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CPD searching for man who robbed Covington bank

The Covington Police Department is in search of a man who robbed the Bank of North Georgia at 4128 Hwy 278 NE Wednesday afternoon, according ...

June 22, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Solid Waste Authority tasked with assessing fee for convenience centers

The Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) did not levee a fee or tax for the use of the county's convenience centers at its ...

June 22, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


After 16 years, Spires in downtown Covington will close

It's been one of the hardest things she's had to do, but on Saturday, Denise Spires is closing the doors on her shop ...

June 22, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Bailey announces intent to run for Board of Education

On Tuesday June 14, 2016, current Board of Education District 1 member Trey Bailey submitted his Declaration of Intent to run for election.

June 22, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Video: BOC discusses Nelson Heights

The Newton County Board of Commissioners approved a motion to clarify the wording of administrative services regarding the Nelson Heights Community Center's administrative services ...

June 22, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Info on Zika virus prevention told to city council

At Monday night's Covington City Council meeting, Dr. Lloyd Hofer, director of the Gwinnet, Newton, Rockdale counties Public Health Departments, shared information about the ...

June 21, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Registration for Newton County Art Association dance and music programs is open

Register before July 1 for one or more of five music and dance programs offered for the 2016 through 2017 year and the Newton County ...

June 21, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Youth charged with murder of Covington man found on Lower River Road

The Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) charged a 16-year-old Covington youth with murder of Enrique Ramirez Trejo of Covington.

June 20, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Local rancher says his cattle are being chased to death

The farm off Old Hickory Road in Oxford looks peaceful. The cows crowd together in pastures that sweep down to Lake Varner in Covington. Yet ...

June 20, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Man’s body found on side of road in Covington

The Newton County Sheriff's Office is investigating a possible homicide after finding a man's body on Lower River Road Sunday morning, according to ...

June 19, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Summer vacation: How to prevent home burglaries while away

With the summer months comes plenty of time for family vacations, but sadly unoccupied homes are easy targets for potential burglars.

June 19, 2016 | Mariya Lewter | LOCAL


Rocking in the park

Hundreds attended a grand opening celebration for Covington's Legion Field Park on Mill Street Friday night.

June 18, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Bicycle unit to patrol Porterdale

Come July 4, a new police patrol will hit the streets in Porterdale.

June 18, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Covington Pilot named governor of organization’s Georgia district

She does not fly planes, but Cynthia Spearman is a Pilot.

June 18, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Juvenile Court gets another tool in Casey Foundation

The Newton County Juvenile Court will have another tool to reduce juvenile detention and increase public safety starting in August.

June 18, 2016 | Jasmine Floyd | LOCAL


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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 Ancestry.com. 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


11-year-old charged with exposure

A Flint Hill Elementary student has been charged with indecent exposure and electronically furnishing obscene material to minors following an incident where he reportedly exposed himself to two classmates and also sent obscene text messages to others.

April 28, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


$241K raised for ‘Life’

Newton County residents raised $241,922 for Relay for Life this year as 64 teams and 950 people participated in the annual fundraiser for the fight against the cancer.

April 28, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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