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County Special Olympics set to open May 2

Over 500 athletes will gather Monday, May 2 through Friday, May 6 at the Newton County Special Olympics games at Sharp Stadium field. The week ...

April 23, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Two men found drowned at Lake Varner

Two men died while fishing on Lake Varner, in what the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is calling a boating incident, Thursday evening.

April 22, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Conflicts shadow BOC’s meeting

The Newton County Historic Courthouse became a political hotbed, with racial and political undercurrents lying throughout the Board of Commissioners meeting Tuesday night.

April 21, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


15-year-old missing person believed to be in Atlanta

The Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) has received "multiple viable tips" that missing 15-year-old Tamarjai Kendrick is in the Atlanta area.

April 20, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Solid Waste Authority up and running

The Newton County Solid Waste Management Authority is up and running.

April 20, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Turner Lake pavilion named in honor of Rucker Ginn

The pavilion at Turner Lake Park will honor one of Newton County's most recognizable figures after a motion by the Newton County Board of ...

April 20, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Fishing for Hornyheads in Newborn

Newborn celebrates three decades of Horneyhead fishing April 30 in its annual Hornyhead Fish Festival and Tournament.

April 20, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Farm to table

Some small farm farmers are offering two different ways for Newton County residents to support local agriculture: either by purchasing shares in a farm's ...

April 19, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Local group working hard to keep Newton clean

Trash.

April 19, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Nevada Moss and Lucas Cronan to serve as honorary chairs for Relay For Life of Newton County

The American Cancer Society has selected Nevada Moss and Lucas Cronan as honorary chairs for this year's Relay For Life of Newton County event ...

April 19, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Spearman installed as state Pilot Club governor

Cynthia Spearman, a member of the Pilot Club of Covington, was installed April 8, 2016 as the governor of the Georgia District of Pilot International ...

April 19, 2016 | Scott Rasmussen | LOCAL


Everybody Walk Newton series continues in Porterdale

The third of a series of four walks in Newton County Trails' Everybody Walk Newton campaign will be Wednesday at 6 p.m. in Porterdale.

April 19, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Johnston, Friedman highlight Alcovy’s 2016 class

Anthony Johnston is Alcovy High School's 2016 Valedictorian and Baylee Friedman is the school's Salutatorian, leading the top 10 graduates of this year ...

April 17, 2016 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


Unlocking history

The cells on the second floor remain a reminder of the building's original purpose. When it was built, the Newton County Jail on Stallings ...

April 17, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Government 101: Unneeded legislation

Prior to 2016, Georgia law prohibited anyone except law enforcement from having weapons of any kind on school property. The current legislature passed a bill ...

April 17, 2016 | Jerry Roseberry | LOCAL


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BOC Wrapup: Fourth of July fireworks to launch from Judicial Center

The fireworks display during the 2016 Fourth of July Celebration will be launched from the roof of the Newton County Judicial Center.

February 21, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Georgia State professor celebrates the music of poetry

Words are music, and they are the notes poets use to write.

February 21, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Gospel comes to Covington

More than just the average service will be given at the Church of Covington Sunday.

February 20, 2016 | Hezekiah Rodgers | LOCAL


McCollough gets life in prison without parole

A Newton County jury sentenced Brawny Jarvis McCollough to life in prison without the possibility of parole on Friday.

February 20, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Valor, excellence and service honored by NCSO

As Newton County Sheriff's Office Deputy Freda Holloway entered the rear of a residence on Hwy. 36, Dec. 9, the barn exploded, and the male homeowner was sent airborne.

February 19, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Arrest made in Gum Tree Court shooting case

A 22-year-old woman was arrested by the Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) on Feb. 5 in connection with the death of 23-year-old Divante Simmons of Covington.

February 19, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


STAR students honored by Covington Kiwanis Club

Three Newton County School System (NCSS) students were honored by the Kiwanis Club of Covington Tuesday for being 2016 STAR students. Alcovy High School's Baylee Friedman, Newton High School's Christopher Lightsey and Eastside High School's Jackson Hall were all recognized for having the highest SAT scores at their respective schools.

February 19, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Thieves steal wheels off vehicles at Ginn, Covington Ford

Two Covington auto dealerships were robbed overnight Saturday with thieves making off with truck wheels and tires.

February 18, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Cato’s robbed at gun point

Two men allegedly robbed Cato's at gun point and made off cash from the store at 7153 Turner Lake Road Monday.

February 17, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Civil Rights leader inspires middle school students

Teachers, students, staff, even the Newton County Sheriff's Office deputy on duty at Cousins Middle School snapped photos, excited to meet the 86-year-old Civil Rights activist who marched with Dr. Martin Luther King, met Rosa Parks, and worked with Amelia Boynton Robinson, a fellow member of the Dallas County (Alabama) Voters League (DCVL) in Selma, Alabama.

February 17, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Preserving the Oxford oak

For about 200 years, the white oak stood on the land that would become part of the Oxford College campus, offering shade to the native Americans who lived on the land, and later, to the Europeans and Africans who came later.

February 17, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Sunbelt hired by city to build terminal

Local construction company, Sunbelt Builders, was awarded the contract to build the new terminal at the Covington Municipal Airport at Monday night's Covington City Council meeting.

February 16, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Your Pie to open Saturday

Andrew Williams and Ross Bradley left Covington after graduating from George Walton Academy in 2007 and have now returned to bring a new restaurant to the Covington Square.

February 16, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


New traffic light on Crowell Road easing traffic

First, traffic was controlled by a stop sign. The cars began to back up. Next, a flashing red light was installed, and people waited.

February 14, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Boutique hotel may open in downtown Covington

Covington is on track to get a high-end boutique hotel in the next few years.

February 14, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


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