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Hank Johnson endorsed by Obama

Congressman Hank Johnson, D-Lithonia, who is expected to face a tough primary battle from former DeKalb County Sheriff Tom Brown, received an endorsement Tuesday from President Barack Obama.

March 11, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSO: Man inappropriately touched teen

A man has been charged with cruelty to children and child molestation after he reportedly inappropriately touched a teen while at a gas station.

March 08, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Officer Morgan gets specialized wheelchair

As promised at "Officer Morgan Day," Quantum Rehab officials presented 5-year-old Morgan Steward with a new specialized wheelchair, complete with police lights and sirens, at a special ceremony Friday afternoon at the Covington Police Department.

March 08, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Georgia House considers three high-interest bills

The Georgia General Assembly began last week at a fast pace, since Monday was what we call crossover day. Crossover day is the 30th day of our 40-day annual legislative session. More importantly, it is the last day that you can move a bill out of one chamber of the legislature and still have the opportunity to try and move it in the other chamber. In the House, we considered 64 bills and resolutions during the week, with 52 of those being on crossover day itself. I'll cover the three, by far, most interesting measures.

March 08, 2014 | | LOCAL


Crime briefs: Student hit with cellphone

Deputies with the Newton County Sheriff's Office are working to identify a young female who reportedly threw a cellphone and injured a 10-year-old student while arguing with the student on a school bus.

March 08, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Roommate fight leads to woman's arrest

A Jackson woman now faces a charge of simple battery after she reportedly fought with her roommate.

March 08, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


CMS Cardinals visit Atlanta Hawks

Cousins Middle School's chorus and its cheerleaders recently attended and performed at an Atlanta Hawks game.

March 08, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


District 112 candidates square off at forum

(Watch the video from the debate by clicking here.)

March 08, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Don't forget to set clocks 1 hour ahead

Winter has dragged on in much of the country, but here's a sign spring is close at hand: Daylight saving time arrives this weekend.

March 08, 2014 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Covington man fatally shot in Augusta

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - Law officers say they've taken six young people into custody -- including one who has been charged with murder -- after a fatal shooting in the parking lot of a Kroger grocery store in Augusta.

March 08, 2014 | Associated Press | LOCAL


One WB I-20 lane to be closed next week for construction

One lane on I-20 west in Newton County will be closed from Sunday through Thursday for bridge work.

March 08, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSO: Man inappropriately grabs teen

A man has been charged with cruelty to children and child molestation after he reportedly inappropriately touched a teen while at a gas station.

March 07, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Mansfield Mayor Middlebrooks resigns

Mansfield Mayor Estona Middlebrooks resigned from her position Thursday afternoon, citing a lack of time to devote to the position, though she had also faced questioning and criticism for months from council members and residents about spending of city funds.

March 06, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Alpha Academy principal resigns, may face charges

A Covington man who resigned last week as principal at the Alpha Academy, Rockdale County Public Schools' program for students with disciplinary issues, is being considered for charges of sexual battery after allegations of inappropriate behavior arose from a student.

March 06, 2014 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Man, woman's road rage leaves dents in vehicle

Deputies from the Newton County Sheriff's Office are looking for a man and a woman who damaged a family's vehicle in a fit of rage Saturday.

March 06, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


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County’s mayors discuss railroad at bi-monthly meeting

Though Newton County residents are split on their opinions toward purchasing the Norfolk Southern railroad, the mayors of Newborn and Mansfield appear to be in support of the idea and said Friday they'd like to see the rails converted to trails in their small cities.

March 10, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Victim identified in Sunday murder

The victim of Sunday night's shooting has been identified as 19-year-old Audrey Atkinson. The man investigators believe responsible – 22-year-old Anthony Michael Barrow – was transported to Grady Hospital with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound, and later died.

March 08, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Illuminated

 Agreeing to construct stained glass windows for the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd's bell tower last spring began what church member J.J. Hayden believes is the most memorable experience performing his craft.

March 07, 2010 | Nikita Britt news@covnews.com | LOCAL


Adopt-A-Mile through KCNB

 Adopt-A-Mile is a litter control program sponsored by Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful to attract public involvement in picking up litter along Georgia streets and roads.

March 07, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


The Great American Cleanup

Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful (KCNB) needs volunteers to clean up litter and complete beautification projects during the Great American Cleanup, the nation's largest annual community improvement program. KCNB's kickoff events will be held on Saturday, March 27, at two area Kroger locations.

March 07, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Sweet treats for the troops

Special delivery: Approximately 8,000 boxes of Girl Scout cookies were transferred from a U-Haul to a semi-trailer truck at the National Guard Armory Wednesday morning in preparation to be given out to troops as they board an overseas-bound airplane. For the second year, Ginny Fahs, 18, of Girl Scout Troop 20352, headed up the local donation project as a simple way for people to send Girl Scout cookies to soldiers overseas. Though this year's donations equaled approximately 2,000 boxes less than last year's, Fahs was very pleased with the amount of support given.

March 07, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


County, cities will not receive new state money during March

Because of a miscommunication, Newton County and its municipalities will not receive any new money from the state during the month of March.

March 07, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Taking it to the streets

The more Norris Freeman listened to Superintendent Whitlow Richardson present his plan for school desegregation, the less he liked what he heard. By the end of Richardson's speech, Freeman and the others were nearly in a fury.

March 07, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Resumes being taken for new General Mills plant

Update, April 29, 4:57 p.m. - The Ga. Department of Labor in Monroe is still accepting resumes on behalf of General Mills, but only for forklift positions. Interested applicants should fax resumes to (770) 207-4118 or call (770) 207-4111 for more details.

March 07, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Man arraigned for rape, incest and exploitation

Jeremy Christopher Lee Smith, 19, was arraigned this morning on charges of rape, incest, exploitation of a disabled adult and sexual battery.

March 05, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Check it Out!

SRG Global (formerly Guardian Automotive) donated $5,000 to the Newton County Sheriff's inVEST fund Thursday morning. From left to right: SRG Human Resources Manager Elizabeth Vantassell, Covington Plant Manager Mike Anderson, Newton County Sheriff Ezell Brown and Operation Manager Jay Bailey.

March 05, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


InVest in the NCSO - March 5

The parents of recently injured Deputy Wesley Atha have organized a fundraising campaign to purchase these vests for every county deputy. Their fundraising goal is $113,000. Each vest costs between $500-$700, depending on the size. Each Friday The Covington News will publish a list of individuals, businesses and civic groups who have donated to the cause that week as well as the total amount raised. Donations are tax deductible. Checks should be made payable to Newton Co. Sheriff's Office and earmarked for safety vests and equipment. Please mail donations to NCSO c/o April Jones, 15151 Alcovy ...

March 05, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


4-H nixed as part of UGA budget cuts

Proposed reductions to the University System of Georgia of approximately $300 million could mean the end of 4-H programs in Newton County and a reduction of roughly $9 million to Georgia Perimeter College.

March 04, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Warning: scam artist selling fake Covington News subscriptions

It has come to our attention that an individual calling herself "Debbie" is conducting a scam by obtaining credit card numbers from people over the phone who think they are subscribing to The Covington News.

March 04, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Rec Commission will run NHCC

The Nelson Heights Community Center will be run by the Newton Recreation Commission – end of story.

After years of preparation and months of debate, the NHCC's future was finally decided Tuesday night, when the Board of Commissioners voted 3-2 in favor of the recreation commission's proposal to run the center.

March 03, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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