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BOC votes to hire an in-house attorney

It was probably one of the worst kept secrets in Newton County in recent months.

November 17, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Volunteers install wreath on courthouse

The Covington Square got its final trimming for the annual Lighting of the Square celebration this week as crews installed a giant wreath on the ...

November 17, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Protests occur at Historic Courthouse

Throughout the day Tuesday, the Newton County Historic Courthouse was dotted with protestors concerning Newton County's Attorney Tommy Craig.

November 17, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Lawsuit against county advances

A lawsuit against Newton County will continue after a hearing in Superior Court Monday.

November 16, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

County's legal fees continue to create controversy

Among the controversies facing the Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) throughout the past few years, one of the most divisive seems to behas been ...

November 15, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Back room of Porterdale deli opens with a bang

Once it was the Bibb Manufacturing Company store where employees could buy provisions using the coins or "loonies" to pay for goods.

November 15, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Election 2015: Some voters had to go to 2 locations

The race for Covington city council's Post 1 West Ward seat was a close one with just 14 votes separating incumbent Janet Goodman from ...

November 15, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Miss America appearing at Georgia 4-H events

One of the highlights of National 4-H Congress is the chance to see Miss America, Olympians, national elected officials, and other nationally known personalities.

November 14, 2015 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL

Newton County residents asked to donate luggage for foster children

The Newton County Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS), along with Help Moving Hearts, is holding a luggage drive for children entering foster care ...

November 14, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Irish Bred Pub construction begins

There wasn't any ground to be broken, but Covington officials were still eager to celebrate. This time, to announce, a new commercial venture coming ...

November 13, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Covington awarded funds for fire hose form Firehouse Subs

The Covington Fire Department (CFD) was recently awarded a grant of $16,902 from Firehouse Subs, which will go toward a new fire hose and ...

November 13, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

County has five candidates for manager position

Of the 29 complete applications Newton County has received for its county manager position, five candidates are moving on to the next stage of the ...

November 13, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Covington’s Lendmark Financial Services to acquire 127 branches

Lendmark Financial Services, LLC, based at 2118 Usher Street in Covington, has reached an agreement to acquire 127 branch offices and related loan assets from ...

November 13, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Saluting our veterans

On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the leventh month, the city of Covington and Newton County celebrated its veterans Wednesday.

November 11, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Veteran's Day specials around Covington

Amici: Veterans and active duty military get 40 percent off one entrée.

November 11, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

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Conyers man killed Saturday

A Conyers man was killed early Saturday morning after his motorcycle ran off the road on County Line Road.

May 01, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Watterson throws hat in race for Sheriff

Bill Watterson has announced that he intends to run for Sheriff of Newton County once again this term. This comes after resigning from the NCSO after more than two decades in order to pursue the office.

Watterson started his career with the NCSO in 1990 as a jailer in the detention center and has worked in a variety of positions with the force, including supervisor over patrol, CHAMPS, community outreach, civil division, traffic division, school resource officer, drug task force, investigations, traffic division/accident reconstruction, court services and vehicle maintenance.

May 01, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Making a pedigree chart

How did your hunt go this week? Were you able to visit relatives? Have you filled in your family group sheets? It is time now to decide which surname we are going to follow first.

Let's make a pedigree chart or you can print one from To make one yourself, get a blank piece of paper. At the bottom, write your name, remember if you are married to write your maiden name. Now draw a line up between your name and across like a T.

May 01, 2012 | Ellen Blakeslee Columnist | LOCAL

Society of St. Vincent de Paul hosts silent auction and wine tasting Friday

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul members hosted their second Silent Auction and Wine Tasting (Fox Vineyards) this past Friday evening. Sherry Odum's selection of hors d'oeurvres complimented the wines along with Wing Zone's zesty wings. The guests were greeted by Peggy Mercer and Nancy East. Inside Moore Hall of St. Augustine Catholic Church, Michael Frederick played music while the guests helped themselves to the Fox Vineyards' wines and the hors d'oeurvres which included great flavors as stuffed dates, blueberry brie puffs, chicken 'n cranberry salad spread, spanakopita, various cheeses and crackers - just to mention ...

May 01, 2012 | Christy Lassiter | LOCAL

Yarbrough: Federal judge sees majesty in the law, not jokes

While May 1st is designated Law Day in the United States, Judge Lisa Godbey Wood, chief judge of the U.S. Southern District of Georgia, says we Americans should remember that every day is a day of law in this country. There would be anarchy without it.

I had the privilege of following Judge Wood on a program in Savannah a couple of weeks ago and I have never heard anyone explain our system of law better or with more passion than she did. When it was my turn to speak, I felt like Tiny Tim and his ukulele following ...

May 01, 2012 | Dick Yarbrough | LOCAL

Illegal dumping of trash and toilets

Newton County officers responded to a call of illegal dumping.

After observing, the officers determined that someone had illegally dumped three commodes, a box that a new commode had come in and two large plastic bags of trash.

May 01, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL

Attacker says man got bruised face from falling

When Newton County officers responded to a call about an assault, James Norris stated that Timothy Gawenda had attacked him.

According to Norris, Gawenda and his girlfriend had come home and began accusing Norris of stealing items from their bedroom. Norris denied that he stolen anything from Gawenda's bedroom and Gawenda went outside to smoke a cigarette.

May 01, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL

Two arrested for forgery after gun shot incident at CVS

Covington officers pulled over a vehicle believed to contain individuals connected to a shot that was fired near the CVS on Highway 278. According to dispatch, a male had shot at a car in the CVS parking lot. Shortly after, a male came into the store and yelled out the name Denise.

The officer identified the vehicle's two occupants as Denise Smith and Keldrin Perry. When the officer questioned Smith about the shot, Smith stated that she had just come from CVS, but knew nothing about a shot being fired. She also stated that Perry did yell her name ...

May 01, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL

Student punched after showing off good grade

A father filed a report with the Newton County Sheriff's Office after his daughter was punched in the face by another student on the school bus.

While showing off a good grade she had made on a test that day, a male student who lives in her subdivision slapped the paper out of her hands and punched her in the face.

May 01, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL

Man knocks on door, strips naked

When Newton County officers responded to a suspicious call, the officer observed a black male in front of the garage door standing naked.

When the officer exited his vehicle, the man was putting on blue boxers and blue jeans. Holding his Taser as a precaution, the officer placed the man, Michael Keith Valentine, in hand restraints.

May 01, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL

Special Olympics Parade

Newton County Special Olympians and their supporters gathered Monday morning for a parade to kick off the annual spring games. The games will continue Tues. and Wed. at Sharp Stadium.

April 30, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Watterson plans to run for sheriff

After over two decades of dedicated service with the Newton County Sheriff's Office, Bill Watterson announced his own candidacy for Sheriff of Newton County in the upcoming election. Watterson, who recently resigned from the current administration, said in a press release that he regrets that he had to voluntarily leave the job he loved after 23 years of service. He joined the NCSO in 1990 and has literally worked in every division of the department.

April 30, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL

CPD looks into local prostitution claims

If Covington police have it their way there will be no happy ending for local massage parlors that are allegedly offering more then just standard massage services to their clients.

April 28, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Covington recycling to accept more items

Covington is totally revamping its recycling program and now nearly everything is recyclable and the more that's recycled the more money the city will earn.

April 28, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Cottonwood Farm has new instructor

Cottonwood Farm in Covington will welcome its newest employee Amy McKaughan this coming week.

April 28, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL

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