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Are children at risk in your car?

At least 7 in 10 children are in improperly installed car seats, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Some car seat professionals put the number closer to 9 in 10.

August 30, 2014 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


A taste of the Artful Harvest

Southern Heartland Arts Inc. invites the public to visit Artful Harvest, the annual invitational judged art show, sponsored by United Bank, during September.

August 30, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Students gather Porterdale demographics

A group of University of Georgia students could be seen walking around certain neighborhoods in Porterdale recently, but they weren't just roaming. They were enjoying a refreshing college field trip while learning about Porterdale's demographics.

August 30, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Henderson’s check not the first

Newton County Commission Chairman Keith Ellis cut fellow Commissioner J.C. Henderson a loan, or "paycheck advance," for $4,500 on Aug. 12. Henderson said he needed the money to send his son to college after financial aid promises from Tuskegee University fell through.

August 30, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


No surprises on county agenda

Tuesday's Newton County Board of Commissioners' meeting agenda contains nothing out of the ordinary. Specifically, there's nothing there to talk about the form of government, which was put off for a month in a work session last week but has been lingering just under the surface since.

August 30, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Thieves swipe metal grates from I-20

Newton County's Interstate 20 is missing its metal.

August 30, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Mansfield to work on square of its own

August was a busy month in Mansfield.

August 30, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


NCSO detention officer fired

A Newton County Sheriff's Office detention officer was arrested Thursday, Aug. 28 for inappropriate contact with a minor and, as of Friday, remained in custody at the Newton County Detention Center, according to NCSO Sgt. Cortney Morrison.

August 29, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Ellis' letter about Henderson check

Following is the letter Newton County Commission Chairman Keith Ellis sent the Covington News about the $4,500 paycheck advance given to Commissioner J.C. Henderson. It is reprinted here in its entirety.

August 29, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Lorraine Elementary evacuation ends after sweep due to possible bomb threat

A lockdown on Lorraine Elementary after a possible bomb threat was lifted shortly after noon Friday after a security sweep found the campus to be clear.

August 29, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


I-20 construction postponed

Don't worry much about orange cones on the area's highways this holiday weekend. Instead, just worry about all those other cars.

August 28, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


GPTC hosts healthy choices fair

Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) recently hosted a series of events targeting health and wellness on its DeKalb and Newton campuses. As a part of its "Be ACTive" initiative to encourage faculty, staff and students to engage in healthy choices that will nourish the mind, body and spirit, GPTC held a "Healthy Choices Fair" in the Conference Center on the college's DeKalb Campus.

August 28, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Lunchtime concerts set for Thursdays

A series of concerts, all featuring different styles of music, are set for noon each Thursday in September. All will be held on the Square in Covington, and all are free to the public.

August 28, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Student plans fundraising walk

Tammy Hammonds's daughter is the chair for a committee that worked all year to organize fundraising events to bring awareness to a rare but serious disease the needs a brighter spotlight. And Tammy Hammonds's daughter is only 16.

August 28, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


NHS student arrested for pot, knife

A local high school student was in the custody of the Newton County Sheriff's Office Thursday afternoon after being arrested on campus.

August 28, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


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Fight over milk turns physical; man damages another car with tire jack

A man was arrested Thursday after getting into a fight with his wife in front of their children, and allegedly grabbing her around the throat.

August 01, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Ground broken at Denny Dobbs

Construction is finally set to begin on Denny Dobbs Park after Wednesday's groundbreaking at the site of the future park. Former State Rep. Denny Dobbs, the park's namesake, was "very appreciative and proud of the project," as he said a few words at the ceremony.

The park is being named in Dobbs' honor because of his years of service to Newton County as a legislator and member of the Recreation Commission.

July 31, 2009 | Molly Lundy Covington News Intern | LOCAL


Wise owl

A 110-foot, century-old pine tree dominates the horizon on a patch of Fred Greer's Mansfield farm. This tree should have been cut down and sold as timber long ago, but Greer smiles and points up to a fox squirrel nest and says simply, "It's not hurting me to leave that one tree."

