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Local man guilty of child molestation

A Social Circle man will serve five years of a 20-year sentence in prison after pleading guilty to three counts of child molestation, the Walton County assistant district attorney confirmed Thursday.

December 18, 2014 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Work begins on Hwy. 81 and Crowell Rd.

County Chairman Keith Ellis presided Wednesday over the groundbreaking ceremony for improvements to the notorious intersection of Georgia Highway 81 and Crowell Road in Porterdale, where cars were lined up 10 deep well after rush hour.

December 17, 2014 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Man shot on Cecilia Street

A man was dragged from the bathroom and restrained to the floor, before being shot at a Covington residence Wednesday morning.

December 17, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


NCSS takes action to disinfect Oak Hill

In the wake of the recent outbreak of gastroenteritis at Oak Hill Elementary, the Newton County School Board concluded an action needed to disinfect the school during its meeting Tuesday night.

December 17, 2014 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


CPD gets Taser, new Rocket technology

The Covington Police Department is getting even more high tech and started preparing for the future Monday night.

December 16, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


NCSS's CCRPI score drops

The Georgia State Superintendent's Office released the Georgia College and Career Ready Performance Index, CCRPI, scores for the 2013-2014 school year Tuesday.

December 16, 2014 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


Maintenance required on donation boxes

Donation boxes in the city of Covington now has to kept to strict guidelines after the city council approved a text amendment to the zoning ordinance regulating unmanned donation boxes Monday.

December 16, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Rainbow to distribute 40,000 lbs of food

Update 12/18/2014: Due to inclement weather, the event will be postponed to next Saturday, Dec. 27 at the same time.

December 16, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


First F-150 in Georgia goes to Covington resident

The first 2015 Ford F-150 sold in Georgia will be driven in Covington, as Newton County resident Mike Poole made the purchase at Covington Ford.

December 16, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington to spend $46,000 on excavator, trailer

The City of Covington agreed to purchase a new excavator and trailer during Monday night's public meeting.

December 16, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Alcovy UMC hosts Giving Tree

Alcovy United Methodist Church is working with the Salvation Army's Toy Drive for the third year, and helped supply toys to those who might otherwise not have anything for Christmas.

December 16, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington votes no to personal care home

A group of concerned citizens spoke up to the Covington Planning and Zoning Department and the Covington City Council, and had their voices heard Monday night.

December 15, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Covington passes curfew ordinance

The Covington City Council unanimously passed a curfew ordinance at its meeting Monday night.

December 15, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Springfield Baptist food giveaway Dec. 16-19

UPDATE: Springfield Baptist's 100,000 pounds of food was fully distributed by Wednesday, Dec. 17. SBC holds a free food distribution once every three months.

December 15, 2014 | | LOCAL


Man arrested for attacking Kroger cashier

A Kroger employee had to pull an attacker off a cashier Saturday afternoon.

December 15, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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Celebrating all Local Artists!

The Arts Association in Newton County welcomes all local artists/musicians to share information about your specific artistic genre or area of interest in the performing or fine arts. As the umbrella organization of the arts, AANC attempt to assist local artists in promoting their art form, serving as a gateway for aspiring or established artists to share their talents with the community. By helping organizations and individuals looking for artists, the Arts Association may bring these needs together for the benefit of community members and patrons as well as artists. If you are interested in sharing your information, please ...

February 12, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man of Valor

A rare kind of hero: Newton County Firefighter Paul Douglas received an award for valor from Liberty Mutual Thursday afternoon for his valiant effort to save the life of a Newton County man. Douglas went into a burning home by himself the night of Sept. 8 and was able to rescue a man from the flames, although that man later died, Douglas' fast thinking and bravery allowed him to "live another day," according to Chief Mike Satterfield. Douglas is only the second in the state to receive this award.

February 12, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


InVEST in the NCSO - Feb. 12

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 ...

February 12, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Solar power to come to Covington

Solar power is coming to Covington, as property owners in Clark's Grove were awarded a $250,000 grant this week to install solar panels on their commercial buildings.

February 12, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Hambrick captured, charged with murder

The search for Brandon Hambrick is over. The 18-year-old who was wanted in connection of the murder of 44-year-old Alvin Hall, whose charred remains were found in a burning car on McGiboney Lane New Year's Eve, was located and charged with murder.

Hall was last seen alive earlier that evening in the area of Empire Park in Atlanta. He was a employee of the city of Atlanta and had a family. He had not yet been reported missing.

February 11, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Dawkins denied bond in murder case

Bond was denied for 45-year-old Sam Dumas Dawkins, one of four men being charged in the murder of 38-year-old Robert Andrew "Drew" Nichols, whose body was found by a deer hunter in Social Circle on Dec. 6.

Dawkins is charged with felony murder, kidnapping, aggravated battery, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, concealing the death of another, theft by receiving stolen property, trafficking in methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute. He was originally before ...

February 11, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Lack of water use in 2009 led to EPD violation

Press Release, Feb. 10:

February 10, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Eating healthy on a budget

As the economic crisis continues, Americans continue to closely watch their budgets, including what they spend on groceries. Farm Bureau is helping consumers become more aware of how to stretch their grocery dollars during Food Check-Out Week, Feb. 21-27.

February 10, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Eddie Phillips a behind-the-scenes helper

As with many selfless men, no one person ever knew just how much Eddie Phillips gave to his friends, family and community.

February 10, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Setting precedent

Richard Johnson, 71, remembers most of the names of generations of Newton County's black families. He remembers what they raised on their farms, what kind of buses they drove and who married whom. He also remembers when everything began to change.

February 10, 2010 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Improper parking leads to more serious charges

Four men were arrested and charged with possession of a sawed-off shotgun after catching Porterdale Police Officers' attention by illegally parking in a handicap space.

February 10, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newton County Jail Log - Feb. 10

Randy Darius Flournoy, 23, 9285 Cedar Ridge Dr., Covington, Jan. 29. Child support default.

February 10, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Prior arrest allowed in Workman case

Newton County Superior Court Judge Eugene Benton ruled that a prior arrest and conviction of driving under the influence would be allowed in the case of Johnny Otis Workman, the man accused of driving drunk and ending the life of an Oxford man in July.

February 10, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Local legislators introduce bills

Local legislators are working to correct what they see as oversights in the areas of illegal immigration and the authority of boards of health.

February 10, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


2-year road work project begins on 278/142 intersection

Pittman Construction Company has begun work on a $12 million widening and reconstruction of the U.S. Highway 278 and Ga. Highway 142 intersection - a project that could last two years.

February 10, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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