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Over $54 million awarded for improvements to Georgia’s transportation infrastructure

Georgia Department of Transportation (Georgia DOT) has awarded 25 contracts for statewide transportation projects totaling $54,335,216. This investment in Georgia's transportation infrastructure ...

January 17, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Chamber hosts record-breaking night

With a record turnout, the Covington Newton Chamber of Commerce celebrated a record year during its 2017 Annual Meeting Thursday night at the Charlie Elliot ...

January 12, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


Newton Board of Elections officials recognized

Newton County Board of Elections Director (BOE) Angela Mantle and Assistant Director Angela White-Davis were commended recently by board members Hugh Steele, Chair, Jeanette Perry ...

January 10, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Red Cross issues an emergency call for blood and platelet donations during severe winter blood short

The American Red Cross has a severe winter blood shortage and is issuing an emergency call for blood and platelet donors to make a donation ...

January 10, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Groundbreaking on Judicial Center Expansion set for Friday

Newton County judges and officials will grab a hold of a shovel to break ground on the expansion of the Judicial Center at 2 p ...

January 06, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Deputy White’s memory rooted in Newton

The memory of Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) Deputy Justin White will continue to take root in Newton County as he was honored Tuesday ...

January 04, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


Porterdale property rezoned for Waffle House

A piece of property off Covington Bypass Road in Porterdale, across from the Burger King, was rezoned Thursday night in preparation to become a Waffle ...

December 22, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Georgia DOT restricts lane closures for Christmas, New Year’s weekends

The stresses of the holiday season are upon us and Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) aims to ease traffic congestion and driving anxieties with suspension ...

December 20, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Trash collection centers to be closed Dec. 24-28

The hours of the Newton County Trash Collection Convenience Centers will be altered during the Christmas weekend.

December 19, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Rotary Club fills Empty Stockings

The Rotary Club of Covington delivered presents to around 500 Newton County children Saturday as part of its annual Empty Stocking event.

December 17, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Local judges take oath

Each of the Newton County's Superior Court judges took their oath of office Friday morning at the Newton County Judicial Center from the Honorable ...

December 16, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


NCSO now outfitted with body cams

In September 2015, the Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) was one of only three agencies in Georgia to receive a Department of Justice body ...

December 16, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Library, janitorial contract funding approved

The Newton County Library was granted $27,000 by the Board of Commissioners (BOC) Tuesday night after library officials said the system could lose its ...

December 12, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Solange Lord performs in Brenau University's 'Concerts Connecting Cultures...Christmas Around the Wo

Solange Lord, from Covington, performed in the Brenau University Vocal Chamber Ensemble and Spectrum Singers concert of "Concerts Connecting Cultures...Christmas Around the World" Nov ...

December 12, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Football coach turning heads in … The Nutcracker

If you happen to take a trip to the Porter Auditorium this coming weekend and you see a familiar local football coach donning a wig ...

December 05, 2016 | Gabriel Stovall | LOCAL


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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


Woman arrested after hiding crack pipe in pants

While patrolling, two Newton County officers observed a group of three males and one female talking loudly in the backyard of a residence that has been known for drug activity.

Both officers had made numerous arrests in and around the residence and have received complaints about the homeowner and his involvement in drug trading.

March 31, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Woman arrested for stealing from Walmart with her son

A woman was arrested Tuesday afternoon after she and her mentally handicapped son allegedly attempted to steal from Walmart.

According to reports, a loss prevention employee at the Industrial Boulevard store recognized Melva Montgomery and her son from watching them shoplift from the store on video the day before.

March 31, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Body found in Social Circle

Authorities in Social Circle are investigating a body found late last 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 off Interstate 20 and Ga. Hwy. 278. According to Fox, firefighters responded to the blaze and discovered a black male, possible in his 30s.

March 30, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington warms on natural gas vehicles

In the wake of ever-increasing diesel and gasoline prices, Covington officials continue to warm to the idea of building a compressed natural gas fueling facility that would be available to the city and public.

March 29, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Smith found guilty of '09 murder

Ricky Lewis Smith, 46, of Covington was found guilty of the shooting death of a woman last Wednesday by a Newton County jury.

He was found guilty of malice murder, felony murder, two counts of aggravated assault, two counts of possession of firearms during the commission of a felony and possession of firearm by convicted felon.

March 29, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


NMC to celebrate National Doctor’s Day

The Newton Medical Center will celebrate National Doctors' Day Friday by providing lunch for its doctors.

March 29, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Porterdale seeks $266K community grant

Substandard housing is the target of a $266,623 grant the city is seeking as part of an overall effort to upgrade neglected areas.

March 29, 2012 | | LOCAL


Jail ministry offers chance for a better life

Being enclosed in a room filled with inmates is something most people might find unsettling, but it's something Ken Horstmann and Robert Washington have done every week for the past three years.

March 29, 2012 | Rachel Goff | LOCAL


Man arrested for 2011 vehicular homicide

Charges have been filed in the 2011 crash that injured several and killed one Newton County woman, 78-year-old Sarah Belcher.

Ricky Todd Guice, 39, is charged with vehicular homicide, DUI and improper lane usage in the August crash. According to Georgia State Patrol spokesman Gordy Wright, around 5 p.m. on Ga. Highway 162, Guice, who was driving a 2005 Ford pickup, crossed the centerline in a curve and struck a 1998 Prizm in the side, then struck a Dodge Neon in the front bumper. Belcher, the driver of the Neon, was airlifted to Atlanta Medical Center where she later ...

March 29, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Drunk woman insists on going to jail

A woman called Newton County police on herself insisting that she had violated her probation by drinking alcohol.

When the responding deputy radioed her identification through dispatch, it showed that the woman was not on active probation. When the deputy informed her that she was not on probation, the woman became agitated and proclaimed even louder that she was indeed on probation and insisted that she needed to be taken to jail.

March 29, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man exposes himself to taxi driver

A Newton County man was taken into custody last Saturday after he peed on a taxicab and exposed himself to the taxi driver.

According to the taxi driver, the man got into the cab and complained that he had to urinate. The taxi driver instructed him to go back in the bar to relieve himself. However, the man exited the cab and proceeded to pee on the back, driver-side tire and quarter panel of the car.

March 29, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


State tax reform bill to affect locals

Many Newton County residents will be affected by changes coming to Georgia's tax code, after the Georgia General Assembly overwhelmingly passed its tax reform bill last week.

March 28, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Fight at dinner table leads to arrest

A fight at the dinner table led to one man's arrest Saturday night.

March 28, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Annual Salem Camp meeting is July 6-13

The annual Salem Camp Meeting is coming in July and will feature two international preachers.

March 28, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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