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Covington gets closer to new hotel

COVINGTON- City of Covington and Royal Hotel Investment Officials broke ground on the city's newest hotel project, a Holiday Inn Express & Suites Friday.

June 26, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Green Hill deal pulled ahead of vote

A proposal to lease and operate the Newton County landfill put forward by Green Hill P3 earlier this year effectively died Friday, but the company says it will propose an alternative agreement with input from the community.

June 26, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


City votes to not enforce recent action

COVINGTON- After an evening of plenty of heated debate, some legalese, a little political intrigue and much emotion, the Covington City Council decided to suspend enforcement on action it made at its previous council meeting.

June 25, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Communities gather for Emmanuel 9

Approximately 150 people from churches around Newton County came together Wednesday night at St. Paul's African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Covington to hold vigil for the nine people slain while at prayer services in Charleston last week.

June 25, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Millage increase likely

Newton County officially announced Thursday the "tentative" adoption a 12.99 millage rate for county operations in fiscal year 2016, as county commissioners emphasized that the tax hike represents a shift in millage rather than a significant increase in spending.

June 25, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


BOE approves budget, improvements to Eastside's field

With a new fiscal year beginning next week for the Newton County school district, the Newton County Board of Education (BOE) approved several different contracts for the upcoming school year.

June 24, 2015 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


BOE approves budget, improvements to Eastside's field

With a new fiscal year beginning next week for the Newton County school district, the Newton County Board of Education (BOE) approved several different contracts for the upcoming school year.

June 24, 2015 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


Woman shot by boyfriend

A 31-year-old woman was shot in the leg by her boyfriend Monday, prompting an investigation by the Newton County Sheriff's Office, according to Deputy Felicia Jefferson.

June 24, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Thunderstorm watch in effect

Caution is urged this evening after the National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Newton, Rockdale and surrounding counties through 10 p.m. Wednesday.

June 24, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Grace Christian Academy celebrates academic, artistic achievements

Newton County's Grace Christian Academy's academic quiz bowl team became international champions for the third time in four years recently at the Accelerated Christian Education International Student Convention in Las Cruses, New Mexico.

June 24, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSO deputies arrest Fla. fugitive

COVINGTON- An attempted murder suspect in a case out of Escambia County in Florida was arrested by deputies last week, the Newton County Sheriff's Office announced Thursday.

June 24, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Local Prayer Vigil for Charleston

COVINGTON- The public is invited to attend a prayer vigil for the victims of the mass shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, Wednesday, June 24, at the St. Paul AME Church, 13108 Brown Bridge Road, Covington.

June 22, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Cavanaugh retires from The News

T. Pat Cavanaugh, publisher of The Covington News, The Rockdale News, and their respective digital products, has announced his retirement from The News Company.

June 21, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Eastside students travel to Galapagos

Although school is out for the summer, Newton County students are still busy learning. Such a group recently had the ultimate in science and ecological learning experience, heading to Ecuador and the Galapagos islands.

June 21, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Local teachers participate in institute for environmental education

The 2015 Oxford Institute for Environmental Education (OIEE) recently concluded at Oxhouse Science Center, science field station of Oxford College. Teachers from across Georgia wrapped up an intensive week of professional development. Founded in 1992, OIEE provides an opportunity for teachers in grades K-12 to collaborate with college biology faculty, gaining new science teaching methods and investigative techniques.

June 21, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Local churches to join in prayer conference

Several Newton County churches are participating in a prayer conference Friday and Saturday designed to unite the local faith community in praying for spiritual awakening.

March 20, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Rocky Plains bomb threat is false alarm

Rocky Plains Elementary School has been declared all clear after a caller reported a bomb threat around 11:30 a.m., according to school spokeswoman Sherri Davis-Viniard.

March 20, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Off to Hollywood

Every now and then someone comes along with an amazing voice that keeps his or her audience on the edge of their seat. A voice that is able to completely captivate their audience. Local star Sera Hill is that person.

March 18, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


Son smacks mother with rolling pin

A Newton County man was arrested Thursday night after allegedly wrestling a rolling pin away from his mother and striking her with it.

March 18, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Man points gun at other driver

A Newton County man had a gun pulled on him after following a driver who hit his vehicle and tried to speed away Wednesday.

March 18, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Sentencings - March 18

Marchellus Dennis, violation of probation, balance revoked to Newton County Jail.

March 18, 2012 | | LOCAL


Officials under fire for city spending

Social Circle council members reexamined their travel and training practices after discovering they had been violating city policy for several years, causing the city to be on the hook for tens of thousands of dollars in personal expenses.

March 17, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Dollar General employee slapped

A Dollar General employee called police Wednesday after a woman got into an argument with her and slapped her across the face in the store.

March 17, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Porterdale celebrates St. Patrick’s Day

Porterdale residents came out to enjoy the beautiful spring day at the historic mill town's first St. Patrick's Day Parade Saturday. The day kicked off with the parade, followed by live music, inflatables for the kids and wrestling.

March 17, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Porterdale farmer's market to open next week

The Porterdale Farmers' Market will be opening for its second season on March 24. Local growers, bakers, and crafters will once again be selling their home-grown and hand-made wares at the Historic Train Depot in Porterdale every Saturday from 8:30 to noon.

March 16, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Porterdale parade, wrestling today

Porterdale will host its inaugural St. Patrick's Day Party beginning at 1:30 p.m. with a parade. After the parade ends, attendees can stay and enjoy a day full of music and wrestling in the historic mill town.

March 16, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


High temps lead to spring behavior early

Spring is just around the corner and with it comes warm temperatures and beautiful weather. This past week temperatures reached the 80s setting record highs for this time of the year. The flowers are beginning to open up from the long winter, and local families are going to parks and nature trails around Covington to enjoy the beautiful scenery happening around them.

March 16, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


BOC continues alcohol debate

The Newton County Board of Commissioners continued to work on an alcohol ordinance to allow for restaurant sales of alcohol, but the question of how close alcohol can be sold to churches, libraries and schools remained unsolved Monday.

March 15, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Woman at homeless shelter disorderly

A 31-year-old woman was arrested Tuesday afternoon after a fight at the homeless shelter with another resident.

March 15, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Chief Judge Ott announces reelection

Alcovy Circuit Superior Court Chief Judge John Ott officially announced Wednesday that he will seek reelection.

March 15, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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