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Runoff voting starts Monday

In-person early voting for the July 22 primary runoff is set to begin Monday, June 30 and will continue through Friday, July 18. There are several key races still up in the air, and the winners of this runoff move on to the general election in November.

June 28, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


A stroll in Savannah

Some 300 miles southeast of Atlanta, Georgia lies a city both rich in history and culture. Savannah, Georgia is the oldest city in the state of Georgia and the county seat of Chatham County. Savannah was established in 1733 and was the first state capital of Georgia.

June 28, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL


Playing for the big shots

The nation's birthday hasn't even happened yet this year, but a group of musically inclined students are already looking to next year's Independence Day celebrations that could take them a long way from home.

June 28, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


What are legislative gambits?

If you've ever played chess, you know that an action taken to gain an advantage is called a gambit. Gambits exist in other fields of endeavor, many of which are not games, to include legislating. I'm going to acquaint you with some that I've seen. Many more exist. For the sake of convenience, I'll give them names, but most of those names are just mine.

June 28, 2014 | Doug Holt | LOCAL


CPD: Be wary of phone scams

The Covington Police Department is warning residents to be wary of phone calls asking for any financial or personal information.

June 28, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


BOC increases budget, lowers millage

Newton County Board of Commissioners came to a consensus of a budget of $47.71 million and a millage rate (property tax) of 11.225 for its constituents at its budget meeting Thursday night.

June 27, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


A final look into CRCT scores

Amid announcements of and preparations for a new testing system for public schools throughout the state, signs of both growth and decline were represented in the final year of Criterion Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) in Newton County schools.

June 26, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Keeping Georgia’s communities safe

Covington residents Gregory Dozier, assistant commissioner and chief of staff for the Georgia Department of Corrections, and Inspector Sandra Putnam with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation returned from Israel after spending two weeks learning new public safety techniques and technologies.

June 26, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Rotary Club delivers snacks for Sunshine

Around 400 campers descended on Rutledge from June 22-July 4 for a week-long respite from cancer and a chance to be children again, and several of Covington's most philanthropic business owners and leaders were there to greet them.

June 26, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


More construction this weekend

Travelers should avoid I-20 this weekend if possible, as roadwork continues, weather permitting.

June 26, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Social Circle Main St. accredited

A group of hardworking and dedicated residents have made sure "Georgia's Greatest Little Town" remains in the national spotlight for historic preservation and economic development.

June 26, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


School CRCT scores released

The following information was provided by the Newton County School System. Look in Friday's paper for the full story.

June 25, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Man caught in act near Alcovy Fitness

A man fled the scene after allegedly exposing himself outside of Alcovy Fitness early Wednesday morning.

June 25, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Crime Briefs: Full moons and stars in Rockdale

It was a full moon - or moons - in Rockdale Sunday night as two drunk men were arrested for public indecency after being caught pulling down their pants and mooning motorists. One suspect even knocked himself out running into a tree as he attempted to flee.

June 25, 2014 | | LOCAL


Newton Newsflash: 4th of July weekend

Main Street Covington invites residents to a Mix and Mingle for the Fourth of July Independence in the Park to discuss event details and answer questions.

June 24, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Five arrested after Monday armed robbery

An armed robbery of a weapon and a gaming system Monday evening led to the arrest of five people in the Oak Hill area. Police are still searching for a sixth person in connection with the incident.

February 04, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


School system holds budget cuts forum

Ways to cut costs: Approximately 75 people braved rainy weather Thursday night to attend a budget forum at Alcovy High School. Parents were told about the current state of the budget and given an overview of potential cuts to the 2011-2012 budget. They were also able to ask questions of school system officials. See Sunday's edition of The Covington News for the full story.

February 04, 2011 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


County spent $45,000 to clean up snow, ice

Newton County spent more than $45,000 to clean up the county's major roads during January's winter storm, one of the worst in recent history.

February 03, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Legislature creates redistricting office

ATLANTA - Legislative leaders are moving redistricting operations in-house and tapping a prominent Republican lawyer to advise the effort.

Redistricting, in which new Census data is used to redraw congressional and legislative lines, had been handled through a state contract with the University of Georgia's nonpartisan Carl Vinson Institute of Government.

February 03, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Forum 6:30 tonight on school budget cuts

You can have your say and get additional information on proposed cuts to the Newton County Schools budget in a forum at 6:30 tonight at Alcovy High School, 14567 Ga. Highway 36.

February 03, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


11 NHS players earn football scholarships

Eleven Newton football players signed college scholarships Wednesday as national signing day presented high school seniors throughout the country to officially choose the next stop of their playing career.

February 02, 2011 | Josh Briggs | LOCAL


Lawmakers consider Sunday liquor sales

ATLANTA - The proposal to allow Georgia voters to decide whether they want to be able to buy alcohol on Sundays is headed to the Senate floor after breezing through a committee weighing the issue.

February 02, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Top prep running back Georgia bound

ATHENS, Ga. - Isaiah Crowell, a top-ranked running back from Columbus, says he is signing with Georgia, giving coach Mark Richt the final piece of his "dream team" recruiting class.

February 02, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Georgia groundhog calls for early spring

LILBURN, Ga. - Georgia's famed groundhog, Gen. Beauregard Lee, is predicting an early spring.

The groundhog did not see his shadow this morning as he braved soggy, 44-degree weather at his home at the Yellow River Game Ranch in Lilburn.

February 02, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Committee boosts SPLOST

Elected officials by law cannot actively campaign in favor of the 2011 SPLOST list, but they've appointed a SPLOST committee of community leaders to carry the banner of support.

February 02, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


County to protect agricultural land

The Board of Commissioners received an update Tuesday on their participation in a state pilot program that gives Newton County residents and farmers ways to protect their agricultural land.

February 01, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Covington motorcyclist dies following crash

A 65-year-old Covington man died of injuries sustained when he was stuck while riding his motorcycle Thursday evening.

February 01, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Early voting begins for SPLOST

Early voting for the 2011 SPLOST election began today and will run through March 11.

February 01, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


HERO operator dies in wreck

ATLANTA - Authorities say a Georgia Department of Transportation "HERO" operator has been killed while helping a motorist on Interstate 85 south of downtown Atlanta.

Authorities say the crash happened late Monday morning near the Metropolitan Parkway exit. The Georgia State Patrol says the operator had stopped in an emergency lane on I-85 and was outside the vehicle. Authorities say a truck pulling a trailer struck the HERO truck, which then collided with the operator. All the southbound lanes of I-85 were closed for a time after the wreck.

January 31, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


State fees bring in less than expected

ATLANTA - Extra fees Georgia lawmakers imposed last year on lead-footed drivers and others to bolster low state revenues without politically risky tax increases are bringing in far less cash than projected, according to an Associated Press review.

The AP's review of state data showed the fees on hospitals, court filings and even lobbyists have brought in tens of millions of dollars less than budget writers had counted on. The disappointing collections contributed to new Gov. Nathan Deal's decision to lower the revenue estimate for the current fiscal year, effectively giving the already cash-strapped state less money to spend.

January 31, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


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