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Bon Voyage

A beloved figure in Covington will soon step down from the position he created, transitioning from entertainer to life-long audience. And he plans to enjoy his newly found free time.

April 24, 2014 | Covington icon made music his life and doesn’t plan to stop enjoying it | LOCAL


Schemmel still provides hope during relay

Barbara Schemmel and Becky Byrum met standing on either side of a track as a man made his way around for the 2000 Relay for Life's survivor lap, despite not being able to feel his feet after having chemotherapy that day.

April 24, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Search on for missing Newton man

Authorities are asking for the public's help in locating missing Newton County man, Robert "Bobby" Weaver, a white man who is 5 feet, 8 inches tall, weighs about 160 pounds and has brown hair, brown eyes and tattoos on his forearms.

April 24, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Service sorority granted charter

About 75 women in Newton County now have an official group to better the community from closer to home.

April 24, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Two WB I-20 lanes closed this weekend

Weekend dinner or shopping trips to Conyers, The Mall at Stonecrest or Atlanta are about to get a little more complicated with a major road resurfacing project kicking off on Interstate 20 westbound that will close down two lanes this weekend and on future weekends.

April 24, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Mansfield interim mayor still deciding

If interim Mansfield Mayor Jefferson Riley wants to run to be mayor full time, he's left in the odd position of having to resign from the city council a full two months ahead of an election, leaving the city to appoint yet another interim mayor during a time of transition.

April 24, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Property tax rate likely to drop in FY15

Commissioners got some good news Tuesday night at their budget work session, including learning the county's health insurance bill will be at least $339,660 lower next fiscal year and hearing that rising property values make it likely the board will be able to make good on its promise to lower the millage rate.

April 24, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Resurfacing to close 2 lanes I-20 west in Rockdale, Newton

If you plan to travel on I-20 westbound (towards Atlanta) through Newton and Rockdale counties on Saturday or Sunday, you might want plan ahead before you leave home. Resurfacing begins on Interstate 20 in Rockdale and Newton counties this weekend and will continue on weekends and weeknights.

April 24, 2014 | | LOCAL


Search on for missing Newton man

Authorities are asking for the public's help in locating missing Newton County Robert "Bobby" Weaver, a white man who is 5 feet, 8 inches tall, weighs about 160 pounds and has brown hair, brown eyes and tattoos on his forearms.

April 23, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSO deputies keep drunk drivers off road

Two Newton County Sheriff's Office deputies were recognized Tuesday for work keeping impaired drivers off the road.

April 23, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Property tax rate likely to drop in FY15

Commissioners got some good news Tuesday night at their budget work session, including learning their health insurance bill will be at least $339,660 lower and seeing rising property values that would allow the board to make good on its promise to lower the millage rate.

April 22, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Council unsure how to use Legion Field

Covington City Council members are still unsure whether they want to allow Legion Field on Mill Street to be rented for private events and whether they want to charge a fee or simply a refundable deposit.

April 22, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Deputy arrested for child molestation

A former Newton County deputy was arrested Monday for allegedly inappropriately touching a child multiple times between 2006 and 2011.

April 21, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


BOC working on budget to drop tax rate

With a goal of lowering the county's property tax rate, after raising it last year, the Newton County Board of Commissioners is set to kick off its part of the budget process in earnest and officials will be looking for ways to cut costs and increase revenue.

April 21, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Newton teens arrested in Heritage High robbery

Four Newton County teens from were arrested in connection with the March 27 assault and robbery of a student in the Heritage High School parking lot and deputies are on the lookout for a fifth teen.

April 21, 2014 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


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Sprucing up Sharp

Sharp Learning Center is all about change. Students are at the school to make a change in themselves and on Thursday morning several of those students worked hard to make a change in the front of the school as well.

October 09, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Housing group hosts auction to benefit non-profits

Richport Properties is inviting the community to come out Saturday to its newest property from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Brookline subdivision, located one mile south of the square at Highway 36 and Eagle Drive, to bid at a silent auction, enjoy some free food and entertainment, learn more about local community groups and explore new houses.

October 08, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Flooding damage estimated at $3.5 million

As of Tuesday, last month's flooding was estimated to have caused $3.5 million worth of damage in Newton County.

October 07, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Commissioner Henderson changes mind on NHCC

Before the Newton County Recreation Commission decided whether it would operate the Nelson Heights Community Center, it naturally had a few questions, including

October 07, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Early voting starts for city council elections

City council elections aren't until Nov. 3, but residents in Newton County's cities will be able to cast their vote early.

October 07, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


H1N1 vaccine to be available in Newton Friday

H1N1 nasal spray vaccine will be available for free at the Newton County Health Center, at 8203 Hazelbrand Road, on Friday.

October 07, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Sherman burns again Saturday

 The 4th annual Sherman's Last Burning Fall Festival and BBQ Cook-Off hosted by the Covington Lions Club will begin Friday at 3 p.m. at the American Legion Field on Mill Street. On Saturday gates open at 10 a.m. and the festivities last until 10 p.m. The gate fee is $4 and children under 12 enter free

October 07, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


4-H’ers make a head start in science

"It doesn't really seem like science," says 4-H'er Sarah Heft of her observations at a local veterinary clinic.

October 07, 2009 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


Luncheon benefits Boutique

Members of the Newton Medical Center Auxiliary held a luncheon Tuesday to benefit the Hope Boutique - a unique service that provides prosthesis, wigs, turbans, pressure pillows and more to breast cancer surgery, chemo and radiation patients.

October 07, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


The Sweetheart of Sigma Chi

How I got invited to a University of Georgia fraternity party at my age isn't the story here. The story is what I saw when I went there.

October 07, 2009 | Lewis Grizzard | LOCAL




Officer saves baby girl from choking

A Newton County Sheriff's Deputy's fast-thinking saved the life of a Newton County infant Thursday night.

October 06, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


New circulation director joins The News

Bill Herbert joined the staff of The Covington News as its new circulation director this week.

"Morris Multimedia is a fine company to work for and I will work to expand our delivery coverage in both counties," Herbert said.

October 06, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


George Walton Academy Homecoming Court

Beautiful Bulldogs: George Walton Academy Senior Eleanor "Ellie" Ginn of Covington was crowned the 2009-2010 Homecoming Queen on Sept. 25 during the Bulldogs' game against John Milledge Academy. Ginn was escorted by her father, Marshall Ginn, and presented flowers by Headmaster William Nicholson. In celebration of George Walton Academy's 40th Anniversary, the Academy's very first Homecoming Queen Pam Briscoe Peters assisted with the festivities. Ginn was crowned by University of Georgia freshman and 2008 Homecoming Queen Haley Hodges of Conyers. The court (left) includes Lindsey White, left, (9th grade, Monroe), Alexi Adams (10th grade, Monroe), Lucy Jordan (11th ...

October 04, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Operation Popcorn

 Decked out in official scouting uniforms with order forms in tow, Cub Scout Packs and Boy Scout Troops around the area are beginning their annual popcorn sale. The Atlanta Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, is excited for its 15th annual sales drive where popcorn lovers around the metro-area can, once again, take part in the world's largest popcorn sale. This annual fundraiser gives youth the opportunity to earn money for camp, activities, trips and prizes. They can also earn money to be applied towards college scholarships.

October 04, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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