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Bear spotted south of Newborn

A large bear was spotted south of Newborn this week, and the Jasper County man who initially reported the bear says there is evidence it's hanging around, but an official with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources said real concern doesn't set in until a bear starts damaging property or stops showing fear.

April 19, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Smart Growth’s political forum

Early voting for the May 20 Primary begins Friday, and local group Smart Growth Newton County is giving residents a chance to hear from all the local and state candidates facing opposition this year.

April 19, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Paving his way

A home-schooled kid with a father who dropped out of high school and a mother who dropped out of college doesn't quite fit the typical profile for a stellar college student.

April 19, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Taking the challenge

THE WINNERS OF THE CHEERIOS CHALLENGE

April 19, 2014 | Anthoney Banks | LOCAL


Sam B. Hay, Jr. into GCA Hall of Fame

The Georgia Cattlemen's Association inducted Sam B. Hay, Jr. into the GCA Hall of Fame at the Cattlemen's Ball on Friday, April 4 during its 53rd annual convention & trade show and 17th annual Georgia Beef Expo in Perry.

April 19, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton HS drama presents new show

Many high-schoolers run out of the door as soon as the bell rings Friday afternoon, eager for the weekend and time away from school. Not Tawana Parker-Bellamy's cast of yellow, emerald and gold. In the auditorium, they dance, sing, laugh, play and make sure they know what type of food will be provided at an upcoming cast lunch.

April 19, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


The hunt is on

Social Circle United Methodist Church kicks off its Easter celebration with its annual community egg hunt Saturday morning at Gunter Hall.

April 19, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Kroger helps give back

The next time you buy your groceries part of the proceeds could go to your favorite nonprofit.

April 18, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Monday is voter registration deadline

Monday is the voter registration deadline for anyone who wants to vote in May 20 Primary Election.

April 18, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Covington Y prepares Cheerios Challenge

The Covington YMCA will host the 13th Annual Cheerios Challenge this Saturday, welcoming runners of all ages to its yearly Healthy Kid's Day Celebration.

April 17, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Gazebo gets committee’s support

The hotly-debated gazebo proposed to be built on the Covington square was sent to a committee this week for more citizen and business owner feedback.

April 17, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Reach for their roots

Recess was over, but a group of Middle Ridge Elementary School second-graders was still outside, accompanied by teachers and even the principal. And there was nothing but encouragement.

April 17, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Farm Bureau hosting meet and greet

Ask the candidates some questions and enjoy some homemade strawberry ice cream May 1 at the Newton County Farm Bureau's candidate meet and greet.

April 17, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Teachers win grants to fund innovation

Four teachers were presented with the Spring 2014 ReImagine Newton Classroom Grant by the Newton County Board of Education at its April work session on Tuesday evening. The grants, funded by the Newton Foundation for Educational Excellence, pay for a wide variety of innovative, instructional projects and materials.

April 17, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Two fatality wrecks on Ga. 36 this week

There were two fatality automobile wrecks this week in Newton County on Ga. Highway 36, but neither involved a Newton County resident.

April 17, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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Icy drive was snow going

Snow is an unfamiliar enough sight for Metro Atlanta residents, but ice-skating Fords, Hondas and Chevrolets? That's just plain out-there.

January 30, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Hackathon to connect local web developers, businesses

Businesses and organizations needing web help and local web designers and developers looking for work have a chance to connect Saturday at a first-of-its-kind event in Newton County.

January 30, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Covington honors 2013 retirees at reception

The City of Covington held its retirement reception Thursday evening honoring the 19 former employees who made 2013 their swan song.

January 30, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man charged with drag racing

A Covington man was arrested for reportedly "laying drags" in the early hours of Sunday morning.

January 30, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


NCSS schools closed for students Jan. 31

Due to continued icy conditions on the roadways, all Newton County Schools will be closed for students tomorrow, Jan. 31, a release from the school system said.

January 30, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Snow Storm 2014: Day 3 closures

The Covington News will continue to update residents throughout the day as Newton County recovers from Snow Storm 2014. Please visit throughout the day to find out more on closures, weather, traffic and any possible emergencies.

January 30, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


County roads getting better; list

Newton County roads are clearing up, and the county offices will open at 10 a.m. Thursday.

January 29, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Newton County Schools closed Thurs.

Newton County Schools will be closed tomorrow, Thursday, Jan. 30, due to inclement weather.

January 29, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


PHOTOS: The Snow Day

While schools and many businesses were closed Wednesday, many Newton County residents had a rare snow day. Check out the photos and share your own. Send any photos you take to us through our Facebook page or to news@covnews.com.

January 29, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton Medical cancels drill

The Newton Medical Center has cancelled its Code Silver drill, originally slated for Thursday.

January 29, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Tales from the snowstorm

Our former webmaster Tyler Smith tells his story of getting stranded in the Atlanta snow (the story had to be typed on a cell phone).

January 29, 2014 | By Tyler Smith Former webmaster | LOCAL


No major accidents, 1 fire overnight

No major incidents were reported throughout Tuesday evening and into Wednesday morning.

January 29, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


UPDATE: Paper deliveries after noon due to icy roads

UPDATE: While Interstate 20 may be passable, many of the side roads are still treacherous and covered in ice. Our carriers will attempt to begin delivery after 12 p.m. today. Some deliveries may stretch into Thursday morning, depending on the condition of the roads. Please bear with us as we work to get The Covington News to you as soon as is safely possible. Check www.covnews.com for updates on road conditions, closures and more.

January 29, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Rhett Butler: one unforgettable cat

When I was growing up, my family always had a cat. I can't remember them all. And after I got married, my home followed that tradition. We always had a cat. But after nearly 50 years of marriage, I can't remember all of their names, either. Most, however, followed a literary tradition, from the first, "Milton," to the last to die, "Earnest" (from "The Importance of Being Ernest"). There were exceptions when my children or a grandchild named a cat. That would include my present cat Julianne, a stray who took up with us and who was named ...

January 28, 2014 | Paula Travis | LOCAL


German pilot showed humanity amidst the inhumanity of WWII

The B-17 pilot was 21 years old, a farm boy from Weston, W. Va., on his first combat mission over the German heartland. His adversary, a former Bavarian airline pilot from Regensburg, Germany, was now a crack pilot for the Luftwaffe, with 22 kills to his credit. He was one victory away from winning the celebrated Knight's Cross. The date: Dec 20, 1943.

January 28, 2014 | Pete Mecca | LOCAL


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