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Film tax breaks could lead to big movie/TV breaks

Even as states like North Carolina and Louisiana cut tax incentives for film and television production companies, Georgia continues to offer the most generous incentives ...

October 09, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Bagwell named NCSS Teacher of the Year

Tears welled up as Kristen Bagwell accepted the award as Newton County School Systems 2016 Teacher of the Year Award, saying, "I've always wanted ...

October 09, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Social Circle fair returns

The Social Circle Rotary Club fair returns to Social Circle High School Tuesday, Oct. 13 through Saturday, Oct. 17.

October 08, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Covington woman wins $250K lottery prize

Jessica Herrick, 39, of Covington won a quarter-million dollar prize from the Georgia Lottery earlier this month.

October 08, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Response to Heat Homecoming leads to changes in event locations

Though the event was only promoted on Facebook and in the local papers, response to the upcoming Heat Homecoming 2015 has been so good, changes ...

October 08, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

First candidates forum Oct. 8 for District 43 Special Election

The first candidates forum for the special elections taking place on the November ballot will be held Thursday, Oct. 8, at 6:30 p.m.

October 08, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

County’s toughest topics discussed at retreat

The Newton County Board of Commissioners held a retreat at the Fire Services Administration Building Wednesday, discussing some of the most important topics facing the ...

October 07, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Citizens turn out to protest resolution limiting commentary

Benches at the Newton County Historic Courthouse were filled with people Tuesday night, many there to protest a controversial resolution placing restrictions on public participation ...

October 07, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Hay’s lawyer files motion for dismissal of county countersuit

Lawsuits, countersuits, motions and amended motions continue to fly between the lawyer representing William Durden and Samuel Hays, and Newton County Attorney W. T. "Tommy ...

October 07, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Goodyear blimp soars over Covington

No, there wasn't a big game being televised live nationally from Sharp Stadium Tuesday. But, yes that was the Goodyear Blimp flying over town.

October 06, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Johnston responds to Smith's letter

Covington City Councilman Chris Smith read a letter during the council comment section of Monday night's meeting against the actions of Mayor Ronnie Johnston.

October 06, 2015 | | LOCAL

Man shoots gun at stepdaughter

Shots were fired after a fight between a woman and her stepfather began near Weat and Mill streets Monday evening.

October 06, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Importance of bringing new business to the city

Dear Citizens,

October 06, 2015 | Ronnie Johnston | LOCAL

General Mills recall stems from California plant

General Mills recalled Cheerios and Honey Nut Cheerios Tuesday that were produced during certain dates of July of 2015.

October 06, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Smith: 'the mayor betrayed the trust of me and this council'

Covington City Councilman Chris Smith used his portion of council comments Monday night to address a letter Mayor Ronnie Johnston submitted to The Covington News ...

October 05, 2015 | Councilman reads letter that argues against a proposed development project | LOCAL

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Picture of the Day - Sept. 17

Colonel Cob's Corn Maze, located at 797 Macedonia Church Road in Oxford, opens today, debuting its eighth corn maze. Other activities for families to enjoy include a giant mountain slide, petting zoo, hay rides, helicopter rides over the farm and a pumpkin patch. For more information on Colonel Cob's Corn maze, visit

To see more photos, click on the links under Related Content.

September 17, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL

Newton County flushing water lines

Del Sumner and his fellow water inspectors are again opening fire hydrants and flushing out water lines, at times releasing tens of thousands of gallons into yards and streets.

September 17, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Pridgett guilty on all counts

It took a Newton County jury just two-and-a-half hours to convict 20-year-old Jamaal Marquez Pridgett for the Oct. 7, 2008, murder of one man, and the aggravated assault of three others, Thursday afternoon.

The case, which began Tuesday morning in the courtroom of Superior Court Judge Eugene Benton, centered around a dice game that turned deadly in a home on West Street. Pridgett claimed self-defense, saying he did shoot Glover, 18-year-old Martec "Pumpkin" Barkley, 30-year-old Tavorris "T-Rock" Shy and 23-year-old Sedarius "Ronte" Stephens, but he did so out of fear for his own life. The prosecution argued that the shooting ...

September 16, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Pridgett found guilty

Jamaall Pridgett has been found guilty on all counts in Newton County Superior Court. Sentencing will be held until Tuesday, Sept. 21.

September 16, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Picture of the Day - Sept. 16

Del Sumner, from the Newton County Water and Sewerage Authority, inspects a sample of water from a fire hydrant Thursday morning.

To see more photos, click on the links below Related Content.

September 16, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL

Closing statements expected today in Pridgett murder trial

Closing arguments begin this morning in the murder trial of Jamaall PRidgett.

September 15, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Pridgett case back to trial

For the second time this year, a jury convened on Tuesday to hear the murder case against Jamaall Marquez Pridgett, the 20-year-old who is charged with opening fire during a dice game in October 2008. The prosecution claims Pridgett opened fire in cold blood, while the defense says Pridgett shot only to defend himself.

September 15, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Picture of the Day - Sept. 15

Heritage High School, Rockdale County High School and Salem High School displayed their marching bands' halftime shows during a marching exhibition at Robert Reid Stadium Tuesday night.

To see more photos, click on the links below Related Content.

September 15, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL

Kickboxing Covington kid set to represent U.S. in international competition

At 13, Micah Williams Jr. is a straight-A QUEST student at Veterans Memorial Middle School and a point guard on the basketball team. He lived several years in Italy where his father, who is in the military, was stationed. His family adores him and teachers praise his dedication and demeanor.

September 15, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL

Home sales up; foreclosure rate steady

The housing market continues to send mixed signals, but overall sales numbers are up in Newton County.

September 15, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Picture of the Day - Sept. 14

Micah Williams, Jr., a thirteen-year-old Veterans Memorial Middle School student, will travel to Belgrade, Serbia from September 19 - 26 to represent the United States at the World Junior Championships in martial arts. To see the complete story, see Wednesday's edition of The Covington News.

To see more photos, click on the links under Related Content.

September 14, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL

Social Circle Council meets tonight

Social Circle City Council members will get to meet some junior ambassadors in a called meeting at 6:30 tonight in the community room in city hall at 138 E. Hightower Road.

September 14, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL

SAT scores decline in Newton County, state

SAT scores for high school students in Newton County and in Georgia showed a slight decline in 2010, according to data released today.

September 13, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Picture of the Day - Sept. 13

A sidewalk chalk art competition was one of the features at the annual Literacy Festival on the square Saturday morning.

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September 13, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL

Paul Davis provides tips for National Preparedness Month in September

Paul Davis Emergency Services of Newton County is participating in National Preparedness Month, sponsored by The Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to raise awareness of the importance of being prepared for catastrophic events and natural disasters. Paul Davis offices respond to thousands of emergency calls throughout the U.S. - providing property owners and insurance professionals with specialized water and fire damage restoration solutions.

September 12, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL

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