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Salem Camp meeting begins July 8

A Newton County tradition that goes back almost 200 years returns this week.

July 02, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


New Children’s book takes imagination to a whole new level

"Imagination Interactive Counting Coloring Book" is designed to help children develop their imaginations and sense of personal accomplishment, according to the book's creator.

July 02, 2016 | Jasmine Floyd | LOCAL


Square Perk closes

After almost six years of serving local residents coffee, lunch and community fellowship, Square Perk Café has closed its doors starting Friday.

July 01, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


New airport terminal celebrated

State, county and local dignitaries turned out early Thursday to celebrate the groundbreaking for the new terminal at the Covington Municipal Airport.

June 30, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Covington’s Fourth of July celebration to be bigger, brighter this year

As the two grand finales of fireworks went off simultaneously during the 2015 Independence on the Square in Covington, some spectators staring up at the ...

June 29, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Independence Day celebrations across Newton County

Several cities in Newton County are hosting celebrations for the 2016 Independence Day holiday. Check below for events in Covington, Oxford, Porterdale and Social Circle.

June 29, 2016 | Jasmine Floyd | LOCAL


NCSO announces SWAT Team graduates

Several Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team members of the Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) have completed or will complete specialized training at Barrow ...

June 29, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


‘Go-to site for entertainment’ coming to Covington

A "one of a kind, massive, film, TV, music and video gaming production site" is close to coming to Covington.

June 28, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Alcovy, Flint Hill eligible for school choice

Flint Hill Elementary School and Alcovy High School have been identified by the Newton County School System (NCSS) as potentially eligible schools for school choice.

June 28, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Finding alternatives to gangs

It may just look like someone got creative with a spray can of paint, but law enforcement sees graffiti as a possible sign of gang ...

June 27, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


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Local helps fight deadly disease

Covington resident Shelley Campbell has traveled all over the world studying deadly diseases from the caves of Uganda to the town of Pune, India to the diverse country of South Africa.

For her most recent work on a vaccine for Rift Valley Fever, a potentially lethal mosquito-borne disease that affects animals and humans, Campbell won the Charles C. Shepard Science Award for Laboratory Science.

July 24, 2012 | Elizabeth Park | LOCAL


Pilot Club announces officers

Average retail gasoline prices in Atlanta have risen 10.7 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.42/gal yesterday. This compares with the national average that has increased 4.9 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.49/gal, according to gasoline price website AtlantaGasPrices.com.

July 24, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Principals from the private sector?

By next school year, school-level leadership could come from the private sector.

July 24, 2012 | By Lee Johnson | LOCAL


Man arrested after Gaither Street fire

Richard Douglas Norton, 31, was arrested late Tuesday in connection with a fire that destroyed the home at 3126 Gaither St. earlier in the day.

Norton was one of the renters and, at this time, is believed to have set the fire for insurance purposes. He was arrested in Athens and charged with obstruction of justice Tuesday, but Assistant Fire Marshall said he planned to bring three other charges against Norton today including insurance fraud, arson in the first degree and criminal damage of property.

July 24, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Education millage rate stays the same

Despite declining property tax revenues, the Newton County Board of Education was unable to raise its millage rate because it was already at the max rate of 20 mils.

July 24, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Paratrooper tells tales from WWII

Born into a Fayetteville farming community in 1924, Lofton Lee Hill helped harvest cotton and corn until joining the CCC (civilian conservation corps) during the Great Depression. He helped complete the paratrooper jump school at Fort Benning, on Nov 11, 1941. Hill said, "Little did I know I'd be going through the same jump school in 1943."

July 24, 2012 | Pete Mecca | LOCAL


Survival kit for the road

As we go full swing into the summer months, are you thinking about taking a genealogy trip out of town? Are you planning to go to the State and National Archives, State College Libraries, out of town cemeteries, out of town Probate Court Office? Wherever you go, you will need a survival kit and be well prepared.

July 24, 2012 | Ellen Blakeslee | LOCAL


Man gets disorderly at Mexican restaurant

On Monday, an officer was walking into El Charro when a blue Honda, occupied by two men, drove into the parking area.

July 24, 2012 | Meghan de St. Aubin | LOCAL


House destroyed on Gaither Street

A fire broke out this morning at 3126 Gaither Street in Covington. The cause of the fire is still being investigated, officials said, but the fire was under control by around 8:40 p.m.

July 24, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


More industrial interest in Newton

More and more industries are showing interest in Newton County, representing millions in investment and thousands of jobs, and Covington Mayor Ronnie Johnston believes Covington could be set for its own boom.

July 21, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


SCLC talks T-SPLOST, education

The Southern Christian Leadership Conference held a planning meeting Saturday in Covington to discuss SCLC's Take Five Initiative that addresses voter registration, education and mobilization, the current T-SPLOST referendum and also seeks to re-ignite chapters across Georgia and the Southeast.

July 21, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Dry dog food stolen from animal control

Thirty-three bags of dry dog food and three bags of cedar chips were allegedly stolen from the Newton County Animal Control, according to employee Terry Keyhooson.

July 21, 2012 | Meghan de St. Aubin | LOCAL


City can't get downed trees on private land

As Diahann Thames got ready to leave her Covington home during Saturday morning's storm, she heard a loud "thump" which turned out to a tree crashing down on her driveway and narrowly missing her parked car. She was relieved she had already gotten into the car, but found her and her family blocked in.

July 21, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Susie Loy Gunn

Susie Loy (Jeffries) Gunn, 92, of Mansfield, passed away July 18. She loved gardening, traveling and spending time with her family. She was preceded in death by her husband Grady Gunn and parents Robert Lee and Lenora (Digby) Jeffries.

July 21, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


A Look Into the Future

In some ways, you could say it's taken Rockdale's new superintendent Richard Autry more than four decades to travel 10 miles in from where he grew up.

July 21, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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