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Covington student completes internship

Olivia Martzell of Covington, a Northwestern State University student studying mass communications, was nominated for two awards for a multimedia package she produced during an internship in Italy last summer. Martzell wrote, shot, edited and produced a package that was nominated for best story in the multimedia category and best overall photography, which she won.

September 27, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Farm Bureau receives district awards

The Newton County Farm Bureau was recognized recently during the Georgia Farm Bureau's 3rd District Annual Meeting for its outstanding member programs.

September 27, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


A new chapter

The long history of The Covington News is starting a new chapter in just nine days.

September 25, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


A brand new Square

The beauty of the Covington Square may be timeless, but that doesn't mean an update will tarnish its image or history. It will help to make the Square an even better place for Newton County residents, visitors and tourists alike.

September 25, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Little River bridge a big deal

The Sewell Road bridge across the Little River might not look like a big deal, but looks can be deceiving.

September 25, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Double the sound

There will be twice the tickling of the ivories Sunday, as Covington will get a chance to listen to two organs at one concert.

September 25, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Welcoming all to Hollywood of the South

"The Vampire Diaries" is a worldwide hit, "In the Heat of the Night" brought Newton County to the attention of a national television audience, and movies bring millions of dollars into Newton County and Covington.

September 25, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Teacher arrested for sexual assault

A Newton County School System teacher was arrested Thursday for sexual assault of 15-year-old student.

September 25, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Cov parents cited for Conyers curfew

More citations had to be given to parents and guardians from Newton County for their children violating Conyers' underage curfew law over the weekend.

September 24, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


National Farm week applies to you too

The weather is changing… finally.

September 23, 2014 | Hosanna Fletcher | LOCAL


It's fall (pumpkin) season

Now that it's officially fall, it's time to break out the costumes and spider webs and rake up those colorful leaves. But what is any season without its annual themed drinks and desserts?

September 23, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Let's go thrifting

A local ministry that spreads its helping wings throughout the county has set up shop in Social Circle.

September 23, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Miracle League opener likely in April

There's no reason a kid in a wheelchair shouldn't feel like Jason Heyward for a day.

September 23, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


More than 1,000 local teens considered suicide

September is designated Suicide Prevention Month, but it's a year-round effort.

September 23, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Rep. Johnson announces grants

U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson (GA-04) announced the Department of Health & Human Services is awarding $3.3 million in grants for health care navigators in Georgia and more than $460,000 for two local community health care centers. The Rockdale County Treatment Court Collaborative also will receive more than $234,000 in Mental Health & Substance Abuse Service Grants.

September 23, 2014 | | LOCAL


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Two shot at party

An 18-year-old man remains in critical after an early morning party Saturday ended in gunfire.

March 08, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Top state court upholds voter ID law

ATLANTA - The Georgia Supreme Court on Monday upheld a state law requiring voters to show identification before they cast ballots, dismissing objections from Democrats who contended lawmakers had no proof when they approved the new rules that anyone had tried to vote illegally.

The court's 6-1 decision found that no voter has been disenfranchised by the 2006 law, despite claims by the Democratic Party of Georgia that the law creates an undue burden on the poor, the disabled and minorities. The decision, written by Justice Hugh Thompson, concluded that the law was a "minimal, reasonable, and nondiscriminatory restriction."

March 07, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Deal scales back pre-K cuts

ATLANTA - Gov. Nathan Deal said Monday he is revamping his plans to cut the state's prekindergarten program to half-day after an outcry from parents and teachers.

The program will remain a full day but the school year will be cut from 180 days to 160 days, and class sizes will increase by two students to 22 each, Deal said. The moves will allow the state to cut $54 million from the cash-strapped program while adding 2,000 slots, which will put a dent in the 10,000-student waiting list.

March 07, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


HOPE in Senate

ATLANTA - The Georgia Senate is expected to take up a bill overhauling the cash-strapped HOPE scholarship this week.

The bill was introduced two weeks ago by Gov. Nathan Deal and has moved at lightning speed through the Legislature, gaining approval from the House last week. The full Senate could see the bill as early as Tuesday.

March 07, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton loses to Valdosta

FORT VALLEY - Valdosta High School built a lead and held on late Saturday to top Newton High School 68-61 in the quarterfinals of the Class AAAAA playoffs.

March 06, 2011 | Josh Briggs | LOCAL


Chamber supports state film tax credit

Local officials hope the state continues to provide tax reductions to film companies in Georgia, because Newton County receives sales tax from a regular stream of filming projects and the thousands of tourists who come solely because of The Dukes of Hazzard, In the Heat of the Night and the Vampire Diaries.

March 06, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Teen strikes other with bat

An 18-year-old remains in the Newton County Jail after allegedly busting another teen's head open with a baseball bat in a fight over a girl.

According to Newton County Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer Cortney Morrison, the 17-year-old victim was hanging out with friends at a neighborhood gazebo when a girl walked by. One of the teens exchanged words with the girl and the conversation turned ugly.

March 06, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Remembering Audrey Atkinson

Audrey Atkinson was the all-American girl. Blonde and bubbly, she could have been anyone's daughter, granddaughter, sister or best friend. But Audrey had a secret. The 19-year-old was being abused by her boyfriend.

March 06, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Tip of the Week -March 6

All the signs are there, friends – a bad economy, the desire to get healthy, and our awareness that going green really is good. Growing your own herbs and vegetables just makes sense. You pay pennies a pound for healthy foods for your family that you've grown with your own two hands. You have an abundant supply of vegetables during harvest and you can freeze and/or can the surplus. It's a win-win situation. If the thought of starting your own garden is a little daunting, consider attending an informational meeting about Newton County's Community Gardens at The ...

March 06, 2011 | Beth McAfee-Hallman | LOCAL


Court Sentencings - March 6

o Ashley Leatherwood, violation of probation, 90-150 days detention center, followed by intense probation.

March 06, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington celebrates its heritage

The inaugural Black History Program Saturday afternoon honored the late Coach Henry J. Wright, III and the R. L. Cousins men's basketball state runners-up of 1965. Music, dance and step performers entertained the audience between reflections and special remarks. Wright's family and the three attending members of his 1965 basketball team received keys to the city and Mayor Kim Carter presented a public proclamation in honor of the special guests.

March 06, 2011 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Croquet tournament March 12

The Heartland Woman's Club will hold its 20th annual Cherry Blossom Charity Croquet Tournament at 9:30 a.m. March 12 at Oxford College of Emory University.

March 05, 2011 | Paula Travis | LOCAL


Three dead, two hurt in Highway 36 crash

Three women were killed and two others remain hospitalized after a wreck at 8:30 p.m. Friday on Ga. Highway 36.

March 05, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Wet weekend ahead

Your weekend could be a washout, with heavy rain possible late Saturday.

March 04, 2011 | | LOCAL


Melissa Ward a cancer crusader

Melissa Ward doesn't wear a cape and she has no super powers, but if you listen to her friends, family and co-workers at Oak Hill Elementary, the fourth grade teacher is a superhero nonetheless, having just survived a diagnosis of breast cancer and a double mastectomy in less than two months.

March 04, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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