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NCSO's annual Back to School giveaway begins

School may have just ended, but the Newton County Sheriff's Office Annual Back to School Supply Giveaway is underway.

June 07, 2015 | | LOCAL


Newton County faces tough choices on budget

Newton-By limiting spending, increasing revenue, the Board of Commissioners is seeking to tidy the books while keeping the budget within range of this year's ...

June 07, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Hometown Hero: Todd Scott

Covington-Todd Scott was down on the floor staring into the eyes of a stranger. He didn't think the gunshots that forced him to take ...

June 07, 2015 | Shakeem Holloway | LOCAL


County settles wrongful termination suit

Newton-Newton County has agreed to settle with former landscaping contractor William Durden for $45,000 after the latter filed a wrongful termination suit in 2013.

June 07, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Newton County turns out for Family Fun Day

Family Fun Day attracted happy crowds to Turner Lake Park Saturday with music, food, and prizes. The event was sponsored by Congressman Hank Johnson, Senator ...

June 06, 2015 | | LOCAL


5 Covington men arrested for pandering

The Covington Police Department, in a joint operation with the Conyers Police Department, arrested 20 males for pandering and other charges throughout a five day ...

June 05, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Magnet shooter, Pitts, death ruled a suicide

Jeffrey Scott Pitts, 36, committed suicide during a shootout with Rockdale County deputies Sunday, May 31, according to an autopsy report.

June 05, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Library to get $1,000,000, new HVAC

Dr. Steve Whatley, Chairman of the Newton County Board of Trustees, said there was a time when he thought the Covington branch would have shut ...

June 04, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


County contracts in committee crosshairs

Covington-The Newton County Purchasing Policy Committee has agreed to recommend requiring a contract, scope of work, and purchase order for professional services, which would include ...

June 04, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Salem Camp meeting speakers announced

Salem-The 187th Salem Camp meeting begins July 10 with supper at the Salem Hotel and the Covington UMC Picnic at the pavilion at 6 p ...

June 04, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Outpouring of love at vigil for Covington man and Magnet package shop owner killed in rampage

CONYERS - Tears and hugs flowed freely as hundreds of mourners and supporters packed the parking lot of Magnet Bottle Shop Wednesday night to celebrate the ...

June 04, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Blimpie reopens after truck crashes into it

Covington-The Blimpie sandwich shop on Elm Street was open Tuesday after being forced to close by Covington Fire Marshall Tony Smith Sunday.

June 03, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Family Fun Day Saturday!

Covington-The Pavilion at Turner Lake Park will be the site of Family Fun Day featuring food, prizes, and music this Saturday, June 6, from 12 ...

June 03, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Air Methods coming to Covington airport

Covington-As the city of Covington looks toward expanding its airport, a new tenant will help pave the way.

June 03, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Car fire on I-20 westbound near Hwy 138

A vehicle caught fire around 3 p.m. Wednesday on Interstate 20 westbound just before the exit for Ga. Highway 138 in Conyers.

June 03, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Land for public park in Fairview purchased

After eight months of public discussion and around 20 meetings, Newton County has finally purchased the 18.14-acre lot in Fairview Estates, planned for a public park, as well as 11 houses in various neighborhoods.

The 12 properties cost a combined $1.05 million. Newton County received $1.74 million in Neighborhood Stabilization Program money, with $1.1 million allocated for purchasing properties. The county expects to purchase one more house with its remaining $43,350. The rest of the NSP money will go toward house rehabilitation, creation of the park, homeowners assistance and administration costs.

January 31, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


County closer to stopping private landfill

The Supreme Court of Georgia ruled in Newton County's favor Monday, ending a 12-year old lawsuit against Newton County that brings the county one step closer to preventing a private landfill from opening.

January 31, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Fund, fundraiser to support local man’s pancreas transplant

 Jake Gilbert, 32, has suffered for many years with Type I diabetes. During Gibert's battle with diabetes he has endured many medical problems including vision loss, neuropathy, stage 3 kidney disease, hypertension, depression and damage to all of his major organs. Gilbert has gone into diabetic keytoacidosis twice in the last year and both times the doctors have told his family that they came very close to losing him.

