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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


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


NMC to join Piedmont system Oct. 1

Newton Medical Center will formally become a subsidiary of Piedmont Healthcare on Oct. 1.

May 21, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | 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


Kelly takes over Porterdale downtown development

Everyone living in Porterdale is a stakeholder in the promotion of the town's Main Street Program, says Josephine Kelly.

May 17, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Cotton receives Rotary ethics award

In his more than a decade and a half as Covington Police Chief, Stacey Cotton has led his men and women in the way he was taught to conduct himself by Judge Stacey W. Cotton and Suzanne Cotton - with ethics.

May 17, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Stacey Cotton appointed to medical marijuana study group

Covington Police Chief Stacey Cotton has been named one of 11 members named to Gov. Nathan Deal's new panel charged with making recommendations about what type of medical marijuana use Georgia should allow.

May 17, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Certified Quality Breast Center at Newton Medical Center

Newton Medical Center's Women's Diagnostic Center has recently been recognized as a Certified Quality Breast Center in the National Quality Measures for Breast Centers Program™. This distinguished honor represents a commitment by this breast center to provide the highest level of quality breast health care to patients in the community.

May 16, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Preparing for graduation

The Newton County School System's high schools will be celebrating graduation Friday and Saturday.

May 16, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Carpenter up for Peach superintendent

School system Deputy Superintendent Dennis Carpenter is a finalist for the Peach County superintendent position.

July 05, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Social Circle fireworks now July 9

The fireworks show must go on, and Social Circle has rescheduled its Fourth of July display for Saturday, July 9.

July 05, 2011 | | LOCAL


Guns stolen from federal agent's home

ELLENWOOD - A Department of Homeland Security inspector says someone broke into his DeKalb County home and stole several guns.

July 05, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Storms likely this afternoon

A repeat round of showers and thunderstorms is likely this afternoon in Newton County and across much of metro Atlanta.

July 05, 2011 | | LOCAL


Cyclist dies in Sandy Springs

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. - Authorities say a cyclist is dead after he was struck by a car in suburban Atlanta.

July 05, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Conyers Fabulous Fourth still on schedule

Storms that blew through the area earlier today won't keep July Fourth festivities from going forward. The Fabulous Fourth festival at the Georgia International Horse Park and fireworks are still on schedule, according to Conyers Police Capt. Scott Freeman.

July 04, 2011 | | LOCAL


Fun on the Fourth in Oxford

Fourth festivities kicked off Monday with a parade in Oxford.

July 04, 2011 | | LOCAL


Two plead guilty in food stamp fraud

ATLANTA - Two former Georgia employees have pleaded guilty to stealing about $600,000 in food stamps.

July 04, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Police: A fun but safe Fourth

Marquel Peters was 4 years old when a celebratory bullet came through the roof of a church and killed him. If Covington Police Chief Stacey Cotton has anything to say about it, such a tragedy isn't going to happen in Newton County.

July 03, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


One Tank Trips: Georgia Wine Tour

The North Georgia Highlands once known for production of moonshine are now gaining a reputation for a potable better suited to a more sophisticated palate.

July 03, 2011 | Tharon Giddens | LOCAL


How Fireworks Work

When Covington celebrates our nation's independence with a fireworks display tonight, there will be an unseen choreographer dashing about coordinating the display. Here's what goes on behind the show. Click here for a guide to Covington's display and to other Fourth festivities in the area.

July 03, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Eyesore of the week - July 3

Watch your step: This eyesore is located on Conyers Street. A reader commented on the rusty barbed wire near the street. If you would like to submit an "Eyesore of the Week," send a picture to news@covnews.com or by mail to 1166 Usher St., Covington, GA 30014. Please do not submit residential properties that are occupied.

July 02, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Local chorus in France for Fourth

The Covington/Conyers Choral Guild makes its European debut on Monday at an awe-inspiring venue - the Normandy American Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer, France.

July 02, 2011 | By Jessica Smith news@rockdalenews.com | LOCAL


Financial aid back on for youth sports

Financial aid will still be available to youth athletes next fiscal year, after the Newton County Recreation Commission reversed course Thursday.

July 02, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


GSP ticketing for seat belt violations

The Georgia State Patrol has issued 29 citations in Newton County so far this holiday weekend, with about half of citations being for people not wearing seat belts or buckling up children, said public information officer Gordy Wright.

July 02, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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