newton-Solid Waste Panel digs in

Transparency, financial security, inclusiveness, and fairness are just some of the guiding values identified by the citizens solid waste panel during its first facilitated meeting Thursday.

May 28, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Newton-Young Professionals to meet at The Oaks

Newton County's young professionals have a chance not only to network; not only to have an evening out on the golf course but also a chance to learn more about the county they work, live and play in.

May 27, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Newton-Fatality in I-20 crash identified

52-year-old Joel William Simpson, a Newton County resident, has been confirmed dead after he drove his vehicle against traffice on I-20 Tuesday night, crashing into another vehicle around the 89 mile mark between Almon and Salem roads.

May 27, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington-Newton Medical, Piedmont finalize deal

Newton Medical Center will soon become Piedmont Newton Hospital after NMC finalized a partnership agreement with Piedmont Healthcare earlier this week.

May 23, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Covington- Two dead in apparent murder suicide

The Covington Police Department responded to a shooting Thursday, discovering a man and woman shot when arriving on scene.

May 22, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Social Circle-New section of Social Circle Bypass to open

The new section of the Social Circle Bypass from State road 11 to East Hightower Trail will open Tuesday, June 2, according to Superintendent of traffic, safety and utilities J. Robert Manning of ER Snell Contractor.

May 22, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Harry Owens likely interim county manager

Newton County revealed the name of the candidate under consideration for the position of interim county manager Friday following the departure of former County Manager Tom Garrett last week.

May 22, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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


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


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Wardens visit Covington Rotary

Two wardens from the Charlie Elliot Wildlife Center, Jamie Dowd and Pete Griffin (pictured), recently visited the Covington Rotary. They brought along a red tailed hawk, also known as a Chicken Hawk.

October 16, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Unwavering Faith: A Survivor's Story

Sylvia Shy isn't just a survivor. She's also a natural born storyteller whose message of hope and love captivates and deeply touches anyone who cares to listen. Shy, 57, has been sharing the story of her journey with cancer since 2002, when she was first diagnosed.

October 16, 2011 | Beth McAfee-Hallman | LOCAL


Tip of the Week - Oct. 16

The cooler fall weather means it's time for yard sales. You can save a bundle by shopping at yard sales and, while I love the thrill of the hunt when it comes to other people's junk coupled with the opportunity to make new friends, I sure like this new wave of virtual yard sales. Did you know you can shop at yard sales from the comfort of your own computer? There are many local communities and counties with Facebook pages where people buy and sell all kinds of objects daily. The system is free and easy to use ...

October 16, 2011 | Beth McAfee-Hallman | LOCAL


Early voting for 2011 begins Monday

Some of this year's city races are beginning to take shape, and voters who have already made up their mind will be able to cast their votes beginning Monday during early voting.

October 16, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Drunk flees with IV in his arm

Officers were called to the area of Newton Medical Center after an intoxicated patient reportedly fled the hospital with an IV in his arm.

October 16, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Eagles take flight

October 16, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


See poll results on Sigman, alcohol sales

The biggest news of the week was clearly Covington mayoral candidate Bobby Sigman being arrested for allegedly paying people to steal the campaign signs of his opponent, Ronnie Johnston. He has been charged with three misdemeanors to date.

October 16, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Man shot after pointing gun at deputies

Newton County deputies were involved in a shooting around 2:15 a.m. Saturday after being called to a residence on Melton Way, off Butler Bridge Road in the western part of the county.

October 15, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Host families needed now for

Foreign high school students are scheduled to arrive soon for academic semester homestay programs, and the sponsoring organization needs a few more local host families. The students are anxiously awaiting news of their new families. These young ambassadors are looking forward to fulfilling their life-long dreams.

October 14, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Miracle League continues fundraising efforts

The Miracle League of Newton County continues raise funds and build awareness for the need for a Miracle Field, which would serve more than 2,500 children with mental and/or physical disabilities.

October 14, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Authorities search for masked intruder

Investigators are looking for a masked intruder who reportedly broke into a woman's house and attacked her with a gun Wednesday afternoon.

October 14, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Middle school student found with shank

A middle school boy was found with a shank on the bus Wednesday afternoon.

October 14, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Man charged after deadly ’10 wreck

A 20-year-old Newton County man has been charged with eight counts of vehicular homicide after a single car wreck in May 2010 claimed the life of two men who were passengers in his vehicle.

October 14, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Court Sentencings - Oct. 14

James Aikens, violation of probation, 180-240 days detention center suspended into six months work release if proof of viable employment is provided.

October 14, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Jeffares named to state committee

Sen. Rick Jeffares (R-Locust Grove) has been named Chairman of the Senate State Institutions and Property Committee for the 2011-2012 Term by the Committee on Assignments. Jeffares replaces Sen. Earl "Buddy" Carter (R-Pooler), who was appointed Chairman of the Senate Higher Education Committee.

October 14, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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