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Interim legal firm hired by BOC

The Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) approved a contract with Jarrard and Davis, LLP, of Cumming, Georgia to serve as the county's interim ...

November 23, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Meeting to approve legal team Monday

The Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) announced a special called meeting for Monday, Nov. 23, at 7 p.m. to approve a contract with ...

November 23, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Two suspects in the Walmart murder arrested in Tennessee

A man and woman were arrested in connection with the Covington Walmart murder yesterday in Manchester, Tn., after a citizen tipped off the local media.

November 22, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Pastor announces candidacy for District 113

As a pastor, Sharon Henderson has been serving the community since 1989. Now she wants to take that service to a broader level, and has ...

November 22, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Learn from history

A day after our president called ISIS "contained" the Islamic State launched a well-coordinated attack on the City of Light. ISIS just took down an ...

November 22, 2015 | Dave Belton | LOCAL

BOC approves money for community afterschool meals

Newton County will cover the cost of pre-packaged foods purchased for the afterschool program at Nelson Heights Community Center.

November 21, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Rezoning recommendation denied

Though attention focused heavily on the future of Newton County's legal counsel at Tuesday night's Board of Commissioners (BOC) meeting, the board did ...

November 21, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Video released of suspects in Walmart death

The Covington Police Department (CPD) issued a "Be on the look-out" (BOLO) tonight for the murder/robbery suspects in the Nov. 16 death of Marsha ...

November 20, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Rodney Clark arrested in murder of Newton man

Rodney Carter Clark was arrested Wednesday in the murder of Mario Demonte Johnson.

November 19, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Police seek Walmart murder suspect in Chattanooga

The Covington Police Department (CPD) has been ardently trying to find the subjects of a senseless killing at Walmart Monday, searching from Covington to Tennessee.

November 19, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Kicking off the season

Local musicians started the Christmas season off in Covington with the annual Lighting of the Square.

November 19, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Wedding ring, thousands in cash stolen from church

A wedding ring, thousands of dollars in cash and a gun permit were among the items stolen from cars in the parking lot of Solid ...

November 18, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Ellis, Ewing object to JDA land sale

The Joint Development Authority voted to sell land in Stanton Springs to developer Kippy Clarke and partners for a new residential neighborhood Monday, but the ...

November 18, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Crop production rises

It's been a good year for soybean and corn production, while cotton is down almost 20 percent from a year ago.

November 18, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Two children find adopted homes thanks to CASA, others

Two children recently were recently adopted by families in Newton County after work by many in the area.

November 18, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

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Whitehead twin denied bond

(June 14, 2010) Jasmiyah Whitehead, one of the 16-year-old twins charged with beating and stabbing their mother Jarmecca "Nikki" Whitehead to death in January, was denied bond by Judge David Irwin in Rockdale County Superior Court Monday morning.

June 14, 2010 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL

Interstate 20 east near Wal-Mart has one lane open

A trailer carried by a pickup truck caught fire near exit 96 eastbound on Interstate 20.

June 14, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL

U.S. C-SOG dynamic cell extraction training to be held in Newton

Sheriff Ezell Brown is inviting local law enforcement agencies to participate in Dynamic Cell Extraction training at the Newton County Sheriff's Office on July 27. The training will be conducted by United States Corrections-Special Operations Group. Presently, 12 agencies will be participating in the eight-hour instructional course.

June 13, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL

NCSO offering second firearms safety course

Sheriff Ezell Brown and the Newton County Sheriff's Office are offering a Citizens Firearm Safety Course for 2010. These classes will consist of information on laws governing the use of deadly force, firearm safety at and away from the range, nomenclature of the basic revolver and semiautomatic pistols. Additionally, participants will have a chance to complete a course of fire at the Newton County Sheriff Firing Range.

June 13, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Creative and Colorful Kids

Many rising first through sixth-graders from all over Newton County packed up their musical, dramatic and artistic talents and traveled to Oxford College this week for the 12th annual Creative Kids Camp, held by the Arts Association in Newton County.

June 13, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL

Flag Day honors America's stars and stripes

Flag Day was originally conceived by schoolteacher BJ Cigrand to honor the anniversary of the Flag Resolution of 1777. According to, He first referred to the observance as "Flag birthday." Some years later, George Balch, another teacher, would influence the State Board of Education of New York to officially observe Flag Day. After years of local and state celebrations, President Woodrow Wilson established Flag Day through an official proclamation in 1916. President Harry Truman would later sign an Act of Congress in 1949 to designate June 14 as National Flag Day.

Bobby Hamby, member of the American Legion ...

June 13, 2010 | By Sabastian Wee | LOCAL

Once in a lifetime

Anybody driving down Floyd Street in the last two decades may have seen the giant cactus-like plant outside the home of Ann May. The plant, commonly known as a century plant, is now beginning to bloom after all these years of wowing passersby.

May, a longtime resident of Covington, could not be more proud of her plant, which she named Mother.

June 13, 2010 | By Sabastian Wee | LOCAL

Breaking down recent state bills

Tuesday was the deadline for Gov. Perdue to sign or veto the remaining bills from the 2010 Georgia legislative session and many bills could affect local residents and governments.

Below is a description of some of the recently signed bills. To read any bill, visit and type in the appropriate bill number in the upper right hand corner.

June 13, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Man pleads guilty to aggravated child molestation of stepsisters

Warning: The following article contains some details that may be disturbing to more sensitive readers. In order to protect their identity, the juvenile victims have not been named.

June 13, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Local officials take leadership positions

More than 100 county officials from across the state recently were recognized by the Association County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG) for completion of the Commissioners Training Program, including local county commissioners Nancy L. Schulz and Earnest Simmons.

June 13, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL

A New Old Look

One of the hottest retail trends is actually a return to an old idea. The clothing resale industry is booming, despite a down economy, and local businesses are cashing in a wide variety of forms.

June 12, 2010 | Jessica Smith | LOCAL

Woman attempts to rob bank

Covington Police officials are looking for a woman who attempted to make off with funds from the United Bank in Newton Plaza on U.S. Highway 278 on Thursday morning.

June 11, 2010 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL

Rotary awards Lassiter

Outstanding Rotarian: Mike Lassiter, member of the Rotary Club of Covington, received the Rotary Foundation District Service Award at the Rotary District 6910 Conference held at Jekyll Island in April. The award is presented annually to a Rotarian providing outstanding service in promoting the Rotary Foundation. The most significant project of the Foundation has been the eradication of Polio throughout the world. Mike has served as Foundation Chair of the Covington Club for 10 years. Covington has been one of the top Foundation Fund raisers in District 6910 with over 55 Paul Harris Fellows awarded in the past two years ...

June 11, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Moving work in house could save 21 county jobs

The county could save as many as 20 jobs, by cancelling its service contract for the county's recycling centers and reallocating existing employees to take over that work.

June 11, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Tournament at the Oaks raises money for Miracle League

Fore! The Charter Charity Classic, was held at the Oaks on Wednesday and raised between $18,000 and $20,000 for the Miracle League in Newton County. The first place team was National Bank Products, with team members Brandon Slade, Stan Gann, Gordon Slade and Shaw Blackmon. Charter took second place, team members were Terrance Lewis, Rusty Lehman, Philip Lehman and Patrick Harrell. Conyers Flower Shop placed third, team members were Scot Ward, Alan Sherrill, Chuck Groover and Paul Dailey.

June 11, 2010 | Lee Sandow | LOCAL

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