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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


Thunderstorm watch in effect

Caution is urged this evening after the National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Newton, Rockdale and surrounding counties through 10 p.m. Wednesday.

June 24, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Grace Christian Academy celebrates academic, artistic achievements

Newton County's Grace Christian Academy's academic quiz bowl team became international champions for the third time in four years recently at the Accelerated Christian Education International Student Convention in Las Cruses, New Mexico.

June 24, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSO deputies arrest Fla. fugitive

COVINGTON- An attempted murder suspect in a case out of Escambia County in Florida was arrested by deputies last week, the Newton County Sheriff's Office announced Thursday.

June 24, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Local Prayer Vigil for Charleston

COVINGTON- The public is invited to attend a prayer vigil for the victims of the mass shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, Wednesday, June 24, at the St. Paul AME Church, 13108 Brown Bridge Road, Covington.

June 22, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Fleming to be promoted to Secretary of State's Chief of Staff

District 5 Commissioner Tim Fleming has been promoted to Chief of Staff for Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp.

August 21, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Little Miss and Mister Covington pageant

Eastside High School's auditorium was full of flair Saturday, as girls and boys of all ages converged for the 2nd annual Little Miss and Mister Covington pageant, sponsored by Pageants of Hope.

August 21, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Tip of the Week - Aug. 21

You'll save a bundle on cleaning your car if you use your own elbow grease and homemade cleaners.

August 21, 2011 | Beth McAfee-Hallman | LOCAL


FiberVisions expansion could add jobs, air emissions

Covington-based fiber manufacturer FiberVisions is considering expanding its operation, which while it could add jobs would also increase its air particulate emissions by 2 percent, or 3.6 tons per year.

August 19, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Preparing for the games

Newton County Special Olympic athletes held an equestrian horse show Aug. 14 in Conyers. The program will travel to Perry for the State Special Olympics equestrian show Aug. 19-21.

August 19, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington Ford gives military family vacation

If anyone's in need of a break, it's Sgt. Donald Davenport, who has survived multiple roadside bombs and rocket-propelled grenade attacks while on his first tour of duty in Afghanistan.

August 19, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Two arrested for theft of city's copper

Two men were arrested for allegedly stealing copper from the city of Covington.

August 19, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


DA shuts down gambling joint

A request for local authorities to crack down on illegal gambling from Governor Nathan Deal Thursday led to the immediate closure of Covington Business Center, located in the Covington Corners shopping center.

August 18, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Local woman killed in Ga. 212 wreck

Carol L. Hale of Covington was killed when her 2002 Olds Alero struck a tree off Ga. Highway 212 around 5 p.m. Wednesday.

August 17, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


DNA solves ‘09 rape on Kirkland Road

DNA evidence collected from 2009 has identified a suspect in the rape of a 16-year-old girl two years ago.

August 17, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Authorities search for armed robbers

Authorities are searching for three armed men who accosted a homeowner and his wife early this morning, demanding money.

August 17, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Three arrested for sexual assault of teen

Two men and one teen have been charged with the ongoing molestation of a 13-year-old girl.

August 17, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Explorers assist local law enforcement

For the 13 members of the Porterdale Explorers program, they have gained more than just knowledge of law enforcement, they have gained a family.

August 17, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


T-SPLOST project lists finalized

Regional officials have finished crafting a $740 million T-SPLOST list, which would give Newton County $140 million for transportation projects from 2012 to 2022.

August 17, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Scouts do a good turn for man’s best friend

Covington's Boy Scout Troop 222 recently built dog houses as part of an ongoing effort to serve the community.

August 17, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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