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Q&A with Coroner Tommy Davis

COVINGTON, Ga. – What does the coroner do? What does the elected position entail? The Covington News posed these questions to Newton County Coroner Tommy Davis ...

August 13, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Local


Townhome community breaks ground in Covington

COVINGTON Ga. – Dirt is moving on a 55-unit townhome community in Newton County as a local developer noticed a gap in the affordable home market ...

August 02, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Local


Hwy. 36/Henderson Mill Road construction behind

COVINGTON, Ga. – The completion date for the Highway 36 Henderson Mill Road intersection is still set for Aug. 31; however the work will not be ...

July 21, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Local


Covington man dies in Sunday morning car crash

COVINGTON, Ga. – A Covington man was killed and a Jackson man was flown from the scene by air ambulance after a two vehicle collision in ...

July 20, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Local


Governor attends ribbon cutting at FFA/FCCLA Center

COVINGTON, Ga. – Georgia Governor Nathan Deal was one of many state and local officials on hand in Newton County Tuesday morning for the ribbon cutting ...

July 18, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Local


Newton County citizens hear about LEAP program

COVINGTON, Ga – Approximately 100 people were on hand at the Newton County Historic Courthouse July 10 to attend an informational session on the Logistics Education ...

July 16, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Local


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Tourists flock to Newton’s filming locations

Television fans will descend on Covington this weekend as a showing of the premier of the final season for The Vampire Diaries on Friday, Oct. 21 and the Heat Gathering 2016 for In the Heat of the Night Saturday, Oct. 22.

October 17, 2016 | Sandra Brands | Local


Text-to-9-1-1 now available at county emergency call center

At the Covington-Newton County 911 Center there are five monitors and three keyboards at each station. Each 9-1-1 Call Center dispatch operators monitors the calls that come in, track them if it's made from a cell phone and contact the appropriate emergency response service.

October 17, 2016 | Sandra Brands | Local


Piedmont Newton, a year later

A year after dignitaries stood outside of Newton Medical Center and watched as a tarp was pulled from the top of main entry way, the hospital has seen plenty of changes.

October 17, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | Local


Social Circle Rotary Club fair benefits local projects

The Social Circle Rotary Club fair will be held Tuesday through Saturday, Oct. 18 through 22 behind the Social Circle High School on Alcova Drive.

October 17, 2016 | Staff Report | Local


Literacy is an important attribute for the entire community

Literacy is one of the primary skills needed to graduate high school, earn a college degree or land a decent job, yet, according to Newton County Reads, 90 percent of area employers report they cannot find qualified employees, and 56 percent say it's due to a lack of basic education.

October 16, 2016 | Sandra Brands | Local


Flapjacks for 4-H on coming this month

Members of the Newton County 4-H group are flipping flapjacks on Oct. 29 to earn money for 4-H camps and service projects.

October 16, 2016 | Terri Fullerton | Local


Dozens attend underage drinking at town hall

A group of concerned community members, parents and students came together at Newton High School on Saturday, Sept. 17 to listen, learn and discuss about the need for change during a Town Hall meeting on underage drinking. Around 55 people were in attendance, and each person brought their individual experience and knowledge to the discussion table. Information was shared with the participants regarding the effects of underage drinking on the adolescent brain, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, statistics on alcohol-impaired collisions in Newton County and student-reported statistics on current underage drinking trends in Newton County (from the Georgia DOE's "Georgia Student ...

October 16, 2016 | Hearts for families | Local


Newton Campus Dean Johnny Jones and GPTC part ways

Johnny D. Jones started as Campus Dean for Georgia Piedmont Technical College's (GPTC) Newton Campus in January 2016. He said of that beginning, "I felt instantaneously at home." He reached out, was welcomed, and supported by community leaders and people throughout the Newton Campus service region, which includes Newton, Rockdale, and Morgan counties. However, nine months later GPTC and Jones have parted ways. Jones indicated that although the service region and he were a great fit for one another; the GPTC administrative structure and he were not. His last day as campus dean was Sept. 21, 2016.

October 16, 2016 | Duane M. Ford | Local


Newton County extends trash center tag purchase deadline

Newton County extended the deadline to purchase vehicle tags for its trash collection convenience centers to Tuesday, Oct. 25.

October 14, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | Local


A savory celebration

Thousands attended the annual Taste of Newton at the Porter Memorial Gym Thursday night.

October 13, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | Local


State Route 142 widening contract awarded

A $13.6 million contract has been awarded to Southeastern Site Development, Inc., of Newnan, to widen and reconstruct additional lanes on State Route 142 between I-20 and Alcovy Road.

October 13, 2016 | Staff Report | Local


Christmas parade marches on Dec. 3

The Covington Lions' club Christmas Parade is one of Covington's richest Christmas traditions, and those interested in being part of the event can register online at covingtonlions.org.

October 13, 2016 | Sandra Brands | Local


Georgia Piedmont Technical College to host law enforcement career fair

A career fair for aspiring deputies and officers will be held at the Law Enforcement Academy of Georgia Piedmont Technical (GPTC), 8100 Bob Williams Parkway in Covington on Monday, Oct. 17 from 9 a.m. to noon.

October 13, 2016 | Staff Report | Local


NCSS offers free workshop for families of special needs students

Newton County School System (NCSS) offers "Come Together! Workshop for Families of Special Needs Students," featuring a presentation entitled, "Get Ready Now: Graduation Requirements."

October 13, 2016 | Staff Report | Local


Covington looks at three types of SPLOST projects

At a work session held Monday night, the Covington City Council and staff talked about the city's proposed 2017 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) project list.

October 12, 2016 | Sandra Brands | Local


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