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Fuhrey’s superintendent contract extended

Students and parents can expect to see a now-familiar face behind the scenes and on the front line of public education in the Newton County School System for at least the near future.

July 22, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


BOE adopts millage rate

The Newton County Board of Education officially adopted a millage rate for maintenance and operations at 20 after the third public hearing and July combined meeting Tuesday night, giving even more than originally planned back to teachers and school employees.

July 22, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


City to add code officer, clean up properties

Minutes after passing the city's budget Monday night, the Covington City Council voted 4-3 to add a new code-enforcement officer to the planning and zoning department to ensure dilapidated homes and lots where homes were demolished avoid being overgrown.

July 22, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


City rejects cell tower on Monticello Road

Covington Mayor Ronnie Johnston cast the tie-breaking vote to deny a controversial cell phone tower on Monticello Road Thursday night.

July 22, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Live: 2014 Primary runoff results

Today's primary election runoff races will determine several local, state and federal races.

July 22, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Belton defeats Brooks in runoff

Dave Belton will face Democrat B.P. "Patsy" Harrys in the general election for Georgia House District 112.

July 22, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Home is where the film shoots

From the locations to the cast, almost everything in the new movie "Operator" might be recognizable by Newton County residents - and that is because the film's team utilized mostly local resources for the action-thriller.

July 22, 2014 | Samantha Reardon | LOCAL


Memories of Sherman’s visit

This is the second in a series of columns in partnership with Georgia Perimeter College professors concerning the Civil War and its local ties to Newton County some 150 years after the war that divided America.

July 22, 2014 | Kathleen DeMarco | LOCAL


No dead chickens, dolls with pins in them

"I was dispatched to a duplex in reference to an elderly woman requesting a deputy go to the adjoining apartment and tell the occupant to stop sending voodoo through the wall into her apartment. The complainant stated nobody ever did anything when she called and she wanted a report and for it to stop," wrote Deputy Mark Lovell in an incident report taken Sunday, July 20, 2014 at 7:05 p.m.

July 22, 2014 | | LOCAL


New bridge to reconnect residents to county

Last summer's rains put the nail in an old coffin of a bridge separating a handful of Newton County residents from the remainder of the county.

July 22, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


City puts off bus service idea

A bus service may someday be available for elderly residents of Covington, but not now, not yet.

July 22, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Henderson retains BOC seat

Low turnout marred Tuesday's local runoff elections, but the end result was Board of Commissioners Democratic incumbent J.C Henderson will continue to serve, and David Belton will be the Republican candidate for Georgia District 112.

July 22, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


City denies cell tower on Monticello

Mayor Ronnie Johnston had to vote Monday to break a 3-3 tie to ultimately deny a request for a new cell phone tower at 6163 Monticello Road in Covington.

July 21, 2014 | Rob Dewig rdewig@covnews.com | LOCAL


Public comment disclaimer

It is the policy of the Covington News to allow people, with some form of identification, to voice their opinions, thoughts and concerns about our community. However, it is our policy to have comments free from personal attacks and inflammatory remarks toward people. This does not promote reasonable discussions and, we feel is detrimental, to furthering discussion on an issue or topic.

July 21, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Belton, Brooks face off for District 122

Aaron Brooks and Dave Belton will settle things Tuesday in the Republican runoff for Georgia House District 112, which includes the eastern half of both Covington and Newton County.

July 19, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


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Tree bandits strike home

 Deputies with the Newton County Sheriff's Department are looking for the thieves who stole trees from a yard of a home on Henderson Mill Road on Jan. 14.

January 15, 2009 | Tisa Smart Washington | LOCAL


State senator and representatives brace for bruising budget battle

 Monday marked the beginning of first day of the Georgia General Assembly's 2009 session. Newton County's own legislative delegation has prepared a slew of bills to introduce and is preparing for a blistering debate over how to balance the state's budget.

January 13, 2009 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


Shotgun toting robbers hit BP station

Deputies with the Newton County Sheriff's Department are investigating an armed robbery that occurred on Jan. 12 at the Bailey BP on Ga. Highway 81.

January 13, 2009 | Tisa Smart Washington | LOCAL


Serving our soldiers

Erica Garrett is due to give birth to her third child in May and her husband, Private Christopher Garrett will be deployed this summer, most likely in July according to the Army's Department of Public Affairs, leaving her home with a newborn, a 3-year-old and a 19-month-old.

January 13, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


GPC rallies to raise mentors

As part of its Martin Luther King Jr. holiday celebration, Georgia Perimeter College's Newton Campus hosted a mentoring rally Tuesday, which was designed to connect students with non-profit organizations in need of volunteers.

January 13, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Newton County Jail Log 1/22

o Sharrie Omintha Dixon, 39, Lithonia, Dec. 31. Failure to appear.

January 12, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Mentoring makes a difference

Although Newton County resident Carol Falconer and her husband Clarence are retired, they spend every Wednesday at Palmer-Stone Elementary School. The couple volunteer one hour a week mentoring two students at the school through Newton Mentoring, a non-profit grass roots organization.

January 10, 2009 | Tisa Smart Washington | LOCAL


Teen vandals cause $10,000 worth of damage

Deputies with the Newton County Sheriff's Office arrested four juveniles Jan. 6 after they broke into an empty home for sale on Hazelhurst Drive and caused more than $10,000 worth of damage to the property.

January 10, 2009 | Tisa Smart Washington | LOCAL


Illinois House impeaches Gov. Rod Blagojevich

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - The Illinois House has voted to impeach Gov. Rod Blagojevich (bluh-GOY'-uh-vich), an unprecedented step in state history.

The action sets the stage for a Senate trial on whether he should be thrown out of office for corruption and abuse of power.

January 09, 2009 | The Associated Press | LOCAL


Jobless rate jumps to 7.2 percent in December

WASHINGTON - The nation's unemployment rate bolted to 7.2 percent in December, the highest level in 16 years, as nervous employers slashed 524,000 jobs. The labor market is expected to remain weak as mass layoffs continue.

The Labor Department's report, released Friday, underscored the terrible toll the deepening recession is having on workers and companies, and highlights the hard task President-elect Barack Obama faces in resuscitating the flat-lined economy.

January 09, 2009 | By JEANNINE AVERSA The Associated Press | LOCAL


Porterdale man charged with DUI

Officers with the Covington Police Department and Porterdale Police Department arrested a Porterdale man after he plowed into two cars Sunday and kept driving.

January 08, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Neighborly woods

Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful is inviting developers, home owners associations and residents interested in adding tree canopy to their neighborhoods to call their office.

January 08, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Local MLK events mark 80th birthday of civil rights leader

With the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday fast approaching, several area groups are planning commemorative activities in honor of Dr. King's ideals.

January 08, 2009 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Newton applies for federal funds to aid with foreclosed homes

After much debate, the Newton County Board of Commissioners finally approved an application for federal funds to redevelop foreclosed homes with a unanimous vote Tuesday night.

January 08, 2009 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


Power restored after windstorm

Power has been restored to the 1,000 Newton County residents and businesses that lost power Wednesday around noon.

January 08, 2009 | Tisa Smart Washington | LOCAL


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