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Kelly earns master level certification for downtown development

An original supporter of the Georgia Downtown Association Development Professional Certification program, Josephine Kelly, Executive Director of Main Street Porterdale, recently earned master level certification.

September 03, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Update: Sycamore Street Pizzeria owner arrested following Social Circle shooting

Police have made an arrest following the shooting inside Sycamore Street Pizzeria in Social Circle that occurred early Sunday morning, according to the Social Circle ...

September 01, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

A look at the hidden costs of a DUI

The red and blue lights flash in the rearview mirror. The driver, even befuddled, knows that that means.

September 01, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Elvis performer coming to Newborn

Making a return to Newborn, Lou Vuto will bring legends to life during two shows at the Old Schoolhouse.

August 31, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Commissioners to vote on moratorium

Newton County will hold a special called meeting Tuesday, Sept. 13 to vote on the moratorium on permits for places of worship.

August 31, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Commissioners meet with mosque group

Some members of the Newton County Board of Commissioners met with a group representing the proposed mosque and cemetery on Monday. The mosque and cemetery ...

August 30, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Hearing on moratorium scheduled for Sept. 20

County officials say they have not decided to extend or end a controversial moratorium on permits of places of worship beyond the original Sept. 20 ...

August 30, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Oxford Lions celebrate 65 years

The Oxford Lions celebrates its 65th Anniversary this year. At recent celebrations, members were joined by past presidents, community members, international, state and district Lion ...

August 30, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

State Route 36 roadwork expected to begin mid-fall

Though contractor Knight and Associates is clearing and grubbing land that will become new intersections on State Route 36 near Henderson's Restaurant, actual roadwork ...

August 30, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

ASO performing at Grand Opening for Porter Performing Arts Center

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra is coming to Newton County Sunday, Oct. 2 for a 3 p.m. show presented by the Arts Association of Newton ...

August 30, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Woman arrested for meth at local hotel

A woman was arrested at Homewood Suites in Covington for possession of methamphetamine, according to the Covington Police Department (CPD).

August 29, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Woman has gun pointed at her by driver

A woman reported that a driver pointed a gun at her while she was stopped in her car, according to the Newton County Sheriff's ...

August 29, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Brooks draws satisfaction from original graphic novels

For those with arachnophobia, Brett Brooks has a three book series that might appeal: "How to Kill a Spider," a three part "killology." [See side ...

August 29, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Porterdale artist releases game based on graphic novels

'How to Kill a Spider,' a 'killology' by Brett Brooks has been turned into a card game similar to UNO. Brooks is set to sell ...

August 29, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

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Crime Briefs: Fight at QT ends in arrest

A male and female were fighting outside the U.S. Highway 278 QuikTrip on Saturday, when police arrived.

July 03, 2012 | Meghan de St. Aubin | LOCAL

4th of July contingency plans

With the forecast calling for thunderstorms tomorrow, many residents of Covington, Porterdale, Oxford, and Social Circle are left wondering whether or not the festivities for the Fourth of July will go on as planned.

July 03, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL

Sunday fire still smoldering

A fire at a recycling center next to the Covington Housing Authority on Alcovy Road is still smoldering, according to Assistant Fire Marshall Tony Smith.

July 02, 2012 | Amber Pittman Joy Bratcher | LOCAL

Covington Celebrates Fourth of July

Even a little rain could not stop the City of Covington from throwing a grand celebration Sunday for the Fourth of July. Citzens from Newton, Rockdale, and surrounding areas poored out to the Covington square to participate in what would turn out to be a night full of fun and excitment.

July 02, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Cut cable disrupts local phone service

Parts of Porterdale and Covington are without use of their landlines due to a drilling mistake.

July 02, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Sweet American treats

When you say Fourth of July, most people immediately think of fireworks, parades and grilling. Since anything I put on a grill ends up charred on the outside and still quivering and raw on the inside, I have always been a fan of the easier Independence Day fare. Below you will find child-friendly (and super tasty) recipes to help celebrate in style - even if you can't cook a burger on the grill.

June 30, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Man breaks window, suspects cheating

Antonio Hubert allegedly broke Tricia Terry's window on Thursday morning after he allegedly suspected she was talking to another man.

Terry told police she and Hubert had been drinking before the incident and Hubert had left the house.

June 30, 2012 | Meghan de St. Aubin | LOCAL

Find the right software

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June 30, 2012 | Ellen Blakeslee | LOCAL

5 things to do this summer

If you are looking to get out of town this summer but don't want to feel the burn in your pocket, there are some places around Covington that offer a perfect day out with the family.

According to Caitlin Dewey of, Atlanta is number three on the list titled, "10 Cheapest Cities You'll Want to Visit" this summer. Dewey highlights the great culinary scene and amazing tourism spots. With the world's busiest airport Hartsfield-Jackson being located in Atlanta, the city has become a major draw for people looking for a cheap vacation, according to Dewey ...

June 30, 2012 | Meghan de St. Aubin | LOCAL

General Mills layoffs to affect Newton County

The announcement of layoffs by General Mills will impact Newton County, though it is unclear how much.

According to General Mills' spokeswoman Bridget Christenson, who said the company does not go into details about the impact by location, "there are a handful of individuals who have been impacted" at the Covington facility.

June 30, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Temperature to reach 109 degrees today

The National Weather Service is calling for temperatures to remain above 100 degrees today with sunshine and not a cloud in the sky for the day.

June 30, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Singles try sense of smell to find love

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Sniff your way to love? Singles who have attended so-called pheromone parties haven't ruled it out.

June 29, 2012 | AMY TAXIN, Associated Press | LOCAL

See videos from Thursday's forum

The Covington News and Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce hosted a forum for local contested races Thursday night before a packed house at The Center for Community Preservation and Planning.

June 29, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Local promoted to two-star general

For most of his life, Les Carroll has served his country.

June 28, 2012 | Meghan de St. Aubin | LOCAL

Celebrate 4th of July all over Newton

A parade, fireworks and good ol'fashion family fun are planned in Newton County for the Fourth of July. Here's the lowdown on events happening all over the county.

June 28, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL

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