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Interim legal firm hired by BOC

The Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) approved a contract with Jarrard and Davis, LLP, of Cumming, Georgia to serve as the county's interim ...

November 23, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Meeting to approve legal team Monday

The Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) announced a special called meeting for Monday, Nov. 23, at 7 p.m. to approve a contract with ...

November 23, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Two suspects in the Walmart murder arrested in Tennessee

A man and woman were arrested in connection with the Covington Walmart murder yesterday in Manchester, Tn., after a citizen tipped off the local media.

November 22, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Pastor announces candidacy for District 113

As a pastor, Sharon Henderson has been serving the community since 1989. Now she wants to take that service to a broader level, and has ...

November 22, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Learn from history

A day after our president called ISIS "contained" the Islamic State launched a well-coordinated attack on the City of Light. ISIS just took down an ...

November 22, 2015 | Dave Belton | LOCAL

BOC approves money for community afterschool meals

Newton County will cover the cost of pre-packaged foods purchased for the afterschool program at Nelson Heights Community Center.

November 21, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Rezoning recommendation denied

Though attention focused heavily on the future of Newton County's legal counsel at Tuesday night's Board of Commissioners (BOC) meeting, the board did ...

November 21, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Video released of suspects in Walmart death

The Covington Police Department (CPD) issued a "Be on the look-out" (BOLO) tonight for the murder/robbery suspects in the Nov. 16 death of Marsha ...

November 20, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Rodney Clark arrested in murder of Newton man

Rodney Carter Clark was arrested Wednesday in the murder of Mario Demonte Johnson.

November 19, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Police seek Walmart murder suspect in Chattanooga

The Covington Police Department (CPD) has been ardently trying to find the subjects of a senseless killing at Walmart Monday, searching from Covington to Tennessee.

November 19, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Kicking off the season

Local musicians started the Christmas season off in Covington with the annual Lighting of the Square.

November 19, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Wedding ring, thousands in cash stolen from church

A wedding ring, thousands of dollars in cash and a gun permit were among the items stolen from cars in the parking lot of Solid ...

November 18, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Ellis, Ewing object to JDA land sale

The Joint Development Authority voted to sell land in Stanton Springs to developer Kippy Clarke and partners for a new residential neighborhood Monday, but the ...

November 18, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Crop production rises

It's been a good year for soybean and corn production, while cotton is down almost 20 percent from a year ago.

November 18, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Two children find adopted homes thanks to CASA, others

Two children recently were recently adopted by families in Newton County after work by many in the area.

November 18, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | 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 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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