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Checkers closed after grease fire

The Checkers on Hwy. 278 is closed after a small grease fire ignited Monday morning.

June 29, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Road construction restricted this weekend

The Georgia Department of Transportation is suspending construction-related lane closures on interstates and major state system highways for the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

June 29, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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


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Pridgett guilty on all counts

It took a Newton County jury just two-and-a-half hours to convict 20-year-old Jamaal Marquez Pridgett for the Oct. 7, 2008, murder of one man, and the aggravated assault of three others, Thursday afternoon.

The case, which began Tuesday morning in the courtroom of Superior Court Judge Eugene Benton, centered around a dice game that turned deadly in a home on West Street. Pridgett claimed self-defense, saying he did shoot Glover, 18-year-old Martec "Pumpkin" Barkley, 30-year-old Tavorris "T-Rock" Shy and 23-year-old Sedarius "Ronte" Stephens, but he did so out of fear for his own life. The prosecution argued that the shooting ...

September 16, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Pridgett found guilty

Jamaall Pridgett has been found guilty on all counts in Newton County Superior Court. Sentencing will be held until Tuesday, Sept. 21.

September 16, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Picture of the Day - Sept. 16

Del Sumner, from the Newton County Water and Sewerage Authority, inspects a sample of water from a fire hydrant Thursday morning.

To see more photos, click on the links below Related Content.

September 16, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Closing statements expected today in Pridgett murder trial

Closing arguments begin this morning in the murder trial of Jamaall PRidgett.

September 15, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Pridgett case back to trial

For the second time this year, a jury convened on Tuesday to hear the murder case against Jamaall Marquez Pridgett, the 20-year-old who is charged with opening fire during a dice game in October 2008. The prosecution claims Pridgett opened fire in cold blood, while the defense says Pridgett shot only to defend himself.

September 15, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Picture of the Day - Sept. 15

Heritage High School, Rockdale County High School and Salem High School displayed their marching bands' halftime shows during a marching exhibition at Robert Reid Stadium Tuesday night.

To see more photos, click on the links below Related Content.

September 15, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Kickboxing Covington kid set to represent U.S. in international competition

At 13, Micah Williams Jr. is a straight-A QUEST student at Veterans Memorial Middle School and a point guard on the basketball team. He lived several years in Italy where his father, who is in the military, was stationed. His family adores him and teachers praise his dedication and demeanor.

September 15, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Home sales up; foreclosure rate steady

The housing market continues to send mixed signals, but overall sales numbers are up in Newton County.

September 15, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Picture of the Day - Sept. 14

Micah Williams, Jr., a thirteen-year-old Veterans Memorial Middle School student, will travel to Belgrade, Serbia from September 19 - 26 to represent the United States at the World Junior Championships in martial arts. To see the complete story, see Wednesday's edition of The Covington News.

To see more photos, click on the links under Related Content.

September 14, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Social Circle Council meets tonight

Social Circle City Council members will get to meet some junior ambassadors in a called meeting at 6:30 tonight in the community room in city hall at 138 E. Hightower Road.

September 14, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


SAT scores decline in Newton County, state

SAT scores for high school students in Newton County and in Georgia showed a slight decline in 2010, according to data released today.

September 13, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Picture of the Day - Sept. 13

A sidewalk chalk art competition was one of the features at the annual Literacy Festival on the square Saturday morning.

To see more photos, click on the links below Related Content.

September 13, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Paul Davis provides tips for National Preparedness Month in September

Paul Davis Emergency Services of Newton County is participating in National Preparedness Month, sponsored by The Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to raise awareness of the importance of being prepared for catastrophic events and natural disasters. Paul Davis offices respond to thousands of emergency calls throughout the U.S. - providing property owners and insurance professionals with specialized water and fire damage restoration solutions.

September 12, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Suburban disconnect threatens sense of community

Bradd Shore loves Covington because of weekends like this one. Community weekends. Connected weekends.

September 12, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


A tighter leash on tethering laws

The county is set to crack down on the improper tethering of dogs, after the Board of Commissioners approved a more stringent animal control ordinance Tuesday night.

September 12, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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