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Casting call for 'Taken 3' extras in Covington

Liam Neeson is back kicking bad guy butt for the third installment of the hit "Taken" series, though the plot itself is to-be-announced. Scenes are reportedly to be filmed in Covington and the production is calling for extras.

April 21, 2014 | | LOCAL


Bear spotted south of Newborn

A large bear was spotted south of Newborn this week, and the Jasper County man who initially reported the bear says there is evidence it's hanging around, but an official with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources said real concern doesn't set in until a bear starts damaging property or stops showing fear.

April 19, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Smart Growth’s political forum Monday

Early voting for the May 20 Primary begins Friday, and local group Smart Growth Newton County is giving residents a chance to hear from all the local and state candidates facing opposition this year.

April 19, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Paving his way

A home-schooled kid with a father who dropped out of high school and a mother who dropped out of college doesn't quite fit the typical profile for a stellar college student.

April 19, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Taking the challenge

THE WINNERS OF THE CHEERIOS CHALLENGE

April 19, 2014 | Anthoney Banks | LOCAL


Sam B. Hay, Jr. into GCA Hall of Fame

The Georgia Cattlemen's Association inducted Sam B. Hay, Jr. into the GCA Hall of Fame at the Cattlemen's Ball on Friday, April 4 during its 53rd annual convention & trade show and 17th annual Georgia Beef Expo in Perry.

April 19, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton HS drama presents new show

Many high-schoolers run out of the door as soon as the bell rings Friday afternoon, eager for the weekend and time away from school. Not Tawana Parker-Bellamy's cast of yellow, emerald and gold. In the auditorium, they dance, sing, laugh, play and make sure they know what type of food will be provided at an upcoming cast lunch.

April 19, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


The hunt is on

Social Circle United Methodist Church kicks off its Easter celebration with its annual community egg hunt Saturday morning at Gunter Hall.

April 19, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Kroger helps give back

The next time you buy your groceries part of the proceeds could go to your favorite nonprofit.

April 18, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Monday is voter registration deadline

Monday is the voter registration deadline for anyone who wants to vote in May 20 Primary Election.

April 18, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Covington Y prepares Cheerios Challenge

The Covington YMCA will host the 13th Annual Cheerios Challenge this Saturday, welcoming runners of all ages to its yearly Healthy Kid's Day Celebration.

April 17, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Gazebo gets committee’s support

The hotly-debated gazebo proposed to be built on the Covington square was sent to a committee this week for more citizen and business owner feedback.

April 17, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Reach for their roots

Recess was over, but a group of Middle Ridge Elementary School second-graders was still outside, accompanied by teachers and even the principal. And there was nothing but encouragement.

April 17, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Farm Bureau hosting meet and greet

Ask the candidates some questions and enjoy some homemade strawberry ice cream May 1 at the Newton County Farm Bureau's candidate meet and greet.

April 17, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Teachers win grants to fund innovation

Four teachers were presented with the Spring 2014 ReImagine Newton Classroom Grant by the Newton County Board of Education at its April work session on Tuesday evening. The grants, funded by the Newton Foundation for Educational Excellence, pay for a wide variety of innovative, instructional projects and materials.

April 17, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


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Tonight's public retail meeting canceled

Tonight's public informational meeting about the county's latest retail study has been canceled because of weather and will be rescheduled.

February 13, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Fires in the storm

The Covington and Newton County fire departments responded to two fires overnight Wednesday and Thursday morning, in the midst of snow from the 2014 winter storm.

February 13, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


No longer responding to some calls

Newton County officials have decided the ice buildup on the roads is too much to risk the safety of its employees.

February 12, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Winter storm ... the sequel

Update 6 p.m. : Officials in Newton County said there were still no major problems in the area early Wednesday evening, but they said roads were getting worse and urged residents to stay inside.

February 12, 2014 | Bryan Fazio Danielle Everson | LOCAL


STORM CENTRAL - closings and more

Newton County Public Works reports iced roadways and roadways blocked due to fallen trees or power lines, via the Covington-Newton County 911 Facebook page:

February 12, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Power outages may come, be prepared

Though there were minimum damages and power outages in Newton County early Wednesday morning, as the winter storm continues officials said people should be prepared for possible power outages and if possible, stay indoors.

February 12, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Office closure

The Covington News' office will be closed Wednesday due to the ice storm predicted by the National Weather Service.

February 11, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton schools close Wed. and Thurs.

Newton County Schools will close for all students and staff Wednesday and Thursday.

February 11, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Wyatt's 27-year military career left him with vivid memories

Call it divine intervention, luck or just a turn of events – Charles Wyatt had his life saved.

February 10, 2014 | Pete Mecca | LOCAL


NCSS students win awards in Literacy Days competition

Several Newton County students brought home awards after showing their creative talents during a literacy competition last week.

February 10, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Naked, intoxicated man found beaten

A man who reportedly was intoxicated and naked was found in the woods in the area of Ford Street Sunday night.

February 10, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Officials warn about coming ice storm

Another winter storm is coming and this time around ice is expected to be more abundant, causing even worse road issues than two weeks ago and adding the increased chance of power outages, officials said Monday as they prepared for the worst.

February 10, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newborn gets new mayor

Newborn won't have a special election to fill its vacant mayor's seat as Gregg Ellwanger was the lone person to qualify for the seat.

February 10, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Teen arrested; connected to shootings

A teen and several others have been arrested and charged with gang related activity and other charges in connection to two shootings that happened this past fall.

February 10, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Newton schools open Tues., Feb.11

Good Evening!

February 10, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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