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KCNB seeks volunteers for clean up

Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful (KCNB) needs volunteers to clean up roadside litter during the Great American Cleanup, the nation's largest annual community improvement program ...

March 01, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton welcomes home Purple Heart recipient Friday

Newton County will welcome home one of its heroes Friday morning.

March 01, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Early SPLOST voting begins Monday

Early voting for the March 21 SPLOST vote begins Monday.

February 24, 2017 | Darryl Welch | LOCAL


Detour coming March 7 for new bridge over Yellow River

Replacing the Yellow River bridge on State Route (SR) 36 requires a one-year detour beginning Tuesday, March 7. Traffic will use SR 162 and SR ...

February 22, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington resident claims $9.6 million Jumbo Bucks Lotto prize

Michael Camp, of Covington, recently came forward as the winner of the $9.6 million jackpot prize from the Feb. 6 Jumbo Bucks Lotto drawing.

February 22, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSO honors officers at annual awards ceremony

The Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) honored its own and remembered a fallen brother Friday night as the department held its Eighth Annual Awards ...

February 18, 2017 | Darryl Welch | LOCAL


Hardy resigns as Main Street director

Velinda Hardy, Covington Main Street director, has resigned effective immediately, according to an email to merchants from Newton County Chamber of Commerce President Ralph Staffins ...

February 18, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


SPLOST deadline Tuesday

Feb. 21 is the last day to register to vote on next month's SPLOST referendum. The election is March 21.

February 17, 2017 | Darryl Welch | LOCAL


NCSO Explorers take home 2nd

The Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) Explorers received second place at the Boy Scouts of America "Winterfest" competition held in Gatlinburg, Tennessee Feb. 11.

February 17, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSO recognizes promotions

The Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) recently promoted two employees; Deputy Jacob Rice and Deputy Steve Walden were both promoted to the rank of ...

February 16, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Record-breaking $9.6 million Jumbo Bucks Lotto ticket sold in Covington

A Covington convenience store has sold the largest Jumbo Bucks Lotto jackpot ticket in Georgia Lottery history. A winning ticket worth a record $9.6 ...

February 09, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL


GSP Trooper SFC Tony Henry succumbs to injuries from December motorcycle accident

Georgia State Trooper SFC Tony Henry succumbed to injuries Tuesday in an Atlanta hospital from a Dec. 3, 2016 motorcycle accident in Florida. The husband ...

February 08, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


NCSO to offer Citizen's Firearm Safety Course

Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) announced last month the dates for an upcoming Citizen's Firearm Safety Course.

February 07, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Social Circle auction house to sell bed frame connected to Manson murders

A historic bed, originally from 10050 Cielo Drive, in Los Angeles, California, will be up for auction Feb. 10 at Ole Hound Auction House. The ...

February 02, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


One person killed in Jan. 26 crash on Bypass

A 75-year-old woman was killed and two other people were injured in a two-vehicle crash on the Covington Bypass near Puckett Street Jan. 26 after ...

February 01, 2017 | Darryl Welch | LOCAL


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Local movie makers bring WSCC story to film

When the Washington Street Community Center Board of Directors launched its fall fundraising campaign with the aggressive goal to raise $50,000 for the center's annual operating budget, board members knew the campaign needed something special.

November 25, 2012 | Devin Griggs | LOCAL


Farm Bureau captures historic moments

The Newton County Farm Bureau capture the historic growth of agriculture in the county through videography. They travel aback when the bureau was first housed at the Newton County Court House, the Fowlers house located off Floyd street, to its current location just east of Covington off of Highway 278. This is one of the most memorable events in the history of the Newton County Farm Bureau. The programs sheer purpose is to educate local residents on the importance of agriculture. They have been a mainstay in local agriculture for many years, and are still going strong thanks to the ...

November 25, 2012 | Anastasia Graves | LOCAL


Volunteer Spotlight: Erogbogbo focuses on diversity

Each month, we shine a spotlight on one of the many volunteers who are keys to the success of the Washington Street Community Center. Last month, we interviewed Mrs. Louise B. Adams, a retired primary school principal who founded and continues to tutor students in the After School Homework Tutorial Program.

November 25, 2012 | Emily Dong | LOCAL


Thin mints and altruism

Few things in life are better than a Girl Scout cookie. While words fail to describe just how delicious their cookies are, the 25 remarkable Girl Scouts of troop #25536 are so much more than cookie sellers.

November 25, 2012 | Nivi Kumaran | LOCAL


Why seniors love Social Circle

Liola Thornton is a retired high school teacher living in Town Park, an active adult community in Social Circle. She moved into the community from the Conyers area about three years ago.

November 25, 2012 | Madeline Burgess | LOCAL


Suspicous activities found at Tire Depot

Officers were called to Tire Depot Tuesday morning after an employee came into work and found what he thought was a homemade explosive device.

November 24, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Record-breaking food drive

Fighting hunger becomes more difficult each year as our county pulls together to help the unemployed and others living from paycheck to paycheck.

November 24, 2012 | By Colleen Jackson | LOCAL


Kimble: Don’t worry about the doughnut hole

Do you ever wonder about the doughnut hole?

November 24, 2012 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


Housing dilemma for buyers, sellers

Local officials are working hard to attract Baxter executives and employees to live in Newton County, but there's a dilemma. The county doesn't appear to have enough moderate-to-large, high-quality homes available on the market and officials aren't sure if more can become available.

November 24, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Possible tobacco ban at parks

The Newton County Recreation Commission presented the Newton County Board of Commissioners with a proposed ordinance that would prohibit the use of tobacco products at county parks and recreation facilities.

November 24, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Local Marine protects, serves

Covington native Tyler Crook stands proud as a man who believes in sacrificing for others. The 21-year-old Marine will serve as a Towed Artillery Systems Technician and lead as a gunner for convoy security operations for his upcoming deployment before the end of the year.

November 24, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Santa returns to Covington Saturday

Santa's Workshop has returned to Ramsey's Furniture Annex again this year.

November 23, 2012 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Heartland Gallery hosts holiday themed classes

The Southern Heartland Art Gallery hopes to deck the halls with holiday paintings as they invite artists of all ages to the gallery for several workshops and classes focused on painting holiday themed paintings.

November 23, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Festival of Trees underway

Covington's Festival of Trees is back, and residents once again are able to bid on a variety of pre-decorated Christmas trees courtesy of area nonprofits and businesses.

November 23, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


City looking to replace 27 miles of waterlines

The city looks to replace about 27 miles of waterlines under their Waterline Replacement Program.Covington City Council approved for grant writer Randy Conner to apply for a loan for $5,981,115.25 with the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority under the State Revolving Fund to replace aging water lines in the city's water system; and approved for Richard Aiken with Rindt-McDuff Associates to assist with the engineering for the project.

November 23, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


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