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Home on the Range (video)

A visit to Cottonwood Farm.

September 02, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL


A taste of the Artful Harvest

Southern Heartland Arts Inc. invites the public to visit Artful Harvest, the annual invitational judged art show, sponsored by United Bank, during September.

August 30, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Students gather Porterdale demographics

A group of University of Georgia students could be seen walking around certain neighborhoods in Porterdale recently, but they weren't just roaming. They were enjoying a refreshing college field trip while learning about Porterdale's demographics.

August 30, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


No surprises on county agenda

Tuesday's Newton County Board of Commissioners' meeting agenda contains nothing out of the ordinary. Specifically, there's nothing there to talk about the form of government, which was put off for a month in a work session last week but has been lingering just under the surface since.

August 30, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Thieves swipe metal grates from I-20

Newton County's Interstate 20 is missing its metal.

August 30, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Mansfield to work on square of its own

August was a busy month in Mansfield.

August 30, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Are children at risk in your car?

At least 7 in 10 children are in improperly installed car seats, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Some car seat professionals put the number closer to 9 in 10.

August 30, 2014 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


Henderson’s check not the first

Newton County Commission Chairman Keith Ellis cut fellow Commissioner J.C. Henderson a loan, or "paycheck advance," for $4,500 on Aug. 12. Henderson said he needed the money to send his son to college after financial aid promises from Tuskegee University fell through.

August 30, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


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


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Play ball!

Students from Georgia Perimeter College bundled up and gathered at the baseball field for music performed by John McCutcheon as part of the Daffodil Festival. McCutcheon, a huge baseball fan, dedicated an entire album of songs to the sport and shared them with the audience Wednesday evening. Dejaun "Hungry" Gayle performs a piece from his collection of writings at the first Cafe Noir Coffeehouse "Happening" Wednesday evening. All are welcome to attend and share their musical, artistic and written talent at Georgia Perimeter College's Newton Campus Building 1 Room 2100 next month. Check the Community Calendar later for the ...

October 23, 2009 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


The Georgia Farm Bureau to award scholarships

Georgia Farm Bureau will award a total of $14,250 in scholarships to 10 high school seniors who plan to pursue a college degree in agriculture, family and consumer sciences, or a related field, Brent Galloway, Newton County Farm Bureau president, recently announced. The top three students will each receive a scholarship of $3,000. The remaining seven students will each receive a $750 scholarship. Students are eligible to submit an application if they, a parent or legal guardian were a member of Georgia Farm Bureau as of September 1, 2009. The scholarships are sponsored by the Georgia Farm Bureau ...

October 23, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


inVEST in the NCSO - Oct. 23

The parents of recently injured Deputy Wesley Atha have organized a fundraising campaign to purchase these vests for every county deputy. Their fundraising goal is $113,000. Each vest costs between $500-$700, depending on the size. Each Friday The Covington News will publish a list of individuals, businesses and civic groups who have donated to the cause that week as well as the total amount raised. Donations are tax deductible. Checks should be made payable to Newton Co. Sheriff's Office and earmarked for safety vests and equipment. Please mail donations to NCSO c/o April Jones, 15151 Alcovy ...

October 23, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Golfers tee up for Newton Medical Center

Local business leaders, physicians, hospital management staff, sponsors, donors, and volunteers attended the 19th Annual Newton Medical Center Auxiliary Autumn Action Golf Tournament last Friday, Oct. 16 at The Oaks Golf Course in Covington.

"This year's tournament was a great success," said Troy Brooks, tournament co-chair. "We had 90 golfers on a beautiful fall afternoon with temperatures in the 60s and no rain." The event raised a total of $32,000 that will go towards the purchase of medical equipment for the hospital's Neonatal ICU.

October 22, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Police officer shoots suspect

A man was shot and killed last night after opening fire on an officer from the Covington Police Department and a trooper from Georgia State Patrol on Interstate 20.

October 22, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Speeding suspect shot and killed by CPD officer

Interstate 20 opened around 5 a.m. this morning following an investigation of the scene where a firefight broke out on the interstate, and the suspect was shot and killed by a Covington Police officer.

October 21, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County exhausts initial supply of H1N1 vaccine

Newton County has exhausted its initial supply of H1N1 nasal spray vaccine, but health officials said additional vaccine shipments will be slowly arriving over the next few weeks.

October 21, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Two men caught after burglarizing water authority

On Thursday Oct. 15, the Newton County Water Authority contacted the Newton County Sheriff's Office because of multiple burglaries they had been having at their facility on Brown Bridge Road. Through a collaborative effort between the Water Authority and NCSO, deputies were able to apprehend two individuals who were illegally on the property of the Water Authority facility at approximately 10:30 p.m. on Thursday Oct. 15. Christopher Brewer, age 21 of Covington and 23-year-old Matthew Ford of Monticello both have been arrested and charged with criminal interference with government property, criminal trespass, obstruction of officers, and loitering ...

October 21, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSO Traffic Unit provides free driving safety class for parents and teens

Changes in Joshua's Law for teen drivers put parents squarely in the passenger's seat. It requires that anyone who applies for a permanent driver's license must have a parent, legal guardian or responsible adult sign a verification form affirming that the candidate has completed 40 hours (with six hours at night) of supervised driving experience, if the candidate has successfully completed an approved driver education course.

Most parents don't feel prepared, or may not know what they need to do, to supervise a new teen driver behind the wheel. But parental involvement is key to reducing ...

October 21, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Pizza delivery driver robbed at gunpoint

Newton County Sheriff Deputy Priscilla Tyree responded to a robbery call Monday night in The Enclave subdivision.

October 21, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Woman knew burglar who broke into home

A Covington woman had her home broken into by two men on Oct. 16.

October 21, 2009 | Lee Sandow | LOCAL


Newborn Council Briefs

 Newborn City Council held a meeting on Oct. 5.

October 21, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NMC’s Wound Care Center receives 2 state-of-the-art hyperbaric chambers

 A large 18-wheeler truck will pull up to The BirthCare Center entrance at Newton Medical Center on Oct. 15 loaded with two new Sechrist hyperbaric oxygen chambers.

October 21, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


A tasty donation

Pasta for police: Covington Elks Lodge No. 1806 recently sponsored a Spaghetti Dinner to raise funds to purchase much-needed Level III bullet-proof vests for the Newton County Sheriff's Department. Shown left to right are Captain Doug Kitchens, Elks State President Larry Capes, Exalted Ruler Butch Woodruff and Sheriff Ezell Brown. To donate contact the NCSO at (678) 625-1400.

October 21, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man sentenced to life for murder of his girlfriend

It took a Newton County jury less than an hour to convict 56-year-old Rick Ray Breedlove of the death of his former girlfriend Pamela Spencer. Judge John Ott then sentenced him to life in prison plus five years for malice murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

On Nov. 6, 2007, a call came in to Newton County 911. No one spoke on the tape, but what could clearly be heard were three piercing screams from Spencer and then two loud gunshots. After there was silence, save for the heavy breathing and groaning coming from ...

October 21, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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