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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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State GOP celebrates 2010 success

Georgia Republicans gathered for their annual President's Day fundraising dinner Monday night, celebrating big wins in last year's election and pledging to continue the momentum into 2012.

March 22, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Carolina witnesses testify in Lakemper trial

In an effort to show jurors on Monday that Cobey Wade Lakemper was on a multi-state crime spree in 2005 when he allegedly shot hotel clerk Wendy Cartledge-Carter, Newton County District Attorney Layla Zon presented witnesses from North Carolina who testified about the murders of an elderly couple.

March 22, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Top state court considers execution standard

ATLANTA - Georgia's death penalty statute was in the crosshairs again Monday as the state's top court considered whether capital defendants have to meet an unfair standard to prove they are mentally disabled to avoid an execution.

The Georgia Supreme Court heard arguments Monday from Alphonso Stripling, who claims the state cannot seek the death penalty against him for the 1988 killings of two co-workers because he is mentally disabled. Prosecutors, meanwhile, say they want the chance to prove he is mentally competent.

March 21, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Diversity drives Newton’s growth

The 2010 Census results were unsurprising for Newton County and the rest of the region east of Atlanta, with four major trends:

March 21, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Woman has stake in Vampire Diaries convention

Vampires continue to roam Covington, and local Jessica Lowery is making a killing. Profit wise that is; no wooden stakes are involved. At least, she didn't mention any.

March 20, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Mama Bee's Tip of the Week - March 20

A No Spend Weekend is exactly what it sounds like, friends. It means not one single penny leaves your wallet via cash or credit for an entire weekend. No frappuccinos, no sticks of gum, no nothin'! Don't think you can do it? Get the whole family on board and you'll be amazed by how much you save.

March 20, 2011 | Beth McAfee-Hallman | LOCAL


Cushman: Focus on creating virtues for Lent

The Lenten season is a time of reflection, renewal and anticipation.

March 20, 2011 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | LOCAL


Relay for Life kicks off in Oxford

Starting the season: The 2011 Relay for Life season kicked off in Oxford Saturday morning with dozens of people showing up for a variety of money-raising activities. Events included a walk/run event, musical performances, a motorcycle rally and ride, and other events for children.

Proceeds from all Relay for Life events go to the American Cancer Society. According to the AMC website, the next Relay team meeting will be held at Eastside High School on Monday starting at 6:30 p.m.

March 20, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


2012 transportation SPLOST in works

Newton County's SPLOST is set for the next six years, but the sales tax debate isn't going anywhere as the state prepares to overhaul transportation funding by paying for projects through an additional 1 percent sales tax.

March 20, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Why SPLOST passed and what that means

The 2011 SPLOST election on Tuesday turned out just about how officials thought it would, with a narrow victory.

March 19, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Murder trial of Cobey Lakemper continues

The first day of the murder trial of Cobey Wade Lakemper was an emotional one, but day two was all about the science of a murder investigation.

March 18, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newton 2010 Census numbers released

Newton County's population is 99,958, growing by more than 61 percent during the previous decade, according to information released today by the U.S. Census.

March 18, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Trial Calendar, Judge Benton (Beginning April 18)

o Antonio Bell: felony kidnapping, felony robbery by intimidation, felony false imprisonment, felony terroristic threats, misdemeanor hindering emergency telephone call.

March 18, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Emotional start to Lakemper murder trial

The death penalty trial of Cobey Wade Lakemper began Thursday afternoon and emotions ran high, with tears shed on both sides of the case.

March 18, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Man found naked, beaten

Covington police said a man found early today bleeding and naked at a fast food restaurant on U.S. Highway 278 told them that he had been beaten and robbed.

March 17, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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