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Mansfield still trying to set election date

Mansfield officials are still trying to pick dates to hold a special election to permanently fill the mayor's seat, which was vacated when Estona Middlebrooks resigned from the position March 6.

April 15, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


New tourism trolley makes its debut

The Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony for its newly leased trolley Tuesday.

April 15, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Mansfield settles wrongful termination

Former longtime Mansfield city clerk Pat Mullins accepted a $14,000 settlement from the city stemming from her claim of wrongful termination after she was fired in 2012.

April 15, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Couple sues neighbors, deputies

When they tried to get into their newly-purchased Newton County home the evening of April 19, 2012, Jean-Joseph and Angelica Kalonji were held at gunpoint by their next-door neighbors and eventually arrested by Newton County Sheriff's deputies.

April 15, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Mansfield council OK's '14 budget

Mansfield officials have big plans for the city, and they hope they'll be able to make more progress with a clearer financial picture after approving Monday a $1.07 million budget for 2014.

April 15, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Meth, funny money production found in search

What appeared to be a counterfeit money printing operation and methamphetamine were found at a Rockdale residence when Rockdale County Sheriff's Office and Newton County Sheriff's Office deputies served a search warrant for a wanted suspect.

April 14, 2014 | | LOCAL


Town painted purple for Relay

The Newton County Relay for Life Committee, alongside the Marks Family and Friends Relay Team, conducted the Paint the Square Purple Event for the first time ever.

April 12, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Domestic violence memorial dedication of Audrey Atkinson

Audrey Atkinson, a 19-year-old mother to then eight-month-old son, Aiden, was gunned down by her boyfriend at the Liberty Station off Almon Rd. in Covington on May 7, 2010.

April 12, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Spring Fling at The News

Cleaning out your closet or garage? Do you create crafty creative accessories and just need a place to sell them? Join The News' Spring Fling on Saturday, May 10, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the parking lot of The Covington News, 1166 Usher Street, Covington. Don't miss your chance to sell your crafts and treasures. $50 for a 10-foot by 10-foot booth; this includes advertising in The News. For more information, call 770-728-1407.

April 12, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Fireside chat brainstorms BOC structure

About 40 people showed up to a public fireside chat on April 10 at 7 p.m. at The Oaks Course to discuss the Newton County Board of Commissioners structure.

April 12, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Six Flags and summer camp

It feels a little weird to be working on the 2014-2015 calendar already, but it's nearly summer and time will soon be flying as we head off to camps and summer fun.

April 12, 2014 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


Dozens of Jeeps rally to raise funds

Tara Simpson appreciated the work done for Toys for Tots runs and other rides to help good causes, and had a cause of her own she wanted to raise awareness for.

April 12, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Two drop out of GOP rally

The Newton County Republican Party's April 15 political rally has had some minor changes, as the May 20 primary date approaches.

April 12, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Bank honors 4 students in budding artist contest

Community & Southern Bank (CSB) recently congratulated the four Peachtree Academy elementary school students chosen as this year's winners of the inaugural Budding Artist contest.

April 12, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Atkinson domestic violence memorial dedication April 13

A stark reminder of the deadly outcomes of domestic violence will be dedicated on Almon Road this Sunday, April 13.

April 11, 2014 | Jessica Smith | LOCAL


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Sen. Douglas seeks funding for recent Crowell Road damage

Sen. John Douglas recently began talks with state and federal Department of Transportation (DOT) officials in order to receive vital funds needed to repair the damage to Crowell Road in Newton County. A section of the essential access road to Interstate 20 at exit 88 was washed out in the recent flooding which devastated many communities in Georgia. Like many areas in Georgia that are facing significant budget shortfalls, Newton County was not able to foresee the need in this year's budget for the type of funds needed to fix severe damages associated with this natural disaster.

October 18, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Benson found guilty

A jury found Franklin Elliott Benson guilty of murder Saturday evening and Judge Horace J. Johnson, Jr. sentenced the 49-year-old to life plus 11 years, as family members of both Benson, and the victim, cried.

October 17, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Benson takes the stand in murder trial

Franklin Elliott Benson took the stand Friday afternoon to defend himself against charges that he murdered Leslyan Williams nearly two years ago, and the inconsistencies jurors had been hearing throughout the prosecutions case were explained away by Benson who admitted to lying to anyone who asked about his whereabouts on Oct. 29, 2007.

October 16, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Trial begins for Franklin Benson

It was like a macabre Halloween prank when Brandy Snellgrove came home to her secluded house at around 2:45 a.m. Oct. 30, 2007, and found that her dog Foxy had brought a human foot on her porch. But within the hour she would find out that what she thought may be a joke was anything but funny.

October 16, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Prosecution calls witnesses in Benson case

The last time Leslyan Williams was heard from was Oct. 29, 2007, according to Franklin Benson when she called him with a flat tire in Tennessee. More than a week later it was her son Charles who reported her missing to DeKalb County police - not the man who witnesses say lived with her at least part time.

October 16, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


H1N1 vaccine available Saturday at health center

Newton County's Health Center, located at 8203 Hazelbrand Road, will be open Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to offer the nasal spray H1N1 vaccine. No appointment is necessary and the vaccine is free of charge.

October 16, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Porterdale to hold public hearing on preliminary comprehensive plan

At Tuesday night's Porterdale work session, consultant Chris McGahee presented council members with an outline of a 25-year comprehensive plan.

October 16, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


The state of the county

The top leaders of the county and cities within it met at the Newton County Library Wednesday to give an overview of their jurisdictions at the annual State of the County address. The Chamber of Commerce sponsored the event and moderator Danny Stone asked leaders about their biggest opportunities and challenges, other top issues and how the business community can help.

October 16, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


FBO decision still not reached

The Covington City Council had an airport work session Thursday, but an hour and a half later no consensus had been reached on the airport's future.

October 16, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Short list out for fifth Alcovy judge

The Judicial Nominating Commission has chosen three finalists for the newly created fifth judgeship for the Alcovy Judicial Circuit:

October 16, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


City Council candidates to host open forum Tuesday

The four Covington city council candidates will answer questions from the public at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Covington City Hall.

October 16, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Hey, Mr. Postman

Shane Williams began his career with the United States Postal Service in 1976 as a carrier in his hometown of Tucker. In August he became Covington's postmaster.

October 16, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Short list for 5th Alcovy judge announced

Gov. Sonny Perdue's Judicial Nominating Commission has submitted recommendations to fill a new judgeship on the Superior Court of the Alcovy Judicial Circuit. Both judgeships were created this year by the General Assembly.

The JNC submitted the following short list of names:

October 15, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Testimony continues in Benson trial

The murder trail of Franklin Benson continued today with several witnesses for the state taking the stand.

A forensic pathologist for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation testified about the condition of Leslyan Williams' body parts that were transported to the GBI for autopsy, saying the total weight of what the found of her body was just 35 lbs.

October 14, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL




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