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GPC's Daffodil Festival to be March 5-6

The annual Daffodil Festival will focus on defining the community - from its physical surroundings and history, to those who contribute to its growth and success - March 5-6 at Georgia Perimeter College's Newton Campus.

February 18, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington to hold citizens academy

The City Of Covington will soon start its next Public Safety Citizen's Academy.

February 18, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


A wintry lesson in perspective

It's not yet 10 a.m. on Wednesday Feb. 12, and the Peach State's 2014 Icemageddon already has Georgians in its Arctic grip.

February 18, 2014 | Pete Mecca | LOCAL


Man sets himself on fire at Kroger

Officials said a man set himself on fire at the Kroger on U.S. Highway 278 Tuesday afternoon.

February 18, 2014 | By Danielle Everson and Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Daddy's girls

Fathers and Daughters danced the night away on Valentines Day, Friday at the Covington First United Methodist Church.

February 17, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL


309 compete at Newton 4-H event

Newton County 4-H hosted the district project achievement event for 309 Cloverleaf 4-H members and more than 500 additional guests last Saturday at Newton High.

February 15, 2014 | Terri Kimble Fullerton Columnist | LOCAL


Trio sought in teddy bear heist

A group of males apparently took Valentine's Day seriously despite the snow storm, when they reportedly took teddy bears from a drugstore Tuesday.

February 15, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Newton County jail log

Joy Angelique Savage-Moore, 41, 13481 Windsong Drive, Gulfport, Miss., Feb. 3. Probation.

February 15, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Famed sculptor Ike Hay dies

Ike Hay Jr., whose father, Isaac Kline Hay, along with brothers Sam M. Hay Jr. and W. Thomas Hay, was born in the old jail in Newton County, died Friday of an undiagnosed lung disorder at his home in Lancaster, Pa.

February 15, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


S.C. earthquake rattles Newton residents

Earthquakes are so rare in Georgia, many Newton County residents didn't realize they felt the effects of one Friday evening, instead attributing the brief shaking of their homes to strong winds, tornadoes, trains, a sonic boom and even a car crashing into a garage.

February 15, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Storm command center kept county running

Two weeks after a Jan. 28 winter storm that brought traffic to a standstill in Metro Atlanta, dubbed snowjam, and doused Newton County in snow, another one came through north central Georgia , this time being labeled "catastrophic" by the National Weather Service.

February 15, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


McDonough man has first court appearance in DUI homicide case

A Henry County man charged with vehicular homicide in the death of a Covington resident in January recently had his first appearance and will later appear before a grand jury.

February 15, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Unsung heroes: Remembering black soldiers

Fortunately, Black History Month basically assures us that young Americans will be taught about the immortals of African-American achievement. The contributions by Americans with the names Frederick Douglass, W.E. B. Du Bois, Booker T. Washington, George Washington Carver and Martin Luther King Jr. should be known to all teachers and students of American history.

February 15, 2014 | Pete Mecca | LOCAL


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Fires in the storm

The Covington and Newton County fire departments responded to two fires overnight Wednesday and Thursday morning, in the midst of snow from the 2014 winter storm.

February 13, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


No longer responding to some calls

Newton County officials have decided the ice buildup on the roads is too much to risk the safety of its employees.

February 12, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Winter storm ... the sequel

Update 6 p.m. : Officials in Newton County said there were still no major problems in the area early Wednesday evening, but they said roads were getting worse and urged residents to stay inside.

February 12, 2014 | Bryan Fazio Danielle Everson | LOCAL


STORM CENTRAL - closings and more

Newton County Public Works reports iced roadways and roadways blocked due to fallen trees or power lines, via the Covington-Newton County 911 Facebook page:

February 12, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Power outages may come, be prepared

Though there were minimum damages and power outages in Newton County early Wednesday morning, as the winter storm continues officials said people should be prepared for possible power outages and if possible, stay indoors.

February 12, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Office closure

The Covington News' office will be closed Wednesday due to the ice storm predicted by the National Weather Service.

February 11, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton schools close Wed. and Thurs.

Newton County Schools will close for all students and staff Wednesday and Thursday.

February 11, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Wyatt's 27-year military career left him with vivid memories

Call it divine intervention, luck or just a turn of events – Charles Wyatt had his life saved.

February 10, 2014 | Pete Mecca | LOCAL


NCSS students win awards in Literacy Days competition

Several Newton County students brought home awards after showing their creative talents during a literacy competition last week.

February 10, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Naked, intoxicated man found beaten

A man who reportedly was intoxicated and naked was found in the woods in the area of Ford Street Sunday night.

February 10, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Officials warn about coming ice storm

Another winter storm is coming and this time around ice is expected to be more abundant, causing even worse road issues than two weeks ago and adding the increased chance of power outages, officials said Monday as they prepared for the worst.

February 10, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newborn gets new mayor

Newborn won't have a special election to fill its vacant mayor's seat as Gregg Ellwanger was the lone person to qualify for the seat.

February 10, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Teen arrested; connected to shootings

A teen and several others have been arrested and charged with gang related activity and other charges in connection to two shootings that happened this past fall.

February 10, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Newton schools open Tues., Feb.11

Good Evening!

February 10, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Preparing the roads

Assistant Roads Superintendent Chris Malcolm speaks about the impending ice/snow storm.

February 10, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL


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