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Scholarship gala to honor Goodman

The Newton County Historical Committee on Black Heritage Preservation is honoring City Councilwoman Janet Goodman at its first Scholarship Gala Friday, Feb. 28, beginning at 6 p.m., at Under the Stars Banquet Center in Oxford. Tickets are $25.

February 25, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL

Settlement ends Mansfield Power Line Conflict

Mansfield officials' two-and-half-year fight to prevent a new power line from being built through their city has fallen short, as the city agreed this month to accept a $250,000 settlement.

February 25, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Crash kills 20-year-old

A single-vehicle crash killed a 20-year-old Covington man and sent two others to the hospital.

February 25, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Covington Explorers compete in Gatlinburg

Twenty-four young adults in the Covington Police Explorers program recently traveled to Gatlinburg, Tenn., to take part in the 2014 Boy Scouts of America Winterfest Competition, and placed in one of the competitions.

February 25, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL

20-year-old killed in fiery car crash

A fatal single-vehicle crash killed a 20-year-old Covington man and sent two others to the hospital.

February 24, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Arbor Day Celebration

Arbor Day Celebration in Newborn Ga.

February 23, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL

Former Main Street director takes over retail recruitment

The Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce decided to fill its vacant industrial recruiter position in-house, tabbing retail recruiter Dave Bernd, a former 33-year Kimberly Clark executive, to lead its efforts.

February 22, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

NCSO honors former deputy killed in Afghanistan

The family of a Mansfield man killed Christmas Eve 2012 in Afghanistan accepted honors and recognitions on the man's behalf for his heroic services globally and in the Newton County community.

February 22, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL

The News will live stream retail meeting tonight

UPDATE: Just a reminder that the chamber is hosting a public meeting tonight at 5:30 p.m. to go over the county's latest retail study, give the public a chance to weigh in and provide interested locals with resources to start their own business. If you can't make the meeting, The Covington News will be live streaming the meeting at

February 22, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Car reported stolen from sales lot

An employee at an auto dealership reported that someone stole one of the vehicles from the business.

February 22, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL

Watershed concern could scuttle plan for new McDonald's

McDonald's wants to open a location on Ga. Highway 11, attached to the BP gas station just off I-20, but residents and officials are split on whether to grant an exception to the county's watershed laws.

February 22, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Families encouraged to apply for farm awards

Even though most Georgians are several generations removed from their family farm, many can trace their family history back to a farm and even still have relatives farming the family home place.

February 22, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Newton couple serving on Young Farmer committee

Newton County Farm Bureau members B.J. and Kaci Marks of Covington are serving on the Georgia Farm Bureau Young Farmer Committee for 2014.

February 22, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

NCSO honors employees for service

The Newton County Sheriff's Office honored its deputies and employees for their service to the community Friday.

February 22, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL

House weighs measures to amend U.S. Constitution

The House began shifting gears toward more floor work last week as the intensity of the session ratcheted up. We voted on 33 bills and resolutions.I'm going to focus on four that were rather out of the ordinary.

February 22, 2014 | Doug Holt R-Social Circle | LOCAL

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Elementary student threatens another with knife

A Flint Hill Elementary School student was charged with terroristic threats after allegedly threatening to kill another student with a knife.

January 11, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL

Flint Hill dedicates new track to Jonah Barnett

Flint Hill Elementary School students, faculty and community residents walked a newly paved running and walking track in silence Friday afternoon in memory of Jonah Barnett, a former student who died last year after a nearly lifelong battle with brain cancer.

January 11, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL

Monte Carlo fundraiser set for Southern Heartland

Southern Heartland Arts, Inc. will host its annual fundraiser, Monte Carlo for the Arts, sponsored by United Bank and Air Conditioning Specialists, Feb. 8 in the Conference and Event Center at Georgia Piedmont Technical College.

January 11, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Hands on Newton, Rams United plan MLK event

Two volunteer groups are teaming up to hold a community service event to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s commitment to service.

January 11, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL

NCCA offers additional pre-K class

The New Year has brought in additional Pre-K slots at the Newton College and Career Academy.

January 11, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

4-H forever: 70 youths present projects

Seventy young people in fourth through sixth grades competed for top honors at 4-H County Project Achievement Thursday.

January 11, 2014 | Terri Kimble Fullerton Columnist | LOCAL

Info from executive sessions can be shared

Local governments in Newton County and across the state regularly meet in executive sessions, closed to the public, to discuss sensitive topics, but it's not illegal for elected officials to share information discussed in executive sessions, according to one of the state's leading open meetings experts.

January 11, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Local man killed in train crash

Newton County resident Richard "Rick" Furry, 49, was killed Sunday evening when his semi-truck got stuck on a railroad crossing in Morgan County and was hit by a train.

January 10, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Covington woman talks 'colorism' with Oprah

A Covington freelance writer and mother of three is sharing her experiences dealing with "colorism" on 'Oprah's Lifeclass' - a television program that seeks to help viewers live their best lives. It airs tonight at 9 p.m. on the OWN Network.

January 09, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL

Troy plans blood drive

Troy University's Covington Campus will host a blood drive Tuesday, Jan 21, from noon-5 p.m. at 1160 Monticello St.

January 09, 2014 | Sue Horn | LOCAL

County Manager Middleton to retire in late '14

County Manager John Middleton announced Tuesday he will retire in late 2014 after a 14-year career with Newton County.

January 09, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Two charged in cellphone battery thefts

Two men who claimed to be power company employees were arrested Tuesday for reportedly stealing more than $8,000 worth of batteries from cellphone towers in Oxford and Social Circle.

January 09, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL

Motorist shoots himself in the head

A Norcross man, initially thought to be injured in an auto accident Sunday, reportedly had a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

January 09, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL

Holiday lights finally coming down

The square was still in a festive spirit this week, but only because the bitter cold prevented crews from taking down Christmas lights around the square.

January 09, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Crime briefs: Old friend reportedly attacks woman

A woman reported that she was attacked by an old friend Sunday in the parking lot at Merryvale Assisted Living.

January 09, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL

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