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Man who requested sex faces battery charge

A man who reportedly asked a woman to have relations with him at a hotel was arrested for reportedly assaulting the woman when she refused to do so.

March 04, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL

Three teens reported missing are safe

Three teen's whose family's reported them missing the last two weeks of February have been found safe.

March 04, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL

NCSO: All three teens found

Updated story, March 4, 12:42 p.m.: Destiny Davis, the last of the three teens reported missing last week, turned herself in to Newton County Juvenile Court around noon Tuesday, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

March 04, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Conyers man arrested in GBI child predator sting

Fourteen people, including a Conyers man, were arrested for their intent to have sex with a child as part of a recent Georgia Bureau of Investigations undercover operation.

March 03, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Into the weeds

Abe and Mary Elizabeth Hopkins can barely move most of the time, their minds and bodies trapped by different disorders that frequently leave them listless and unable to react to the world around them.

March 01, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Newton County Jail log

Carman Dale Phillips, 29, 185 Oak Hill Drive, Covington, Feb. 25. Cruelty to children, Battery to infant child.

March 01, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

4-H forever: Youths respond to high standards of behavior

I love taking 4-H and Youth Leadership Institute youths on trips, because inevitably someone will comment that they're more mature and better dressed than the adult groups around them.

March 01, 2014 | Terri Kimble Fullerton Columnist | LOCAL

Second suspect arrested in attempted burglary

Deputies with the Newton County Sheriff's Office arrested a 19-year-old male who was reportedly found taking weapons from a residence with another male Thursday.

March 01, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL

House votes on some interesting bills

Business in the Georgia House intensified last week. We considered 77 bills and resolutions on the House floor in a number of lengthy sessions, while at the same time producing several dozen bills per day from numerous committee meetings. We've now reached the final quarter of the session, and the pressure is on to get everything done. None of the measures we saw during the week was really high profile, but several were interesting.

March 01, 2014 | | LOCAL

Newton Trails to host bike rides

Newton Trails is gearing up for two upcoming bike rides.

March 01, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

The News, Liberty Alliance to hold district 112 candidate forum

Political season is in full swing, and The Covington News and Newton Conservative Liberty Alliance will be hosting a forum Friday for state representative candidates for District 112.

March 01, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Candidate qualifying is this week

Georgia's 2014 political season is moving at a furious pace, and qualifying for local, state and federal seats is next week, more than two months earlier than past election cycles.

March 01, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Clements Middle holds special Black History Month program

Clements Middle School celebrated the last day of Black History Month with a lineup of musical performances and speakers at the school Friday.

March 01, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL

Breaking down medical marijuana bill

Medical marijuana can be an emotional subject, from the parents seeking help for their children to the state representative on a mission to introduce clinical testing in Georgia.

March 01, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Sat. town hall canceled

Update: The town hall scheduled for Saturday at the Historic Courthouse has been canceled due to a death in the family of state Rep. Pam Dickerson.

March 01, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

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NCSS may use online system

Payments for a number of school-related activities may soon be accepted online.

January 16, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL

Get free coffee, talk to you congressman

U.S. Rep. Paul Broun, R-Athens, is hosting a "Coffee with your Congressman" event at Square Perk Café in Covington at 8 a.m. Monday.

January 15, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Gang of girls threatens man's daughter

A father reported that a group of teens allegedly threatened his daughter at his home and via Facebook Sunday.

January 14, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL

City hires new utilities director

Covington has hired a new utility director to run its electric and gas systems, choosing a former Georgia Power employee, Tim J. Morris.

January 14, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Residents hit hard by frozen pipes

Hundreds of Newton County residents and dozens of businesses and organizations suffered damage from broken pipes and flooding last week, with the state's insurance commissioner estimating Georgians had $75 million worth of insured losses as a result of the state's arctic weather.

January 14, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Toddler reportedly found intoxicated

Officers with the Covington Police Department arrested a man on disorderly conduct charges after he and his girlfriend reportedly got into an argument after her 2-year-old son became intoxicated while in his care.

January 14, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL

New Leaf apartments available for rent

Apartments are being snatched up at the recently-opened New Leaf Center, but there were still 21 one-bedroom units available as of early Tuesday.

January 14, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

College fair planned Saturday

The Chi Tau Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and the Stone Mountain-Lithonia Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority will join Springfield Baptist Church in hosting a college fair this weekend.

January 14, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Freedman: Heroism in world's trouble spots

This is the second of two parts of Gary Freedman's story.

January 14, 2014 | Pete Mecca | LOCAL

Newton County jail log

Shahkor Eddie-Ralick Alston, 17, 50 Trelawney Trace, Covington, Jan. 1. Disorderly conduct.

January 14, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Some have cooking gene, some don't

My husband was watching an afternoon TV show last week on which a chef of some renown was cooking. He had toasted an English muffin and sliced it. On the bottom half he put a slice of ham he had cooked in a frying pan, and he topped that with some cheese. He had baked eggs in ramekins, and he placed one of the eggs on top of the cheese and ham and then put some sauce on the other half of the English muffin and put it on the egg. The other hosts then got to enjoy the results.

January 14, 2014 | Paula Travis | LOCAL

U.S., local candidates speak in Newton

Mike Collins, candidate for U.S. representative (10th district), Karen Handel, candidate for U.S. senate, and Aaron Brooks, candidate for state representative (district 112) spoke to the Newton Conservative Liberty Alliance Thursday evening at Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church.

January 14, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Newton Restaurant Scores - Jan. 14

Below are restaurant scores from Nov. 26, 2013 to Jan. 13, 2014:
  • America's Best Value Inn, 10101 Alcovy Road, Covington, Dec. 9. 91, A
  • Amici Italian Café, 1116 College St., SE Covington, Jan. 8. 95, A
  • Applebee's Neighborhood Grill& Bar, 5176 Highway 278 NW, Covington, Jan. 3. 99, A
  • Baymont Inn& Suites, 10111 Alcovy Road, Covington, Dec. 23. 100, A
  • Bojangles', 5156 Highway 278, Covington, Dec. 10. 96, A
  • Covington Lodge, 9161 City Pond Road, Covington, Dec. 23. 94, A
  • Da Culture, 6152 Highway 36, Covington, Dec. 3. 100, A
  • Days Inn, 10166 Alcovy Road, Covington, Dec. 2 ...

January 14, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

DeKalb superintendent talks leading through unity

DeKalb County School System Superintendent Michael Thurmond challenged Newton County's leaders Friday to expand their comfort zones across racial, economic and geographical barriers and to listen and concern themselves with the welfare of all their constituents. He asked leaders to join him in his "bold, new vision" for a Georgia that isn't separated by race, location, style of living or even political party, but is instead unified.

January 11, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Nelson Heights gets $8,000 more in funding

The newly reorganized Nelson Heights Community Center is impressing county commissioners, who have voted to give the center an additional $8,000 for the second half of fiscal year 2014.

January 11, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

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