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Chamber embraces student businesses

A DJ, digital marketer, maker of duck calls and baker are among the most recent members of the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce. They are ...

February 13, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Jeffares: Week Five Updates from the State Senate

The days are going by quickly now, as we wrap up our fifth week of the 2016 legislative session. We worked four efficient days this ...

February 13, 2016 | | LOCAL


Belton: A significant week in the state legislature

The fifth week of Georgia Legislative Session this year was by far the most significant, as the House passed a bill that would protect preachers ...

February 13, 2016 | Dave Belton | LOCAL


New concession stand coming to City Pond

The T-ball and peewee fields at City Pond Park will have a new addition.

February 13, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


County to be charged for oil

Newton County will be charged to pick up refuse oil at its convenience centers.

February 13, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Council encourages nonprofit to work with Main Street on 5K race

Road closures, building code enforcement and appointments to boards and committees made up the majority of the City of Covington's council meeting Feb. 1.

February 11, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Alcovy Road commercial development no more

The plan to build a movie theater, hotels, offices and retail stores along Alcovy Road in Covington, known as Covington Towne Center and Project Kitchen ...

February 11, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


John Douglas will not seek reelection

John Douglas, District 1 Newton County Commissioner, announced Wednesday he will not seek reelection in 2016.

February 10, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Early voting begins today

It's a presidential election year, which means more voting than usual and for the need-to-know, which is everyone that can vote, there are a ...

February 06, 2016 | Shakeem Holloway | LOCAL


Watch: Jet Rawls wins Spelling Bee

Watch our video of INdian Creek Middle School student Jet Rawls winning the Newton County School System's Spelling Bee Friday.

February 05, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Local B&B featured in GPB special

Twelve Oaks, the historic Covington Bed and Breakfast, will be featured as one of eight of the most romantic places in Georgia in an upcoming ...

February 05, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Dailey family opens third Zaxby’s in Covington

A new Zaxby's restaurant is opening in west Newton County, and with it an opportunity for 40 new jobs.

February 05, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Appreciation and accreditation for NCSO

Newton County Sheriff Ezell Brown shared, not only a plaque signifying his office's recent accreditation, but also some of the rave reviews bestowed upon ...

February 04, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


District spelling bee starts Friday

The Newton County School System will host the 2016 District Spelling Bee on Friday, February 5, at 10:30 a.m. at Newton High School ...

February 04, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Elementary School death ruled accidental, caused by asphyxia

Five-year-old Andrea Tyrah DeBruhl died due to asphyxia after being caught in playground equipment at the Newton County Theme School at Ficquett Monday, according to ...

February 03, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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Newton County: sentencing

Francisco Jarier-Serraro, first degree forgery, 5 years probation, 60 days confinement, $1000. Speeding, 12 months probation, $150. Driving without license, 12 months probation, $200. Credit for time served.

April 03, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Local church group to give away scholarship

Covington residents Ralph and Gerri Murphy were surprised recently when the Sunday school class they teach created a scholarship in their honor.

"Murphy's Gang," a couple's class at the First Baptist Church in Covington, will award one deserving graduating senior this year with an undisclosed amount of money to help the student in college.

April 03, 2012 | Rachel Goff | LOCAL


Georgia gas prices rose five cents over the last week

The average gasoline price in Atlanta rose five cents per gallon in the past week to $3.83 per gallon.

According to the gasoline price website AtlantaGasPrices.com, the national average increased 3.2 cents in the last week to $3.89 per gallon.

April 03, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Teacher accused of sexual contact

A Covington man who was a Conyers high school teacher was arrested Friday on charges of a teacher having sexual contact with a student.

April 02, 2012 | | LOCAL


Social Circle murder victim ID'd

The body found burning off Interstate 20 in Social Circle late Thursday night has been identified as 36-year-old Akili Jabari Stewart of Stone Mountain. According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, he was killed as a result of gunshot wounds.

April 02, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Gas prices rose 5 cents last week

Average retail gasoline prices in Atlanta have risen 5 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.83 per gallon yesterday. This compares with the national average that has increased 3.2 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.89 per gallon, according to gasoline price website AtlantaGasPrices.com.

April 02, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Roadwork may cause delays

WHEN: 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday, April 2, continuing through Thursday, April 5, weather permitting

April 02, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Ex-husband sought in woman's assault

The ex-husband of a woman who was beaten in a hotel off City Pond Road Wednesday is being sought by authorities.

Officers from the Covington Police Department were called to the hotel and when they arrived, met with the victim who was "visibly shaken." Officers noted that her hotel room had items strewn all over the floor and the victim's eyes were bloodshot as if she had been crying.

March 31, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Dead body found on fire in woods off I-20

Authorities in Social Circle are investigating a body found late Thursday night. According to Social Circle director of public safety Tom Fox, a 911 call placed at 11:44 p.m. reported seeing a fire being started in the woods off exit 101 near Interstate 20 and Ga. Hwy. 278. According to Fox, firefighters responded to the blaze and discovered a black male, possibly in his 30s.

Both the GBI and Social Circle Police Department were working the scene throughout the day Friday morning. The GBI conducted an autopsy Saturday but have yet to release the name of the victim ...

March 31, 2012 | Josh Briggs | LOCAL


Covington debates saggy pants law

While Covington council members seem to unanimously dislike the practice of people wearing pants that sag below their waists, they were divided on whether the city should seek to outlaw the practice through an ordinance.

March 31, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Keeping it real

Sharon Sawyer fusses over her husband Forrest, arranging his headphones, as the two sit in the whitewashed, brick radio station on Hendricks Street. In the community, Forrest is known for his vocal activism, but in the studio Sharon is the boss.

"I'm not really the boss. I'm the director," said Sharon laughing.

March 31, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Meneguzzo named principal of Theme School at Ficquett

With the announcement of theme school principal Ruth Anne Smith's retirement, James Meneguzzo has been named principal of the Newton County Theme School at Ficquett.

Meneguzzo, currently an assistant principal at Indian Creek Middle School, will take over at the theme school the start of the next school year. The Newton County Board of Education voted unanimously at a called meeting March 29 to appoint him.

March 31, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Free wireless internet around downtown

As part of its efforts to attract more people to the square, the city of Covington is now offering free wireless internet service on and surrounding the square.

March 31, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Palm Sunday kicks off full week of Easter events

Easter will be celebrated this year on April 8. Local churches have gathered together to present a week full of fun events that the whole family can enjoy during this holiday.

On April 1, the First Baptist Church of Covington will present a musical called "God with Us." It will be performed in the sanctuary of the church at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. During the week after the musical, there will be

March 31, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


Covington YMCA gears up for 11th annual Cheerios Challenge

On Saturday, April 21 the Covington family YMCA will be hosting the 11th annual Cheerios Challenge on the square. The event will begin at 7:30 a.m. with the 10K run. The one mile fun run will begin at 9 a.m. followed by the 5K run beginning at 9:30 a.m. All races will start and finish at the Covington Family YMCA located at 2140 Newton Drive.

"The great thing about the race is the fact it is USATF certified," event coordinator Kacie Brown said. "Anyone who plans of running in the Atlanta Journal Constitution's Peachtree ...

March 31, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


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