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Welcome to your weekend

This weekend is George Washington's Birthday. You know him as the Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army, the presider over the convention that drafted the Constitution, and the first President of the United States.

February 19, 2015 | | LOCAL


Fretwell-Cook cemetery cleanup cancelled

Due to the very cold weather and high probability of precipitation, this Saturday's cleanup of the Fretwell-Cook cemetery is cancelled.

February 19, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


John Middleton: in memoriam

As many of you have heard John Middleton went home to be with the Lord on Monday morning in Winston Salem, North Carolina where he and Carol recently moved. John fought a long hard battle with his health most of his adult life and did so with such dignity and grace. Our hearts are saddened at the loss of our fellow colleague and friend and we are grateful that he was such an important part of our county family for over 15 years. John touched the lives of many here in Newton County and he will be missed by all ...

February 18, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Old Oxford Rd Bridge to open today

The Old Oxford Road Bridge that crosses Interstate 20 west of Covington will reopen Thursday, Feb. 19, when the Georgia Department of Transportation removes all barriers mid-morning.

February 18, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Craig: No way to control legal costs

County Attorney Tommy Craig brushed off concerns over the county's high legal fees at Tuesday's Board of Commissioners meeting, after the financial report revealed that the General Fund had surpassed its legal fees budget at 113 percent just over halfway through the fiscal year.

February 17, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


City to pay $30,000 overrun on Clark St project

The city of Covington voted to pay $30,000 for overruns on the Clark Street Project Monday.

February 17, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Health and Fitness Expo coming Saturday

We are already two months into the new year, meaning the weight-loss plan is well under way or it's getting past time to shed those unwanted Holiday 2014 pounds.

February 17, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man dies in Social Circle fire

Paul Anthony Dunn, 49 of Social Circle, died in a residential fire at 500 Hickory Drive early Monday morning.

February 17, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


BOC meeting at 6:30 tonight

February 17, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


County officials remember Middleton

John Middleton used to tell Newton County Commissioner Lanier Sims that he was the BOC's "eyes in the sky" when it came to running the county's daily affairs. Now that he's passed, those who worked closely with Middleton feel he really is watching from above.

February 17, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Winter weather fallout: schools closed

Newton County Schools are closed Tuesday due to possible icy conditions across the area.

February 17, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Measles outbreak stirs up debate

The national measles outbreak has ignited a firestorm debate over immunization, but while most Newton County parents appear to strongly support vaccination, few of those who spoke with The News were ready to do away with personal choice when it comes to immunization.

February 17, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Covington names Fire Chief

The city of Covington announced the hiring of Stoney Bowles as Fire Chief Monday.

February 16, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Church 213 looking to move on after fire

Church members showed up to worship Sunday morning at Church 213 only to find out that it had burnt down earlier that day.

February 16, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


A Valentine's thank you from Cyler Wilcox

Eleven-year-old Cyler Wilcox has had a difficult year, first losing her father in November and then discovering that her grandmother, who is also her legal guardian, has been diagnosed with breast cancer.

February 15, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


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City receives engineering grant for Pace Street

The City of Covington received a $160,000 federal grant this week to move forward on the Pace Street Liveable Communities Initiative streetscape project.

February 21, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Georgia State Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program currently collecting unwanted appliances

Covington residents looking to upgrade their appliances and save some energy costs could receive some additional rebates courtesy of the Federal stimulus package.

February 21, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington celebrates Arbor Day with recognitions, memorial planting

Friday marked Arbor Day in Georgia and the 19th Arbor Day celebration for the city of Covington. This year's celebration was held at Turner Lake Recreation Complex.

February 21, 2010 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Garden of Gethsemane shares the love in their hearts

After losing her job and being evicted from her apartment, Sabrina Ortiz now calls The Garden of Gethsemane Homeless Shelter in Covington her home. As part of a DeKalb Technical College cosmetology department project called "From Our Hearts to Yours" she recently received an eyebrow wax, a facial, hair styling and color as well as a manicure and pedicure.

February 21, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Woman claims to be “professional drinker”

Despite assuring officers that she was a "professional drinker" a 57-year-old woman was arrested on Feb. 14 for DUI.

February 21, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Shipmate scouts

In the Navy: Cub Scout Pack 2291 recently relived a part of history when they participated in the camping program aboard the World War II Aircraft Carrier USS Yorktown at Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum in Charleston Harbor. The scouts became "shipmates" with other youth as they toured the USS Yorktown, the submarine USS Clamagore, the Medal of Honor Museum, and the Vietnam Era Naval Support Base. Morning and evening meals were prepared and served in the "Chief's Mess" aboard the Yorktown to give the scouts the full effect of naval life. Pack 2291 also took a boat ...

February 21, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Former resident wins national science award

Jeff Johnson, a former resident of Covington, has been named Siemens National AP teacher of the year.

February 21, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington celebrates Arbor Day with recognitions, memorial planting

Friday marked Arbor Day in Georgia and the 19th Arbor Day celebration for the city of Covington. This year's celebration was held at Turner Lake Recreation Complex.

Covington Tree Board President Loy Summers greeted guests and Covington Mayor Kim Carter related a story about realizing the aesthetic quality of trees while on business in El Paso. She said she quickly grew weary of red, dusty landscapes scantily dotted with cacti.

February 19, 2010 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Friday Scrapbook

Snow day: Several inches of snow covered Newton County last Friday night and lasted well into the next day before it all melted away. Newton County residents snapped these photos around their homes and around town.

February 19, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


YMCA celebrates 10 years

The Covington Family YMCA has helped thousands of children and adults live happier and healthier lives during its nearly 25 years in Covington. Looking back into the history of the YMCA, one realizes it's taken just as many people to bring the organization to Covington and support it.

February 19, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


InVEST in the NCSO - Feb. 19

The parents of recently injured Deputy Wesley Atha have organized a fundraising campaign to purchase these vests for every county deputy. Their fundraising goal is $113,000. Each vest costs between $500-$700, depending on the size. Each Friday The Covington News will publish a list of individuals, businesses and civic groups who have donated to the cause that week as well as the total amount raised. Donations are tax deductible. Checks should be made payable to Newton Co. Sheriff's Office and earmarked for safety vests and equipment. Please mail donations to NCSO c/o April Jones, 15151 Alcovy ...

February 19, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


13 cars broken into – suspects still sought

Roughly 13 cars were burglarized in apartments on Gross Lake Parkway in the early hours of Monday morning and authorities are still searching for the men they believe responsible.

February 19, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Ford granted stay of execution

The scheduled execution of convicted murderer Melbert Ford will not happen Feb. 23 as planned. A stay of execution has been issued for up to 90 days due to a vacancy on the Board of Pardons and Paroles. To execute when there is not a full board is a violation of law. Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue is responsible for filling the vacant spot. The Newton County Superior Court ordered the execution of Ford earlier this month. The court ordered the department to carry out the execution on a date between February 23 and March 2. The execution was scheduled to ...

February 18, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Winter weather conditions led to crash that killed 2

A woman and her 10-year-old son were killed Friday evening when they collided with another driver on Ga. Highway 11 in Social Circle.

February 18, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Management of NHCC still undecided

After months of delays and conversations, little changed in the Nelson Heights Community Center situation as the Newton County Recreation Department remains the most likely management candidate.

February 18, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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