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Suicide numbers scary in Georgia

When a plane crashes, it's national news.

August 16, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Fighting to live

When Georgia lawmakers killed the medical cannabis oil bill in the last hour of the March 20 legislative session, Kelli and Mike Hopkins hoped any of the dozens of seizures their six-year-old son, Abe, had a day would not be his last. That the bill would be passed in 2015's session, giving Abe a chance. Because Kelli and Mike feel like they've tried everything.

August 16, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


US sees surge in Cuban rafters

MIAMI (AP) - One early morning this April, Dairon Morera climbed onto a raft of aluminum tanks with 22 other people, revved up a Volvo car motor and pushed off the Cuban shore, joining a never-ending stream of islanders desperate to reach the United States.

August 15, 2014 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Florence continues to push forward

Tichelle Florence's doctor told her she'd never walk again once her disease forced her into a wheelchair.

August 14, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Athens Tech campus coming to Social Circle

For Georgia's "Greatest Little Town," Social Circle is about to get a bigger spotlight.

August 14, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Jimbo’s on liquor license probation

A pre-hearing negotiation with the owner of a Porterdale restaurant laid out guidelines to follow if he wants to keep his alcohol license.

August 14, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


No NCSS schools on Alert list

It's an exclusive list that Newton County School System is glad it's not on.

August 14, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Abandoned house burns during demolition

A vacant home on Brown Bridge Road near Woodland Lane was completely destroyed by fire Wednesday - ironically as crews were demolishing it to reclaim old wood.

August 14, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Hall: Chamber in a good ‘state’

2014 has been a great year for the Newton County Chamber of Commerce, President Hunter Hall told members at the annual "State of the Chamber" luncheon Thursday.

August 14, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Timber sale to help county coffers

Newton County officials plan to ask for bids on harvesting timber from 200 or so acres near the intersection of Lower River Road and New Mote Road south of Covington.

August 14, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


DOT: Peachtree Academy to get school zone

It may be a parent's worst nightmare. Cars speeding by their child's school every morning and afternoon, thinking they won't be the one to hit a student.

August 14, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Porterdale PD gets social media policy

Even law enforcement employees have rules, and that doesn't exclude what they post on Facebook, Twitter or any other social media network.

August 14, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Could Hacock fire happen here

The terrible fire that leveled the Hancock County Courthouse in Sparta on Aug. 13 destroyed more than just a building - it destroyed irreplaceable documents dating back to the 1700s.

August 14, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Lane closure on I-20 starts Sunday

From noon Sunday until noon Friday, Aug. 22 one lane at a time on I-20 east and west from mile marker 92-95 will be closed.

August 14, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Vacant house ablaze near Salem Rd

A vacant home on Brownbridge Road near Woodland Lane was completely destroyed by fire Wednesday – ironically as crews were demolishing it to reclaim old wood.

August 13, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


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Burglars cut hole into wall to rob store

Deputies with the Newton County Sheriff's Office are investigating a burglary Jan. 15 at a convenience store on Browns Bridge Road where criminals cut a hole in the store's back wall to gain entrance.

January 24, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Witness to history

January 20, 2009 is a work day Covington resident Toney Collins will always remember. Not only because he witnessed the inauguration of our nation's first black president, but because he experienced it from a location-and a perspective-seen only by a select few in our nation.

January 24, 2009 | Tisa Smart Washington | LOCAL


Drivers life-flighted after accident

Two men were life-flighted Jan. 23 to Atlanta hospitals with head injuries after they were involved in a collision on Ga. Highway 36 just east of Campbell Road.

January 24, 2009 | Tisa Smart Washington | LOCAL


Can-do spirit

100 days of learning: Oak Hill Elementary School Kindergarten students Jaydon Hudson, left, and Kylee Key place canned goods collected on the 100th day of school in a box to be donated to the Community Food Pantry. Canned goods were donated by all six Kindergarten classes at Oak Hill Elementary with a grand total of 450 cans collected. Melinda Atkinson's class donated the most canned goods at 105 cans.

