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BOE adopts 2015 budget

Even though summer just began, the people working behind the scenes are ready for next year to begin with a full wallet.

June 03, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Former Newborn mayor Davis dies

Former Newborn mayor Sheridan Davis was a lifelong resident of Newborn, where he was born and raised. He made more than a few contributions to his small town.

June 03, 2014 | Samantha Reardon | LOCAL


Mud and Guts

The Georgia International Horse Park turned into a course of mud, barbed wire and ropes for the Metro BattleFrog Obstacle Course Race last weekend.

June 03, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL


Oxford adopts 2015 budget

Oxford is ready to roll into next fiscal year as its wallet is set and spending in order.

June 03, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


County mulls costs to keep guns out

The county would have to spend at least $283,559 to prevent people from legally carrying a gun into the Newton County Administration Building or the Historic Courthouse.

June 03, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


How the county budget affects you

Property values are rising, which means property tax revenue would rise, but the Newton County Board of Commissioners promised it would lower the tax rate during the next two years. This leaves officials with the same budget old budget dilemma: keep taxes as low as possible or spend more to help employees and improve some county services?

June 03, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Gun fired near Nelson Heights CC

An event at the Nelson Heights Community Center resulted in gun fire in the surrounding area and two hours of police presence Friday evening.

June 03, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Holt endorses Belton for District 112

State Representative Doug Holt endorsed Dave Belton in the race for State House District 112 Tuesday.

June 03, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Drug drop box campaign launched

With prescription drug abuse growing, the Newton County Sheriff's Office has taken another step in trying to curb the problem, while also adding another way to simultaneously help the environment.

June 02, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Publix donates to help hungry

Publix and its employees are doing their part to feed the hungry in Newton County.

May 31, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Library kicks off summer reading

The Newton County Library System is holding its annual Summer Reading Program and giving prizes to every summer reader who completes the instruction.

May 31, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Summer reading requirements, activities

As students and families pack their cars for summer trips and their bathing suits for the beach, one item not to be forgotten should be a book.

May 31, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


County tightens laws for group homes

Newton County residents have consistently spoken out against efforts to open group or personal care homes in their neighborhoods, saying extra traffic and noise will ruin the peaceful nature of their neighborhoods and open the door for future unwanted development.

May 31, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


HBO's “Bessie” to film in Covington

Just weeks after the crew of the Martin Luther King Jr. biopic "Selma" filmed in Covington, another film about an African-American icon is coming to town.

May 31, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


City hires new transportation director

Covington's newest transportation director has built interstates and worked on the busiest stretches of highway in Atlanta, and he's looking forward to a chance of pace.

May 31, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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Archive By Section - LOCAL


2 shot, 1 killed Sunday night in Porterdale

Ricky Lewis Smith, age 44, has been arrested and charged with the shooting death of a woman in Porterdale Sunday evening.

According to Newton County Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer 1st Lt. Mark Mitchell, deputies were called to a home on Bell Street off Ga. Highway 162 in south Porterdale at 7:49 p.m. When they arrived they found 36-year-old Tajuana Lashawn Stroud dead from an apparent gunshot wound. They also located 42-year-old Steven Cadet Smith - the brother of the alleged shooter - who had been seriously wounded by a gunshot as well. He was transported to an Atlanta ...

November 11, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


2 Gubernatorial candidates speak at local Dem. event

Speeches by gubernatorial candidates Dubose Porter and David Poythress highlighted the Newton County Democratic Party's first ever banquet on Saturday.

November 11, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Armed robbery closes Wal-Mart

A man who reportedly robbed a United Bank inside of Wal-Mart remains at large as of press time, but according to Covington Police Captain Craig Treadwell, authorities are confident the thief's freedom will be short-lived.

Law enforcement officials responded to the popular discount store at around 2:04 p.m. Monday afternoon after receiving calls of an armed robbery at the bank. When they arrived, the suspect had already fled the area but had left behind a black, plastic box that he had reportedly told tellers at the bank was filled with explosives.

November 10, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Flash flood watch issued until Wednesday

The National Weather Service out of Peachtree City issued a flash flood watch for portions of north and central Georgia, including Rockdale and Newton counties, in effect until Wednesday morning.

November 09, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Victims and suspect named in deadly Porterdale shooting

Ricky Lewis Smith, age 44, has been arrested and charged with the shooting death of a woman in Porterdale Sunday evening.

November 08, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Grove Pointe buys land to build new, permanent home

For many Christians church is defined as a gathering of a people, but most will agree it's still nice to have a building of their own.

November 08, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Friends of the Library

Book sales and classic cars:

November 08, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Deputies pull over vehicle, find stolen gun

Deputies from the Newton County Sheriff's Office initially noticed a vehicle traveling erratically and ended up arresting the occupants on various charges, including theft by receiving stolen property for reportedly having a stolen weapon in the vehicle.

November 08, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Green Getaway raises funds for KCNB

Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful's fourth annual fundraiser, the Green Getaway, had a good turn out Friday evening at Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center.

November 08, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Garden club celebrates 80 years

On this day 80 years ago, Essie Callaway invited 12 ladies to her home for lunch and together they founded the Covington Garden Club. A year later the club became affiliated with the Garden Club of Georgia.

November 08, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


InVest in the NCSO - Nov. 6

-The parents of recently injured Deputy Wesley Atha have organized a fundraising campaign to purchase these vests for every county deputy. Their fundraising goal is $113,000. Each vest costs between $500-$700, depending on the size. Each Friday The Covington News will publish a list of individuals, businesses and civic groups who have donated to the cause that week as well as the total amount raised. Donations are tax deductible. Checks should be made payable to Newton Co. Sheriff's Office and earmarked for safety vests and equipment. Please mail donations to NCSO c/o April Jones, 15151 Alcovy ...

November 07, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


November is Family Month

For the second year the City of Covington declared November Family Month, and Mayor Kim Carter and Bishop John Knorrp read proclamations describing the importance of families to a strong society.

November 06, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Former Fairview opponents strongly in favor of NSP park

Several residents remain opposed to the public park being considered in Fairview Estates, but on Tuesday the Board of Commissioners heard glowing reports from two residents whose opinions have dramatically changed over the past month.

Resident the Rev. Sharon Collins called in the NAACP and Newton County Ministers Union two weeks ago because she was dissatisfied with the county's handling of the Neighborhood Stabilization Program. After several meetings, she seems to have come full circle.

November 06, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Democratic governor candidates meeting at Saturday event

Democratic gubernatorial candidates Dubose Porter and David Poythress will be speaking at the Newton County Democratic Gala, taking place at 7 p.m., Saturday at the Washington Street Community Center.

November 06, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Chapter 1 - The Groundbreaking

Many hands have helped bring the future Porter Memorial Branch Library to the brink of construction, and that team effort was clearly shown by the 18 people who broke ground Thursday morning.

November 06, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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