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Reporter honored by Senate

The Georgia Senate honored the late Dick Pettys, a former Associated Press reporter who covered state government for decades, with a portrait painted by Dick Yarbrough, a syndicated columnist whose columns appear weekly in The Covington News. Yarbrough was a close friend and colleague of Pettys. With Yarbrough (left) are Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, state Sen. Steve Thompson (D-Marietta), state Rep. Joe Wilkinson (R-Sandy Springs) and Stephanie Pettys, wife of Dick Pettys. The portrait will hang in the Capitol press offices. The Senate press gallery is also to be named after Pettys.

March 15, 2014 | | LOCAL


A succesful Livestock Show for 4-H

Nineteen young people, ranging from second to the 12th grade won over $5,000 in cash prizes, buckles and trophies at the Newton County Livestock Show this month.

March 15, 2014 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


Young professionals meet

Dozens of Newton County's high school students interested in their futures attended the Aspiring Youth Professionals Dinner held at the Newton College and Career Academy Tuesday night.

March 15, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


One EB lane on I-20 to be closed next week

The state will continue construction work on I-20 in Newton County next week with workers switching to work on the eastbound side.

March 14, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man robbed of phones, meats at gunpoint

A man said an unknown group of young males robbed him Wednesday night.

March 13, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Newton County Jail Log

Ameena Jeane Ali, 43, 1719 W. Austin Road, Decatur, March 10. Probation violation.

March 13, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Eastside presenting 'Steel Magnolias' this weekend

Eastside High School's Drama Club will present "Steel Magnolias," written by Robert Harling, at 2 p.m. March 15 and 16.

March 13, 2014 | Hunter Terrell news@covnews.com | LOCAL


Comparing winter power rates

Power prices are always a popular topic, but the conversation has picked up in recent weeks, with Snapping Shoals EMC touting its low prices in the latest statewide survey and residents elsewhere questioning their rates.

March 13, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Nonprofits to share $25,000 from Newton Fund

Five local nonprofits got a $5,000 boost to their efforts to improve Newton County.

March 13, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Play croquet for a cause

The 23rd annual Georgia Heartland Woman's Club Charity Croquet Tournament will be Saturday at the soccer fields at Oxford College.

March 13, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


23rd annual croquet game Saturday

The 23rd annual Georgia Heartland Woman's Club Charity Croquet Tournament will be Saturday at the soccer fields at Oxford College.

March 13, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Bypass Rd. accident kills 1, injures 5

A three-car accident on the Covington Bypass Road Tuesday afternoon left one Covington resident dead and five other people injured.

March 12, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Mansfield moving on after mayor's resignation

A handful of days after the resignation of mayor Estona Middlebrooks, the Mansfield City Council tried to get back to business Monday, and the residents who had been vocally critical of the former mayor thanked the council for answering questions and getting business done.

March 11, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


County to ramp up social media

Work is already well under way to bring Newton County's website into the current age, but county leaders are also planning to build a social media presence to connect with more citizens.

March 11, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Woman with reported mental illness arrested in car theft at hospital

A woman who family members reportedly said had a known case of schizophrenia reportedly stole another woman's car from Newton Medical Center Saturday.

March 11, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


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Newton has 5 of Fortune's Top 100 workplaces

Newton County residents looking for a great place to work locally may want to consider the five companies that garnered spots on the 2014 list of FORTUNE Magazine's 100 Best Companies to Work For.

January 18, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Watch one of Newton's own shine in 4-H concert

Everyone is invited to a free concert on Wednesday starting at 7 p.m. at the Rock Eagle 4-H Center in Eatonton.

January 18, 2014 | Terri Kimble Fullerton Columnist | LOCAL


Chamber sets 2014 priorities

Only 10 of the 89 Baxter International families who have relocated to work at the new manufacturing plant on the Newton/Walton county border have chosen to live in Covington, and new chamber board Chairman Dan Murphy says that's not good enough.

January 18, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Determined student fights against odds

A former Alcovy High School student, who along with his twin brother has been self-sufficient and living on his own since age 16, is aggressively pursuing a college degree, despite high tuition costs and expensive housing.

January 18, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


KCNB plans litter cleanups

Taking their lead from Major League Baseball, members of Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful are having their own Spring Training this year.

January 18, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


MLK observances planned

Several activities mark the observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday throughout the weekend in Newton County.

January 18, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Court helps mentally ill avoid jail

Prosecutors are trained to seek justice, but for years the only kind of justice they could provide for people in need of serious help was to lock them up.

January 18, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Break-ins reported at Covington Y

Several members of the Covington Family Y reportedly saw a man break into two vehicles and then leave the scene with stolen items Thursday.

January 18, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Chamber of Commerce (slideshow)

Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce annual meeting.

January 17, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL


Newborn's new mayor could be leaving

Newborn got a new mayor Monday, but the city might need another one sooner than expected.

January 17, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Newton County jail log

Mia Joy-Nicole Johnston, 25, 15 Riverbend Drive, Covington, Jan. 1. Theft by shoplifting.

January 16, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Mom reports son beaten at NHS

A mom reported to a Newton County Sheriff's Office deputy that her 15-year-old son was beaten up by a 16-year-old fellow Newton High School student after track practice at the school.

January 16, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Broun to hold Q&A in Covington Monday

U.S. Rep. Paul Broun, R-Athens, is hosting a "Coffee with your Congressman" event at Square Perk Café in Covington at 8 a.m. Monday.

January 16, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Chamber honors Loeble

Bill Loeble has devoted much of his life to improving the lives of others at every stage of development, from young men learning responsibility and nature skills, to college students preparing for a bright future, to manufacturing laborers earning a steady wage and providing for their families.

January 16, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Arrest made in escort robberies string

The Covington Police Department has made an arrest in a string of strong-arm robberies in which a man police described as a "predator" allegedly robbed and attacked several female escorts.

January 16, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


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