To celebrate the 100th day of school Kindergarten students read books on the subject, were encouraged to bring in bags of 100 items and many wore 100 stickers on their ...

January 24, 2009 | Mandi Singer | LOCAL


Elks Club Hoop Shoot

High scorers: First and second place winners of the Palmer-Stone Elementary Elks Hoop Shoot smile with their medals and basketballs. Pictured are Coach John Krieger, front left, Ashleigh Williams, Montia Major, Rodrekis Mitchell, Tyree Ligon, Coach Kerry Hood, back left, Zachary Ledbetter (first place boys ages 8-9), Breshay Norwood (first place girls ages 8-9), Vianca Grier (first place girls ages 10-12), Amir Butts (first place boys ages 10-11) and Elk member Ray Edwards.

First place winners from each of the county's elementary schools will compete in their age categories in the countywide Hoop Shoot at 1 p.m. Sunday ...

January 22, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Tree bandits strike again

Deputies with the Newton County Sheriff's Office are on the look out for thieves who swiped trees last week from the yard of a home on Cambridge Drive.

January 22, 2009 | Tisa Smart Washington | LOCAL


BOC approves spending freeze

The Newton County Board of Commissioners approved a spending freeze at their Tuesday night meeting, effectively resulting in a de facto transfer of power from the county chairman to a majority of the board.

January 22, 2009 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


Screening can prevent prostate cancer deaths

As part of the Metropolitan Atlanta Prostate Proactivity Campaign, men in Newton County were treated to free prostate screenings Thursday.

January 22, 2009 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


Fights result in weekend stabbings

 In two separate incidents over the weekend, three Covington residents were arrested after family arguments escalated to stabbings.

January 20, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Chamber hosts annual meeting

In the spirit of the evening's theme of "the Value of Volunteerism" Beaver Manufacturing founders Ed and Nonie Needham were honored with the R.O. Arnold Award at the Covington/Newton County Chamber of Commerce's Annual Meeting Tuesday night.

January 20, 2009 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


Two honored with 'I Have a Dream' Award

Making a dream reality: The 2009 MLK Jr. award winners were presented their awards Sunday afternoon at Porter Memorial Hall at Newton High School. Doug Bolton of Hands on Newton, left, and the Rev. Willie J. Smith of the Newton County Ministers' Union both received the I Have A Dream Award, created in 1987. Billy 'BC' Crowell was the first winner of the newly created MLK Trailblazer Award for his years of service to the community. All honorees are selected by a nominating committee. The awards were presented as part of celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.'s 80th birthday ...

January 20, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Kennedy, Byrd taken from inaugural luncheon

WASHINGTON - Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., battling a brain tumor, became ill at a post-inauguration luncheon for President Barack Obama on Tuesday and was taken by ambulance to a hospital.

January 20, 2009 | The Associated Press | LOCAL


Obama now president

WASHINGTON - Stepping into history, Barack Hussein Obama grasped the reins of power as America's first black president on Tuesday, saying the nation must choose "hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord" to overcome the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.

In frigid temperatures, an exuberant crowd of more than a million packed the National Mall and parade route to celebrate Obama's inauguration in a high-noon ceremony. They filled the National Mall, stretching from the inaugural platform at the U.S. Capitol to the Lincoln Memorial in the distance.

January 20, 2009 | By Terence Hunt The Associated Press | LOCAL


CORRECTION: Sears manager steals to pay lawyer

The article "Sears manager steals to pay lawyer," printed in the Sunday, Jan. 18, 2009 edition of The Covington News, incorrectly identified the arrested manager of the store. The arrested on-site manager was, in fact, Scott Henderson. The Covington News strives to have its news reports be fair and accurate. It is our policy to promptly correct all factual mistakes. If you find an error, please report it to us by calling (770) 787-6397.

January 19, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Marching to save babies

At a kickoff event for the 2009 March of Dimes fundraising campaign at Rockdale Medical Center Friday morning, attendees were reminded what they were fighting for when new mother Mandy Young recounted what it was like when she had to be rushed in for an emergency Cesarean section.

January 17, 2009 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


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