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NMC hosts community blood drive

Newton Medical Center will host a blood drive in LifeSouth's Blood Mobile on Thursday, July 17 from noon until 6 p.m. Each donor will receive a LifeSouth T-shirt and snacks. All blood types are needed.

July 12, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Historic Dupree home to relocate

One of the most recognizable and well-known houses in Social Circle will soon have a new home.

July 12, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Fire codes workshop set Monday

The Covington City Council will hold a workshop at 6 p.m. Monday to discuss how to implement fire codes for the city's older buildings. The reason is simple: Old buildings might not be compatible with new fire codes.

July 12, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Millwood charged with disorderly conduct

Following the Fourth of July fireworks and the festival held in the Covington Square, Shane Millwood was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and public consumption of alcoholic beverages.

July 12, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Talk radio host visits Covington

Erick Erickson, conservative talk radio host and owner of RedState.com, made an appearance in Covington Wednesday to show his support for Georgia State House 112 candidate Aaron Brooks. Pictured are state district 102 representative Buzz Brockway, Erickson, Brooks, Covington Mayor Ronnie Johnston and state district 147 representative elect Heath Clark.

July 10, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


'Burn building' to help train firefighters

Training to fight a house fire isn't easy. For one, you have to have a burning house.

July 10, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Shane Millwood to play benefit concert in August

Join Shane Millwood and CARE, Sunday August 16th at 8:00 p.m. for a night of music and dancing at the newly renovated Porterdale Gym. All proceeds are for CARE's newest assistance project - providing scholarship money to one or more of Porterdale's high school students attending the Newton County Career Academy (NCCA).

July 10, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Have we lost our minds?!

Time to bring our aircraft on this journey up another 10,000 feet! We're going to get a higher altitude perspective. This week, I'm busting past my pay grade to join the chorus about federal spending habits. Here's the thought: I think we are insane to couple open-ended entitlement programs to the general government!

July 10, 2014 | Doug Holt | LOCAL


GPTC students awarded gold, silver & bronze medals

Georgia Piedmont Technical College students won big during the 50th Annual SkillsUSA Leadership and Skills Conference held in Kansas City, Missouri. The school had a phenomenal showing with students winning gold, silver and bronze medals.

July 10, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


BOE: first public hearing on '15 millage rate

The Newton County Board of Education adopted a tentative 2014-2015 budget based on a total millage rate of 20.45 mills.

July 10, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Woman who left son in car wins custody

A Buford woman who was arrested in Covington last year for leaving her 5-year-old son in her vehicle received judge-ordered full custody of him after apparently proving she overcame her drug addiction, leaving the child's father unhappy and ready to appeal.

July 10, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Restriping to close I-20 EB lanes this weekend

After a holiday weekend respite, Georgia Department of Transportation crews and contractors return to the roadways this weekend for improvements including sections of I-20 in Rockdale and Newton and I-285 on the northwest side.

July 10, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Arrest made in Newton Co murder

A man identified as a suspect in Thursday's murder of a Newton County man was arrested in Orlando Thursday.

July 10, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Film coming to Covington needs extras

Extras are needed for a new production set to begin Sunday in Covington and throughout Newton County and Conyers.

July 09, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


NCSO conducting internal investigation

The Newton County Sheriff's Office is conducting an internal investigation after it was discovered an individual was being held at the Newton County Detention Center following an erroneous arrest in another jurisdiction.

July 09, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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Alcovy Report debuts today

Tune in to CovNews.com at 4 p.m. today for the first airing of the Alcovy Report.

Managing Editor Jennifer T. Long will deliver a brief rundown of the latest local headlines, highlight a reader blog and preview what's coming up in the next edition of The Covington News.

March 23, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Watered down

Newton County residents can now water their plants with two high-efficient watering devices, but the county will soon decide whether to ask the state to allow residents to wash their cars and water their lawns.

March 22, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Fugitive injures deputy in fight

Deputies from the Newton County Sheriff's Office are asking the community for help in locating a man that injured a deputy Friday morning.

