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BOE to hold public hearings on FY2017 budget

The Newton County Board of Education (BOE) tentatively adopted a maintenance and operation budget for fiscal year 2016-17. The total millage rate of 20 mills ...

June 23, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County Tomorrow requests funds from Covington

Mike Hopkins, director of the Newton County Sewer and Water Authority, appeared before the Covington City Council Monday night on behalf of Newton County Tomorrow ...

June 23, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


CPD searching for man who robbed Covington bank

The Covington Police Department is in search of a man who robbed the Bank of North Georgia at 4128 Hwy 278 NE Wednesday afternoon, according ...

June 22, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Solid Waste Authority tasked with assessing fee for convenience centers

The Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) did not levee a fee or tax for the use of the county's convenience centers at its ...

June 22, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


After 16 years, Spires in downtown Covington will close

It's been one of the hardest things she's had to do, but on Saturday, Denise Spires is closing the doors on her shop ...

June 22, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Bailey announces intent to run for Board of Education

On Tuesday June 14, 2016, current Board of Education District 1 member Trey Bailey submitted his Declaration of Intent to run for election.

June 22, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Video: BOC discusses Nelson Heights

The Newton County Board of Commissioners approved a motion to clarify the wording of administrative services regarding the Nelson Heights Community Center's administrative services ...

June 22, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Info on Zika virus prevention told to city council

At Monday night's Covington City Council meeting, Dr. Lloyd Hofer, director of the Gwinnet, Newton, Rockdale counties Public Health Departments, shared information about the ...

June 21, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Registration for Newton County Art Association dance and music programs is open

Register before July 1 for one or more of five music and dance programs offered for the 2016 through 2017 year and the Newton County ...

June 21, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Youth charged with murder of Covington man found on Lower River Road

The Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) charged a 16-year-old Covington youth with murder of Enrique Ramirez Trejo of Covington.

June 20, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Local rancher says his cattle are being chased to death

The farm off Old Hickory Road in Oxford looks peaceful. The cows crowd together in pastures that sweep down to Lake Varner in Covington. Yet ...

June 20, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Man’s body found on side of road in Covington

The Newton County Sheriff's Office is investigating a possible homicide after finding a man's body on Lower River Road Sunday morning, according to ...

June 19, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Summer vacation: How to prevent home burglaries while away

With the summer months comes plenty of time for family vacations, but sadly unoccupied homes are easy targets for potential burglars.

June 19, 2016 | Mariya Lewter | LOCAL


Rocking in the park

Hundreds attended a grand opening celebration for Covington's Legion Field Park on Mill Street Friday night.

June 18, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Bicycle unit to patrol Porterdale

Come July 4, a new police patrol will hit the streets in Porterdale.

June 18, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


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Archive By Section - LOCAL


Dressing up for a cause

You don't have to look far. She's in your church, scout troop and neighborhood. Afraid to upset him again, she's always rushing home. Skilled in explaining away mysterious bruises, she avoids your questions. You hope that your suspicions are wrong. You haven't known what to do.

October 13, 2012 | Lisa Hetzel | LOCAL


Top 5 Halloween costumes for kids

Walking into a Halloween store or even the grocery store is scary this time of year. There are costumes and candy and various levels of crap being peddled all over the place. As the mother of a 3½ year old, he wants it all, which is cool. I get wanting things. I always want things. But how do you manage that without a full out war in the middle of Kroger? It's all in the pitch.

October 13, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


40 years of teaching in Newton

Family and friends plan to celebrate a woman who has dedicated most of her life to teaching with a retirement party on Sunday afternoon.

Jani Roberts said she retired in July after teaching for 40 years in Newton County at two Christian schools.

October 11, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Newborn post office cuts

Despite contention from various residents in the small town of Newborn, hours at their post office will be cut. Though it is still unclear when this will happen, or what the new hours for Monday through Friday will be.

October 11, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Lifetime of achievement for Oxford icon

Pierce Cline's philanthropic spirit and passion for education are imprinted all across the campus of Oxford College.

October 11, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


BOE, Water Authority settle dispute

The Newton County Board of Education formally agreed Tuesday to settle its dispute with the Newton County Water and Sewerage Authority over the payment of sewer tap fees at the new Newton High School, being built off Crowell Road.

October 11, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Crime Briefs - Oct. 12

10-year-old student tries to give away weapon

October 11, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Top 10 creepiest children of all time

Horror movies have always been a favorite of mine. I remember watching black and white versions of Dracula on TNT with my Memaw as a child, and sneaking with my friends to watch Freddy Krueger terrorize the children of Elm Street. This time of year I break out the horror movies and have myself a little marathon.

October 11, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Oak Hill leads the way for 4-H success

Eight years ago, Oak Hill Elementary 4-H clubs began winning their series of "School of the Year" trophies for 4-H work.

October 11, 2012 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


BOE discusses charter school contract

The Newton County Board of Education won't vote on the requested renewal for Challenge Charter Academy until Oct. 16, but parents, teachers and students let their voices be heard at a called meeting Tuesday. And their common plea is for the board to renew their contract and let CCA continue.

October 10, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


One Day Sale on The Covington News!

One Day Sale! Subscribe to the Covington News for $48.00 a year and your name will be entered into a drawing for a $100.00 gas card! Offer is good until 5:00 pm today.

October 10, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Housing update, political forum Thurs.

The Newton County Home Builders Association wants to revitalize Newton County and come up with solutions to get it out of housing slump and back on a path to prosperity, so the association's Executive Officer Genevieve Compton is putting a new twist on the standard political forum.

October 09, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Pumpkin patches abound

Eight-year-old Jake Branan said it best about this year's pumpkin displays.

October 09, 2012 | Rachel Goff | LOCAL


Middle school sisters practice leadership, service, speaking

"If you have a free Saturday, you don't have to sit around 'vegging' out in front of the TV or computer; you can be part of something special in our community," said Kacie Gartner, a Liberty Middle eighth grader.

October 09, 2012 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


Reporter gets second threatening letter

For the second time in two months, a threatening note was left at the front door of the Covington home of a reporter for The Covington News, and once again it appears to be related to the ongoing civil defamation lawsuit involving a high school principal and anonymous online commenters.

October 09, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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