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How it happened – Phil Johnson, seller’s agent

Editor's note: The following is a statement from Philip Johnson, agent to Neely Farms Family.

August 19, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Convenience center hours changed

The hours of Newton County's 11 trash collection convenience centers were changed by the county's Solid Waste Authority (SWA) Thursday night.

August 18, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Unknown duo throws fruit at church sign

A complainant claims two people threw cantaloupes at Early Hope Church in Covington, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO).

August 18, 2016 | Mariya Lewter | LOCAL


Proposed place of worship spurs moratorium

Newton County will have a five-week moratorium on permit applications for places of worship after a motion proposed by District 1 Commissioner John Douglas passed ...

August 18, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


County discusses moving community centers under city of Covington

An attempt by some Newton County commissioners to move the operation of Washington Street and Nelson Heights community centers to the city of Covington during ...

August 17, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Covington Town Center project resurrected

A development for retail shopping, Class A business space and a hotel has been in the works for two years. First it was on. Then ...

August 17, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


NCSO forms Body Worn Camera standard operating procedure

The Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) became one of only three agencies in Georgia to receive a Department of Justice Body Worn Camera (BWC ...

August 16, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Government 101: Leadership and teamwork

This year's presidential election campaign has reached a rarely explored depth of absurdity. One candidate makes claims that few believe and still fewer take ...

August 14, 2016 | Jerry Roseberry | LOCAL


Miller attends Washington D.C. Summit on Mort Ewing WLC scholarship

Allen Miller attended the Washington Leadership Conference (WLC) for the Eastside High School Future Farmers of America (FFA) chapter. The Mort Ewing WLC scholarship made ...

August 14, 2016 | Xavier McKnight | LOCAL


One bad decision changed and is changing lives

The hundreds of teens gathered outside on a hot and muggy night weren't checking their phones. They didn't talk over each other to ...

August 14, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


2017 SPLOST discussions underway

The process for a possible vote on the 2017 SPLOST is under way.

August 13, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Reform and outreach in the community

Editor's note: This is part of an ongoing look at crime and law enforcement in and around Newton County by The Covington News.

August 08, 2016 | Mariya Lewter | LOCAL


$40 million in investment, Chili’s announced

One hundred thirty five jobs and around $42,750,000 in investment were announced by Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce President Ralph Staffins to the ...

August 08, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Making cents of property tax dollars

Millage rates. Real and personal property. Taxes and rollback rates.

August 08, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


A walk among the tombstones

There is a tombstone lying on the bed of Ashley Shares' pick-up truck.

August 08, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


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Gas prices fall 6.4 cents since last week

Average retail gasoline prices in the area have fallen 6.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.60/gal yesterday. This compares with the national average that has fallen 2.4 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.79/gal, according to gasoline price website AtlantaGasPrices.com.

October 04, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Resource and career expo set for Oct. 9

The Georgia Department of Labor and South Atlanta High School's Law and Social Justice Parent-Teacher-Student Association will co-sponsor a resource and career expo Tuesday, Oct. 9, in Atlanta. The expo will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Rosel Fann Recreation Center, located at 365 Cleveland Ave.

October 04, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Voters league to host forum Thursday

The Newton County Voters League is hosting a forum at 7 p.m., Thursday at the Historic Courthouse for all county candidates.

October 02, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


County settles $800K driving death case against deputy

A civil suit brought against the Newton County Sheriff's Office, Newton County, the NCSO's automobile insurance carrier and Deputy Matthew Holbrook, following an automobile accident that killed 36-year-old Paula Michelle Dobbs, has been settled for $800,000.

October 02, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newton County Jail Log- Oct. 2, 2012

Tremaine Tanika Parlor, 33, 5131 A Bede Drive, Covington, Sept. 24. Court sentenced to 120/180 days.

October 02, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Woman fires gun to scare 'Peeping Tom'

A woman told dispatch that she fired off her weapon after she saw a man looking through her front door on Sunday morning. Covington police were dispatched to a home on Floyd Street around 6:30 a.m. in reference to a prowler. Police spoke to a woman at the home who said when she woke up and walked downstairs, she saw a white male with curly hair and about 5'9" in height peeking through her front door window. The woman then found her pistol, went outside of her back door and fired one round into the air out ...

October 02, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Woman leaves children to buy cigars

A Covington woman was arrested on Monday after she reportedly left her children unattended.

October 02, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Students skate for success

Physical education took on a little twist at Heard Mixon Elementary School the past few weeks as students got the chance to learn the classic skill of roller skating. P.E. teacher Donna Thompson said she got the idea from a longtime DeKalb County teacher who said it was the best programs she had run in her 27-year career.

October 02, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


GPTC receives $3M Dept. of Labor grant

Georgia Piedmont Technical College will receive a portion of $500 million federal community college grants to expand job training through local employer partnerships.

October 02, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Armed robbery at local liquor store

An employee at Quick Liquor reported an armed robbery at the store early Tuesday morning, where a unknown man entered the store with a gun.

October 02, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Flow of state money to schools still slow

An update on the school system's budget projections shows that while Newton County is in good shape, money is still slow to come in at a state level, and that cuts are still going to be made, most likely for the 2013-14 school year.

October 02, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Publisher named treasurer of SNPA

Digby A. Solomon, president, publisher and CEO of the Daily Press Media Group, Newport News, Va., was elected president of the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association this morning, along with The Covington News publisher, Charles Hill Morris, Jr. elected as treasurer.

October 02, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSO awarded state certification

The Newton County Sheriff's Office was awarded state certification Friday, joining the ranks of the top 100 law enforcement agencies in the state.

October 02, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County Jail Log

Vincent Bernard Barlow, 30, Smyrna, Sept. 21. Probation violation.

September 29, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Windows smashed at community center

A county employee told police that someone shattered the windows at a community center. A Covington police officer responded to the Magnolia Heights Community Center on Thursday around noon in reference to damage done to three windows. The officer met with a county employee who said between Sept. 23 and 27 an unknown person broke three-double pane windows located at the rear of the building. Police said only the outside layers of the windows were broken. No entry was made into the building. The estimated replacement cost for each window was $333.25. No other information was available at the ...

September 29, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


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