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Football coach turning heads in … The Nutcracker

If you happen to take a trip to the Porter Auditorium this coming weekend and you see a familiar local football coach donning a wig ...

December 05, 2016 | Gabriel Stovall | LOCAL


Forensic Audit: Actions ‘caused financial harm and damage to the taxpayers of Newton County’

Eds Note: To read more on the forensic accounting report click for a report on the Bear Creek Reservoir project, here; read about the report ...

December 04, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Sawyer: former attorney’s actions ‘detrimental to taxpayers’

On Oct. 18, 2015, the Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) voted to bring a halt to the proposed Bear Creek Reservoir project, under way ...

December 03, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Accountant points to unapproved contracts at landfill

The landfill has been a financial burden on Newton County for years, especially since a leachate spill in 2015 caused millions of dollars in damage.

December 03, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


County refutes Sawyer’s SPLOST claims

In David Sawyer's accounting analysis of Newton County's Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) and Impact Fees funds, he reported that at ...

December 03, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Look at Nelson Heights may spur change in county practices

While David Sawyer's reporting on the Bear Creek Reservoir project, SPLOST and Impact Fees and the county's landfill was released Monday, in May ...

December 03, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Former commissioners speak out against water sale

The Newton County Water and Sewerage Authority (NCWSA) will present the team it has selected to perform due diligence to the Newton County Board of ...

December 03, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Christmas marches through Covington

One-hundred floats, including the first-place prize winning Misfits Welcome float by Eastridge Church, participated in Saturday's parade through downtown Covington.

December 03, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Judge Baker honored prior to his retirement

Judge Henry Baker, Newton County's Probate Court Judge for the last 40 years was celebrated by dozens of Newton County and regional dignitaries for ...

December 02, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Newton County Theme School raises blue ribbon flag

The Newton County Theme School (NCTS) at Fiquett was recently named a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education - a distinction ...

December 02, 2016 | Duane M. Ford | LOCAL


The Pride of Eastside performs in Hollywood Christmas Parade

The Pride of Eastside Marching Band joined the likes of Larry King, Olivia Newton-John and Bill Engvall this past weekend, during the 85th Annual Hollywood ...

December 02, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County Fire graduates four recruits

The 2016 Newton County Fire Recruiting class celebrated the graduation of four recruits Nov. 29.

December 01, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


Forensic Audit: Actions ‘caused financial harm and damage to the taxpayers of Newton County’

Editor's Note: This is an overview of the Forensic Audit report released by Newton County Monday. More stories on this matter will follow at ...

December 01, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Meet and greet with Chair-elect Banes set for Thursday, Dec. 8

Newton County residents will have a chance to meet their next Chair of the Board of Commissioners Thursday, Dec. 8.

December 01, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Judge Wynne to hear Georgia Supreme Court case

Superior Court Judge W. Kendall Wynne, Jr.of the Alcovy Judicial Circuit has been designated to serve in place of Justice Carol Hunstein in the ...

December 01, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Joy in the midst of tragedy

Editor's note: Few stories we've heard are as tragic as the one that saw a wife lose her husband on a wedding anniversary and two sons lose their father on a trip to see Santa. Our reporter Amber Pittman was moved to organize a special Christmas gift for the grieving Evans family. She contacted and coordinated with the Covington Police Department and the local Covington Santa to surprise the family with gifts and some Christmas joy in the midst of a tragedy.

December 06, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Couple's death ruled murder-suicide

UPDATE, Thursday, 9:18 a.m.: The deaths of Robert and Lendene Dendy have been determined to be a murder-suicide, according to officials.

December 06, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


County approves tobacco ban at parks

Parks and recreational facilities in the county will soon prohibit the use of tobacco products on its premises.

The Newton County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved at their meeting Tuesday an ordinance that would prohibit the use of tobacco products.

December 05, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Murderer Benson seeks new trial again

Originally convicted in 2009 of the murder and dismemberment of his one-time girlfriend 49-year-old Leslyan Williams, Franklin Elliott Benson, 53, recently requested a new trial for the fourth time, once again citing ineffective legal counsel.

December 04, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Twilights event shines brightly

Chimney Park was packed Sunday evening as more than 1,200 people attended the park's annual Christmas celebration.

December 04, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


GPTC announces new Vice President of Academic Affairs

Georgia Piedmont Technical College recently announced the appointment of Dr. Mariam Dittmann as Vice President of Academic Affairs at the college.

December 04, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newborn man killed in car wreck

Newborn resident Christopher Tyler Evans, 37, was reportedly killed in a car accident Monday while taking his children to see Santa Claus in Athens.

December 04, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


DUI driver victim to speak at GPTC

Chris Sandy was a normal 22-year-old kid. He enjoyed playing sports, fishing and hanging out with his friends. In 2000, that normal life came to an abrupt end when Chris decided to go to a party, slam down four drinks, and then drive on a country road outside Atlanta, Ga. Traveling at a speed of 77 mph in a 35-mph speed zone, Sandy's car crashed into an oncoming vehicle, killing the elderly couple in the oncoming car.

December 04, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Brazilian student readjusts to U.S.

Julie-Marie Dalbello looks like a typical American student. She has blonde hair and blue eyes, but looks can be deceiving. Dalbello's southern California girl looks are actually from South America and she has a charming Spanish accent and a fascination for politics.

December 04, 2012 | Nicole Goetz | LOCAL


Jail Log: Dec. 5, 2012

Ronald Anthony Williams, 34, Savannah, Nov. 19. Probation violation.

December 04, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Crime: Arrrrr you driving drunk, sir?

A Covington man was arrested early Sunday morning after reportedly drinking and driving on Ga. Highway 36.

December 04, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Part-time airport position made full-time

Covington City Council unanimously approved converting a part-time position at the Covington Municipal Airport to a full-time position on Monday.

December 03, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Delivery of Sunday paper delayed

The delivery of the Sunday edition of The Covington News has been delayed due to a problem at the printing press; however, all papers should be delivered by around 11 a.m.

December 02, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Berry's donates trees to capitol

There will be a little bit of Covington in Atlanta this year, with the donation of 10 trees to the capital and the governor's mansion from Berry's Tree Farm.

December 01, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newton READS gets volunteer award

Newton County READS, a 501(c) (3) agency serving Covington and Newton County, recently was awarded for their volunteer services.

December 01, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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