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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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Deputies still searching for Taco Bell armed robbery suspects

At least one suspect is in cusody and deputies are still searching for the other armed robbery suspects that allegedly hit the Taco Bell on Ga. Highway 278 last night and led officers in chase through Newton and Rockdale counties.

November 29, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Diversity defines Dist. 3

Covington News reporter Gabriel Khouli toured the five county districts, with the county commissioners as his guide, to learn more about the people and places of Newton County. In this third installment, Commissioner Nancy Schulz explains why her district is a complex juggling act.

November 29, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Crime Suppression Unit out in force

The Newton County Sheriff's Office's Crime Suppression Unit will be out in force this holiday season to do everything they can to ensure that residents of the county have a safe holiday season.

November 29, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Peoples Bank has poor debt to credit ratio

According to recent reports, The Peoples Bank of Covington may be in danger of failing.

November 29, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Man takes NCSS vehicle on dangerous drive

 Two deputies conducting a search for a suicidal man were nearly run over by a speeding man, who had reportedly stolen a vehicle from the Newton County Board of Education Transportation facility early Nov. 21.

November 29, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Friends of the Library sponsor gift tree fundraiser

The Friends of the Newton County Library are sponsoring a Gift Tree just inside the lobby at the Newton County Library. The tree is decorated with colorful paper ornaments each listing a type of book or audio visual item with the amount it takes to purchase the item. Anyone can donate the suggested amount to the library to purchase a title in their name or to honor someone. Last season, Newton County Residents donated over $1,300 to purchase 70 books, paperbacks and DVDs for the Children's Room and general collections at the library.

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November 28, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


InVest in the NCSO - Nov. 27

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 ...

November 27, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Local cities discuss common problems

On Nov. 13 Newton County's six mayors, including the mayor of Social Circle, met to discuss common issues.

November 27, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Trying to catch up to the growth

Covington News reporter Gabriel Khouli toured the five county districts with the county commissioners as his guide to learn more about the people and places of Newton County. For the second edition, Commissioner Earnest Simmons provided a tour of the county's second smallest and fastest growing district.

November 27, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Forever family

Tina Daniel-Reasey had a lot to be thankful for with two teenage sons, a daughter in college and a supportive husband. There was just one little thing missing, and a year ago that missing piece came home in the form of a bubbly little Chinese girl the Reasey's named Ava.

November 27, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newton woman charged with murder in overdose death of friend

Jennifer Lynn Phelps, 39, was arrested and charged with the murder of 31-year-old Kristen Deanna Williams on Nov. 20.

November 25, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Twilight star to appear at Mall at Stonecrest

In celebration of the hit book series and enormously successful movie, "Twilight," the Mall at Stonecrest will present an exclusive appearance by Peter Facinelli who portrays Dr. Carlisle Cullen on Saturday, Dec. 12, beginning at noon. An autograph fee of $25 will be charged to all fans in line. Photos will be included while supplies last. A VIP photo opportunity with Peter Facinelli is available for $40. A portion of all proceeds will benefit Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation. For additional event information, including rules and regulations, please visit www.mallatstonecrest.com.

November 25, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Oxendine urges caution with turkey fryers

Insurance Commissioner John W. Oxendine urged Georgians to use caution when cooking the holiday bird with the increasingly popular turkey fryer.

November 25, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man caught selling fake laptops

Officers were called to the Raceway gas station after reports came in that a man was attempting to sell stolen laptops to the customers in the parking lot.

November 25, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


The county jewels of District 1

Covington News reporter Gabriel Khouli toured the five county districts with county commissioners as his guide to learn more about the people and places of Newton County. First up, the county's largest and most rural district.

November 25, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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