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Social Circle Parkway opens Tuesday

Social Circle Parkway will open for use Tuesday, five months ahead of schedule, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation.

May 30, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Missing Covington woman found

Covington resident Julie Smith, who was the subject of a search in Jackson County, was found Friday in good health.

May 30, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Newton Sheriff's deputy shot, injured in training

At approximately 2:45 p.m., the Newton County Sheriff's department received a call from the gun range on Lower River Road in reference to an officer-involved shooting during training.

May 29, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Newton County Solid Waste Panel digs in

Transparency, financial security, inclusiveness, and fairness are just some of the guiding values identified by the citizens solid waste panel during its first facilitated meeting Thursday.

May 28, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Newton-Young Professionals to meet at The Oaks

Newton County's young professionals have a chance not only to network; not only to have an evening out on the golf course but also a chance to learn more about the county they work, live and play in.

May 27, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Newton-Fatality in I-20 crash identified

52-year-old Joel William Simpson, a Newton County resident, has been confirmed dead after he drove his vehicle against traffice on I-20 Tuesday night, crashing into another vehicle around the 89 mile mark between Almon and Salem roads.

May 27, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington-Newton Medical, Piedmont finalize deal

Newton Medical Center will soon become Piedmont Newton Hospital after NMC finalized a partnership agreement with Piedmont Healthcare earlier this week.

May 23, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Covington- Two dead in apparent murder suicide

The Covington Police Department responded to a shooting Thursday, discovering a man and woman shot when arriving on scene.

May 22, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Social Circle-New section of Social Circle Bypass to open

The new section of the Social Circle Bypass from State road 11 to East Hightower Trail will open Tuesday, June 2, according to Superintendent of traffic, safety and utilities J. Robert Manning of ER Snell Contractor.

May 22, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Harry Owens likely interim county manager

Newton County revealed the name of the candidate under consideration for the position of interim county manager Friday following the departure of former County Manager Tom Garrett last week.

May 22, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Action Ministries opens office in Newton

For the first time in 20 years, the charitable nonprofit organization, Action Ministries, has opened a satellite office. The Newton County Action Ministries office opened its doors on May 4 in the Wesley Building of Covington First United Methodist Church, 2160 Church Street, Covington.

May 21, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Board scolded in public comments over legal budget

County Attorney Tommy Craig attempted to soothe public concerns over the county's high legal costs Tuesday night, but his explanation appeared to provoke the opposite reaction.

May 20, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


County seeks city help for library

Newton County will step up to save the Covington branch of the library, commissioners said Tuesday, but not before making one last attempt to get the city of Covington to contribute to the library's costly new heating, air conditioning and ventilation system (HVAC).

May 20, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


BOC to hire interim county manager

The Newton County Board of Commissioners voted to hire a new interim county manager Tuesday night, deliberately stopping short of placing the county chair in charge of the day to day administration of the county.

May 19, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Staffins: tourism big impact on Covington

Hundreds flocked to Covington this weekend, and it was exactly the turnout Newton County Tourism President Jenny McDonald expected, but it was a little much for Newton County-Covington Chamber of Commerce President Ralph Staffins.

May 18, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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City focuses housing in Harristown, Walker’s Bend

While blight is a problem in neighborhoods across Covington, city officials have chosen two neighborhoods to be the focus of their rehabilitation efforts: Harristown and Walker's Bend.

March 19, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Scout saplings

Planting partners: (L-R) Billy Stanley, Dwayne Mask, Mike Woods, Jason Johnson, Cheryl Delk, Tommy Hailey (Recreation Director), David Abercrombie (BSA District Executive) planted two pin oaks on behalf of the Yellow River district of the Boy Scouts of America Thursday afternoon at Nelson Heights Community Center.

March 19, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Warmer weather leads to disorderly conduct, underage drinking arrests

Deputies were called to a gas station after several men were confronted by 63-year-old man with a gun.

According to reports, the male victim had attempted to turn his vehicle around and became stuck on the side of the road. He reportedly contacted a friend to help him free his vehicle.

March 19, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Man breaks into ex-wife's house, kills self

A Covington woman arrived home yesterday evening and found her ex-husband's car in her driveway and a window in her home broken out. She contacted the Covington Police Department.

March 17, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Council moves to address high utility concerns

The Covington City Council will consider the formation of utility committee that will be composed of residents, city officials and utility experts, in an effort to connect better to a community suffering from high utility prices.

March 17, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


“Dog the Bounty Hunter” comes to Stonecrest

Duane "Dog" Chapman, known as the most famous bounty hunter in the world and star and inspiration to millions of fans on the No. 1 rated show on A&E "Dog the Bounty Hunter," will appear at the Mall at Stonecrest to sign his new book, "Where Mercy Is Given, Mercy Is Shown" on Saturday, March 27, at 5 p.m. Fans are invited to meet Dog and Beth Chapman and access the VIP meet and greet with purchase of his new book, "Where Mercy Is Given, Mercy Is Shown" from Borders Stonecrest. Proof of purchase is required. Each guest ...

March 17, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Great American Cleanup needs volunteers for local projects

The deadline to sign up for the annual Great American Cleanup is fast approaching and those interested will need to sign up by Friday to participate.

March 17, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Redevelopment Authority has big plans in Walker's Bend

The Covington Redevelopment Authority purchased 38 properties in Walker's Bend in December as it continues its goal of revitalizing neighborhoods and promoting new affordable housing.

March 17, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Man arrested for disorderly conduct

A simple traffic stop late Saturday night lasted into Sunday morning and resulted in the arrest of one man who reportedly accused officers of keeping his driver's license.

March 17, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


A Friendly game of croquet

If you're looking for a nice way to spend a Saturday while still helping others then look no further. The 19th annual Heartland Woman's Club Charity Croquet Tournament will be held Saturday at Legion Field with the proceeds going to three different local charities.

March 17, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Our thoughts... The Irish

Top of the morning to you. Today is St. Patrick's Day, a day celebrated in the name of the patron saint of Ireland.

March 17, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Off to see the wizard

Not in Covington any more: Dorothy doesn't know it yet, but this week she'll be leaving Newton County for a timeless adventure in the land called Oz. The Arts Association in Newton County will be sponsoring 'The Wizard of Oz' Thursday night and Friday night at 7 p.m. and will be performing the show on Sunday at 3 p.m. The show will be held at Porter Hall at Newton High School. Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for senior citizens and $5 for students aged 18 and under.

March 17, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


R.L. Cousins High School Alumni Association newly formed

Robert L. Cousins High School only existed for 13 years, but the lasting impression it left on Covington's black community will last a lifetime.

March 14, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Townhomes of dreams

Lakisha Johnson was moving backwards and grasping for something, anything to hold onto. Several years ago life had seemed so bright - she'd been in a relationship and had just bought her own house.

March 14, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Off to the Races

Hand carved cars:

March 14, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


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