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Salem Camp meeting begins July 8

A Newton County tradition that goes back almost 200 years returns this week.

July 02, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


New Children’s book takes imagination to a whole new level

"Imagination Interactive Counting Coloring Book" is designed to help children develop their imaginations and sense of personal accomplishment, according to the book's creator.

July 02, 2016 | Jasmine Floyd | LOCAL


Square Perk closes

After almost six years of serving local residents coffee, lunch and community fellowship, Square Perk Café has closed its doors starting Friday.

July 01, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


New airport terminal celebrated

State, county and local dignitaries turned out early Thursday to celebrate the groundbreaking for the new terminal at the Covington Municipal Airport.

June 30, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Covington’s Fourth of July celebration to be bigger, brighter this year

As the two grand finales of fireworks went off simultaneously during the 2015 Independence on the Square in Covington, some spectators staring up at the ...

June 29, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Independence Day celebrations across Newton County

Several cities in Newton County are hosting celebrations for the 2016 Independence Day holiday. Check below for events in Covington, Oxford, Porterdale and Social Circle.

June 29, 2016 | Jasmine Floyd | LOCAL


NCSO announces SWAT Team graduates

Several Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team members of the Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) have completed or will complete specialized training at Barrow ...

June 29, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


‘Go-to site for entertainment’ coming to Covington

A "one of a kind, massive, film, TV, music and video gaming production site" is close to coming to Covington.

June 28, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Alcovy, Flint Hill eligible for school choice

Flint Hill Elementary School and Alcovy High School have been identified by the Newton County School System (NCSS) as potentially eligible schools for school choice.

June 28, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Finding alternatives to gangs

It may just look like someone got creative with a spray can of paint, but law enforcement sees graffiti as a possible sign of gang ...

June 27, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Hampton Inn Covington awarded 2016 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award

The Hampton Inn Covington has received a 2016 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award. Now in its sixth year, the achievement celebrates hospitality businesses that have ...

June 26, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County Senior Services receives new shuttle bus

Newton County Senior Services is the proud recipient of a new shuttle bus that will soon hit the road to transport senior residents to and ...

June 26, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Three Newton County deputies graduate from Georgia Public Safety Training Center

The 286th Graduation Class of the Georgia Public Safety Training Center-Athens Academy held their graduation on June 10 at the Winder Community Center.

June 26, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Learning the signs of gang interest

Newton County Sheriff's Office Captain Keith Crum suggested that if parents start seeing gang symbols on their child's school, the need to pay ...

June 26, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Memorial honors former El Charro manager in wake of tragedy

Since the death of Enrique Ramirez Trejo, the El Charro family has banded together to support the Trejo family and one another.

June 26, 2016 | Mariya Lewter | LOCAL


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New clothing boutique to open on Square

Words tumble out of Tiffany Miller's mouth as she talks about relocating Sweet River Boutique to Covington's Downtown Square. Her partner and fiancé Bill Bates is a bit more laconic, but it's obvious he shares the excitement.

March 01, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Shots Fired gun store 'hit hard' in burglary

Shots Fired, a gun store on Washington Street in Covington, was burglarized early Monday morning.

February 29, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Legislation moves forward

Newton County is one step closer to a new form of government.

February 29, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Belton: Campus carry comes through house

As Crossover Day draws closer in the state Capital, week seven was a very long one. Feb. 29 is the day that a bill must pass in one chamber to be considered by the other.

February 28, 2016 | Dave Belton | LOCAL


‘Real Leadership’ author has roots in Newton County

The most challenging period of John Addison's professional life came shortly after the 2008 financial crash.

February 28, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Celebrating Black History Month

The Sixth Annual Black History Month Celebration from Newton County, Covington and the Covington Main Street program was themed Hallowed Ground and featured readings and performances from several community members.

February 27, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Walk of Heroes memorial in need of help

A new campaign push will begin this week. The Walk of Heroes Veterans War Memorial project, based in Conyers, will be reaching out to regional residents, veterans and leaders to request donations.

February 27, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Georgia Piedmont Technical College declared ‘strong; breaking boundaries

Georgia Piedmont Technical College has added a police academy and film production programs to its Newton campus. The programs provide students a new path for career training.

February 27, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Sorority alumni running collection for a cause

The Newton County Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta alumnae is conducting a shoe collection drive through the end of March to raise funds for organization's outreach programs.

February 27, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Ga. State Trooper throws hat in ring for District 1

Georgia State Trooper Nathan Bradley, a 24-year-old Republican, is running for Newton County's Board of Commissioners District 1 seat. This seat is currently held by John Douglas, who recently announced that he will not be running for reelection.

February 27, 2016 | Hezekiah Rodgers | LOCAL


Jeffares: Senate business picks up ahead of Crossover day

We've had some long days this week as we've been working through a considerable amount of legislation. This Monday is Crossover day (or the 30th legislative day) which is the last day in which bills originating in the Senate Chamber can be voted on and transmitted to the House for consideration. Starting Monday, the Senate will only be hearing bills that originated in the House and vice versa.

February 27, 2016 | Rick Jeffares | LOCAL


VanNess Bill presented for protection of child abuse victims

The Georgia General Assembly completed legislative day 29 out of 40 on Friday, Feb. 26. On Friday the Senate debated and voted on several bills and I expect we will continue to pass more legislation protecting the rights of individuals and business owners throughout the state.

February 27, 2016 | JaNice VanNess | LOCAL


Celebrating rejuvenation at GSU-Newton’s daffodil festival

The name of the college may have changed, but the annual festival celebrating the flowering of daffodils continues.

February 27, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Newton chapter of DAR announces essay winners

The Sergeant Newton Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) celebrated its annual Georgia Day and the chapter's 121st birthday at a luncheon on Feb. 10 at Burge Plantation in Mansfield.

February 27, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County Farm Bureau members attend GFB Day at Capitol

Newton County Farm Bureau members traveled to Atlanta, Feb. 4 to participate in Georgia Farm Bureau Day at the Capitol. While at the capitol, members of the Newton County Farm Bureau delegation visited with state legislators and officials. Members of the Newton County Farm Bureau Board of Directors who attended the event included: President Brent Galloway, Secretary/Treasurer Chuck Berry, Legislative Committee Chairman Julius Hays, Kevin Mitcham, and Richard Jolley.

February 27, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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