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County, city ‘abandon’ roads

Both Covington and Newton County officials took the unusual step of abandoning roads this week, giving them to neighbors who either want to maintain them themselves or simply watch them go to seed.

August 07, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Volunteer, educator, woman of faith

Mary Kate Tribble, Social Circle's Sister, passed away of natural causes in her sleep early Monday morning. She was 86.

August 07, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Ms. Tribble, Social Circle icon, has died

Mary Kate Tribble, long-time volunteer for and life-long resident of Social Circle, passed away of natural causes in her sleep early Monday morning. She was 86.

August 06, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Adolph Brown to head NCSS Ed. Summit

The Newton County School System is pleased to announce that visionary and instructional leader Dr. Adolph Brown will headline the district's Education Summit scheduled for August 23 at Newton High School. Dr. Brown is a "no excuse leader" who will keep attendees thoroughly engaged.

August 06, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


School buses to catch motorists illegally passing at stops

Now that school is back in full swing, Newton County's roadways are busier with students getting on and off of buses twice a day.

August 05, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


School district needs 7th graders for Student Council

If any seventh graders in Newton County are looking for a way to become involved in the school system, openings in a student council are available.

August 05, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Dance studio revival

Dancers and parents banded together for the grand opening of the Rhythm Elements Dance Studio Saturday morning in Porterdale in the space that was abandoned by the previous owner.

August 05, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


City demands seven seats on 2050 panel, but county overrides

The idea was for a 13-member citizens' panel to focus on the details of the 2050 Plan's minimum lot sizes and the proposed "transferrable development rights." But things are in flux.

August 05, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Chief assessor heads to Gwinnett

Newton County Chief Assessor Tommy Knight will leave the job he's held for 18 years at week's end for a position with Gwinnett County.

August 05, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


‘Project Honeycomb’ gets hefty offer from city

"Project Honeycomb" is a local company interested in re-locating within the city of Covington, investing millions in new equipment and expanding its workforce. That's all anybody not on the Covington City Council or with the Newton County Office of Economic Development knows at this point.

August 05, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Hospital struggling with uninsured, underinsured

A month ago, Newton Medical Center officials asked the county to up its millage from 1.2 to 1.5 to help care for ever-increasing numbers of under- and uninsured patients. The county dismissed it, citing a tight budget and a tighter timeframe. The $600,000 that the extra millage would have provided didn't come through.

August 05, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Cell tower resurrected, approved

A lawsuit over the cell tower denied by the Covington City Council last month isn't something the city can likely win, Mayor Ronnie Johnston said. That's why he changed his vote at Monday's council meeting to break a tie and approve a shorter version of the tower than originally requested.

August 05, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


County denies city's request for more panel members

The Newton County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday dismissed the city of Covington's request for six more members on the planned 2050 citizens' panel, quickly reaching a consensus that 13 was the number of members originally agreed upon and there was no reason to change that.

August 05, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Company recaptures stolen tow truck in chase and crash

When a Loganville company's signature rollback tow truck - custom painted with blue streaks on red - was stolen in broad daylight, the employees of Leadfoot Transport took matters into their own hands.

August 05, 2014 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Covington cell tower approved second time around

The Covington City Council reversed a decision to deny a cell tower on Monticello Road at its Monday night meeting, voting 4-3 to approve a 169-foot tower rather than a 199-foot tower as originally proposed.

August 04, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


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George Walton Academy Homecoming Court

Beautiful Bulldogs: George Walton Academy Senior Eleanor "Ellie" Ginn of Covington was crowned the 2009-2010 Homecoming Queen on Sept. 25 during the Bulldogs' game against John Milledge Academy. Ginn was escorted by her father, Marshall Ginn, and presented flowers by Headmaster William Nicholson. In celebration of George Walton Academy's 40th Anniversary, the Academy's very first Homecoming Queen Pam Briscoe Peters assisted with the festivities. Ginn was crowned by University of Georgia freshman and 2008 Homecoming Queen Haley Hodges of Conyers. The court (left) includes Lindsey White, left, (9th grade, Monroe), Alexi Adams (10th grade, Monroe), Lucy Jordan (11th ...

October 04, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Discussion of park in Fairview Est. continues

 Fairview Estates residents remain concerned about the effect of the Neighborhood Stabilization Program in their community, but outright objection has given way to cautious support for many of the residents after Thursday's meeting between county officials and neighborhood leaders.

October 04, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Operation Popcorn

 Decked out in official scouting uniforms with order forms in tow, Cub Scout Packs and Boy Scout Troops around the area are beginning their annual popcorn sale. The Atlanta Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, is excited for its 15th annual sales drive where popcorn lovers around the metro-area can, once again, take part in the world's largest popcorn sale. This annual fundraiser gives youth the opportunity to earn money for camp, activities, trips and prizes. They can also earn money to be applied towards college scholarships.

October 04, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Showing livestock a family tradition

 The heat and humidity on this southern Friday night are evident in the sweat rolling down the faces of competitors and observers.

October 04, 2009 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


What women should know about breast cancer detection

 The words "breast cancer" evoke terror in the minds of most women and especially in the minds of the people who love them. Because breast cancer is today's second leading cause of cancer death in women in the United States behind lung cancer, modern medicine continues to discover and provide ways to prevent, detect and treat this dreaded disease.

October 04, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


King, Casola not indicted by grand jury

 A Newton County grand jury decided Friday not to return any indictments in the case against Stephanie Casola and Anita King who were accused of disrupting the funeral of Lanny Barnes on July 2.

October 04, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Norfolk Southern preparing to abandon rail line

 Norfolk Southern Corp. is in the process of abandoning most of its railroad from Covington to Newborn because the line will no longer be used. The decision to abandon comes after Norfolk Southern chose to not renew its lease with the Great Walton Railroad Company as of Sept. 30.

October 04, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Grand jury does not indict Anita King, Stephanie Casola

Friday the Newton County grand jury considered charges of disruptive conduct at a funeral service, criminal trespass and unlawful placement of signs against Anita King and Stephanie Casola, who picketed at Lanny Barnes funeral. Barnes had previously been convicted of murdering King's 2-year-old daughter Avery, after he ran over her and several members of her family at McDonald's on Highway 278.

October 02, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Cheer heroes

By day they are simple students but on Oct. 7 the Eastside High School varsity football cheerleaders will don their pink capes and become super heroes for breast cancer awareness.

October 02, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


NMC volunteer Betty Ware retires

Betty Ware has arrived at a new chapter in her life. After volunteering at Newton Medical Center for the last 33 years, Betty is retiring and moving to South Carolina to a retirement facility near family.

October 02, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Porterdale kicks off fall with service and fun

For the third consecutive year, Porterdale officials invite everyone to help clean up the Yellow River around the Mill Saturday and then stay for a full day of good food, good fun and good tunes.

October 02, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Most roads now open, some bridges remain closed

While most Newton County roads affected by flooding have reopened, parts of Crowell, Harold Dobbs and Mt. Tabor remain closed per the Georgia Department of Transportation.

October 02, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


inVEST in the NCSO - Oct. 2

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 ...

October 02, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Deputy involved in deadly crash on administrative leave

A Newton County deputy remains on administrative leave after an accident Tuesday afternoon claimed the life of a Covington woman.

October 01, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Man shot in wrist

A 20-year-old man was shot at several times and hit once while walking through The Silos Saturday afternoon.

September 30, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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