March 22, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newborn weighs paying mayor, council

The Town of Newborn may soon start paying its mayor and council members. On April 6 the council will decide whether to amend the town charter to start paying the mayor $100 per month and each council member $75 per month for the 2010 fiscal year.

March 22, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Oxford to pay 911 center

Oxford will begin paying Covington and Newton County $18,282 for the use of emergency 911 services. Covington, Oxford and Porterdale use the 911 Center's services, while Newborn and Mansfield's calls are handled through the county's sheriff's office and fire department. Oxford's bill was based on the city's percentage of the total number of 911 calls in fiscal year 2008. Oxford Mayor Jerry Roseberry explained that Oxford had been such a small user, the 911 center had simply absorbed the costs previously.

March 22, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Spring is in the air

Blooming: Cherry blossoms and dogwood blossoms adorn Academy Springs Park in Covington.

March 22, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Georgia queen contender

What a peach: Taylor Ray was voted Eastside High School's homecoming queen in October 2008. She was recently selected to participate in Georgia's 29th Annual Homecoming Queen Selection held March 28 and 29 at the Holiday Inn Select Atlanta Airport South. Georgia's statewide queen will receive a cash scholarship plus an expense-paid trip to the national finals to compete against the winning queens of each state. Ray is the daughter of Ronnie Ray, pictured above, and Shanda Fish of Covington.

March 22, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Donations to living pets

In memory of furry friends: Ric Burnette, the family service advisor with the Harwell-Wheeler Funeral Home and Cremation Chapel and the Wheeler Funeral Home and Crematory, presents a check for $100 to Betty Bellairs, chair of the Newton County Humane Society. The Wheeler-Harwell Funeral Home PETuary recently began offering a donation for each animal cremated at the PETuary and notifying families about the option of donating to the Humane Society in memory of their deceased pet. Burnette said the idea came to him during a Leadership Newton County visit to the Humane Society. "I noted a great need for funds ...

March 22, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Drunk driver wets himself, asks deputies to “fix him some food”

A vehicle being driven on the wrong side of the road attracted the attention of a concerned citizen late Saturday evening and led to the arrest of a 63-year-old man for DUI.

Deputies from the Newton County Sheriff's Office were called to the Access Road after a driver contacted 911 and told dispatchers she had observed a truck weaving and travelling on the wrong side of the road, causing other traffic to run off the road, to prevent an accident from happening. The vehicle was reportedly going no faster than 15 m.p.h.

March 20, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Driver charged with death of child

The woman who was responsible for the car accident that killed 7-year-old Bobby Joe Couch in November has been formally charged with his death, as well as a myriad of other infractions, including DUI.

March 20, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


New park one step closer to reality

The completion of the first phase of District 2's Denny Dobbs Park overcame another hurdle Tuesday, but only after commissioners and residents discussed the park's future for an hour.

March 20, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Leap into fundraising

Many Newton County children are feeling the effects of the economic pinch since The Learning Center had to cut their popular Dolly Parton Imagination Library program due to a lack of funds.

March 19, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Wal-Mart hoax leads to resignation of 911 employee

A Newton County 911 employee has resigned after reportedly sending out an e-mail to friends and family members about a supposed gang initiation at Wal-Mart on Industrial Boulevard Wednesday evening.

The e-mail created a panic throughout the community.

March 19, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Local man arrested for armed robbery

An 18-year-old Covington man is in jail after deputies alleged he was part of a group that robbed a man and threatened to kill him early Tuesday morning.

According to reports, a man was returning home for the evening at roughly 12:15 a.m. when he was approached from behind by a young black male who reportedly took a swing at him. When he turned around to confront the youth he allegedly found that he was not alone, but that there were three others there with him -- two black males and one white male -- all of whom were heading ...

March 18, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Blaze set outside Newton gas station

A pile of men's clothing set on fire in front of a gas pump was the cause of a blaze early Monday morning at a Chevron off of Ga. Highway 81. Newton County Fire officials are hoping that someone noticed the person responsible.

Firefighters were able to contain the fire to one gas pump where the fire melted the plastic surrounding the pump and a garbage can before being extinguished.

March 18, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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