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Unlucky crook attempts break in at cop's home

A man who was attempting to break into a Covington home on New Year's Day was surprised when the off duty state police officer who lived there opened the door and took him into custody at gunpoint.

January 07, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Keeping animals safe in the cold

A fur coat only goes so far, the Georgia Department of Agriculture's Animal Industry Division warned Wednesday when it urged pet owners and farmers to take precautions with their animals as temperatures drop.

January 07, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Tommy Craig reappointed county attorney

County Attorney Tommy Craig will serve another year in that position after the Newton County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to reappoint him at Tuesday night's meeting.

January 06, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Hall to leave Chamber of Commerce

Hunter Hall is leaving the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce for a business development position with Kelly Products after informing his staff of the change Monday.

January 06, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Legislative Prayer Breakfast Friday

The Rotary Club of Covington will host its annual Prayer Breakfast Friday at First Baptist Church in Covington.

January 06, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Merger of GPC, GSU approved

Georgia Perimeter College will soon become part of Georgia State University after a proposal recommending the consolidation of the two schools from Board of Regents Chancellor Hank Huckaby was approved Tuesday morning.

January 06, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Poll: Would you renew Tommy Craig?

To vote on this poll, please visit the main webpage of CovNews.com, and scroll a little more than halfway down the page. The poll is located in the center portion of the website below the "Ask the Expert" section.

January 06, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Former NYPD det. has storage unit robbed

A retired NYPD Detective had around $14,000 worth of items taken from his storage unit at South of the Square Storage recently.

January 06, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Drinking water pipe replacement begins

The City of Covington has completed several large public works projects with a major drinking water pipe upgrade currently underway.

January 06, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington swears in 4 new officers

The city of Covington and the Covington Police Department swore in four new officers at Monday night's city council meeting, amid trying times for police officers.

January 05, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Ann Brewer: A legacy of service

Ann Capolino Brewer was a natural leader known for her relentless efforts to better her community. She was especially known for her work on behalf of those suffering from cystic fibrosis, and was a champion of Georgia farmers as one of the first organizers of the organic food movement.

January 05, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


History speaks from beyond the grave

The old Dover Cemetery is all but invisible from the road save for a few heavily worn headstones peeking out from a family plot overgrown with long, dry grass and pine saplings. Further back, some of the more recent headstones have been tended to, but a collapsed wire fence and thickets of brambles stand as evidence of years of neglect.

January 03, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


New Year Nutrition

2015 is here! And if you are like me, you enjoy your family traditions surrounding this holiday.

January 03, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Storms predicted this weekend

Storms will usher in more rain, followed by cold temperatures across Newton, Rockdale and surrounding counties this week.

January 03, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Sheriff, dentist awarded at MLK celebration

At the 25th annual Newton County Celebration of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Sunday afternoon, two prestigious local awards were presented to community icons.

Dr. Melvin O. Baker, DMD was honored with the I Have A Dream Award. The I Have a Dream Award was first presented in 1987 is given to individuals who "exemplify the philosophy of Dr. Martin Luther King," according to celebration committee secretary Josephine Brown.

January 21, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Pridgett case is ready for spring trial

Attorneys for the prosecution and defense announced Tuesday morning that they are ready to go to trial on the state's case against 19-year-old Jamal Marquez Pridgett, who is charged with shooting several men and killing one during a dice game on the evening of Oct. 7, 2008.

January 20, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Vehicle chase from DeKalb comes to end in Newton Co.

Deputies from the Newton County Sheriff's Department were involved with a vehicle chase and brief foot chase Monday afternoon when a man drove a carjacked vehicle into Newton County.

According to 1st Lt. Mark Mitchell, deputies were dispatched with an armed robbery that had already occurred. A distraught woman, who was at Delaney Parkway off Crowell Road had called 911 and told dispatchers that she had been kidnapped from the front of her subdivision in DeKalb County by two black males.

January 19, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Flood warning issued for Newton County

January 17, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSO launches Explorer program

The Newton County Sheriff's Office has began the launch of an Explorer Program for students in the Newton County School system.

January 17, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Locals home safe from quake-stricken Haiti

The church was newly built, and the group of American missionaries and Haitians were standing in it and thanking God through prayer. Suddenly, a deafening roar filled the church, as if Niagara Falls had been transplanted to the Haitian mountains.

January 17, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


No place like home

The following is the second in a three-part series looking at domestic violence in Newton County. Names have been changed to protect the victims and their families.

January 17, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


5th judge may not be sworn in until July

District Attorney Ken Wynne will most likely not be sworn in as the fifth Superior Court Judge of the Alcovy Judicial Circuit until at least July 1.

Alcovy Chief Justice John Ott recently received a call from the governor's office telling him to prepare to remain at the status quo - no permanent fifth judge.

January 17, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


2010 Arnold Award winners announced

When friends of Lee and Jerry Aldridge speak about the couple, listeners can hear the passion in their voices.

And when long-time friend Nonie Needham introduced the couple as co-recipients of the 2010 R.O. Arnold Award to an assembled crowd of friends, the response was a standing ovation.

January 16, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Oak Hill Animal Hospital charity drive a success

Even with the current economic downturn, Oak Hill community members proved that the Christmas Spirit still exists. In spite of high unemployment rates, furloughs and other financial strains, the Christmas Charity Drive at Oak Hill Animal Hospital has raised much-needed funds and supplies to benefit the Newton County chapter of the Humane Society.

The drive, conducted during the entire month of December, collected food, paper towels, pet carriers, cat litter and other necessary pet items, and raised a total of $150 in cash donations. Oak Hill Animal Hospital matched the contributions, making a $300 donation for needy animals in Newton ...

January 16, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


YMCA Boot Camp: be careful what you ask for

The Covington YMCA is getting ready for a new session of Boot Camp under the direction of Instructor Crystal Hounschell. This program is available to members and non-members of the YMCA. Boot Camp is a 12-week program which meets Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 5:45 p.m. Boot Camp will begin its 12-week session on Friday, Jan. 25, and will conclude with participating as a group in the YMCA's Annual Cheerios Challenge on April 17.

January 15, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


InVEST in the NCSO campaign - Jan. 15

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 ...

January 15, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Several non-profits awarded needed grants

A group of Newton non-profits received a significant financial boost Thursday morning. The Newton Fund, a group that supports non-profits and philanthropy in general, held its annual grant reception and awarded $18,000 to seven needy and deserving local organizations.

January 15, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


City grant writer has FDIC violation in past

Following the December hiring of Randy C. Conner as a grant writer for the City of Covington, some residents and elected officials have expressed concern about a previous banking violation on Conner's record.

January 15, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Jerry and Lee Aldridge win R.O. Arnold Award at annual Chamber meeting

One of the county's most prestigious awards was given to two of the county's longest serving citizens. Jerry and Lee Aldridge were the announced as the co-recipients of the 2010 R.O. Arnold Award, which was presented to them at the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce annual meeting Thursday night.

January 14, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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