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Georgia State Patrol steps up enforcement this weekend

The July Fourth weekend is not only a chance for many people to celebrate, it is also the busiest travel period of the year. The holiday weekend is recognized as beginning Thursday at 6 p.m. and running through Sunday, July 5 at midnight, according to the Georgia Department of Public Safety.

June 30, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


AKA Chi Tau Omega chapter awards $20,000 in scholarships

COVINGTON- The Chi Tau Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated of Covington, Ga., serving Newton and Rockdale counties, awarded $20, 000 in scholarships on June 21, 2015 at Antioch AME Church in Conyers to high school students heading to various colleges and universities including HBCUs in the state of Georgia and nationwide.

June 30, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Checkers closed after grease fire

The Checkers on Hwy. 278 is closed after a small grease fire ignited Monday morning.

June 29, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Road construction restricted this weekend

The Georgia Department of Transportation is suspending construction-related lane closures on interstates and major state system highways for the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

June 29, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Ruling brings same-sex marriage to Newton

The "thunderbolt" struck the nation around 11 a.m. Friday morning. For some Newton County residents the storm had been brewing for two decades, and for a local couple the ringing began at 3 p.m. – ringing of wedding bells.

June 28, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


4th of July events sparkle across Newton

COVINGTON- One of the joys of small town Georgia is the town square. It's not just an area where people can shop and eat, but it's a place where they can come together to celebrate holidays, hear seasonal concerts, and take a breather under the trees during a hectic work day.

June 27, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Council re-imagines amenities for Yellow River Park

There have been changes in Porterdale since the plans for Yellow River Park were drawn up in 2011-12.

June 27, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


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


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Man arrested, charged with molestation

A 51-year-old man from Rex, Ga., was arrested on Dec. 23 and charged with child molestation.

December 31, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


The search for men who robbed teen

Deputies are searching for three black males who robbed a 14-year-old as he walked on Mountainside Lane Monday afternoon.

December 31, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Incorrect stories listed in email digest

There were some news stories listed incorrectly in this morning's email digest sent out to our readers.

December 30, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Four Mayors

Former Mayor Bill Dobbs, Former Mayor Sam Ramsey, Mayor Kim Carter and Mayor Elect Ronnie Johnston gathered at Carter's farewell celebration.

December 28, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Eternal flame burns again

Covington's eternal flame has been re-lit after nearly two decades of darkness.

December 28, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Combined edition for New Year's

Due to the upcoming holiday, The Covington News will be adjusting our schedule again this week.

December 28, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Struggling to fill skilled positions

A local company is looking to hire 100 people in the coming weeks, welcome news in an uncertain economy. But the staffing company that is handling the hiring process may have trouble filling those 100 positions.

December 28, 2011 | Douglas Moser | LOCAL


Newton County Farm Bureau

The Newton County Farm Bureau, an extension of the Georgia Farm Bureau, serves the community by promoting local agriculture to its residents through related activities and events.

December 28, 2011 | Douglas Moser | LOCAL


Tip of the Week - Make the most of leftovers

Make Christmas meals and treats go even further with some frugal and fabulous recipes designed to make the most out your holiday leftovers!

December 24, 2011 | Beth McAfee-Hallman | LOCAL


CovNews interviews Santa Claus

Santa will be making his annual trip around the world this Saturday night. Most of us dream about such a journey, but Santa is working under time constraints with a fully loaded sleigh and just nine reindeer (now that Rudolph has joined his ranks). He sat down with the Covington News recently to answer questions about himself and his tricks of the trade.

December 23, 2011 | Beth McAfee-Hallman | LOCAL


Three arrested for 4.6 pounds of pot

A call from a concerned woman who thought there was a chemical fire in her apartment complex led to the arrest of three people for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute Dec 21.

December 23, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


$474k for judicial center add-on design

The Newton County Board of Commissioners also approved spending up to $474,920 in 2011 SPLOST money for the architectural and engineering design of expansion of the Newton County Judicial Center.

December 22, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Fire destroys home on Cooper Road

The home at 1121 Cooper Road in Social Circle was destroyed in a fire Wednesday evening.

December 22, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


See The News' holiday schedule

Due to the upcoming holidays, The Covington News will be adjusting our schedule for the rest of the year.

December 22, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Witness helps nab armed robber

Help from a witness and persistent investigation led to the arrest of a Covington man wanted for robbing a woman at gunpoint at the Conyers Wal-Mart Monday.

December 21, 2011 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


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