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Fuhrey’s superintendent contract extended

Students and parents can expect to see a now-familiar face behind the scenes and on the front line of public education in the Newton County School System for at least the near future.

July 22, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


BOE adopts millage rate

The Newton County Board of Education officially adopted a millage rate for maintenance and operations at 20 after the third public hearing and July combined meeting Tuesday night, giving even more than originally planned back to teachers and school employees.

July 22, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


City to add code officer, clean up properties

Minutes after passing the city's budget Monday night, the Covington City Council voted 4-3 to add a new code-enforcement officer to the planning and zoning department to ensure dilapidated homes and lots where homes were demolished avoid being overgrown.

July 22, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


City rejects cell tower on Monticello Road

Covington Mayor Ronnie Johnston cast the tie-breaking vote to deny a controversial cell phone tower on Monticello Road Thursday night.

July 22, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Live: 2014 Primary runoff results

Today's primary election runoff races will determine several local, state and federal races.

July 22, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Belton defeats Brooks in runoff

Dave Belton will face Democrat B.P. "Patsy" Harrys in the general election for Georgia House District 112.

July 22, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Home is where the film shoots

From the locations to the cast, almost everything in the new movie "Operator" might be recognizable by Newton County residents - and that is because the film's team utilized mostly local resources for the action-thriller.

July 22, 2014 | Samantha Reardon | LOCAL


Memories of Sherman’s visit

This is the second in a series of columns in partnership with Georgia Perimeter College professors concerning the Civil War and its local ties to Newton County some 150 years after the war that divided America.

July 22, 2014 | Kathleen DeMarco | LOCAL


No dead chickens, dolls with pins in them

"I was dispatched to a duplex in reference to an elderly woman requesting a deputy go to the adjoining apartment and tell the occupant to stop sending voodoo through the wall into her apartment. The complainant stated nobody ever did anything when she called and she wanted a report and for it to stop," wrote Deputy Mark Lovell in an incident report taken Sunday, July 20, 2014 at 7:05 p.m.

July 22, 2014 | | LOCAL


New bridge to reconnect residents to county

Last summer's rains put the nail in an old coffin of a bridge separating a handful of Newton County residents from the remainder of the county.

July 22, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


City puts off bus service idea

A bus service may someday be available for elderly residents of Covington, but not now, not yet.

July 22, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Henderson retains BOC seat

Low turnout marred Tuesday's local runoff elections, but the end result was Board of Commissioners Democratic incumbent J.C Henderson will continue to serve, and David Belton will be the Republican candidate for Georgia District 112.

July 22, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


City denies cell tower on Monticello

Mayor Ronnie Johnston had to vote Monday to break a 3-3 tie to ultimately deny a request for a new cell phone tower at 6163 Monticello Road in Covington.

July 21, 2014 | Rob Dewig rdewig@covnews.com | LOCAL


Public comment disclaimer

It is the policy of the Covington News to allow people, with some form of identification, to voice their opinions, thoughts and concerns about our community. However, it is our policy to have comments free from personal attacks and inflammatory remarks toward people. This does not promote reasonable discussions and, we feel is detrimental, to furthering discussion on an issue or topic.

July 21, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Belton, Brooks face off for District 122

Aaron Brooks and Dave Belton will settle things Tuesday in the Republican runoff for Georgia House District 112, which includes the eastern half of both Covington and Newton County.

July 19, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


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Melbert Ray Ford executed

Melbert Ray Ford Jr. took his last breath on June 9 at 7:27 p.m., more than 24 years after the last breaths of those he murdered. He ate most of his last meal and declined a sedative as well as a prayer request from the prison chaplin at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson. His last words were not ones of remorse for his crimes but thanks to his family, friends and loved ones.

June 09, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Fire closes I-20 eastbound past exit 98

Two Newton County Fire Department crews are working a small brush fire on Interstate-20, between exits 98 and 101, which has closed down eastbound traffic.

