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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


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


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Students learn through serving others

On Friday, Dec. 20, 4th- through 8th- grade students from Montessori School of Covington focused on what they could do for others rather than what they could give and receive. Students held a food, clothing and used toy drive during December at the school, and on Friday took hundreds of donated food items to Willing Helpers Food Pantry.

January 02, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington man caught for robbery at traffic stop

Robbers struck a pizza store New Year's morning using a fake gun and a sock and then ran straight into a Rockdale County Sheriff's Office traffic stop where they were caught.

January 02, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


2014 primary to be May 20

The 2014 election season will get off to a quicker-than-usual start in Georgia with the state's Primary Election set for May 20, nearly two full months earlier than the traditional mid-July date.

January 02, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


A guide to being a state legislator

After Rep. Doug Holt (R-Social Circle) announced he wasn't seeking reelection, three contenders immediately stepped up, and with every state seat up for election in 2014, more announcements are coming.

January 02, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Newton's newest

Newton Medical Center is proud to welcome Ezra Paul Joyce as the first baby delivered in its BirthCare Center in 2014.

January 02, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Robbers flee into traffic stop

Robbers struck a pizza store New Year's morning using a fake gun and a sock and then ran straight into a Rockdale County Sheriff's Office traffic stop where they were caught.

January 02, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Deputies nab man fleeing checkpoint

A Covington man who fled a traffic checkpoint just before Christmas was caught and arrested after Rockdale deputies found drugs and a stolen gun in his car.

January 02, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Lowest gas price - Jan. 2

The lowest price for regular fuel is $3.19 at Chevron, located at 10176 Alcovy Road and City Pond Road.

January 02, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


CPD names its 2013 employees of the year

Three employees with the Covington Police Department were recognized by their colleagues for their hard work during 2013 and throughout the years.

December 31, 2013 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Tuskegee Airmen assured fellow pilots a happy new year

Nov. 14, 1944:

December 31, 2013 | Pete Mecca | LOCAL


Free digital magazines for library members

Newton County Library members will have free access to 34 digital versions of popular magazines in 2014 thanks to a new partnership between the library system, RB Digital and Zinio.

December 31, 2013 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Kay Jewelers burglarized

Thieves reportedly stole an undetermined amount of merchandise from Kay Jewelers Friday.

December 31, 2013 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


A 2014 legislative preview

Under Georgia law, the Georgia General Assembly begins on the second Monday of January, which will fall on January 13th. This is significant because it is one of the latest dates that such sessions can begin. If a few words could best describe my outlook for the session they would be "Fast & Furious." The late starting date, an election year session and new qualifying dates will combine to put extreme pressure on legislators to get their business done so that they can get back home as soon as possible. There are 40 legislative days in a session; however, these do ...

December 31, 2013 | Jim Tudor | LOCAL


Plenty of food and laughter: A Travis family Christmas

Our family Christmas was the usual afternoon, filled with food and laughter. I didn't have a new tub and sink. The tub is still held up in customs. I told the supplier not to ship anything until after Jan. 1. Who wants to be minus a bathroom while hosting Christmas company?

December 31, 2013 | Paula Travis | LOCAL


(VIDEO) Looking Back at 2013

Looking back at the people and places of 2013

December 31, 2013 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL


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