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Square Perk closes

After almost six years of serving local residents coffee, lunch and community fellowship, Square Perk Café has closed its doors starting Friday.

July 01, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


New airport terminal celebrated

State, county and local dignitaries turned out early Thursday to celebrate the groundbreaking for the new terminal at the Covington Municipal Airport.

June 30, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Covington’s Fourth of July celebration to be bigger, brighter this year

As the two grand finales of fireworks went off simultaneously during the 2015 Independence on the Square in Covington, some spectators staring up at the ...

June 29, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Independence Day celebrations across Newton County

Several cities in Newton County are hosting celebrations for the 2016 Independence Day holiday. Check below for events in Covington, Oxford, Porterdale and Social Circle.

June 29, 2016 | Jasmine Floyd | LOCAL


NCSO announces SWAT Team graduates

Several Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team members of the Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) have completed or will complete specialized training at Barrow ...

June 29, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


‘Go-to site for entertainment’ coming to Covington

A "one of a kind, massive, film, TV, music and video gaming production site" is close to coming to Covington.

June 28, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Alcovy, Flint Hill eligible for school choice

Flint Hill Elementary School and Alcovy High School have been identified by the Newton County School System (NCSS) as potentially eligible schools for school choice.

June 28, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Finding alternatives to gangs

It may just look like someone got creative with a spray can of paint, but law enforcement sees graffiti as a possible sign of gang ...

June 27, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Hampton Inn Covington awarded 2016 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award

The Hampton Inn Covington has received a 2016 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award. Now in its sixth year, the achievement celebrates hospitality businesses that have ...

June 26, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County Senior Services receives new shuttle bus

Newton County Senior Services is the proud recipient of a new shuttle bus that will soon hit the road to transport senior residents to and ...

June 26, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Three Newton County deputies graduate from Georgia Public Safety Training Center

The 286th Graduation Class of the Georgia Public Safety Training Center-Athens Academy held their graduation on June 10 at the Winder Community Center.

June 26, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Learning the signs of gang interest

Newton County Sheriff's Office Captain Keith Crum suggested that if parents start seeing gang symbols on their child's school, the need to pay ...

June 26, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Memorial honors former El Charro manager in wake of tragedy

Since the death of Enrique Ramirez Trejo, the El Charro family has banded together to support the Trejo family and one another.

June 26, 2016 | Mariya Lewter | LOCAL


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Accounting errors found in P'dale audit

An independent auditor's report found accounting errors and several other financial problems for the city of Porterdale.

August 16, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Mansfield power line fight continues

The fight by city officials to keep new power lines out of the small city of Mansfield will finally be decided in court more than a year after the contentious issue first surfaced.

Georgia Transmission Corporation is taking steps to build a 3.2-mile transmission line that will pass through Mansfield in an effort to provide more electricity capacity to regional residents, but a remaining hurdle is a tract of disputed city-owned land that city officials say the corporation can't build on.

August 16, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Widowed fiancee starts nonprofit

It's been nearly two years since 38-year-old Larry Dwayne Bradley died. And while she has mourned, the fiancée he left behind has also worked towards creating something that will honor the memory of her lost love.

August 16, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Drug overdoses fall in Newton, state

After years of steadily increasing, overdose deaths have declined in the state, as well as in Newton County. Thus far, the county has seen just one death that has been unequivocally linked the drug abuse, while the state has seen a decrease of 8.6 percent from last year.

August 16, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


The King of Elvis memorabilia

The King may have been dead for more than three decades, but Elvis lives on for super collector Tim Hunter, who has the largest collection of memorabilia in the U.S., and possibly, the world.

August 16, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newton County Sentencings - Aug. 17

Hope Skinner, possession of Schedule IV drug, 5 years probation consecutive to sentence, $1,000. Testify truthfully.

August 16, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Briefs: Man arrested for relieving self

A Covington man was reportedly found urinating on the ground in the Kroger parking lot located on Ga. Highway 20.

August 16, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Khouli named editor; new reporter hired

Gabriel Khouli was named editor of The Covington News this week, placing him in the top position in the newsroom after working for more than three years as a reporter for the paper.

August 16, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Democrats vie for Dist. 113 in runoff

Early voting for the Aug. 21 runoff election has begun in Newton County, and the fate of the District 113 state representative seat will be finally decided in the election.

August 14, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


County fixes damaged pump at landfill

A damaged pump system is now repaired at the Newton County Landfill, after it was damaged a few weeks ago and leaked waste in a storm water pond.

August 14, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Trial to begin for accused killer

Jury selection in the death penalty case against accused murderer Pablo Fernando Maldonado began this week.

August 14, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


2 arrested for making synthetic pot

Thousands of bags of synthetic marijuana were seized from a home on Trelawney Place Monday, and two women were arrested, charged with possession.

August 14, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Imprisoned man charged with murder of inmate

Five prison inmates, including Covington resident Dante Ray Myles, have been charged with the murder of fellow inmate Laderick Cornellius Chappel at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson.

Myles, 27, was charged with armed robbery and murder along with four other Georgia inmates after allegedly throwing Chappel off the second floor of the prison dormitory.

August 14, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Lost boy found walking through neighborhood

A young boy was reportedly found walking through a neighborhood looking for his mom on Friday. A deputy with the Newton County Sheriff's Office said he responded to a call about a lost child at Lakeside Circle. According to a report, a man told the deputy that he was outside exercising and he came across a young boy who looked to be about 4 years old crying for his mother.

The deputy said he had the boy show him where he lived, and the child directed him to the next street over at Lake Birch Drive. The deputy walked ...

August 14, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Civil Service secretary experiences Europe

A seldom mentioned group of patriots from World War II were the dedicated men and women of the Civil Service. From the Civil Air Patrol to a clerk typist, members of the Civil Service played a vital role. Their willingness to dedicate talents and time in non-combat positions released untold thousands of men for essential military duties. Miriam "Mickey" Stanley Hogan was one such talent.

Born in 1918 into the tiny farming community of Mendes, Ga., Covington resident Miriam "Mickey" Hogan experienced the Great Depression. "Food and jobs were scarce," she said. "We moved around a lot, including Florida."

August 14, 2012 | Pete Mecca | LOCAL


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