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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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Cheerios Challenge raises funds for families

About 725 runners and walkers were up bright and early Saturday morning for the eighth annual Cheerios Challenge, along with more than 500 onlookers and supporters and 102 volunteers who pitched in to make the event a success.

April 24, 2009 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Newton Medical Center annual Spring Gala coming up Saturday

Newton Medical Center's Annual Spring Gala planned for April 25 will be a night to remember. Hosted by Linda and Reginald McFarland of Social Circle, the event promises to be elegant and entertaining.

April 24, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


County to recieve smart growth help

Newton County is receiving help from the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) to plan for smart growth and future mixed-use developments along U.S. Highway 278, such as mixed retail-office and retail-residential buildings.

April 24, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Children of Eden

The Social Circle Theater will present the final showing of their largest production to date, "Children of Eden," a theatrical production from the book of Genesis, April 24 through April 26. Performances are 8 p.m. Friday, a sold-out 3 p.m. Saturday matinee and 6 p.m. Sunday.

April 24, 2009 | Colleen Capes Jackson | LOCAL


City and county consider purchasing local Norfolk Southern railroad

The City of Covington and Newton County have been considering purchasing railroad right-of-ways from Norfolk Southern for the past several months. On Tuesday, the city and county held a joint public meeting to enlighten the public and discuss the benefits and risks of possibly purchasing the railroad. The Covington News will have more on this story in Sunday's paper.

April 23, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Angela Hodges is Conservationist of the Year for Newton County

Angela Hodges was recognized as conservationist of the year April 21 by the Upper Ocmulgee River Soil and Water Conservation District. The award was presented at the district's annual program for the achievements in soil and water conservation on her farm. Hodges was presented with a plaque of recognition by Newton County District Supervisor Larry McSwain.

Angela and her husband Bo Thompson operate Anna Beth's Farm named after her niece located on Ga. Highway 229. They have installed many conservation practices through the 319 Grant including livestock exclusion fence for their pond and creek, installed water facilities with ...

April 22, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


A long time coming

It's been about 188 years since the Brick Store was first built and quickly became the hub of the community in Newton County.

The store still stands on U.S. Highway 278, a tribute to times gone by. But recently Brick Store has received some long overdue credit, after being added to the National Register of Historic Places. After 18 months of hard work, researching ownership and past uses of the former Superior Court of Newton County building, the Newton County Historical Society and the county's landscape architect were informed of the decision.

April 22, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Local groups rally to keep Newton clean

Members of Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful will join volunteers from across the county to collect trash from local roadways and green areas Saturday.

"We're participating along with thousands of volunteers throughout the United States in the Great American Cleanup, which is sponsored by Keep America Beautiful," said Connie Waller, executive director of KCNB.

April 22, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Drowning victim identified

A Conyers woman who fell into the rapid waters at Factory Shoals Park late Monday morning was found dead, a victim of a drowning.

According to Newton County Sheriff's Office 1st Lt. Mark Mitchell, a call for help went out at roughly 11 a.m. when a group of the friends that the women, identified as 35-year-old Marie Elaina Carley, was with, called 911 after the she accidentally fell into the water and they were unable to find her.

April 21, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Rising to the Cheerios Challenge

About 725 runners and walkers were up bright and early Saturday morning for the eighth annual Cheerios Challenge, along with more than 500 onlookers and supporters and 102 volunteers who pitched in to make the event a success.

April 20, 2009 | Anthoney Banks | LOCAL


Newborn town budget finally approved for 2009

The Newborn Town Council finally approved its 2009 calendar year budget after months of discussion and uncertainty. Councilwoman Suzanne Bean said the $297,342.92 budget wasn't passed until March 16 because of council members' differing opinions and uncertainty about how the economy would affect the city's revenue, particularly property taxes.

April 19, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Police, deputies look for robbery suspects

Both the Covington Police Department and the Newton County Sheriff's Office are seeking the community's help in finding men that they say are responsible for robberies on April 11 and 14.

April 19, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


The power of public service

A visit from the congressman: Congressman Jim Marshall (D-District 8) speaks to ninth through 11th graders on Thursday at Newton High School, while Principal Roderick Sams looks on, about the importance of serving their country through the military and other public agencies.

April 17, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Local leader, business owner mourned

Prominent Newton County resident Otis Spillers passed away April 14 at the age of 90, but not before he touched many lives in the community he had called home since 1935.

April 17, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


The end of the drought

Newton County is no longer under "drought" conditions, but that doesn't mean the county will no longer have drought restrictions.

April 17, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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