January 31, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Chick-Fil-A donates to InVest

Smart InVestments: On Jan. 9, Chick-fil-A hosted a fundraiser for the Newton County Sheriff's Office vest fund. Chris Giella and his wife Amy, the sponsors of the event, donated ten percent of the total sales toward the InVest fund. The event took place at 3130 Highway 278 in Covington. Deputy Wesley Atha and Deputy James Trent were both in attendance. Throughout the day citizens and patrons visiting the restaurant contributed to the vest fund. From its inception, the NCSO has received donations from retirees, individual citizens, social groups, churches and private companies.

January 31, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Ready for District

4-H in the classroom: Fifth Grade students in Mrs. Galloway's class have been presenting 4-H projects during the past week. The students have been judged by Ms. Kasey Reid, Jasper County 4-H Extension Agent. All of the projects were deemed ready for District Project Achievement because the students had done such a great job on their speeches and posters. Piedmont Academy will have 20 fifth grade students that will be able to attend District Project Achievement next month.

January 31, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Repairers thanks community for its holiday season support

Repairers of the Breach had another busy holiday season handing out toys, clothes and food to families in need. CEO Shirley Smith said it couldn't have been done without the support of numerous groups around Newton County.

January 31, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


First love

On Jan. 14, Covington resident, singer and emerging songwriter Cindi Hall was sitting at her desk at C.P. Richard's Construction Company when she received a call on her cell phone from Dave Petrelli, director of events with NSAI, the Nashville Songwriters Association International. After asking how her day was going, he said, "I'm about to make it better."

Hall and co-writer friend Derek Toomey entered the CMT (Country Music Television) Listeners' Choice Award contest in November 2009. Out of 2,000 entries, their song, "Your First" made the top 10.

January 31, 2010 | Colleen Capes Jackson | LOCAL


Mock trial students take the stands in County courtrooms

Local high school students are getting firsthand knowledge of what it would be like to go before a judge - both as an attorney, witness, victim and suspect - while preparing for Newton County's mock trial regional competition.

January 29, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Friday Scrapbook

Verdant nature: Heather Barrett has traveled throughout Newton County to gather these colorful, vibrant images. The railroad tracks are off Cook Street in Covington. The pink dogwood and the purple iris lilies were photographed in the garden of the Rev. Jackson on Moore Street.

Nice Catch! Smokie Christopher caught this fish in a small lake near Mansfield. It took both Dennis Christopher and Roy Boy to bring it in. Smokie is currently a resident at Riverside Health Care Center in Covington.

January 29, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


InVEST in the NCSO campaign - Jan. 29

The parents of recently injured Deputy Wesley Atha have organized a fundraising campaign to purchase these vests for every county deputy. Their fundraising goal is $113,000. Each vest costs between $500-$700, depending on the size. Each Friday The Covington News will publish a list of individuals, businesses and civic groups who have donated to the cause that week as well as the total amount raised. Donations are tax deductible. Checks should be made payable to Newton Co. Sheriff's Office and earmarked for safety vests and equipment. Please mail donations to NCSO c/o April Jones, 15151 Alcovy ...

January 29, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Wynne may not have to run in 2010 election

Although District Attorney Ken Wynne may have to wait until July to be sworn in as a Alcovy Circuit Superior Court judge, he likely won't have to worry about running for reelection this November.

January 29, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Mentoring makes a difference

David Burke may have had five fathers growing up, but he never had that one stable male influence in his life.

January 29, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


On the issues

If elected, Republican gubernatorial candidate Karen Handel plans to continue to cut the state budget, promote entrepreneurs and small businesses, lower the state's tax burden and endorse more technical school education and corporate-educational cooperation.

January 27, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Fond remembrance

Recently the Covington Elks and Elkadettes held a memorial service for their departed members of the Lodge 1806. Larry Capes, Georgia State Elks President, gave the eulogy. Jack Wheeler, Past Exalted Ruler, was in charge of the program. Kati Moss sang several songs during the service and is the granddaughter of Larry and Adrian Capes. Refreshments were prepared by the Covington Elkadettes for the service.

January 27, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Community activist speaks about gang prevention

Most kids join gangs for one reason: money. Clint Bryant, who is involved with preventing gang activity in Augusta, said the best way to keep teens and young adults on the straight and narrow is to provide them with decent paying jobs.

January 27, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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