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NCSO detention officer fired

A Newton County Sheriff's Office detention officer was arrested Thursday, Aug. 28 for inappropriate contact with a minor and, as of Friday, remained in custody at the Newton County Detention Center, according to NCSO Sgt. Cortney Morrison.

August 29, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Ellis' letter about Henderson check

Following is the letter Newton County Commission Chairman Keith Ellis sent the Covington News about the $4,500 paycheck advance given to Commissioner J.C. Henderson. It is reprinted here in its entirety.

August 29, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Lorraine Elementary evacuation ends after sweep due to possible bomb threat

A lockdown on Lorraine Elementary after a possible bomb threat was lifted shortly after noon Friday after a security sweep found the campus to be clear.

August 29, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


I-20 construction postponed

Don't worry much about orange cones on the area's highways this holiday weekend. Instead, just worry about all those other cars.

August 28, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


NHS student arrested for pot, knife

A local high school student was in the custody of the Newton County Sheriff's Office Thursday afternoon after being arrested on campus.

August 28, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Lunchtime concerts set for Thursdays

A series of concerts, all featuring different styles of music, are set for noon each Thursday in September. All will be held on the Square in Covington, and all are free to the public.

August 28, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Student plans fundraising walk

Tammy Hammonds's daughter is the chair for a committee that worked all year to organize fundraising events to bring awareness to a rare but serious disease the needs a brighter spotlight. And Tammy Hammonds's daughter is only 16.

August 28, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


GPTC hosts healthy choices fair

Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) recently hosted a series of events targeting health and wellness on its DeKalb and Newton campuses. As a part of its "Be ACTive" initiative to encourage faculty, staff and students to engage in healthy choices that will nourish the mind, body and spirit, GPTC held a "Healthy Choices Fair" in the Conference Center on the college's DeKalb Campus.

August 28, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Middleton career reaches end

The end of an era of Newton County government is quickly approaching.

August 28, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


County cuts Henderson pay advance

Newton County Commissioner J.C. Henderson was issued a paycheck advance of $4,500 on Aug. 15. He paid everything back by Aug. 25.

August 27, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Immunizations aren’t just for children

Earlier this month, about 30,000 of our county's population returned to school. Whether starting kindergarten, returning for their seventh grade year, or heading off to college, there is a lot that goes into preparing a student to start school. School supplies, new shoes, uniforms, new technology, new backpacks and lunchboxes, dorm room fixtures… the list goes on and on. On that list sometimes is a visit to your pediatrician for an update to your child's immunizations. It should be on all our lists, whether we have small children, grown children or no children.

August 26, 2014 | Hosanna Fletcher | LOCAL


KING goes home

Hopefully, King's days of needing saving are in the past.

August 26, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Garden to Kitchen – help yourself to nature’s bounty

Nothing tastes better than foods picked fresh from the garden. Even if you don't have a garden yourself, you may have a neighbor or a co-worker who shares their garden goodies. Your local grocery store is also likely to feature home-grown produce this time of year.

August 26, 2014 | Kelly Shannon | LOCAL


No resolution on county form of gov.

When Tom Garrett is officially appointed as the new Newton County manager next week, his duties will be a little unclear.

August 26, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Sen. Isakson visits Newton County

U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson visited Newton and Walton counties Monday, taking tours and spending time answering questions from residents.

August 26, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


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12-year-old killed while playing with gun

A 12-year-old boy was killed when a gun he was playing with accidentally went off Saturday evening.

December 05, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


District 5 a growing area in a state of constant flux

Covington News reporter Gabriel Khouli toured the five county districts, with the county commissioners as his guide, to learn more about the people and places of Newton County. In this fifth and final installment, Commissioner Tim Fleming, by far the county's youngest elected official, takes us on a tour of the second largest district.

December 04, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


InVEST in the NCSO - Dec. 4

This week's donors: James and Nan Bohannon, Fred and Teri Jones, Stephen and Mary Smith, Harry and Janice Curtis and BARD Medical Division.

December 04, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


State seeks death penalty for Maldonado

The Newton County District Attorney's Office has announced that they intend to seek the death penalty for 22-year-old Pablo Fernando Maldonado, the man authorities consider the ringleader in the murder of Conyers landscaper Timothy Clements.

December 03, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


BOC wants new chamber contract

The Board of Commissioners decided they needed to see a new written contract, spelling out a budget and expectations, before they would commit to investing more money in the Chamber of Commerce.

December 03, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Christmas Parade around the corner, rain plan announced

Wonderful entertainment will begin the Lion's Club Christmas Parade festivities at 10 a.m. Saturday at the stage in front of the Historic Newton County Courthouse. Entertainment will continue until the first float arrives on the square around 11:10 a.m. Some Covington IDOL winners and the three Newton County high school marching bands will perform.

December 03, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Polar Express comes to the county library

The fourth annual Polar Express Train Raffle held by the Kiwanis Club of Covington is currently on display at the Newton County Library on Floyd Street. This year's Polar Express train layout is the last one built by Kiwanis Club member and avid Lionel modeler and collector Richard Rawlins. The train and its layout will be on display in the Covington Branch Library's children's room until Thursday, Dec. 17, the date of the drawing. The raffle raises funds to support the Newton County Library System and the Kiwanis Club's Joe Croom Scholarship fund. Raffle tickets are ...

December 02, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NMC Auxiliary awards volunteers

Newton Medical Auxiliary members honored hospital volunteers at their monthly December meeting Tuesday at First Baptist Church.

December 02, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


City mourns Harris

Walker Harris, a mainstay in the local business community, died Sunday at the age of 88.

December 02, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Lack of jobs and amenities plague much of District 4

Commissioner J.C. Henderson takes his job as a representative seriously. He spends much of his day driving around District 4 talking to people in Covington and Oxford. As the only fully retired county commissioner, Henderson has the time to seek the pulse of his community on a daily basis.

December 02, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Hunt still on for 2 in Taco Bell robbery

One man is behind bars and the search continues for two others who authorities say robbed the Taco Bell on U.S. Highway 278 Saturday night.

December 02, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Pillar of local business community dies

Walker Harris, former owner of the local Chrysler dealership has passed away. Visitation will be held at Caldwell and Cowen Funeral Home tonight from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. The funeral for Walker Harris will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday afternoon at First Baptist Church.

November 30, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Deputies still searching for Taco Bell armed robbery suspects

At least one suspect is in cusody and deputies are still searching for the other armed robbery suspects that allegedly hit the Taco Bell on Ga. Highway 278 last night and led officers in chase through Newton and Rockdale counties.

November 29, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Diversity defines Dist. 3

Covington News reporter Gabriel Khouli toured the five county districts, with the county commissioners as his guide, to learn more about the people and places of Newton County. In this third installment, Commissioner Nancy Schulz explains why her district is a complex juggling act.

November 29, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Crime Suppression Unit out in force

The Newton County Sheriff's Office's Crime Suppression Unit will be out in force this holiday season to do everything they can to ensure that residents of the county have a safe holiday season.

November 29, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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