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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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Covington shows off movie chops

Covington showed off its credentials to movie executives at The Next Cool Event in Atlanta, which was designed to show off the state's film friendly communities and interior and event design companies.

March 15, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Health Scores - March 16

America's Best Value Inn, 10101 Alcovy Road, Covington, March 6. Score: 100

March 15, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Young couple arrested for fight

A couple at the Magnolia Heights Apartment Complex was arrested following a family fight late Tuesday morning.

March 15, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Man killed on I-20 was driving dead man's car

The South Carolina man who was struck and killed early Tuesday morning on Interstate 20 in Newton County was driving a car registered to a dead Alabama man, authorities said.

March 15, 2012 | Rachel Goff | LOCAL


Charges filed in death of motorcyclist

Charges have been filed in the death of popular motorcyclist James Burton Eenhuis, 65, who was killed January 27, 2011.

March 14, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Hank Johnson to be at Saturday town hall

U.S. Congressman Hank Johnson (D-GA) will attend Saturday's town hall from 10 a.m. to noon at the Porter Memorial Branch Library, 6191 Ga. Highway 212, Covington.

March 14, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Farm Bureau celebrates Agriculture Awareness Day at Georgia Capitol

Georgia Agriculture Awareness Day was observed with a celebration of the state's largest industry at the Georgia Depot near the state capitol Tuesday. The event, hosted by Governor Nathan Deal and Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black, included the recognition of farmers from across Georgia selected to receive the 2012 Governor's Agricultural Environmental Stewardship Awards for management practices they use to protect the soil, air and water on their farms. Event attendees were able to sample original food products competing in the 2012 Flavor of Georgia Contest, which recognizes products that use Georgia-grown commodities created by Georgia entrepreneurs.

March 14, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Vampires keep bringing in tourists, money

Nicole Tilston stood patiently watching the activity in the parking lot of Sharp Learning Center Tuesday morning. Clutching her autograph book and permanent marker close to her chest, she stared in awe from across the street as the actors entered and exited trailers of the makeshift production headquarters for "The Vampire Diaries."

March 14, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Salem Road Walmart opens doors today

The new Walmart at the intersection of Brown Bridge and Salem Roads will open for business around 8 a.m. today, following an official grand opening ceremony at 7 a.m.

March 14, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Sci-fi trilogy causing a commotion

Every so often, a story comes along to capture a greater audience than it was intended to. The trials and tribulations of Harry Potter immediately comes to mind.

March 14, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


Newton County Jail Log - March 14

Rasheem Vincent Agostino, 38, Riverdale, March 2. Stop signs and yield signs, driving while license suspended or revoked first offense.

March 14, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man arrested for beating cancer survivor

A Covington man was arrested early Friday morning after beating his girlfriend, who is currently recovering from breast cancer surgery.

March 14, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Two caught smoking weed in graveyard

An Eastside High School student and a Dollar General employee were arrested Monday evening after being caught smoking marijuana in the city cemetery.

March 14, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Wife hits husband in face with club

A 29-year-old mother was arrested Saturday night after allegedly hitting her husband in the face with a wooden club at their Sterling Lakes home.

March 14, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Metro area gas prices hold steady

Average retail gasoline prices in Atlanta have fallen 1.9 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.69 per gallon Monday. This compares with the national average that has increased 3.8 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.75 per gallon, according to gasoline price website AtlantaGasPrices.com.

March 14, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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