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Chamber of Commerce ‘voice is strong and growing’

The Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce has seen growth in membership, area jobs, Main Street program businesses and tourism revenue within the last year.

October 12, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Patriot Guard rider on the lookout for “Lil Bear”

James Royster has used his love for riding his motorcycle to help others in a time of grief.

October 12, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Piedmont Newton hospital to become tobacco and smoke-free campus

Piedmont Newton Hospital will be a tobacco and smoke-free campus starting Nov. 17.

October 12, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Red Cross to conduct Home Fire Campaigns

The Red Cross of Georgia will look to set the record for the highest number of smoke alarms installed in a single day during more ...

October 12, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County finance director resigns

Michelle Kelly has resigned as Newton County's Director of Finance.

October 11, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


New events for Christmas, New Year’s Eve highlight downtown lineup

When people gathered around the Newton County Historic Courthouse in downtown Covington for the lighting of the Square and Christmas tree and Santa's return ...

October 11, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


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Armed robbery at local Dunkin Donuts

A local Dunkin Donuts was robbed Tuesday morning, according to the Covington Police Department (CPD).

October 05, 2016 | Mariya Lewter | LOCAL


Community comes together for Change the World Day

A community of faith will come together for Change the World (CTW) Day on Oct. 8.

October 05, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Performing Center officially opens

A variety of elected officials and staff representing a number of organizations and governing bodies throughout Newton County gathered together for the ribbon cutting of the Porter Memorial Performing Arts Center Wednesday. A large number of people there to cut a piece of fabric was more than just a ceremonial gesture, it was representative of the collaborative effort that led to the realization of a 15-year-long dream.

October 05, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Chad Baker earns rank of Eagle Scout

Jerry Chadwick "Chad" Baker, III, son of Jerry and Charity Baker of Covington, earned the rank of Eagle Scout on Sept. 24.

October 05, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


BOC wrap-up: Water Authority looking to purchase county’s water assets

A first step for the Newton County Water and Sewerage Authority (WSA) to purchase the county's water infrastructure was taken Tuesday night.

October 04, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Mackenzie Mallard named Eastside Homecoming Queen

Mackenzie Mallard was named Eastside High School's 2016 Homecoming Queen Friday night. Mallard was escorted by her father Leo Mallard. Her mother is Renee Mallard.

October 04, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSO identifies body found at Factory Shoals Park

The body found Monday morning at Factory Shoals Park after a report of a missing person has been identified as Ciera Evans, 20, of Covington, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO).

October 03, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NAACP honors Pastor Clara Lett at annual gala

On Sept. 24, the Newton County National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) held its Annual Freedom Fund and Scholarship Gala at the Turner Lake Recreation Complex. The theme was "Our Lives Matter, Our Vote Counts," and the guest speaker was Georgia Representative Rev. Dee Dawkins-Haigler (D-Lithonia).

October 02, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Art and yard sale combined for Porterdale event

It's not just a yard sale. It's also a place where buyers can pick up original art work at reasonable prices.

October 02, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Hometown Hero: 14-year-old Marlee Anne Hopkins named Hometown Hero

Earlier this year, Marlee Anne Hopkins raised more than $23,000 for Children's Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA) in honor of her siblings. She stood "for the kids who cannot … in honor of [sisters] Michala, Mary Elizabeth and Abe, who could not stand."

October 02, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


NCSS takes lead in creating poverty-informed community

It's not just the poor who are affected by poverty. It's the entire community.

October 02, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Debbie Hillman pays her rent in service

Listening to Debbie Hillman talk about her life's passion is enough for anyone to learn why she was selected as a finalist for The Covington News' and General Mills' 2016 Hometown Hero Award Friday.

October 02, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


The decline and likely fall of Donald Trump

A recent essay in The Wall Street Journal described Donald Trump thusly: "Rather like the crazy boy-emperors after the fall of the Roman Republic, he may have problems with impulse control -- and an uncontrolled, ill-formed, perpetually fragmented mind."

October 02, 2016 | Froma Harrop | LOCAL


Initiative asks parents to ‘Talk with Me Baby’

A student who can't read on grade level by third grade is four times less likely to graduate by the age of 19 than a child who reads proficiently by that time, a 2011 study by the American Educational Research Association revealed. Yet, alarmingly "Get Georgia Reading" says that 64 percent of third-grade students are not reading proficiently.

October 02, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Hometown Hero: Kaitlyn Cole continuing service at young age

When Kaitlyn Cole was 7-years-old she needed a community service project for her work in pageants.

October 01, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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