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Bon Voyage

A beloved figure in Covington will soon step down from the position he created, transitioning from entertainer to life-long audience. And he plans to enjoy his newly found free time.

April 24, 2014 | Covington icon made music his life and doesn’t plan to stop enjoying it | LOCAL


Schemmel still provides hope during relay

Barbara Schemmel and Becky Byrum met standing on either side of a track as a man made his way around for the 2000 Relay for Life's survivor lap, despite not being able to feel his feet after having chemotherapy that day.

April 24, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Search on for missing Newton man

Authorities are asking for the public's help in locating missing Newton County man, Robert "Bobby" Weaver, a white man who is 5 feet, 8 inches tall, weighs about 160 pounds and has brown hair, brown eyes and tattoos on his forearms.

April 24, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Service sorority granted charter

About 75 women in Newton County now have an official group to better the community from closer to home.

April 24, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Two WB I-20 lanes closed this weekend

Weekend dinner or shopping trips to Conyers, The Mall at Stonecrest or Atlanta are about to get a little more complicated with a major road resurfacing project kicking off on Interstate 20 westbound that will close down two lanes this weekend and on future weekends.

April 24, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Mansfield interim mayor still deciding

If interim Mansfield Mayor Jefferson Riley wants to run to be mayor full time, he's left in the odd position of having to resign from the city council a full two months ahead of an election, leaving the city to appoint yet another interim mayor during a time of transition.

April 24, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Property tax rate likely to drop in FY15

Commissioners got some good news Tuesday night at their budget work session, including learning the county's health insurance bill will be at least $339,660 lower next fiscal year and hearing that rising property values make it likely the board will be able to make good on its promise to lower the millage rate.

April 24, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Resurfacing to close 2 lanes I-20 west in Rockdale, Newton

If you plan to travel on I-20 westbound (towards Atlanta) through Newton and Rockdale counties on Saturday or Sunday, you might want plan ahead before you leave home. Resurfacing begins on Interstate 20 in Rockdale and Newton counties this weekend and will continue on weekends and weeknights.

April 24, 2014 | | LOCAL


Search on for missing Newton man

Authorities are asking for the public's help in locating missing Newton County Robert "Bobby" Weaver, a white man who is 5 feet, 8 inches tall, weighs about 160 pounds and has brown hair, brown eyes and tattoos on his forearms.

April 23, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSO deputies keep drunk drivers off road

Two Newton County Sheriff's Office deputies were recognized Tuesday for work keeping impaired drivers off the road.

April 23, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Property tax rate likely to drop in FY15

Commissioners got some good news Tuesday night at their budget work session, including learning their health insurance bill will be at least $339,660 lower and seeing rising property values that would allow the board to make good on its promise to lower the millage rate.

April 22, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Council unsure how to use Legion Field

Covington City Council members are still unsure whether they want to allow Legion Field on Mill Street to be rented for private events and whether they want to charge a fee or simply a refundable deposit.

April 22, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Deputy arrested for child molestation

A former Newton County deputy was arrested Monday for allegedly inappropriately touching a child multiple times between 2006 and 2011.

April 21, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


BOC working on budget to drop tax rate

With a goal of lowering the county's property tax rate, after raising it last year, the Newton County Board of Commissioners is set to kick off its part of the budget process in earnest and officials will be looking for ways to cut costs and increase revenue.

April 21, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Newton teens arrested in Heritage High robbery

Four Newton County teens from were arrested in connection with the March 27 assault and robbery of a student in the Heritage High School parking lot and deputies are on the lookout for a fifth teen.

April 21, 2014 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


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Preparing the roads

Assistant Roads Superintendent Chris Malcolm speaks about the impending ice/snow storm.

February 10, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL


Special delivery for winter weather

Due to the wintry weather conditions predicted by the National Weather Service for Wednesday, that day's edition of The Covington News will be delivered Tuesday.

February 10, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


More wintry weather expected

North central Georgia is once again preparing for an icy situation.

February 10, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Good food, free admission on tap at livestock show

Do not despair!

February 08, 2014 | Terri Kimble Fullerton 4-H Forever columnist | LOCAL


House votes on 12 bills and resolutions

Last week in the House the focus on committee work continued. A few more items made it to the floor for consideration, and we voted on 12 bills and resolutions. All concerned fairly minor topics; a couple are of some interest.

February 08, 2014 | Rep. Doug Holt R-Social Circle | LOCAL


Main Street program to move under chamber

Main Street Covington, the program responsible for promoting and developing downtown, has been in a holding pattern with uncertainty about its future and no permanent director, but the program will finally transition under the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce next week.

February 08, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Newborn to remember Sheridan at Arbor Day event

Newborn is preparing for a day of remembrance and awareness and another of celebration and tradition.

February 08, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Flipping for flapjacks

Stacks of pancakes were gobbled down and runners hit the pavement Saturday morning as more than 500 people participated in the Kiwanis Club of Covington's second annual pancake breakfast and the Newton Education Foundation's Pancake Stampede 5K.

February 08, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Details released from BOC exec session

In light of continuing public questions and complaints, County Attorney Tommy Craig, with permission from a majority of commissioners, released some details from the Jan. 21 executive session in which commissioners discussed choosing the next county manager.

February 08, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


County to discuss form of govt, org chart

Though Newton County's next county manager is set to take over later this year, the Board of Commissioners is still planning to review its organizational chart and charter.

February 08, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


2nd Whitehead twin pleads guilty

Jasmiyah Whitehead, one of the young twins charged with the bloody 2010 killing of their mother in Conyers, followed her sister in admitting to the crime Friday.

February 08, 2014 | | LOCAL


CPD arrests two after road signs reportedly taken

Two men were arrested late last week after reportedly trying to steal a street sign.

February 08, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


NMC Fitness Forum plans Heart Health Fair

In recognition of Cardiac Rehabilitation Week, Newton Medical Center's Fitness Forum will host a Heart Health Fair for the community from 8 a.m.-noon Feb. 11 in the lobby of the Knox Surgical Center.

February 08, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton Farm Bureau holds Legislative Dinner

The Newton County Farm Bureau's Legislative Dinner was held Jan. 30 at the Newton College and Career Academy.

February 08, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Brown fires up spelling bee win

Ralph Brown, an eighth-grader at Newton County Theme School at Ficquett, picked up a trophy and the title as the 2014 Newton County Spelling Bee Champion after competing in the county-wide spelling competition at Newton High School Friday.

February 08, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


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