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Newton County FFA members attend summer leadership camp

This summer 19 students from Newton High School and Newton County FFA were challenged to grow as leaders to find their "hero within." They were part of more than 2,500 students who attended the FFA-FCCLA Summer Leadership Camp at the Georgia FFA-FCCLA Center in Covington. Summer Leadership camp provides a fun and exciting environment for students to develop their leadership and teamwork skills and to interact with other students from across the state.

July 19, 2014 | Ashley Vilmenay Newton County FFA | LOCAL


County tightens Salem/Crowell zoning overlay

There will be no pawn shops or check-cashing businesses in the Salem/Almon/Crowell roads overlay district, according to changes adopted Tuesday night by the Newton County Board of Commissioners.

July 17, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Golfing for Laurie

More than six months of fundraising efforts by donors, including Covington residents, will come to a head this Saturday at the Golfing for Laurie golf tournament at Ashton Hills.

July 17, 2014 | Samantha Reardon | LOCAL


Get the beat

Students attending Arts Association in Newton County's Musical Theater Camp rehearse for their final performance of the summer.

July 17, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Crowell, Ga. 81 to get stoplights

County Commission chairman Keith Ellis describes the intersection of Georgia Highway 81 and Crowell Road as the worst in the county. But not for much longer.

July 17, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Riley announces candidacy for Mansfield mayor

Although the full ballot has not yet been revealed for the upcoming special election for Mansfield's mayor, one candidate is known.

July 17, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Social Circle home moving to new location

It took about five years to get funds and to complete the process to move the 186-year-old home, said Mike Owens, owner of Magnolia Manor, the new location of the home. The Historic Preservation Society of Social Circle (HPSSC) had pledged $10,000 for anyone who promised to move and restore the home, which was a significant chunk of the fundraising efforts needed to make the move official. The money was officially presented to Owens Monday by HPSSC President Dena Johnston and Treasurer Charles Thompson. Owens, utility workers and others who are invested in the preservation of the building worked ...

July 17, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


County OKs tax increase

The Newton County Board of Commissioners voted 4-1 to adopt a 5 percent tax increase as part of its new annual budget.

July 17, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Newton Newsflash: More construction this weekend

If you're out and about this weekend, avoid sections of I-20 in Newton County as construction continues. Lane closures and long delays can be expected in the following areas and times:

July 17, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Starbound Dance Studio owner arrested

The former owner of Starbound Dance Studio in Porterdale was arrested on Wednesday by the Newton County Sheriff's Office on 13 counts of theft by conversion.

July 17, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Hospital asks for more from county

Officials say the combination of Obamacare with an increase in people using the emergency room as their primary doctors is putting Newton Medical Center in trouble.

July 17, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


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Update on power outages

Covington - Covington Utility Director Tim Morris said around 11:30 a.m. that outages continue to pop up around Covington's service area, with two of the more persistant areas being the Alcovy Road and Alcovy Trestle Road area and the Odum Street area.

April 30, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Top 32 students honored

In the 2013-14 school year, ten wasn't enough.

April 30, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Some paper deliveries delayed until 11 am

Some newspaper deliveries have been delayed because of roads blocked by debris.

April 30, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


List of blocked roads

Below is a list of roads blocked by fallen trees or other debris according to county Fire Chief Kevin O'Brien and Covington Fire Marshal Tony Smith.

April 30, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


T.K. Adams (video)

T.K. Adams led the Newton County Community Band in his final concert Monday night.

April 30, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL


2050 Plan garners national award

Newton County's plan for the future was praised this week by a national group of expert planners, offering more outside validation for an effort that's been under way for a decade.

April 29, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


2014 Election Candidate Profiles: Pam Dickerson

State Rep. Pam Dickerson, D-Conyers, is seeking re-election to a third term in the Georgia General Assembly because she wants to continue working to improve education.

April 29, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


2014 Election Candidate Profiles: Sharon Sawyer

Sharon Sawyer is taking a second shot at unseating Democratic incumbent state Rep. Pam Dickerson in the May 20 Primary, and Sawyer's campaign message is simple: vote for Sawyer, because she actually lives in Newton County.

April 29, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Young Americans presents Peter Pan

Head to the second star from the right this weekend.

April 29, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington woman wins poetry award

A Covington woman won an award for her poetry entry in the 2014 edition of "Sirocco," Georgia Southwestern State University's Arts Magazine.

April 29, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Outdoor burn ban begins May 1

Georgian's are being asked not to add to the expected summer heat and air quality during the coming months, according to the Georgia Forestry Commission (GFC).

April 29, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Candy bar in gas tank

A woman went to put gas into her 2008 Chevy at 10:30 a.m. Friday when the lever would not lock, and no gas would go into the tank, as if it was full.

April 29, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


CPD arrest check-cashing head

The Covington Police Department has arrested a person Thursday believed to have spearheaded the theft of thousands of fraudulent funds in Newton, Rockdale and Walton counties.

April 29, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Dial named 2013 Hometown Hero

Superior Court Judge Samuel Ozburn said it best in helping to honor the two 2013 General Mills and The Covington News Hometown Hero finalists, who both happen to be handicapped.

April 29, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Hazardous weather in store for Newton

Update, Tuesday morning: Newton County is one of dozens of Georgia counties under a "Hazardous Weather Outlook" that warns residents to be prepared for:

April 28, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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