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Update: NCSO identifies victim of weekend truck fatality

The victim in the truck accident on the Access Road at the Yellow River Sunday evening has been identified as Valentine Gayle, 48, of Lithonia ...

July 17, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


By the Numbers: A deeper look at crime in Newton County

In less than two months, there have been five murders in Newton County.

July 17, 2016 | Mariya Lewter | LOCAL


Porterdale bike rodeo teaches bicycle skills and safety

It's not that kind of rodeo. There are no bulls, horses or lassos.

July 17, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Traffic light may be installed at dangerous intersection

There may be a traffic light coming to the intersection of Highway 212 and Bethany/Butler Bridge Road in the near future.

July 16, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Blood donors needed

The truth is blood cannot be manufactured.

July 16, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Five-year-old sells Lemonade to donate to Pregnancy Resource Center

At just five years old, Sadie Ozburn wanted to help. She also wanted to have a little fun, and combined both on Monday, July 4.

July 16, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Community center seeks afterschool instructors

The Washington Street Community Center is looking for instructors to teach afterschool homework instruction beginning Aug. 15.

July 16, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


NAN hands out school supplies

The National Action Network (NAN) gave out dozens of backpacks filled with school supplies Thursday evening. Cathlete Perry, NAN Youth Director, oversaw the backpack drive ...

July 16, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Community comes together to support giveaway

A box of crayons. A package of number two pencils. Blank notebook paper. A new backpack.

July 16, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


County settles storm water issue for $150,000

Newton County settled a lawsuit with owners of 54.5 acres on Gum Creek road for damages due to the county's storm water infrastructure ...

July 13, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Smith pleads guilty in Walmart murder

Brandon Shawn Smith entered a guilty plea in front of Judge W. Kendall Wynne, Jr. on Wednesday in the Newton County Judicial Court.

July 13, 2016 | Mariya Lewter | LOCAL


BOC comes to a consensus on closing convenience centers in January

The Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) came to a consensus on balancing the 2017 fiscal year budget Thursday night.

July 12, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Pokemon Go invades Covington

Locals are familiar with creatures calling Newton County home. We do, after all, play hosts to Vampires and Zombies. But this week new creatures moved ...

July 12, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


NCSO thanks citizens for support

In wake of the recent tragedies of the past week, the Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) has received an outpouring of support from local ...

July 12, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Tips to keep your pets cool

The temperature has reached above 90 degrees 22 out of the 30 days of June, and all but two days so far in July. In ...

July 10, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


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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


Social Circle super talks new school

Social Circle business owners had the chance to meet and greet Social Circle City Schools superintendent Todd McGhee at a monthly Merchant Coffee event held at the Social Circle welcome center on Tuesday.

October 09, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


No bond for alleged child murderer

A Covington man accused of the death of 7-year-old Ethan Israel Martinez was denied bond last week.

October 09, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Covington First UMC hopes to ‘Change the World’

This Saturday, Oct. 13 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Covington First United Methodist Church will host the Change the World Event at the church, which is located at 1113 Conyers St. in Covington. The event is free and open to everyone.

October 09, 2012 | Haley Williams | LOCAL


Festival of Trees returns, donations needed

Covington's Festival of Trees is back, and residents will once again be able to bid on a variety of pre-decorated Christmas trees courtesy of area nonprofits and businesses.

October 09, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Surviving Vietnam’s jungles

The 173rd Airborne Brigade was established in 1917 as an infantry brigade before serving in France during World War I. Redesignated in 1942 as the 87th Recon Troop, the 173rd fought in three European campaigns. Inactivated in 1951, it was reactivated in March 1963 and allotted to the regular Army on Okinawa as the 173rd Airborne Brigade, a quick reaction force. Extensive training in mass parachute jumps earned them the nickname "Tien Bien" meaning "Sky Soldiers."

October 09, 2012 | Pete Mecca | LOCAL


Happy 4-H week!

We hope you'll join in the festivities as we celebrate 108 years of 4-H in Newton County.

October 09, 2012 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


Man robbed while doing laundry

A man was reportedly robbed while he was in his back yard hanging laundry on Saturday. A Covington police officer responded to Nixon Circle at noon and spoke to a woman who said her son had been robbed. The police officer spoke with the woman's son who said he was in the back yard of his residence hanging clothes on a clothes line when a man later identified as Devonte Hightower came up behind him, stuck something sharp in his back and said, "Give me your money." The man said he told Hightower he did not have any money ...

October 09, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


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