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Deadline looms for decision on car tax

Georgians who purchased a new or used automobile in 2012 or in early 2013 have until Friday to decide if they want to continue to pay annual car taxes or pay a one-time tax up-front.

February 25, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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 CovNews.com.

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


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Man arrested after Christmas Eve gunfire

A man was arrested on Christmas Eve after allegedly firing a gun in a home during a family gathering.

December 28, 2013 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Newton has new development services director

Lynn Morgan Ervin was appointed director of Newton County's development services department in October, after serving as interim director since April.

December 28, 2013 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Increased patrols planned on New Year's Eve

Local authorities will be upping patrols this New Year's Eve in an attempt to crack down on drunk driving in Newton County.

December 28, 2013 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


County preparing for increased growth

Homebuilding is picking up and entrepreneurs and corporations are increasingly considering Newton County in their search.

December 28, 2013 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Gun from hair weave shooting found

The gun believed to have been used by the assailants in the deadly Dec. 11 hair weave armed robbery has been located by an Alcohol Firearms and Tobacco agency K-9 team in the wooded area near the scene.

December 28, 2013 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Lowest gas price - Dec. 27

The lowest price for regular fuel is $3.09 at Flash Foods, located at 4175 Salem Road and Brown Bridge Road.

December 27, 2013 | Staff Report | LOCAL


A BETA Christmas

The Newton High School Beta Club were in the giving holiday spirit this week as they helped deliver Christmas to several families Monday.

December 26, 2013 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Porterdale buys house for new city hall

Porterdale's new city hall will soon have a much homier feel.

December 26, 2013 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Newton to hold prayer breakfast

The Newton County community's annual legislative prayer breakfast will be held on Friday, Jan. 10, and this year will move to First Baptist Church in Covington from its previous site, the County Recreation facilities.

December 26, 2013 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Grabbing an after-holiday deal

With his girlfriend at work today Payton Hendricks was stuck with shopping for after-Christmas deals Thursday. "We always buy our wrapping paper and gift boxes after the Holidays." Hendricks explained. With a cart full of miscellaneous Christmas items from Walmart, Hendricks said he plans to visit more stores in Covington and Monroe for more deals.

December 26, 2013 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL


Have a memorable Christmas

December 23, 2013 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Santa Claus visits Elks Lodge

The Covington Elks Lodge recently held a Santa Claus party for area special-needs children. A snack buffet was provided, and each child took home several gifts. Also included were a visit from Santa; "Twas the "Night before Christmas" told by Elk Reed Blakeney and Elkadette Mikey Wagy, and fun Christmas music provided by local Atlanta Country Music Hall of Fame entertainer Anita Denny. The Covington Elks Lodge also hosts several dance events during the year for older special-needs youths and encourages participation of neighboring counties. This is provided for in part by a grant from the Elks National Foundation. For ...

December 23, 2013 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man reports robbery, cited for marijuana

A man reported to a Covington police officer that he was beaten and robbed at gunpoint Friday.

December 23, 2013 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Newton County jail log

Keyshonna Neshell Mitchell, 18, Union Point, Nov. 26. Theft by shoplifting.

December 23, 2013 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NMC Auxiliary gives more than $400,000

The Newton Medical Center Auxiliary presented a check to the hospital board and CEO Jim Weadick for $406,000 during the annual Christmas Awards Luncheon Dec. 17 in the First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall.

December 23, 2013 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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