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New events for Christmas, New Year’s Eve highlight downtown lineup

When people gathered around the Newton County Historic Courthouse in downtown Covington for the lighting of the Square and Christmas tree and Santa's return ...

October 11, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Caldwell and Cowan embalmer completes advanced training

Christine Banks, embalmer at Caldwell and Cowan Funeral Home, completed more than 130 hours of specialized embalming and reconstructive training in Springfield, Missouri recently.

October 10, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Butterfly Garden dedicated at Academy Springs park

The Satsuki Garden Club hosted a dedication to Covington's new pollinator garden in Academy Springs Park, off Conyers Street and Legion Drive, Monday.

October 10, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Students celebrate day of peace

Students at the Montessori School of Covington gathered around the school's peace pole to celebrate the International Day of Peache on Sept. 21.

October 10, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


FMA entertains while educating middle school students

Using hip hop, dance, film and comedy, Forces in Motion (FMA) Live! made Sir Isaac Newton's Three Laws of Motion and Universal Law of ...

October 09, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


WSA and county to move forward on water initiative

The proposal could help Newton County out of its financial woes.

October 09, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Jason Smith named Teacher of the Year

Jason Smith wept and hugged his wife and sons when he was announced as the Newton County School System's top teacher.

October 09, 2016 | Duane M. Ford | LOCAL


Village completes community housing initiative

After three years, the Village of Porterdale completed the Georgia Initiative for Community Housing and Mayor Arline Chapman and City Manager Bob Thomson were part ...

October 09, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


NCWSA plan may not include Bear Creek

When discussing the Newton County Water and Sewerage Authority's plan to purchase the county's water infrastructure, Hopkins said the topic of the proposed ...

October 08, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


WSA and county to move forward on water initiative

Newton County elected officials this week heard a plan that could help the county out of its financial woes.

October 08, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Lloyd Kerr appointed county manager

Lloyd Kerr was officially named Newton County's Manager Tuesday.

October 08, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


NCSO and Crime Stoppers seeks help identify suspects in armed robberies

The Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) seeks assistance from the public to identify two suspects believed to be involved in two separate armed robberies ...

October 07, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton's Jason Smith named Teacher of the Year

Newton High School's Jason Smith was named Newton County School System's Teacher of the Year Thursday.

October 06, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Former Newton County fire chief sentenced to one year in prison

Former Newton County Fire Services Chief Kevin O'Brien was sentenced to 20 years' probation with the first year spent in prison, fined $1,000 ...

October 06, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


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150 Years of Freedom

Civil Rights icon and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Rev. Dr. Joseph E. Lowery will be the keynote speaker at the Sesquicentennial Emancipation Proclamation Community Worship Service hosted at Springfield Baptist on Dec. 30, at 4:30 p.m.

December 26, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Piedmont Cattlemen sponsors 4-H and FFA beef clinic

Students from Newton and Jasper County FFA and 4-H chapters braved the cold at the Georgia FFA-FCCLA Center on Saturday to learn how to care for their show calves.

December 26, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Kiwanis donates $500 to Salvation Army

The Kiwanis Club of Covington donated $500 in cash and 43 Kiwanians each sponsored a child for the Salvation Army's Angel Tree giveaway and spent around $50 a piece on each child. The Angel Tree Program is designed to provide everyday necessities, clothing and Christmas gifts to disadvantaged young children and the elderly. The local Salvation Army is located at 5193 Washington Street SW in Covington.

December 26, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Excerpts from aboard the H.M.S. Victorious

While dining recently at Outback Steakhouse in Conyers, my wife and I were having our usual pleasant chitchat with Shannon Smith, a long-time Outback employee and family friend, when he conveyed his admiration of "A Veteran's Story." Shannon said he loved the articles, especially the stories of our aging warriors of World War II, and asked if I'd consider writing a story about his grandfather, a British fighter pilot. You bet'cha.

December 26, 2012 | Pete Mecca | LOCAL


Ellis looking to move the county forward

Newton County's new Board of Commissioners Chairman is positive about the future of the county and looking forward to working with the board as a team player.

December 26, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Newton County Business Licenses - Dec. 26

Environmental Resources Inc., Adam Womack, 10135 Twin Oaks Drive, (770) 722-8759, Sept. 21, other services.

December 26, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Gas prices fall below $3, drop 19 cents

Average retail gasoline prices in Covington have fallen 19 cents per gallon to $2.99 in the past week, averaging $3.18/gal last week.

December 26, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


SunCrest collects 500 lbs of food for food pantry

The SunCrest Healthcare family, based out of Madison, Tenn., joined together to hold a Soup for Seniors soup drive this December. For the past month, more than 70 branch locations collected canned soups, along with other canned goods and boxed items that can be used to make soup, such as noodles, canned vegetables, beans and broth.

December 26, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Local family could win $1K for making school payments

A Covington family could win $1,000 and $500 for their charity of choice just by making a school-related payment online by Dec. 31. Newton County Schools currently use the online system MyPaymentsPlus through the "Season of Giving" promotion.

December 26, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


County officials sworn into office

Family and citizens from the community witnessed several officials get sworn-in to office by Judge Henry Baker during a ceremony on Thursday night held at the historic courthouse.

December 22, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Couple hopes arts revitalizes Washington St

Ashley and Peter Swan came to Covington a year and a half ago to lead the Covington Regional Ballet to a new level. Now they have their sights sets a little higher as they hope to raise Covington's artistic community to new heights, and they're planning to do it in an unlikely place.

December 22, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Newton County Sentencing - Dec. 23

Linda Ann Hale, felony identity fraud, 10 years probation, $1,000. No contact with victim, banished from Newton County.

December 22, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


GSP watching out for impaired drivers

Georgia State Patrol are cautioning drivers to plan for a sober designated driver if alcohol consumption will be part of their holiday celebrations this year. Troopers will be keeping a close eye out for impaired drivers now through the end of the year.

December 22, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


New judges sworn in for four years

The judges of the Superior Courts of the Alcovy Judicial Circuit (Newton County and Walton County) were sworn in for their new four-year terms on Dec. 21, by Hon. William M. Ray, II, of the Court of Appeals of Georgia, in a ceremony held at the Walton County Government Building in Monroe.

December 22, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Madison Cultural center hosts Grammy award winning artist

Instead of taking a trip to the Big Easy to take a break from the colder winter weather, head over to the Cultural Center's Hall on Friday, Jan. 18 at 7:30 p.m. to enjoy some amazing Creole Zydeco music... And you just might find yourself dancing the night away!

December 22, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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