July 31, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Husband throws TV at wife, she uses kitchen knife to defend herself

A woman and her daughter woke Sunday morning to the sounds of their home being burglarized, according to reports from the Covington Police Department.

At roughly 9:50 p.m., one of the women was in her bedroom when she heard a chime sounding downstairs but ignored it, assuming it was her brother coming home. Shortly thereafter, movements were heard in the basement of the home followed by a bang. It was then that the women realized they were being burglarized, according to reports.

July 31, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Landfills closed for holidays, first day of school

In order to balance the county budget, Newton County offices, including the Newton County Landfill and all Newton County Neighborhood Recycling Centers will be closed on the holidays listed below. To help maintain cleanliness and to avoid penalties, residents should not leave trash at Landfill or Recycling Center gates. People who leave trash at gates will be fined. This policy is strictly enforced.

July 29, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Local teen drowns at Factory Shoals Park Saturday

An 18-year-old Newton County teen died Saturday afternoon after jumping into the waters at Factory Shoals Park.

July 29, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Bears decorated for nursing scholarships

UnBEARably cute: The 89th annual American Legion state meeting was held June 26-28 in Duluth. The business meeting and Past President Parley Luncheon was held at the Gwinnett Convention Center. The Past President Parley Luncheon was held on Friday, where Teddy Bears were decorated. President Lula V. Smith-Rachel's theme was "Top Flight" and her bear was decorated accordingly. The American Legion raised $5,000 for nursing scholarships, which will be distributed in five scholarships at $1,000 each. Others in attendance from Covington were 10th District Commander Terrell Moore, Post 32 Commander Bobby Hamby and wife Deborah Hamby (Unit ...

July 29, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington facility achieves OSHA’s VPP Star Status

In late 2008, the safety manager Carla Hanibal, together with the Continuous Safety Involvement team at the Valspar's production facility in Covington, set their target on achieving national recognition for its safety program through the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Its Voluntary Protection Program, known as VPP, requires companies to develop a comprehensive management safety system with active employee involvement.

July 26, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Crime Briefs

Three girls caught stealing from Wal-Mart

July 24, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Denny Dobbs Park construction to begin Wednesday

After 10 years of waiting, District 2 residents will finally see the groundbreaking of Denny Dobbs Park at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday.

July 24, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Library offers free adult computer classes

Each Wednesday from Aug. 12 through Sept. 2, the Covington Branch of the Newton County Library System will be holding free computer classes for adults. Each week, different aspects of computer use will be covered.

July 22, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Council OKs squirrel hunting

Some Covington City Council members were surprised to discover that the city has allowed city residents to shoot squirrels on their property for years, if a resident obtained a squirrel permit from the Covington Police Department.

July 22, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Children’s catch of the day

The Metro Atlanta Hawg Hunter Bass Club presents the 13th Annual Casting Kids Fishing Derby on Saturday, Aug. 1 at the Georgia State Fishery off U.S. Highway 278 in Social Circle from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

During the event, kids will be involved in a variety of activities. From 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. the children will participate in a fishing contest, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. there will be a casting contest and lunch will be provided and served from noon. to 1 p.m.

July 22, 2009 | By Molly Lundy Covington News Intern | LOCAL


Tax free days coming soon

The annual Tax Free Holiday will take place Thursday, July 30, through Sunday, August 2, state wide. Items needed for children to go back to school will be tax free for these four days only.

All school supplies, computers and computer accessories, clothing items and footwear will be tax free for your back to school savings.

July 22, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Local dancers in NYC

Sunday three local area dancers from the Kidz-N-Step dance studio left for the ultimate dance experience in New York City. Deborah Hobbs, 16, Alex Sorohan, 15, and Maggie Beth Callahan, 14, have all competed for, and been hand selected by a panel of judges, to travel to New York.

Jennifer Andrews-Smith, owner and instructor and Kids-N-Step will be chaperoning the girls on their adventure in NYC. Andrews-Smith explained that these girls have, "been competing in national championships for years and they have been preparing for even longer." Andrews-Smith also stated , "the girls will compete at least four to five times ...

July 22, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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