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Football coach turning heads in … The Nutcracker

If you happen to take a trip to the Porter Auditorium this coming weekend and you see a familiar local football coach donning a wig ...

December 05, 2016 | Gabriel Stovall | LOCAL


Forensic Audit: Actions ‘caused financial harm and damage to the taxpayers of Newton County’

Eds Note: To read more on the forensic accounting report click for a report on the Bear Creek Reservoir project, here; read about the report ...

December 04, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Sawyer: former attorney’s actions ‘detrimental to taxpayers’

On Oct. 18, 2015, the Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) voted to bring a halt to the proposed Bear Creek Reservoir project, under way ...

December 03, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Accountant points to unapproved contracts at landfill

The landfill has been a financial burden on Newton County for years, especially since a leachate spill in 2015 caused millions of dollars in damage.

December 03, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


County refutes Sawyer’s SPLOST claims

In David Sawyer's accounting analysis of Newton County's Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) and Impact Fees funds, he reported that at ...

December 03, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Look at Nelson Heights may spur change in county practices

While David Sawyer's reporting on the Bear Creek Reservoir project, SPLOST and Impact Fees and the county's landfill was released Monday, in May ...

December 03, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Former commissioners speak out against water sale

The Newton County Water and Sewerage Authority (NCWSA) will present the team it has selected to perform due diligence to the Newton County Board of ...

December 03, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Christmas marches through Covington

One-hundred floats, including the first-place prize winning Misfits Welcome float by Eastridge Church, participated in Saturday's parade through downtown Covington.

December 03, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Judge Baker honored prior to his retirement

Judge Henry Baker, Newton County's Probate Court Judge for the last 40 years was celebrated by dozens of Newton County and regional dignitaries for ...

December 02, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Newton County Theme School raises blue ribbon flag

The Newton County Theme School (NCTS) at Fiquett was recently named a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education - a distinction ...

December 02, 2016 | Duane M. Ford | LOCAL


The Pride of Eastside performs in Hollywood Christmas Parade

The Pride of Eastside Marching Band joined the likes of Larry King, Olivia Newton-John and Bill Engvall this past weekend, during the 85th Annual Hollywood ...

December 02, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County Fire graduates four recruits

The 2016 Newton County Fire Recruiting class celebrated the graduation of four recruits Nov. 29.

December 01, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


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


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Imprisoned man charged with murder of inmate

Five prison inmates, including Covington resident Dante Ray Myles, have been charged with the murder of fellow inmate Laderick Cornellius Chappel at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson.

Myles, 27, was charged with armed robbery and murder along with four other Georgia inmates after allegedly throwing Chappel off the second floor of the prison dormitory.

August 14, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Lost boy found walking through neighborhood

A young boy was reportedly found walking through a neighborhood looking for his mom on Friday. A deputy with the Newton County Sheriff's Office said he responded to a call about a lost child at Lakeside Circle. According to a report, a man told the deputy that he was outside exercising and he came across a young boy who looked to be about 4 years old crying for his mother.

The deputy said he had the boy show him where he lived, and the child directed him to the next street over at Lake Birch Drive. The deputy walked ...

August 14, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Civil Service secretary experiences Europe

A seldom mentioned group of patriots from World War II were the dedicated men and women of the Civil Service. From the Civil Air Patrol to a clerk typist, members of the Civil Service played a vital role. Their willingness to dedicate talents and time in non-combat positions released untold thousands of men for essential military duties. Miriam "Mickey" Stanley Hogan was one such talent.

Born in 1918 into the tiny farming community of Mendes, Ga., Covington resident Miriam "Mickey" Hogan experienced the Great Depression. "Food and jobs were scarce," she said. "We moved around a lot, including Florida."

August 14, 2012 | Pete Mecca | LOCAL


Inmate from Covington charged in murder

Five prison inmates, including Covington resident Dante Ray Myles, have been charged with the murder of fellow inmate Laderick Cornellius Chappel at Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson, Ga.

August 13, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Update: I-20 reopened after two crashes

UPDATE: Interstate 20 westbound was reopened around 7:30 p.m.

August 11, 2012 | | LOCAL


Early voting Monday for runoff races

Early voting for Newton County's two primary runoff races begins Monday and will last all week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Newton County Board of Elections, 1113 Usher St., Covington.

August 11, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Judge dismisses lawsuit against county

A lawsuit filed against Newton County by Grady Healthcare Systems of Atlanta seeking more than $87,000 for in medical cost reimbursement was dismissed by a judge July 27, because the hospital failed to provide proper notice to the county.

August 11, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Whooping cough on the rise

Reported cases of pertussis/whooping cough in the Gwinnett, Newton and Rockdale County Health district are trending similar to both state and national cases.

August 11, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Menacing letter left at reporter’s home

A potentially-threatening letter was left at the front door of the Covington home of a reporter for The Covington News sometime late Friday evening or early Saturday morning, apparently relating to the ongoing civil suit involving Alcovy High School Principal LaQuanda Carpenter and anonymous bloggers.

August 11, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSO awarded state certification

The Newton County Sheriff's Office, is one of the "top 100 law enforcement agencies" in Georgia. On July 17, the NCSO received official notification that they were awarded state certification by the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police. This notification confirmed that they successfully completed all aspects of the accreditation process. Achieving state certification places them in the company of 76 sheriff's offices, 17 police departments and five other state departments, including, the Georgia Bureau of Investigations, colleges and the Marshals Office.

August 11, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Rain delays golf course opening

The recent spat of rainfall has pushed back the public opening of the Ashton Hills Golf Club to Tuesday, Aug. 21 as crews were unable to finish work on the course's bunkers and rough.

August 11, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Two-year colleges seeing drop in enrollment

A recent cut to the University System of Georgia is spelling trouble for many two-year colleges, which are seeing a decline in enrollment, which translates into less money from tuition revenue.

August 11, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


A night of honor

Main Street Covington presented several awards to businesses making an impact in downtown Covington and shared their excitement about the year ahead at their annual general meeting Thursday night.

August 11, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Jail Log: Aug. 11, 2012

Keia Vantrece Amos, 17, 95 Sampson Court, Covington, July 28. Child molestation, aggravated child molestation, enticing a child for indecent purposes, false report of a crime.

August 11, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Crime briefs: Child found crying alone

Covington police spoke with a woman who said she found a young girl crying for her mom on Thursday morning. According to a report from the Covington Police Department, the woman said she was pumping gas at the Shell service station just before 7 a.m., when she heard a voice crying for her "mommy." She said she looked around to see where the voice was coming from, and she saw the 2-year-old child across the street at the Super 8 Motel with her hands up in the air crying near the main highway.

August 11, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


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