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Square Perk closes

After almost six years of serving local residents coffee, lunch and community fellowship, Square Perk Café has closed its doors starting Friday.

July 01, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


New airport terminal celebrated

State, county and local dignitaries turned out early Thursday to celebrate the groundbreaking for the new terminal at the Covington Municipal Airport.

June 30, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Covington’s Fourth of July celebration to be bigger, brighter this year

As the two grand finales of fireworks went off simultaneously during the 2015 Independence on the Square in Covington, some spectators staring up at the ...

June 29, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Independence Day celebrations across Newton County

Several cities in Newton County are hosting celebrations for the 2016 Independence Day holiday. Check below for events in Covington, Oxford, Porterdale and Social Circle.

June 29, 2016 | Jasmine Floyd | LOCAL


NCSO announces SWAT Team graduates

Several Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team members of the Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) have completed or will complete specialized training at Barrow ...

June 29, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


‘Go-to site for entertainment’ coming to Covington

A "one of a kind, massive, film, TV, music and video gaming production site" is close to coming to Covington.

June 28, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Alcovy, Flint Hill eligible for school choice

Flint Hill Elementary School and Alcovy High School have been identified by the Newton County School System (NCSS) as potentially eligible schools for school choice.

June 28, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Finding alternatives to gangs

It may just look like someone got creative with a spray can of paint, but law enforcement sees graffiti as a possible sign of gang ...

June 27, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Hampton Inn Covington awarded 2016 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award

The Hampton Inn Covington has received a 2016 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award. Now in its sixth year, the achievement celebrates hospitality businesses that have ...

June 26, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County Senior Services receives new shuttle bus

Newton County Senior Services is the proud recipient of a new shuttle bus that will soon hit the road to transport senior residents to and ...

June 26, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Three Newton County deputies graduate from Georgia Public Safety Training Center

The 286th Graduation Class of the Georgia Public Safety Training Center-Athens Academy held their graduation on June 10 at the Winder Community Center.

June 26, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Learning the signs of gang interest

Newton County Sheriff's Office Captain Keith Crum suggested that if parents start seeing gang symbols on their child's school, the need to pay ...

June 26, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Memorial honors former El Charro manager in wake of tragedy

Since the death of Enrique Ramirez Trejo, the El Charro family has banded together to support the Trejo family and one another.

June 26, 2016 | Mariya Lewter | LOCAL


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Woman name drops to avoid arrest

Deputies rushed to Ga. Highway 162 Wednesday, after a prison guard in charge of inmate workers called about a woman screaming that someone was going to kill her and a man with a shotgun.

November 08, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Love, passion art

This story can be told from two different perspectives, but in either case, it's about love and passion. It's a story about a woman whose passion is rescuing dogs and cats founded abandoned, neglected, abused or hurt, then giving them a safe and secure life. It's a story about how she turned the hunter she married into a passionate advocate for abused and neglected pets, as well. And it's a story about the unique gift he commissioned to commemorate the passion they share. "...Just because I love her," he said.

November 08, 2012 | Barbara Morgan | LOCAL


Obamacare overhaul turns into a sprint

WASHINGTON (AP) - Its place assured alongside Medicare and Medicaid, President Barack Obama's health care law is now in a sprint to the finish line, with just 11 months to go before millions of uninsured people can start signing up for coverage.

November 08, 2012 | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press | LOCAL


Veterans Day ceremony, Nov. 12

Veterans Day may fall on a Sunday this year, but that doesn't mean that the annual remembrance ceremony on the square will be canceled; the ceremony will be held on the next day, Nov. 12, instead.

Beginning on the square at 11 a.m. Monday, there will be a speech by keynote speaker Doug Gilreath, senior pastor of Covington First United Methodist Church. The Marine Junior ROTC will be posting colors.

November 06, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Pros, cons of filming “Vampire Diaries”

Covington City Council members agreed to form a committee at their next meeting that would address filming issues in neighborhoods after several residents and businesses discussed the pros and cons of having "The Vampire Diaries" film in Covington.

Mayor Ronnie Johnston told the council that he would like them to bring in suggestions of who should serve on a committee that would primarily focus on setting guidelines for filming crews in the city. Johnston said he would like the committee to consist of residents, business owners and representatives from Bonanza Productions, which films "The Vampire Diaries."

November 06, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


City to add sidewalk to Carlton Trail

Covington City Council unanimously approved at their meeting Monday to amend their 2012-2013 fiscal year budget to add a sidewalk on Carlton Trail, after citizens voiced their concerns about adding the sidewalk for what some council members say has been more than 10 years.

November 06, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Elderly man holds teens at gunpoint

A man, 77, was arrested and charged after reportedly holding two teens at gunpoint and getting into a physical altercation with one of the teen's mothers Saturday evening.

November 06, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Crime briefs: Fruit stand burglarized

Money and meat were reportedly stolen from Covington's well-known fruit stand over the weekend.

November 06, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Rain on election day

Election Day is off to a rainy start, but for those planning to vote later in the day, rain is expected to largely clear up by around 1 p.m., according to The Weather Channel, while The National Weather service said occasional rain could continue until 3 p.m.

November 06, 2012 | | LOCAL


Voting advice from the secretary of state

Polling precincts across Georgia will be open to voters from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6 for presidential election and statewide and local electons. Individuals can verify their polling location by visiting the Secretary of State's My Voter Page - www.sos.ga.gov/mvp.

November 05, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Fall back: Set clocks back an hour

It's finally time to reclaim that hour of sleep you lost last spring.

November 03, 2012 | Associated Press | LOCAL


More details on high progress schools

Several administrators responded to recently being named as Reward Schools by the Georgia Department of Education's new four-part list created as a waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

November 03, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


3 in Clement's trial take plea deals

Bringing to end the case that started in June 2009 when 53-year-old Tim Clements was murdered, the remaining three charged in his death all took plea deals.

November 03, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Pierce Cline dies Sat. morning

Community pillar Pierce Cline died Saturday morning at the age of 85.

November 03, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


History opens its doors

The home formerly known as Whitehall, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, will now serve as a bed and breakfast and event facility in Covington.

November 03, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


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