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Closing the child pornography loophole

Kelsey Upton was just 15 years old when she received a terrifying text from a registered sex offender in another state. The middle-aged man had seen a pornographic image of another woman that had been posted online along with Kelsey's name, phone number and address in Oxford.

March 01, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Covington looking at utilities changes

The Covington City Council will vote on amending provisions of the electric system and water system ordinances during Monday's council meeting, possibly reducing city revenue by approximately $700,000.

March 01, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Sarah Frances Hardeman to be honored

A long time Covington citizen, Sarah Frances Hardeman, born to George Washington Thompson and Lillie Davis- Thompson in 1918, is being recognized and honored for her legendary acts and community service in Covington.

March 01, 2015 | | LOCAL


Celebrating Black History

During its 5th Annual Black History Program Covington held a celebration, themed "A Century of Black Life, Culture & History" in the Newton County Historic Courthouse.

February 28, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man convicted of 2001 Newton County murder scheduled for execution

Brian Keith Terrell, the man convicted of killing 70-year-old John Watson in his Covington home in 1992 is scheduled to be executed March 10 at 7 p.m., Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens announced Friday.

February 27, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Their last meal

More than one in five children in Newton County do not know where their next meal will come from, according to the most recent study by food bank umbrella group Feeding America.

February 26, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Newton County Schools closed Wednesday

Newton County Schools will be closed for both students and staff Wednesday due to predicted inclement weather.

February 24, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington Police Explorers enjoy national success

The Covington Police Explorers recently participated in a national competition designed to showcase their law enforcement skills and placed third in one category.

February 24, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Deputies arrest armed robbery suspect

Sheriff's deputies arrested 17-year-old Ladarius Lockhart and charged him in connection with an armed robbery at the Oak Hill BP station that occurred Saturday morning.

February 24, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


NCSO to host Citizen's Firearm Safety Course

The Newton County Sheriff's Office will hold its Citizen's Firearm Safety Course March 28, teaching the public on laws governing use of deadly force, firearm safety, at and away from the firing range, nomenclature of the basic revolver and semiautomatic pistols and giving citizens a chance to complete a course of fire at the Newton County Sheriffs Office Firing Range.

February 24, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Winter Storm Watch for Wednesday

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch in effect for Newton, Rockdale and surrounding counties from Wednesday through Thursday.

February 24, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Problem lies in water management, not supply: Water Authority

On November 5, 2014, County Attorney Tommy Craig posted an alarming series of photographs at a work session for the proposed Bear Creek Reservoir.

February 23, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Alcovy names Val and Sal, Top 10

With the Class of 2015's graduation approaching Alcovy High School announced its top 10 graduates, and Valedictorian and Salutatorian Friday.

February 21, 2015 | Associated Press | LOCAL


NCSO deputies honored as heroes

After a year when law enforcement was often in the news in a negative light nationally, Newton County Sheriff's Office deputies were resuscitating children back to life, jumping on guns to save themselves, victims and bystanders and performing other feats of heroism in 2014.

February 20, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Social Circle officer involved in shooting

A Social Circle police officer shot and wounded a man on Hwy. 11 near the Marathon gas station Friday afternoon.

February 20, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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HOPE faces cuts in Deal budget

ATLANTA - Gov. Nathan Deal preached austerity in his first State of the State address on Wednesday, unveiling an $18.2 billion budget proposal that will mean deep cuts to the state's popular HOPE scholarship program and a slimmed down state workforce.

January 13, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


New library director sought

The Newton County Library Board of Directors hopesto hire a new library director soon as it seeks a replacement for Greg Heid, who accepted the library director position in Des Moines, Iowa.

January 12, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Library director sought

The Newton County Library Board of Directors hopesto hire a new library director soon as it seeks a replacement for Greg Heid, who accepted the library director position in Des Moines, Iowa.

January 12, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


City, county offices to open today

Conditions are steadily improving and the governments of both Covington and Newton County are planning to open for business Thursday.

January 12, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Newton Schools closed for Thursday

Newton County Schools and the central office will remain closed Thursday due to hazardous road conditions.

January 12, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


County clears Rep. Holt’s driveway

At least one person has taken exception to the fact the Newton County Public Works department cleared the driveway of State Representative Doug Holt's Social Circle home on Monday.

January 11, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Alcovy girls down Eastside

Eastside's girls could have made the statement that they are the best team in the county Saturday. Instead, it was Alcovy emerging with that title.

January 11, 2011 | Josh Briggs | LOCAL


Some stores open, governments closed

Authorities are advising residents to stay at home and the local governments are closed, but if you need groceries or other goods, Covington's major retailers are open today. Here's a look at their hours, which could change if the weather worsens:

January 11, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Power restored at Conyers Walmart

Update, 1:32 p.m.: Power was restored to the Conyers Walmart and all 1,400 Snapping Shoals customers at 1:24 p.m. The outage occurred at 12:40 p.m. and was caused by a material failure and was unrelated to the weather, Snapping Shoals spokesperson Leigh-Anne Burgess said in an e-mail.

January 11, 2011 | | LOCAL


WEATHER UPDATE: I-20 reopens in Rockdale

One lane eastbound of I-20 has been opened through Conyers. Westbound lanes are open as well.

January 11, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


I-20 reopens in Rockdale

One lane eastbound of I-20 has been opened through Conyers. Westbound lanes are open as well.

January 11, 2011 | | LOCAL


State road-clearing efforts get a boost

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Transportation is bringing in crews from central Georgia to help deal with the ice and snow that continue to coat highways in the Atlanta area.

January 11, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Paper deliveries may be delayed Wed.

The Covington News will go to press on an earlier schedule tonight. Our press facilities are located in Gainesville, and due to the weather, deliveries may be delayed.

January 11, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


High school games cancelled

Tuesday's high school sports events have been cancelled. Check back for makeup times and dates.

January 10, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Mexican restaurant coming to Covington

With the new year comes some new developments, a new Mexican restaurant, and some old rumors, there's still no movement at the old Walmart in Martin's Crossing.

January 10, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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