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NCSS SAT scores increase across the board

Newton County School System's (NCSS) overall scores on the SAT increased across the board in 2016. The district posted an 11-point increase in both ...

September 27, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington resident celebrates 100th birthday

Last Saturday, friends and family gathered at Salem United Methodist Church to celebrate Martha Wellburn Malcolm's 100th birthday. She was joined by her ...

September 27, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


SPLOST projects, revenues discussed

The Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) started its course for a 2017 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) Monday.

September 26, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Adult literacy volunteer tutors are honored at luncheon

For Ann Stokes, learning to read has been exciting because she has been able to read the Bible daily.

September 26, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Eastside Trail benches to be enhanced by local Scout

When Covington resident Jake McCarthy was 8-years-old, he told his parents what he wanted to do for his Eagle Scout project.

September 26, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Auction will benefit county’s hungry

Members of the Church of the Good Shepherd, Episcopal held auctions at the church before, but this is the first time the Covington church is ...

September 25, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Teacher of the Year finalists announced

Tamahia Benton, of Liberty Middle School, Cecily Bullock, of Alcovy High School and Jason Smith, of Newton High School, were named the finalists for Newton ...

September 24, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Precious Waters named Newton Homecoming Queen

Precious Waters was named the 2016 Newton High School Homecoming Queen Friday night at Sharp Stadium.

September 24, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Ban on vinyl siding on houses being built discussed

Vinyl siding has long been an aesthetically pleasing and affordable choice for homeowners, to go along with brick and wood. However, is it a dangerous ...

September 23, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Jam to raise money for new accessible access to Yellow River

A year ago, it rained for the inaugural Yellow River Jam. This year, good weather is expected Saturday when the second Yellow River Jam kicks ...

September 23, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Chair Ellis proclaims Thursday Suicide Prevention Awareness Day

Newton County Chair Keith Ellis proclaimed Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016, to be Suicide Prevention Awareness Day during an event on the Covington Square Thursday morning.

September 22, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


O’Brien pleads guilty to theft by taking

Former Newton County Fire Services Chief Kevin O'Brien stood with his attorney Steven M. Frey, of The Frey Law Firm, and withdrew his not ...

September 22, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Child's Voice Child Advocacy Center celebrates 10 years

A Child's Voice Child Advocacy Center celebrated 10 years of service with an open house at its Social Circle location Wednesday.

September 21, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


BOC summary: No action taken on moratorium or mosque

The moratorium on permits for places of worship came to an end at midnight Sept. 20 after no action was taken by the Newton County ...

September 20, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


The three victims in Monday's fatal accident identified

Two of the three victims in Monday's fatal accident involving a Newton County School System (NCSS) school bus were under the age of 10.

September 20, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Crime Briefs: Family dispute gets violent

When Covington police entered an Oak Street apartment Wednesday morning, they found three females crouched on the floor and two men, one with blood on his face and chest area.

June 07, 2012 | Meghan de St. Aubin | LOCAL


Uncovering creativity

Colin McGowan, a second grader from Mansfield Elementary School, works on his coloring skills at the Newton County Arts Association's Creative Kids Camp. Activities include arts and crafts, instruments and vocal classes, along with drama classes and much more. Kids from rising first graders through sixth graders were allowed to attend the camp for a week of fun.

June 07, 2012 | William Brawley | LOCAL


VIDEO: Denzel Washington in Covington

Above is the premiere trailer for the Denzel Washington film "Flight," scenes of which were filmed at Green Valley Farms on U.S. Highway 278 last October.

June 07, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington mom pushes for heart testing

COVINGTON, Ga. (AP) - Georgia hospitals may be required to test all newborns for congenital heart defects after a Covington mom's efforts to push legislation for pulse oximetry screenings-- a painless, under one-minute test which requires doctors to place a small device on a newborn's toe or finger to check blood oxygen levels and heart rates.

June 06, 2012 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Water main break on Monticello Street

A water main break closed Monticello Street from Pennington Street to Conyers Street for a few hours last Tuesday.

June 06, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Newton's Native American heritage

A lot of who we are today can be traced back to who our ancestors were. The quest of delving into the past to find our ancestors is not a new activity but genealogy as a hobby has definitely gain popularity with such easy access to records and archives that can be found on various Internet databases and other genealogy websites dedicated to helping people trace their lineage.

June 05, 2012 | Nhi Ho | LOCAL


Ga.’s oldest active police officer honored

The Newton County Sheriff's Office honored Jack Simpson, 88, the oldest active police officer in the state of Georgia on Tuesday.

June 05, 2012 | Meghan de St. Aubin | LOCAL


Water rates raised for fourth year

Water customers in Newton County and its cities will pay higher water prices for the third or fourth straight year beginning in July, thanks to stricter regulations and more expensive materials that are driving up costs even in a depressed economy.

Newton County's government produces water through its operation of the Lake Varner reservoir and then sells that water to the Newton County Water and Sewerage Authority, Covington and other cities.

June 05, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Former candidate to be arraigned

Former Covington mayoral candidate Bobby Sigman will be formally arraigned on charges stemming from allegedly paying someone to steal current-Mayor Ronnie Johnston's campaign signs in October.

A grand jury true billed the charged of making a false statement, criminal trespass (two counts) and theft by taking (two counts) in May.

June 05, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Civic center talks pick up in Baxter wake

The long-awaited Covington civic center isn't close to being built as the project lacks funding and a firm site, but talks have renewed following the arrival of mega-medical industry Baxter International and a new site option that would also house a proposed agricultural center.

June 05, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Barcode fraud costs Home Depot

On June 1 at roughly 7:30 a.m., Covington police responded to the a shoplifting at the Home Depot on Industrial Park Boulevard.

June 05, 2012 | Meghan de St. Aubin | LOCAL


Lions Club gives away bikes

Each year the Oxford Lions award a bicycle to a boy and girl from the 3rd, 4th and 5th grades at Flint Hill Elementary School whom the teachers have chosen as the most improved students. Pilot Club provided the helmets.

June 05, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


How to survive in a car with no air conditioning

My parents bought me my first car as a present for my graduation from high school. Like most teenagers, I was absolutely ecstatic.

June 05, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


How to survive in a car with no air conditioning

My parents bought me my first car as a present for my graduation from high school. Like most teenagers, I was absolutely ecstatic.

It had dings in the paint, a few dents on the outside and a hole in the carpet in the back floorboard, but to me it was perfect.

June 05, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Finishing out my top 13 list

I hope all my genealogy hunters had a great and productive memorial weekend. Were you able to talk and record some war stories from your veteran relatives? Maybe you have questions about their stories and want to prove them and don't know where to start?

Finishing out my top 13 free websites:

June 05, 2012 | Ellen Blakeslee | LOCAL


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