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19-year old arrested for murder Tuesday

Elijah William Ramoutar, 19, has been arrested by the Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) for the murder of Alyssa Ann Wright, 19, Tuesday evening.

December 08, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Social Circle officer appeals termination after aggressive actions

A former Social Circle Police Department (SCPD) officer is asking for his job back after being terminated following a traffic stop that crossed the line ...

December 07, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


BOC Summary: 162 proposed to honor Deputy Justin White

The Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) honored Deputy Justin White Tuesday evening by requesting the local legislative delegation to have a portion of Georgia ...

December 07, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Recreation Commission finds ‘no illegal or dishonest behavior’

The Newton County Recreation Commission's board of directors did not make any personnel changes stemming from a recent forensic audit released by Frazier and ...

December 05, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | 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


Forensic Audit: Actions ‘caused financial harm and damage to the taxpayers of Newton County’

Eds Note: To read more on the forensic accounting report click for a report on the Bear Creek Reservoir project, here; read about the report ...

December 04, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Sawyer: former attorney’s actions ‘detrimental to taxpayers’

On Oct. 18, 2015, the Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) voted to bring a halt to the proposed Bear Creek Reservoir project, under way ...

December 03, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Accountant points to unapproved contracts at landfill

The landfill has been a financial burden on Newton County for years, especially since a leachate spill in 2015 caused millions of dollars in damage.

December 03, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


County refutes Sawyer’s SPLOST claims

In David Sawyer's accounting analysis of Newton County's Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) and Impact Fees funds, he reported that at ...

December 03, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Look at Nelson Heights may spur change in county practices

While David Sawyer's reporting on the Bear Creek Reservoir project, SPLOST and Impact Fees and the county's landfill was released Monday, in May ...

December 03, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Former commissioners speak out against water sale

The Newton County Water and Sewerage Authority (NCWSA) will present the team it has selected to perform due diligence to the Newton County Board of ...

December 03, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Christmas marches through Covington

One-hundred floats, including the first-place prize winning Misfits Welcome float by Eastridge Church, participated in Saturday's parade through downtown Covington.

December 03, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Judge Baker honored prior to his retirement

Judge Henry Baker, Newton County's Probate Court Judge for the last 40 years was celebrated by dozens of Newton County and regional dignitaries for ...

December 02, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Newton County Theme School raises blue ribbon flag

The Newton County Theme School (NCTS) at Fiquett was recently named a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education - a distinction ...

December 02, 2016 | Duane M. Ford | LOCAL


The Pride of Eastside performs in Hollywood Christmas Parade

The Pride of Eastside Marching Band joined the likes of Larry King, Olivia Newton-John and Bill Engvall this past weekend, during the 85th Annual Hollywood ...

December 02, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Gas shortages hit Newton County

Gas stations in Covington and Newton County have been impacted by the current gas shortage affecting the east coast of the United States.

September 19, 2016 | Mariya Lewter | LOCAL


NCSO deputy brings a different tune with El Pariseo

Members of the band El Pariseo know merengue and salsa music provides a joyous sound and want to take that sound and allow people to relax and feel happy while listening to them perform.

September 19, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Gas stations suffer from fuel shortage

As some Georgia gas stations reported their fuel supplies had dried up, a pipeline company working to repair a break in Alabama said Monday it has worked "around the clock" to limit disruptions to the region's gas supply.

September 19, 2016 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Covington artisan market offers a variety of shops

Lyn Gossage said there's not a craft project she hasn't tried her hand at throughout the last 40 years. She also loves to bake breads, pies, muffins, brownies and other goods.

September 18, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Artful Harvest kicks off at Southern Heartland

More than 100 Newton County residents attended the awards ceremony and open house for Southern Heartland Arts Gallery's Artful Harvest show, sponsored by United Bank, Thursday night.

September 16, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Residents begin purchasing trash center tags

Newton County began selling car tags for access to the county's trash collection convenience centers Thursday.

September 15, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Music by the Magnolias

Ah Surely, a Celtic Trio played during the Arts Association of Newton County's Luncheon Concert Series Thursday. There are two concerts left in the series, Benson and Leinweber this Thursday and the Jon Browne Band, Sept. 29.

September 15, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Director: Washington Street not managed by county

In August, some Newton County commissioners explored the idea of moving the operation of Washington Street and Nelson Heights community centers to the city of Covington. [See story "County discusses moving community centers under city of Covington," at http://www.covnews.com/section/1/article/201705/] Supporters of Nelson Heights Community Center attended a Covington City Council meeting in mid-August to express objections to such a move.

September 14, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Williams receives Missouri governor’s economic development award

Covington native Otis Williams received the Missouri Governor's Career Service in Economic Development Award at the 2016 Governor's Conference on Economic Development held recently in Kansas City.

September 14, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


State driver services reminds voters to prepare for election

A driver's license with current address or a photo identification card is required to cast a ballot in Georgia. The state's Driver Services is reminding people to have proper photo identification to be able to vote in the Nov. 8 election.

September 14, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Armed militia protests on Covington Square

About a dozen members of the militia group, Georgia Security Force III%, conducted an armed protest on the Covington Square Tuesday night.

September 13, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Militia group plans protest for Tuesday evening

Though a special called meeting of the Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) was cancelled. a local militia group announced it will continue with a planned protest outside the Historic Courthouse Tuesday night.

September 13, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Meeting on lifting moratorium cancelled

A special called meeting at which two Newton County commissioners said they were going to vote to lift the moratorium on permits for places of worship has been cancelled.

September 13, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Traffic lights, gazebo and parks topics at town hall meeting

Around 30 people, some retirees of the city, turned out for a town hall meeting hosted by the Covington City Council at Covington First United Methodist Church on Monday night.

September 12, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Alcohol availability changed in the county

There will be some new options for business owners wanting to sell alcohol in Newton County. The board of commissioners (BOC) approved changes to the county's alcohol ordinance Tuesday.

September 11, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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