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Benefits of a Sunday edition

If news breaks on Thursday, The Covington News has always been able to get something to its readers in our Friday edition.

September 19, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Volunteers needed for river cleanup

An outdoors cleanup group is looking for volunteers to help keep our "Rivers Alive."

September 18, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Three house fires in 24 hours

If you were prevented from driving down Crowell Road around the time schools were released Wednesday, here's why: County fire personnel were dispatched at about 1:40 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, to 261 Crowell Road to battle a structure fire, according to Newton County Fire Chief Kevin O'Brien.

September 18, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Balcony construction on Square OK'd

The Covington City Council voted to allow the removal of a light post, tree and tree well on the Covington Square for a new building project.

September 18, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Square closure today

College Avenue will be closed on the Covington Square from 6-8 p.m. today.

September 18, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


I-20 work begins again

The Georgia Department of Transportation will begin work again this weekend on the westbound lanes of Interstate 20 between Almon and Salem roads, according to a press release.

September 18, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Projects approved at Crowell

Residents who have to commute through the cluster of traffic lights at the Almon Road exit where Crowell Road, Interstate 20 and the I-20 Access Road intersect know how frustrating and, often, dangerous the area can be.

September 18, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


City works on biz incentives

Businesses mean jobs. Covington officials are doing all they can to bring more of each to the city.

September 18, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


County approves cell tower, with a twist

It's common today for new cell towers to pop up all over. The City of Covington recently fought and lost a frustrating battle to keep one from a residential area.

September 18, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Task Force formed to target DUI drivers on I-20

Georgia State Patrol Troop E has formed a task force to target impaired drivers. The task force will patrol the troop's 21 assigned counties that run along Interstate 20 from Conyers to South Carolina.

September 17, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


The News hosts Autumn Fest

Mark your calendar and join the community for a weekend event to provide fun, entertainment and even some early holiday shopping for anyone in the family.

September 16, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Social Circle school, rec center broken into

No suspects had been narrowed down as of Tuesday for the Saturday, Sept. 13 break-ins at an elementary school and recreation center.

September 16, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Dog ordered to attack deputies shot

A man who allegedly attacked his wife sent his dogs toward Newton County Sheriff's deputies, shouting "sic 'em" Saturday.

September 16, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Fees announced for downtown events

Downtown Covington has become a popular place for events, with various festivals, concerts, parades and gatherings scheduled seemingly every week.

September 16, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Henderson’s powers restored

In light of legal research and amid public backlash, the Board of Commissioners abandoned a two-week-old decision.

September 16, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


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Archive By Section - LOCAL


Man Charged with Child Molestation

Charles L. Skrobot resigned from the Covington Redevelopment Authority last week after being charged with child molestation on Oct. 5.

October 13, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Police Respond to Family Dispute

A heated clash between a mother and daughter got officers from the Covington Police Department called to Turner Street Thursday evening.

October 13, 2010 | Nic Walter | LOCAL


Covington man dies in Sunday wreck on I-20

A 28-year-old Covington man died early Sunday after his car crashed into the median wall on Interstate 20 near the Salem Road exit in Rockdale County, state troopers reported.

October 11, 2010 | | LOCAL


‘Tides’ author Pat Conroy speaks At Burge Plantation

Pat Conroy, native Atlantan and quintessential Southern writer, entertained an audience of about 300 Thursday evening at Burge Plantation.

October 10, 2010 | Janet Jernigan | LOCAL


Candidates, voters both active early

Georgia has one of the longest early voting periods in the nation, increasing voter access and pushing candidates to campaign longer and establish platforms earlier.

October 10, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Jim Dial gets judicial sendoff

Jim Dial worked only a few hours each day at the judicial center as its mail clerk, but his sunny personality and loving attitude has left an indelible mark on his co-workers.

October 10, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Newborn celebrates schoolhouse grand opening

The Town of Newborn celebrated the grand opening of its historical schoolhouse Oct. 2 with free lunch and music. Several residents from near and far came back to reminisce about their experiences as students, including Mary Formo, who traveled all the way from Washington.

Formo made the cross-country trip because she spent a few years of her childhood here on a 70-acre farm. She remembers skipping school and hiding in the honeysuckle with her best friend Anne.

October 09, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Newton to try to qualify for pilot program

Newton County Commissioners agreed Tuesday to try to qualify for participation in a pilot program to protect the integrity of agricultural areas in the county.

If selected, Newton County will receive help from the Northeast Georgia Regional Commission staff through its Local Agricultural Protection Guide Pilot Program.

October 08, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Digest Drop

Newton County governments might have to slash budgets by another 12 percent to 15 percent next year because of zero growth and a new state bill designed to have property tax assessment valuations reflect actual sales prices on homes.

Newton County Chief Tax Assessor Tommy Knight said Tuesday that a natural decline in property values will account for about 5 percent of the drop. An additional 7 percent or 8 percent decline will be caused by S.B. 346, which requires local governments to appraise property at the price it was sold, including foreclosures and short sales.

October 08, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Covington declared Camera Ready

State officials said Thursday that they view Covington as the model of a film-friendly community and will be promoting Newton County more aggressively than ever as the state seeks to increase its entertainment market share.

October 08, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Pumpkins now available at church patch

The star attractions are in and available at the fourth annual Great Pumpkin Patch at Covington First United Methodist Church, 1113 Conyers St.

October 08, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


First-hand knowledge guides 4-H for 106 years

By 1910, a Newton County innovation was catching on across the country.

October 08, 2010 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


Career Fair today

A career fair featuring 17 employers will be staged from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at Mars Hill Missionary Baptist Church, 387 W. Hightower Trail in Social Circle.

October 08, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Benson requests new trial

Nearly a year after his first trial, convicted murderer Franklin Elliott Benson on Thursday went before Newton County Superior Court Judge Horace J. Johnson, Jr. to request a new trial, citing ineffective assistance of council and inefficiency of evidence.

Benson, 50, was convicted of the murder and dismemberment of 49-year-old Leslyan Williams, whose body parts were found off Georgia Highway 212 on Oct. 30, 2007. Williams' head and torso were never found.

October 08, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


National GOP donating to Scott

Austin Scott, the Republican candidate for the Eighth Congressional District, is getting a boost from the national party in his campaign against Democratic incumbent Jim Marshall.

October 08, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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