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PHOTO GALLERY: Newton County welcomes home Sgt. Lakeia Nicole Stokes

With a crowd of family, friends and community members filling downtown Covington's Square, Sgt. Lakeia Nicole Stokes received a warm welcome back to Newton ...

March 03, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


GDOT continues work in Newton

With road closures popping up all over the county, the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) is continuing to make improvements on high-traffic routes in Newton ...

March 02, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL


KCNB seeks volunteers for clean up

Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful (KCNB) needs volunteers to clean up roadside litter during the Great American Cleanup, the nation's largest annual community improvement program ...

March 01, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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


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Alert issued for missing 16-year-old girl

Conyers Police have issued a runaway juvenile alert for a mentally challenged 16-year-old Conyers girl missing since Jan. 22.

January 25, 2013 | | LOCAL


Gun shots fired into Covington home

The house of a resident in a north Covington neighborhood was shot into by four rounds from a gun, with three more rounds that didn't quite penetrate the house. The man was lying in his bed at the time of the incident.

January 24, 2013 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Nonprofit seeks volunteer of the year

The Newton Fund is looking for an outstanding volunteer for its fifth annual Pat Patrick Big Heart Award. Local nonprofits, individuals and other groups are asked to nominate individuals who have made a measurable difference in Newton County through selfless endeavors. Along with recognition, the award winner will receive a $2,000 award grant to be designated to a charity of choice. The award, named in honor of the founding chair of the Newton Fund, will be presented at a special reception in late February.

January 24, 2013 | Staff Report | LOCAL


School system seeks input in super search

The Newton County Board of Education wants to hear from the community. In their search for a new superintendent, they have released a survey that they hope will help them figure out just what is important to Newton County in a new superintendent.

January 24, 2013 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Tuskegee Airmen teach, entertain

"My grandmother used to tell me, 'love your teachers or I'll beat you to death,' so I loved my teachers!"

January 24, 2013 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Former mayor to donate fountain to city

A former mayor of Covington continued the spirit of giving by donating an outdoor fountain to the city, but there is not a set plan as to where it will go at the moment.

January 24, 2013 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Forever 21 expands at Stonecrest

Clothing store Forever 21 is unveiling its new, larger location at a grand opening at The Mall at Stonecrest at 10 a.m., Saturday.

January 24, 2013 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Making a dream come true

Bea Jackson loves children and her passion for their well-being keeps her striving for excellence every day as the executive director of the Washington Street Community Center. Jackson said if it was wrong to be too passionate about children, then she would be guilty.

January 24, 2013 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Bus driver could face charges in crash

Charges are pending against the driver of the school bus that was found at fault for the Tuesday crash that sent at least 40 people to local hospitals.

January 24, 2013 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Merchants support Main Street review

An evaluation of the Main Street program has received support from several downtown businesses.

January 24, 2013 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Brake failure ruled out in school bus crash in Newton

Inspections by the Georgia State patrol and state Department of Public Safety concluded that the brakes did not fail in a crash of two Newton County school buses on Tuesday.

January 24, 2013 | | LOCAL


School bus crash sends 40 to hospital

UPDATE: According to Newton Medical spokeswoman Linda Moseley, all those that were taken to NMC have been released.

January 23, 2013 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


KKK flyers left in Newton County neighborhood

A Newton County neighborhood found KKK flyers in their driveways between Sunday evening and early Monday morning, and the Newton County Sheriff's Office is closely monitoring the situation.

January 22, 2013 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Scholarships available for seniors from Jackson Lake

For the sixth consecutive year, the Jackson Lake Homeowners Association will be awarding scholarships to deserving high school seniors from public high schools in the three counties surrounding Jackson Lake - Newton, Butts and Jasper.

January 22, 2013 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Civil Rights leader named trailblazer

A man who helped change the face of Newton County in the late 1960s and 1970s was honored for the sacrifices he made as a civil rights icon who led the way in integrating Covington's schools and businesses.

January 22, 2013 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


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