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CFD offers safety tips for burning in dry weather

Severe drought conditions have plagued not only the City of Covington but the entire state of Georgia for the past few months. Citizens should use ...

October 28, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Housing authority initiates audit after theft suspicion

The City of Covington Housing Authority is undergoing an audit of its financial department after a theft by an employee was suspected, according to a ...

October 28, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL

NCSS denied request for waiver of 2017 Milestones Assessment System

Newton County School Superintendent (NCSS) Samantha Fuhrey received a letter from Georgia School Superintendent Richard Woods denying her request for a waiver of the 2017 ...

October 27, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Introducing the future home of Three Ring Studios

Driving along Highway 142 across from the Orchard Park Subdivision there is a slight change in the scenery of trees and shrubs off to the ...

October 26, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Rotary Park dedicated in Covington

Newton County and the Rotary Club of Covington came together to provide a new area for residents to rest and relax in downtown Covington and ...

October 25, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Understanding a breast cancer diagnosis

Family Features

October 25, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Women with breast cancer may find comfort in support groups

No woman should have to face breast cancer alone. There are a number of resources available that can provide support, such as family members, friends ...

October 25, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Sheriff’s vehicle rolls into parked car

A Newton County Sheriff's Office patrol vehicle rolled into a parked car Sunday morning after an officer stepped out of the vehicle without properly ...

October 25, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL

CPD requesting help in two robberies

The Covington Police Department (CPD) is seeking help in identifying the suspect or suspects involved in two robberies within the last week.

October 24, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Trails, Chimney Park, Senior Center, Washington Street make SPLSOT presentations

Representatives from the Newton County Trails, the Newton County Senior Center, Friends of Newton Parks and the Washington Street Community Center presented their cases for ...

October 24, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Mayfield Ace Hardware to relocate

Mayfield Ace Hardware will close in its current location and relocate to 2171 Elm Street, Northeast on Jan. 2.

October 24, 2016 | Xavier I. Lewis | LOCAL

Community in Unity a gathering of fellowship

Jacob Mast saw a need to bring people together and build relationships between two diverse groups of Newton County residents, from the east side of ...

October 24, 2016 | Xavier I. Lewis | LOCAL

Mayfield Ace Hardware to relocate

Mayfield Ace Hardware will close in its current location and relocate to 2171 Elm Street, Northeast on Jan. 2.

October 23, 2016 | Xavier I. Lewis | LOCAL

Behind the ballot - Amendment 4

In previewing this year's election, here's a look at the proposed amendments to the Georgia Constitution.

October 22, 2016 | Election 2016 coverage | LOCAL

Behind the ballot - Amendment 3

In previewing this year's election, here's a look at the proposed amendments to the Georgia Constitution.

October 22, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

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Newton County's jobless rate drops

Newton County's unemployment rate dropped slightly from to 9.9 percent in April compared to 10.2 percent in March and 10.9 percent in April 2011.

May 24, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL

County budget won’t need tax hike

Four county commissioners informally agreed at Monday night's work session to support a $44.89 million budget that will restore five paid working days to employees, but will not give the chamber of commerce any additional funding for economic development.

Commissioners Mort Ewing, Tim Fleming, Nancy Schulz and Lanier Sims said Monday they were comfortable with the proposed budget as created by County Manager John Middleton, Finance Director Michelle Kelly and staff. Commissioner J.C. Henderson did not attend the budget work session.

May 22, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Cousins had lockdown due to suicide threat

Cousins Middle School was on lockdown Monday for several hours, after calls came in to 911 about a man threatening suicide in the woods behind the school.

According to Newton County Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer Cortney Morrison, the man called 911 around 2:30 p.m. He gave a name but officials were - and are - unsure if it was a nickname. He also called from an untraceable cell phone. Morrison said he called several times, reiterating that he planned to kill himself.

