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Decorating the dead

Memorial Day is a special day, a day to reminisce, a time to mourn, and an occasion to praise the men and women that fought and died for our hard-earned freedoms. Originally dubbed Decoration Day to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died during the Civil War, the term 'Memorial Day' as we now know it was first used in 1882. Even more common after WWII, the expression became official by Federal law in 1967.

May 24, 2014 | Pete Mecca | LOCAL


The accidental photographer

Newton County native Cpl. Bryce Burton might be an accidental photographer.

May 24, 2014 | By Samantha Reardon news@covnews.com | LOCAL


Four students get full ride to college

Making it through college debt-free is a common goal for students and parents, and four area high school graduates are on their way to keeping a comfortable wallet for the next four years.

May 24, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Porterdale may get disc golf course

Flying discs in the forest may soon be coming to Porterdale, an effort the mayor and council members hope will indirectly bring revenue and modernization to the small downtown while retaining and highlighting the history.

May 24, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


County plans to professionally staff volunteer fire stations

Newton County's growing population is leading to more fire and medical emergency calls, and Newton County Fire Chief Kevin O'Brien wants to more effectively use the county's multiple remaining volunteer fire stations in the public safety fight.

May 24, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


OPINION: Ditch the new EPA water rules

In 1972 the Clean Water Act (CWA) was passed with a goal of improving water quality across the nation. To achieve this goal the CWA established a system of cooperative federalism that preserves primary state authority over land and water uses, but prohibits certain "discharges" into "navigable waters" from a "point source" unless authorized by federal permit. The law states that "navigable waters" are "waters of the U.S." Two sections of the law have particular impacts on agriculture. Section 404 allows the Corps to issue permits for discharges of "dredge and fill" material into navigable waters. This section deals ...

May 24, 2014 | By Crystal Powell-Hyatt Newton County Farm Bureau | LOCAL


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Happy Birthday Jim

Want to speak with the person running the Newton County Judicial Center? Then look no further than mail clerk Jim Dial who, according to County Clerk Linda Hays, runs the whole building.

May 03, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Monthly bike rides through Covington starting Sunday

As the warm weather settles in, residents will start seeing more bicyclists riding through Covington.

May 01, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Governor signs bill prohbiting sex offenders on school boards

A Georgia legislative bill designed to keep convicted sex offenders off school boards was was signed into law on April 30 by Governor Sonny Perdue.

May 01, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Mansfield approves budget after four-month delay

 The Mansfield City Council will finally approve its 2009 fiscal year budget on May 11 after a four-month delay. Mansfield operates on a January through December budget cycle, but City Clerk Pat Mullins said with her hip replacement and the mayor's knee replacement, the budget process has been delayed in 2009.

May 01, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Swine flu reported in LaGrange

Georgia had its first confirmed swine flu case on Thursday when a 30-year-old Kentucky woman, who had been vacationing in Mexico and attended a wedding in LaGrange, fell ill and was hospitalized. The Georgia Center for Disease Control lab was still awaiting test results Thursday afternoon from 24 other cases that could be swine flu. The virus has been steadily spreading across the United States, with 131 confirmed cases in 17 states.

So far, the only death remains the 23-month old Mexican child in Texas and state and national officials have advised the public not to panic. The public is ...

May 01, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Students arrested after ruptured- bottle scare Tues.

 Two Alcovy High School students were arrested and charged with terroristic threats following a small explosion caused by combustible fluids in the commons area of the school Tuesday morning.

May 01, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Officials: 1st confirmed swine flu case in Ga.

ATLANTA (AP) - Health officials have confirmed the first case of swine flu in Georgia.

April 30, 2009 | The Associated Press | LOCAL


Mall of Stonecrest begins Parental Involvement Program May 1

The Mall at Stonecrest is introducing a Parental Involvement Program (PIP) Friday, May 1. Under the program, youths under the age of 18 visiting the Mall at Stonecrest will need to be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian after 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturdays. The existing Code of Conduct will continue to remain in effect.

"The Mall at Stonecrest's PIP initiative is designed to enhance the shopping experience for all of our patrons," said Patricia Elmore Edge, general manager for the Mall at Stonecrest. "This program has been developed based on customer and merchant feedback requesting ...

April 29, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Inside the NC Fire Safety Education House

April 29, 2009 | Barbara Hebert | LOCAL


Alcovy High School commons area no longer in lockdown

At roughly 8:30 a.m. a water bottle with an unknown substance inside of it went off in the commons area of Alcovy High School. It was not an incendiary device and no students or school property was affected at all as far as investigators are aware at this time.

April 28, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newton Medical Center Spring Gala

Click HERE to view an audio slideshow of the Spring Gala

April 26, 2009 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Officials look at buying railroad

Newton County and the City of Covington are considering purchasing railroad from Norfolk Southern for various future uses. The city and county held a joint public meeting Tuesday to better understand the process of purchasing a railroad and the possible benefits and costs.

April 26, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


3 charged after shots fired from car

Concerned residents in the Green Acres neighborhood contacted authorities in the early morning hours of April 20 after they witnessed a gun being shot out of a vehicle with three occupants.

April 26, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Shoplifting fish and wine

Food Depot was the scene of two separate shoplifting attempts, both of which were thwarted by observant employees.

April 25, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


A little spring cleaning

Volunteers turned up bright and early at the Kroger parking lot on Saturday morning to pitch in the Great American Cleanup, which involved schools, civic groups and individuals to pick up litter and trash in Newton County.

April 25, 2009 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


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