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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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Can Food Drive running until Dec. 21

The Miracle League of Newton County is proud to be the sponsor of the 2009 annual can food drive.

December 13, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


IBM offers Covington chance to be Smarter City

Covington and Newton County may join 19 other cities around the world by signing up for IBM's Smarter Cities program.

December 13, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


The Nutcracker

A holiday classic: (Top) Clara, (Elise Barksdale) waves farewell to the Land of Sweets. (Left) The Snow Queen (Rachel Sandman) crowns Clara as a princess of the Land of Sweets. (Right) The Snow Queen and Snow King (Patrick Faircloth) dance.

December 13, 2009 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Democratic party members make special holiday deliveries

The Newton County Democratic Party was out and about Saturday delivering bags of food and toiletries to needy families during the holiday season. Members drove around the county and handed out 25 bags of goodies, including oranges, apples, bananas, onions, green beans, canned salmon, mouthwash, toothpaste and toothbrushes.

December 13, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Newton County Farm Bureau Honored At GFB Convention

The Newton County Farm Bureau was recognized as one of the top county Farm Bureau programs in the state during the 71st Annual GFB Convention held Dec. 6-8, on Jekyll Island. The county chapter was named a finalist for the prestigious McKemie Award - the highest honor that a county Farm Bureau in the state can receive - in recognition of the activities it sponsored during the past year to promote agriculture.

December 13, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Ex-employee charged with 98 theft counts

Newton County Home Builders Association former Executive Officer Andrea Hammond was arrested Friday and charged with stealing from the company.

December 12, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Holly jolly breakfast

Breakfast with Santa: The Pilot Club of Covington hosted it's annual pancake breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus from 8 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. on Saturday morning. Children got the opportunity to enjoy a home cooked breakfast (right), and many also went to have a talk with the Santa, who came all the way from the North Pole (left). A secret Santa shop (bottom left) was also set up for children to shop for their parents. All proceeds went to help the Pilot Club. The pilot club is a service organization focused on helping people with ...

December 12, 2009 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Ex-employee arrested for stealing from Newton County Home Builders Assocation

The Newton County Home Builders Association's former executive officer, Andrea Hammond, was arrested Friday and charged with stealing from the organization.

December 11, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


InVEST in the NCSO - Dec. 11

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 ...

December 11, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Hwy. 20/212 intersection complete

One of Newton County's most congested intersections finally has stoplights, and they seem to be helping the traffic flow immensely.

December 11, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


It’s a cheer-off!

The Newton County Recreation Department held the 9th annual Cheer-off Competition on Nov. 21 at Alcovy High School. Approximately 21 squads competed in the three age divisions.

December 11, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Solid Rock Baptist Church mourns a life cut short

Monday night members of Solid Rock Baptist Church held a fireworks display for 9-year-old Kristin Beaucher. Kristin passed away from complications with a brain tumor early this week. Solid Rock members hoped she could look down on the display.

December 11, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Sheriff’s Office offers amnesty

The Newton County Sheriff's Office will offer an amnesty program from Dec. 11, 2009, through Jan. 15, 2010. The Newton County Sheriff's Office amnesty program will allow individuals listed with outstanding misdemeanor warrants to turn themselves in. Each person will be released on their own recognizance after bringing documentation which proves a valid address. Proof of valid address can be in the form of an electric bill, gas bill or water bill. If possible a valid driver's license is preferred. Processing will take place at the Newton County Sheriff's Office Detention Center. This process should take ...

December 11, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


On the grounds of Burge Plantation

Like a fairy tale cottage, the original Burge House sits surrounded by forest. Across the street from its original location, a bigger home has been erected and stands proudly on the land that has bore the Burge name since the 1830s. The original house, now a private residence, turned 200-years-old this November, celebrating a monumental anniversary in Newton County.

December 10, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


The Nutcracker returns

The Arts Association in Newton County presents the Covington Regional Ballet's annual performance of The Nutcracker on Saturday and Sunday at Newton High School's Porter Hall. This year's performance features guest dancer Adam Schiffer of the Carolina Ballet.

December 09, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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