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Business owners may opt in to self-tax

Does U.S. Highway 278 have anything that makes it special? Many people don't think so, at least, not yet.

June 14, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


City fires in supposedly vacant structures

The Covington Fire Department hasn't had to fight many house fires lately, but two of the most recent fires occurred in supposedly vacant buildings.

June 14, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Officer's speedy response recognized

The Social Circle City Council will honor, on Tuesday, the police officer who was first on the scene of the recent accident involving a CSX employee who was injured near the General Mills facility on Wednesday, May 28 and provided potentially life-saving first-aid efforts.

June 14, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Stars & stripes: Retirement ceremony

The Social Circle American Legion Post 332 conducted a flag retirement ceremony at the Mews Center Saturday morning to coincide with National Flag Day.

June 14, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Newton residents to be featured in Georgia Magazine

Pete Mecca, author of A Veteran's Story feature in The Covington News, will be sharing one of his tales with Georgia Magazine.

June 14, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NMC hosts Breast Party Ever

A group of women got a chance to avoid the "Booby Trap" in an afternoon of learning about Breast Cancer awareness and prevention provided by Newton Medical Center and Breast Patient Navigator Wendy Hankins, RN, CBPN-IC.

June 14, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Radio host, Erickson, endorses Brooks

Conservative web writer and radio host Erick Erickson endorsed Newton County resident Aaron Brooks for the Georgia House District 112 seat.

June 14, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Former Newton chamber exec named GPTC board secretary

Roger Harrison has been appointed as board secretary of the Georgia Piedmont Technical College Foundation's Board of Trustees recently.

June 14, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Swingin' on the Square

Covington got a double shot Friday night as the Swingin' Medallions performed its 1966 hit songs, and plenty of others in front of the Covington Historic Courthouse.

June 13, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Oxford, Porterdale and the GMA

The City of Oxford will be represented at a new Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) Advisory Council, which will help prioritize recommendations made to the GMA and to provide ongoing feedback to the staff on services needed to help cities operate more effectively and efficiently, according to a letter from the GMA to Bob Schwartz, Oxford city manager.

June 13, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Traffic delays possible for water line work

Covington residents could see traffic delays south of the square and in the Old Monticello Street area during the next year as work begins on replacing more than 26,000 linear feet of city water lines, some of which are more than 100 years old.

June 13, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Liquor store plan spurs talk about corridors

A proposal to put a new package store on the Covington Bypass Road has spurred an in-depth discussion about the future of the city's commercial corridors and what they will and should look like, with some officials' modern vision for the future clashing with others' views of what's realistic.

June 12, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Newsflash: P'dale kayak launch Saturday

What: The Porterdale kayak launch on Yellow River will officially open with a ribbon cutting and BBQ

June 12, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


SAVED: local gets massive tumor removed

A massive tumor was surgically removed from a Newton County woman's stomach Tuesday after several trips to the emergency room led to a dead end and distant surgery date.

June 12, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


DDS announces new emergency initiative

Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS) Commissioner Rob Mikell, under the direction of Governor Nathan Deal, is providing a new emergency preparedness initiative for customers obtaining a driver's license or state identification card. Customers may request that their blood type be printed on the back of their permanent card. This addition is completely optional and may help medical personnel during an emergency.

June 12, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Court Sentencings - March 9

Patti B. Jacobson, felony habitual violator 5 years probation consecutive to earlier case, $1,000; DUI, 12 months probation, serve 180 days, $1,000; failure to maintain lane, 12 months probation, $200, plus stipulations.

March 09, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Two shot in fight at ‘the barn’

An 18-year-old man remains in critical condition after a party ended in gunfire early Saturday.

March 08, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Kelsey’s Courage

Randy and Kelsey Upton are more than just father and daughter, they are a team, standing up and telling Kelsey's story in hopes of changing somewhat antiquated laws.

March 08, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


State revenues continue to grow

ATLANTA - Georgia's revenues are continuing to show signs of life.

State money managers reported Tuesday that tax collections rose 26 percent in February from the same month one year ago.

March 08, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Garbage service privatization could save Oxford money

Privatizing garbage and recycling collection service could save the city of Oxford

March 08, 2011 | Tharon Giddens | LOCAL


Cleanup volunteers needed

Volunteers are needed for Covington's Great American Cleanup Event, to be held Saturday, March 26.

March 08, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Art contest opens

An art contest to raise awareness of exception children and their recreational needs is being offered by

March 08, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Two shot at party

An 18-year-old man remains in critical after an early morning party Saturday ended in gunfire.

March 08, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Top state court upholds voter ID law

ATLANTA - The Georgia Supreme Court on Monday upheld a state law requiring voters to show identification before they cast ballots, dismissing objections from Democrats who contended lawmakers had no proof when they approved the new rules that anyone had tried to vote illegally.

The court's 6-1 decision found that no voter has been disenfranchised by the 2006 law, despite claims by the Democratic Party of Georgia that the law creates an undue burden on the poor, the disabled and minorities. The decision, written by Justice Hugh Thompson, concluded that the law was a "minimal, reasonable, and nondiscriminatory restriction."

March 07, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Deal scales back pre-K cuts

ATLANTA - Gov. Nathan Deal said Monday he is revamping his plans to cut the state's prekindergarten program to half-day after an outcry from parents and teachers.

The program will remain a full day but the school year will be cut from 180 days to 160 days, and class sizes will increase by two students to 22 each, Deal said. The moves will allow the state to cut $54 million from the cash-strapped program while adding 2,000 slots, which will put a dent in the 10,000-student waiting list.

March 07, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


HOPE in Senate

ATLANTA - The Georgia Senate is expected to take up a bill overhauling the cash-strapped HOPE scholarship this week.

The bill was introduced two weeks ago by Gov. Nathan Deal and has moved at lightning speed through the Legislature, gaining approval from the House last week. The full Senate could see the bill as early as Tuesday.

March 07, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton loses to Valdosta

FORT VALLEY - Valdosta High School built a lead and held on late Saturday to top Newton High School 68-61 in the quarterfinals of the Class AAAAA playoffs.

March 06, 2011 | Josh Briggs | LOCAL


Chamber supports state film tax credit

Local officials hope the state continues to provide tax reductions to film companies in Georgia, because Newton County receives sales tax from a regular stream of filming projects and the thousands of tourists who come solely because of The Dukes of Hazzard, In the Heat of the Night and the Vampire Diaries.

March 06, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Teen strikes other with bat

An 18-year-old remains in the Newton County Jail after allegedly busting another teen's head open with a baseball bat in a fight over a girl.

According to Newton County Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer Cortney Morrison, the 17-year-old victim was hanging out with friends at a neighborhood gazebo when a girl walked by. One of the teens exchanged words with the girl and the conversation turned ugly.

March 06, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Remembering Audrey Atkinson

Audrey Atkinson was the all-American girl. Blonde and bubbly, she could have been anyone's daughter, granddaughter, sister or best friend. But Audrey had a secret. The 19-year-old was being abused by her boyfriend.

March 06, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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