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Caldwell and Cowan embalmer completes advanced training

Christine Banks, embalmer at Caldwell and Cowan Funeral Home, completed more than 130 hours of specialized embalming and reconstructive training in Springfield, Missouri recently.

October 10, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Butterfly Garden dedicated at Academy Springs park

The Satsuki Garden Club hosted a dedication to Covington's new pollinator garden in Academy Springs Park, off Conyers Street and Legion Drive, Monday.

October 10, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Students celebrate day of peace

Students at the Montessori School of Covington gathered around the school's peace pole to celebrate the International Day of Peache on Sept. 21.

October 10, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


FMA entertains while educating middle school students

Using hip hop, dance, film and comedy, Forces in Motion (FMA) Live! made Sir Isaac Newton's Three Laws of Motion and Universal Law of ...

October 09, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


WSA and county to move forward on water initiative

The proposal could help Newton County out of its financial woes.

October 09, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Jason Smith named Teacher of the Year

Jason Smith wept and hugged his wife and sons when he was announced as the Newton County School System's top teacher.

October 09, 2016 | Duane M. Ford | LOCAL


Village completes community housing initiative

After three years, the Village of Porterdale completed the Georgia Initiative for Community Housing and Mayor Arline Chapman and City Manager Bob Thomson were part ...

October 09, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


NCWSA plan may not include Bear Creek

When discussing the Newton County Water and Sewerage Authority's plan to purchase the county's water infrastructure, Hopkins said the topic of the proposed ...

October 08, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


WSA and county to move forward on water initiative

Newton County elected officials this week heard a plan that could help the county out of its financial woes.

October 08, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Lloyd Kerr appointed county manager

Lloyd Kerr was officially named Newton County's Manager Tuesday.

October 08, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


NCSO and Crime Stoppers seeks help identify suspects in armed robberies

The Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) seeks assistance from the public to identify two suspects believed to be involved in two separate armed robberies ...

October 07, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton's Jason Smith named Teacher of the Year

Newton High School's Jason Smith was named Newton County School System's Teacher of the Year Thursday.

October 06, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Former Newton County fire chief sentenced to one year in prison

Former Newton County Fire Services Chief Kevin O'Brien was sentenced to 20 years' probation with the first year spent in prison, fined $1,000 ...

October 06, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


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Newton READS gets volunteer award

Newton County READS, a 501(c) (3) agency serving Covington and Newton County, recently was awarded for their volunteer services.

December 01, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Rail corridor now up for public sale

The no-longer-used Norfolk Southern railroad line that runs through Newton County is now up for public sale.

December 01, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Pedestrian killed trying to cross road

Benita O'Neal Marks, 57, of Covington, was killed Thursday as she attempted to cross Ga. Highway 36 at Lassiter Street around 6:50 p.m.

A 2007 Ford F150 driven by Derrick Nichols of Covington was traveling south when Marks reportedly stepped in front of his vehicle, according to Georgia State Patrol spokesman Gordy Wright. Nichols did stop his vehicle when he struck Marks.

December 01, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Baxter coming could help big development

Plans are moving forward on a massive mixed-use residential and commercial development in Conyers, and, although the project isn't aimed at Baxter International employees, project officials believe the modern development could benefit from the medical company's arrival.

December 01, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Explaining the next education SPLOST

The Newton County School Board recently approved moving forward with the education Special Local Option Sales Tax referendum, but that's just the beginning. The BOE wants to continue SPLOST, but some taxpayers are dubious - so how does that one cent affect the students of Newton County?

What is the education SPLOST?

December 01, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Parade Proposal

It all started in the eighth grade at Cousins Middle School. That's when 21-year-old Andrew Terrell first saw Kaila Sills in his homeroom. That first meeting led the couple to where they are today. Engaged after a surprise proposal at the annual Covington Christmas parade Saturday.

December 01, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Family feud with Bobo and a broom

Police responded to a couple fighting over the custody of their child Friday and arrested one person.

They spoke with the couple and the female reportedly told them her child's father and boyfriend of two years, Kevin Bobo, was threatening to take their 10-moth-old away from her, causing a heated argument between the two.

December 01, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NFL player killed girlfriend, then self

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher fatally shot his girlfriend early Saturday, then drove to Arrowhead Stadium and committed suicide in front of his coach and general manager after first thanking them for everything they had done for him, police said.

December 01, 2012 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Development gains from Baxter halo

IN BRIEF: The company behind the Corner Market and Village at Almand Creek Apartments has started the process of studies for the 308-acre plot of land in Conyers that has long been in the works for mixed use commercial and residential development. However, a spokesperson said project was not related to the Baxter International medical manufacturing development. "It's not related per se," said development coordinator David Roeper. "If it doesn't do anything else, it brings more attention to the I-20 east corridor. That news clearly impacts us."

November 30, 2012 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Two arrested in drug-related shooting

Alton Andrew Jackson, Jr., 21, of Atlanta, and Terrence T. Sheppard, 21, of Decatur were arrested Wednesday and charged with armed robbery and aggravated assault after a 28-year-old Covington man was hospitalized with a non-life threatening gunshot wound.

November 29, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Wrong way driver charged with DUI

De'Quan Allen Caldwell was arrested early Sunday morning after reportedly driving the wrong way on I-20.

November 29, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


How much water do we have?

As county officials continue to await the government permits needed to begin work on the proposed Bear Creek Reservoir, they're taking steps to prepare the site in southeast Newton County for construction.

November 29, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Female killed trying to cross street

UPDATE: Benita O'Neal Marks, 57, of Covington, was killed tonight as she attempted to cross Ga. Highway 36 at Lassiter Street around 6:50 p.m.

November 29, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Crime briefs: Shots fired in Covington

A Covington man was arrested the evening of Thanksgiving after officers were called to a home on Bent Pine Court regarding shots fired.

November 27, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


County votes to not pursue trail funding

The Newton County Board of Commissioners voted to deny applying for a $100,000 funding from the Georgia Recreational Trails Program through the Department of Natural Resources at their Nov. 20 meeting.

November 27, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


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