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Covington-Missing Covington woman found

Covington resident Julie Smith, who was the subject of a search in Jackson County, was found Friday in good health.

May 29, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Newton Sheriff's deputy shot, injured in training

At approximately 2:45 p.m., the Newton County Sheriff's department received a call from the gun range on Lower River Road in reference to an officer-involved shooting during training.

May 29, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Newton-Solid Waste Panel digs in

Transparency, financial security, inclusiveness, and fairness are just some of the guiding values identified by the citizens solid waste panel during its first facilitated meeting Thursday.

May 28, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Newton-Young Professionals to meet at The Oaks

Newton County's young professionals have a chance not only to network; not only to have an evening out on the golf course but also a chance to learn more about the county they work, live and play in.

May 27, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Newton-Fatality in I-20 crash identified

52-year-old Joel William Simpson, a Newton County resident, has been confirmed dead after he drove his vehicle against traffice on I-20 Tuesday night, crashing into another vehicle around the 89 mile mark between Almon and Salem roads.

May 27, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington-Newton Medical, Piedmont finalize deal

Newton Medical Center will soon become Piedmont Newton Hospital after NMC finalized a partnership agreement with Piedmont Healthcare earlier this week.

May 23, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Covington- Two dead in apparent murder suicide

The Covington Police Department responded to a shooting Thursday, discovering a man and woman shot when arriving on scene.

May 22, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Social Circle-New section of Social Circle Bypass to open

The new section of the Social Circle Bypass from State road 11 to East Hightower Trail will open Tuesday, June 2, according to Superintendent of traffic, safety and utilities J. Robert Manning of ER Snell Contractor.

May 22, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Harry Owens likely interim county manager

Newton County revealed the name of the candidate under consideration for the position of interim county manager Friday following the departure of former County Manager Tom Garrett last week.

May 22, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Action Ministries opens office in Newton

For the first time in 20 years, the charitable nonprofit organization, Action Ministries, has opened a satellite office. The Newton County Action Ministries office opened its doors on May 4 in the Wesley Building of Covington First United Methodist Church, 2160 Church Street, Covington.

May 21, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Board scolded in public comments over legal budget

County Attorney Tommy Craig attempted to soothe public concerns over the county's high legal costs Tuesday night, but his explanation appeared to provoke the opposite reaction.

May 20, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


County seeks city help for library

Newton County will step up to save the Covington branch of the library, commissioners said Tuesday, but not before making one last attempt to get the city of Covington to contribute to the library's costly new heating, air conditioning and ventilation system (HVAC).

May 20, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


BOC to hire interim county manager

The Newton County Board of Commissioners voted to hire a new interim county manager Tuesday night, deliberately stopping short of placing the county chair in charge of the day to day administration of the county.

May 19, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Staffins: tourism big impact on Covington

Hundreds flocked to Covington this weekend, and it was exactly the turnout Newton County Tourism President Jenny McDonald expected, but it was a little much for Newton County-Covington Chamber of Commerce President Ralph Staffins.

May 18, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Peddle for a cause

The students of First Baptist Academy zoomed around the parking lot of the Welcome Center last week to raise money for the parochial school's library and playground as part of the Academy's first bikathon.

May 17, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


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Local tree shining brightly at Governor's Mansion

A new home: Covington resident JoAnn Sims' 35-foot tall red cedar tree was cut and placed in the Governor's Mansion front yard for Christmas, and on Dec. 5 the lights came on. Sims donated the tree, which she planted 30 years ago.

December 10, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Third-grader brings knife to school

A 9-year-old student was removed from school and is facing felony charges after bringing a knife to school and reportedly issuing threats to another student today at Oak Hill Elementary School.

December 09, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Thieves snatch manhole covers, storm grates

Newton County officials want the public to be on the lookout for both missing manhole covers, and for the people stealing them from neighborhoods across the county.

December 09, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Have some holiday fun

Some folks go all out for the holidays, lighting up their yards like mini cities. We're compiling a list of the best-decorated (or just most elaborately decorated) homes that are worthy of a drive to take a look at, and we need your help. We need a street address and a brief description of what's there. It can be your yard, or a neighbor's, or a place that's part of your personal light tour each year. You can send us a photo of what's there too. Send your information to tgiddens@covnews.com. We're ...

December 08, 2010 | Tharon Giddens | LOCAL


Newborn Christmas party Saturday

Newborn is having its town Christmas party from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday at the old schoolhouse on Ga. Highway 142.

December 08, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Christmas light tour: Social Circle

The Covington News is looking for suggestions on which houses in the area are all dressed up for the holidays and worth a drive to see.
Here's a suggestion from columnist Beth Rowe.
This house is on the corner of Dogwood and East Hightower Trail in Social Circle. It is a two-story house with guest quarters in back that are also decorated in lights. Beth says to be sure to check out the huge tree on the back side covered in lights.
The house is the former home of chef Natalie Dupree.
To get there from Covington, take I-20 ...

December 08, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Unemployment benefits to end soon

Melissa Cowan has done the math, and the numbers won't add up. The former human resources professional has been unemployed since February 2009. She's received two job offers during that time, but after paying for childcare and gas, she would have netted $15 a week.

December 08, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Five arrested for drug sales

After a four-month investigation, the Covington/Newton County Special Investigation Unit has arrested five people in connection with a drug sales in a house in the Spring Hill community.

December 08, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


County approves money for trail grant

The Newton County Board of Commissioners voted 3-2 to conditionally spend $100,000 on the library to Eastside High School trail Tuesday night, to serve as a 20 percent match for a $400,000 state grant.

December 07, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Pearl Harbor remembered

America's World War II veterans are slipping the surly bonds of Earth more quickly than ever. Too soon, no one will remain to recount where they were Sunday, Dec. 7, 1941, when accounts of Japan's treacherous attack at Pearl Harbor hit radio airwaves. The number of Pearl Harbor survivors at the annual commemorative service aboard the USS Arizona Memorial on Tuesday will attest to that sad fact.

December 07, 2010 | Nat Harwell | LOCAL


School rezoning session tonight

Information sessions on the rezoning of Newton County elementary schools for the 2011-2012 academic year will be held at 6 tonight at Newton High School.

December 06, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Share your unemployment story with us

Around 25,000 Georgians will receive their last unemployment check, or direct deposit, this week, following the expiration of the federal government's extended unemployment benefits.

December 06, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


SPLOST work session at 6 tonight

The Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) will get a review when the Newton County Board of Commissioners holds a work session at 6 tonight at the Historic Courthouse.

December 06, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Annual Turkey trot draws runners from all over Georgia

The Georgia Elks Aidmore Center held its 12th Annual Turkey Trot 5K Cross Country Run/Walk Fundraiser on Nov. 20. From across Georgia, one hundred and fifty four Turkey Trotters joined the Georgia Elks Aidmore Children's Center in its Run/Walk. The annual Turkey Trot is a major fundraiser for the Aidmore Center and all funds raised are used to support ongoing programs. Ghost runner opportunities are available through Dec. 31 for individuals who want to donate to the Center in lieu of participating in the Turkey Trot.

December 05, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Breaking down the SPLOST

The Board of Commissioners continues to work toward putting together a 2011 SPLOST list to present to the voters at a March 15 referendum. Below are brief descriptions of all county-wide projects included on a proposal created by Commissioner Mort Ewing, which the board supported through informal consensus. The list and dollar amounts are subject to change, as the board will vote on a finalized list at its Dec. 21 meeting.

December 05, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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