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The News will live stream retail meeting tonight

UPDATE: Just a reminder that the chamber is hosting a public meeting tonight at 5:30 p.m. to go over the county's latest retail study, give the public a chance to weigh in and provide interested locals with resources to start their own business. If you can't make the meeting, The Covington News will be live streaming the meeting at CovNews.com.

February 22, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Car reported stolen from sales lot

An employee at an auto dealership reported that someone stole one of the vehicles from the business.

February 22, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Watershed concern could scuttle plan for new McDonald's

McDonald's wants to open a location on Ga. Highway 11, attached to the BP gas station just off I-20, but residents and officials are split on whether to grant an exception to the county's watershed laws.

February 22, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Families encouraged to apply for farm awards

Even though most Georgians are several generations removed from their family farm, many can trace their family history back to a farm and even still have relatives farming the family home place.

February 22, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton couple serving on Young Farmer committee

Newton County Farm Bureau members B.J. and Kaci Marks of Covington are serving on the Georgia Farm Bureau Young Farmer Committee for 2014.

February 22, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSO honors employees for service

The Newton County Sheriff's Office honored its deputies and employees for their service to the community Friday.

February 22, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


House weighs measures to amend U.S. Constitution

The House began shifting gears toward more floor work last week as the intensity of the session ratcheted up. We voted on 33 bills and resolutions.I'm going to focus on four that were rather out of the ordinary.

February 22, 2014 | Doug Holt R-Social Circle | LOCAL


Family movie night to support cancer research

This Friday night, make it a family movie night with Newton County 4-H.

February 22, 2014 | | LOCAL


NCSO seeks missing teen

The Newton County Sheriff's Office is actively seeking the assistance of the public in locating runaway juvenile, Amani McNeal.

February 21, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Chamber's eco. dev. office in transition

(Covington, GA), February 20, 2014 – The Newton County Chamber of Commerce announced today that Dave Bernd has been named as Vice President of Economic Development.

February 21, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Makeup days approved for students

School will be in session a little longer before summer break this school year, that's if you're not a graduating high school senior.

February 20, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


BOE to purchase emergency devices for schools

The Newton County School System is continuing its security efforts to protect students.

February 20, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


County BOC could return power to chairman

County commissioners could decide to return ultimate authority to the county chairman, a move that would reverse, or least alter, the decision by a previous board in November 2011 to create a county manager form of government.

February 20, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


A look at some House bills

Last week the House voted on 11 bills and resolutions in our weather-abbreviated floor time. Several items are worthy of note.

February 20, 2014 | Rep. Doug Holt R-Social Circle | LOCAL


City unveils full plan for square

Covington officials took another step toward adding a gazebo to the square Tuesday and also unveiled a full landscaping plan that reinvents areas of the square.

February 20, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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NMC director of volunteer services retires after 30 years

Longtime Newton Medical Center employee Martha Taylor shared smiles and hugs at her recent retirement reception, as hospital officials and employees honored her for more than 30 years of service.

December 28, 2013 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Teen points BB gun at officer

Juvenile complaints were filed against three young males on Christmas Day, and two of the teens were tasered by Covington police officers.

December 28, 2013 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Man arrested after Christmas Eve gunfire

A man was arrested on Christmas Eve after allegedly firing a gun in a home during a family gathering.

December 28, 2013 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Newton has new development services director

Lynn Morgan Ervin was appointed director of Newton County's development services department in October, after serving as interim director since April.

December 28, 2013 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Increased patrols planned on New Year's Eve

Local authorities will be upping patrols this New Year's Eve in an attempt to crack down on drunk driving in Newton County.

December 28, 2013 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


County preparing for increased growth

Homebuilding is picking up and entrepreneurs and corporations are increasingly considering Newton County in their search.

December 28, 2013 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Gun from hair weave shooting found

The gun believed to have been used by the assailants in the deadly Dec. 11 hair weave armed robbery has been located by an Alcohol Firearms and Tobacco agency K-9 team in the wooded area near the scene.

December 28, 2013 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Lowest gas price - Dec. 27

The lowest price for regular fuel is $3.09 at Flash Foods, located at 4175 Salem Road and Brown Bridge Road.

December 27, 2013 | Staff Report | LOCAL


A BETA Christmas

The Newton High School Beta Club were in the giving holiday spirit this week as they helped deliver Christmas to several families Monday.

December 26, 2013 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Porterdale buys house for new city hall

Porterdale's new city hall will soon have a much homier feel.

December 26, 2013 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Newton to hold prayer breakfast

The Newton County community's annual legislative prayer breakfast will be held on Friday, Jan. 10, and this year will move to First Baptist Church in Covington from its previous site, the County Recreation facilities.

December 26, 2013 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Grabbing an after-holiday deal

With his girlfriend at work today Payton Hendricks was stuck with shopping for after-Christmas deals Thursday. "We always buy our wrapping paper and gift boxes after the Holidays." Hendricks explained. With a cart full of miscellaneous Christmas items from Walmart, Hendricks said he plans to visit more stores in Covington and Monroe for more deals.

December 26, 2013 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL


Have a memorable Christmas

December 23, 2013 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Santa Claus visits Elks Lodge

The Covington Elks Lodge recently held a Santa Claus party for area special-needs children. A snack buffet was provided, and each child took home several gifts. Also included were a visit from Santa; "Twas the "Night before Christmas" told by Elk Reed Blakeney and Elkadette Mikey Wagy, and fun Christmas music provided by local Atlanta Country Music Hall of Fame entertainer Anita Denny. The Covington Elks Lodge also hosts several dance events during the year for older special-needs youths and encourages participation of neighboring counties. This is provided for in part by a grant from the Elks National Foundation. For ...

December 23, 2013 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man reports robbery, cited for marijuana

A man reported to a Covington police officer that he was beaten and robbed at gunpoint Friday.

December 23, 2013 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


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