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Unemployment up in Newton

State statistics show local unemployment numbers increased slightly in June, the latest month reported.

July 26, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Flying history

There are several ways to familiarize yourself with the history of the iconic flying machine of the Vietnam War, the Bell Helicopter Co. UH-1 "Huey."

July 26, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Middle Ridge principal selected for leadership network

One local school principal will have his schedule full with the opportunity to make a step toward the future of Georgia's education.

July 26, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


It’s SSEMC meeting time

About 1,357 Snapping Shoals EMC members turned out for the 76th annual shareholders' meeting at the Georgia International Horse Park Thursday, July 24.

July 26, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington teen missing, information sought

Fourteen-year-old Jordan Aaron has been reported missing to the Newton County Sheriff's Department.

July 26, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


State releases Student Growth Model

For those parents, students and teachers who want to see a different form of explanation regarding students' test scores and what they mean, other than lists of numbers throughout the years, they may want to check out a new tool.

July 26, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


’20 acres’ dominate 2050 discussion

Thursday's public hearing on the 2050 Plan began as did the two before it – with an in-depth discussion of a particular part of the document, in Thursday's case the "compact communities" and higher-density zoning areas planned for the western part of the county.

July 26, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Covington woman arrested in prostitution sting

Conyers police are turning their sights to deterring prostitutes, instead of just johns, from coming to Conyers with a recent undercover sting that arrested two women for prostitution and one man for drug possession.

July 26, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Words from the county chairman Keith Ellis

Newton County Board of Commissioners Chairman Keith Ellis answered four questions about the 2050 Plan as part of an ongoing series of general questions with county and city leaders. These were so pertinent to Thursday's 2050 Plan public hearing they are included here:

July 26, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


City employees join wellness challenge to walk around the world

Nancy Harvill said people have been asking her why so many City of Covington employees are walking around town recently.

July 26, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


4H Forever: State 4H Congress

Newton County 4-H member Flannery Peay (on right) represented Northwest District at State 4-H Congress this week at the Crowne Plaza Ravinia in Atlanta. She competed in Performing Arts Instrumental, one of the largest projects in the state, and finished in fourth place. As part of the competition, Peay completed a year's portfolio work including performing arts work, leadership and service, then also arranged her own four-minute old-time fiddle piece. She was accompanied by County Extension Agent Terri Fullerton.

July 26, 2014 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


Social Circle activities

July 26, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


One tank trip: Sleeping bear, hidden alligator

Bear Hollow Zoo in Athens, Georgia has something for everyone. A short drive from Newton and Rockdale counties, this zoo offers a wide variety of wild animals. Here you can find a owls, bears, an American bald eagle and a reptile house with a variety of snakes and alligators. Volunteers educated on each of the animals are on hand to answer questions and offer a hands-on visit with some of the wildlife. The Bear Hollow Zoo is free for all visitors. Zoo hours are 9 to 5 seven days a week. For more info, call 706-613-3616.

July 26, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL


Judge OKs $397 in bonds for Braves stadium

Cobb judge Oks $397M in bonds for Braves stadium

July 26, 2014 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Snapping Shoals meeting time

About 1,357 Snapping Shoals EMC members turned out for the 76th annual shareholders' meeting at the Georgia International Horse Park Thursday, July 24.

July 26, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Archive By Section - LOCAL


Screening can prevent prostate cancer deaths

As part of the Metropolitan Atlanta Prostate Proactivity Campaign, men in Newton County were treated to free prostate screenings Thursday.

January 22, 2009 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


Fights result in weekend stabbings

 In two separate incidents over the weekend, three Covington residents were arrested after family arguments escalated to stabbings.

January 20, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Chamber hosts annual meeting

In the spirit of the evening's theme of "the Value of Volunteerism" Beaver Manufacturing founders Ed and Nonie Needham were honored with the R.O. Arnold Award at the Covington/Newton County Chamber of Commerce's Annual Meeting Tuesday night.

