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Hope for Christmas

When Rebecca Bates shared the news she had stage two breast cancer in the spring of 2013, her family was worried. For the next year, her husband, Kevin Bates, and children, Gavin and Grace, now 11 and 9 respectively, struggled with their fears as they supported her through chemotherapy and radiation treatments.

December 20, 2014 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Roots that run deep

Oxford is the only city of its kind.

December 20, 2014 | Randy Schafer | LOCAL


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


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Man robbed at gunpoint on Highway 81

An elderly man was reportedly robbed at gunpoint while walking down Ga. Highway 81 Monday afternoon.

December 06, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


The Merrymakers

Toy soldiers: The Newton High School Marine Corps JROTC program is once again conducting the Toys for Tots Drive in support of the nationwide Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program. The JROTC also marched in Saturday's downtown Christmas parade. All the public schools in Newton County, as well as the Bank of North Georgia and several other businesses have volunteered to be collection points for toy donations. Newton ROTC cadets will also be standing in front of the Super Wal-Mart and Big Lots for the next two weekends from noon to 4 p.m. receiving toys. Any toy ...

December 06, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSO launches Operation Safe Holiday on Newton Campus

Newton Campus students who obey the rules of the road will earn a free sandwich from Chick Fila during Operation Safe Holiday.

December 06, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Gov. to interview fifth judge final noms. on Dec. 14

Newton and Walton counties inched ever closer to getting a permanent fifth Superior Court Judge last week as Gov. Sonny Perdue scheduled interviews for the three finalists on Dec. 14.

December 06, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Merry Christmas from Newton Medical Center

Christmas wishes: Six-month-old Ansley Grace Beam and her big brother 4-year-old Dayton Beam sat with Santa in the Newton Medical Center lobby Thursday evening. Ansley asked Santa for her two front teeth and Dayton asked for a little dog for Christmas.

December 06, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Food fight

In an effort to fight hunger, General Mills is donating 4.4 million boxes of cereal to food banks around the nation, beginning in Covington.

December 06, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


12-year-old killed while playing with gun

A 12-year-old boy was killed when a gun he was playing with accidentally went off Saturday evening.

December 05, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


District 5 a growing area in a state of constant flux

Covington News reporter Gabriel Khouli toured the five county districts, with the county commissioners as his guide, to learn more about the people and places of Newton County. In this fifth and final installment, Commissioner Tim Fleming, by far the county's youngest elected official, takes us on a tour of the second largest district.

December 04, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


InVEST in the NCSO - Dec. 4

This week's donors: James and Nan Bohannon, Fred and Teri Jones, Stephen and Mary Smith, Harry and Janice Curtis and BARD Medical Division.

December 04, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


State seeks death penalty for Maldonado

The Newton County District Attorney's Office has announced that they intend to seek the death penalty for 22-year-old Pablo Fernando Maldonado, the man authorities consider the ringleader in the murder of Conyers landscaper Timothy Clements.

December 03, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


BOC wants new chamber contract

The Board of Commissioners decided they needed to see a new written contract, spelling out a budget and expectations, before they would commit to investing more money in the Chamber of Commerce.

December 03, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Christmas Parade around the corner, rain plan announced

Wonderful entertainment will begin the Lion's Club Christmas Parade festivities at 10 a.m. Saturday at the stage in front of the Historic Newton County Courthouse. Entertainment will continue until the first float arrives on the square around 11:10 a.m. Some Covington IDOL winners and the three Newton County high school marching bands will perform.

December 03, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Polar Express comes to the county library

The fourth annual Polar Express Train Raffle held by the Kiwanis Club of Covington is currently on display at the Newton County Library on Floyd Street. This year's Polar Express train layout is the last one built by Kiwanis Club member and avid Lionel modeler and collector Richard Rawlins. The train and its layout will be on display in the Covington Branch Library's children's room until Thursday, Dec. 17, the date of the drawing. The raffle raises funds to support the Newton County Library System and the Kiwanis Club's Joe Croom Scholarship fund. Raffle tickets are ...

December 02, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NMC Auxiliary awards volunteers

Newton Medical Auxiliary members honored hospital volunteers at their monthly December meeting Tuesday at First Baptist Church.

December 02, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


City mourns Harris

Walker Harris, a mainstay in the local business community, died Sunday at the age of 88.

December 02, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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