Deputy Chief Tim Smith said the crew hoped to have the fire put out and everything cleaned up before rush hour.

June 09, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Welcome home

Handshakes, hugs and a few tears greeted the dozens of Covington-based National Guard troops who triumphantly returned home after a tour of duty in Afghanistan.

June 09, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Redevelopment Authority to buy additional lots

The Covington Redevelopment Authority is planning to purchase nine more lots in the Walker's Bend subdivision as it continues efforts to revitalize that area.

June 09, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Project Adventure closing down

Project Adventure Kids, a non-profit organization focusing on the rehabilitation of at-risk children and teen-aged drug abusers and sex offenders, is closing down its 16 area group homes and treatment facility on Elks Club Road.

June 09, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


2 accidents halt evening traffic on I-20 East

During the evening commute an accident with injuries 1 mile east of exit 90 on I-20 stalled traffic so that another accident occurred when a female driver slammed on her brakes and cut her wheel causing her to flip and strike another vehicle. According to Newton County Sheriff's Office Cpl. Anthony Washington, a passenger in the female driver's car was transported to Atlanta Medical Center by ground ambulance.

June 08, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Woman pushed from moving car

Officers from the Covington Police Department were called to a home on Hannah Street Saturday afternoon after a 911 came in where a woman could be heard screaming in the background.

Dispatch operators reportedly heard a woman screaming, "I am not going with you," and, "I don't know where I am." The operator also allegedly told officers she heard a male voice yelling, "jump out of the car."

June 08, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


BOC remains uncertain about the budget

Newton County simply won't have enough revenue to operate its proposed FY2011 budget at the current 9.73 millage rate, even if it cuts 100 jobs and raises various fees.

June 06, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


County leaders graduate from econ. academy

The Board of the Georgia Academy for Economic Development recently announced Newton County graduates from the 2010 Region Five Multi-Day Training Program. Class participants represented a number of professional and non-professional economic development fields, including elected officials, public servants, business leaders, educators and social service providers from 12 counties in Northeast Georgia. The Academy provided each of the graduates an opportunity to gain a unique understanding of the complexities of economic and community development on the local, regional and state levels.

June 06, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


A range of colors

Hydrangeas can be found in white, pink, purple and blue - and shades in between. But where do those colors come from?

June 06, 2010 | By Ashley Bates abates@gainesvilletimes.com | LOCAL


Ford denied clemency, will be executed Wednesday

The State Board of Pardons and Paroles denied a request for the clemency of convicted murderer Melbert Ray Ford Friday.

June 06, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Roy Varner: A giant among men

Roy Varner didn't intend to stay in Newton County, but like many young men, he fell in love - first with his wife Charlyne and then with the county. And since he made Newton County his home, he decided to make it a better place than when he came. According to many, he accomplished just that.

June 06, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Waffle House cook gets baked at work

A Waffle House employee was arrested Tuesday night after a concerned citizen called authorities to report that the employee had been smoking marijuana behind the restaurant with two women.

Deputies from the Newton County Sheriff's Department arrived at the Brown Bridge Road location as they were walking inside they could reportedly smell a strong odor of marijuana near the entrance to the restaurant. When they walked inside they noticed a black male, later identified as Victor Damone Belcher, 28, who matched the citizen's description, cooking.

June 06, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


KCNB encouraging all groups to Adopt-a-Mile

Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful, has been working in our community for 30 years to provide environmental education through litter prevention, beautification, community programs, solid waste and recycling, and water pollution prevention efforts. As part of its 30th anniversary, KCNB is working to revitalize the "Adopt-a-Mile" program.

More than 700 volunteers in Newton County participated in Great American Cleanup efforts in March, April and May. They gave more than 1,800 hours of their time to clean up litter along local roadways.

June 05, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Charges against Henderson not dismissed

The request to dismiss battery charges against District 4 county commissioner J.C. Henderson was denied Wednesday by Newton County Magistrate Court Judge Kim Degonia, sending the case to superior court.

June 04, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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