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Students to learn to grow, prepare food

A pastor, farmer and chef got together one day and decided they were going to revolutionize how local residents think about and consume food. They also want to transform communities while they're at it.

May 29, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


‘Irreplaceable’ Chief Davenport retires

Newton County Fire Service Battalion Chief Terry Davenport asked his fellow firefighters to join him as his final shift ended Thursday, a way to say goodbye to those around him and his career of over 30 years.

May 29, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Blues on the square

The Newton County Arts Association's final spring concert on the Square entertained residents Thursday. The John Brown Quartet rounded out the season's five performances, playing familiar hits from the 1960's and 70's such as "Mustang Sally."

May 29, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL


SE Newton to get better AT&T 4G coverage

AT&T recently installed a new mobile internet cell site on Ga. Highway 213 near Mansfield that will boost the company's 4G access in the area.

May 29, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


CSX employee injured in Social Circle

A CSX railroad employee was significantly injured at General Mills' distribution center in Social Circle around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.

May 28, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Lions give for education

The Oxford Lions Club awarded bicycles to a most improved boy and girl from each of the third, fourth and fifth grades at Flint Hill Elementary School during their awards programs. The Covington Pilot Club contributed the helmets. Top photo are fourth grade recipients; Kevon Smith and Larekia Terrell. Above are third grade recipients; Calvin Brown and Melyssa Valencia. Not pictured are fifth grade recipients; Darius Green and Shaylee Anderson. Lions presenting were John Burson, Mike Willard, Larry Willard, Ronnie Jones, Bob Gregory, and photos by Richard and Nancy Henderson. Pilots presenting were Mary Barnes, Ann Cargile and Dean Willard.

May 27, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Kiwanis Club donates 702 books to preschoolers

Local Kiwanis Club officials wanted to help Newton County's youngest students became better readers, so they set out to place a book into the hands of every single preschooler in the public school system.

May 27, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Unemployment continues to drop

Newton County's unemployment continued its fall in 2014, dropping to 7.3 percent in April.

May 27, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Savannah port deepening boosts Newton Co.

Savannah's international shipping port is deepening, and while the coastal city is best known as a vacation spot for locals, its effects on Newton County's economy could be much larger.

May 27, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Newton High grad accepted to Naval Academy

For one high school graduate, a dream is about to become a reality.

May 27, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Sports bar, Jimmy John’s, 3 others coming

Covington is getting five new businesses, including three restaurants, a medical products company and a women's clothing boutique on the square, continuing an uptick in retail businesses for the city.

May 27, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Dogs attack two year old

A Memorial Day weekend in the sun turned terrifying when a two year old was mauled by two large dogs Saturday between 6 and 6:45 p.m., suffering extensive injuries above his shoulders.

May 27, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


1 local dead, 2 arrested after shooting

A Covington was shot to death Sunday night in Rockdale County, and two men have been arrested, according to the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office

May 27, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Memorial Day on the Square (slideshow)

Memorial Day Ceremony (SLIDESHOW)

May 26, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL


Brick Store Overlay moves forward

The vision being carried out by Newton County's leaders is one of controlled growth and high-quality development; however, it's clear many large land owners are concerned about how this vision will affect their ability to sell their land.

May 24, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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Taking the Cheerios Challenge

The Cheerios Challenge returns to the Covington YMCA on April 18 with a 10K/5K Road Race and 1-mile Fun Run/Walk.

February 19, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


BOC delays salary cut talks

At a packed Newton County Board of Commissioner's meeting Tuesday, Chairwoman Kathy Morgan and County Administrative Officer John Middleton proposed three options for balancing the roughly $5 million deficit for Fiscal Year 2009.

February 19, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


High Point hit hard

According to the National Weather Service, the fierce storms that blasted Newton County Wednesday night, leaving downed trees and destroyed property in their wake and pelting the southern end of the county with golf ball-sized hail were courtesy of an EF1 tornado with winds reaching 109 m.p.h.

February 19, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Tornado watch for Newton until 11 p.m. Wednesday

Tonight: Showers and thunderstorms likely before 1am, then a slight chance of showers. Some of the storms could be severe and produce heavy rainfall. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 42. West wind between 5 and 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent.

