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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


State representatives provide insight

Five of Newton County's state-level representatives stopped by for the first-ever Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce Pre-Legislative Breakfast sponsored by AT&T Wednesday morning ...

November 30, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


New Jersey man arrested after driving on I-20 without a tire

After reports of a vehicle traveling down Interstate 20 with no tires, Covington Police Department (CPD) found the reported vehicle, which was in fact missing ...

November 30, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


Judges to be sworn in

On Dec. 16, at 9:30 a.m. in the jury impaneling room in the Newton County Judicial Center, the judges of the Superior Courts ...

November 30, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


Representative Jody Hice stops by Newton

U.S. Representative for Georgia's 10th District Jody Hice paid a visit to the Newton County Republican Party Monday night before catching a ...

November 29, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


Judge Henry Baker: 'A rare breed'

Things change and evolve.

November 26, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Social Circle Lt. Downs helps lost Florida couple

After receiving multiple phone calls about a suspicious vehicle in Social Circle, Social Circle Lieutenant Randy Downs found an elderly couple lost on their way ...

November 26, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


NCSO tracks down hot vehicle

The westbound lanes of Interstate 20 were briefly shut down Nov. 23 while fire department personnel extinguished the flames of a stolen vehicle, according to ...

November 23, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Firefighters fry 43 turkeys for Angel Tree program

Newton County firefighters deep fried 43 turkeys Wednesday for its newest fundraiser.

November 23, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Junior Hilliard notifies Newton County of suit to ‘exceed $3 million’

Junior Hilliard will file a lawsuit against Newton County, which recently voted to end its contract with Junior Hilliard General Services, operator of the county ...

November 22, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Newton County School System mourns the passing of Mallard, Nolan

The Newton County School System lost two members last week with the passing of Eastside High School teacher Leo Mallard and Veterans Memorial Middle School ...

November 22, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Sheriff thanks community for support

Newton County Sheriff Ezell Brown reached out to Facebook earlier this morning to share his gratitude with the community on its support of the family ...

November 22, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


Traffic stop nets drug arrest

After following a truck registered to a known drug house, Covington Police Officer Steve Swann initiated a traffic stopped that resulted in a foot pursuit ...

November 21, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


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Crime Briefs - Aug. 19

Covington police responded to a criminal damage to property call on Friday around 12:30 a.m. at Cecilia Street. Police spoke with a woman who said her boyfriend Anthony Hubert bust the windows out of her white 1998 Chevrolet Suburban.

August 18, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Local group donates school supplies

The Covington Area Employer Committee, a committed group of human resource professionals from the Covington area, recently completed its first "Operation Backpack." Operation Backpack 2012 was an initiative to get much needed school supplies in the hands of as many children as possible. There are thousands of school-aged children in Newton County living under the poverty level. One of the most devastating consequences of poverty is the impact it has on the children's education. Covington's Area Employer Committee supported Operation Backpack, a back-to-school drive, by asking the general public to deliver backpacks and/or school supplies to designated ...

August 18, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Gas prices rise 5 cents from last week

Average retail gasoline prices in Newton County have risen 5 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.60/gal Tuesday. This compares with the national average that has increased 5.4 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.67/gal, according to gasoline price website AtlantaGasPrices.com.

August 18, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Chairman questioned over new position

Another disagreement over the power of the county chairman cropped up last week, when Commissioner Mort Ewing questioned a newly-created public works position posted online by Chairman Kathy Morgan.

August 18, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Love at First Sight: 70 Years of Bliss

In a little more than two weeks, Newton County residents Frank and Earline Seale will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary, a feat that speaks for itself.

August 18, 2012 | Rachel Goff | LOCAL


$19K worth of items stolen from man

A Covington man was reportedly hit in the head and robbed of approximately $19,000 worth of items at his home Monday.

August 16, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Accounting errors found in P'dale audit

An independent auditor's report found accounting errors and several other financial problems for the city of Porterdale.

August 16, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Mansfield power line fight continues

The fight by city officials to keep new power lines out of the small city of Mansfield will finally be decided in court more than a year after the contentious issue first surfaced.

Georgia Transmission Corporation is taking steps to build a 3.2-mile transmission line that will pass through Mansfield in an effort to provide more electricity capacity to regional residents, but a remaining hurdle is a tract of disputed city-owned land that city officials say the corporation can't build on.

August 16, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Widowed fiancee starts nonprofit

It's been nearly two years since 38-year-old Larry Dwayne Bradley died. And while she has mourned, the fiancée he left behind has also worked towards creating something that will honor the memory of her lost love.

August 16, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Drug overdoses fall in Newton, state

After years of steadily increasing, overdose deaths have declined in the state, as well as in Newton County. Thus far, the county has seen just one death that has been unequivocally linked the drug abuse, while the state has seen a decrease of 8.6 percent from last year.

August 16, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


The King of Elvis memorabilia

The King may have been dead for more than three decades, but Elvis lives on for super collector Tim Hunter, who has the largest collection of memorabilia in the U.S., and possibly, the world.

August 16, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newton County Sentencings - Aug. 17

Hope Skinner, possession of Schedule IV drug, 5 years probation consecutive to sentence, $1,000. Testify truthfully.

August 16, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Briefs: Man arrested for relieving self

A Covington man was reportedly found urinating on the ground in the Kroger parking lot located on Ga. Highway 20.

August 16, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Khouli named editor; new reporter hired

Gabriel Khouli was named editor of The Covington News this week, placing him in the top position in the newsroom after working for more than three years as a reporter for the paper.

August 16, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Democrats vie for Dist. 113 in runoff

Early voting for the Aug. 21 runoff election has begun in Newton County, and the fate of the District 113 state representative seat will be finally decided in the election.

August 14, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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