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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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National champions

Straight shooting: The Lake Oconee Shotgun Team (L.O.S.T.) traveled to the World Shooting and Recreation Complex in Sparta, Ill., July 23-26 to compete in the Scholastic Clay Target Program's (SCTP) National Championships. L.O.S.T. represented Georgia well by finishing strong in several age groups: The Rookie Squad (5th-6th graders) as well as the Senior Varsity Squad finished second in the nation in their respective divisions in Sporting Clays. The Junior Varsity Squad, pictured above, also finished third in their division in Sporting Clays and followed up with a first place national championship in Skeet ...

August 12, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Property taxes raised by glitch

Covington, Newton County and the county's school system are going to be collecting a combined $3 million less in property taxes than they originally expected, exacerbating the NCSS' budget crunch and bringing the county's budget woes back to the forefront.

August 07, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Awarded for service

Proud service: Greg Ceaser Jr. (center), recently received an Army Achievement Medal for his work in Iraq. Greg Ceaser Sr., is the Director of Environmental Services at Newton Medical Center.

August 07, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Rotary inducts Paul Harris Fellows, entertains district governor

Rotary District Governor Shane Burr of Canton visited the Covington Rotary Club Tuesday. He spoke about Rotary's priorities for 2009 - water and sanitation, health and hunger, and literacy - as well as participating in the Biggest Loser Polio Plus Challenge. He encouraged club members to attend Georgia Rotary's state convention at Jekyll Island. He also commended the Covington Rotary for inducting 50 Paul Harris Fellows in the past two years.

"I want to recognize what those truly represent," Burr said of Paul Harris Fellow awards, "and that is exceptional service and giving."

August 07, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Two of four charged in June Clements murder denied bond

Two of the four people charged in the killing of Conyers landscaper Timothy Clements were denied bond.

Pablo Fernando Maldonado and Katria Luche McClain went before Superior Court Judge Horace J. Johnson Jr. earlier this week to request bond. Both have been incarcerated since their arrest in June.

August 07, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Deputies shot in stand-off

Two Newton County Sheriff's Office deputies remain in stable condition after being shot Monday afternoon.

August 05, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Man charged with murder after beating victim dies

One man is in jail and three others are being sought after a 21-year-old man succumbed to injuries he allegedly sustained from a beating July 26.

August 05, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Drunk husband and wife arrested after argument

Two people were arrested early Monday morning after a man called 911, allegedly telling the operator he had stabbed his wife.

When deputies from the Newton County Sheriff's Office arrived at the home, they reportedly found a man exiting the residence and walking toward the street. When asked, he allegedly admitted he was the person who had called 911. When asked what happened the man, identified as 31-year-old Regginal W. Julien, reportedly told deputies that he had "told the lady on the phone what happened."

August 05, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Ga. legislators to take one furlough day a month for remainder of 2009

ATLANTA - Starting this month, all 180 State House members and 56 State Senators will take one day of furlough a month for the remaining five months of 2009 in order to cut costs amid the economic recession.

With the state budget so tight, other state employees being furloughed and the legislature finding ways to make even further cuts, elected leaders in the state government joined in the effort as well. State Senator John Douglas (R-Social Circle) and Representative John Lunsford (R- McDonough) support the need to for this fiscal responsibility.

August 04, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Born leaders

The life of a law enforcement officer is filled with danger and a myriad of obstacles, but for two Newton County teens, the possibility of a tough road ahead hasn't hindered their desire to be the best of the best. To that end, they both showed what they were made of when both were recently elected officers of the Law Enforcement Explorers Association of Georgia.

August 02, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Yellow River trail moving forward

Newton County residents have heard a lot of discussion about trails recently, but sometimes lost in that discussion is the fact that two non-railroad related trails are continuing to move forward.

August 02, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Fight over milk turns physical; man damages another car with tire jack

A man was arrested Thursday after getting into a fight with his wife in front of their children, and allegedly grabbing her around the throat.

August 01, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Ground broken at Denny Dobbs

Construction is finally set to begin on Denny Dobbs Park after Wednesday's groundbreaking at the site of the future park. Former State Rep. Denny Dobbs, the park's namesake, was "very appreciative and proud of the project," as he said a few words at the ceremony.

The park is being named in Dobbs' honor because of his years of service to Newton County as a legislator and member of the Recreation Commission.

July 31, 2009 | Molly Lundy Covington News Intern | LOCAL


Wise owl

A 110-foot, century-old pine tree dominates the horizon on a patch of Fred Greer's Mansfield farm. This tree should have been cut down and sold as timber long ago, but Greer smiles and points up to a fox squirrel nest and says simply, "It's not hurting me to leave that one tree."

July 31, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Husband throws TV at wife, she uses kitchen knife to defend herself

A woman and her daughter woke Sunday morning to the sounds of their home being burglarized, according to reports from the Covington Police Department.

At roughly 9:50 p.m., one of the women was in her bedroom when she heard a chime sounding downstairs but ignored it, assuming it was her brother coming home. Shortly thereafter, movements were heard in the basement of the home followed by a bang. It was then that the women realized they were being burglarized, according to reports.

July 31, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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