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iHave it! Fan waits for iPhone 6

Ben Parchem was almost certainly the first person in Newton County to secure a brand new iPhone 6 Plus Friday morning.

September 20, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Mansfield Garden Club turns 75

Memories and warm thoughts filled the room as 16 women gathered to celebrate more than a lifetime of gardening and friendship.

September 20, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Eyesore of the Week

Here is this week's eyesore.

September 20, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


A taste of fall

The Covington News hosted its first-ever Autumn Fest Saturday, Sept. 20 right in the office parking lot just off the downtown Square. Dozens came to browse about 30 vendors and craftmakers and do some early holiday shopping. Products ranged from gourmet coffee to homemade preserves to handcrafted crocheted items and children's books. Live entertainment was provided by local Ashley Walden. Darrell Everidge, The News photographer, was available to take portraits. Here's a few scenes.

September 20, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


County keeps Miracle Field going

The Newton County Board of Commissioners approved a lot of improvements to Miracle Field Tuesday night, voting unanimously to accept a bid for $117,970 for pavers around the new field's facilities.

September 20, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


NCSO receives grants, comm. system

Newton County Sheriff's Office got the go ahead for three grants and a communications system to be used for various programs within the county.

September 20, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Sheriff, Chief react to Johnson’s bill

A new bill, sponsored by U.S. Rep Hank Johnson, D-Georgia, focusing on the demilitarization of local law enforcement agencies is slated to be introduced before the U.S. House of Representatives Tuesday.

September 20, 2014 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


Jailer arrested for sexual assault

A local detention officer was arrested for alleged sexual assault on an inmate, police reports said.

September 20, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Social Circle annexes Newton land

Newton County and Social Circle have always been close next-door neighbors, but now they are in each other's front yards. That's right, Newton County now has a little bit of a sixth city within its boundaries.

September 20, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Summer sounds: concert on the Square

Residents gathered for some late summer music provided by the Drive Time Band Friday Night in the newly renovated Square.

September 20, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


An improved Sunday edition

We are excited about our new Sunday package, which will be delivered early Sunday morning by our experienced carrier force.

September 20, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Queen for a day: Eastside's homecoming

Eastside senior Shanila White was named the Eagles' Homecoming Queen at Friday night's game against Jonesboro.

September 20, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


‘Outlaw’ punches and runs at The Depot

A man, identified as being part of the Outlaw motorcycle group, punched another man at The Depot Bar and Grill Friday evening.

September 20, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Detention officer sexually assaulted inmate

A local detention officer was arrested for alleged sexual assault on an inmate, police reports said.

September 19, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Covington woman charged for leaving child in van

A Covington woman and daycare worker was charged with child cruelty after leaving a 5-year-old in a van after failing to check if the vehicle she was driving was empty.

September 19, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Crowe requests another trial

Christina Renee Crowe was before Newton County Superior Court Judge Horace J. Johnson, Jr., Thursday afternoon, requesting a new trial after being found guilty in the death of 7-year-old Bobby Joe Couch in December.

July 11, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


County misses DCA deadline; won’t get new state money

For the second time in 2010, Newton County has missed a deadline to turn in required planning documents to the state and will be ineligible to receive some new state funding during July and most of August.

July 11, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Railroad purchase debate still rages

Newborn Mayor Roger Sheridan continues to spearhead efforts to acquire the local Norfolk Southern rail line, and is in the process of forming a partnership with the Newton County Trail Path Foundation to facilitate an acquisition.

July 11, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Straight shootin’

The inaugural Eagles Droppin' Arrows 3-D Archery Fun Shoot, hosted by the Eastside High School FFA, was held Saturday morning at the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division Saturday morning. Archers fired at 3-D targets of mountain goats and deer, and some rogue shots ended up in trees. The event raised funds for the Eastside High School FFA to use to travel to the Indianapolis FFA convention in October.