February 18, 2009 | The National Weather Service | LOCAL


Experts share tips on how to grow the local economy

If Newton County wants to attract more industry, it needs to develop a stronger consumer base, produce a more highly educated and talented work force and promote itself to the state's department of economic development.

February 18, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Council says no to raises

The Covington City Council voted unanimously to remove a discussion of pay raises for council members from the agenda of Monday night's council meeting, effectively dropping the issue.

February 18, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


If terror strikes...

School resource and day officers from the Newton County Sheriffs Department and the Covington Police Department joined forces with drama students from local high schools to prepare themselves for the worst should terror strike the schools of Newton County.

February 18, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Man attacked in home

A local man received a beating after others disagreed with the way he was disciplining his child Monday night.

February 18, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


County breaks with collaborative to save on pest control services

When the Leadership Collaborative first decided to contract out services together, they were hoping that buying in bulk would result in savings for everyone involved. Their trial run with pest control services didn't work out as planned, but still led to savings for most entities, including $8,000 in savings for Newton County.

In November, the Newton County Board of Commissioners, the Newton County School System, the Newton County Water and Sewage Authority, the city of Covington and Social Circle City Schools joined together to search for a single pest control provider to service all five entities. Nine pest ...

February 15, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Salary cuts loom for county personnel

At a special called meeting Saturday, members of the Newton County Board of Commissioners concluded that, in light of an anticipated $5 to $5.5 million budget shortfall, payroll adjustments would have to be made in order to make up the deficit.

"This is very painful," said District 5 Commissioner Tim Fleming, "but these are hard times we're in."

February 15, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Local awarded for lifetime achievement

During his four decades in broadcast journalism, Bob Furnad worked behind the scenes to cover the world's biggest events. On Tuesday, Furnad's work was brought to the forefront with the Di Gamma Kappa broadcasting society's Distinguished Achievement Award in Broadcasting.

Furnad had many successes in his professional career, working 18 years at ABC and more than 17 at CNN. He was senior producer for Good Morning America, CNN's first political director and the president of CNN Headline News. He covered the first Gulf War, the explosion of the Space Shuttle Challenger, the fall of the Berlin ...

February 15, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Blue ribbon beauties

Spicing it up: Newton County High School FFA Show Team member Jacquelyn Leissa, a junior, smiles with joy moments after the announcment that she and her heifer named Cinnamon were the winners of Cattle Showmanship category at the 2009 Newton County Classic Livestock Show Saturday on the campus of Newton High School. About 40 competitors from the Eastside High School, Alcovy High School and Newton High School FFA clubs as well as Newton County 4-H members participated in the annual countywide livestock competition held in the Livestock barn at Newton High School. Students show cattle and swine in showmanship and ...

February 14, 2009 | Mandi Singer | LOCAL


Doing the Healthy Hearts Dance

Happy feet: South Salem Pre-K student Jonathan Morris, left, dances with Physical Education Teacher Scott Sloop during the Healthy Hearts Dance.

 The two classes of Pre-K students studied a unit on good nutrition and learned how exercise helps to keep them healthy. The Healthy Hearts Dance was planned close to Valentine's Day and included 40 Pre-K students dancing for more than 30 minutes to increase their heart rates with cardiovascular exercise.

February 14, 2009 | Mandi Singer | LOCAL


Cousins High Students March

Editor's note: This article was published in the March 5, 1970 edition of The Covington News.

Negro students from R. L. Cousins High School Marched from their school into Covington, around the square several times and on to the office of the Board of Education Friday morning in protest of the "7-5 Integration Plan" adopted by the Board and the proposed changing of the name of their school. The students, some 500 strong, were led by some members of the local youth branch of the S.C.L.C., who were not members of the Cousins student body. They ...

February 13, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Stepping Forward

As a student leader of the Covington civil rights movement, who once spent 45 days in jail for protesting segregation, watching President Barack Obama take the oath of office at the Capitol in Washington, D.C. was a seminal experience for Forrest Sawyer Jr.

February 13, 2009 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


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