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BOC votes to hire an in-house attorney

It was probably one of the worst kept secrets in Newton County in recent months.

November 17, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Volunteers install wreath on courthouse

The Covington Square got its final trimming for the annual Lighting of the Square celebration this week as crews installed a giant wreath on the ...

November 17, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Protests occur at Historic Courthouse

Throughout the day Tuesday, the Newton County Historic Courthouse was dotted with protestors concerning Newton County's Attorney Tommy Craig.

November 17, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Lawsuit against county advances

A lawsuit against Newton County will continue after a hearing in Superior Court Monday.

November 16, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

County's legal fees continue to create controversy

Among the controversies facing the Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) throughout the past few years, one of the most divisive seems to behas been ...

November 15, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Back room of Porterdale deli opens with a bang

Once it was the Bibb Manufacturing Company store where employees could buy provisions using the coins or "loonies" to pay for goods.

November 15, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Election 2015: Some voters had to go to 2 locations

The race for Covington city council's Post 1 West Ward seat was a close one with just 14 votes separating incumbent Janet Goodman from ...

November 15, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Miss America appearing at Georgia 4-H events

One of the highlights of National 4-H Congress is the chance to see Miss America, Olympians, national elected officials, and other nationally known personalities.

November 14, 2015 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL

Newton County residents asked to donate luggage for foster children

The Newton County Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS), along with Help Moving Hearts, is holding a luggage drive for children entering foster care ...

November 14, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Irish Bred Pub construction begins

There wasn't any ground to be broken, but Covington officials were still eager to celebrate. This time, to announce, a new commercial venture coming ...

November 13, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Covington awarded funds for fire hose form Firehouse Subs

The Covington Fire Department (CFD) was recently awarded a grant of $16,902 from Firehouse Subs, which will go toward a new fire hose and ...

November 13, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

County has five candidates for manager position

Of the 29 complete applications Newton County has received for its county manager position, five candidates are moving on to the next stage of the ...

November 13, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Covington’s Lendmark Financial Services to acquire 127 branches

Lendmark Financial Services, LLC, based at 2118 Usher Street in Covington, has reached an agreement to acquire 127 branch offices and related loan assets from ...

November 13, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Saluting our veterans

On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the leventh month, the city of Covington and Newton County celebrated its veterans Wednesday.

November 11, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Veteran's Day specials around Covington

Amici: Veterans and active duty military get 40 percent off one entrée.

November 11, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

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First Alcovy evening hike a success

The Alcovy Conservation Center has begun an evening hike tradition.

June 02, 2012 | Meghan de St. Aubin | LOCAL

Woman tries to steal beer, gets ticket

Officers from the Covington Police Department were dispatched Wednesday around 12:30 p.m. when an alleged shoplifting was reported at the Covington area Kroger.

June 02, 2012 | Meghan de St. Aubin | LOCAL

Car crashes into Wells Fargo

A car driven by a cleaning crew crashed into the Wells Fargo bank on Industrial Boulevard late Friday night.

June 02, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Late filing fees for most candidates

A warning to elusive campaign filers: Georgia wants its money. The state's campaign finance commission is enforcing penalties for anyone who was required to report election finances since 2011 for either filing reports late or not at all.

June 02, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL

I-20 WB reopened after crash at Sigman Road

UPDATED (June 1, 12:04 p.m): The single-car crash that shut down I-20 westbound sent four children and one adult to the hospital.

June 01, 2012 | | LOCAL

Thunderstorms to last until midnight

After seeing very hot temperatures dominate the Newton County area during the past holiday weekend into the early portion of this week, the pattern is flipping to a cooler one as the jet stream dives southward causing stormy weather, according to

May 31, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Man called gay slurs, attacked

When a Covington police officer arrived at the scene of an assault call, Elijah Bagby said he was jogging down the street when he was approached by three men.

Bagby told the officer that Quindarious Webb, Quincy Jackson and Ronald Hayes started following him while yelling expletives and saying they did not like gay people on their street. The three men grabbed Bagby.

May 31, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL

Kicking off our school Report Card series

(To see the full infographic that goes with today's story see today's newspaper. The graphic contains data about the theme school's budget, test scores, student-teacher ratio, police calls and demographics.)

May 31, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Warm weather brings more DUI arrests

The Newton County Sheriff's Office and the Covington Police Department reported eight arrests for driving under the influence and several noise complaints this Memorial Day weekend.

With the warmer weather, police departments do not expect the increase in DUI arrests and noise complaints to lessen.

May 31, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL

Meet Social Circle’s new superintendent

Longtime Atlanta-area principal and former Social Circle educator Todd McGhee is returning to Social Circle City Schools as its new superintendent.

The Social Circle Board of Education chose McGhee last week to man the school system's top spot and replace longtime Superintendent Bettye Ray, who is retiring June 30. He received a three-year contract with an annual salary of $138,500.

May 31, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

7 structure fires over holiday weekend

The Memorial Day weekend was a busy one for the Newton County Fire Department, which ran a total of 68 calls from Friday evening through Monday evening.

Of those calls, seven were for structure fires, three of which were total losses. The first occurred Saturday around 1 a.m. on Cornish Mountain Road. Firefighters arrived within five minutes of the call and found the home fully engulfed. With the nearest fire hydrant roughly a mile and a half away, the 10,000-square foot home was a total loss in both property and contents. Homeowners were out of town for the ...

May 31, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Water authority to raise rates in July

Newton County Water and Sewerage Authority customers should expect to see their monthly bill increase almost $1.50. The increase will be used to bring the water system up to regulatory requirements, replace worn out equipment and combat the increased costs of purchasing water.

For the average household that consumes 5,000 gallons of water per month, the monthly increase will be $1.43. For customers receiving water and wastewater service, the monthly increase will be $3.79 based on the same usage.

May 31, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Lower county ISO could save you money

Newton County's Fire Service improved its Insurance Services Office rating this year which could lead to lower insurance payments for some residents.

May 31, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Nonprofit hosts Jazz by the River

Newton County's not known for its vibrant night life, but next Friday, residents will have the opportunity to enjoy a picnic dinner by candlelight on the banks of the Yellow River while listening to the soothing sounds of jazz music.

The Washington Street Community Center, a local nonprofit group, is hosting its annual Jazz by the River concert fundraiser from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday, June 8, at the Porterdale Mill Lofts. The doors open at 6 p.m.

May 31, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Team “Pinkalicious” to hold family fun day

On a bright Saturday, the ladies of Team Pinkalicious brought food, games and prizes to Covington.

May 31, 2012 | Meghan de St. Aubin | LOCAL

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