July 11, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Chamber releases new mission statement

New President Hunter Hall is in the process of reorganizing of the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce and is hoping to return it to its roots - providing services for its membership.

July 11, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


The Positive Place

Bethlehem Baptist Church is currently holding its annual Summer Feeding Youth and Enrichment Ministry program. From June 21 to July 16, the program will be providing children ages 4 to 12 a wealth of fun activities while instilling educational and social skills.

July 11, 2010 | Sabastian Wee news@covnews.com | LOCAL


Newton County misses state planning deadline

For the second time in 2010, Newton County has missed a deadline to turn in required planning documents to the state and will be ineligible to receive some new state funding during July and most of August.

Newton County was late turning in its Capital Improvement Elements plan to the Georgia Department of Community Affairs; the plan spells out which projects the county will build with its collected impact fees, when they will be built and how much they will cost.

July 10, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


BOC officially approves millage rollback rate

On Tuesday, the Newton County Board of Commissioners officially approved a 10.91 millage rate for FY2011, three weeks after approving the $46.3 million budget that depended on increased property revenues from that rollup millage rate.

July 09, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Race for statewide utility regulatory commission under radar

Although the Georgia Public Service Commission gets little fanfare, the outcome of the 2010 race for one of its open seats could affect local residents more than any other statewide race.
The PSC regulates services provided by telecommunications, electric and natural gas companies, as well as the rates they charge to customers. The PSC does not regulate city-owned services, like the utilities sold by the city of Covington. It does regulate companies like Atmos Energy, Atlanta Gas Light and Georgia Power.
One seat on the five-member board is up for election in 2010. Democrat Keith Moffett and four republicans, Sen ...

July 09, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Jam-packed: jail overcrowding worsened by guard lay offs

The Newton County Jail was built to hold 650 inmates, but with budget cuts and an increase in crime in the county, there are several inmates sleeping on cots on the floor. And according to Detention Administrator Captain Sammy Banks, the detention center is scheduled to take a hit with significant cuts to its staff this week.

July 09, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newborn to host bad weather preparedness presentation

The Newborn Neighborhood Watch Program launched three meetings in the month of June with more than 30 citizens participating. The Block Captains worked very hard to meet, speak and hand out information to as many citizens within Newborn as possible.

Information presented by Deputy Doug Clifton gave citizens a guide to knowing how to help resolve some of the issues presented. With the focus of the organization being on "Citizens Doing Their Part," the overall feeling was that we felt that we have an organized method to voice our concerns to the mayor and with the mayor and council's ...

July 08, 2010 | Suzanne Bean Coordinator, Newborn Neighborhood Watch | LOCAL


Man dies in work release

A 21-year-old man was found dead in the Newton County work release facility Saturday morning.

July 08, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


BOC clarifies senior services; could be restructured

The BOC held a senior services work session Tuesday night, and once again decided that the current structure of the organization's board of directors was not working. Two key shortcomings cited by officials were a lack of participation and the inability or unwillingness to do fundraising.

After a year of discussion about a dysfunctional board of directors structure at senior services, the BOC approved a memorandum of agreement Tuesday night with the non-profit Newton County Senior Services, which operates the county's senior center. However, as part of the MOA, the BOC and NCSS board will work together during ...

July 07, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


BOC officially approves 10.91 rollup rate

On Tuesday, the Newton County Board of Commissioners officially approved a 10.91 millage rate for FY2011, three weeks after approving the $46.3 million budget that depended on increased property revenues from that rollup millage rate.

The millage rate approval had to be delayed in order to give the county time to properly advertise the revised 10.91 rate as required by law; previously the 9.73 rate had been the only rate publicly advertised.

July 07, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Weekend train accident victims identified

Georgia State Patrol Public Information Officer Gordy Wright said Danny and Linda Long were the occupants of an SUV travelling north on Ga. Highway 81 near The Depot early Saturday afternoon when they were hit by a westbound train.

July 07, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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