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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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Thursday morning crash with hazardous materials shuts down I-20

All lanes on Interstate 20 east were blocked on both sides near exit 101 just after 5:30 a.m. Thursday morning when a double tractor trailer carrying hazardous materials overturned in the median at the Social Circle Road overpass. The truck was carrying a myriad of items, including a small amount of sodium chloride, and Walton County Fire Department's Hazardous Material Team were able to secure the load.

April 29, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Dance to the music

What

April 28, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Rides! Games! Food! Fun!

The Mall at Stonecrest presents the first annual Spring Fair at Stonecrest, Wednesday, May 5 through Sunday, May 9. Celebrate with Mom that week with rides, games, food and family fun at the Mall at Stonecrest. The Spring Fair gates open to the public on May 5th at 5 p.m. and will feature 22 thrill rides that include the YoYo, Matterhorn (Himalaya), Cliff Hanger, Fireball, Bumper cars, Sizzler, Family Swing, Raiders, Tilt, Gravitron, Inverter, Power Surge, Mini-Indy, Ferris Wheel, Kiddie Land, Slide, Train and Merry Go Round.

April 28, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Frank B. Turner, Jr. appointed to United Bank Board

United Bank Chairman John Edwards announced recently the addition of Frank B. Turner, Jr. to the Board of Directors of United Bank.

April 28, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


The News welcomes new director of online marketing

Charles Hill Morris Jr., publisher of The Covington News, is pleased to announce the hiring of Tracy Batye to the newly created position of director of online marketing.

"I have lived in Covington for 16 years and I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to join The Covington News family and to work with local businesses to help them with their online advertising needs," Batye said.

April 28, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NEGRC Summer Youth Work Experience

 The Northeast Georgia Regional Commission (NEGRC) is providing a 2010 Summer Youth Work Experience for eligible youth in the 12 county Northeast Georgia area. Efforts are underway to secure federal funding to provide these services for 300 to 1,300 youth for the months of June and July. Calls to be put on the work experience waiting list began April 1 and will continue until all available appointment slots are filled. Youth must be between 14 to 24 years of age. NEGRC serves the counties of Barrow, Clarke, Elbert, Greene, Jackson, Jasper, Madison, Morgan, Newton, Oconee, Oglethorpe and Walton. Each ...

April 25, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Revised trade adjustment assistance for farmers program announced

Hobby Stripling, State Executive Director of USDA's Farm Service Agency in Georgia, announced that USDA has a revised Trade Adjustment Assistance for Farmers (TAAF) Program. Under the program, the USDA provides technical assistance and cash benefits to eligible producers of raw agricultural commodities and fishermen who have been hurt by import competition.

April 25, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


George Walton Academy named outstanding school

On April 16, George Walton Academy was named Outstanding High School at the Georgia Perimeter College High School Literary Arts competition. Students Kathleen Campbell, Allison Doyle, Emily Gutierrez, Bess Dobbs, and Grayson Shurett won awards to secure the designation for George Walton.

April 25, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Publix donates to United Way

Grocery giving:

April 25, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


The Mighty Oak: Fred Greer's love of the land shows in his farm

Fred Greer's favorite tree is the mighty white oak.

April 25, 2010 | Lee Sandow | LOCAL


EYESORE of the week

Boarded up:

April 25, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Cancer patients, survivors walk for cure at Relay

Air Force Capt. Scott Byrum returned home from the Middle East last November. Steve and Becky Byrum were thrilled that their son had come back unscathed from this third tour of duty. But as too often happens, an insidious disease reared its ugly head and turned joy into devastation - Becky was diagnosed with lung cancer.

April 25, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Parks Grove reunion

Gathering of friends: Alumni of Parks Grove School gathered at Burge Plantation on April 17 for a reunion and celebration organized by Joyce Perry Traylor. Parks Grove School stood near the corner of Jeff Cook Road and Morehouse Road in eastern Newton County from about 1912 until 1947. It was established and built by Ida Gray Morehouse and her husband Merritt Morehouse, grandparents of the current owner of Burge, to provide schooling for black children at a time when public education was difficult or non-existent for them. On Sundays the school served as a church. Teachers at the school lived ...

April 25, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Plein Aire Paint Out

Splendid afternoon: Southern Heartland Art Guild recently held their annual Plein Aire Paint Out Picnic at the home of Susan and Bill Wahl in Social Circle. In addition to guild members from Newton County, art guilds from Madison and Monroe were among the invited guests. Artists set up easels, and Susan Adams, an instructor from Southern Heartland Gallery on the square, brought students from two of her oil painting classes - most of whom had never participated in this painting method.

April 25, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


FSA targets funds for socially disadvantaged Ga. farmers

The Georgia State Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced the availability of $9.5 million in direct loan funds for Socially Disadvantaged (SDA) individuals who want to purchase or operate a family-size farm in fiscal year 2010.

In Fiscal year 2009, which ended September 30, 2009, Georgia Farm Loan Programs made 116 direct SDA loans totaling more than $7.3 million.

April 25, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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