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Detour coming March 7 for new bridge over Yellow River

Replacing the Yellow River bridge on State Route (SR) 36 requires a one-year detour beginning Tuesday, March 7. Traffic will use SR 162 and SR ...

February 22, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington resident claims $9.6 million Jumbo Bucks Lotto prize

Michael Camp, of Covington, recently came forward as the winner of the $9.6 million jackpot prize from the Feb. 6 Jumbo Bucks Lotto drawing.

February 22, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSO honors officers at annual awards ceremony

The Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) honored its own and remembered a fallen brother Friday night as the department held its Eighth Annual Awards ...

February 18, 2017 | Darryl Welch | LOCAL


Hardy resigns as Main Street director

Velinda Hardy, Covington Main Street director, has resigned effective immediately, according to an email to merchants from Newton County Chamber of Commerce President Ralph Staffins ...

February 18, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


SPLOST deadline Tuesday

Feb. 21 is the last day to register to vote on next month's SPLOST referendum. The election is March 21.

February 17, 2017 | Darryl Welch | LOCAL


NCSO Explorers take home 2nd

The Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) Explorers received second place at the Boy Scouts of America "Winterfest" competition held in Gatlinburg, Tennessee Feb. 11.

February 17, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSO recognizes promotions

The Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) recently promoted two employees; Deputy Jacob Rice and Deputy Steve Walden were both promoted to the rank of ...

February 16, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Record-breaking $9.6 million Jumbo Bucks Lotto ticket sold in Covington

A Covington convenience store has sold the largest Jumbo Bucks Lotto jackpot ticket in Georgia Lottery history. A winning ticket worth a record $9.6 ...

February 09, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL


GSP Trooper SFC Tony Henry succumbs to injuries from December motorcycle accident

Georgia State Trooper SFC Tony Henry succumbed to injuries Tuesday in an Atlanta hospital from a Dec. 3, 2016 motorcycle accident in Florida. The husband ...

February 08, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


NCSO to offer Citizen's Firearm Safety Course

Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) announced last month the dates for an upcoming Citizen's Firearm Safety Course.

February 07, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Social Circle auction house to sell bed frame connected to Manson murders

A historic bed, originally from 10050 Cielo Drive, in Los Angeles, California, will be up for auction Feb. 10 at Ole Hound Auction House. The ...

February 02, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


One person killed in Jan. 26 crash on Bypass

A 75-year-old woman was killed and two other people were injured in a two-vehicle crash on the Covington Bypass near Puckett Street Jan. 26 after ...

February 01, 2017 | Darryl Welch | LOCAL


Covington’s blue bloods

With more than 75 years of combined law enforcement experience, three generations of the Bradford family have accepted their callings in serving the community through ...

January 29, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


JDA elects officers for 2017

The Joint Development Authority (JDA) of Jasper, Morgan, Newton and Walton Counties held its first meeting of 2017 Jan. 25 at the Old Moore House ...

January 26, 2017 | Darryl Welch | LOCAL


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Special Olympics hosts Masters Program

The Newton County Special Olympics Masters Program, which is for graduates of high school, has had two gatherings to celebrate holidays and to help collect cans for the local food pantry.

January 29, 2013 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Meet the finalists: Leigh Anne Knight

By all accounts, Covington Finance Director Leigh Anne Knight has helped put Covington's financial house back in better order than her predecessor, but the question before the Covington City Council is whether she's ready to take on the much bigger challenge of city manager.

January 26, 2013 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Meet the finalists: Craig Treadwell

Covington Police Capt. Craig Treadwell believes his 30 years with the city's police force have given him the leadership and management skills to lead Covington forward as the next city manager despite lacking practical experience outside of public safety.

January 26, 2013 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Are our buses safe?

The bus accident Tuesday that sent dozens of students to local hospitals is still being investigated. But concerns for the safety of students riding school buses are still fresh in the minds of many parents, as is what exactly happened to cause the accident.

January 26, 2013 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Meet the finalists: Oel Wingo

Oel Wingo is the only city manager finalist with city manager experience, having worked as city manager or assistant city manager for four cities in Florida, but she also comes with some concerns, including the fact she got caught up in a political mess in one city.

January 26, 2013 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Divided council to vote on next city manager

The Covington City Council is nearing a vote on its next city manager, which could happen as soon as Tuesday after the council's executive session meeting scheduled for 5:30 p.m. at City Hall.

January 26, 2013 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Mother, daughter shoplift from store

Two women were charged with shoplifting from the Dollar General after store employees noticed the sticky-fingered duo reportedly shoplifting Thursday.

January 26, 2013 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Porterdale takes out loan for gym

Porterdale plans to take out a loan with United Bank and pay it back with 2011 SPLOST funding for the construction cost associated with the renovations of the Porterdale Gym.

January 26, 2013 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Ga. Southern honoring NHS at conference

Newton High School is being honored as one of five "high-flying" schools, at a March conference at Georgia Southern University.

January 26, 2013 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


$8,000 in meth confiscated

The Porterdale Police Department made a meth bust Friday, netting approximately $8,000 of methamphetamine, according to Porterdale City Manager Bob Thomson.

January 26, 2013 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Kiwanis hosts pancake breakfast

Members of the Kiwanis Club of Covington will soon be serving up pancakes and invites the community to have a stack and support its organization.

January 26, 2013 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Two cities unite to preserve their past

This week, I spent a good bit of time wading through a ton of material to learn about historic preservation. This was after learning that Social Circle has received its designation as a Certified Local Government. The CLG Program is a federal-state-local program to promote historic preservation at the local level. The Historic Preservation Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources assists local governments in applying for a CLG designation, which also requires approval by the National Park Service.

January 26, 2013 | Madeline Burgess | LOCAL


Oxford Language Hall reopens

An original 19th century building in Oxford has had a full restoration fit with 21st century technology. Reopening for spring semester 2013, Oxford College's Language Hall is thought to be one of the oldest buildings in the county, built in 1874 by craftsmen believed to have been from Covington and Newton County.

January 26, 2013 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Ag scholarships available

High school seniors looking to attend college to study agriculture have an opportunity to earn extra money to do so with the assistance of the Georgia Farm Bureau.

January 26, 2013 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Alert issued for missing 16-year-old girl

Conyers Police have issued a runaway juvenile alert for a mentally challenged 16-year-old Conyers girl missing since Jan. 22.

January 25, 2013 | | LOCAL


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