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Bomb threat called in to Bard

An employee monitoring the switchboard at Bard, on Industrial Blvd. in Covington, received a phone call at 12:47 p.m. Tuesday, stating "There's a bomb and it will go off in 10 minutes."

November 21, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


County approves Old Atlanta Hwy cell tower

The Newton County Board of Commissioners voted 4-1 in favor of a new, 150-foot cell tower at 10816 Old Atlanta Highway Tuesday evening.

November 19, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


$21 million spent to date on Bear Creek

Newton County has spent approximately $21.6 million dollars on the proposed Bear Creek Reservoir since 1998, with the bulk of those funds going towards land acquisition, County Attorney Tommy Craig revealed Tuesday during a Newton County Board of Commissioners meeting.

November 18, 2014 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Third person arrested in Smith murder

Jamarcus Tyrone Smith, of Covington, was the third person arrested in the investigation of the murder of 29-year-old Newton County resident Demario Smith.

November 18, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Board could know NMC parter in Jan.

The Newton Medical Center (NMC) expects to pick an equity partner in January, according to a presentation given by CEO Jim Weadick at a meeting of the Covington Rotary Club Tuesday.

November 18, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Elderly woman dies in Oxford fire

An 88-year-old Oxford woman's body was found after a housefire Tuesday morning.

November 18, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Contentious debate precedes curfew vote

Members of the Covington City Council asked if government should police people's children during Monday's work session.

November 18, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


City to begin airport improvement plan

There will soon be more than just take offs and landings happening at the Covington Municipal Airport.

November 17, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Historic courthouse featured in new book

The courthouses of Georgia's 159 counties hold the keys to the history of individual families and entire communities alike. From their primary role as the temples of justice for our court system to their better known function as the official repository of public records for significant life events, these buildings anchor many of Georgia's town squares.

November 15, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Hollywood finds new home in Georgia

If you haven't noticed, Georgia has become a hotbed for the film industry in recent years.

November 15, 2014 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


A family running out of options

Just days before 21-year-old Mary Elizabeth Hopkins passed away, her father, Mike, stood in the driveway of their Covington home at dawn and listened to her singing in her bedroom. Mary Elizabeth was known for her love of music, and would often sing to herself and her family.

November 15, 2014 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Shooting at Salem Rd Kroger parking lot

The Newton County Sheriff's Department responded to the third shooting in less than two weeks Thursday, after gunshots were fired in the parking lot of the Kroger on Salem Road.

November 14, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


2 Eagles to play in Thanksgiving Parade

Two Eastside High School students will be representing the Eagles live on national television this Thanksgiving.

November 13, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSS employees to get bonus check

In an effort to gain good faith with its staff, the Newton County Board of Education approved to give teachers a one-time check in addition to their regular pay, add to their 403(b) retirement plan and increase the work hours for their elementary school paraprofessionals.

November 13, 2014 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


Covington snipers compete with the best

A 38 two-man team competition of snipers/spotters from around the world traveled to Fort Benning last week to compete in the 14th annual International Sniper Competition. Teams from Germany, the Army, the Department of Justice and Homeland Security were all their to compete and amongst those household names were Matt Cooper and Gene Nuqui of the Covington Police Department.

November 13, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | LOCAL


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Woman plays victim — arrested as aggressor

A woman crying in the street was arrested after officers learned that instead of being the victim of assault, she had been the aggressor in a domestic dispute involving pepper spray and a handgun.

June 12, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Thunder storms and hail expected

SIGNIFICANT WEATHER ALERT FOR PEA SIZED HAIL AND 40 MPH WINDS IN

June 11, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Bard donates to Rotary

Generosity: Rebecca Harris (right center), an employee of Bard Urological donates a $3,000 check to the Rotary Club. The check was received by Rotarian Johnny Smith (right). Gay Clark and Valerie Blankenship also joined Harris in representing the Bard Foundation. Harris said that she is proud to represent the Bard Foundation in contributing to the building of the Miracle Field in Newton County and that the Rotary is a major fundraising machine for the field.

June 10, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Woman shot by boyfriend

Covington Police Department officers responded to a "trouble unknown" call at the Magnolia Heights Apartment complex at approximately 3 a.m. Sunday to find a hysterical woman covered in blood.

June 10, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


The News wins big

For the second consecutive year, The News clinched the coveted General Excellence award for Division E (biweekly and triweekly newspapers with circulation less than 20,001) at the Georgia Press Association Awards held this weekend at Jekyll Island.

June 10, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


WSCC BikeFest a success

Shiny new bicycles: The WSCC BikeFest gave away about 20 bikes and 30 helmets to local children on Saturday, June 6. More than 50 children rode in the parade, as did 11 volunteers from the Covington Conyers Cycling Club (C4), one volunteer from the Metropolitan Atlanta Cycling Club (MACC) and three officers from the Covington PD. There was also a pancake fundraiser breakfast before the parade, and Mayor Carter assisted in cooking the pancakes.

June 10, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Woman shot at Magnolia Heights

Covington Police Department officers responded to a "trouble unknown" call at the Magnolia Heights Apartments complex at approximately 3 a.m. Sunday to find a hysterical woman covered in blood.

According to CPD Lt. Wendell Wagstaff, the officers called LifeFlight for the victim, 23-year-old Tiati Smith, who was bleeding from behind her left ear, even though it appeared the bullet had just grazed her ear or head.

June 08, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Suspects caught after armed robbery

Investigators from the Newton County Sheriff's Office solved two burglaries at once when they arrested two men for an armed robbery Wednesday.

June 07, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


New homeless shelter opens after final inspections

Covington now has a homeless shelter as Rainbow Covenant Ministries received its final certificates of occupation for the three homeless shelter buildings at Turner Lake Circle.

June 07, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Beat the heat

YMCA Pool Shedule

June 07, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Heart of a clown

Eight-year-old Michael Webb describes himself as a clown.

June 07, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Junior volunteers get down to business at Newton Medical

Summer break means something different for 60 Newton County high school students enrolled in Newton Medical Center's Junior Volunteer Program.

The Junior Volunteer program at Newton Medical Center provides a variety of experiences for students ages 14 - 18 and several graduating seniors during the summer. Most students participate in the Scrubs program designed to provide certification in CPR and First Aid.

June 07, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


You gotta be kidding campaign

Soon some real characters will be showing up on the local scene and around Georgia. Tommy Krenshaw, or "Flat Tommy", as Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful (KCNB) affectionately calls him, will reach star status as he and his reasons for not recycling take center stage in a new statewide education campaign.

Those who know Tommy will not be surprised that he is receiving so much attention. During his act, Tommy proclaims to all that he will find a new planet when this one fills up with the materials that he and others refused to recycle. He has also begun wearing his ...

June 07, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


BP robbed by armed duo

The BP gas station at Salem and Kirkland roads was once again hit in a robbery late Saturday evening and investigators from the Newton County Sheriff's Office are looking for the men responsible.

June 05, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Republican candidates prepare for ‘10 elections

Sen. John Douglas (R-Social Circle) declared last Thursday's local Republican Party meeting a victory party, in the wake of the Board of Commissioners decision to not raise the millage rate.

June 05, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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