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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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Re-living the 80s

The Eastside High Chorus Show Choir will be presenting their Fall Musical Review, "Re-living the 80s," this Thursday. The show will take place in the Eastside High School Auditorium on Thursday, Nov. 17, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 19, at 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., and will cost $4 for adults, $3 for students and $3 for senior citizens. The show will feature the best of the 1980s music in an upbeat atmosphere.

November 15, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


BOC to pursue alcohol by the drink vote

A public vote on whether to allow restaurants and hotels to sell alcohol in unincorporated Newton County is likely in 2012, after the Newton County Board of Commissioners gave a consensus Monday night to move forward on the issue.

November 14, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Drunk teen discovered rolling around in street

Covington Police officers were called to Settlers Grove Road around 5:30 a.m. Thursday after neighbors called 911 to report two people fighting in the street.

November 13, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Couple arrested for fighting in parking lot

An irate couple was arrested Wednesday morning after fighting with the police who came to break up their fight in a CVS parking lot.

November 13, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


POLL: Arts funding drops, but programs remain

The Arts Association in Newton County wants the arts to be accessible. Art advocates want children and young adults to be able to dance, sing, play instruments, perform on stage, paint and create.

November 13, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


New civic organization, “2 Cups of Kindness,” to hold first meeting

Newton County resident Dorothy Frazier-Piedrahita will be hosting an informational meeting for her new civic group, "2 Cups of Kindness," at the Porter Memorial Branch Library on Wednesday from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.

November 13, 2011 | Beth McAfee-Hallman | LOCAL


Oxford native recounts D-Day

John Wood Burson landed on Omaha Beach before dawn on June 7, 1944 under barrage balloons to protect from strafing German aircraft as a nearby landing vessel exploded.

November 11, 2011 | Douglas Moser | LOCAL


Blind man, drunk woman get in fight

A blind man and his reportedly intoxicated wife were both arrested early Sunday morning after one person ended up wet and the other ended up stabbed.

November 11, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Kiwanis gathering toiletries for Georgia Sheriff’s Youth Homes

Circle K Georgia, Kiwanis International's college arm, held its fall membership retreat Nov. 5 at the FFA-FCCLA Center.

Around 45 Circle K members attended the retreat, which provides an opportunity for the Circle K leadership to reach out to new members. The members participate in workshops and other activities. Circle K blends community service and leadership training, and, as with all Kiwanis organizations, aims to serve the children of the world.

November 11, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Santa Claus visits Kiwanis Thursday

Wayne Chase, one of Coca-Cola's Santas, visited the Kiwanis Club of Covington Thursday to bring holiday cheer to all.

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November 11, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Court Sentencings - Nov. 11

Alechia Mitchell, violation of probation, 305-365 days in detention center, credit for time served.

November 11, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Two death penalty cases in February

Two accused murderers will have their death penalty cases heard in Newton County Superior Court February.

November 11, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


NAACP to host gala

The Newton County National Association for the Advancement of Colored People will host its Annual Freedom Fund and Scholarship Gala at 6 p.m., Saturday at the Turner Lake Recreation Complex.

November 11, 2011 | Douglas Moser | LOCAL


Local veterans share stories at GPC

Residents and veterans who lived through the World War II-era, part of a generation rapidly fading away, relived their part in history on home front and battle theaters for a group of students and community members Wednesday.

November 11, 2011 | Douglas Moser | LOCAL


$2,500 in weaves stolen

Officers from the Covington Police Department are looking for those responsible for a burglary off the square. But unlike traditional burglaries, the thief didn't break into the store. They broke out of it.

November 10, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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