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A taste of the Artful Harvest

Southern Heartland Arts Inc. invites the public to visit Artful Harvest, the annual invitational judged art show, sponsored by United Bank, during September.

August 30, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Students gather Porterdale demographics

A group of University of Georgia students could be seen walking around certain neighborhoods in Porterdale recently, but they weren't just roaming. They were enjoying a refreshing college field trip while learning about Porterdale's demographics.

August 30, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


No surprises on county agenda

Tuesday's Newton County Board of Commissioners' meeting agenda contains nothing out of the ordinary. Specifically, there's nothing there to talk about the form of government, which was put off for a month in a work session last week but has been lingering just under the surface since.

August 30, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Thieves swipe metal grates from I-20

Newton County's Interstate 20 is missing its metal.

August 30, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Mansfield to work on square of its own

August was a busy month in Mansfield.

August 30, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Are children at risk in your car?

At least 7 in 10 children are in improperly installed car seats, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Some car seat professionals put the number closer to 9 in 10.

August 30, 2014 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


Henderson’s check not the first

Newton County Commission Chairman Keith Ellis cut fellow Commissioner J.C. Henderson a loan, or "paycheck advance," for $4,500 on Aug. 12. Henderson said he needed the money to send his son to college after financial aid promises from Tuskegee University fell through.

August 30, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


NCSO detention officer fired

A Newton County Sheriff's Office detention officer was arrested Thursday, Aug. 28 for inappropriate contact with a minor and, as of Friday, remained in custody at the Newton County Detention Center, according to NCSO Sgt. Cortney Morrison.

August 29, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Ellis' letter about Henderson check

Following is the letter Newton County Commission Chairman Keith Ellis sent the Covington News about the $4,500 paycheck advance given to Commissioner J.C. Henderson. It is reprinted here in its entirety.

August 29, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Lorraine Elementary evacuation ends after sweep due to possible bomb threat

A lockdown on Lorraine Elementary after a possible bomb threat was lifted shortly after noon Friday after a security sweep found the campus to be clear.

August 29, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


I-20 construction postponed

Don't worry much about orange cones on the area's highways this holiday weekend. Instead, just worry about all those other cars.

August 28, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


NHS student arrested for pot, knife

A local high school student was in the custody of the Newton County Sheriff's Office Thursday afternoon after being arrested on campus.

August 28, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Lunchtime concerts set for Thursdays

A series of concerts, all featuring different styles of music, are set for noon each Thursday in September. All will be held on the Square in Covington, and all are free to the public.

August 28, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Student plans fundraising walk

Tammy Hammonds's daughter is the chair for a committee that worked all year to organize fundraising events to bring awareness to a rare but serious disease the needs a brighter spotlight. And Tammy Hammonds's daughter is only 16.

August 28, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


GPTC hosts healthy choices fair

Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) recently hosted a series of events targeting health and wellness on its DeKalb and Newton campuses. As a part of its "Be ACTive" initiative to encourage faculty, staff and students to engage in healthy choices that will nourish the mind, body and spirit, GPTC held a "Healthy Choices Fair" in the Conference Center on the college's DeKalb Campus.

August 28, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Looking back: Our most-viewed stories

Newton County experienced much in 2010, from unemployment and recession to robberies and wrecks. According to CovNews.com, the top 10 stories of 2010 have been read by a combined 102,286 readers. Here's a look at the most-read stories for the year:

December 29, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Porterdale hydro plant to reopen in 2011

Some $1 million in repairs have been completed on Porterdale's hydroelectric plant, and it should begin supplying the city with power by February.

December 28, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Truck wreck blocks I-20

A tractor trailer wreck shut down Atlanta-bound traffic on Interstate 20 for much of Tuesday.

December 28, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Service award nominees sought

Know someone with a big heart for helping those in need in Newton County?

December 28, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


No surprise: It's been a cold December

It's been a cold December in Covington. According to GeorgiaWeather.net, the average daily low for the month is 27.33 degrees, well below the average low of 35.07 for 1971-2000.

December 28, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Travel outlook for New Year's

Your New Year's travel should be a good bit less sketchy than Christmas turned out to be.

December 27, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Teens find formula for arrest

Six Atlanta teens were arrested early Saturday after allegedly stealing baby formula valued at $1,060.71 from a Covington grocery store.

December 27, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Snowy roads to freeze overnight

The National Weather Service in Peachtree City has issued a Winter Weather Advisory until 6 a.m. Sunday for a wide swath of central Georgia, including Newton County.

December 25, 2010 | | LOCAL


Community center enriches lives

After spending hours in school, around 50 students still come running into the Washington Street Community Center for classes every afternoon.

December 25, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Newton County Farm Bureau honored at GFB convention

The Newton County Farm Bureau won four of the 11 top state Farm Bureau awards during the 72nd Annual Georgia Farm Bureau Convention held Dec. 5-7, on Jekyll Island.

December 25, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


How does he do it?

Ever wonder just how Santa Claus makes things happen on Christmas? We asked the man himself and this is what he had to say.

December 24, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Whippoorwill Hollow promotes local food

Andy Byrd's enthusiasm for organic fruits and vegetables are undeniable. His family and friends praise his love of providing and promoting healthy food. His Whippoorwill Hollow Farm, 3905 Ga. Highway 138, is a testament to his passion.

December 24, 2010 | Sabastian Wee | LOCAL


Where's the beef?

You can't raise a cow in the backyard of a subdivision home, but some suburban teens get a chance to experience ranch life and learn about the business of beef through the Future Farmers of America market steer program at Newton County High School.

December 24, 2010 | Janet Jernigan Correspondent | LOCAL


Woman injured in wreck

A Covington woman was seriously injured Thursday morning when she lost control of her vehicle.

December 24, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Home for Christmas

You've heard the song: "I'll be home for Christmas. You can plan on me…"

December 24, 2010 | Jonathan E. Scharf | LOCAL


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