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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


2nd man 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.

February 28, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


ReHeat tour planned for 'Heat of the Night' fans

"In the Heat of the Night" has managed to keep its popular following two decades after its last episodes were filmed, and Covington officials are hoping to turn that popularity into more tourists.

February 27, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Retail meeting focuses on entertainment, retaining young residents

The chamber's goal over the next five to 10 years is to turn Newton County into a regional retail hub, not only capable of meeting the needs of Newton County residents, but also drawing residents from surrounding counties.

February 27, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Crime briefs: Roommate quarrel leads to arrest

An argument between two roommates that reportedly escalated caused one woman to be arrested.

February 27, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Two men arrested after fleeing police

An officer who initially stopped to help two men, whose vehicle had broken down, ended up arresting the same two men after a foot-chase Saturday.

February 27, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Downtown tourist package in works

Covington's tourists will soon be getting an all-access pass to downtown.

February 27, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Newton County Jail log

Courtney Darnell Feagin, 29, Conyers, Feb. 10. Probation violation.

February 27, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Local churches to give away food to those in need in Aug.

In these hard economic times, many families are in need of food. On Monday, Aug. 30, several area Newton and Rockdale County churches will be distributing free boxes of food to all those in need.

August 20, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Marshall tours Fibervisions plant

U.S. Rep. Jim Marshall (D-Macon) visited Fibervisions Wednesday morning to learn about its business model, tour its facilities and ask if he could help.

August 20, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Revitalizing Mr. Rhoades

As the years ticked slowly by, David Rhoades wondered if he would ever find a home of his own. For more than a decade Rhoades lived in a small apartment. When his neighbors were noisy he heard them; when they cooked, the odor of grease filled his nostrils.

He celebrated his 50th birthday, his kids grew up, he continued to hold a solid job at Nisshinbo and he got engaged - but he didn't have a home. When he drove by 545 Jack Neely Road, the house caught his eye. When he walked inside, it felt like home. When he ...

August 20, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Woman charged in ‘09 death of Larry John Marchesseau

The woman accused of causing the accident that killed a 67-year-old man last year was charged with vehicular homicide Friday.

August 20, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


‘Money Mont’ will face life in prison

One of the two men accused in the shooting death of Calvin Kentrell Banks in 2009 has could be sentenced to life in prison, though not for murder.

August 18, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


A wild time at Big Haynes Creek Festival

It's time to run, walk, slither, swim and fly into the fourth annual Big Haynes Creek Wildlife Festival on Aug. 28 and 29 at the Georgia International Horse Park.

August 18, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Joyful jamboree

Investing in the future: On Sunday, Aug. 1, Covington was hosting two "Back 2 School" events. In addition to the one downtown, one was held at Trailblazer's Park on Clarke Street.

August 18, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


What lies in the unexplored depths of Lake Varner?

Litter from the lake: Authorities from the Covington/Newton County Dive Team cleared debris from Lake Varner Tuesday after noticing a large amount of trash in the lake during a search earlier this month.

August 18, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Going for Eagle Scout

The final steps: High School Senior Nic Walter is trying to educate local residents about the value of the Dried Indian Creek wetlands and pier as part of his Eagle Scout project. He is planning to place signs by the wetlands explaining how the plants filter stormwater runoff and protect the area's other plant and animal life. In addition, he is planning to place signs on the pier describing and naming the various wetland plants. Walter is the son of Kevin Walter and Jean Fowler.

August 17, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Wire woes

Under the wire: A little after 3 p.m., a dump truck caught and tore down several spans of an AT&T telephone cable on Washington St. In addition to causing traffic jams while the damaged lines were repaired, it also caused lights to flicker throughout town as the wires collided and touched in the air. Businesses and homes along Washington Street and in downtown Covington experienced brief power loss.

August 17, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Little Miss Covington

The inaugural 2010 Miss Covington and Little Miss Covington Pageant was held Saturday morning at Eastside High School. Participants were judged on a 1 -10 scale, with 10 being the highest. Judges will make their decisions based on overall appearance, first impression, beauty, poise and personality. The winner (Queen/King) in each division received a rhinestone tiara/crown, monogrammed sash, flowers and a large trophy. The winners were:

August 15, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


DeKalb Co. fireman charged with public indecency on I-20

A DeKalb County fireman was arrested Friday afternoon, after he was caught allegedly masturbating in his car on Interstate 20.

August 15, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


‘Footloose’ looking for paid extras for filming

The Georgia Department of Labor's Covington Career Center and Woodridge Productions of Culver City, Calif., hope to recruit about 100 extras for the upcoming movie "Footloose" Thursday, Aug. 19, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at DeKalb Technical College, 16200 Alcovy-Jersey Road.

August 15, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


The pier to nowhere

Many Covington residents who pass by City Hall are left confused by what they see.

"Why is there a pier leading to and abruptly ending right in the middle of a swamp?" they've been known to ask. "Is there a purpose for the pier? Is this really the best use of our tax money?"

August 15, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Zon sworn in as District Attorney

In front of a crowd of hundreds of friends and colleagues, Layla Zon was sworn in Friday afternoon, as the first female District Attorney for the Alcovy Circuit.

Zon's predecessor, Newton County Superior Court Judge Ken Wynne, welcomed everyone, and the Rev. Jason Dees with First Baptist Church of Covington gave the invocation.

August 15, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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