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‘Outlaw’ punches and runs at The Depot

A man, identified as being part of the Outlaw motorcycle group, punched another man at The Depot Bar and Grill Friday evening.

September 20, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Detention officer sexually assaulted inmate

A local detention officer was arrested for alleged sexual assault on an inmate, police reports said.

September 19, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Covington woman charged for leaving child in van

A Covington woman and daycare worker was charged with child cruelty after leaving a 5-year-old in a van after failing to check if the vehicle she was driving was empty.

September 19, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Benefits of a Sunday edition

If news breaks on Thursday, The Covington News has always been able to get something to its readers in our Friday edition.

September 19, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Volunteers needed for river cleanup

An outdoors cleanup group is looking for volunteers to help keep our "Rivers Alive."

September 18, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Three house fires in 24 hours

If you were prevented from driving down Crowell Road around the time schools were released Wednesday, here's why: County fire personnel were dispatched at about 1:40 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, to 261 Crowell Road to battle a structure fire, according to Newton County Fire Chief Kevin O'Brien.

September 18, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Balcony construction on Square OK'd

The Covington City Council voted to allow the removal of a light post, tree and tree well on the Covington Square for a new building project.

September 18, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Square closure today

College Avenue will be closed on the Covington Square from 6-8 p.m. today.

September 18, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


I-20 work begins again

The Georgia Department of Transportation will begin work again this weekend on the westbound lanes of Interstate 20 between Almon and Salem roads, according to a press release.

September 18, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Projects approved at Crowell

Residents who have to commute through the cluster of traffic lights at the Almon Road exit where Crowell Road, Interstate 20 and the I-20 Access Road intersect know how frustrating and, often, dangerous the area can be.

September 18, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


City works on biz incentives

Businesses mean jobs. Covington officials are doing all they can to bring more of each to the city.

September 18, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


County approves cell tower, with a twist

It's common today for new cell towers to pop up all over. The City of Covington recently fought and lost a frustrating battle to keep one from a residential area.

September 18, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Task Force formed to target DUI drivers on I-20

Georgia State Patrol Troop E has formed a task force to target impaired drivers. The task force will patrol the troop's 21 assigned counties that run along Interstate 20 from Conyers to South Carolina.

September 17, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


The News hosts Autumn Fest

Mark your calendar and join the community for a weekend event to provide fun, entertainment and even some early holiday shopping for anyone in the family.

September 16, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Social Circle school, rec center broken into

No suspects had been narrowed down as of Tuesday for the Saturday, Sept. 13 break-ins at an elementary school and recreation center.

September 16, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


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Residents can apply for home heating assistance

Newton County residents who meet certain financial thresholds are invited to apply for assistance in paying their heating bills this winter through the federal government's Low Income Home Energy Assistance program.

To find out if you qualify for this year's one-time payment, residents should call either (770) 875-2642 or (770) 875-6385 to schedule an interview. An office has been set up to conduct applicant interviews by the nonprofit Action Inc. which will be dispensing the funds received from the Georgia Department of Human Resources, at the Conyers Street Gym located at 1146 Conyers Street across from the Covington ...

December 27, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


Work release inmates on the run

Deputies with the Newton County Sheriff's Office are on the lookout for three inmates who escaped while on work release from the jail. Last month, Randy Bassett, Antonio Kelly and Jonathan Shell, who are not violent criminals, failed to return to the work release facility after leaving their jobs.

"During the day, they are working in the community, but they have to return (to jail) as a condition of their sentence," said Lt. Mark Mitchell.

December 27, 2008 | Tisa Smart Washington | LOCAL


SWAT prepares for bank heist

Several Newton County law enforcement and emergency agencies participated in a mock robbery and hostage situation at Bank of North Georgia's Newton Plaza branch Tuesday. The annual training gave public safety personnel an opportunity to test their training in a real-life scenario.

"It's not only good for us to train with other agencies within Newton County working together, it's also a requirement for our accreditation," said Lt. Wendell Wagstaff, Covington Police Department public information officer. "We put up the signs that said training in progress so if anyone came by, they would know it's just a ...

December 27, 2008 | Tisa Smart Washington | LOCAL


Dunkin' Donuts store robbed

 Deputies with the Newton County Sheriff's Office are investigating an armed robbery that occurred Dec. 20 at the Dunkin' Donuts on Ga. Highway 20 in Covington.

December 26, 2008 | Tisa Smart Washington | LOCAL


New library project moving forward with bond approval

 While a number of county projects had to be put on the back burner due to the sky-high interest rates of the bond market, one much anticipated project will move forward as planned - the Porter Memorial Branch Library.

December 26, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


Guilty until proven innocent

 Every quarterback knows that what looks like a clear path to the end zone can quickly turn into a facemask full of grass. Former Alcovy High School special education teacher and coach Derrick Roberts knows this can happen off of the field too.

December 24, 2008 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Criminals steal McDonald’s charity box

 Newton County Sheriff Deputies responded to a call Dec. 9 at the McDonald's restaurant on Crowell Road after employees discovered a charity coin collection box had been stolen and another had been damaged.

December 24, 2008 | Tisa Smart Washington | LOCAL


NMC ER expansion delayed

 The expansion of Newton Medical Center's Emergency Department has been postponed due to the inability to secure financing for the project from the still unstable financial market.

December 24, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


City council member wins big in MegaMillions drawing

 Covington councilwoman Ocie Franklin won a second-tier prize of $250,000 after matching the first five winning numbers in the Dec. 9 Mega Millions drawing.

December 24, 2008 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Snow possible tonight

According to the National Weather Service, rain showers are expected early becoming more intermittent overnight. Snow may mix in. Low 34F. Winds W at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.

December 22, 2008 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Burglars hit homes across the county

For some Newton County residents, the term Christmas shopping may have a new meaning, now that criminals have used their homes as a source for free items. Deputies in the Newton County Sheriff's Office are investigating a recent string of home burglaries across the county. While residents are away, criminals have hit, taking everything from cell phones to ATVs.

A Covington woman reported Dec. 8 a break-in at a home she was taking care of while the owner was away. The thieves made off with a revolver and two semi-automatic handguns.

December 22, 2008 | Tisa Smart Washington | LOCAL


BOC debates aid for foreclosed homes

At the Newton County Board of Commissioner meeting last Tuesday, the board once again debated whether the county should participate in a state program of buying and redeveloping foreclosed homes.

December 22, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


Knowledge gained through experience

 Students at Oxford College shared their campus with little scientists from Rocky Plains Elementary School this week as the elementary students, who are a part of the county's Quest program, had the chance to work in the college's science lab.

December 22, 2008 | Tisa Smart Washington | LOCAL


NCSS fires paraprofessional accused of child molestation

 The Newton County Board of Education approved Tuesday a recommendation by Superintendent R. Steven Whatley to terminate paraprofessional Brandi McMichael, effective Dec. 2.

December 21, 2008 | Tisa Smart Washington | LOCAL


Child cruelty case dismissed

 All charges against a special education teacher and paraprofessional arrested in March for cruelty to children were dismissed by a grand jury Friday.

December 21, 2008 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


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