May 22, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

The News wins 17 AP contest awards

The Covington News won 17 awards in this year's 2011 Georgia Associated Press contest, nabbing the second most awards among papers in its class size behind only sister paper The Statesboro Herald.

May 22, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Qualifying for political offices Wed-Fri

After a slow start to the political season, candidate's announcements have come fast and furious the past couple of weeks and official qualifying will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday and from 9 a.m. to noon Friday.

May 22, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

City approves water rate increase

The Covington city council voted 4-2 to increase the water rate by 30 cents for every 1,000 gallons used over the 3,000 minimum, with councilman Chris Smith and councilwoman Hawnethia Williams opposing.

The increase is based on usage and comes as a result of the county raising the wholesale price of water.

May 22, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL

Children hurt in bus accident back home

All 56 children from Burke County Middle School, who were injured in the chain collision involving six school buses on Saturday, are back home in Waynesboro.

May 22, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL

Trespasser cuts off tops of flowers

When Covington police arrived at the scene of a trespassing call, Kelly Smith told the officer that an unknown person had cut the tops out of several of her petunias.

The petunias were planted under her bedroom window. The damage was valued at approximate $10. Smith requested an extra patrol in the area.

May 22, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL

Man walks home after striking school bus

Newton County deputies arrived at the Riverside Mobile Home Park in reference to a motor vehicle accident involving a school bus. The school bus driver, told the deputies that a white station wagon had backed into the passenger side of the bus while children were getting off of the bus near the front of the park.

May 22, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Newton County Sentencing, May 23

Bobby R. Dennis, possession with intent to distribute cocaine, 30 years probation, 15 confinement, $2,500. Possession with intent to distribute marijuana, 10 years probation concurrent, $1,500. Sale of marijuana, 10 years probation consecutive, $1,500. 80 hours community service.

May 22, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Regional banks collect more than six tons of peanut butter and jelly to benefit locals

Bank of North Georgia and Bank of Coweta, divisions of Synovus Bank, collected 8,782 jars of peanut butter, 12,227 pounds worth, enough to make 97,818 sandwiches.

The fifth annual "Spread the Love" peanut butter and jelly food drive will benefit 37 food pantries in the banks' local communities.

May 22, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Apollo Staffing hosts fundraiser to benefit Wounded Warrior Project

Local staffing company Apollo Staffing is beginning a company-wide fundraiser to assist the Wounded Warrior Project.

Beginning on Memorial Day and continuing for 30 days, Apollo will be donating $1 to the Wounded Warrior Project for every new like their "Facebook" site receives, and selling T-shirts for $10 a piece, with all proceeds going to the Wounded Warriors Project.

May 22, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Benton House crowns new queen

Benton House of Covington assisted living has a special community tradition that gives senior residents the opportunity to sparkle, smile and shine in the spotlight. Saturday, May 19 marked the third annual Ms. Benton House pageant at the assisted living community that is home to around sixty seniors in Covington. Director of Activities Betty Britt coordinated this event. Britt said seven lovely seniors all over the age of seventy-five answered questions from three local judges on topics like the best advice for young mothers and the contestants modeled sparkly gowns. The 2012 Contestants include residents:

• Barbara Stokes

May 22, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Lassiter: 4 stars for Alice in Wonderland

The Arts Association-Newton County presented Covington Regional Ballet's "Alice in Wonderland" at the Olive Swann Porter Hall Auditorium the first weekend in May. The dancers converged on stage from Mainstream Dance and the Gwinnett Ballet Theatre thus creating the Covington Regional Ballet.

May 22, 2012 | Christy A. Lassiter | LOCAL

Waffle House standoff backs up I-20

A standoff at the Waffle House on Evan's Mill Road in Lithonia had Interstate 20 backed up and area streets closed Tuesday around 3 p.m. Out of at least two suspects holed up in the Waffle House, one was apprehended and one fled to a nearby parking lot where he held a gun to his head, according to the Atlanta-Journal Constitution.

May 22, 2012 | | LOCAL

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