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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


Women accused of shoplifting face drug charges

Two women who reportedly tried to steal lingerie from Kmart were arrested on drug charges.

March 06, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


GPC dedicates garden to memory of Cline at Daffodil Festival

Spring is a time for awakening and revival.

March 06, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


6 “johns” arrested in Conyers prostitution sting

Six more arrests were made in a recent Conyers Police Department undercover operation targeted at those purchasing prostitution services, known as "johns."

March 06, 2014 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Cline honored at Daffodil Festival

Spring is a time for awakening and revival.

March 06, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Local veteran part of class-action lawsuit

Newton County resident George Siders saw the horrors of the Vietnam War first hand for 13 months – he killed enemy soldiers and he saw his Marine friends die. He saw those horrors replayed in his dreams for years.

March 04, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


State mandates new immunizations

The Georgia Department of Public Health has changed its immunization requirements for new students and sixth-graders enrolling in seventh grade, which will now require that students get Tdap – tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis, and MCV - meningococcal conjugate vaccines prior to entering school.

March 04, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Rocky Plains students honor classmate after tragic death

Students at Rocky Plains Elementary school remembered one of their former classmates by planting a tree and releasing balloons in her memory.

March 04, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


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Local tree on way to Gov's Mansion

With a mixture of sadness and excitement, JoAnn Sims watched her 35 ft. tall red cedar tree be cut down and loaded onto a flat bed truck Wednesday morning, as it prepared to head on its journey to the front yard of the Governor's Mansion.

November 24, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Newton unemployment drops

The unemployment rate in Newton County declined for a second straight month in October, with the rate at 11.4 percent, a .5 percent drop from September, according to information released today by the Georgia Department of Labor.

November 24, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Double lung transplant recipient thankful

During the holiday season it's easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle, to forget about being thankful for what we have and focus on other things. That won't be a problem this year For Jo Ellen Kimball. She is thankful just to be alive after recently surviving a double lung transplant.

November 24, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


African Art

Sharing a culture: The first African and African American Festival was held on Saturday, Nov. 13. Event Coordinator Mary (Terri) James said, "I feel we all should know our history after reading the book 'The Middle Passage.' I felt it was my duty to make a difference in educating people. The event was educational, informative, and enriching to all, history as we know it and live it, featuring African Folk Tales, Slave Ship dialog, local designers and hair stylists. Look for us in Feb. 2011 for Black History Month."

November 23, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Molestation suspect nabbed in Tennessee

A man accused of child molestation was arrested in Tennessee last week after fleeing a warrant for his arrest out of Newton County.

November 23, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newborn prepares budget

The Newborn Town Council is expected to vote on a $306,026 budget for fiscal year 2011 at its Dec. 6 council meeting. The town's fiscal year runs from January to December.

November 23, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Spread the cheer

The holidays are all about giving. Here are some agencies that provide help to the needy. Is your group doing something special for others during the holidays? Send an e-mail to tiddens@covnews.com, or post on our Facebook page. You can suggest additions to our list at Covnews.com/helpers.

November 23, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


State patrol roll out Operation C.A.R.E.

Expect plenty of company on the roads this Thanksgiving holiday, and expect to pay more for gas, too.

The Georgia State Patrol says its officers will be watching for impaired drivers, seat belt violations and speeders, according to a release.

November 23, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Meet the new Congressman at 7 p.m.

Newly elected U.S. District 7 Representative Rob Woodall (R-Lawrenceville) will speak at the Newton County Republican Party's monthly meeting at 7 p.m. at the Covington Women's Club, located behind Amici's Italian Cafe on College Avenue.

November 22, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newborn Opry ending 10-year run

The stage will fall silent in December at the Newborn Schoolhouse as the Newborn Opry is set to end its 10-year run with a final show.

November 22, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Gas costs up for Thanksgiving

Expect plenty of company on the roads this Thanksgiving holiday, and expect to pay more for gas, too.

November 22, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


SPLOST list pared to $57.6 million

Despite the split among the Board of Commissioners, it did reach an informal consensus on a final SPLOST list Thursday night, totaling $57.6 million in projects.

November 21, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


County divided over SPLOST

A divided Board of Commissioners continued to disagree Friday about whether Thursday night's 3-2 consensus decision in favor of Commissioner Mort Ewing's SPLOST proposal was the result of backroom politics or a show of leadership.

November 21, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Garden Club gathering

Leading ladies: The Satsuki Garden Club of Covington recently held their first membership meeting of the year. Club officers from left to right: Elaine Luginbill and Ellen Drossman, Co-Secretaries; Beverly Copeland, 1st Vice President; Christy Lassiter, President; Mary Mansker, 2nd Vice President; Cora Tilley, Treasurer; Bettye Robertson, Chaplain; Susie Jefferson, Parliamentarian.

November 21, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Something to cheer about

Winning ladies: Five Newton County girls were on cheer team that recently won second-place at a United Youth Football Conference Cheer Competition and was awarded the "Atlanta Falcon's Cheer Squad of the Week" in early November. The ladies are Mikenzie Armstead, fifth grade at Fairview Theme Elementary, N'kia Johnson, fifth grade at Ficquett Elementary, Kiara Cannon, fifth grade at Live Oak Elementary, Jamiah Giles, sixth grade at Cousins Middle School and Amayyah Smith-Browning, seventh grade at Indian Creek Middle School.

November 21, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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