January 20, 2009 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


Two honored with 'I Have a Dream' Award

Making a dream reality: The 2009 MLK Jr. award winners were presented their awards Sunday afternoon at Porter Memorial Hall at Newton High School. Doug Bolton of Hands on Newton, left, and the Rev. Willie J. Smith of the Newton County Ministers' Union both received the I Have A Dream Award, created in 1987. Billy 'BC' Crowell was the first winner of the newly created MLK Trailblazer Award for his years of service to the community. All honorees are selected by a nominating committee. The awards were presented as part of celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.'s 80th birthday ...

January 20, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Kennedy, Byrd taken from inaugural luncheon

WASHINGTON - Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., battling a brain tumor, became ill at a post-inauguration luncheon for President Barack Obama on Tuesday and was taken by ambulance to a hospital.

January 20, 2009 | The Associated Press | LOCAL


Obama now president

WASHINGTON - Stepping into history, Barack Hussein Obama grasped the reins of power as America's first black president on Tuesday, saying the nation must choose "hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord" to overcome the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.

In frigid temperatures, an exuberant crowd of more than a million packed the National Mall and parade route to celebrate Obama's inauguration in a high-noon ceremony. They filled the National Mall, stretching from the inaugural platform at the U.S. Capitol to the Lincoln Memorial in the distance.

January 20, 2009 | By Terence Hunt The Associated Press | LOCAL


CORRECTION: Sears manager steals to pay lawyer

The article "Sears manager steals to pay lawyer," printed in the Sunday, Jan. 18, 2009 edition of The Covington News, incorrectly identified the arrested manager of the store. The arrested on-site manager was, in fact, Scott Henderson. The Covington News strives to have its news reports be fair and accurate. It is our policy to promptly correct all factual mistakes. If you find an error, please report it to us by calling (770) 787-6397.

January 19, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Marching to save babies

At a kickoff event for the 2009 March of Dimes fundraising campaign at Rockdale Medical Center Friday morning, attendees were reminded what they were fighting for when new mother Mandy Young recounted what it was like when she had to be rushed in for an emergency Cesarean section.

January 17, 2009 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


A chance to heal

The loss of a loved one is undoubtedly one of the hardest things to deal with. Sights, sounds and even smells will bring back memories of that person and, in the beginning, can overwhelm the person or people left behind to cope with the loss.

January 17, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Sears manager steals to pay lawyer

Officers with the Covington Police Department arrested the on-site manager at Sears on Jan. 13 for processing more than $2,000 in fraudulent transactions to pay his lawyer to handle his bankruptcy case.

January 17, 2009 | Tisa Smart Washington | LOCAL


FFA camp director honored

Gov. Sonny Perdue briefly dropped by the Georgia FFA-FCCLA Center in Newton County Friday afternoon to take part in a dedication ceremony for a new cabin named in honor of the camp's former longtime director, Melvin Johnson.

January 17, 2009 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


Floral wonders

Floral design artist Al Dellinger keeps a pair of garden clippers in his car at all times. He's not afraid to pull off of the busiest streets to pluck a colorful bittersweet vine or a cheerful cluster of nandina berries.

January 17, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Arson suspected in Wed. mobile home fire

Investigators suspect a fire that consumed a single family mobile home in the northern tip of the county Wednesday morning was intentionally set, according to the Newton County Fire Department.

When firefighters arrived at 547 Ellington Road around 7:30 a.m. Wednesday after receiving a call from a passer-by, the structure was already fully engulfed in flames, said NCFD Deputy Chief Tim Smith.

January 16, 2009 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Fri. high 34, slight chance of snow Sat. night

Today: Sunny, with a high near 34. North wind between 5 and 10 mph.

Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 15. West wind around 5 mph becoming calm.

January 16, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Family fight case referred to state Attorney General's office

 Newton County District Attorney Ken Wynne recused himself Wednesday from a family fight case involving several members of juvenile court Judge Sheri Capes Roberts' family.

January 15, 2009 | Tisa Smart Washington | LOCAL


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