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Newton welcomes home Purple Heart recipient Friday

Newton County will welcome home one of its heroes Friday morning.

March 01, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Early SPLOST voting begins Monday

Early voting for the March 21 SPLOST vote begins Monday.

February 24, 2017 | Darryl Welch | LOCAL


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


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City offers industry incentive to stay

Covington council members voted unanimously to offer an existing industry a 10-year tax abatement worth $1.1 million to keep its business in the county.

September 20, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Lake Varner to get two pavilions

Newton County residents will soon have another picturesque place to enjoy a picnic.

September 20, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Seasonal consignment store looks to help others

A local consignment store is looking to lift the economic burden off residents with discounted clothes and help homeless men, women and children in the local area.

September 20, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Snapping Shoals donates $10K

Snapping Shoals EMC recently awarded $10,000 to both the Covington-Newton Office of Economic Development and the Conyers-Rockdale Economic Development Council.

September 20, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Two students found with knives

Two Newton County students were charged with bringing knives to school, one at Liberty Middle School on Sept. 5, one at Oak Hill Elementary Monday.

September 20, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Officials OK tree service operation

The Newton County Board of Commissioners approved for a tree service operation to start business at 126 Larue Road, a street located on Ga. Highway 162, at their meeting Tuesday night.

September 20, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Jail log: Sept. 21, 2012

Howard Melville Astley, 60, homeless, Sept. 18. Possession of methamphetamine.

September 20, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Two men burglarize a nursing home

A resident at a nursing home was reportedly woken up by burglars on Thursday morning.

September 20, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Walmart employee punches manager

A Walmart manager said one of his employees punched him after having a meeting with him on Wednesday.

September 20, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Literacy Festival on Sept. 23

The 10th Annual Newton County Literacy Festival, co-sponsored by The Learning Center, Main Street Covington, and Newton County Community Partnership, brings together organizations and businesses committed to strengthening family literacy in an afternoon of fun.

September 20, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Wildlife Center hosts event Sept. 22

In honor of National Hunting and Fishing Day, an event will be held at the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center in Mansfield tomorrow, Sept. 22 from 8 a.m. to noon.

September 20, 2012 | Anastasia Graves | LOCAL


Covington man shot on Salem Road

A 20-year-old Covington man was shot in the leg Thursday morning after he tried to run from and pointed an AK-47 rifle at a Georgia State Patrol trooper who was trying to pull the man over.

September 20, 2012 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Celebrate peace Friday

The community is invited to a peaceful event at the Covington Montessori School Friday.

September 19, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


County approves tree service operation

The Newton County Board of Commissioners approved a tree service operation to start a business at 126 Larue Road, a street located on Ga. Highway 162, at their meeting Tuesday night.

Commissioners voted 3 to 2 on a proposal that modified the uses allowed on the site to include a tree service business, modified the site plan standards and modified the standards to construct an entrance that meet all commercial standards.

September 19, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Resident scolds BOE over various things

A disgruntled resident from Newton County School System's District 1 scolded board members Tuesday night for a variety of things, including not enforcing their own rules for public participation and for passing a resolution that asked voters to vote no for the charter school amendment.

September 18, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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